Jackson Jottings

October 2018, Volume 3

October Calendar at a Glance

  • 2nd -- Flu Shot Clinic at Jackson, 5:00-7:30
  • 3rd -- Picture Day
  • 5th -- Grandparents/Special Friends Day (K-2 9:30-10:45, 3-5 1:30-2:45)
  • 9th -- Fundraiser Kick-Off
  • 17th-19th -- NO SCHOOL/MEA
  • 31st -- Harvest Party Day

Message from Mr. Bjerken

Welcome to the 18-19 school year!

First of all, I want to express a HUGE THANK YOU for all you do everyday that has helped us get off to a great start here at Jackson! All you do to help your kids at school is invaluable when it comes to the success of our students.

Being new to Jackson this year, I cannot tell you how impressively hard working, dedicated, and exceptional our staff is. What a great place for our students! Teachers are getting to know every student and creating the best learning paths possible to ensure learning for all. They are working hard to help students be expert learners through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) structure. Teaching kids about what is best behavior in school for learning is a strong prerequisite and benefits all students and staff. Watching their talent and dedication has truly been inspiring.

We have several goals for our school this year that include proficiency levels on MCAs, primary grades timeline success points, and narrowing our achievement gap. We are continuing with our PBIS and ENVoY to allow teachers to manage in a positive way to get the most learning for every student.

Grandparents or special friend day is coming up fast. October 5th grandparents or special friends are able to come to school to spend a little time in the classroom. Our day is similar to last year with the exception of one thing that has been changed. This year, due to the size of Jackson and our inability to monitor all students leaving school during the school day, students will not be able to leave school to eat out with their guests. Students will stay at school and resume their normal schedule when the grandparent event concludes. Thanks in advance for understanding our top priority of safety for every student.

Again, thank you for all you do at home to help bring every student to success. We are so glad to be partnering with you in such an important quest! Have a wonderful school year!


Dr. Kevin Bjerken, Principal

Would you like to volunteer?

Want to volunteer at Jackson? We have volunteer opportunities for everyone. You can help out in the classroom, workroom, field trips, at home projects, class parties, PTO and many others. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the application by using this link or finding the online application on our Jackson home page:


Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

Are your kids getting enough sleep?

Parents are responsible for a list of things to ensure their child stays healthy. And at times, that list can seem huge and overwhelming; eat healthy foods, get some exercise, limit screen time, get to bed on time while getting homework done, etc. So sometimes, the importance of sleep is at the bottom of the list. We all NEED sleep, by why? And how much do our kids need?

Why do we need sleep?

Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. These hours of rest help us to revive energy, maintain chemical balances to create better moods, stabilize chemical imbalances, and even ensure that the body is working at its best capabilities to ward off disease. Not getting enough sleep weakens your immune system and increases our risk of getting sick. Kids that don't get enough sleep possibly won't grow as well, because sleep helps us regulate all of our hormones, including the growth hormone. Also when we are sleep deprived, we may feel MORE hungry and crave sugar.

What happens if I skip a few nights of sleep?

Skipping 1 night's sleep makes a person cranky and clumsy. After missing 2 nights sleep, a person will have problems thinking and doing things; his or her brain and body can't do their normal tasks nearly as well. After 5 nights without sleep, a person will hallucinate (this means seeing things that aren't actually there). Eventually, it becomes impossible for the brain to give its directions to the rest of the body without sleep.

How would this affect my child at school?

A school assignment that's normally easy and may feel impossible, or they may feel clumsy and easily frustrated while playing a sport or instrument. Researchers found that our ability to think quick and clearly, solve math problems, remembering details, and perform some physical tasks are diminished when we're sleep deprived. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and cognitive problems that impact your child's ability to learn in school.

How much sleep does my child need?

Most kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years old need 9.5 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day. If sleep is cut short, they wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities.

What can I do to help my child sleep?

Get organized for the next day before going to bed. If their lunch is packed and backpack is ready to go, you can rest easy and you don't have to rush around in the morning.

Don't have a TV in your bedroom

Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less. And the light from the TV can stimulate the brain. If fact, turning off TV, cell phones, and video games 60 minutes before bed will help quiet the brain and get it ready for bed.

Create a relaxing routine. Follow the same bedtime routine each night, such as taking a warm shower, listening to music, or reading. Doing this can get their body and mind ready for a peaceful night of sleep.

9 Foods to Avoid Before Bed

  1. Ice Cream -- even though it is a favorite, the high sugar can sometimes cause nightmares
  2. Celery -- surprising but celery is a natural diuretic. This may cause the need to go to the bathroom more frequently at night
  3. Pasta -- pasta has a high glycemic index which could affect your blood sugar levels and delay sleep or wake you up at night
  4. Pizza -- the high acidity of tomato sauce could cause acid reflux and the high fat meats and cheeses could cause heartburn
  5. Candy Bars -- A recent study has shown that 7 out of 10 people who eat junk foods like candy bars before bed are more likely to be prone to nightmares. The hypothesis is that the high levels of sugar create more nightmarish brain waves.
  6. Cereal -- again the high amount of sugar and carbohydrates might affect your blood sugar, keeping you up
  7. Garlic -- garlic is known as the "hot herb" which can cause heartburn or upset stomach
  8. Dark Chocolate -- dark chocolate is a sneaky source of caffeine, which is known to perk you up
  9. Red Meat -- red meat is loaded with proteins and fats that will keep your body hard at work throughout the night. To achieve a deeper sleep, you ideally want all your systems at peace -- and meat takes longer to digest than any other foods.

Remember these 9 foods are not always bad for you, you just might want to avoid them right before bed to have your best chance at a good night's sleep.

Additional Resources


www.medicalert.org.au/news-and-resources/what-time-should-your-kids-go-to bed

Art Lines from Mr. Olson


Greetings from the Art Department!

Well, we are off to another great start this year in the art room. Our Kindergarteners have been learning their colors and working on their painting skills. The first graders have been learning about warm and cool colors so far. They will be coming home with a nice fall leaf painting soon. The second graders have been working on mixing their colors and have also been learning about how to use warm and cool colors in a night sky painting. The fourth graders are working on mixing intermediate colors. The fourth graders are also working on a complex 1-point perspective drawing. And the fifth graders are creating a painting using analogous color schemes.

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students bring their supply box with them when they have art. This includes markers, crayons, a pencil, and an eraser. They should also have a journal/sketchbook with them when they come to art class. I hope everyone has had a great start to the year and I look forward to seeing you around the building!

Mr. Olson


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Music Department "Notes"

By: Mrs. Beckler, Mrs. Flatness, and Ms. Lund

Music Program Dates for 2018-19

Kindergarten: Friday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm ("Going to the Farm")

1st Grade: Friday, February 8th at 2:00 pm ("The Day the Crayons Quit")

2nd Grade: Friday, December 7th at 2:00 pm ("The Nutcracker Suite")

3rd Grade: Friday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm ("Veteran's Day Celebration")

4th Grade: Friday, April 26th at 2:00 pm ("Minnesota Musicians")

5th Grade: Monday, May 13th at 6:30 pm (Band and General Music Program)

All music programs will take place int eh Jackson gymnasium. All families are welcome to attend and we look forward to sharing our music with you! If you choose to take your child home after the program, please let your classroom teacher know ahead of time. Programs usually last around 45 minutes. The doors open at around 1:45 pm for the 2:00 pm programs.

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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey, Mrs. Tanberg, and Mrs. Voigt

Our students at Jackson Elementary have been busy getting used to a new school year, with new teachers, and most importantly new friends.

Soccer is a popular sport at Jackson Elementary School. Students are introduced to skills such as: the foot trap, knee trap, chest trap, heading the ball, dribbling, passing, positions and rules of the game. All of our classes will play various lead up games and then play the game of soccer.

We will be starting our fall Fitness Testing. Students are required to be tested twice a year in the mile run (cardiovascular endurance), sit and reach (flexibility), curl-ups (abdominal strength), and the push-ups (upper body strength). These scores are used to determine if they are within the healthy fitness zone standards based on gender and age compared to students across the country.

Fitness is a main goal of our Physical Education Department, but we need your help at home. Please set up a fitness plan with your child and exercise with them daily at home. Students should receive exercise for at least 20 minutes per day.

If you have any questions please call or stop by and visit our Physical Education Class, you are always welcome!

Mr. Jeff Casy (jcasey@shakopee.k2.mn.us)

Mrs. Sue Tanberg (stanberg@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

Mrs. Kelly Voigt (kvoigt@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

If anyone has some old tennis shoes that they would like to donate to the Physical Education Department it be greatly appreciated. We have students who do not have tennis shoes to wear for physical education and we would like to give them a pair. Please make sure the tennis shoes are clean and free of rips and tears.

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Greetings from the Learning Commons!

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My name is Diane Kersteter and I am the new media specialist here at Jackson! I have been a media specialist for 12 years and truly believe I have the best job in the world. Here's what we've been doing so far in Media Classes:

Kindergarten-Second Grade: Students have learned about how to care for their library books and have done their first book checkouts. We will be starting a unit on Digital Citizenship this month.

Third-Fifth Grade: Students are learning how to search for books using Destiny. We will be starting a unit on Digital Citizenship this month.

Just a quick review: Students in Kindergarten check out one book. First graders check out two books. Second through fifth graders check out three books. Students with overdue books will not check out books until their others are returned.

Jackson's Makerspace

1st-5th grade classes have been invited into the makerspace int he learning commons for orientations to learn about the space and the tools that we have available for student exploration. We have high-tech opportunities like Spheros, a 3D printer, a stop motion studio, and Lego WeDo robotic kits. We also have low-tech stations for rainbow loom breacelets, engineering with cardboard, "upcycling" recycled materials into new treasures and crafts.

Kindergarten students will have a chance to learn in the makerspace as well as the year progresses. However since they are learning so many new routines and academics already, we will introduce them to this space sometime at the beginning of Semester 2.

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Hello Jackson families from the PTO! We hope you and your kids have had a great start to this school year! We hope you enjoyed the school picnic and first ever food truck event (see the pictures below). We had a great turn out and it was so much fun! We also, had an exciting first meeting with a wonderful turnout and great conversation. This makes all of us on the board so excited for our year. Our next meeting is on Monday, November 5th at 6:30 pm and Ladybugs Lice will be presenting a Lice 101 class for us. We hope you can join us and as always, child care is provided. October is a big month for us. We have Grandparents and Specials Friends Day on October 5th. Then our big fundraiser kicks off October 9th and the Jackson Fun Run will be taking place on October 24th. We are partnering with Boosterthon in hopes to make the event extra successful and more exciting and educational for our students. Please watch for information on the Jackson Parents Page on FB, thru email, phone calls, in your folders ad be sure to ask your students about the event. If you have any questions about our PTO, the events we are having or would you like to volunteer any of your time, please contact us at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com OR on our Facebook Page - Jackson Parents.

Kjersta Hoffman

Jackson Elementary PTO Vice President

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Meet The PTO

September 2018 PTO Meeting Minutes


We are so excited with the fantastic turnout. Thank you to all of the parents who attended the meeting. If you did not make it to the first one, we would love to see you at upcoming meetings.


  • Principal, Keving Bjerken
  • Board Introductions

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many upcoming opportunities to volunteer with PTO, starting with Friday, October 5th for Grandparents/Special Friends Day. We are looking for volunteers to help direct grandparents and special friends to classrooms. If you are interested, please let us know at jacksonpto28@gmail.com. We will be sending out emails for you to sign up for volunteer opportunities via sign-up genius as different opportunities approach.


  • Fun Run -- Our main fundraiser will be a fun run again this year. The kickoff event will be October 9th, but you will be receiving information within the next couple of weeks to learn about the event. The fun run will take place on October 24th and we will be seeking volunteers for this event.
  • Dinner Nights -- We some different nights coming up--the first one is at Panera Bread on September 24th. You need to bring your flier or show it on your phone for Jackson to receiver credit. All proceeds from dinner nights will be used for equipment and materials in the work room -- which is the room used to create all sorts of materials for the classroom.

Budget and Fund Usage

We will be granting as many requests for grant money as we can to help the classrooms.

Box Top Updates

Our first Box Top competition is under way! Send any and all box tops with your kiddos. You can tape them to the sheets that are sent home, or you can put them in baggies. Our goal this year is $5000. Let's make it happen.


  • Events
  • Meeting Ideas
  • Future Fundraisers

If you have any ideas for events or fundraising opportunities, please let us know!

Our next meeting is November 5th. We would love to see you there!


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