February, 2023

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From the Principal

Dear Jefferson Families,

The month of January flew right by, and we are headed into February with no signs of slowing down! On Monday, January 30th we welcomed our newest students in our Transitional Kindergarten program. As we move into February, we celebrate Black History Month, Healthy Heart Month, as well as many more opportunities for our students to learn and grow.

Believe it or not, the first semester of the school year is wrapping up. Friday, February 3rd marks the official end of the semester, and Monday the 6th is a non-student day where teachers work on preparing first semester progress reports. You can expect your child to bring their progress report home in their backpack on Friday, February 17th.

I encourage you to take some time to reflect with your child on their progress report and their growth and achievement up to this point of the year. As a fellow parent, a few things my wife and I try to do when reflecting with our own children include the following:

  1. Begin with the positives- Have your child reflect on why they performed well in a particular subject area.
  2. Acknowledge effort- This is something our school values deeply, as we seek to foster a growth mindset with our students. I would encourage you to play close attention to the “21st Century Skills” section to glean information about your child’s effort at school or within various content areas.
  3. Talk about opportunities for growth- Have your child reflect on areas they want to get better at and help them set some specific, attainable, time-bound goals.

Above everything, my wife and I always aim to communicate we love our children no matter what, and we are their greatest cheerleaders as they continue on their educational journey.

Kind regards,

Steve Hopkins

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February 3 - LIF Day - 2:15 Release

February 3 - First Semester Ends

February 6th - No School

February 10 - LIF Day - 2:15 Release

February 16 - PTA Watch Dog meeting 6 p.m.

Februrary 17 - Report cards sent home in backpacks

February 20 - 21 - Mid-Winter Break

February 24 - LIF Day - 2:15 Release

Coaches Corner

Greetings, Charger families!

We are excited to share a wonderful opportunity open to Jefferson’s young authors. The Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA) is sponsoring an essay contest in which students write about an influential role model who has had a profound impact on their life. The role model must be a real person the student has interacted with, not a fictional character. Students may wish to consider the following questions (among others) when thinking about who to celebrate and writing their essay:

  • Why is this role model important in my life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills has this influential role model taught me?
  • Why do I look up to this role model and appreciate having him or her in my life?
  • How would my life be different without this role model?
  • How would other kids benefit from having a similar role model in their lives?

Student essays will be scored on current state standards for informational/explanatory writing in grades K-2 and opinion writing in grades 3-5. The deadline for submissions is February 15th. For more information about participation guidelines and access to the online application form and resources, please visit the WSPTA website.

Good luck, authors!

Winter Graham, K-2 ELA & Math Coach


Jessica Lundgren, 3-5 ELA & Math Coach


News From The Art Room

February is a great month to visit a museum! The Shack Art Center in Everett is free and open to the public most days. In Seattle, the Frye Art Museum is free and totally worth the trip!

Deadline for the District Art Show: February 2nd (I will bring it to the district office on February 3rd). Only original, high-quality works that demonstrate a student's best effort will be submitted for the show. No coloring pages, paint by numbers or sketches will be accepted.

Thanks for doing your best every week in Art!

Andrea Aguilera (Gardner)

Art Teacher

Jefferson Elementary

News from the Music Room

Concerts are back at Jefferson this year! If your child is in Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, their concert will be on May 1st. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will have a concert on May 8th. Both concerts will be held at the Everett Civic Auditorium. More information will be coming home soon, but please save the date! I am so glad we will again have the opportunity to share our music with you in concert!

Ms. Rivera, our teaching intern, continues to learn from us and will soon be sending home permission slips so that she can record some of her lessons as she is teaching. This is a valuable teaching tool for her, and I hope you will all consider filling out the form and sending it back as soon as you can.

Don’t forget that our digital curriculum is also available to access from home, by going to https://musicplayonline.com/student-login/ and entering the access code: d563078. There you can find many of the songs we are learning and the games we play in class.

Debrah Rockwell

Music Teacher

Jefferson Elementary

News from the Gym

Happy February and happy heart month! Students have begun learning and practicing jump rope skills in PE. Jumping rope is a great body+brain exercise! Not only is it great exercise for the heart, but it also helps to develop skills like memory, focus, and spatial awareness. If you happen to have a jump rope at home, see if your student would like to practice or show you what they have been working on. Jumping rope is a great way to improve Cardiorespiratory Endurance (CRE), a component of fitness Jefferson students practice in P.E..

CRE is the ability of our heart and lungs to supply oxygen to our muscles during long periods of physical activity. Students are also working on pacing to find a just-right speed while they jog. While we might think of long distance endurance athletes like marathon runners having great Cardiorespiratory Endurance, there are many ways that your child can build and strengthen their endurance. Along with jumping rope, dancing, jogging, riding a bike, swimming, hiking, and team sports are all great ways to train the heart and lungs to work more efficiently.

Consider your child’s interests and natural skills when encouraging exercise. Movement-based activities are a fun way to develop healthy, positive exercise habits!


Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, and father figures! Join Mr. Hopkins and the TOP Dogs on February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to hear more about the WATCH D.O.G.S. program and how you can be a hero in our school! Pizza and beverages provided by the PTA.

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated books to our book drive. Our vending machine will be well stocked because of your generosity!

Lighthouse Elementary Cooperative Info Night - February 13th at 6:30 pm

If you weren't already aware, the Everett School District has a unique choice program that is offered right here at Jefferson Elementary. The program is called Lighthouse Elementary Cooperative which features standard district curriculum with an overlay of parent involvement via weekly classroom volunteering and support for enrichment activities such as field trips and parent-led specialty lessons.

Lighthouse is hosting an Information Night and welcomes all families to attend and learn more about the program to find out if it could be a good fit for your family. You'll hear from teachers, parents, members of the board, and even students to learn about all the great things the program provides and find out if it would be a good fit for your family. You can learn more about the program here: https://www.lighthousecoop.org/.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Jefferson Elementary School

RSVP: https://www.lighthousecoop.org/

Also, registration opens on February 1st! You can enroll online here: https://www.lighthousecoop.org/enroll-1.

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February Newsletter

Each month, our Everett Public Schools sends a newsletter to all of our families with information pertaining to all of our schools/programs. The February version of our newsletter is attached below for your consideration.
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