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We hope you are enjoying your three-day weekend! Today, we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a different future for America which required a shift in human understanding and looking beyond our external differences. We are thankful and recognize all Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has done to see the union of all humankind and strive to continue his unfinished work!


It is the obligation of Plainfield School District 202 and Thomas Jefferson Elementary to provide the best possible education, within available resources, during the days that school is in session. Our goal is to increase and maintain excellent student attendance to best serve our students, families, and the community. Education is a partnership between our district staff, parents/guardians, and students. The quality of education we strive for can only be accomplished when students are consistently in attendance.

Parental Responsibility

In conformance with the State of Illinois Compulsory Attendance Law, parents/guardians are responsible for having his/her child in school when classes are in session. School attendance is not optional. Daily attendance and timeliness will increase the student’s probability for successful performance and foster the development of self-discipline and responsibility. Conversely, absences, repeated tardiness, and other truancies will have a negative effect on the student’s overall classroom experience and academic grade. Time missed from school can never truly be made up; the interaction in the classroom cannot be replicated by doing make-up work. If a student is not in attendance at school due to illness, he/she may not participate in performances or attend special events(such as book fairs or classroom parties) during or after school on that day, unless they have a medical note from a doctor or a dentist.

Arrival Procedures

Thank you to everyone for adhering to our arrival procedures. The safety of our students, families, and staff is first and foremost. TJ Arrival Procedures 22-23

A few reminders -

For the safety of our students and families, everyone should be using the crosswalks to cross the street and in the school parking lot.

For the safety of our students, only families in our specialized programs should be using the front of the school to drop off students. Only cars with our designated Nameplate will be permitted to access the front drive of our parking lot. Cars that enter the lot who are not permitted to drop off at that location, will be directed to pull around to the back of the building and exit the parking lot by the marquee.

We apprecaite your help and cooperation!

Erin's Law

Please click on the following Erin's Law Parent Letter Our health teachers will teach the curriculum in January. If you have any questions, please contact your child's health teacher or the main office.

Personal Property

Students are not allowed to bring non-academic related personal property to the school. This includes, but is not limited to electronic devices, trading cards, toys, stuffed animals, and electronic games. These items will be confiscated and held in the office until retrieved by a parent. Any items not claimed by the end of the school year will be disposed of or donated.

TJ Art Room Newsletter

Bad Weather Info Reminder

As the bad weather season approaches, we want to remind our families, staff, and community that DISTRICT 202 DOES ITS BEST TO keep our schools open whenever possible. FAMILIES SHOULD ALWAYS PLAN FOR SCHOOL TO BE OPEN UNLESS weather is so severe that it is impossible to ensure our children can get to school safely.

District officials work with our transportation and local public safety officials to determine road conditions "in the moment" so we will announce our plans as early as possible through Connect-ED and local media When weather or other emergencies dictate that school cannot be open for students, District 202 may cancel school using an emergency day or use an E-Learning day to provide our students with a continuation of learning.

E-learning days are synchronous.

Please click here for more detail regarding student expectations for e-learning.

Additional information regarding weather closures is also available here.

Thank you for your cooperation and always remember to be safe first!

E-Learning Days

E-Learning Days

E-Learning Days are used when all students in the district are in a remote learning setting because of an emergency (Snow Day/Emergency Weather Closure Day).

The schedule for each level will be synchronous learning.

  • Assignments for the day will be posted to the Google Classroom by the end of the school day by the teacher.
  • The remainder of the 5-hour instructional day will be asynchronous student learning.
  • High School students will log into their first period at 7:05 and follow their daily schedule.
    • Plainfield Academy, TAP, Turnabout, and PSTEP will log into their teacher's Google Classroom according to the attached schedule found on the high school document
  • Middle School students will log into their first period at 7:55 and follow their daily schedule.
    • Plainfield Academy and TAP Middle School will log into their first period at 7:45 and follow their daily schedule in the Middle School Document
  • Elementary Students will log into their teacher’s Google Classroom at 9:05 am

Students should be taking their laptops home daily.

Students should know how to access their Google Classroom. If you or your child is having difficulty accessing their Google Classroom, please contact your child's teacher.

Thomas Jefferson E-Learning Day Schedules

Social and Emotional Learning

Students will continue to learn about Empathy in January through our Social and Emotional curriculum.

• Children will learn to identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone is feeling.

• The Second Step program is teaching students how to have empathy and show compassion.

• When we reinforce students’ empathy and compassion, students will show these skills.

* When we model empathy and compassion ourselves, it’s easier for children to do it.

Colder Weather & Snow Reminders

With the changing temperatures, please have your child prepared for recess, arrival, and dismissal by dressing appropriately.

Students will go outside for recess when the wind chill temperature is 20 degrees or above. Please have your child dressed appropriately, including such items as boots, hats, and gloves.

Students will not be permitted to play in the snow during recess or during arrival and dismissal. Please give your child reminders to keep the snow on the ground. If you are picking up your child as a walker, we would appreciate your help with reminding your child to keep the snow on the ground.

ABCDE Calendar

Planfield School District 2022-2023 Calendar

Arrival and Dismissal

We are asking for your cooperation and patience with arrival and dismissal to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families. If your child is a car rider, please place a nameplate in the front window of your car that is visible to staff. Your child's teacher can provide you with a nameplate or you can get one from the office.

If you and your child are walkers, we are asking everyone to cross using the designated crosswalks in the parking lot and in front of the school for your safety.

We are asking all families who are picking up their children as walkers to remain on the sidewalk and out of the grass. Please stay behind the bike racks to allow students room to dismiss safely.

Please know the safety of our students is first and foremost, they will not be able to change their dismissal arrangements unless the office has been notified. Please contact the office prior to 3:00 with any dismissal changes.

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation!

Student Laptops

Please have your child charge their computer nightly and bring their charger to school with them daily. Also, all students and parents/guardians are required to complete the District 202 Acceptable Use Policy each year. Please click on the link below:

District 202 Student Laptop Acceptable Use Policy

Student Information

Please be sure your child's emergency contact information is updated. If you need to make any changes to your contact information, please contact the main office.

Important Dates

1/11- 2/28 Access for ELL

1/16- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday No School

1/18 --Girl with a Cape Book Orders Due

1/26- Girl with a Cape Assembly

1/30 -School Improvement Day-No Student Attendance

2/13 -2/24 OLSAT 2nd grade and new students (grade 3-5):

2/20 - President's Day No School


Megan Orto - President

Angela Roman -Vice President

Misty Dawn Yau - Secretary

Samantha Navarro -Treasurer


18-No Cook Night Culvers

20-TJ Magic Night 6:00-8:00 PM

26-Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch


2- Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

3-Free popcorn Friday

8-No Cook Night - Portillos


13 - No Cook Night - Mora Fusion

15- Free Family Fitness

20- No School

23-Spirit Monkeys sold at lunch

24- Paint Night

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