Jefferson Journal

March 25th

Office News

Important April Dates

Friday, March 26: NO SCHOOL

Saturday, March 27-Sunday, April 4: NO SCHOOL--Spring Break

Tuesday, April 6: PTO Spring Fundraiser ends--All orders returned no later than 4/7!

Wednesday, April 7: Early Release Day at 1:10 pm

Friday, April 9: 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Sunday, April 11: 4K Open House from 1:00-2:00 pm at Riverview, YMCA, Lakeshore Child Care, and Head Start

Tuesday, April 13: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences at 4:00-7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 14: Early Release Day at 1:10 pm

Thursday, April 15: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences at 4:00-7:30 pm

Friday, April 16: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences at 8:00-10:00 am

Week of April 19-23: Forward Testing for Virtual Students--View schedule here!

Monday, April 19: April PTO Meeting via Google Meet at 5:00-6:00 pm -- JOIN HERE!

Wednesday, April 21: Early Release Day at 1:10 pm

Wednesday, April 28: Early Release Day at 1:10 pm

Friday, April 30: NO SCHOOL--Staff Professional Development Day

Early Release Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is an Early Release at 1:10 pm. Please make sure your child is picked up no later than 1:20 pm.

Spring Break/ Las vacaciones de primavera

Spring Break will take place Friday, March 26-Sunday, April 4th. We hope your family enjoys the extra time together and has a Happy Easter!

Las vacaciones de primavera se llevarán a cabo del viernes 26 de marzo al domingo 4 de abril. No hay clases del 26 de marzo al 4 de abril. Las clases reanudará el 5 de abril. ¡Esperamos que su familia disfrute el tiempo extra juntos y que tengan una Feliz Pascua!

Upcoming MPSD Referendum

Vote on Tuesday, April 6 or Earlier by Absentee Ballot

Remember to vote! Manitowoc Public School District residents will vote April 6 on the district's operational referendum request seeking up to $4.3 million annually, for three years, to maintain existing K-12 district-wide educational programming and opportunities, and fund capital and technology needs.

If approved, the referendum will have little to no impact on school property taxes. The first year, MPSD’s school tax levy rate is projected to decrease by one cent from $7.81 per $1,000 of equalized home value to $7.80 in 2021-2022. MPSD’s tax rate has decreased in each of the past six years. Please learn more:

Board Approves Referendum Request

Fact Sheet

PowerPoint Presentation

Video of Supt. Holzman’s referendum overview

MPSD Connection - community newsletter with referendum information

Watch the recording of the March 11 public informational session

Join the final public informational session on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. via livestream here

Unable to get to the polls on April 6? You can vote early by absentee ballot.

You can vote in person at the City Clerk's Office or Town Hall. A photo ID is required to vote by absentee ballot via mail or in person and at polling places on election day.

The Manitowoc City Clerk's office will mail you an absentee ballot if you submit an absentee ballot request using this ballot request form or call 686-6950. City of Manitowoc in-person absentee voting ends on Friday, April 2, 2021 in the City Clerk's office in City Hall, 900 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI 54220. Hours for in-person absentee voting are weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Read more about MPSD's referendum at If you have questions, please contact Supt. Mark Holzman at or at 920-686-4781.

PTO Spring Fundraiser

The PTO Spring Fundraiser kicks off on Wednesday, March 24th and runs through Tuesday, April 6th. Due to Covid, our fundraising efforts have been limited this past year, so we are hoping to make this one of our best fundraisers ever! Delivery of all ordered items will take place on Tuesday, May 4th between 3:00-4:00 pm.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Challenge

Fuel Up To Play 60 is back! We are starting our first competition of the year! Attached below is a healthy snack idea to try over spring break! Take a picture of your student(s) making, eating, or just enjoying this healthy snack!

Send your pictures to by April 9th! Winners will be shared on announcements on Monday, April 12th.

Every student that sends Miss Maedke a picture will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! 5 students will win! Prizes will range from jump ropes, board games, weighted hula-hoops, and more!

Let the fun begin! Good Luck!

Challenge #1 Ranch Yogurt Dip
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State Testing

Forward Testing-Grades 3-5

Students in Grades 3-5 will take the WI Forward Assessment this spring. Our Jefferson testing window will be April 13-May 14. All testing for virtual students and in-person students must take place at Jefferson and cannot be delivered virtually. Students in Grades 3-5 will be tested in ELA and Math. Additionally, students in Grade 4 will be tested in Science and Social Studies.

Virtual Learners

Testing will take place the week of April 19-23. Please view THIS SCHEDULE to find the specific times your child will come to Jefferson for testing. If you have any questions about Forward testing or what this will look like, please contact Mrs. DeArmond at (920)663-9532 or at

In-Person Learners

Tuesday, April 13--Grades 3, 4, 5

Thursday, April 15--Grades 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, April 20--Grade 4

Wednesday, April 21--Grades 3, 4, 5

Thursday, April 21--Grade 4

Tuesday, April 27--Grades 3, 4, 5

Thursday, April 29--Grade 4

PALS Testing-Grades K-2

Students in Grades K-2 will take the PALS Early Literacy Assessment this spring. Our Jefferson testing window will be April 26-May 21. All testing for virtual students and in-person students must take place at Jefferson and cannot be delivered virtually. Communication about specific testing dates for your child will be communicated in the near future.

Updates from School Nurse

5th Grade Immunizations

Students entering 6th grade (age 11) are required by law to receive a booster vaccine of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine or sign a waiver of declination for personal, medical or religious reasons. A waiver can be found on the MPSD website under services>nursing services>parent forms. Due to the limited access of medical appointments in the last year many children are behind in this requirement. Please see your medical provider, public health department, or health center to schedule your appointment PRIOR to school beginning next year.

Other recommended Preteen and teen vaccines include:

  • Meningococcal-protects against the bacteria that causes meningitis

  • HPV-protects against cancers and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus

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UPDATED (3/26): My Child Is Ill. Now What?

My child is exhibiting the following new onset of unexplained symptoms:

● One of the following:

• Fever (100.4 or greater)

• New loss of taste or smell

● OR Two or more of the following:


•Body aches

•Congestion (sinus, chest)


•Shortness of breath

•GI symptoms (Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

•Sore throat


They must stay home from school!


Option 1. See a healthcare provider and have a written return to school letter.

Option 2. COVID-19 testing is performed. If negative results may return the next school day if symptoms are improved. If positive follow the prescribed isolation guidelines.

Option 3. Quarantine for 10 days. If this option is chosen, ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST OCCUR:

○ MUST stay home from school for ten (10) days from when symptoms first appeared

○ MUST be fever free for at least 24 hours without the used of fever reducing medications

○ All other symptoms have improved.

MPSD 4K Registration

The MPSD offers free 4K for children who will be age 4 by September 1, 2021. Registration will take place during the week of April 12th. More information regarding open house options and registration details are forthcoming. If you would like to ensure your child(ren) receives a postcard in the mail with this information, please email Sara Disch at with parent name, household address, student name, and student birthdate.

MPSD 4K Open House

4K Open Houses will be held on April 11th

Will your child be 4 years old by September 1, 2021? If you would like to learn about the Manitowoc Public School District’s 4K program for fall 2021 join us for our Open House event on Sunday, April 11th from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Visit any or all of these 4K locations:
* Head Start - 4400 Michigan Avenue & 1130 S 9th Street
* Lakeshore Child Care Center - 3400 Division Street
* Riverview School - 4400 Michigan Avenue
* YMCA - 205 Maritime Drive

During the open houses you can:

- Visit multiple sites
- Get your questions answered
- Pick up a registration form
- Learn about wraparound child care
- Get information about bussing

Registration will take place at Riverview School during the week of April 12 - 16, 2021. Hours are Monday 9am to 4pm / Tuesday 9am to 6pm / Wednesday 9am to 4pm / Thursday 9am to 6pm / Friday 9am to 4pm. Please bring your child’s immunization record and birth certificate to registration.

Visit to learn more about our 4K program

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Jefferson Staff Shout Outs!!

Every week on the announcements, Mrs. DeArmond gives shout outs to our amazing Griffins for all the great work they are doing in the classroom. Now it is your turn to nominate a Jefferson staff member to whom your family would like to give a shout out. If your family would like to nominate a staff member for a Staff Shout Out, please email Mrs. DeArmond at

Please do the following to nominate a staff member:

1. In the subject line of the email write "Staff Shout Out."

2. Give the name of the staff member.

3. Give a description of why you want to nominate the staff member for the Staff Shout Out.

We will share all Student & Staff Shout Outs on the morning announcements!

Jefferson Community Connections

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Chartwells Food Service

Parent Support

Our Student Support Leader, Tara Foytik, will be available for YOU to text, email, or call to address any questions or issues you may be having during in-person or virtual learning!

Options to contact Tara Foytik:

Text/Call: (920)323-5736


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Student Web Help Ticket

Click here if your child's Chromebook is not working properly and you need help.

Check Out Library Books

Learn how to log in, search, place books on holds for materials pick-up, and read ebooks on Destiny Discover.

Covid-19 Reporting Form

If you or someone in your family is having symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 please fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form.


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Join our Facebook Page

We would love to have you 'like' our Jefferson Elementary School Facebook page and our Jefferson PTO Facebook page. We post photos of our students engaging in learning, important announcements, links to community events for families, and so much more. It is a great way to stay connected to all things happening at Jefferson!
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