Patriot PRESS

March 2020

Jefferson School


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  • Mrs. Wyman's Parent Post
  • March School Events: Dates & Information - Erin's Law, Aide Appreciation, & Skating in PE
  • IAR - Illinois Assessment of Readiness
  • March Lunch Menu


by Principal Kate Wyman

Dear Patriot families,

We kick off this month with our Open House & Book Fair. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, March 5 from 6-7:30pm. We invite you to visit your child(ren)'s classroom(s), say hello to your specials teachers, stop by the refreshment table in the gym, bring jeans to donate to one of the 6th grade projects - Jeans for Teens, and shop at the Follett Book Fair. We thank you for supporting your child(ren) and their education.

We have a half day dismissal on Friday, March 6. Students will be dismissed at 11:55am. Friday marks the end of Quarter 3. Students will be bringing home their Quarter 3 report card next Friday, March 13. We invite you to review your child's progress and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Erin's Law lessons will be presented in each classroom this month by our school social worker, Mrs. Hobson. Lessons will be taught on Wednesdays throughout the month of March.

Please join us by showing your appreciation for our amazing Aide staff on Aide Appreciation Day scheduled for Monday, March 16. A simple thank you, card, hand-written note, or small token of appreciation goes a long way to show you care. We are blessed with the best!

Skating time is almost here. Skating during PE begins the week of March 16. Students will be walking from Jefferson to the Roller Rink to skate during PE. Every student will have the opportunity to skate 5 times for 50-60 minutes each. To minimize blisters, we encourage your child(ren) to wear long/tall socks during this two-week period of instruction. It is amazing how quickly students pick up the skill of skating and improve their rate of speed. Watch for pictures on our Facebook page.

Looking ahead...

March 2-April 2 - AfterSchool Clubs

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

March 20 - Yearbook Order Forms are due

March 23 - Jefferson PTO Meeting 6:30pm

March 27 - Patriot Snack & Popcorn Day

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

March Calendar of Events - CLICK HERE

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates:

March 6 - Early Release 11:55am

March 13 - Quarter 3 Report Cards

March 16 - Aide Appreciation Day

April 3-13 - Spring Break

Illinois Assessment of Readiness - IAR Test (Grades 3-6)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test is a federally required assessment given every spring. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is a set of computer-based assessments that measure whether students are on track in their learning and measures their readiness for college and future careers. These assessments also help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state.

The assessments are given to students in grades 3-8 for Mathematics & Language Arts and in grade 5 for Science. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same high-quality test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with in their classrooms. Our students should feel confident showing what they know and can do on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness.

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will change over the next few years, as the state works to make it more useful to schools and families. We will continue to be able to measure students’ growth from year to year throughout these improvements.

Our students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness test according to the testing schedule below. We would ask you to help your child be prepared for the tests by getting a good night's rest and eating a healthy breakfast. In addition, we ask you to avoid scheduling appointments during your child(ren)'s testing times.

4th Grade - March 16-20

5&6th Grades - March 23-27

3rd Grade - March 30-April 2

If you have questions about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, please contact me at 263-2650 or As always, we are grateful for your support.

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PTO Meeting Minutes

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

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Jefferson 2019-2020 Support Staff List

Classroom Support Aides:

K - Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Troxell

1 - Mrs. Wenninger

2 - Mrs. O'Donnell

3 - Mrs. Taylor

Special Education Aides:

Mrs. Webb

Mrs. Glass

Mrs. Righi

Mrs. Austin

Mrs. Reynolds

Mr. Homa

Mrs. Peck

Mrs. Martin

Response to Intervention (RtI) Aides:

Mrs. Powers

Mrs. Phillis

Mrs. Gold

Mrs. Campbell

Mrs. Hischke

Library & Lab Aides:

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Jones

ELL Aides:

Mrs. Sizemore

Mrs. Zukowski

Office/Clerical/Lunch Aides:

Mrs. Fore

Mrs. Krantz

Mrs. Nessler

Mrs. Presley

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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.

March Book of the Month:

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise introduces young readers to a girl trying to find her place in the world.

Five years.

That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation.

Five years.

It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash.

Coyote hasn’t been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished―the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box―she knows she'll do whatever it takes to get back in time to save it. So she hatches a crazy plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it.

Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her “once upon a time” into a “happily ever after.”

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.

March -


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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