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by Principal Kate Wyman

Dear Patriot families,

December is here! It is hard to believe, but we are almost halfway thru the school year. December 20 marks the end of Quarter 2 and the start of Christmas Break. We will be celebrating the 12 Days Before Christmas Break with a little fun & a few treats for our staff and students. The 12 Days of Christmas calendar will be shared via email and FB.

Parents, you are invited to complete the 5Essentials Survey for Jefferson School. The 5Essentials surveys provides feedback to schools on areas of strength and provides information on how to continually improve. We need 20% of parents to respond to the survey to receive the results. We are currently at an 11% response rate. Click here to complete the survey:

For Jefferson, you will need to type “Jefferson Elem School-Morton” for your survey results to be included in our data. Thank you for your participation.

The Kindergarten & 1st and 2nd graders are busy preparing for their upcoming Christmas programs. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 17. Kindergarten Program begins at 6pm, with the doors opening at 5:30pm. The 1st & 2nd Grade Program begins at 7pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm. We will ask our guests to wait until the first performance audience has cleared out before we begin to seat for the 7pm program. Thank you for your understanding!

Finally, our All School Christmas Sing has become a tradition at Jefferson School. We invite you to join us to sing on Friday, December 20 at 10:00am.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Wyman

Jefferson School is a Title One school and, as such, receives federal funds. These funds are spent in accordance with Title One guidelines and are used with the overarching goal for every child to meet state academic achievement standards. Title I provides the programs and resources for students to meet this goal.

Jefferson's Mission & Vision

Vision: Educating Patriots today, to be leaders tomorrow.

Our students will be respectful, responsible, and ready to excel in learning and serving.

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

Positive role models & Problem solvers


Team players

Readers and Rigorous learners

Independent thinkers

Open-minded & Offering opportunities to all

Technology innovators

Setting examples by serving others

Jefferson Calendar

December Calendar of Events - CLICK HERE

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates:

December 4 - Early Release 11:55am

December 20 - Early Dismissal 11:55am

December 20-January 3 - Christmas Break


We welcome visitors to lunch. If you are planning to order a school lunch for yourself or another guest, please call the office and place your lunch order in the morning. This will ensure we have enough food for each lunch time. We do ask that all visitors sign in/out in the office. If you are joining your child for lunch on his/her birthday, your child is welcome to invite one friend to sit with you.

Recess - During the winter months, we will go outside for recess as long as the temperature, with windchill, is at or above 10*. If we have snow, your child must wear proper snow gear to play in the snow - boots, snowpants, coat, hat, gloves/mittens. Thanks for your cooperation!

K 10:40-11:00 Recess 11:00-11:25am Lunch Students: $2.70

5/6 11:15-11:35 Recess 11:35-12:00pm Lunch Adults: $3.20

3/4 11:40-12:00 Recess 12:00-12:25pm Lunch Milk: $ .50

1/2 12:15-12:35 Recess 12:35-1:00pm Lunch Cookies: $ .60 (3rd-6th only)

PTO Corner

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. You are a member of the PTO simply by having a child(ren) at Jefferson School.

2019-2020 PTO Officers

Jennifer Donovan - President

Sarah Fore - Vice President

Sarah Webb - Secretary

Emily Hinch & Lisa Sanders - Co-Treasurers

PTO typically meets the 4th Monday from 6:30-7:30pm in the Teacher workroom at Jefferson School. Babysitting is provided free of charge to attendees.

Our Jefferson PTO helps our students, teachers, and school in many ways. A few of the ways you can help raise money for Jefferson School include becoming a Read-a-thon t-shirt sponsor, BoxTops, Scrip, Amazon Smile, and Kroger Rewards. See additional information and links below to start earning dollars for our Patriots right now.

What is SCRIP? SCRIP is simply gift cards that you purchase from the PTO that you then use at your favorite retailers, like Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Target, and many more. These gift cards carry a rebate that goes towards our school. The only thing you need to do is plan your purchases and make them with our gift cards instead of cash or checks. Be on the lookout for an order form to be sent home next week!! and click on "Join A Program" box.

Jefferson's enrollment code: FC3F1EE926695

"Jefferson PTO"

Please join the Jefferson PTO Facebook Page to stay connected with PTO news.

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PTO Canned Food Drive

The food drive continues this week. The last day for donations is Friday, December 6. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are doing very well, but still need your help!

PTO Meeting Minutes

PTO held their meeting on Monday, November 25. Agenda Items included:

Canned Food Drive & Christmas Baskets

Scrip update

Missed it? PTO's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 8:30-10am in the cafeteria. We will be assembling Christmas baskets. The next evening meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 6:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

November meeting minutes

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Social Work Square

We are excited to announce the birth of Mrs. Hobson's baby girl, Colbie. She was born on Wednesday, November 20. She is healthy and beautiful. Everyone is doing great! We hope Mrs. Hobson enjoys her time with her new baby girl and her son, Jordy.

Book of the Month

Each month our librarian, Mrs. Jones, will be sharing about a book that your Patriot(s) might enjoy reading. Be sure to encourage your child(ren) to read daily!

If your child does not yet have their Morton Public Library card, please visit the library to pick yours up OR call the school office for more information about securing a card for 709 students.

Enjoy reading December-style with this Reading Challenge :-)

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Tech Tip/App of the Month

Each month a different tech tip or app will be shared. We will be selecting tools that have been used with our students at school or may help your student at home. We encourage you to check out the tip or app to determine if it is something you would like your child(ren) to use on their personal device.
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Will your kids be receiving a device as a gift? Looking for new holiday apps? Check out this resource and do your research to determine if any of these would be a good fit for your child.

Literacy Corner

Check here for reading tips from our Literacy Coach, Mrs. Deverman.

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