Jeffries Weekly Update

February 1-5, 2016

Feedback Opportunity

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete a Friday Feedback- some have done it multiple times- love it! Feel free to complete one once a week, once a month- or as you feel the desire. I appreciate you taking the time to share celebrations, area of consideration and anything else you would like to share! It's called Friday Feedback on the Jeffries CANVAS page/Feed Forward. Go directly to CANVAS or click on the hyperlink above.

This Week's Events

Monday, Feb. 1- Welcome Back! It's a great day to be AWESOME!

National School Counselor Appreciation Week! Bring goodies to the Teacher's Workroom to celebrate our counselors, Tracy & Cynthia.

Tuesday, Feb. 2- Happy Birthday, Tracy Livingston; Groundhog Day;

Watch DOG: Damon Bess; CANVAS Part 2 with Debbie Hammer (mandatory staff professional learning) from 4-5PM in Mrs. Mercado's Rm.- bring your device;

Jaguar Junction

Wednesday, Feb. 3- Mid 3rd Quarter; Principal Appreciation Day; Liz out in the AM for Mandatory District PTA Mtg. until 10:30AM; Parents as Teachers K Prep & Story Time with Gina Thomas 12:30-2:30PM in the LIbrary.

Thursday, Feb. 4- Happy Birthday, Phil Mendenhall! Fred gone to Love & Logic Conference; Throwback Thursday; TST 7:45-8:30AM; PTA Executive Mtg. 6:30PM

Friday, Feb. 5- Fred at Jeffries all day; Leadership Assembly at 1:15PM (Focus: Seek First to Understand Before Being Understood); 2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off (10AM Judging begins in Conference Room)

Saturday, Feb. 6- Shop with a Hero 9AM (West Sunshine Wal-Mart)

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Upcoming Events

Monday-Friday Feb. 8-12- Valentine Gram Sales (8:30-9:00AM and during 2nd Grade Program at 2PM and 7PM). $0.50 for sucker/gram or $2 Monkey Gram

Tuesday, Feb. 9- In-School House Players Assembly 1:15PM (K-5 in gym);

2nd Grade Rehearsal for School at 2PM (following In-School House Players);

PTA Mtg. with 2nd Grade Performance at 7PM (students meet in classrooms at 6:45PM);

Kindergarten Registration at Jeffries (for 2016-2017) from 5-7PM

Friday, Feb. 12- Valentine's Parties 2:30-3:30PM

Monday, Feb. 15– No School (President’s Day)

Friday, Feb. 19- 5th Grade students visit Carver Middle School (morning)

Monday, Feb. 22- 3rd Grade Peter & the Wolf Field Trip

Friday, Feb. 26– Jeffries K Registration (2016-2017 School Year) from 10-12PM.

Monday, Feb. 29-March. 4- Student Council Penny War (to benefit Leadership Program)

Friday, March 4- Leadership Assembly; End of 3rd Quarter

March 7-11- Spring Break

Monday, Feb. 29– March 4- Student Council Penny War (to benefit Leadership Program)

Tuesday, March 1– PTA Mtg. with 1st Grade Performance at 7PM

Friday, March 4- Leadership Assembly; End of 3rd Quarter

March 7-11- Spring Break Tuesday, March 15– Jeffries Texas Roadhouse Night 4-8PM (students dance at 7PM) Wednesday, March 16– Parents as Teachers K-Prep 12:30PM & Future Jaguars 1:30-2:15PM (library) Friday, March 18– VOICE (Career Fair) for 3-5th Grade (organized by Mrs. Livingston from 9AM-12PM; PTA Spring Fundraiser Major Saver Kick-Off Assembly

Tuesday, March 22– 4th Grade Field Trip to the Springfield Symphony Wednesday, March 23– Class Pictures, Spring Individual Pictures and 5th Grade Graduation Pictures

Wednesday, March 30– K & 1st Grade Assembly from 9:15-10AM– Springfield Regional Opera “Opera in the Schools”

Friday, April 1– Leadership Assembly Tuesday, April 12– PTA General Mtg. with Kindergarten Performance at 7PM Wednesday, April 13– Parents as Teachers K-Prep 12:30 & Future Jaguars 1:30-2:15PM

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Make Someone's Day!

Have you completed a SPS Recognition Form lately to recognize a SPS R-12 employee for a job well done? Please do that here!

Google for Education Training

Want to begin training modules so you can work at your own speed on learning all about Google? I have invited you to a CANVAS training for Google. I would highly encourage you to begin going through the online courses.

Ready to move beyond Lexia? Training for Reading Plus!

Many of you have students that have completed Lexia and your students are ready to move on to Reading Plus. We are excited to announce after school training opportunities for Reading Plus Level 2 in 2016. You DO NOT need to have previously attended Reading Plus Level 1 Training to attend. Registration for each session is through Employee Self Service.

You also can explore Reading Plus trainings online:

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Reading Plus Level 2



Dates & Locations

Mon., February 1, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., February 22, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon., March 21, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Mon,. April 4, 2016 Tefft Rm 102

Need $$ to provide resources, etc. for your classroom?

Just a reminder that the Pick-a-Project application is still open until April. Teachers are still able to take advantage of this funding opportunity through the Foundation. More information and how to apply is found here on our webpage

Nominate a Teacher for Their Awesome Reading Skills/Strategies!

The Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Turner Reading Awards. We are looking for outstanding reading teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching reading in the classroom. There will be five winners chosen and each winner will receive a $1000 personal cash prize and a $1000 cash prize for his/her school.

The nomination deadline is February 10. The nomination form has been simplified and is available on our webpage

If you have any questions feel free to call or email.


Ashley Pratt

Development Director

Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

1131 Boonville

Springfield, MO 65802

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Spread Some Love!

What? Valentine Gram Sales

When? Feb. 8-12th from 8:30-9:00AM (and sold at 2nd Grade Performances)

What? Valentine Gram for $0.50 (V-Day Gram with sucker) or $2.00 V-Day Gram with Monkey)

Why? To Spread Some Love & Benefit the Leadership Program

Delivery? Student Council will deliver grams in time for the V-Day parties (Feb. 12th)

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2nd Annual Jeffries Chili Cook-Off! (Rescheduled)

When? Friday, Feb 5

Who? Any Jeffries Staff Member Can Enter Contest (make your best batch of chili!)

Where? Everyone who is entering the contest should have their chili hot and ready by 10AM in the Conference Room. SPS R-12 Judges will taste test and judge at 10AM.

Other: Those who are not entering contest can sign up to bring bowls, crackers, dessert, drinks, etc.

Winners? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to McTeacher Night!

We raised $539.88!