TJ's September Newsletter

Thomas Jefferson School-TJ Students Lead the Way

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We are SO HAPPY to See You

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Principal's Message

TJ Families,

It feels great to see all the smiling faces back at TJ. Our students are getting back into the swing of things, building their stamina for a full day, getting use to our school routines, making new friends and of course learning!

Some exciting news about the start of the school year. Our students have been involved in determining this year's school motto. Each classroom created their own statement, the teachers narrowed it down to a few choices and then the students voted on the best statement to represent TJ.

This year's school motto is.............TJ Kids Lead the Way.

Our students in 2nd-6th grade are also just about finished taking their first benchmark assessments in both math and reading using the MAP computer-based assessment. These two assessments, helps us learn more about each child's knowledge and skills in both reading and math and can be used to help us determine what instructional strategies we might need to put in place and also helps us with grouping of students during class.

In the spring time, our 2nd-6th grade students will take the MAP assessments again. These assessments along with all the classroom assessments done throughout the school year help us determine how much each student has grown and gives us good information for future planning for the school.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the school. 847.963.5400.


Dr. Sasso

Do You See What I See?

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Those are Students Learning!

Safety Drill Information

Parents: In the September 6 email from the district about the various safety drills we participate in during the school year, it stated that I will notify families of upcoming drills at least one week in advance.

Our school's safety lockdown drill will occur on October 5th. If you prefer your child does NOT participate in the yearly required lockdown drills, please complete this form. Parents, you will need to submit one form for each of your children you are opting out.

Mental Health Awareness

At Thomas Jefferson Elementary School as well as all the schools in District 15 have built into the school day time to address the area of mental health for all students. Our students participate in Social Emotional lessons as part of their daily morning meetings.

In addition to this, we will be conducting mental health screeners for students in 5th and 6th grade in District 15. Please read this Mental Health Awareness Letter for more information about the screener and other activities we will do at Thomas Jefferson that focus on the Social, Emotional Learning Standards we follow.

Interested in Working as a Program Assistant?

We still have some openings at Thomas Jefferson. I would love to talk with you about the opportunities we have. For general information about Program Assistants, you can click on this link.

You can click on this link for more detailed information about the positions available, and how to apply.

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CCSD15 Lunch Program

As a reminder, District 15 breakfast and lunches are not free like they were the past several years. Parents can put money in their child's account, which then gives the child the option of "purchasing" a meal or getting a milk on any day they choose. The cost of the food will get deducted from their balance when they go to the cafeteria and pick up the food. You can always go to the District's website to see each month's menu.

Some families might be in a situation which qualifies them to get get school breakfast or lunches at a free or reduced cost. If you want to look at application, you can click on this link for more information.

A Note From Our Health Office

  • Kindergarten, 6th Grade and Students New to CCSD 15

    • The following records are due by October 15th:

      • Physical Exam & Immunization Record

      • Dental Exam

      • Vision Exam

  • A dental exam is Required for all 2nd graders

    • Exams as of 11/15/2021 are considered current

  • Extra clothes

    • Please consider sending in extra clothes for your child to keep in their backpacks or lockers

  • Prescription and Non Prescription Medications

    • All prescription and non prescription medications brought to school are required to have the appropriate authorization form completed by parents AND physician

    • Medication forms are available on the school website or from the school nurse

  • Sick Day Guidelines

    • To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to give you some guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school

    • We ask that you keep your child home if they:

      • Have a fever of 100.4F or higher

      • Have a sore throat with a fever

      • Have diarrhea (3 or more episodes in 24 hours)

      • Have abdominal cramps and/or vomiting

      • Have a rash or open and draining sores

  • If your child has recently been ill, please be aware of the following guidelines before having your child return:

    • Feel fit for at least 24 hours

    • Be fever free for 24 hours without medication

    • Be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours

    • For strep throat, they must be on appropriate medication for at least 24 hours

    • For conjunctivitis (pink eye), they must be on appropriate eye drops for at least 24 hours or cleared by physician

    • Rash illness should be assessed by a doctor

    • If chicken pox suspected, keep home for at least 5 days after the appearance of the rash or until the blisters have scabbed over

  • The single most important thing you can do to keep your child free of illness is to teach them the proper way to wash their hands. Also, be sure they are dressed weather appropriate. Please notify the nurse if your child has a communicable illness (strep throat, influenza, lice, COVID, etc.), or any health concerns that need to be monitored at school.

TJ Kids Lead the Way

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Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Infinite Campus' Campus Parent is designed to provide parents real-time access to student information. The easy-to-use design displays what is currently happening in the classroom so you can understand, monitor, and participate in your child’s educational experience.

This portal also provides parents access to check for teacher placement and student schedules once their student is registered. District 15 has also used IC to gather parent survey responses. Make sure you have your account set up for the new school year! To learn how to set up your account, watch tutorials, or access a help center, please visit our website.

Entrance and Exit Procedures

Thank you for helping your child get to school on time. For the most part, students are in the building, with their school supplies ready when the day starts at 8:25. If you drop off your child after 8:25 and the school doors are closed, please remember to walk your child into the school and sign them in with the office staff.

Finally, to help with the traffic flow at the beginning and end of the day, we ask that parents drive north on Winston and turn right into the carline, and they exit by turning right as well. Here is a map to help visualize what we would like parents to do. I know this might be inconvenient for some families who live in the opposite directions, but it really helps with the traffic flow.

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Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 13th at 7:15. These meetings are held virtually so if you want to learn about what the PTA is planning and how you can contribute to the school you can join the meeting by clicking on this link.

Visitors at the School

Parents and visitors are welcome at school, but this must be arranged through the child's teacher or the office.

Although we strive to make our school warm and inviting, we also need to make sure our school is safe at all times. This link has detailed information explaining what visitors must bring to the school.

Most importantly, visitors must:

  • Provide personal government-issued identification card in exchange for the visitor’s pass.
  • Visibly wear the visitor’s pass that is provided by the school’s office personnel for the duration of the visit.


September 13, PTA meeting @7:15pm

September 14, CCSD15 School Board Meeting @7:00-Walter R. Sundling Jr High Board Room

September 15, Frank C. Whiteley School practicing a relocation drill at TJ

September 23, PTA Fall Festival 4pm-7pm

TJ Wishes You a Peaceful Weekend

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Please Click on the Links Below for Other Important Information