Jefferson Journal

Week of May 22-26

Office News

Important May Dates

May 23: 5th Grade School Forest Field Trip

May 25: 4th Grade School Forest Field Trip

May 25: LHS Chamber Choir Concert

May 26: 5th Grade Washington Middle School Visit from 9:30-11:30 am

May 29: NO SCHOOL -- Memorial Day

May 30: Kindergarten School Forest Field Trip

May 31: Jefferson Family Breakfast at 8:00-8:30 am

May 31: 5th Grade Safety Patrol Movie at Mikadow Theater from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Important June Dates

June 1: 5th Grade Heritage Hill Field Trip

June 2: 4th & 5th Grade Spelling Bee at 8:45 am

June 2: K-4th Grade Manitowoc Public Library Presentations

June 6: Jefferson Spirit Day -- Wear maroon and gray!

June 7: Jefferson Jamboree

June 8: 5th Grade Clap Out at 11:15 am

June 8: Last Day of School -- Dismiss at 11:30 am

MPSD Parent Engagement Survey

The annual MPSD Parent Engagement Survey will take place May 1-26, 2023. All surveys will be delivered and completed electronically. We look forward to hearing your feedback about the MPSD and Jefferson Elementary School!

Higher Grounds Coffee Truck for Briella

On Friday, May 26th the Higher Grounds Coffee Truck will be at Jefferson from 9-11 am to raise money for Briella Wasmer. Briella is one of our 2nd-grade students who is battling cancer. 15% of the purchases made will be donated to the family. We also are having shoe boxes designed by Briella's teacher and classmates to have outside as well for those that would also like to donate in another way.
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No School -- Friday, May 19th and Monday, May 29th

There will be no school on Friday, May 19th for Staff Development. There will be no school on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

Jefferson Family Breakfast

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Jefferson Jamboree

All students will be participating in fun stations and bounce houses on Wednesday, June 7th during the Jefferson Jamboree! Please make sure your child brings socks, tennis shoes, and a water bottle that day. Socks are REQUIRED to go into the bounce houses. We are looking forward to a day of fun before the school year comes to an end!

5th Grade Clap Out

5th Grade Parents are invited to join us as we fill the halls of Jefferson to clap out our 5th grade students on the last day of school, June 8th, starting at 11:15 am. Parents and other important family members may arrive starting at 11:00 am to line one section of our halls as we celebrate our students as they move to middle school. We look forward to having you join us!
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Summer School Info and Registration

MPSD Summer School Registration is now open! Use the buttons below to view the Summer School Catalog and get directions on how to register your child. For any questions regarding Summer School, contact or (920)663-9891.
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Drop-Off/Pick-Up Reminder

As a reminder, the following locations are allowed for drop-off/pick-up:

  • Manila Street -- NO PARKING on the south side or middle of the street!
  • the east side of 14th Street--Please cross at the crosswalks!
  • the north side of Division Street--Please cross at the crosswalks!

Parents should not pull in the parking lot for drop-off or pick-up. This space is for staff and school buses only.

Before School

Students should not be dropped off before 8:00 am as there is no playground supervision. The playground is closed and students should report directly to their assigned entrances.

We also ask that students not cut through the parking lot in the front of the building, but instead cross at the crosswalks. Students cannot be seen cutting through the cars and we don't want a child to get hit.

Griffins of the Week

This year we will be highlighting one student from each grade level each week that demonstrates our Jefferson values: Be Here--Be Safe--Be Respectful--Be Responsible.

Notes from the School Counselor

May Screen Free Activities

Here are some great options for screen-free activities as temperatures continue to rise!

  • Take a walk -- Pick up trash as you walk

  • Play games outside. Have a Hopscotch Tournament or play Four Square.

  • Outdoor Artwork -- Use Sidewalk Chalk to brighten the neighborhood or make art out of nature.

  • Go on a bike ride

  • Have a picnic

  • Go camping

  • Enjoy a nature hike. Make it a scavenger hunt

  • Gardening and planting

  • Take a pet for a walk

  • Listen to music and make it a dance party.

  • Clean or organize outdoor areas. Add some competition to it

  • Play sports or enjoy recreational activities

Why are screen-free activities important?

Here is an article posted by Harvard University on the benefits of screen-free activities.

School-Based Mental Health Opportunity

If you are interested in learning more about the School-Based Mental Health services described below for your child(ren), please contact our school counselors at (920) 663-9392.

Notes from the School Nurse

End of School Year Reminder Regarding Student Medications

As we are approaching the last weeks of the school year, here are a few reminders if your child has medications at school:

  • All medications must be picked up by an adult prior to the last day of the school year. Any medications left at school after the last day will be properly disposed of by the MPSD Nurses.

  • If your child is attending summer school and will need the medications there, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to bring the necessary medication to summer school on the first day of each session and pick it up on the last day of each session.

  • Whenever possible, daily medications should be administered at home prior to arriving at summer school.

  • All medication orders on file for this current school year are still in effect for summer school. New orders would need to be obtained again prior to the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Medications at School

Reminder: For safety reasons, students are not allowed to bring medications to school. If your student needs to take medication at school, a medication consent form must be filled out by both the parent and their physician. Once the paperwork is completed a parent or guardian can return the form and the medication in its original labeled container to the office Medication consent forms can be found here:

Notes from Medical Visits

If your child misses school for a medical appointment (doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc.), please bring a note from the doctor's office to our Jefferson office upon your return.

Jefferson Community Connections

Reporting Your Child's Absence

If your child will be absent from school. please make sure to call the Jefferson Attendance Line at (920) 663-9529.

State law requires the Manitowoc Public School District to enforce the regular attendance of students. Wisconsin Act 285 defines a “habitual truant” as “a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five school days during a semester.” Per the state law, students are not allowed more than 10 absences in a school year. Families whose student exceeds the designated number of allowed absences will receive attendance letters in the mail and we will request that you participate in an attendance problem-solving meeting where we will work through each family situation.

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


Boys and Girls Club

Busing after school from Jefferson to the Boys and Girls Club is available for $1 per ride once your child is registered with the Boys and Girls Club
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Youth Resource Hub

A new resource that just launched this week! Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC) has partnered with Coolest Coast to bring a youth resource hub to their website. The goal is to have a one-stop shop for caregiving adults (parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, godparents, etc.) to support the youth in their lives. This could be from parenting support, finding basic needs, looking for activities to get them involved in, and so on. Take a visit to the website to check out what is on there and suggest an edit if you have an organization you feel is missing!

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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!