Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

December 2021

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Jackson Families,

As we near the end of 2021, I would like to wish you and your family a magical holiday season!

While some of this year hasn't been easy, I challenge you to find the good, the happy, and the memorable. For me, watching our 5th graders perform in our school gym for the first time in over a year brought me a great deal of joy. Also, watching kindergarten students speaking in front of their class with confidence and seeing the excitement of students running up our first "Up Slide" during recess, are only a few examples of joy I have found at Jackson.

Let's continue to find joy and happiness in our lives, each and everyday, as we end 2021 and jump into 2022!

Kiss N Go Lane and Crosswalks

Thank you for following the procedures put in place to make the Kiss N Go Lane run smoothly. It is VERY important that you pull all the way forward before letting your child(ren) out of the car. Only students in the Kiss N Go Lane may exit their car. It is NEVER ok to let students out in the street. This is a tremendous safety concern.

Also, we have wonderful Crossing Guards at Jackson. Mrs. Tuxhorn, Mr. Nick, Miss Megan, and Miss Joanna (just to name a few) who have been trained in making sure your child(ren) (and you) get across the street safely. PLEASE USE ALL CROSSWALKS!

Concerns about a Neighbor

There have been many concerns shared with me about a neighbor who sits in his truck all day, near the school. Please know that both D11 Security and CSPD have done background checks and have talked with this gentlemen on many occasions. He has been cleared by both. Please talk to me with any further concerns.

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.

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-December

December 6th 6:00-7:00

  • NEHS Induction Ceremony

December 14th

  • Grinch Day-dress in your favorite Grinch attire

December 16th 5:00pm

  • PTO @ WebEx (link below)

December 17th

  • School-wide Movie

December 20-January 4

  • Winter Break

January 5th 8:00am

  • First Day Back from Break

PTO December at 5:00pm


Join by video system

Join by phone

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 262 006 97603

Girls on the Run

We are so proud of our young ladies who ran a 5K on Sunday, November 14th. A very special thank you to our coaches, Morgan Ferguson and Karla Graff.
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Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

Many of you have asked about resources for gifts. Here is what I know about at this time. I also will be keeping the Dojo feed updated.

Bob Telmosse Bike and Toy Giveaway

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Doors open at 8:30am

Colorado Springs Event Center

3960 Palmer Park Bvld

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Need a Christmas Tree(Apply through Dec.15):


If you are in need of food or other resources over the break, please contact:





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

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Media Center Moments

Free Book Giveaway at Winter Break

Exciting news – all students at Jackson will be receiving two free books before the Winter Break! We hope your child enjoys their new books over the Holiday Break!

Kids Collect

I want to thank Aaron S for sharing his collection in the Media Center.

We still have openings for the display case in 2022, so please sign up with Mrs. Sobecki. (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824)

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.

5th graders went to Starbase!

Our 5th grade classes spent a week at Peterson Air Force Base participating in STEM lessons and projects. They all had a blast!

Thank you to Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Tuxhorn, and Mrs. Potts for giving our students such a rich experience!

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