The Jefferson Buzz

October 23, 2020

A Message from our Principal...

Dear Jefferson Families,


As we continue on our roller coaster of a year, we have managed to complete the first quarter! You should be able to see your child’s final Quarter 1 grades in PowerSchool. If you have not already been in PowerSchool to see grades, there are videos in this newsletter to guide you. Please keep in mind that PowerSchool is new to teachers as well as you. Teachers are learning how to use this powerful program and will take advantage of more and more of it’s features as we progress through the year. You may not see as much detail this first quarter as you will in the future. If you have any questions about your child’s progress and grades, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher. They have details supporting the final grade that is shown in PowerSchool.


Virtual learning is a work in progress, and we are getting better at it every day. Many of the 21st century skills that students are practicing today will help them in their future careers. I’ve been so impressed with students’ growing mastery with online collaboration tools. They are working together with their teachers and classmates as a cohesive team. They are practicing a critical life skill. I’ve also seen that in the virtual environment many students are able to ask for and receive specific and individualized support from their teachers. While we hope that students are back in our classrooms in January, we are making the best of online learning in the meantime.


Thank you so much for your continued partnership with us. As Phil Jackson once said, “The strength of the team is in each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Please keep in touch. Let us know how we can help you.


Warmest regards,

Dr. Judy Floeter

Jefferson School

815-943-6464 x2402

How to view grades in PowerSchool - Spanish

5th Grade Supply Pick-Up

Monday, November 2nd



  • 2:00-3:00 teachers will hand out supply bags
  • 2:30-6:00 ESP available to pass out supply bags



If you are not able to make it that day, please come to the school during normal hours or contact the students' teacher.

Meet Jefferson's Gifted Resource Teacher!

Jefferson's 1st Quarter Celebration!

Jefferson students will be celebrating their academic and behavioral successes for Quarter 1 on Friday, October 30th. All students will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes or wear their pj's. Students will not be allowed to wear masks. In addition, students will be given time to socialize with their peers via zoom. Way to go Jefferson!

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Harvard Families,

2020 has brought many challenges and has caused us to make many changes in the way we do just about everything. Harvard Christmas Giving Tree is no exception. The health and safety of our Harvard families is our #1 priority. So this year we will be offering a contactless experience.


If you are in need of assistance this year we have a new process that goes as follows.


Step 1- Call 815-770-0142

Leave a message with your full name and phone number in English or Spanish.


Step 2- Wait for someone to return your call to set up a time for your virtual application. During this time please download and set up a free account with Google Duo or Zoom. This is how you will do your application on the date that you set up with the volunteer.


Step 3- Make sure you have all of your documents ready for your application appointment. Proof of income, proof of address, and verification of children living with you, date of birth required on document.


Step 4- Your application appointment. A volunteer will call you on the date set up during step 2 to go over your information. Once application is complete you will await further information from the Local Church who will be providing the assistance for your family.


Step 5- You will be contacted by the local church as to how and when you will receive your assistance for your family.


Step 6- Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


Deadline for completed application process is November 20th.

Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure you make the deadline.

Parent's Corner

Hello Jefferson families!


Mark your calendar for an evening of spooks, haunts and chills – all from the comfort of your own home.

Zoom webinar 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30

“Dracula”- A Radio Drama

HHS Drama presents “Dracula,” a radio drama by Phillip Grecian based on Bram Stoker’s original horror novel.

  • Set in the 1940s, this 85-minute production is directed by Mrs. Galasso, and features Angel Zuhlke as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, David Sargent as Dr. Jack Seward, Emma Iandola as both Birdie and Lucy Westenra, Charlie Sargent as Williams and Jonathan Harker, Mia Lancaster as Mina Harker, Addie Keller as R.M. Renfield, and Lila Lamz as Count Dracula.

  • Tune in to watch the live video production, or sit back and listen to the audio like a good old fashioned radio show. The production will take place through a Zoom webinar at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. Tickets are free. Reserve your seat today!


-AND DON'T FORGET-


¡Marque sus calendarios para el próximo taller 5 de Noviembre!

TEMA: “Haz de tu hogar, la mejor escuela. Actividades para hacer en casa ahora que la escuela está cerrada.”


Please like our Harvard D50 Parent Community Liaisons Facebook Page


Most Sincerely,

Alisha Fregoso Durán

Bilingual Parent Community Liaison

Harvard Community Unit School District 50

815-943-6464 Ext. 2448

aduran@cusd50.org

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We Are Here For You!!

Please contact us if you need anything at all.

jfloeter@cusd50.org Principal

trayas@cusd50.org Student Support Facilitator

(815)216-5709

jtheisz@cusd50.org Social Worker

jhenning@cusd50.org Social Worker

(847) 497-5945

aduran@cusd50.org Parent Community Liaison

(779) 803-4255

Jefferson Elementary School

Harvard School District 50

1200 N. Jefferson St.

Harvard, IL 60033

815-943-6464

jfloeter@cusd50.org