THE BOBCAT - January 2020


Be respectful

On task and focused

Body and objects are safe

Care for self and others

Always follow directions the first time given

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Speak positive words



On mornings when weather conditions warrant additional time to assess conditions, the Fargo Public Schools may use a late start procedure. This will allow time for the district to monitor the weather and allow roads to be plowed for safe transportation to school. On these days, a two-hour delay will be used. So, if the bus picks your child up at 7:35 am. each day, the bus will pick your child up at 9:35 am. during the late start. Jefferson School doors open at 7:40 am. with school starting at 8:20 am. On days with a two-hour late start, our doors will open at 9:40 am. with school starting at 10:20 am. Our before school MASH and other morning activities will not be held, so students should not arrive early.

The Superintendent of Schools will make the decision as to whether school will be held or called off due to inclement weather. Parents will be contacted via the automated phone, email and text system based on the contact information supplied to the school office(s). Parents are encouraged to update contact information with the school on a regular basis so we have up to date contact information. This can be done through PowerSchool or by calling the school office. School cancellation information will also be broadcasted via local media, and will be posted across our website and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter).

Upcoming Events

January 10th - No School

January 16th - PTA Meeting at 5:30 pm. in 4/5 POD

January 20th - No School

State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

The Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2019-20 State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo. Parents, staff and community members are invited to participate and are encouraged to pre-register by 4:00 p.m. on December 18, 2020 by calling 701.446.1005 or signing up online at Attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, visit

Fargo Public Schools Accepting Nominations Beginning January 6 for Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staff of the Year Awards

Parents and community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel is serving our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award. Online instructions, forms, and application process can be found at:

Nominations for each award will be accepted January 6 – 17, 2020.

The District will award the following this Spring:

Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member

Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director or coordinator

Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

Fargo Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020 opens online at on February 1, 2020. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2020 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.

STEP ONE: Registration can be completed at home online anytime or at computer kiosks in the office at each Fargo Public elementary school building on the following dates with extended office hours:

  • February 24, 26, and 28 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • February 25, 27, and March 2 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

STEP TWO: Once online registration has been completed, families MUST bring the following documents to the school their child will attend to finalize their child’s registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and address to verify the correct neighborhood school

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

Questions? Call the school office or Betsy Beaton at 701-446-1043.


Attached below is a helpful Snooze News handout from the Parenting Resource Center from the NDSU Extension Service. The handout provides information about healthy sleeping habits for your child.


The PTA is continuing to participate in the Box Tops for Education Program. The program is changing how we submit box tops. Rather than cutting them out, they are going to have the box tops digitally scanned. The flyer below will show you how to submit box tops by digitally scanning them. Thank you for supporting the Jefferson PTA.

Attend Everyday… & Students Can Pedal Away!

Each month students who have no Tardies or Absences from school are entered into an Attendance drawing box. The drawing is for a free girl’s and boy’s bike to be given away at the Jan and May all- school assemblies. Of course, please do not send your child to school if they are sick (fever, throwing up, head lice, etc.). The drawing starts over every month for a new chance to win the bikes. The Bikes have been donated by Horace Mann Insurance- Shawn Rehm agency.


With winter just around the corner, please be aware that students will go outdoors at recess most days. The wind chill temperature guideline for all Fargo schools is 15 below. Students will be going outside for recess when the temperature is 15 below or warmer. It is essential that students come to school with the necessary clothing. Please make sure your child has a hat, warm jacket, and gloves. When snow arrives, students will also need boots if they choose to play in areas other than the playground equipment area.
Chart of when to stay home from school if sick


The Y provides a safe and enriching environment for kids in Kindergarten - 5th Grade to explore their areas of interest, receive home-work assistance, stay active and meet new friends during before- and after-school hours, and on most school out days. Y programs also provide full-time programming during the summer months.

Rachel Albright
School Age Site Coordinator at Jefferson and Horace Mann/Roosevelt


(P) 626 773 6304 | (D) 218 359 2336 | (S) Jefferson 701 412 8970 (S) HMR 701 371 6277

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Jefferson Elementary Breakfast/Lunch Program

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to announce that Madison and Jefferson Elementary Schools will participate in a free breakfast and lunch program for the 2019-20 school year. This program is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP is a four-year reimbursement option for eligible schools participating in both the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program that wish to offer free meals to all students in a school with a high prevalence of low-income families without collecting free and reduced meal applications.

All students enrolled at Madison and Jefferson Elementary Schools may participate in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program at no charge. Household applications are not required to receive free meals.


Even though breakfast and lunch are free at Jefferson, if your child brings a bag lunch and wants milk, the milk has to be paid for at $.35 per carton.

Additional information on CEP can be found on the USDA website at this link.

Fargo North Elementary and Middle School Newsletter

Please refer to the newsletter below for Fargo North Elementary and Middle School offerings for the month of January.


We will be asking to see the ID of the person picking up a child before the end of the school day if we are unsure of their identity. Thank you for having your ID with you or letting the adult that is picking your child up know we will be checking it. Sometimes we have other adults at the front desk and we want to keep student safety our priority.


Thank you to all the drivers who take extra precautions when picking up or dropping off students in the parking lot. Please use the pickup and drop off area, so we do not block incoming and outgoing traffic. Last, please be sure the children are on the curb side of your vehicle, so they do not have to step into traffic. Thank you for your assistance.


This is for families in the Jefferson neighborhood that are in need of help with food.

Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Fridays 10-11 am.

GAP is located at the Family Center in McCormick Park- Near CHARISM . Adults must be present to pick up food, do not send your children to do this.

Bring your own bags or boxes to carry the food home*

Food often available = fruit, veggies, meat, milk, juice, snacks, bread, canned goods

Positive Behavior at Jefferson

Every year, Jefferson has a different schoolwide theme. This theme is incorporated into our monthly Character assemblies and celebrations. This year’s theme is Bobcats are all different and that’s beautiful. It is a diversity theme that will focus on building an accepting and welcoming community at Jefferson


Bobcats are in charge of their learning.


Golden Tickets are given to students when an adult notices them showing Bobcat expectations and following the school rules (being responsible, respectful and safe). At the end of each month 2 Golden Tickets are drawn from each class and those lucky winners get to sit at a special lunch table known as the Golden Table.


Many students at Jefferson have shown that they ALWAYS show Bobcat expectations. These students can apply to be Self Managers. A Self Manager gets a special badge which means they do not need to use hall passes. There are also weekly celebrations for the Self Managers and many other privileges. Any student can be a Self Manager if they work hard at it and make good choices for themselves!

Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact

The Jefferson Elementary School and the parents of Jefferson Elementary students agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

Please click the link below to view the Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact.