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Week of 10-4-21

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2021-2022 School Picture Day

School picture day is scheduled for this Tuesday, October 5. Students will be called down to the main gym, throughout the school day, to take their photo. Order forms are available at school through your child's Advisory teacher.

Chromebooks

Chromebooks are a regular part of your child’s daily school life. Below are reminders and additional information regarding student Chromebooks:

  • Please remind your child to charge his/her Chromebook at home EVERY night. Coming to school with a fully charged Chromebook ensures your child is prepared for the day. Thank you in advance for helping with this reminder.

  • Remind your child that Chromebooks are monitored through the District 45 GoGuardian content filter 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students should only use Chromebooks for school-related purposes.

  • Looking for tips for managing your child’s Chromebook at home? Check out the “Tips for Managing Chromebooks at Home” document by clicking here.

Builders Club Spirit Week

Every year, Builders Club chooses an outside organization to support and bring awareness to our students. This year, Builders Club members have chosen NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as that organization. Builders Club will plan and implement activities over the course of the year in support of this organization. This week, Builders Club has coordinated a spirit week that promotes positive moods and mindsets. Check out the daily spirit week themes here. Encourage your child to participate by making it a family coordinated event!

General Reminders

We are asking families to discuss with their child(ren) two important school reminders. Thank you in advance for discussing these topics with your child(ren).

  1. Morning entry takes places daily from 8:10 to 8:25 a.m. Students should enter through designated grade level entrances and report directly to their Advisory classroom, unless they are reporting to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Students eating breakfast at school should enter through door #5 and report directly to the cafeteria. Breakfast students should report directly to Advisory after they are finished eating in the cafeteria.
  2. Masks are expected to be worn properly when indoors and on buses. This means making sure your child's mask fits properly over his/her chin, mouth, and nose. In addition, students should bring an extra mask to school in the event his/her mask breaks or needs to be changed during the day. Please check that your child is wearing his/her mask properly and has an extra mask at school.

Quarter 1 Reminders

The last day of quarter 1 is October 22. All assignments, projects, makeups, and any items that are included in your child's final grade must be completed and submitted by Friday, October 15. Help your child succeed by having him/her regularly check PowerSchool to see all grading information (assignments, assessments, projects, etc.). Any assignments marked with an orange exclamation point (and score of 50%) are considered missing and should be completed and submitted to your child's teacher(s). Please make sure your child notifies any teachers of missing work that has been submitted for credit. As always, contact your child's teachers directly with any specific questions.

Messages from the Jackson PTA

2021-2022 Jackson Yearbook

Now is your chance to purchase your child a lasting memory of the 2021-2022 school year. There's nothing else like a school yearbook! Secure your child the limited edition collection of Jackson's stories from the year. Click here to order this year's school yearbook. Sales will be open until May 6.


Fundraiser

The Jackson PTA is pleased to announce its fundraising program for the 2021- 2022 school year! The fundraising program works while you shop. Fundraising made easy for busy families! Information about this year's fundraiser can be accessed here (Spanish). Thank you for supporting the PTA and our Jackson students and staff.


PTA Membership

Click here to sign up and join the Jackson Middle School PTA. Stay involved and receive information about upcoming PTA events.


Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be held virtually on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Laurie LoCoco at laurie4lou@yahoo.com with any questions or ideas. A link for the meeting will be available in MemberHub.

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Willowbrook Class of 2026 Information

Attention 8th grade families! Please click here to access important information and dates regarding your child's transition to Willowbrook. Go, Class of 2026!

Water Bottle Reminder

We want to remind families that students should bring a personal water bottle to school. Water bottles may be filled at water fill stations. Water fountains are not available. Other drinks and snacks are not allowed outside of lunch periods.

Jackson Daily Announcements

Wondering how students stay “in the know” with information and opportunities at Jackson? Check out the Daily Announcements link on the Jackson website homepage. This link takes you to the daily announcements shared with students at the start of each school day. Please use this link to stay up-to-date with activities and events available for your child.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

PowerSchool is a proactive communication tool parents/guardians can use to stay informed about their child’s academic and work habits progress in school. Please click on this PowerSchool Parent/Guardian Quick Guide link for more information about how to navigate the PowerSchool portal. There is a mobile app version of the PowerSchool Portal for families. The interface of the mobile app is slightly different from the web version. If you experience any difficulties accessing PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Aparicio, the Jackson secretary who oversees PowerSchool. Her email address is vaparicio@d45.org.

Attendance

A friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of a parent/guardian to contact Jackson in the event his/her child will be absent from school. Please plan to report your child’s absence, prior to 9:00 a.m., by calling our attendance line at 630-516-7368. Parents/guardians will leave a voicemail reporting their child’s absence. In the voicemail, please include the following information:

  • Child’s name and grade level

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence


Student absenteeism should be kept to the minimum; however, the School Board recognizes that some absences are unavoidable. The following are valid causes for a student's absence and will be considered “excused,” as specified in Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code:

  • Illness

  • Observation of a religious holiday

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Family emergency

  • Other situations approved by the school principal