Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

November 2021

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Jackson Families,


Thank you to everyone who attended parent/teacher conferences in October. Our goal is to meet with 100% of our families and we are almost there. Whether in person or virtual, conversations held between families and teachers is absolutely essential for the success of students throughout their academic career.

If you haven't had your conference yet, please respond to your child(ren)'s teacher(s) through Class Dojo, email, phone call, etc. before the end of the week to set up a time to meet.


If you don't know this already, MOST of our communication comes through ClassDojo, the D11 Loop, and In student's planners. We do not often send home copies/flyers.

Please make sure your ClassDojo is updated. If you are not receiving any messages through ClassDojo, you may need to reinstall your app.

ClassDojo is a phenomenal tool to support communication between you and your child(ren)'s teacher, as well as be in the know about all that is going on in the school!

Cold Weather (Inclement Weather Policy)

The cold weather is coming! Please write your child's name in their coats/jackets. Every year we end up with many coats/jackets not claimed. We go out for recess at 18 degrees and above. On cold days, we ask all students to take their coats/jackets outside even if they don't want to wear them, just in case they need them. So, please remind your child(ren) to bring a coat/jacket to school during cold months.

If you are in need of a coat/jacket for your child, please read Mrs. Ruiz's message below.

Band and Orchestra Concert-December 3, 2021 at 6:00pm

This year's concert will be on December 3rd at 6:00pm. We are really looking forward to hearing live music once again.

As always, if you still have some questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


Upcoming Events-November

November 4th at 12:15

  • 1st grade Tale Tellers (performance in the classroom)

November 5th

  • Jersey Day (all students and staff wear a jersey)

November 11th

  • Veteran's Day observed at school
November 12th at 6:00
  • 5th grade Musical

November 15-19

  • 5th grade Starbase Field Trip

November 22-26

Thanksgiving Break

A SPECIAL thank you to our families and staff members for the wonderfully creative trunks!!!

Thank to you everyone who donated candy, toys, and pumpkins for our Trunk or Treat! We could not have had this event, if not for you!

Thank you to the staff who volunteered to help run Trunk or Treat...Linda Wilson, Sandi Smith, Adrienne Cooper, Pam Struckel, Megan Duran, Becky Hemphill, Tricia Shirola, Leslie Ruiz, Kate Essick, & Sam Volker

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Thank you, Janice Manuel, Sue Lesar, and Ashley Castleberry for helping with Health Screening!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

We continue to teach The Zones of Regulation at Jackson. I hope you all enjoyed the Zones activities during conferences. I am available at Jackson to teach social emotional learning, for educationally based counseling, and to support student's socio-emotional/behavioral needs. However, if your child needs therapy for family and private matters, we do not provide that at school. Please contact me if you need resources for outside therapy.

Also, there is exciting news! Every youth in Colorado is now eligible for 3 free therapy sessions. "I Matter", a program that pairs youth with mental health professionals, has launched. It’s a great place for your child to find someone to talk to for free. Visit IMatterColorado.org to learn more.

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As the weather turns colder...

Please make sure your children are dressed for winter weather. Students go outside for recess every day as long as the temperature is above 18 degrees (factoring in wind chill).

Also, regardless of temperature, students walk back and forth to home/the bus/your car, and Drama and Music in the modulars. If your child needs a winter coat or shoes, please let us know as we do have some in our closet.

Here are some additional resources for the upcoming holidays...

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Avenue (southwest corner of Constitution and Murray) is offering Thanksgiving baskets for our community on Saturday, November 20 at 11 am. The full Thanksgiving dinner, including a turkey, will be available for the first 160 families on a first come, first served basis. We cannot reserve your dinner, but there will be plenty for everyone.

Crossfire Ministries will have a Thanksgiving food give-away on Monday, November 22. (Details will follow on Dojo.)

Christmas Unlimited

(Applications are distributed to local human service agencies.) JACKSON DOES NOT HAVE APPLICATIONS. Parents/Guardians can sign up by filling out a simple application and returning it to the agency. The act of submitting the application guarantees the family is eligible for assistance. 2021 Toy Distribution dates coming soon. Clients will be notified of their scheduled shopping appointment. Call 2-1-1 (or 719-955-0742) to find the closest location where an application is available. http://www.christmasunlimited.org/holiday-toy-distribution/

Bob Telmosse Bike and Toy Giveaway

December 18th, 2021

Doors open at 8:30am

Colorado Springs Event Center

3960 Palmer Park Bvld

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need anything.

Please feel free to send me a dojo message, call me, or email me at leslie.ruiz@d11.org with any questions.

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

District 11 School Social Worker Department Chair

School Social Worker

Jackson Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Thank you to our Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch volunteers!


Christine Sandoval & Matthew Landin (Safeway donation)

Torrey Austin

All Area Garage (Sheryl and Tom Austin)

Chelsea Barajas & Jamie Stafford

Baylee Vils

Treat Bags for all K

Christina & Mitchell Britcher


Christine Sandoval

Torrey Austin

Carl Anderson

Shayna Lane

Kori Ortiz
Kristen Mack

Media Center Moments

Book Fair

We had a great time with the Scholastic Book Fair last week! It is always fun to see the excitement the books create with our students. Thanks to our supportive Jackson community, we were able to raise money for the Media Center. We hope your students discovered some new books!

Kids Collect

Thank you to Mrs. Struckel for sharing her collection of cool rocks and feathers in the Collection Display Case. We have openings for the display case for the rest of the year, so please sign up with Mrs. Sobecki.

To sign up call Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824) or send an email to rhonda.sobecki@d11.org. Please help make this a special way to let your child share their interest or hobby at school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org) or 719-325-5824) in your Media Center.


Rhonda Sobecki

Rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Thank you to Joanna Holder, Rhonda Sobecki, Carol Grimes, and Elaine Davis for running and helping out in the Book Fair!

2nd grade Puppet Show-Students created their own puppets and the screenplay.

Box Tops for Education (BTFE)

Dear Jackson Families,

I just wanted to remind everyone of our efforts to use Box Tops for Education for extra money for our school.

BTFE has been phasing out the original way of clipping the logo off any

participating products and they now prefer everyone using the QR code (below) that you need to download onto your phone.

It is very simple to use. Simply download the App by using the QR Code provided here. You follow the directions to connect it to our school. After shopping all you do is scan your receipt from the store. It will immediately credit each item to our school!

Thanks for helping your school!

Mrs. Tuxhorn

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Jackson Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

Mrs. Sara Miller, Principal: sara.miller@d11.org

Mrs. Tricia Shirola, Administrative Assistant: tricia.shirola@d11.org

Mrs. Becky Hemphill, Staff Assistant: rebecca.hemphill@d11.org

Mrs. Leslie Clinite-Ruiz, Social Worker: leslie.ruiz@d11.org

Mrs. Rhonda Sobecki, Library Technology Teacher: rhonda.sobecki@d11.org

Mrs. Jennifer Johns, Teaching & Learning Coach: jennifer.johns@d11.org

Mrs. Taryn Wynkoop, Teaching & Learning Coach: taryn.wynkoop@d11.org

Staff contact information can be found here: https://www.d11.org/domain/733