East Elementary

October 2020

Free Breakfast and Lunch for all Students!

All schools in the Jackson R-2 School District have been approved to offer FREE breakfast and lunch to all students for a limited time. This program was made possible through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and will begin on Thursday, October 1 - December 31. Students can eat free for as long as funds from FNS and DESE are available.

This program will provide meals for any Jackson R-2 student, not just the students who participate in the Free and Reduced lunch program, but ANY Jackson R-2 student can eat breakfast and lunch for free each school day until December 31, or as long as the funds are available. This will also include Second Chance Breakfast if the regular breakfast time is missed. The free lunch provided is the hot tray of the day. Students in Middle School, Junior High and High School can purchase additional items for lunch, but only the hot tray will be provided for free.

If you have recently deposited lunch money into your student’s account, those amounts will not be refunded, but will be held for future use when the SSO program expires, or for students to purchase additional food items. The Jackson R-2 School District qualified for this program due to an increase in free and reduced lunch participation and COVID relief funds.

Please be patient with our Food Service Department as we anticipate an increase in the number of students who will now eat school meals. We assure you that you can continue to expect the same high-quality meal service you have always received.

We are excited to offer this program to students in our District. We hope this will ease the burden and hardships placed on families during recent times. It truly allows us to live out our LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL mission at Jackson R-2

Parent Teacher Conferences October 22 and 27

Parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 27 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Teachers are providing the option of face to face, video conference, or phone call. If you haven't already, you will hear from your child's teacher soon. If you choose face to face, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Masks and social distancing are required
  • For the safest and most productive environment possible, we are asking that only two parents attend. If you would like to bring your child to his/her conference, that is fine.

Our goal is to have 100% participation. Thank you for supporting your child and his/her education!

Important Reminder - Thursday, October 22 is our fundraiser pick up from 4:30-6:30 PM. More information to come.

iReady Instruction

All students are enrolled in an online program called iReady. Students take the diagnostic assessment in both math and reading three times throughout the year. iReady takes your child’s strengths and weaknesses from the diagnostic to create a personalized instructional plan that is engaging and interactive. We use iReady at times during the school day, but it can also be used at home. Students can login by signing in with their Clever Badge. From there, they will click on the iReady icon. This is a great resource and will help boost your child’s achievement!

Full Day Kids Club October 12th

Kids’ Club is offering a full day on October 12, 2020 at South Elementary from 7:30 AM - 5:45 PM. The deadline to sign up and pay for full day is October 2, 2020 before 4:30 PM. Students must bring a drink and sack lunch. If you have any questions, please call Kids’ Club at (573) 382-7930.


We appreciate everyone keeping their child home when sick! Very few are coming into the nurse’s office sick, and we really appreciate everyone's efforts keeping our school open! We can do this!! Here are some reminders/tips:

  1. Please continue to screen your child before school, and keep your child home if they are sick. Remember, our policy is now 48 hours free of vomiting, diarrhea, and fever (without fever-reducing medication in 48 hours). Other symptoms need to be improving in 48 hours before your child can return. This gives you an extra day to see how your child is doing and if more symptoms appear. Try not to give Motrin/Tylenol because it can mask a fever (the medication takes the fever away so it is unknown whether your child had a fever). Jackson R2 considers a temperature of 100.1 or higher as a fever.

  2. Keep your child home if they have been a close contact to someone being tested for Covid or positive for Covid. Our Covid coordinator, Dr. Beth Emmendorfer, will be in touch with you (most likely by an email to a parent/guardian listed in our system) on a return date if your child was exposed to a positive case or to someone waiting on their test results. She works with our local health department to figure the date out. *Please let the school know if your child is out for any Covid reasons.

  3. If you are questioning whether your child has Covid you can contact your healthcare provider for further instructions. Symptoms of Covid: cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, fever (100.1 or higher), congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, pains.

  4. Please keep your school nurses (Tosha Borgfield and Susan Heisserer) updated by phone (573-243-5271) or by email tborgfield@jr2mail.org or seheisserer@jr2mail.org.

  5. Don’t forget to clean those water bottles daily (hot water and soap) to prevent strep infection! Also, keep cleaning cloth masks daily, and continue HAND WASHING, HAND WASHING, HAND WASHING!!!!!

More important information:

  • On Thursday, October 22nd, the Cape County Health Department (CCHD) will be at East in the morning (only) to give Flu Vaccinations. They will only have shots (no nasal mists). Early Childhood students will need to have a parent/adult with them. Watch for the consent forms to be sent home the week of October 5th. The cost is $20, or free if you have MC. Checks should be made out to CCHD.
  • The nurses office is in need of girl pants (stretchy/not jeans), sizes 5-8.
  • LICE!!!!! Did that get your attention? We wanted to make sure everyone was aware that if you would receive a notice, the dreaded lice letter, in your child's backpack to please check their head. Someone in the class may have had it, and we need parents to make sure that their child is lice free. What if your child has it? Please alert the nurses, Tosha or Susan, so we can help! We want to prevent the spread of lice, and we can only do that if we are aware that your child has it.

Thank you,

Tosha Borgfield


Amy Brueckner, MA, CCC-SLP, Julie Layton, MA, CCC-SLP, Lori Heuring, MA, CCC-SLP,

Christy Gibbs, MA, CCC-SLP


Expanding vocabulary is a lifelong process that begins during a child’s earliest months. A child’s vocabulary grows rapidly to around 2,000 words by his/her fifth birthday. Your child learns that words represent objects and actions. You can help to expand your child’s vocabulary if you:

  1. Teach the names of everyday objects as you experience daily activities together.
  2. Add new information to expand on what your child is saying, and ask questions to stimulate thought and language.
  3. Help your child describe a simple object in as many ways as possible.

East Incentive Chart

As students follow the expectations here at East Elementary, they are awarded Spirit Tickets. These tickets are spent on the options in the chart below.
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East Elementary PTO

If you are interested in being involved in our East Elementary PTO, please contact jacksoneastpto@gmail.com.


East families, if you would like to help our library grow by joining the Birthday Book Club, you can find more information here: bit.ly/eastbbc

August Birthday Book Club

Alyssa LeGrand

Charlie McCall

Zoe Littleton

Patricia Ostrowski

Brody Lee

Nick Byrne

Bryson Lindsey

September Birthday Book Club

Hayven Trawick

Caden Dillingham

Anniston Maxwell

Gavin LaMar

Raegan Wages

Barrett Conway

Ellie Anderson

Nolan Winking

Tuc Pennington

Miles Shemwell

Dalton Tucker

Nolan Harrison

Joseph Byrne

Gracie Hann

Jaice Brandy

Solomon Cody


Oct 4 - 10 disAbility Awareness Week

Oct 9 Dental Screening and Varnish K-4

Oct 12 NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Oct 12 - 16 National School Lunch Week

Oct 16 End of First Quarter

Oct 19 National School Bus Safety Week

Oct 22 Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Delivery 4:30-6:30 pm

Oct 22 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00 pm

Oct 22 Flu Shots - K-4

Oct 23 First Quarter Report Cards Emailed

Oct 26 Dairy Queen Fundraiser

Oct 27 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:00 pm