Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

April 2022

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Jackson Families,

Spring is in the air! Can you believe the school year is already in the final quarter? This year has really flown by. This is the time of year when we get to enjoy many fun activities, such as Cinderella the Musical, Field Day (in May), concerts, dress-up days, etc. Please keep an eye on the calendar and upcoming events to stay up on all of the activities.

Summer Bridge Program

This summer, we will be partnering with Bristol Elementary School for our Summer Bridge Program (at Bristol Elementary). Specific students in grades K-4 will receive an invitation for this summer program.

Summer Bridge will run June 6-July 1, 8:00am-1:30pm. Breakfast (7:45-8:00) and Lunch will be served.

If students typically ride the school bus to Jackson each day, there will be a bus available to go to Bristol with a modified route schedule.

Stay tuned for more information!

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

CMAS testing (state testing) is coming up April 11-29 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

We ask that all students arrive by 8:00am as testing begins shortly after breakfast each day. Students should get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast (at home or at school), and comes ready each day to do their best!

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-April

April 4th-Theme: Growth Mindset

  • Crazy Hair Day

April 5th-Theme: What's the Strategy?

  • Wear Fun Socks

April 6th-Theme: Let's Do This!

  • Jersey Day

April 7th-Theme: Gratitude

  • Wear Your Favorite Shirt

April 8th-Theme: I Believe in My-Selfie!

  • Mustache and Favorite/Crazy Hat

April 8th 6:00pm

  • 3rd grade Recorders Concert

April 11-29th

  • 3rd grade Reading and Math CMAS
  • 4th grade Reading and Math CMAS
  • 5th grade Reading, Math, and Science CMAS

April 21st 5:00pm on WebEx

  • PTO

April 28 at 6:00pm

  • Cinderella, the Musical

Are you returning to Jackson for the 2022-2023 school year?


Please fill out the form that was sent home or click on this link to complete the online form to share with us if your child(ren) is coming back for the 2022-2023 school year!


If you still do not know, you can select that as a choice. The information each of you submits will help us plan for the next school year.

Thank you

CMAS (State Testing) for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade

This month, we will begin CMAS state testing in English Language Arts and Math (and Science for 5th grade). This is required for all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Testing is scheduled from April 11 - 29 from 8:30-11:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.

To support students with testing, we will have a Motivation Week (April 4-7) where students will participate in activities focusing on growth mindset and setting personal goals. Students will also learn testing protocols and interact with some practice tests, so they are comfortable when we begin the following week.

It is very important that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. If your child is absent during testing, they will have to make-up testing when they return and might miss important instruction or fun activities.

Ensuring students get a good night's rest is also important! We appreciate your support.

March Award Recipients-Trust & Self-Control

After a full semester of focusing on all R.O.A.R. (Respectful, On Task, Always Safe, and Responsible) expectations, we spent March focusing on the character traits of being Trustworthy and Showing Self-Control, which fall under Always Safe.

In April, we will focus on the final character traits of being Organized and showing Integrity which fall under Responsible.

Musically Speaking with Mr. Miller

As we head through the last quarter of the school year, Jackson Elementary will once again be alive with music.

These important dates are:

Friday, April 8th- Recorder Concert Program

This program will feature the third grade and third/fourth grade combo recorder classes (Howard, Morton and Gardner) at 6:00pm

Friday, May 10 – Instrumental Concert Program

This program will feature the 5th Grade Band and the 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra at 6:30pm.

We hope you can attend these wonderful music events. Thank you all for the encouragement you give to your students in appreciating music.

Musically yours,

Mr. Miller

Looking for something fun for your school-aged child over the summer?

Come see what the Jackson Adventure Club is offering for the summer!

They offer full or part time care, right here at Jackson. Students will participate in fun, summer activities to keep the mind and body busy. They will take 3 field trips each week and engage in fun-filled activities.

Please give Ms. Linda a call at (719) 548-9248 for more information. They hope to see you!!!

Field Day-May 6th

Field Day will be on Friday, May 6th from 8:15am to 10:55am. Many students look forward to this day all year!

The purpose of Field Day is for students to play and compete, but mostly have fun! Students are encouraged to wear sunscreen, dress in layers, wear a hat, bring a water bottle, etc.

Students have practiced very hard in Physical Education this year to develop their skills, and now it’s time to show off a little!

I am proud to say that this year, we are welcoming our parents/guardians back to Jackson's Field Day. Families are encouraged to attend, model good sportsmanship, and cheer on all of our Jaguar competitors. This day is a whole lot better when the “fans” show up!

Robert Morris

Jackson Elementary Physical Education

April 21st PTO Meeting at 5:00pm


Thursday, Apr 21, 2022 5:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-06:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 2623 108 3553

Password: Jackson1

Join by video system

Dial 26231083553@cssd11.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 262 310 83553

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

Dear Parents and Guardians,

CMAS testing is beginning the week of April 11th for students of 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades and will continue the week of Aprils 18th . Testing will be Tuesday-Thursday. Please make every effort to ensure your child is in attendance during these days so that they do not have to take multiple/make-up tests in one day. Here are some guidelines to help your child do their best:

  1. Make sure they are getting plenty of sleep the night before testing. This is not the week to let them stay up late to watch a movie or play video games.
  2. Make sure your child is here at school on time so they can eat breakfast and be ready to jump into testing.
  3. Encourage your child do do their best. This testing often determines what extra Reading and Math classes students will need to take in Middle School, and affects placement decisions.
  4. Help your child practice relaxing and deep breathing if they begin to experience anxiety or worry.
  5. Communicate with your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Did you know you can improve your own mental health as well as that of your children? Look here for some great ideas on "happiness chemicals":

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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

Read & Relax Day

The entire school got into the spirit of Read and Relax Day. Staff and students wore pajamas and spent time with our guests and readers. It was a wonderful day!

Media Center Moments

Library Books Due Soon

All library books will be due on April 29, 2022. There will be popsicle parties for the first few classes to return all books.

Tech Week

Jackson Elementary is celebrating Tech Week the first week of May. Every student at Jackson will be given the opportunity to work with robots and coding programs. We will be using Code.org and Unplugged activities from Code.org along with the following robots: Dash, Code-n-Go Mice, Sphero Bolt, and Ozobots.

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.

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