Jefferson School Parent Post

MARCH 2022

School Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number - 309-263-2650
  • Office Hours 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Office Fax Number - 309-284-3031
  • Jefferson Attendance Line - 309-284-3025

*Call the attendance line for: absences, tardies, appointments, leaving early, etc.

Attendance Information E-Mail:

Medical Documents E-Mail Nurse:

From the desk of Mrs. Wyman...

Dear Patriot Parents,

We are so thankful for your support of our annual carnival. It was a great evening with LOTS of Patriots & tons of fun!

We are thankful that March has arrived and will hopefully bring with it sunshine and warmer temps! To kick off the month of March, we are very excited to invite your family to our Open House & Book Fair scheduled for Thursday, March 3 from 6-7:30pm. We will be showcasing the work of your students in their classrooms. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open for the duration of the event. Doors open at 6:00pm. See you Thursday!

Skating begins in PE on March 14. The skating unit will last through March 25. Please remember to have your child wear tall socks for the duration of the unit. If you have not yet turned in your skating form & money, please do so by Friday, March 4.

Please keep your eyes out for details about the upcoming Trivia Night hosted by PTO and the registration forms for Spring Afterschool Clubs. Clubs will run from April 4-29.

Finally, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness test will be administered to our 3rd-6th grade students in April. A letter will be sent to families of our 3rd-6th grade students to give information about the test, how the results are used, and how you can help your student be prepared. The schedule for IAR testing will be shared with families before Spring Break, as our students will take the test between the window of April 5-14.

We can't wait to see you on Thursday for Open House!

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

March 2022

1 TEAM Day!

World Compliment Day

2:45pm-4:00pm Challenge

2 Early Dismissal 11:55am

3 6:00pm-7:30pm Jefferson Open House & Book Fair

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

4 Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day (March 5)

SCRIP Orders Due

7 School Social Worker Appreciation Week

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

2:45pm-3:15pm Student Ambassador Meeting Room 204

8 2:45pm-4:00pm Challenge

10 Mario Day - Wear your favorite Super Mario color or gear

1:15pm All School 5th & 6th Grade Musical

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

6:30pm-7:30pm Jefferson 5 & 6 Musical Performance (Doors open at 6:00pm)

11 11:55am Early Dismissal

End of 3rd Quarter

SCRIP Orders Distributed

14 PE Skating Session starts

PI Day

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

15 2:45pm-4:00pm Challenge

16 Aide Appreciation Day

17 2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

18 3rd Quarter Report Cards

PTO Popcorn Day

21-25 Jefferson Culver's WEEK

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

6:30pm-7:30pm Jefferson PTO Meeting

22 1:45pm-2:15pm Choir Recruitment Tour - 6th Grade Cafeteria

2:45pm-4:00pm Challenge

24 MEC DO Auditorium

25 1:15pm-2:15pm Jazz Tour in Gym and Prelude Tour in Cafeteria

28 Spring Break Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1

April 2022

4 School Resumes from Spring Break

School Librarian Appreciation Day

SCRIP Order Form Distributed

2:45pm-3:45pm MEC DO Auditorium

2:45pm-3:15pm Student Ambassador Meeting Room 204

5 TEAM Day!

2:45pm-4:00pm Challenge

6 11:55am Early Release

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We are welcoming lunch guests to Jefferson School this year. If you are eating lunch with your child, please note the following procedures:

1. Lunch guests may sit only with their child. We are not allowing any other children to join you.

2. Lunch guests must sit with their child at one of the middle tables.

3. Lunch guests must sign in and out in the office.

Lunch times are as follows -

Kindergarten 11:00am

Fifth & Sixth 11:25am

Third & Fourth 11:50am

First & Second 12:15pm


The first pre-ordered half day lunch will be distributed on Monday, January 10. Students in K-2 will be provided time to eat their pre-ordered sack lunch in the cafeteria starting at 11:15am, will students in 3-6 will be provided time to eat starting at 11:30am.

Students will be allowed to take home any unfinished items from the pre-ordered sack lunch. However, we ask that students refrain from eating food while riding on district transportation.

Questions about the pre-ordered half day lunches? Call the school office or Arbor.

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PTO Presents: Trivia Night!

Please join us for our first (possibly) annual Family Trivia Night!

Enjoy a pizza dinner followed by a fun evening of trivia.

Sign up as a family or put your own team together and sign up using your team name.

When: April 8th, 2022

Time: 5:30-7:30

Cost: $5 per person

Team sizes: 6-8 players

Ages: Kindergarten-Grandparents

Forms coming in March!

PTO Popcorn Friday!

Friday, March 18th is our next PTO Popcorn/Snack Day. If your child(ren) would like to purchase popcorn or fruit snacks for $.25, please send a quarter with your student on (Thursday). Students may only purchase one item. Popcorn/Snacks will be delivered to classrooms on Friday.

Would You Like To Help PTO ?

Would you like to help with luncheons for the staff at Jefferson? Here are the links below to enter your volunteer information.

Jefferson PTO would like to welcome our new Patriot students & families to Jefferson.

What does PTO do?

  • Provide assistance to classroom teachers and support school initiatives
  • Meet monthly to discuss ways to support students and teachers
  • Coordinate the annual fundraiser
  • Provide ways for families to give back to Jefferson - Kroger Rewards, SCRIP, Amazon Smile, & more!

Next Meeting - Monday, March 21 6:30pm

PTO Meeting Notes 1/24/2022


  • Went around the group and introduced ourselves

School Carnival- Amy Jones

  • Patriot parks is the theme, like a National Park/camping theme

  • The jail will be back this year which is big hit with the kids

  • Check for Mrs. Wyman email on game volunteer and cake walk sign up

  • Mrs. Fore will send out sign up for volunteers February 1st

  • Class baskets sign up will be coming out soon

    • Each basket has a different theme

  • Photo booth

    • 2-hour rental is $600

    • Instant camera option is $300 and we would own it for future use

    • Mrs. Wyman has a contact she will reach out to for another photo booth option

  • Open discussion about having the cake walk being a timed instead of a one song and done

    • Students will get more use out of one ticket and more chances to win

  • Carnival shirts can be purchased for $15 and will be ordered next week

    • Committee members are blue and non-committee members will be red

Silent Auction- Katherine Bauman

  • Please reach out to anyone who wants to donate items for the silent auctions

Principals Report- Mrs. Wyman

  • Morton community grant cycle is opening soon

  • Recently purchased a piece of equipment for the west side of the playground that is awaiting to be installed.

    • One more piece is awaiting to have a grant written for it

    • Jill Akers assist in writing grants for the School and PTO and Mrs. Wyman has plans to write grants annually

    • A cochair is welcome to help assist with grant writing, this is Jill Akers last year

  • Check PowerSchool as midterms are no longer being sent home in printed format

  • General Grade Update

    • 1st grade is working on doubles facts

    • 2nd grade is working on how to identify and count money

    • 3rd grade is researching animals

    • 5th grade is working on problem solving

  • New Staff Update

    • New 1st grade support aide

    • New school secretary

    • 2 clinical students

    • 2 student teachers

    • Jefferson needs 2 special eds positions

  • Yearbook order form will be coming home soon, same price as previous year

  • Skating session for PE is coming up in March which is $5

  • Half day on Wednesday

  • Valentine’s raffle coming up

  • Game ball run is the10th and 11th of February

  • Class Valentine’s Day parties are on the 14th

  • No school president’s day

  • Please fill out the 5 essentials parents survey

Treasurer’s Report-Ashly Stephens

  • Money Market Account is just under $10,744.37

  • Checking Account is at $33,247.03

  • Grand Total of $43,991.40

  • Income Total: $7,878

    • Grant from Morton Community Foundation

    • Amazon Smile

    • Script

    • Christmas Raffle

    • Concessions

    • Box Tops

    • Popcorn Friday

  • Expenses Total: $17,500

    • Swing for the playground

    • Holiday Planter

    • Teacher Assistant expense

    • Santa suit for Music Class

    • Marquee Sign

    • Carnival Items

  • We have left over Walmart gift cards from the Christmas basket donations

Gameball Run- Ashly Stephens

  • Turkey grams fundraiser just ended and brought in $900

  • Movie day coming up

  • Valentine raffles went home today, $1 per ticket

  • Gameball run is February 10th and the game is February 11th

  • Order form is due for shirts this Friday

  • Go visit the potter store at the junior high for spirit wear

  • It was brought to our attention that some spirit wear orders were incomplete,

    • Some spirit wear is still coming in

    • We are aware that there was shortages and other issues

2021/2022 Committee Chairs- Katherine Bauman

  • Open co-chair is available for Christmas Baskets

  • Secretary and co-treasurer will be open for the 2022-2023 school year

  • We are short items for the teacher lunch tomorrow

  • A parent brought up the idea to do something nice for the school nurse with covid going on

    • The nurse's office is very busy on a daily basis with medication distribution, covid, injuries and other illness visits

    • The group discussed options on a small gift

  • A parent brought up how put together the remote learning was

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Jefferson Vision & Mission

Vision: Educating Patriots today to be leaders tomorrow.


We are P.A.T.R.I.O.T.S.

P. ositive role models & problem solvers

A. chievers

T. eam players

R. eaders & rigorous learners

I. ndependent thinkers

O. pen-minded & offering opportunities to all

T. echnology innovators

S. etting examples by serving others

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Safe Classrooms, Successful Outcomes

Here is your one-stop link for all current information related to COVID, including District 709's Return to School Plan and the online form for employees & families to report COVID cases. If your child or a member of your family has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID, we need you to call our attendance line and complete the online form - Family COVID Case Report. Please make attendance phone calls by 8:30am daily.