Coyote Chronicle

October 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Parent-Teacher Conference Week is almost here, and our teachers are so excited to meet with you to talk all about your child! Parent-Teacher conferences are critical to the home-school connection. In addition to academic information, teachers often wish to discuss how your child approaches new challenges, relates to adults, and interacts with peers. Please plan to attend virtually to collaborate with your child's teacher. Conferences will be held Monday, October 11th – Friday, October 15th. The entire week - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - is comprised of MODIFIED DAYS (8:55 -1:00 for TK-5 / 8:30 - 12:30 for Preschool). Please plan accordingly!

Here is a sneak peak at this month:

Until 10/3 - Virtual Book Fair

10/6 Walk & Ride to School Day

10/11-10/15 - Parent-Teacher Conference Week (Modified Days)

10/13 - Rubios PTA Dinner Night

10/15 - "Pink" Spirit Day

10/22 - Coyote of the Month

10/25-10/29 - Red Ribbon Week

10/29 - Storybook Character Dress-Up Day

As always, please reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns. We are here to help with whatever you need!


Mrs. Underwood

"Thriver" Trait: Self-Confidence

Each month, we will be focusing on a different character trait from the book Thrivers by Michele Borba. In her book, Borba explains the difference between "strivers" and "thrivers." Many of today's students are striving to accomplish and achieve but failing to thrive and be happy. Borba's seven "thrivers" traits are self-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. Through instilling these traits in our students, we hope they will be able to thrive both here at school and in life.

This month's school-wide character trait focus is "Self-Confidence." Did you know self-confidence leads to better academic performance, more resilience, a greater sense of well-being, and more happiness? We are working with our Coyotes to understand who they are as individuals and recognize their own strengths. Michele Borba writes in Thrivers, "Real self-confidence is an outcome of doing well, facing obstacles, creating solutions, and snapping back on your own." It is important that we allow children to make mistakes, fail sometimes, and rebound on their own. In the education world, we call this a "productive struggle." You can help at home by allowing your children to fix their own problems and do their own tasks.

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Bottled Water Donations

Due to COVID protocols, our drinking fountains have been turned off. We do have two water bottle refill stations on campus - one in the kinder wing, near the front office, and one in the 3-5th wing near the restrooms - that are available for students.

If you would like to donate a case of water bottles to the school for distribution, we would appreciate it so much! Please bring donated cases to the front office. Bottled water will be distributed by the health clerk for students who do not have water with them that day.

Thank you to the many parents who have brought in water bottles. We appreciate it!

Want to work for TVUSD?

TVUSD is hiring a number of positions at each campus, ranging from 2 to 6 hours a day.

Here at Jackson Elementary and Jackson Preschool, we have openings for :

Preschool Aide - 3.5 hours

Elementary Aide - 3.5 hours

Health Clerk Substitute

Substitute Teachers

Other job postings can be found on the TVUSD website clicking here.

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Is your student in need of tutoring?

GOHS is offering tutoring for students in elementary and middle school. The students are in the GOHS AP or IB program, or they are now first-year college students. They have stated whether they are interested in volunteer tutoring, paid tutoring, or both.

Please note that this is simply a connection vehicle. JES and GOHS are not responsible for any contract made between parties. If multiple students respond to your request, you can choose the best fit and negotiate that outside of the parameters of the school site.

We are hoping this will help many of our families who need additional assistance in their subjects. Sometimes a student talking to a student is the best way to get the content across!

If you are interested in having a tutor, please fill out the form linked here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Mrs. King at

Mrs. Kofler at

Mrs. Curtis at

Let's Talk (GOHS website)

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Student Safety

Parents, we have had an increase of parents who are parking along the red curbs to either meet their students or who leave their vehicles. You can park in any of the parking stalls in the parking lot or have your student walk past the trash bins and around the corner near BASES or meet you across the street by the park. Blocking the exit of the front loop to grab your students is strongly discouraged. Please cross with your child(ren) in designated crossing areas only! We have seen many close encounters between children and cars. Thank you!
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Social Emotional Learning ( SEL) Corner

Consistency and structure are very important for children and adolescents, especially after our lives were changed in many ways from the pandemic. The pandemic caused many families to feel like they don't have any control, especially when it comes to kids behavior. Creating a daily or weekly schedule is very helpful for students to get back into in-person school learning. Schedules create structure and predictability. Work with your child or family to create a routine that works best for you.

For more information, please check the SEL Newsletter here

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JES Celebrates Because Nice Matters Week

Great Oak High School Cheering With the Pack!

Great Oak High School is hosting a cheer clinic with a performance during halftime of an upcoming game. Registration ends on October 1st! Please see the flyer for more details!
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Spiritwear Now Available to Order!

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Join us for October's Dinner Night

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PTA Membership Drive was a success!

During our PTA membership campaign, we had over 160 members join! Congratulations to Mrs. Rhodes, Mrs. Brunner, and Ms. Navarro - your classes had the most participation and each student will be receiving a Pop It!

Parents, staff, and community members can still join PTA by clicking the link below.

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