Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

February 2022

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Jackson Families,

UCHICAGO 5 Essentials Survey

Parents/Guardians should consider filling out the 5 Essentials Survey before February 18th. We can only improve on what we know needs to be improved upon.

The survey will only be open until February 18th!

CMAS testing -3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

CMAS testing (state testing) is coming up in April for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. While this seems a long way off, it will be here before we all know it. Stay tuned to hear more about our school's theme, dates for testing, and student testing expectations.


As you may know, the numbers of COVID-19 cases have risen drastically over the past few weeks. Given the number of vaccinations and boosters available for ages 5+, District 11 will be following the guidelines set by the CDC. Please refer to the District 11 Return to Learn website to answer any and all questions you may have, regarding COVID-19 guidelines. https://www.d11.org/domain/5173

It is more important now than ever to keep your child(ren) home if they have any cold-like symptoms. Please call the office each day your child(ren) is out sick at (719) 328-5800.

Cold Weather (Inclement Weather Policy)

The cold weather is coming! Please write your child's name in their coats/jackets. Every year we end up with many coats/jackets not claimed. We go out for recess at 18 degrees and above. On cold days, we ask all students to take their coats/jackets outside even if they don't want to wear them, just in case they need them. So, please remind your child(ren) to bring a coat/jacket to school during cold months.

As always, if you still have some questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


Upcoming Events-February

February 2nd:
  • Tutu & Tie Day

February 17th:

  • PTO on WebEx at 5:00pm

February 18th:

  • Chick Fil A Spirit Night
  • Last day to submit 5 Essentials Survey

February 21st:

  • President's Day-NO School

February 22nd:

  • Twin Day

February 25th:

  • Awards Assemblies for Grit & Engaged

January Award Recipients-Compassion & Empathy

After a full semester of focusing on all R.O.A.R. (Respectful, On Task, Always Safe, and Responsible) expectations, we spent January focusing on the character traits of Compassion and Empathy which fall under being Respectful.

In February we will focus on the character traits of Grit and Engaged which fall under On Task.

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Tutu & Tie Day

The snow days didn't stop students and staff from getting into the spirit of Tutu & Tie Day!

February 17th PTO Meeting at 5:00pm


Thursday, Feb 17, 2022 5:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 2621 238 1928

Password: Jackson1

Join by video system

Dial 26212381928@cssd11.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 262 123 81928

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

20 Family Bonding Activities-Spending quality time with family and loved ones can improve social skills, boost children’s confidence, and increase feelings of happiness.

  • Show-and-Tell – each person selects a special item and shares why it is important to them
  • Look at Old Photos Together – share stories about your experiences
  • Get to Know Each Other More – ask each other random or scripted questions
  • Have a Family Slumber Party – build forts, watch a movie, make healthy snacks
  • Create a Family Music Playlist – listen and dance, talk about your favorite songs
  • Cook a Favorite Meal – choose age-appropriate tasks such as setting the table, cutting vegetables, and washing dishes
  • Participate in a Fun Physical Activity – try hide-and-seek or have a dance party
  • Play a Family Game – this could include board games, trivia, sports or BINGO
  • Volunteer – pick your favorite cause (e.g., animal shelter) or spend time helping a friend or neighbor
  • Have a Fashion Show – model your clothes and donate any you no longer want or need
  • Complete a Puzzle Together – younger kids can look for edge pieces or certain colors
  • Create Artwork – paint a canvas together or find craft ideas online Explore together with an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Perform in a Talent Show – each person demonstrates a skill (e.g., juggling, singing)
  • Have a Family Photo Shoot – Bonus: Have one framed or put photos into an album
  • Create a Family Vision Board – include your goals for the year and what you are grateful for.
  • Make a Family Feel Good Plan – brainstorm ways to de-stress such as deep breathing or talking it out with one another
  • Read Aloud as a Family – Bonus: Read to long-distance family members over the phone or do a book swap through the mail
  • Perform Together – make up a dance or act out a favorite book/movie (Bonus: Put it into a video!)
  • Complete an Obstacle Course – inside or outdoors; include items to jump over, crawl under, run around and balance on.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need anything.

Please feel free to send me a dojo message, call me, or email me at leslie.ruiz@d11.org with any questions.

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

District 11 School Social Worker Department Chair

School Social Worker

Jackson Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Media Center Moments

Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes are currently reading the Colorado Book Award nominee books. At this point we have read four books and the favorites are “The Cool Bean” and “Help Wanted – Must Love Books”. We will keep reading new titles in February and I will let you know the final winner in March. Keep on reading!

Robotics Club is meeting during lunch and recess for 4th and 5th Graders. We started by using the Dash robots (pictured) and using a programming language called Blockly. The students love getting the robots to follow their directions. Our junior programmers are doing great!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org) or 719-325-5824) in your Media Center.


Rhonda Sobecki

Rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Box Tops for Education (BTFE)

Dear Jackson Families,

If you have any Box Tops lying around your home, please send them in with your child(ren). March 2022 will be the last time you can send them in and Jackson can earn money for the school.

Don't forget, you can still scan your grocery receipt and upload the photo to the app. It is very simple to use. Simply download the App by using the QR Code provided here. You follow the directions to connect it to our school. After shopping all you do is scan your receipt from the store. It will immediately credit each item to our school!

Thanks for helping your school!

Mrs. Tuxhorn

Jackson Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

Mrs. Sara Miller, Principal: sara.miller@d11.org

Mrs. Tricia Shirola, Administrative Assistant: tricia.shirola@d11.org

Mrs. Becky Hemphill, Staff Assistant: rebecca.hemphill@d11.org

Mrs. Leslie Clinite-Ruiz, Social Worker: leslie.ruiz@d11.org

Mrs. Rhonda Sobecki, Library Technology Teacher: rhonda.sobecki@d11.org

Mrs. Jennifer Johns, Teaching & Learning Coach: jennifer.johns@d11.org

Mrs. Taryn Wynkoop, Teaching & Learning Coach: taryn.wynkoop@d11.org

Staff contact information can be found here: https://www.d11.org/domain/733