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MAY 2019

Jefferson School

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  • Mrs. Wyman's Parent Post
  • May Calendar
  • May School Events: Dates & Information
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  • Monthly Specials: Character Education, Book, App
  • Parents Information (PTO)
  • May Lunch Menu


by Principal Kate Wyman

It's MAY! The end of the year is upon us and it is hard to believe the year has flown by so fast. There are so many important events happening in these last few weeks of school we encourage you to stay connected with classroom teacher communication, the Jefferson FB page, and the website.

We will kick off May with Staff Appreciation Week. Please take a moment to read the attachment below with information on how to say thank you to our amazing staff. PTO has coordinated a wonderful week of goodies for our well-deserving staff and we couldn't be more thankful for the time, expertise, and care our staff provides to each Patriot. They truly are the BEST!

Next week, we will also be celebrating our Kindergarten Graduates on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30pm. Please plan to invite grandparents and any other special people to this special program/ceremony. The doors will open at 6:00pm.

We are hoping for wonderful weather for the school picnic n Friday, May 10. We invite all to attend and enjoy lunch with their student(s). The picnic order form and schedule are available in the Virtual Backpack on the Jefferson website. Kona Ice will also be here during the picnic to satisfy your sweet tooth. Lunch orders are due today, May 3.

Don't forget to invite your friends and family to our PTO Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Proceeds from the event will assist with playground costs.

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to the Morton Community Foundation for their generous grant in the amount of $7,800 for playground expenses. We can't wait for our Patriots to have an amazing, accessible play space.

PTO is still seeking volunteers for our end of year Laugh Olympics (Field Day). The K-3 students enjoy field games from 8:30-11:00am and the 4-6 students from 12:00-2:30pm. It is a LOT of fun to see the kids enjoy the last full day of school together in some friendly competition. If interested in helping, please check your inbox or the Jefferson PTO page for the sign-up genius link.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support as parents/guardians this school year. We appreciate your partnership and hope your child(ren) have enjoyed "LeavingTheir Mark" as a Patriot during Jefferson's 90th year.

Looking forward to 2019-2020! Kate Wyman


May 3 - End of Supply Kit Sale

May 6 - Scrip Order Distributed, Order Form Due May 10, Scrip Cards Delivered May 17

May 6-10 Staff Appreciation Week

May 7 - Arts in the Park; Kindergarten Graduation 6:30pm

May 9 - 6th Grade Step Up Day

May 10 - Jefferson Picnic

May 11 - Jefferson Vendor Fair

May 15 - 4-6 AR Reward Day

May 17 - 2019-2020 Kindergarten Roundup

May 21 - NED Mindset Mission (Rescheduled Date); K-3 AR Reward Day

May 23 - Laugh Olympics

May 24 - Awards Ceremony 9:00am; Last Student Attendance Day (1/2 Day) 11:55am

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates For 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR:

  • August 1, 2019 - All School Registration 7:00am-5:00pm
  • August 13, 2019 - First Day of School, 11:55am Dismissal
Parent Flyer Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th


Send a message to the office,, if there have been any changes to your e-mail address, phone number, student transportation, or any other important student information. The office appreciates your help to keep us connected in case of an emergency.
Jefferson MAY 2019 Calendar

Jefferson MAY 2019 Calendar-Click Here


Happy Spring and almost Summer! We have had a great year of character education lessons focused on the NED show (Never give up Encourage others Do your best). We are excited to end the year with a lesson that summarizes all that we have learned and reminds us to make Champion Choices every day. We will talk about what it means to be a champion and what a champion choice is. We will get to look at examples of others who made champion choices and their success stories. The important thing to remember is that champion choices do not have to be grand. In fact, they are just small choices we make every day that add up to make our own success story. Students will discuss what types of champion choices they can make each day and we will end with a pledge to do our best to be champions! We encourage you to talk with your students about champion choices they can make at home as well.

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MAY - Book of the Month

Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Nadia is haunted by World War II. Her memories of the war are messy, coming back to her in pieces and flashes she can't control. Though her adoptive mother says they are safe now, Nadia's flashbacks keep coming.

Sometimes she remembers running, hunger, and isolation. But other times she remembers living with a German family, and attending big rallies where she was praised for her light hair and blue eyes. The puzzle pieces don't quite fit together, and Nadia is scared by what might be true. Could she have been raised by Nazis? Were they her real family? What part did she play in the war?

What Nadia finally discovers about her own history will shock her. But only when she understands the past can she truly face her future.

APP of the Month - MAY

Flow Free is an exciting new app from the Big Duck Games LLC. It is a puzzle workout to keep brains sharp. Match the colored pipes to create a “Flow” but look out! Pipes move and cross, break, or overlap and they may prevent you from completing the puzzle. The app is currently only available for apple devices. Flow Free is free but you can upgrade for $3.99 to unlock more puzzles and go ad-free. Information taken from:

From the Desk of: Literacy Coach, Mrs. Deverman

  • Summer Reading

Want to keep reading this summer? But need some ideas of what to read??? Scholastic counts down the TOP 100 Best-Read-Aloud Books!

Set aside time each day for reading! No matter the age or reading ability, these are sure to be a hit among your family!

PTO News


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 rebates can add up quickly, and all proceeds will go toward our NEW playground! The only thing you need to do is plan your purchases and make them with our gift cards instead of cash or checks. The gift cards make great gifts this holiday season too! Everyone wins! 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

PTO Facebook GROUP - "Jefferson Patriots PTO"

Please join our NEW GROUP page, if you haven’t already!! We currently have a regular Facebook page, but with a “group”, we will ensure everyone who is a member will see our posts. This is also the easiest way to get up to date information, see what sign ups and events we have going on, and to view our PTO Meetings - we will stream them LIVE.

Happy Friday Staff Snacks

Each Friday we try to provide our teachers and staff with some treats....just to make them happy and to show our appreciation! Sign up using the link below!!/showSignUp/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-friday1/34407846

PTO Meeting Minutes from April!

PTO Minutes: April 29, 2019

  • Meeting brought to order by President Amy Jones. March meeting minutes read by Sarah Webb. Two parents asked for a recap of how our school was able to get the Playground Funds. Motion to approve minutes by Keshia Wenninger, second by Nicole Friend, motion passed.

  • Treasurer’s Report given by Emily Hinch

  • Budget is balanced and up to date, including all the Playground funds.

  • Last month she gave the teachers their remaining allowance balances, and they are in the process of spending those monies.

  • Kroger kickback brought in $202, and the Monical’s takeover night brought in $291. Motion to approve budget by Vanessa Price, second by Keshia Wenninger, motion passed.

  • Principal’s Report

  • School Supply Kits are Due Friday, May 3rd. Thanks to First Baptist Church in Morton for donating extra supply kits.

  • Three playground memorials were given in honor of past Jefferson Principal,

    Mr. Larocco.

  • There are many upcoming fieldtrips. Just an FYI, Arbor provides a sack lunch option if you need one for a fieldtrip.

  • Thanked Amy Jones for her years of service as the President and Vice President.

  • Projected playground construction dates – tear out the week after Memorial Day, and hope to be done by June 14th, weather permitting.

  • April 30th – Board meeting, thanked outgoing board member, Michelle Bernier, for her many years of service.

  • May 6th-10th - Staff Appreciation

  • May 7th – Kindergarten graduation program

  • May 10th – School Picnic, Kona Ice will be here during the picnic

  • May 17th – Kindergarten Round-up

  • Field Trip Request

  • Kindergarten requested $46.00 for the adult chaperones going to the Farm Park, motion to approve by Ryan Gillhouse, second by Vanessa Price, motion passed.

  • 6th grade requested funds for their upcoming fieldtrip to Elevate. PTO recommended we approve up to $250 towards the trip. Motion to approve given by Nicole Friend, second by Jill Akers, motion passed.

  • Discussed increasing fieldtrip budget for next year.

  • St. Jude Week – currently going on.

  • Decided not to do Laps for Life this year because of the playground fundraising.

  • Doing Coin Wars – Girls vs. Boys. The winners get to spray Mrs. Wyman with water during the school picnic.

  • Need some volunteers to help with the reward.

  • Staff Appreciation is the week of May 6th-10th. Be looking for a note that will include ways for your student to participate. We are in need of a chair for this for next year.

  • Vendor Fair – May 11th from 9am-1pm. There are still some spaces available. Please like and share the Facebook posts so we can spread the word.

  • Laugh Olympics – May 23rd from 8:30-11am, 12-2:30pm. K-3rd are in the morning and 4th-6th are in the afternoon. Volunteers are needed.

  • MCF Grant Results – Jill Akers submitted another grant to MCF this year. They generously donated $7800 towards our playground.

  • Officer Elections – Jennifer Donovan will be the new President and Sarah Fore will be the new Vice President. Both were unanimously approved.

  • Open Floor

  • Vanessa Price asked about having a Jefferson bowling night at Potter’s Alley.

  • Keshia Wenninger mentioned the Read-A-Thon and asked for help. She mentioned that she will start looking for sponsors soon.

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting by Keshia Wenninger, motion passed.

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