Patriot PRESS

February 2020

Jefferson School


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  • Mrs. Wyman's Parent Post
  • February School Events: Dates & Information
  • Gameball Run 2020
  • Parents Information (PTO) - "Patriots ARRRGG the Best" Carnival
  • February Lunch Menu


by Principal Kate Wyman

Dear Patriot families,

February is an extremely busy month at Jefferson School. We are kicking off the month with Read to Succeed. Login to and enter Jefferson School code: WSYBB. If your child reads and records 6 hours of reading between Feb 3-14, s/he will earn a free ticket to Six Flags - St Louis.

Friday marks the midpoint of Quarter 3. Students will be bringing home their Quarter 3 midterm and a copy of their MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Student Growth Report. We invite you to review your child's progress and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Our amazing PTO is preparing to host the "Patriots ARRRGG the Best Carnival 2020" on Friday, Feb 28. We need your help! There are lots of opportunities for you to volunteer, provide items or baked goodies, and of course, come to enjoy a wonderful evening with our Jefferson family.

Looking ahead...

March 12 - 5th & 6th Grade Musical 6:30pm

April 6-13 - Spring Break

Parents, this is your last opportunity this year to share your thoughts about Jefferson School. We are continually seeking ways to improve. Please click here to complete the 5Essentials survey:

For Jefferson, you will need to type “Jefferson Elem School-Morton” for your survey results to be included in our data. The parent survey is available until February 14 and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!

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

February Calendar of Events - CLICK HERE

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates:

February 5 - Early Release 11:55am

February 7 - Quarter 3 Midterms

February 17 - President's Day No School

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Gameball Run 2020

We are once again joining forces with the community of Morton to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Illinois. It is not too late to sign up for the run, order your Gameball t-shirt, or place your order for the M-Morton shirt or sticker.

Due dates:

Run & Gameball t-shirt registration: ASAP

Morton t-shirt & sticker orders: Feb 10

Order form:

Event Information:

Gameball Run 2020 Event - Thursday, Feb 20 at 4:00pm @ Morton High School

Gameball Run Game - Friday, February 21 at 6:30pm @ Morton High School


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 Carnival Volunteer Sign-ups

The "Patriots ARRGG the Best" Carnival is scheduled for Friday, February 28 from 4:30-7:30pm. Please take a moment to click on your child(ren)'s classroom link(s) below to see how you can help. At the bottom of each document, there are two tabs - class game volunteers (tab 1) and cake walk/bake sale donations (tab 2). We appreciate your willingness to make this event an amazing evening of fun!

Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Wyman

Bohnhoff -

Ropp -

Parker -

Ralston -

Hochstettler -

Oaks -

Sarver -

Shafer -

Brenkman -

Pierz -

Cline -

Kieser -

Geist -

Scifres -

"Patriots Arrrgg the Best Carnival" Classroom Baskets

Each class will collect donations for their class basket theme. The baskets will be raffled off during the carnival. Donations are due by February 27th.

Bohnhoff – "Unwrap the Mystery"

Ropp – "Little Library"

Parker – "Summer Fun"

Ralston – "Take the Cake"

Oaks – "Crazy for Chocolate"

Hochstettler – "Fur the Love of Dogs"

Shafer/Sarver – Combined, "Boys and Their Toys" and "It's A Girl Thing"

Pierz– “Snack Attack”

Brenkman – “Sports and Outdoor Fun”

Cline – "A Night at the Movies"

Kieser – "Family Fun Night"

Scifres – "Arts and Crafts"

Geist – "Morton Merch"

Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Webb at 634-1142 or April Bimrose at 453-7852.

Carnival Cafeteria Menu

Nachos $3.50

Pizza Slice $3.00

LaGondola Sandwich $2.50

Water $1

Soda $1

Juice $0.50

Chips $0.50

Meal Deal (sandwich, chips, juice) $3.00

PTO Meeting Minutes

The January PTO Meeting minutes can be found here:

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 6:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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Social Work Square

We are excited to have Mrs. Hobson return from her maternity leave. We would like to congratulate Mrs. Hobson for writing and receiving two grants to help stock "Calming Centers" in all of our classrooms. Check out the Jefferson and Morton CUSD 709 District Facebook pages for details and pictures of the recipient lunch.

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.

February Book of the Month:

The Problim Children by Natalie Lloyd

When the Problim children’s ramshackle bungalow in the Swampy Woods goes kaboom, the seven siblings and their pet pig have no choice but to move into their Grandpa’s abandoned old mansion in Lost Cove. No problem! For the Problim children, every problem is a gift.

Wendell and Thea—twins born two minutes apart on a Wednesday and a Thursday—see the move as a chance to make new friends in time for their birthday cake smash. But the neighbors find the Problims’ return problematic—what with Sal’s foggy garden full of Wrangling Ivy, toddler Toot’s 365 stanktastic fart varieties, and Mona’s human catapult.

Truth be told, rumors are flying about the Problims! Rumors of a bitter feud, a treasure, and a certain kind of magic lingering in the halls of #7 Main Street. And the neighbors will do anything to get their hands on those secrets—including sending the Problim children to seven different homes on seven different continents!

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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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Literacy Corner

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

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