Jackson Jottings


December at a Glance

December 2022

12/9 - 2nd Grade Music Program 2:30 pm

12/12 - Gingerbread House Night (PTO Event)

  • A-L 5:30 - 6:30
  • M-Z 6:45 - 7:45

12/20 - WMS Choir at 9:30 (For 4th and 5th grade)

12/22 - 12/31 No School Students/Staff


Just a friendly reminder that when your child feels ill and is not well enough to participate in routine activities to keep them home. This year we are following general exclusion guidelines:

  • They must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) before returning to school
  • If they are vomiting, they are unable to return to school for 24 hours
  • For 2 or more episodes of diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours

With all the illness going around school, please remember to cover your coughs/sneezes and wash your hands frequently. Please also remember to report any confirmed cases of influenza, strep, RSV, etc. to the school nurse.

Please reach out to Nichole Fleming, RN, LSN at 952-496-5804 with any questions.

Health Services Reminder

As we navigate through the annual cold/flu season, Shakopee Public Schools encourages parents and guardians to keep students home if they are exhibiting flu-related symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness and/or body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and may be severe enough to stop daily activities. The Department of Health offers the following guidance to protect one’s self and others:

  • Avoid being around others who are sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Protect infants by not exposing them to large crowds or sick family members when flu is in your community.

  • Do not share drinking cups and straws.

  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets).

If a student will be absent from school, please call the attendance line. In addition to calling the attendance line, positive COVID-19 cases can also be reported using our Optional Self-Reporting tool by clicking here.

Additionally, the district’s custodial staff has increased their efforts to frequently clean commonly touched surfaces in our schools.

To view this information on our website, which includes translations, click here.

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

Well, the snow has started falling and you know what that means. It’s time for clay!!!

The 4th and 5th graders spent time planning for their free form clay project. They are now making their animals and creatures out of clay. There are so many creative projects so far and it will be great to have them on display in the hallways this winter.

The 2nd and 3rd graders have been learning the printmaking process. They began with sketches and then pressed a seascape image onto a Styrofoam printing plate. Next, they used rollers and printing ink to produce 3-5 prints from the same printing plate.

A little messy but A LOT OF FUN!!!

The Kindergarteners and 1st graders have been learning about patterns created with lines, shapes, and colors. They are finishing their Pattern Owls and you can look forward to them coming home before Winter Break.

Please double check that your student has an ART SHIRT at school. Thank you!


Mr. Olson


Jackson Art Specialist

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

Great job to our 3rd graders on a wonderful Veteran’s day Music program!

We are very proud of them!

Friday, December 9th - 2nd grade Music program

Thursday, December 15th - 5C Band plays for students only, 8:55am enter upstairs

Friday, December 16th - 5E Band plays for students only, 8:55am enter upstairs

Friday, January 20th - 1st grade Music program

Wednesday, January 25th - 3rd grade Music field trip to Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Friday, February 10th - Kindergarten Music program

Friday, March 17th - 4th grade Music program

Saturday, March 25th - 5th gr. All District Band Concert

Friday, May 19th - 5th grade Music and Band program

Wednesday, June 7th - Jackson Talent Show

**All music program times have changed to 2:30p.m.
This will help the congestion with traffic and the buses.

“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.” – Yo-Yo Ma

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

Band News


There is a blue sheet stapled to the front of all students’ band books that lists all of the band karate belt playing tests. The goal is to get 1 test beyond blue belt by the end of quarter 2 (blue belt for percussion). Here is a link to the playing tests for each belt. Each belt requires 2 tests. For each test, students must play them without writing the letters in and must tap their foot to the steady beat while playing. They can take the tests during small group lessons or send a video via SeeSaw. In the video I must see their foot tapping and they must show that there are no letters written on the music. These tests determine the band grade (on progress report Q2 & Q4) and more importantly — they are motivating to many students to further their achievement!

The Jackson Band is playing for students entering school

Band students have an opportunity to play for other students as they enter school in the morning. We will play 2 or 3 very very short tunes and repeat them as students enter school (first 2 songs on the pep band link and maybe another one….we’ll see). Since we don’t want to clog the hallways as students enter, we will have band 5C and 5E play on separate days and parents cannot attend (Sorry! But we’ll play for you live later in the year and send a video of this one on SeeSaw). Unlike the performances in March and May, this is an optional experience….but highly recommended and fun! 😀


  • 5C BAND - Thursday, Dec. 15; enter the school at 8:45am upstairs

(if you are a busser, find a ride to school if you can)

  • 5E BAND - Friday, Dec. 16; enter the school at 8:45am upstairs

(if you are a busser, find a ride to school if you can)


  • Enter school through the upstairs doors and immediately assemble instrument near the band storage room. Store your case on your shelf. 5C will play in the cafeteria at 8:55.

5E will play near the upstairs entrance at 8:55.


In November we began playing our instruments during band specialist time! This is IN ADDITION TO the days they need their instruments for small group lessons.

  • 5C band students have large group rehearsals on cycle days 1, 5, and 8 during specials

  • 5E band students have large group rehearsals on cycle days 3, 4, and 7 during specials

Click here for a list of dates for each cycle day. Band students need their band instruments, iPad, band book, and a pencil for all large group rehearsals during specialist time. Some students choose to bring their instruments to school and home every day so they always have it when they need it. *Please don’t leave instruments at school overnight.* It’s so fun to play in a large group! Check out our rehearsal videos on SeeSaw. 😊 😊


  • Sat. March 25 ALL-DISTRICT CONCERT in the afternoon, Shakopee High School Gym

    • Students will need to wear dress clothes for this performance (High school students will be wearing tuxedos and formal black dresses. 5th graders do not need to be that formal, but should still look dressed-up. Avoid jeans, shorts, and T-shirts if possible.)

    • Mandatory performance

  • Fri. May 19, 2:30pm,, Jackson Gymnasium

    • Mandatory Performance


  • Students are tracking the minutes they practice at home in the back of their band books.

  • Parents enter the total minutes per week in a google form that is emailed every Sunday.

During rehearsals, rewards are given to students who practice 100 minutes or more from home each week (preferably spread over 5 days if possible). Parent support is critical to establishing a home practice routine and I thank you so much for your support! Look for the date of the last small group lesson written in the band book to know what pages to practice (Unless it is a video assignment - which happens occasionally. Video assignments will be posted in the SeeSaw Announcements/Messages).

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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey and Mrs. Tanberg

Toward the end of November, we have the opportunity to start one of our school favorites, the obstacle course. This is an activity that the students just love and we as PE Teachers love because our students exercise in many different ways. The best part is the students get a great workout and have fun doing it. We are just finishing the obstacle course at the start of December, and then moving on to our bowling unit.

During our bowling unit, students learn the proper way to hold the bowling ball, the 3 and 5 step bowling approach, and how to score a bowling game. We have different jobs as part of the bowling process: the ball machine, the pin machine, the score keeper, and the bowler. One of the very best activities that we do during bowling is “blacklight bowling” where we have strings of white lights run throughout the gym and we turn off the lights and bowl. We are hoping to get enough glow in the dark tape donated to the PE department to be able to put a stripe around the neck of each bowling pin for this activity this year.

We wrap up the end of December and start January with our holiday game unit where we have a TON of super fun winter themed games to wrap up the year. Kids love doing sleigh rides through the gym and have snowball fights where they try to knock the other team’s snowmen over (we don’t actually go outside, we use PE equipment in the gym).

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

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

If anyone has some old tennis shoes that they would like to donate to the Physical Education Department it be greatly appreciated. We have students who do not have tennis shoes to wear for physical education and we would like to give them a pair. Please make sure the tennis shoes are clean and free of rips and tears.

Greetings from the Learning Commons!

Media/Learning Commons Happenings

In Media classes, students are currently working on some form of coding skills at each grade level.

K/1 – Students are using Code ‘n Go Mice to code their mouse to get to the cheese. Directional coding is foundational, and sometimes students struggle with turns and learning their left from their right, but most students are finding success, or they learn to problem solve and work with their partners to complete the mouse tasks.

2/3 – Students are using Dash Robots to code their robots to accomplish different tasks. Students use an app called “Blockly” to code their Dash robots.

4/5 – Students are using Sphero Bolts to learn geometry/degree headings. Initially, students code their Sphero to go in a straight line and then branch off to coding their Spheros in a rectangle shape.

Please encourage your 3-5th graders to read our Maud Hart Lovelace titles. Once students complete reading a title, they complete a quick book review form. If students read 3/10 books, they can participate in the book voting party that will take place in March 2023!

Students in K,1, and 2 are reading the Star of the North books in their classrooms with their teachers. Students will vote on their favorite of these books coming up soon in January. Ask your child which books they have read so far!

Media Center Volunteers Needed

Our Media Assistant has moved on to another position, and we would love parent support in the Jackson Learning Commons to keep our book checkout running smoothly until we can hire a great candidate! If you are interested, please sign up using the sign-up genius link. The times for volunteering are 8:30 – 3:30 p.m. and duties will involve greeting students in the Learning Commons, assisting students with finding books for checkout, shelving books, and assisting with class book checkouts. Click on the link below if you are already an approved volunteer!



Happy Holidays!! We hope you are soaking up all the great things that winter brings! During this season of giving, we want to thank all the staff, students, and parents at Jackson for being so supportive of our school and PTO. Our events have been crazy successful this year, and that is only because of you! We appreciate all your support, always!

We have a LOT of fun things coming up at Jackson! Our Gingerbread Night is Monday, December 12th from 5:30-8:00. This event did require registration and payment to secure your gingerbread supplies. If you missed that, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or at our email listed below. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone!

Our next Jackson Meal night is at Mr. Pig on December 14th. It’s a great chance to see all the Jackson families before our winter break begins on December 22nd!

This year we’ve decided to add a family friendly event during our winter break. We’re hosting a Family Bingo Night on Wednesday, December 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Come in your pajamas and be prepared for some fun! There will be prizes, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. There is no charge for this event, however, you MUST reserve your spot as space is limited! We’ll check names at the door, so make sure you register quickly!!

When we return from winter break, we’ll have our school dance on January 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This is a free event open to all, and the kids LOVE getting their groove on with DJ Tricks!

As always, if you have questions or concerns that you believe we can help with, please don’t hesitate to ask! Also, if you want to get involved with the PTO and any of our events, we’d LOVE to have you! Please send a message to us on Facebook or our email at jacksonpto28@gmail.com. If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do – it’s where we post many updates and information on our events. Search Jackson Parents on Facebook to be added as a member as it’s a private group.

Happy Holidays, Jackson! – Crystal Nellermoe, PTO President


  • 2022/2023 Student Handbook
  • 2022/2023 Shakopee Public Schools Calendar
  • Volunteer Information
  • Daily Announcements
  • Winter Weather Guidelines & Information
  • Elementary Report Card Rubrics
  • How to Access Report Cards
  • Attendance Line: Parents/guardians should call the attendance line when a student will be late or absent 952-496-5803.
  • Important Meal Reminders: Free meals are no longer provided by COVID federal funds. Student meal accounts will need to be funded in Infinite Campus. Free or reduced meals can be offered to families that qualify. Applications also impact school funding. Digital applications can be completed in Infinite Campus. Printed applications are also available in our main office and at the district office. For tips on how to fund meal accounts in Infinite Campus, click here. For additional details on free and reduced meals, click here.

  • Health Services Resources: Health services resources for the 2022/23 school year can be found online here: bit.ly/SPSHealthServices22. Optional COVID-19 self reporting details and a form are available here.

  • Visitor Reminders: All visitors are required to check-in at the front office and must be screened through the Raptor system during normal school hours.

  • Now Hiring Part-Time/Full-Time Paraprofessional Positions, Food Services and More: Training provided, job share responsibilities and weekend/summer/school breaks off. Click here for a list of positions and to apply.

  • Communication Reminder: We encourage families to download the Seesaw app on your smartphone or bookmark on a computer to gain access to important school communications and teacher messages.


This is the criteria that teachers will be following to ensure that students are safe outside. Please send your students with the appropriate warm clothing each day.
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