The Jefferson Journal February 7

February 7th newsletter

Thomas Jefferson Parent/Teacher Conference Online Scheduling

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner. Please take a moment to schedule yours!

DATES: Thursday, February 20, 2020 (3:45-7:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (3:45-7:30 p.m.) 4K also has an additional day of March 20 (8:00-11:00 am)

To select a time slot for your conference, click on the link below and follow the prompts: Once you have registered with, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to schedule your child(ren)’s conference day and time. You are able to schedule with more than one child’s classroom teacher. If you do not have internet access, please contact the office at 715-261- 0175 or your child’s teacher.

Due to the large number of conferences, we are requesting that parents whose children live in more than one household, work together to schedule one conference time for your child. We are looking forward to meeting with you!

Important News For the coming weeks


  • 11th First day of session 3 After school
  • 13th Book Bowl Competition- After school
  • 14th 3rd Grade Family Lunch
  • 17th 4K Registration
  • 17-19th 5th Grade School Forest
  • 20th Conferences 3:30-7:30
  • 21st NO SCHOOL
  • 25th Conferences 3:30-7:30
  • 27th KG & 1st Grade Visit the Grand Theater (The Snowy Day) - am

Noticias Importantes Para La Próxima Semana


  • 11 de febrero Primer día de la sesión 3 de los programas después de escuela.
  • 13 de febrero Competencia de Lectura de Libros-Después de escuela.
  • 14 de febrero Almuerzo en familia para 3er grado
  • 17 de febrero Matrículas para Pre-Kinder
  • 17-19 de febrero 5to grado estará en la Escuela del Bosque
  • 20 de febrero Conferencias de 3:30-7:30 pm.
  • 21 de febrero NO HAY CLASES
  • 25 de febrero Conferencias de 3:30-7:30 pm.
  • 27 de febrero Kinder y 1er grado visitarán El Gran Teatro ( The Grand Theater) por la mañana para ver el espectáculo Un Día Nevado (The Snowy Day).

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Lub Ob Hli Ntuj

  • 11 Rov Qaab Pib lub Program Lawb Ntawv Qho 3
  • 13 Sib Xeem Nyeem Ntawv thaum Lawb Ntawv
  • 14 Qaib 3 Muaj Noj Su nrug Tsev Tuabneeg
  • 17 4K Ncu Npe Kawm Ntawv
  • 17-19 Qaib 5 Moog tom School Forest
  • 20 Nam Txiv Tuaj Ntsib Nai khu 3:30- 7:30 tsaus ntuj
  • 25 Nam Txiv Tuaj Ntsib Nai khu 3:30-7:30 tsaus ntuj
  • 27 KG hab Qaib 1 Moog tom Grand Theater (The Snowy Day) -sawv ntxuv

Fifth graders fundraiser for their Lambeau Field & Bay Beach Field trip

Valentine’s Week Candy Sale

What: Ring-Pops Sale

  • 50 cents each
  • You can order as many as they would like!


  • Will Collect money from students February 10-13th
  • Money due to fifth grade by February 13th at 3:00.
  • Delivery to your classrooms: February 14th by the end of the day.


  • Your classroom


  • Help raise money to fund our end of the year trip to Green Bay and to give all of your students a little treat for Valentine’s Day.

4K Registration for the 20-21 School Year

Registration is now open for the District's Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Program for the 2020-2021 school year. Our District is proud of our 4K Learning Academies located at G.D. Jones, Hawthorn Hills, Riverview, and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools. Our 4K research-based learning model focuses on collaboration and provides a solid foundation for children to reach their full potential. Whether children are enrolled in one of the District's 4K Learning Academies or one of our collaborative community outreach sites - children and their families will be warmly welcomed and come to know and love the 4K program mascot, Tucker Turtle!

Click here to begin the 4K registration process, and click here for a listing of 4K Open Houses. Please know the District is accepting open enrollment registrations for our 4K program. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Fisher at 715-261-0265.

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling their four-year-old in the District's 4K program, please forward this email to them. Thank you.

Safety Patrol of the week February 3-7

Emily is a 5th grade student in Miss Fritz’s classroom. Her favorite subjects in school are writing and reading. When she is not at school, Emily enjoys writing song lyrics and poetry. Emily says she enjoys being on safety patrol because she likes helping people cross the street and not get hurt. Thanks for your service, Emily!
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G2M "Kids on the Grow" Session 3 starts February 11!! Please get your paper work in as classes are starting to fill up!!

After School Programs

“Kids on the Grow” provides quality academic and enrichment classes to all students in Grades 2 through 5.

The program runs 3:30 –4:45

A snack will be served at 3:30 in the lunchroom.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Session 3: Feb 11th- March 19th

NO CLASSES- Feb 20th, and Feb 25th- Parent/Teacher Conferences


General Guidelines for “Kids on the Grow”

  • We will try to give your child their classes chosen, however, there may be changes made in their class selection.

  • Classroom teachers have recommended some students for Math Achievers and Study Zone. Please take advantage of these classes if your form has a recommendation note attached.
  • Funding for this program has been reduced so we are limited to 120 students. Classes fill quickly. Please turn your registration in as soon as possible.
  • We reserve the right to limit participation based on negative or aggressive behaviors exhibited during the school day as well as out of school hours.
  • All contact information must be clearly filled out before returning your form. If it is not- form will be returned and you run the risk of losing class choices.
  • A note must be sent to authorize changes in the after school transportation plan and/or attendance. Call Lisa Carroll at 715-261-0180 with any questions or changes.

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MATH NIGHT!!! Please join us February 25th from 5:30-6:15 pm in the Library!!

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Vision & Hearing Screening

The Marathon County Health Department will be at Thomas Jefferson on Friday, February 14th (in the morning), Monday, February 17th (all day) and Tuesday, February 18 (all day) to conduct the screenings.

Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade classes will be screened for hearing only.

1st, 3rd, and 5th grade classes will be screened for vision only.

If there is a reason that you do now want your child screened, please let the office know.

Volunteer Corner

If you left a comment on last school year’s volunteer survey, be watching this spot in upcoming newsletters. I will be commenting and/or answering some comments that might be of interest to all.

As always…any volunteer questions can be directed to me, Roxane Hagedorn . I’m happy to help!

Some comments regarding the online volunteer login…

  • The site that I generally find is the one to sign up as a volunteer, which isn't the one I need to find the opportunities available.

  • Logging in and finding where to go on the computer is a pain. Wish there was an easier way of doing it.

  • Easier link to the actual volunteer website that shows opportunities if you are an already signed up/approved volunteer. The “For Volunteers” page on the District site has no link if you are ALREADY a volunteer and want to know what opportunities are available.


If you have an existing account, there are a number of ways to get to the volunteer log in page. The easiest way is to bookmark

You can also find the log in page by going to, looking under Departments and selecting the O.N.E. Volunteer Program and then going to the For Volunteers page. There has always been an existing user log in link. We placed a big purple arrow next to it so you can see it better.

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Shutterfly Storefront Fundraising Program

Through the Shutterfly Storefront Fundraising Program you can earn donations for Thomas Jefferson.

For every purchase made, Shutterfly will donate 8% to your organization (after discounts and before shipping and taxes). Below is the link that will bring you directly to the site.

Raptor Visitor Management System

The Raptor Visitor Management System has been up and running since January 2, 2020. The new process has been going very smoothly.

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. The Raptor Visitor Management System and process will help us ensure that people who may present a danger are kept away from our students and staff.

Upon entering a District school, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be checked against a national sex offender database to ensure that registered sex offenders are not entering our buildings. The Raptor system only checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded. The system is not connected to any other database and information is not shared with any outside agency.

Once the visitor’s entry is approved, a badge will be issued that identifies the name of the visitor, the date and time, and the purpose of the visit. Children who do not have a valid ID may be allowed to visit as long as they are accompanied by an adult who has completed the check-in process and has been issued a badge. Regular volunteers and all contractors or subcontractors will be subject to the same procedure as visitors at all times. If the visitor’s identity cannot be verified through an acceptable form of identification, the visitor will not be allowed to proceed past the office area. The Raptor system does not replace our current volunteer process.

A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools to simply pick up or drop off an item in the office. A badge is also not necessary for those who are picking up their child from the office as long as they are not going into the school building.

The Raptor Visitor Management System and process will only be used during school hours. Attendees at after-hours events such as performances, ceremonies, or academic/athletic competitions will not be required to complete the process.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting our strengthened safety and security protocols in the Wausau School District.


Angela Lloyd, Director of Pupil Services

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Cover Your Cough

Why should I cover my cough?

“Colds” and serious respiratory illnesses like influenza (“the flu”) and whooping cough are spread by:

-Coughing and sneezing

-Unclean hands

These illnesses spread easily in crowded places where people are in close contact, like SCHOOLS!

When you cough or sneeze, it’s best to cover your mouth and nose so the germs aren’t sprayed into the room for other people to breathe. Everyone used to cover with their hands, but then, if hands weren’t washed right away, the germs got passed from hands to other people and still made them sick.

How do I stop the spread of germs?

Cough or sneeze into your elbow!

Hold your arm up even with your shoulder, then bring your hand in toward your chest. Bring your elbow up to your mouth and nose, and cough or sneeze.

It’s true, germs can land on your elbow, too, but you don’t use your elbow to hold food, pencils or toys, and you don’t use it to touch other people as you do with your hands.

How else can I stay healthy?

Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Don’t share eating utensils, drinking glasses, or other personal items.

Get your flu shot.

Kathy Becker BSN, RN 715-261-0750 Kira McGinnity BSN, RN 715-2610914 Julie Welch BS, RN 715-261-0713 Alex Hein BSN, RN 715-261-0113

Thomas Jefferson PTO needs your help!

Our next PTO Meeting will be on February 3rd at 5-6pm in the school library

If you have questions or ideas please contact either

Natty, Natthasinee Khanthachai at

or Sara Baumann at


E-Flyers posted as of February 1st can be found here.

E-Flyers from non-profit community organizations, as well as for District and school-sponsored activities and events, are routinely posted to the District website. To be sure our families do not miss these activities and events, an email will be sent to parents/guardians around the 1st and 15th of each month.

Guidelines for submitting E-Flyers can be found here.

Thomas Jefferson Family Cook Book!! Please share your recipes here!!!

We are celebrating our diverse and amazing Jefferson culture by compiling recipes that make our homes special! Add a dash of tradition and a cup of your family favorites! If you have a recipe that you would like to share for our end of the year Jefferson Family Cook Book here is the link and code to get there.

Once there, use the plus button under the correct recipe heading and type in your recipe! Let's grow in tradition together!

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If you need help or translation please feel free to email or call

Contactos para nuestro increíble equipo de traductores y profesores de EL.

Hu rau peb pab pawg neeg txhais lus thiab cov xibfwb qhia EL

Paokee Xiong - EL Teacher -
Lisa Alexander - EL Teacher -
Edgar Gomez Oviedo - Spanish Translator -
Eileen Thao - Hmong Translator -
James Lor - Hmong EL Paraprofessional -
Samantha Kniess - 4K Spanish Bilingual Teacher -

Please check out the February Home & School Connection

Please check out "Parents make the Difference Newsletter and Calendar"

After school Programs and Boys and Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club stops at Thomas Jefferson daily to pick up 4th and 5th graders who have signed up. If your interested please contact the Boys & Girls Club directly at 715 845-2582/ or Lisa Carroll at 715 261-0180

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