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Week of 10-25-21

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Upcoming D45 Family Tech Nights

District 45 Invites you to the first set of Family Technology Nights! Join D45 teachers, staff, and families for an opportunity to explore tools to support your child's educational journey in the District.

This introductory session will cover:

  • Accessing PowerSchool to see grades & report cards
  • Parent-Teacher Conference information & tools
  • Exploring the District 45 website

The same session will be offered twice.

  • October 26, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Jefferson OR
  • October 28, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Stevenson
Please register by Monday, October 25 using the following link: https://forms.gle/eTWsgMWg9neZJcvB7

First Quarter Digital Report Card Access

Your child's 1st quarter digital report card will be ready for family access on Monday, November 1. Students and parents/guardians can access the report card, beginning November 1, using the following steps:
  • Log into the PowerSchool portal
  • Select "Report Cards" on the left-hand side
  • Select "2021-2022 Q1"

Setting the Stage for 2nd Quarter

The first day of 2nd quarter is Monday, October 25. The start of a new quarter is a great time for students and families to reset and commit to a plan for monitoring students' progress and grades. One of our goals during middle school is to empower students to strengthen their self-advocacy skills. Self-advocacy has several benefits, some of which include: increasing self-confidence and self-worth, enabling the ability to make decisions, and allowing students to become more independent. Strengthening self-advocacy skills during a child's middle school years sets the stage for a successful high school experience and overall life success.


With this goal in mind, we want to share some suggestions/reminders for how families can support their children at home with building skills in the area of self-advocacy:

  • Have your child check PowerSchool weekly to review current quarter grade information (students can log into PowerSchool on their Chromebook using their own login and password). Celebrate your child's successes and discuss specific ways in which your child can take action to address any concerns.
  • Encourage your child to seek out his/her teachers with any questions/concerns you or your child may have over the course of the year. Consider roleplaying possible interactions between your child and the teacher, with you playing the role of the teacher.
  • Have your child email his/her teachers with any questions/concerns you or your child may have throughout the year. All students have an active D45 student email account for this purpose.


Self-advocacy is a habit and takes time to develop, with a commit from both school and home to support students in building this skill. We want to thank you for continuing to work on this skill with your child, as we continue to commit to this goal from the school's end.

Inclement Weather Plan Reminder

As colder weather approaches, we want to remind students and families of our AM arrival and lunch break plans for inclement weather days. Families can access that information here. The linked presentation was reviewed with students earlier this year during Advisory time. Parents/guardians: In addition to reminding your child of these plans, we ask that you also remind your child of the expectations for proper mask wearing while at school. Masks should fit securely over your child's nose, mouth, and chin.

Messages from the Jackson PTA

PTA Halloween Pumpkin Contest

Is your child carving a pumpkin for Halloween this year? Is so, have your child submit a picture for the PTA Halloween Pumpkin Contest! Form submissions are available through your child's Advisory Google Classroom. Students can submit pictures for the following category contests: Scary, Creative, Funny, School Spirit, Best Carving, and Decorated/Uncarved. Submissions are due November 1. Students will vote on the best pumpkin for each category and prizes will be awarded to category winners!


Treasurer Opening

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are looking for a new treasurer. Please feel free to reach out to Laurie LoCoco, at laurie4lou@yahoo.com, if you are interested.


Committee Opportunities

Any parent is encouraged to join one of our committees. Stop in for a few minutes during our next PTA Zoom meeting or contact the PTA with questions. The following committees are available for interested parents: Book Fair, Box Tops/Amazon Smile, Spirit Wear, Giving Garden, Yearbook, 8th Grade, Math Contest, Fundraising, and the Jackson/Jefferson Collaboration Committee.


2021-2022 Jackson Yearbook

Now is your chance to purchase your child a lasting memory of the 2021-2022 school year. There's nothing else like a school yearbook! Secure your child the limited edition collection of Jackson's stories from the year. Click here to order this year's school yearbook. Sales will be open until May 6.


Fundraiser

It's not too late to start supporting the Jackson PTA 2021-2022 fundraising program! The fundraising program works while you shop. Fundraising made easy for busy families! Information about this year's fundraiser can be accessed here (Spanish). Thank you for supporting the PTA and our Jackson students and staff.


PTA Membership

Click here to sign up and join the Jackson Middle School PTA. Stay involved and receive information about upcoming PTA events.


Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be held virtually on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Laurie LoCoco at laurie4lou@yahoo.com with any questions or ideas. A link for the meeting will be available in MemberHub.

Internet Safety Presentation

Officer Sonia Bregman, from the Villa Park Police Department, will be presenting Internet Safety during students' PE classes on Monday, October 25. The presentation will cover the following topics: how predators seek out children, Cyberbullying, the definition and laws concerning Cyberbullying, Cyber Stalking, False Personation, Exit Plan, Sextortion and what applications teenagers use and why they are dangerous. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact Officer Bregman at 630-592-6169 or sbregman@invillapark.com.

Halloween at Jackson

On Friday, October 29, middle school students are allowed to wear costumes to school. Below is a list of items not allowed as part of a student’s costume:

  • No face paint

  • No weapons, of any kind

  • No fake blood

  • No protruding items, such as wings

  • No costume-related masks (masks that are required for school attendance must continue to be worn on this day, as all other school days)


As always, students are expected to follow the school dress code, per the student handbook. If a student’s costume does not meet dress code expectations, the student will be asked to call home for a change of clothes. Thank you for your cooperation and support of this Jackson tradition.

Supporting Our Children as They Navigate Social Media

As many of you are aware, across the nation a number of social media challenges have been a topic of concern for parents and educators. The September challenge was to damage school restrooms and we did experience some vandalism to a number of bathrooms across multiple District schools. The "Challenges" include additional disruptive behaviors specific to each month of the 2021-2022 school year. Of concern to many are the upcoming monthly challenges including physical assault, sexual assault, and other criminal activities.


We are asking that you partner with us as a community to help promote treating our school, our staff, and each other with the dignity of how we want to represent our D45 community. Please talk with your student(s) about the harmful nature of these types of challenges and the seriousness of consequences that can follow which may include both school level disciplinary actions as well as criminal charges. Thank you for your support in this matter and helping us keep students safe.


For additional resources in speaking to students about social media, feel free to access some of the resources from our Digital Citizenship program through Common Sense Media as well as the articles below.

Water Bottle Reminder

We want to remind families that students should bring a personal water bottle to school. Water bottles may be filled at water fill stations. Water fountains are not available. Other drinks and snacks are not allowed outside of lunch periods.

Jackson Daily Announcements

Wondering how students stay “in the know” with information and opportunities at Jackson? Check out the Daily Announcements link on the Jackson website homepage. This link takes you to the daily announcements shared with students at the start of each school day. Please use this link to stay up-to-date with activities and events available for your child.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

PowerSchool is a proactive communication tool parents/guardians can use to stay informed about their child’s academic and work habits progress in school. Please click on this PowerSchool Parent/Guardian Quick Guide link for more information about how to navigate the PowerSchool portal. There is a mobile app version of the PowerSchool Portal for families. The interface of the mobile app is slightly different from the web version. If you experience any difficulties accessing PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Aparicio, the Jackson secretary who oversees PowerSchool. Her email address is vaparicio@d45.org.

Attendance

A friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of a parent/guardian to contact Jackson in the event his/her child will be absent from school. Please plan to report your child’s absence, prior to 9:00 a.m., by calling our attendance line at 630-516-7368. Parents/guardians will leave a voicemail reporting their child’s absence. In the voicemail, please include the following information:

  • Child’s name and grade level

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence


Student absenteeism should be kept to the minimum; however, the School Board recognizes that some absences are unavoidable. The following are valid causes for a student's absence and will be considered “excused,” as specified in Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code:

  • Illness

  • Observation of a religious holiday

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Family emergency

  • Other situations approved by the school principal