Jackson eNews

May 6, 2022

Hello Jackson Families!

Jackson teachers and staff have certainly felt the love this week with cards, flowers and treats from students and our Jackson PTA! On Monday, PTA treated the staff to a delicious lunch from Little Rome and they brought each staff member their favorite Sonic drink on Tuesday. On Thursday, our wonderful Latino mothers provided an amazing buffet lunch to celebrate our teachers as well as Cinco de Mayo. Our very own Student Council provided teachers with an ice cream treat after school on Thursday, and we were able to start our morning today with delightful pastries. We are so thankful for our students, families, and our Jackson PTA!

Next week, Jackson 4th and 5th grade students will take the Reading and Math STAAR tests. The building will be closed to visitors on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11. You can help ensure a successful testing experience by making sure your child is rested, has eaten a nutritious breakfast and arrives at school on time. This is a chance for our students to show what they have learned, and I know they will shine!

Start your week out right with your favorite pizza or pasta dish from Little Rome! Monday, May 9, is Jackson Spirit Night at Little Rome. When you order, be sure and mention Jackson and a portion of the sales will be donated to Jackson PTA. What a great way to support a local business and our PTA!

Field Day is Friday, May 13, and our students will be able to unwind and have a little fun! Our students look forward to Field Day games, and PTA needs volunteers to help make this a successful event. For more information, please see the flyer below.

Of course, we can't forget about Mothers! Mothers are our children's first teachers and their love and lessons make a lifelong impact. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Don't forget to let the mothers and mother-figures in your life know how much they are appreciated!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you,

Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary

Welcome to Jackson's New Secretary, Karen Castaneda Cestoni

Rachel Kaufman, Jackson’s former secretary, has accepted a position as Office Manager at Rasor Elementary. We are so excited for Rachel! We are also pleased to announce that Karen Castaneda Cestoni will be Jackson’s new secretary. Please give her a big Jaguar welcome the next time you are in Jackson’s office! Please send Karen all doctor notes, absence notes, proof of residency documentation, or other information related to your child’s enrollment at karen.castanedacest@pisd.edu.

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 9 - PTA Spirit Night at Little Rome
  • May 10 - 16: STAAR testing for grades 3-5
  • Friday, May 13 - Field Day
  • Thursday, May 19 - Jackson Senior Reunion, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Jackson Library
  • Thursday, May 26 - 5th Grade Graduation
  • Friday, May 27 - Last Day of School - Early Release at 12:00 noon

Click HERE for 2021-22 PISD District Calendar

Click HERE for 2022-23 PISD District Calendar, adopted by the board of trustees at their November 3 meeting.

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2022 Jackson Elementary Senior Reunion

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Our awesome P.E. coaches are sharing a monthly calendar with fitness challenges and other activities that promote the development of motor skills, physical fitness, and social skills. These activities can be done at home with family or friends. Have fun with fitness!

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Please see the dates below for STAAR testing this semester. During these weeks Jackson will be a closed campus.

STAAR Reading - Grades 3-5

Tuesday, May 10 - Grades 4 & 5

Tuesday, May 17 - Grade 3

STAAR Math - Grades 3-5

Wednesday, May 11 - Grades 4 & 5

Wednesday, May 18 - Grade 3

STAAR Science - Grade 5

Monday, May 16

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We want to congratulate the following students who were recognized as Jaguars of the Month for April by demonstrating the trait of Compassion!

Kindergarten: Alexander Costilla, Alyse Daniel, Rafael Ferreira, Sheenaz Mamun, Vivian Reyes, Amaia Vielma Palencia, Nicole Vilchez

1st Grade: Misael Gonzalez, Christopher Ortiz, Gimena Rincon, Ethan Roberts, Amiyani Salguero, Saith Subirana, Safir Zayan

2nd Grade: Claudia Chirinos, Victoria Gutierrez, Destiny Martinez, Maddie McAndrews, Jai'Cion Sanders, Amanda Villarreal Flores

3rd Grade: Armonia Abernathy, Hanaz Barwary, Juan Diego Ibarra, Jeevan Nijjar, Santiago Ojeda, Camila Valestrini

4th Grade: Michele Brandonisio, Shabbar Jafri, Quin Griffith, Savanna Hill, Emiliano Sanchez, Cristian Subirana

5th Grade: Collin Blalock, Quinn Christiano, Diego Coca, Alan Flores, Jacqueline Garcia, Eli Rincon

Our April Jaguars of the Month received recognition on JagTube and attended a breakfast with Dr. Roach this morning. Students also received a certificate, keychain, and a Jackson Jaguar pencil. Names will be displayed on the bulletin board near the front office.

This was our last Jaguar of the Month trait for the 2021-22 school year, but we know our students will continue to exhibit good character traits!

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Jackson Field Day-Friday, May 13

Field Day is next Friday, May 13! This year will be different from past years if you have ever had the pleasure of attending before. There are 2 phases to Field Day this year--game time with the coaches and a free play time that includes an inflatable obstacle course. We were lucky enough to have the inflatable donated by the Gallegos family--thank you!

Due to the sheer size of our student body, we are in need of more volunteers than usual. Remember, in order to volunteer you need to be cleared through VOLY. Below is the link to check on your status or to create a profile.


Volunteer Sign Up


Thank you in advance. Let's make it a fun day for the kids--they deserve it!

Jackson PTA

Jackson Spirit Night at Little Rome, May 9

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Order 2022-2023 School Supplies Now!

2022-2023 school supplies are now available through EPI! You can fill out the order form (more information below) and return with cash or check to school by Friday, May 20, or order online through May 30!
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Parent Volunteers--We Need You!!

Jackson teachers and staff are looking for parent volunteers to help during all Jackson lunch and recess periods. Your help will give back precious time to our Jackson teachers, and allow for additional planning to prepare high quality instruction for our Kiddos!


World Wear Project

You can also support our PTA by bringing any household donations (clothes, shoes, etc.) to the donation bin in the back parking lot. You will be helping our PTA and the environment by recycling!
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Free Meals Waiver Set to Expire

The United States Department of Agriculture waiver that allowed Plano ISD to provide free meals to all students during the 2021-22 school year is set to expire at the end of this school year.

Plano ISD will resume charging for meals during the 2022-23 school year based on student eligibility for meal benefits. Families who may qualify are encouraged to complete a federal meal application for free and reduced-price meals. The 2021-22 meal application will be honored for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year. The 2022-23 meal application will be available after July 1, 2022. Visit Plano ISD’s Food and Nutritional Services page for more information.

Families Are Asked to Complete an Intent to Return Form

In order to help campus staff appropriately and schedule classes for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, families are asked to complete an Intent to Return form online. Please complete the form as soon as possible since planning for the upcoming school year is already underway. If your family does not plan to return, families are asked to notify us as well since that information also helps with planning.

Thank you for your assistance in helping schools with planning for the upcoming school year.

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Online enrollment for new students to Plano ISD begins on March 21. Enrollment is for the 2022-2023 school year and is for all grade levels, except preK, which begins registration on April 4.

  • New Student Enrollment (kindergarten-12th grade): Begins March 21, 2022
  • Head Start Roundup: March 21 and 22, 2022
  • PreK Enrollment: Begins on April 4, 2022

Head Start is holding a roundup event on March 21 from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and on March 22 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Appointment-only visits will be available from March 23-27. Head Start is located at 1600 Rigsbee Drive in Plano, TX 75074.

To register or for more information, visit www.pisd.edu/enrollment. Students currently in the district should not enroll. Annual registration occurs in the summer through Parent Portal.

It’s Time to “RockEnroll(ment)” for PreK

Plano Independent School District begins accepting online applications for PreK on April 4. Enrollment is for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

To enter PreK, students must be four years old by September 1 and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Unable to speak or comprehend the English language

  • Eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program

  • Is homeless

  • Is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care)

  • Child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States or is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was injured or killed while serving on active duty

  • Child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award

Students who don’t meet eligibility for free PreK can enroll in tuition-based PreK at select schools.

For more information, visit www.pisd.edu/AboutPreK or download this flyer.


Es hora de rocanrolear "RockEnrollment" las aplicaciones para PreK

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Plano comienza a aceptar aplicaciones en línea para preK el 4 de abril. Las aplicaciones son para el próximo año escolar 2022-2023.

Para ingresar al preK, los estudiantes deben tener cuatro años de edad para el 1 de septiembre y cumplir con al menos uno de los siguientes requisitos de elegibilidad:

  • No poder hablar o comprender el idioma inglés

  • Ser elegible para participar en el programa nacional de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido

  • No tiene hogar

  • Está o ha estado alguna vez bajo la tutela del Departamento de Servicios Familiares y de Protección (cuidado de acogida)

  • Es hijo de un miembro de las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos en servicio activo o es hijo de un miembro de las fuerzas armadas de los Estados Unidos que fue herido o murió mientras estaba en servicio activo

  • Hijo de una persona elegible para el Premio Estrella de Texas como: un oficial de paz, un bombero o un socorrista médico de emergencia

Los estudiantes que no reúnen los requisitos para el PreK gratuito pueden inscribirse en el PreK de pago en determinadas escuelas.

Para más información, visite www.pisd.edu/AboutPreK o descargue este folleto.

Plano ISD Parent Education Engagement Program (PEEP)

PEEP Education builds parents' capacity to support and nurture their child(ren)'s physical, social-emotional and academic development through the acquisition of knowledge and parenting skills. The workshop classes are offered Monday through Thursday in-person and virtually. We ask parents and families to sign up for the classes prior to attending.

Click here to access PEEP classes, information, and registration.


Educación para padres

La educación PEEP desarrolla la capacidad de los padres para apoyar y nutrir el desarrollo físico, socioemocional y académico de sus hijos a través de la adquisición de conocimientos y habilidades parentales. Nuestras clases de taller se ofrecen de lunes a jueves en persona y virtualmente. Les pedimos a los padres y familias que se inscriban en las clases antes de asistir.

Haga clic aquí para acceder a nuestras clases de PEEP, información e inscripción.

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Plano West Summer Tennis Camps

Plano West will be hosting 2 tennis camps this summer, and we’d love to have your children involved.

  • Our first camp is May 30 – June 3
  • Our second camp is July 18 – 22
  • Each camp will run Monday-Friday from 8am-11am
  • The cost for the camp is $250 and includes a camp T-shirt
  • Registration is open….you can register at www.highpointtennis.com/tennis-camp/ …..Scroll down until you see the Camp Dates. The Green tabs are for the PW camps.
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Important Links:

Make Sure Your Communication Preferences Are Up To Date!

Visit www.pisd.edu/schoolmessenger to choose how you prefer to receive communications from Jackson and Plano ISD.

Jackson Elementary is a Title I Campus

Click on the link above to find out more about the Title I Program at your school. Haga clic en el enlace de arriba para obtener más información sobre el Programa Título I en su escuela.

Jackson Title IX Campus Coordinator

Click on the link above for contact information for Jackson's Title IX Campus Coordinator. Haga clic en el enlace de arriba para obtener información de contacto del Coordinador del Campus del Título IX de Jackson.

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