Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter





Prof Dev/Gifford Cluster 7:30




I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Kid's Dance 5:30-7:30



3 Send Report Cards Home

PBIS Meeting, 7:35

4 BLT Meeting, 7:30

4th Grade Field Trip to HS/Jack Brass Band 10:30-11:15

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

Optional: 3rd Graders to sing at Varsity wrestling match/7:00

7 I-Team Meeting 7:30

10 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

11 Staff Meeting (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

12 Kindergarten Field Trip to Stages Theater 9:00-11:50

13 Valentine's Day Party

O'Brien Dental presenting to 2nd Grade 10:00-11:00

14 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

17 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

18 BLT Meeting, 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Mill City Museum 8:50-2:00

Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55

PTO Meeting (Parents/Board/GRANTS) 6:30-8:00p

19 PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55 (Potentially for the school can attend)

21 I-Team Meeting 7:30

1st Grade Music Program 2:00

24 Marcos Fundraiser NIght

25 Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00 (Ok for Marcos per Kevin)

Marcos Fundraiser NIght

26 Peaceful Bus 9:15-10

Marcos Fundraiser Night

27 5th Grade Field Trip to The Ordway 11:00-1:30

28 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9


2 PBIS Meeting 7:35

3 BLT Meeting 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

6 I-Team Meeting 7:30

All School Movie Night 6:00-8:00

9 PTO Meeting (Board Only) 6:30-8:00

10 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

13 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Kindergarten Music Program 2:00

17 BLT Meeting 7:30

18 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall 10:30-12:30

PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 I-Team Meeting 7:30

21 All District Band Concert/HS 4:00

24 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

25 Doughnuts withe Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

Staff Potluck

26 3rd Quarter Ends

Two Hour Early Release Day

27 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day

30-31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


1-3 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

6 PBIS Meeting 7:35

All School Bingo 2:00-2:45

7 BLT Meeting 7:30

8 Spring Picture Day (only those who bring forms in)

10 I-Team Meeting 7:30

13 Send Report Cards Home

PTO Meeting (Parent/Board/Grants/Voting) 6:30-8

14 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 PBIS Meeting 2:30

17 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Music Program 2:00

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 Kindergarten Round-Up Night 5-6:30

24 I-Team Meeting 7:30

28 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

Kindergarten Round-Up 5-6:30

30 Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35


1 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

4 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

5 BLT Meeting 7:30

7 Literacy and Beyond Night 5-7:00

8 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

10 Twins Game 1:10/PTO Event (Kansas City Royals)

11 PTO Meeting (Board ONLY) 6:30-8

5th Grade Music Program 6:30

12 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 I-Team Meeting 7:30

18 1st Grade Track and Field

19 BLT Meeting 7:30

2nd Grade Track and Field

20 PBIS Meeting 2:30

3rd Grade Track and Field

21 4th Grade Track and Field

22 I-Team Meeting 7:30

5th Grade Track and Field

25 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

26 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

27 All School Assembly (tentative time 2:00)

29 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

1st Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo 8:35-2:40


1 PBIS Meeting 7:35

2 BLT Meeting 7:30

Yearbook Signing 2:15-2:45

3 4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

All School Picnic

Talent Show 1:30

4 Last day of School

Staff End of Year Party

5 Teacher Work Day

6 Graduation

15 Send Report Cards Home



*Thank you Hengel for taking care of the Mill City Museum field trip for us! We appreciate it!

*Rutter, thank you for taking care of our “K Buddies” activity! I REALLY appreciate it!

*Thank you Nicole Lightfoot for all your hard work at Jackson, and just being you!

*Jeanne and Sandy – Thank you for helping with school patrol when we have an IEP meeting. It’s so nice to have both of you on the team!

*Nurse Andrea, thank you for the saltines!! They were JUST what I needed!!

*Kevin, thank you for making the time to crown the quarter’s royal writers!

*Huge thank you to Lucy for helping with a student that was shutting down during tier. You were so supportive and caring and compassionate and got her back on track, thank you!

*Thank you whoever made the chocolate cake—oh my goodness! Amazing!

*Thank you, Jeff for organizing the pot luck! We have so many great cooks at Jackson!

*Thank you Natalie for supporting Mrs. Kay’s class in the Makerspace! You are a wonderful asset to this school.

*Gehlhoff and Brock…Thank you for the “mom of teenagers” talk in the hall this week!

*Vold and Hackel…I appreciate all you do for my 5th grade students. Your dedication is noticed!

*Thank you, Jane, for getting our tie-dying stuff all ready to go!

*Thank you, Becky, for keeping our grade level on track with I-team meetings!

*Thank you, Char, for setting up our weekly PLC schedule. We appreciate you!

*Thank you, Sarah R., for being so kind and willing to take my students for a lesson so I could videotape/assess student learning in a quiet setting!

*Thank you, Jeff T., for setting up a time with our class to do a buddy room poster!

*Thank you, Sandy, for your hard work and dedication to help our shared students continue to grow in their learning everyday!

*Thank you, Chris, for coming to my room on such short notice to help me fix my projector!

*Thank you, Natalie, for being willing to work with me to figure out a mobile Makerspace for my classroom!

*Thank you, Kaitlin, for always listening and for your genuine care for others!

*Thank you, Keri, for keeping me updated on all the hard work you’re doing with our shared students!

*Thank you to Charlotte for teaching me a “cool new trick” on my spreadsheet!

*Thank you to all of the teachers and paras who watch and manage our kiddos on inside recess days. I owe you a debt of gratitude so that I can attend meetings, go to the bathroom, and eat my lunch. Inside recess days are trying for all of us!

*Thank you VanBrocklin for always checking in and sending me items to help me navigate my daughter’s allergy! You’re so kind!

*Thanks St. Peter for whipping up a quick work completion checklist for my buddy! You’re amazing!

*Thanks Gendlin for always lending an ear whenever needed…school related or personal!

*Rothstein- keep on keepin’ on! You’re smile is contagious!

*Koci- Thanks for being so dedicated to my students’ growth and for making such a positive impact!

*Schweigert- Thank you for hosting us in your class and for preparing a fabulous lesson!

*Thanks Lucy for giving me an extra planner

*Thanks Charlotte for calling in the mornings to check on our student.

*Thank you, Trudy for taking on the job of organizing/getting rid of the “junk” in the hallway and our second-grade closet. The results are amazing.

*Thank you, Kevin, for getting me a map of our outdoor area so quickly so we can begin looking at a possible Outdoor Environmental Learning Center.

*Thank you, Kevin for the shelving for second grade. We are so organized now.

*Thank you, Amy Scott for always sharing the most creative activities to do with our second graders.

*Thank you, Mandy for being so willing to help me with the dumbest tech request even though you have done the same thing many times before. Your kindness and patience are very much appreciated.

*Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your sense of humor and your caring self. Seeing you just makes me smile. (and I mean that in a good way.)

*Welcome back Melanie!! We have sure missed you!!

*Thanks Dan for loaning me paint.

*Thanks Heather for being willing to do a crazy paint project with second graders. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Actually, it turned out kinda cute and your 5th grade friend came up with an amazing saying for our poster.



Book Creator

Book Creator can be a powerful, versatile app that can:

  • allow students a chance to demonstrate learning
  • provide scaffolding to students
  • provide various levels and types of support (audio, speech to text, text to speech).

Teachers can create templates for students that are empty shells; students add their knowledge, thoughts, and learning into the structures provided.

Classroom Application Ideas

Anchor Charts

We all know that we cannot fit every anchor chart for the year on our walls; the wall space is finite. As teachers, we also know that we shouldn't keep anchor charts up all year long simply because we made them. The walls of our classroom should reflect what students are currently working on. That being said, the anchor charts from previous lessons can be helpful to students when they need to go back to a previously taught skill/strategy. ENTER...Book Creator. Have you ever thought to add your Anchor Charts into Book Creator? Or have students add them to their own books? The book becomes a resource for them as they are moving through the year and spiraling back to concepts.

EL Support Ideas

I also found another Book Creator resource to be very helpful in framing my thinking about how to support EL students in the classroom. It reminded me of strategies presented in SIOP, which are meant to help EL students. But many SIOP strategies benefit all students in the classroom. I encourage you to flip through this book for ideas on supporting all learners in your classroom.


2/2 Natalie Weatherman

2/8 Steph Masloski

2/12 Tim Olene

2/15 Danielle Bauman

2/18 Becca Kay-Lewis

2/19 Amanda Lymangood

2/21 Kristi Boumeester

2/21 Barb Weierke

2/26 Mel Altonen

2/26 Sue Tanberg

2/28 Katie Beckrich

3/1 Mandy Knutson

3/4 Kaitlin Wermerskirchen

3/17 Mary Ellen Sandberg

3/22 Dena Gregor

3/25 Becky Keller

3/26 Amy Scott

3/26 Ben Thies

3/31 Krissy Luce

4/2 Sarah Reiersgord

4/4 Wendy Derhaag

4/5 Belle LaBarre

4/5 Jen Ulrich

4/6 Lori Proehl

4/8 Faye Hames

4/11 Jen Klecker

4/13 Barbi Studtmann

4/18 Heather Broden

4/18 Tammy Haugen

4/23 Tammy Youngvorst

4/25 Kristen Hengel

4/25 Kira Johanson

4/27 Heather Balk

4/27 Bill Folz