JAN. 31, 2018

Climb to Feed Kids

Jefferson staff participated again this year in the annual Climb to Feed Kids fundraiser held in Bresnan Arena on the MSU Mankato campus. This amazing community event raises tens of thousands of dollars every year to support the Backpack Food Program in area schools. The relay "race" has each team member going up and down every flight of stairs (768 total stairs), all the way around the arena. Teams collect donations in advance of the event, and numerous local businesses lend their support to this worthy cause. It's an exciting, albeit exhausting, day for all participants. This year Jefferson had two teams participate in the event. One team consisted of Jefferson staff members, and the other team sported an amazing group of PTO athletes. There was an incredible amount of "Jefferson spirit" throughout Bresnan Arena, evidenced in the picture gallery below.

The two Jefferson teams combined to raise over $2600 for the Backpack Food Program. To learn more about the Feeding Our Community Partners organization, click on the link below...

Link: About Us

Golden Presentation

The KEYC News 12 & Bethany Lutheran College Golden Apple Awards recognize the people and programs that make a dramatic difference in education. January 24 was an exciting day at Jefferson because fifth grade teacher, Abby Turgeon, was presented with the most recent Golden Apple.

Golden Apple recipients are nominated by students who believe their teacher deserves special recognition.

To see Mrs. Turgeon and her class on the KEYC news,

check out the link below.

Jefferson Elementary Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award

January Jam

As you may recall from earlier newsletters, the first Friday of every month this school year features a new way for us to celebrate positive behavior choices at Jefferson. During each Jaguar Jam we recognize students who earned JAGS Spotlight awards the previous month, set a positive behavior focus for the coming month, and have a little fun, too. At our January "Jam" we recognized 27 JAGS Spotlight winners from the month of December, introduced this month's focus of "Respecting Differences", and watched some inspirational videos of kids overcoming challenges in their lives.

Building Readers Book List

Do you have a child who loves to read? Is your child always looking for new, interesting, highly-recommended books? Check out the list linked below. The 2017-2018 Building Readers Book List contains book recommendations for lower and upper elementary students. The list includes fiction and non-fiction titles and spans a wide range of interests.

2017-2018 Building Readers Book List

Reminders and Requests


- If you change your phone number, physical address, and/or email address, or there are any other updates needed to your contact information, please call or visit Central Registration (507-207-4038) and the Jefferson office (507-388-5480) as soon as possible. It's very important that the school has your most current contact information. THANK YOU!

- Are you interested in receiving news alerts and information (such as late start or school closing announcements) from the Mankato Area Public School District? If so, click on the link below to sign up for email and/or text alerts. It's a simple, free way to stay informed.

MAPS News/Alerts Sign-Up

Requests: We have lots of sickness going through our school right now. If your child throws up at home due to illness, or he/she is running a fever, please keep your child home for at least 24 hours before sending him/her back to school. Also, please remember to call our school attendance line any time your child is going to be absent. We want to be sure all our students are accounted for every day. THANK YOU!

Health Assistant / Attendance: 507-388-2854


February 15th - "Family and Friends Fiesta"

This will be a FREE family event that includes pizza, games, and a dance!!!

March 15th - Game/Movie Night- Free Family Event that will include a movie and popcorn in the gym and a game area in the cafeteria from 6:00-7:45

April 12th - Art Fair/Book fair - Tentatively set for April 12th

PTO meetings for the remainder of the year:

February 13

March 13

April 10th

May 8th

PTO meetings are from 6-7 in the cafeteria. Pizza and childcare are provided.

Please continue to save Box Tops, Milk Moola, & HyVee receipts! These generate money for our school!!! Just turn them in at any time to your child's teacher! THANK YOU!

Follow us on Facebook and the Remind App:

Facebook: Jefferson Jags Pto

Remind App: https://www.remind.com/join/mfitzl1


Fri., Feb. 2 SPORTS DAY - wear sports jerseys, shirts, etc

Mon., Feb. 5 Open Door Dental Clinic - remember to send in your permission

slips if interested

Wed., Feb. 7 Jump Rope for Heart - during P.E. classes

Tues., Feb. 13 LATE START DAY

Thurs., Feb. 15 Family and Friends Fiesta