Jackson Jottings

APRIL 2022

April at a Glance

April 2022

4/1 No School Students

4/4 - 4/8 No School Students/Staff - Spring Break

4/11 Fourth Quarter Begins

Report Cards Viewable by Parents

4/12 PTO Meeting (GRANTS/Board 5:30/Parents 6:30-8) Gifford Cluster

4/15 Field Trip - All First Grade, Science Museum, 9:30-2:30

All School Bingo 2:45

4/19 Kindergarten Round Up Night 5:30-7

4/21 5th Graders to the HS for a Native Pride Pow Wow 10-11

4/22 Kindergarten Music Program 2:45

4/28 Literacy & Beyond Night 5-7


It’s that time of year to welcome spring. As we embrace warmer weather, greet the birds flocking together & watch the flowers bloom & trees blossom. These things all come at a cost for allergy suffers. Bothersome nose, watery eyes & itchy skin. Here’s 4 tips you can use to help prevent a flare up.

  1. Wear a hat with a brim
  2. Wash face and hands after coming in from the outside. Change clothes after playing or working outside.
  3. Avoid smoke from campfire or fireplace.
  4. Use over the counter medication such as Nasal spray, eye drops & Antihistamines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Glenda Grant at 952-496-5804.

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

I am happy to announce that we are planning on having Literacy and Beyond Night this school year!

Literacy and Beyond Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2022


Who: All Jackson families

Where: Jackson Elementary

What is there to do?

There are a variety of activities for all to enjoy!

· Every student will have their Literacy Artwork on display!

· STATE FAIR in the Gym!

· A Book Walk

· Aaron Blabey Author Study Activities

· Poetry Café

· Creative Corner



· A meal of a hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink will be available for a $3 purchase!

I hope to see you then!


Mr. Olson


Jackson Art Specialist

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Music "Notes" from Mrs. Flatness and Mrs. Peoples


Thursday, April 21st - 5th graders will attend the Native Pride Pow wow at Shakopee high school

Friday, April 22nd - Kindergarten Music program, “Goin’ to the Zoo!”

2:45 in the gym

Week of May 9-13 - Jackson Talent Show auditions! There will be a note sent home after Spring break with more details.

Friday, May 13th - 4th grade Music program, “Minnesota Musicians”

Tuesday, May 17th - 4th grade Field trip to Shakopee High School to hear the Jack Brass Jazz band

Thursday, May 19th - 5th grade Music program, “World Music”

2:45 in the gym

Thursday, May 19th - Band Display open house from 4:00-6:00 at West and East MS

Wednesday, June 8th - Jackson Talent Show (participant families invited)

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions!

Mrs. Flatness, sflatnes@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Peoples, speoples@shakopee.k12.mn.us

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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey and Mrs. Tanberg

At the end of March and into the beginning of April, we are wrapping up our tumbling and fitness unit. The kids love the different and unique challenges this unit offers. With April and the arrival of nicer weather, we try to get out to our running track to start getting ready for our second mile run of the year. We also start to incorporate more push-ups, curl ups, and stretching into our classes to prep for our upcoming fitness testing unit (end of April). Students are tested twice a year to measure their cardiovascular endurance, abdominal strength, upper body strength, and flexibility.

We will be doing badminton in the month of April. This ranges from experimenting with rackets and birdies with our younger kids to playing full game kings court with our older kids. We work on the skills of underhand serve, forehand hits, backhand hits, underhand clears, and overhead clears.

Once we wrap up badminton, we will be doing our spring fitness testing. Students typically do one fitness test per class (push-up test, curl up test, sit and reach, and mile run), and then get to play a fun game, or even get to have a station day. Station day is when we have all the best PE things set up, from big box hockey, deck tennis, climbing ropes, rings for swinging, to roller racers, rump ropes and hula hoops.

Have a great spring!I

f you have any questions, please feel free to call our Physical Education Department.

Mr. Casey and Mrs. Tanberg

Mr. Jeff Casey (jcasey@shakopee.k2.mn.us)

Mrs. Susan Tanberg (stanberg@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

A chance to help! We are getting low on gym shoes that we let kids borrow if they forget theirs at home. We are in extra need for boys’ shoes size 1-4. We do often give these shoes away for a student to keep in their locker if they are in need of gym shoes. If you have a pair of clean used gym shoes in good condition, please send them in to school with your student to drop off with Mr. Casey and Mrs. Tanberg. Thanks for all the donations we have gotten so far this year!

Greetings from the Learning Commons!

Media Classes

Media classes have been busy with hands-on learning activities.

4th and 5th grade students set up obstacle courses and coded Sphero robots to navigate through the obstacle course. The students worked collaboratively with a partner and had to do a lot of problem solving to adjust the direction, speed, and timing of their robot.

3rd grade students are learning how to research using Brittanica encyclopedia online and collecting basic information about structures like the Colosseum, the Acropolis, and the Egyptian Pyramids. Once students gathered the basic facts, they used KEVA planks to create models of the structure.

K-2 students are learning what architects do. We read the story, Iggy Peck Architect to kick off the lessons. Then students learned a little bit about Frank Lloyd Wright who is a famous architect who grew up in Wisconsin. Then they used KEVA planks to become architects and work collaboratively with a partner or group. Students made buildings, bridges, artwork, and learned to overcome frustration when their designs toppled over.

3rd - 5th grade students voted this week for their favorite Maud Hart Lovelace books. Students' votes are submitted to the state committee and help determine which of the ten nominees wins the state award. We will find out at the end of April which book wins this year.

Natalie Weatherman

Media Specialist/Jackson & Sun Path


Jackson Jottings April 2022

Happy Spring!! It is hard to believe another school year is coming to an end! We have a couple events to watch for in April.

First of all, we have our last meeting of the year on April 12 at 6:30 pm in the Gifford Cluster. We will do teacher grants and elect our board for next year! Thanks to the great response to our request for new members your PTO Board will remain strong with quite a few fresh new members. This is so fantastic for Jackson! If you would like to attend the meeting and need child care for pottytrained and older children or if you’d like to attend and need an interpreter please let me know at jacksonpto28@gmail.com by 4/5/2022.

The PTO is excited to be providing free popcorn at the Literacy and Beyond event on 2/28 and we will also have a collection box for any gently used Jackson attire you’d like to pass down for other Jackson students to enjoy.

We will be launching another Webstore soon with Valleysports for you to get some new Jackson gear. Please watch for a flier or a post on our Jackson Parents Facebook page with dates for the Webstore and a link to the store. We’ve got another Principal Bjerken shirt coming your way and $2 of that shirt will go back to your PTO. Thank you to Mr. Bjerken for being such a great sport!

Lastly we are making plans to spoil our teachers and staff for appreciation week the first week of May. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of our events please contact us at jacksonPTO28@gmail.com. Have a great month!

As always please contact us at jacksonpto28@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns and thanks again for your awesome support to Jackson!!!!

As always thank you for supporting our Jackson Community!

Kjersta Hoffman

PTO President

Enrollment Information for Kindergarten 22-23

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The Saber Online Program provides a full-time online learning opportunity for students in grades K-5 starting in the 2022/23 school year. With highly qualified Shakopee teachers and live daily instruction, we invite all district families to explore the Program and see why Saber Online might be the right choice for your family. Any interested families should complete this form by February 25th: K-8 Saber Online Registration Form

Saber Online Information:


Social Media and Digital Choices - Coming Together to Support Youth Presentation

Marystown Transportation Feedback - City of Shakopee

Dear Families,

The City of Shakopee, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), want to improve safety and mobility at the Highway 169 and Marystown Road Interchange. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas online by April 8, 2022 using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Marystown. This survey is voluntary and has been sent to Shakopee High School and select elementary school families.


Tiffany Olson, MBA

Communications/Community Partnerships Supervisor

Shakopee Public Schools | 1200 Shakopee Town Square | Shakopee, MN 55379

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