Jackson Jottings

November 2018, Volume 2

November Calendar at a Glance

  • 2nd -- 3rd Grade Music Program, 2:00p
  • 5th --PTO Meeting (Lice Speaker and Grant Approval), 6:30p
  • 6th -- Picture Retake Day (for students that want retakes only)
  • 9th -- NO SCHOOL (End of Quarter)
  • 13th, 15th, 19th -- Conferences and Book Fair, 3:15-7:30p each day (make sure you are signed up for a time)
  • 20th -- Culver's Fundraiser Night, 4:00-8:00p
  • 21st-23rd -- NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
  • 28th -- 2 Hour Early Release (please plan accordingly)

Please Sign-Up For Conferences (November 13th, 15th, or 19th)

If you have not done so already please sign-up for conferences using this link:


If you have any questions or are having troubles signing up please call Wendy or Kathy in the office (952-496-5802). THANK YOU!

Would you like to be a volunteer?

Are you willing to donate your time and talents to Jackson? We could use your help. We have immediate needs for volunteers in the classroom, workroom, and some take-home work.

Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

As the weather is getting colder, there are more students visiting the health office due to illness. It can be hard to decide if your child should stay home from school or not. Here are a few guidelines for children to stay home from school:

  • A fever of 100, plus illness symptoms: The students needs to stay home 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal and symptoms are gone.
  • A fever of 101 or higher with or without other symptoms: The students needs to stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
  • Diarrhea: The student needs to stay home until 24 hours after last episode.
  • Vomiting: The student needs to stay home until 24 hours after last episode.
  • Red Eyes: The student should stay home and possibly see a health care professional if there is yellow drainage, eye pain, or crusty eyes.
  • Rash and Hives: If the rash is itchy, painful, or has any drainage it may be hard for the student to be productive and attentive in school. Students may return after being seen by a health care professional or if itching, pain, or drainage as gone away.
  • Contagious Illness: Students should stay home if they have anything that is contagious or spreadable to other children. Students may return when instructed by a health care professional or after 24 hours of treatment.

Please remember that these are guidelines. If there is ever a question if your child should go to school call your health care provider or school nurse (Nurse Andrea, 952-496-5804). Thank you!

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

What a creative month of October we had! The students were very busy and have started taking home much of their awesome work!

The Kindergarteners have been having a great time painting! They have created some fall trees and spent time learning the order of the rainbow/color wheel! Our First Graders are completing the color unit with an introduction to the art of Claude Monet, the French impressionalist! Second Graders are learning about the famous artist Vincent van Gogh and are creating painting using his style. Abstract landscapes are the theme in third grade and they are also working on understanding where foreground, middle ground and background fit in an artwork. The Fourth Graders are finishing an intensive unit on 1 point perspective. They have worked very hard on drawing 3 dimensional shapes and popping out from the paper. Please help me by reviewing the elements of art if you have a Fifth Grade student (Line, Shape, Color, Texture, Value, Space, and Form). The Fifth Graders completed their analogous color scheme castle.

I hope you all have a great finish to fall and I look forward to see you around the building!

Mr. Olson


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Music Department "Notes"

Some thing to know about your child's music education at Jackson Elementary!

  • Your student has music class 3 times during the 10 day school day cycle.
  • Music Class is 50 minutes long.
  • During music class, students experience music in a variety of ways: singing, singing games, playing classroom instruments, such as: xylophones, metallophones, tubano drums, rhythm sticks, hand drums and other percussion instruments. Students also learn music through playing, creating, reading music stories, listening and analyzing music and moving and dancing to the beat.


  • Friday, November 2nd -- 3rd Grade Veteran's Day Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 20th -- 5th Grade at High School for Native American Powwow
  • Friday, December 7th -- 2nd Grade Nutcracker Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, February 1st -- 4th Grade to High School for Jack Brass Band Concert
  • Friday, February 8th -- 1st Grade "The Days the Crayons Quit" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 6th -- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis
  • Friday, March 22nd -- Kindgergarten "Goin to the Farm" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, April 26th -- 4th Grade "Minnesota Musicians" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Monday, May 13th -- 5th Grade Music and Band Program, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th -- Jackson Talent Show at 1:30 pm

By: Mrs. Beckler, Mrs. Flatness, and Ms. Lund

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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey, Mrs. Tanberg, and Mrs. Voigt

Students at Jackson Elementary School have just finished their Fitness Tests. Students have also finished their soccer unit and are just ending their football unit. They will also be starting the volleyball unit soon. Skills they will learn in the volleyball unit are serving, bumping, setting and the rules of the game. Our younger students will also learn a lead up volleyball game called deck tennis. Deck tennis will work on throwing and catching skills and also on teamwork. The obstacle course is another activity students will be doing. It is designed to work specific muscle groups such as leg strength, upper body strength, balance, bilateral movement, endurance and most of all "IT'S FUN"!

Mr. Jeff Casy (jcasey@shakopee.k2.mn.us)

Mrs. Sue Tanberg (stanberg@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

Mrs. Kelly Voigt (kvoigt@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

If anyone has some old tennis shoes that they would like to donate to the Physical Education Department it be greatly appreciated. We have students who do not have tennis shoes to wear for physical education and we would like to give them a pair. Please make sure the tennis shoes are clean and free of rips and tears.

Greetings from the Learning Commons!

Notes from Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)


One common conversation that I hear from parents and community members is that technology is changing so fast that is is difficult to keep up with it all. I know as a parent I find myself wondering, "What movies and TV shows are out there that are appropriate for my child?" OR as I hear a questionable comment from the TV show that my 7-year-old is watching, I wonder, "What is this show rated?".

If you are questioning what is appropriate doe your children or are looking for suggestions for movies, TV shows, books, video games, and websites, I highly recommend using the Common Sense Media website as a reference to learn more. You can also find articles to help guide your parenting decisions and conversations with your children about online safety, cellphones, cyberbullying, screen time, and other topics that are important in our technology-connected world.

Greetings from Media Class!

By: Dianne Kersteter (Media Specialist)


Students in Kindergarten though Second Grade have been hearing the Star of the North Award nominees and have started to learn about and practice the different station activities that they will be starting soon.

Students in Third Grade have been doing a scavenger hunt activity to hone their skills in locating books in the different areas of the library. They will be beginning a Digital Citizenship unit next.

Students in Fourth and Fifth Grade have finished hearing about all of the Maud Hart Lovelace award nominees for this year and have begun checking them out. Please encourage them to participate! They only need to read three of the ten titles to vote in March. They have also been doing a scavenger hunt in the library, honing their skills at locating books in all of the different areas. We will be beginning a unit on Digital Citizenship next.


Hello Jackson Families! First things first, you all deserve a HUGE THANK YOU for helping to make our Jackson Fun Run a HUGE success -- the school raised $22,478! We had a great weather day and it was so much FUN! We loved the lessons Boosterthon brought into our already great learning community. We had had a busy October, with our Grandparents/Special Friends Day and our first ever Kindergarten Breakfast (see pictures below from both events).

We have some great events coming in November and December. We will be providing meals for teachers over conferences and please mark your calendars for a NO-COOK dinner night at Culver's. All funds from dinner nights will be put towards purchasing supplies for our workroom. Gingerbread House Night is also right around the corner on December 3rd. Information will be coming home closer to the event. Lastly, we hope to see you at our next PTO Meeting on Monday, November 5th. We will be hosting Ladibugs, Inc. for Lice 101. Do not forget to stay connected with PTO by joining our private Facebook Group: Jackson Parents. You can also contact us via email at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com.

As always, THANK YOU for your support of our Jackson Community!

Nicole Peters

Jackson Elementary PTO President

Grandparents/Special Friends Day 2018

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Boosterthon Fundraiser

First Kindergarten Breakfast

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