Jefferson Jotter

May 2020

Letter from Principal

Dear Jefferson Parents,

When we started this school year none of us would have predicted COVID19 would be a pandemic across the world, that countries/states would issue stay-at--home orders, so employees would need to work from home, or worse become unemployed, and that schools would be closed for the final trimester of the school year!

In the past six weeks I've seen incredible creativity, perseverance, and collaboration from the Jefferson staff, as we've embarked upon remote learning for our youngest learners. But their efforts would be for naught if it wasn't for equally courageous, persistent, and capable parents who facilitate their child's remote learning opportunities. As I've seen photos and heard stories from parents about what their children are doing while staying at home, I'm convinced that COVID19 is creating some future teachers amongst our parents! Thank you for all of your efforts in maintaining warmth, safety, and routine in your child's life while also juggling work and home responsibilities!

We have all experienced significant changes in our lives the past two months, but I don't want to solely focus on COVID19 and remote learning as the 2019-20 school year comes to a close. Prior to COVID19 our preschool and EDK students had many exciting and memorable moments with their friends and teachers. Remember the Preschool Family Picnic, the EDK Family Cultural Night, the Holiday Sing, the Emerson band concert, and the Preschool Family Night? Not to mention the new learning the students experienced in their classrooms each day. It is always amazing to see the growth the students make during the school year and this year is no different. Thank you for partnering with your child's teacher throughout the school year. Your involvement, communication, and support helped to make your child's experience more enriching and memorable.

We are all saddened that we won't be able to have the students back at Jefferson to bring closure to the 2019-20 school year and to send off our afternoon preschoolers and EDK students to their home schools for the 2020-21 school year. However, we are planning to have a parade the last day of school. More information about the logistics of the parade will be forthcoming.

Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors. By pulling together we will become stronger from this unprecedented experience!


Lisa Halverson


Upcoming Events

May 4 - 8 Remote Learning Days

May 4 - 8 Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 6 Nurse's Day

Monday, May 11

  • Remote Learning Planning Day - No Remote Learning for Students

May 12 - 22 Remote Learning Days

Monday, May 25

  • Memorial Day - No Remote Learning for Students

Tuesday, May 26

  • Remote Learning Planning Day - No Remote Learning for Students

May 27 - June 5 Remote Learning Days

June 8 Last Day of Preschool

June 9 Last Day of School for K - 8 Students

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Jefferson School Information

Teacher Appreciation Week

Please join me in celebrating Teacher Appreciation week, May 4 - 8, by extending your gratitude to the wonderful staff at Jefferson! We are so fortunate to have such highly dedicated, caring, and talented staff working with the children.

School Nurse's Day

I also invite you to join me in celebrating School Nurse's Day on May 6th. We are fortunate to have two nurses dedicated to maintaining student and staff safety. Our wonderful health office staff include: Paula Coleman, school nurse, and Margaret Temari, district nurse.

Remote Learning

Based on parent feedback, the district has updated the remote learning attendance form so that you can now access the attendance forms for all eight schools in one location. Additionally, you no longer have to sign in each day, but can submit your child’s attendance in two week increments.

To see photos of what our preschoolers have been up to during remote learning, check out our

Remote Learning Photo Album.

Personal Belongings and Medication at School

Teachers will be collecting your child’s personal belongings and projects and placing them in bags. Please know that teachers will be following the CDC guidelines while collecting your child’s belongings by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask. In June, you will be invited to come to Jefferson School to pick up your child’s belongings from the Jefferson gymnasium. If your child has medication at school, you may pick it up from the nurse's office at the same time. Once we work out the schedule and process for picking up your child’s belongings I’ll communicate this with you.

Registration for 2020-21 School Year

All Jefferson School families need to complete the registration process for the 2020-21 school year by going to the PowerSchool Parent Portal on the district website. The link to the Parent Portal became available to families on April 21st, so if you haven't gone to the Parent Portal in the past week you need to do so as soon as possible. Jefferson students who will be going to kindergarten in the fall are not automatically enrolled in their home school. You need to register them by going into the Parent Portal. If you have questions on how to complete the registration process contact the school secretary.

Worlds of Wonder

In consideration of the health and safety of all students and staff, we will not be offering a Worlds of Wonder program for our current preschoolers this summer.

Additional District Announcements/Information