Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

March 2022

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Jackson Families,

How is it March already? This year is starting to fly by. Now that (hopefully) COVID is slowing down, we are seeing students achieving more in a day, then in prior months. Jackson students are organized, supportive of each other, they work collaboratively, and are demonstrating ROAR (Respectful, On Task, Always Safe, and Responsible) behavior and expectations on a daily basis.

UCHICAGO 5 Essentials Survey

Thank you, Parents/Guardians for filling out the 5Essentials Survey. Since so many of you completed this survey, we will receive the data around April. I will share the results with you once they come in.

CMAS testing -3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

CMAS testing (state testing) is coming up April 11-29 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Stay tuned to hear more about our school's theme, dates for testing, and student testing expectations.

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pick-Up

Thank you, families, for continuing to pull all the way forward in the front parking lot and using crosswalks all around the school. When we all work together, everything moves faster and much more smoothly!

As always, if you still have some questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


Upcoming Events-March

March 7 & 8, 2022:

  • Staff Professional Development Days-NO Students

March 14, 2022:

  • Class Photos

March 18, 2022:

  • Trust & Self Control Awards Assemblies

March 21-25, 2022:

  • Spring Break-NO School

King Soopers Community Rewards

Thank you to our community for the continued financial support of Jackson! This time it was through food shopping rewards at King Soopers. In 2021, we earned $996.61! Every cent helps!

If you have not yet attached your King Soopers Rewards number to Jackson Elementary, please consider doing that soon! Maybe 2022 will bring over $1000.

To Use the King Soopers or City Market Community Rewards Program:

Simply encourage your participants to visit the appropriate link below..

· For King Soopers Stores - go to http://www.kingsoopers.com

· For City Market Stores - go to http://www.citymarket.com

Log into to King Soopers, scroll to bottom to the Community section and click on Kroger Community Rewards and then you can search for Jackson PTA.

*Customers must have a registered King Soopers or City Market loyalty card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a King Soopers or City Market loyalty card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any King Soopers or City Market

Fun in Drama Class with Mrs. Slabach

Mrs. Cooper's students had a blast making props for their play "Stone Soup."

February Award Recipients-Showing Grit & Being Engaged

After a full semester of focusing on all R.O.A.R. (Respectful, On Task, Always Safe, and Responsible) expectations, we spent January focusing on the character traits of Being Engaged and Showing Grit which fall under being On Task.

In March we will focus on the character traits of Trust and Self-Control which fall under Always Safe.

March 17th PTO Meeting at 5:00pm


Thursday, Mar 17, 2022 5:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 2622 615 4662

Password: Jackson1

Join by video system

Dial 26226154662@cssd11.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 262 261 54662

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

Free therapy is still available:

Did you know that you can improve social-emotional health by having meaningful conversations with loved ones? Whether at home, over the phone, or virtually, sharing stories across generations is a great way to increase resilience and positive emotions like happiness and empathy.

If you have children or teens in your life that you want to connect with but don’t know where to start, try striking up a conversation that you can build on with shared experiences and interests. For example, you can ask a child what the hardest thing about being their age is or what music is their favorite right now, and use their response as a starting point to listen, support, and share similarities from your life. Consider these communication strategies as well:

  • Start a conversation with a child or teen when you are both available and not busy with tasks such as homework or chores. Make sure the environment is quiet and free of distractions, such as by putting phones away and turning off electronics. Good times to start a conversation might be in the car, on a walk, and while sharing a meal.
  • Approach family conversations with an open mind. Plan to listen without judgment and speak honestly. If a child seems distracted or upset, pause the conversation, and try again another time.
  • Make yourself approachable so kids feel comfortable coming to talk to you about any topic. Be willing to pause what you are doing to listen to a child or teen who initiates a conversation with you.
  • If kids are not super talkative, don’t give up! Try sharing a story about yourself that relates to their interests or use our suggested questions below.

Family Questions to Share:

  1. Growing up one of my favorite family traditions was __________________. What is your favorite family tradition? Why?

  2. Do you know the story of how __________ [relative, close friend] and I met?

  3. Do you know where I was born and where I grew up?

  4. The greatest thing I learned from my family was ___________________. What memorable lesson have you learned from your family?

  5. What is your happiest memory? My happiest memory is ___________________.

  6. When I was younger, the bravest thing I did was ___________________. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need anything.

Please feel free to send me a dojo message, call me, or email me at leslie.ruiz@d11.org with any questions.

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

District 11 School Social Worker Department Chair

School Social Worker

Jackson Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Twin Day 2/22/2022

Twin Day was a success! Not only did our biological twins get to celebrate with making announcements on the intercom in the morning, but many of our students (and staff) dressed up as twins for the palindrome day!

Media Center Moments

New Furniture for the Media Center!

Thanks to the PTO popcorn fundraiser and everyone who supported the Book Fair, we are ordering some new furniture for the Media Center!

We will be receiving new tables, chairs, and two bench seats with movable shelves on the back.

The Jackson library has also been able to order many new books this year. The new movable shelves will be a great place to showcase these new books!

With all the supply issues happening right now, we are hoping the new furniture will be in place in the fall. Watch for these exciting changes in the Media Center!

Jackson Elementary Received New Touch ViewSonic ViewBoards (See photos below)

Another exciting development at Jackson Elementary is that every classroom received a new ViewSonic ViewBoard in February! These ViewBoards are interactive touch screens that can be used as a whiteboard, a computer, or connected to another device and they are amazing! The ViewBoard picture is so clear and bright. We are all enjoying learning how to use these new teaching tools!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org) or 719-325-5824) in your Media Center.


Rhonda Sobecki

Rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Chick Fil A

Thank you to everyone who went to Chick Fil A for a meal on February 18th. We made $245.19! Thank you so much for your support!

Jackson Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

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

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

Mrs. Becky Hemphill, Staff Assistant: rebecca.hemphill@d11.org

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

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

Mrs. Jennifer Johns, Teaching & Learning Coach: jennifer.johns@d11.org

Mrs. Taryn Wynkoop, Teaching & Learning Coach: taryn.wynkoop@d11.org

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