Jackson Remote Learning 2020

Jackson Elementary School

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Jackson Parents/Guardians,

As I am sure you have already heard, Dr. Thomas and the Board of Education have made the decision to allow for students to return to IN-PERSON learning beginning on January 19, 2021.

This means that Remote Learning will continue at the start of the school year on January 6, 2021 at 8:00am.

(Please read below for information you will need if you are wanting to CHANGE your child(ren) from in-person learning to online or vice versa. The deadline for the change is January 4, 2021.)

I want to thank every member of the Jackson community for continuing to work and not give up during this difficult and challenging time. A special thank you to the Jackson staff for their perseverance, grit, and willingness to keep moving forward, even when exhausted.

If you have any questions, please call the front office. As we are closed for the holidays December 19-January 4, please use ClassDojo or email if you have questions.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


Upcoming Dates

December 19, 2020-January 5, 2021
  • Winter Break

January 4, 2021

  • Last day to change learning platform (online to in-person or in-person to online)

January 6, 2021

  • Remote Learning 8:00am

January 18, 2021

  • No School-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed

January 19, 2021

  • In-Person students return to Jackson Elementary

Return to Learn Update from Dr. Michael Thomas, Superintendent

Dear D11 Families,

As we end the first semester of this school year, I’d like to share the plan to bring students back for in-person learning during the second semester. It has always been our desire to have students back in our classrooms and schools, but we want to do so in the safest way possible. Planning our return in January, D11 has participated in many discussions with other Pikes Peak area school districts and El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) officials. Based on the recommendations of EPCPH, we have decided it is strategic and appropriate to follow this timeline:

January 6: All students return to learning remotely

January 19: All students return to school
*Elementary students will return to in-person learning
*Secondary students will resume a hybrid schedule
*Families will still have the choice to keep students fully online or have them return to in-person learning. Please talk to your school for details.
**Mondays will be asynchronous learning days for all grade levels. (Schools will send more detailed schedules).

This timeline will be flexible and dependent on changes to our county’s color dial and recommendations from El Paso County Public Health. We want to have a plan that is sustainable so all students may return and stay in school. We encourage all families to celebrate the holidays in a safe manner that will support our ability to return to school.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to our staff, students, and families for adapting to the hardships the COVID-19 pandemic has created. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the remainder of this school year together.

Yours in Partnership,

Dr. Michael J. Thomas, Superintendent

Colorado Springs School District 11

Want to Change from Online to In-Person or In-Person to Online?

Due to this news, we are asking that parents/guardians who are wanting to change their children’s learning platform (from online to in person or from in person to online), for 2021, must do so NO LATER than January 4, 2021.

We only need to hear from you, if you are changing your child(ren)'s current placement! Please note that if you make a decision to change, your child may NOT have their current teacher.

If we do not hear from you by January 4, 2021, parents/guardians are committing to have their child continue as they have been learning from September to November 2020. (The next time you can change is March 8, 2021, at the end of the 3rd quarter.)

You may respond by:

  • calling the front office (719) 328-5800 (you may leave a message if the office is closed for the holidays)
  • email me at Sara.miller@d11.org,
  • send me a ClassDojo message (Do not message your teacher, as they will be home with their families from December 19-January 3.)

Remote Learning Communication

Communication will continue to be key for remote learning when we return on January 6, 2021. Your teacher will be available to help support your student and to answer any questions you may have. However, we need to ask that you communicate with the school, whenever your child(ren) is absent.

If your student is unable to attend online, or is having difficulty completing assignments, you must communicate that with your student's teacher. If you schedule won't allow for your student to make certain live lessons, please let your teacher know when work can be completed (after school hours, on the weekend, etc.). You may also contact the office if you have any questions at all. Our office number is 719.328.5800.

You will find information and updates here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonBoosters

Jackson Website: https://www.d11.org/Domain/37


Media Center Moments

Tech Tips for Families

On the Jackson website home page, there is a new link called Tech Tips for Families. There is a lot of information here including Hardware Tips for iPads and Chromebooks, D11 Program information for Seesaw and Schoology, and Library Resources. Go to Jackson.d11.org to look at this body of knowledge and learn some new tips or tricks.

Free Book Giveaway

It is not too late to pick up free books for your student in January if they were not able to get the free books in November. Keep on reading!

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you need technology support. I can be reached at rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Rhonda Sobecki

LTE at Jackson Elementary

4340 Edwinstowe Avenue


Mrs. Ruiz's Counseling Corner

Jackson Parents/Guardians,

As we navigate yet another Holiday season amidst a pandemic, here are some practical tips to keep our anxiety down and prevent depression in ourselves and our children. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, great Kwanzaa and/or what you and your family celebrate or don't! See you all in January. Mrs. Ruiz

  1. Start your morning with a list of what you are grateful for. Be specific
  2. Do yoga or exercise (lots of routines on YouTube)
  3. Write a to-do list for the day or week and cross things off as you do them
  4. Go outside and soak up some sun. Even if it is 5 minutes in the front or back of your yard/complex.
  5. Jump up and down or have a dance party/contest with the kids.
  6. Take small breaks to breathe, listen to a favorite song, read an inspirational quote
  7. Take a walk, run, or hike
  8. Give. Doesn't have to be $ or a gift, but a smile, email, drawing, or something to make someone else feel good
  9. Have a belly laugh. Watch a funny show, look for a meme, tell jokes to lift your mood.
  10. Give yourself permission to feel bad for a specific time period.
  11. Turn off the TV and social media.
  12. Hug your family, pet your dog. Snuggle. Touch is important.
  13. Create or continue family traditions: Special meals, religious observations, elf on a shelf, decorations
  14. Drive to a different part of town or even the mountains to look as the scenery, lights, etc
  15. Journal, draw, paint, write stories, play board or card games
  16. Call, email, Zoom or video chat with family. Especially older relatives who may be lonely.
  17. Have movie nights
  18. Invent your own strategies to take care of yourselves and others!

Some examples taken from:


Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

School Social Worker/Counselor

(719) 328-5836

Se Habla Español

Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

Sara Miller, Principal: sara.miller@d11.org

Sue Lesar, Staff Assistant: susan.lesar@d11.org

Tricia Shirola, Administrative Assistant: tricia.shirola@d11.org

Leslie Ruiz, Social Worker: leslie.ruiz@d11.org

Rhonda Sobecki, Library Technology Teacher: rhonda.sobecki@d11.org

Staff contact information can be found here: https://www.d11.org/domain/733