Patriot PRESS

January 2020

Jefferson School


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  • Mrs. Wyman's Parent Post
  • January School Events: Dates & Information
  • Parents Information (PTO)
  • January Lunch Menu


by Principal Kate Wyman

Dear Patriot families,

We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's! We are excited to kick off 2020 with our Patriots. A student this morning was so excited to be in a new decade. The pure excitement of children is contagious.

Today is the first day of Quarter 3. Quarter 2 Report Cards and/or progress updates will be sent home with your student(s) on Friday, January 10. If you have questions about your child's grades or how to help your child at home, please feel free to reach out to your child(ren)'s teacher(s).

As we enter the winter months, please help us reduce the spread of illness. You should keep your child home from school if he/she:

-Has a fever of 100* or over

-Has not been fever-free for 24-hours

-Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea within the last 24 hours

-Has been diagnosed with a contagious disease (ie: strep, pink eye, etc) and has not yet been on prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours

If you have any questions regarding when your child should return to school, please feel free to call the office and ask to speak to Nurse Kelsey. Thanks for your cooperation!

School Closings:

In the event we would close for Winter weather, parents will receive notification via email, text, school and district website & Facebook page and will be shared on local tv stations.

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 a 15% 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. 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

January Calendar of Events - CLICK HERE

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates:

January 8 - Early Release 11:55am

January 10 - Quarter 2 Report Cards

January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr Day


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.

PTO Meeting Minutes

The December PTO Meeting was spent assemblying the Christmas baskets to share with Patriot families. We want to thank the PTO, Family Video, and all of you for your generous donations to our baskets.

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 6:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

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Social Work Square

We will be participating in the The Great Kindness Challenge. Watch for more information coming soon!

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.

January Book of the Month:

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.
This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match!

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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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