Jefferson News

December 2021

Principal Corner

Please check out the latest information from Mr. Totorica.

CLICK HERE for Principal News

Important December Dates

December 3 - PTA Popcorn Friday ($.50 per bag at lunch)

December 17 - PTA Popcorn Friday ($.50 per bag at lunch)

December 21 - EARLY RELEASE ( everyone out at 1:15)

**Kid City closes at 5 pm

December 22 - EARLY RELEASE ( everyone out at 1:15)

** Kid City closes at 5pm

December 23 - January 7 Winter Break - NO School (ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS)

January 10 - School Resumes

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Wahooz Fit for Fun Forms

Last day to submit your activity forms are FRIDAY DECEMBER 3.

Earned tickets will be distributed after Christmas Vacation in January.

Holiday Help

I know this was sent out with the November newsletter and some deadline dates have passed; however, there are still some places you may contact for help in December.

Holiday Resource List CLICK HERE

The Idaho Food Bank also has an Food Assistance Locator website that help you. Please click on the following link:

Idaho Food Bank Assistance Locator

Cold Weather Reminders

With the colder weather, please remember to send your student dressed appropriately. Make sure to have their jacket, shoes for the appropriate weather, gloves and mittens.

Jefferson gates do not open until 8:30 so please do not drop off students too early so they do not spend that extra time out in the cold.

Students will be outside before school and at recess times unless----- it is pouring rain (sprinkles they are outside), below 20 degree temperatures (snow they are outside). And the gate still does not open until 8:30 when we are fully staffed.


Below is included the district email that was send out about Inclement Weather and school closures.

To: All Boise School District Employees & Parents/Guardians

From: Coby Dennis, Superintendent

Date: November 1, 2021

RE: Inclement Weather Procedures - Keeping Students & Staff Safe

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of citywide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled.

We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely.

The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else. If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District, including Boise Online School.

The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are:

SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snowfall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures.

COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get busses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures.

ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist.

How is the decision made to close or not to close school? Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision.

If school will be closed, we will communicate in a number of ways to spread the word. In addition to notifying local radio and television news stations, we will send text & email messages to parents/guardians, send an emergency alert via the District’s mobile app, post closure information at, on each school’s website, and on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram accounts. Parents/guardians can sign-up to receive emergency text messages by texting “Y” or “YES” to the number 67587. Non-parents (e.g., other family members, staff, news media, etc.) can also receive emergency text alerts via the Boise School District's mobile app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store). For more information, please visit our Inclement Weather Procedures on our Emergency webpage.