Tommie Talk

April 2022

Welcome Spring!!

Mrs. Streeter - Principal
Mrs. Lawrey - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Hughes - Administrative Assistant
Jefferson Office
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APRIL 1 - Wear Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

APRIL 6 - Wear Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

APRIL 7 - 1st Grade Music Program - 6:30pm (Jefferson Gym)

APRIL 11 - End of Midterm Trimester 3

APRIL 13 - Midterms coming home in backpacks

APRIL 13 - Glow in the Dark Dance Party - Celebrating READ-A-THON Success

APRIL 13 - Early Dismissal 1:00

APRIL 14-18 - No School - Easter Break

APRIL 18-22 - Military Family Spirit Week (see Dress Up Days below)

APRIL 19-May 2 - Annual REGISTRATION Update - 2022-2023 School Year (Grades K-4)

APRIL 26 - DPS Kinder Kick-Off

APRIL 26 - Wear Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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THIS IS IT! – Make the most of every moment
Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.

This Is It! is about focusing on NOW instead of later, or next week, or next month, or next year, or yesterday, etc., and making the most of it. A positive This Is It! attitude can make everything we do and every day productive, fulfilling, and fun!

Life is full of distractions and opportunities to do something else, something other than what we’re doing now. Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about those other things. Instead of making what we’re doing now “it” our focus is often elsewhere—on things we wanted to do, could have done, should have done, or want to do “sometime.” Whenever our thoughts are occupied with something other than what we’re doing, we miss what’s going on around us in the moment … while we’re waiting for the next moment to arrive the present moment slips away.

When we live in the NOW we have power! With a This Is It! attitude we make the present “it” and find joyful moments that we might otherwise have missed!
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It's time to start thinking about registering for next year, as crazy as that sounds! We are trying something a little different this year to complete registration for the 2022-2023 school year. You will simply fill out the new forms in PowerSchool. Please complete this process for all current Kindergarten - 4th grade students. Online Registration will remain open from April 19 - May 2. If your child/children will NOT be at Jefferson for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the office at 701-456-0013.
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Just a REMINDER - The morning bell rings at 8:00am. Students line up and come inside to get their things put away and instruction starts at 8:05am each day. We have had several students tardy for school each day. Please be mindful of this and try to get your children to school on time as they miss out when they are not here right away in the morning. Thank you!

Outdoor Apparel Guidlines

The decision on whether or not students are to wear jackets or coats is based on the following guidelines:

1. When the temperature is below 50 degrees F., students should wear their coat when they go out for recess.

2. When the temperature is between 50 degrees F. and 60 degrees F., students do not have to wear their coat if they are wearing a long sleeved shirt or sweatshirt.

3. When the temperature is above 60 degrees F., students may go outside wearing a short sleeved shirt.

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Hey Parents,

I know it's hard to think about school supply shopping. That is why I am so excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies!

This year, 1st Day School Supplies is going to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year without the headache of shopping at Walmart, Target or Staples.

I have personally found 1st Day School Supplies to be convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, they have guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands, including the germ fighting brands like Purell and Lysol. Why not check school supply shopping off your list now!

Make sure you select the correct kit for your child's grade next school year 2022-23.

You can make your purchase right now, get started by clicking the link below:

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

We were able to raise $2,097.90 this year during our "JUG WARS" to donate to LLS to help fund treatments for patients who are suffering from all forms of blood cancers. We also raised $140 online.

We held our "Jug Wars" in February and had some fun dress up day to go along with the week.


Mrs. Hoerner's Class - $316.36

Mrs. Steier's Class - $254.83

Mrs. Knebel's Class - $184.29

Mrs. Hoerner's class will get to have a Thank You for "Donuting" Breakfast Party!!!

Mrs. Steier's class will get a How "Sweet" of you to help Cupcake Party!!!!

Mrs. Knebel"s class will receive a Thank You for the "Extra Change" extra recess time with Mrs. Lawrey!!!

Our Jefferson families are always so generous and we appreciate every one of you!



You Rocked It!!

We are so PROUD of our Jefferson community once again!!! Jefferson students read, and read, and read to raise money for A BOOK VENDING MACHINE, NEW SOCCER NETS, AND STENCILS TO PAINT PLAYGROUND GAMES ON THE BLACKTOP AND SIDEWALKS OUTSIDE, among other items that will benefit our students directly in the classrooms. Jefferson students read 118,078 minutes during March Reading Month and raised $15,077.00! Jefferson will receive 80% of the grand total. That is over $12,000 for Jefferson!!!!!


Here are the top 3 for all categories:

Top Fundraising Classrooms:

  • 1st Place - Mrs. Heth's Class - $2315 (wins a Movie Day Basket)
  • 2nd Place - Mrs. Eslinger's Class $2007 - (Extra recess with Mrs. Lawrey & Popsicles)
  • 3rd Place - Mrs. Hoerner's Class - $1620 (Extra recess with Mrs. Lawrey & Popsicles)

Top Classroom Reading Minutes:

  • 1st Place -Mrs. Roller's Class - 23,936 minutes - (wins a Movie Day Basket)
  • 2nd Place - Mrs. Montalbano's Class - 22,400 minutes - (Extra recess with Mrs. Lawrey & Popsicles)
  • 3rd Place - Mrs. Eslinger's Class - 21,460 - (Extra recess with Mrs. Lawrey & Popsicles)

Top Individual Fundraisers:

  • 1st Place - Ryan Woehl - $930 (3H) - (Wins a Game Night Basket)
  • 2nd Place - Evelyn Lindquist (KH) - $700
  • 3rd Place - Dylan Billadiau (4E) - $450

Top Individual Reading Minutes:

  • 1st Place - Kamden Kuylen (3R) - 4105 minutes (Wins a Reading Goodie Basket)
  • 2nd Place - Logan Pavlicek (3R) - 3995 minutes
  • 3rd Place - Arabella Marx (4E) - 2321 minutes

The generosity of our families and friends is so appreciated! Way to go Jefferson Tommies! Check out this FUN video from our READ-A-THON month:


Happy April from the music room!

Congratulations to the 5th graders on a phenomenal music program!

Now it's time for the 1st graders to have their turn. The first-grade music concert will be on Thursday, April 7th at 6:30pm in the Jefferson gym.

All of our Jefferson Tommies are having a wonderful musical year. April will bring "a shower" of new skills for all students and it's sure to be a good time!


For the month of April in the gymnasium, K-5th grade will jump into their Frisbee units. This unit will take us about two weeks. Weather permitting, we will complete this unit outside along with our second unit during April. Our second unit will be striking activities for grades K-5 completed outside since the weather will start to become a little warmer. Make sure students are coming to school with at least a sweatshirt so gym time outside is comfortable for them. Have a great month of April!

-Mr. Binstock


Jefferson 2nd graders have been practicing overlapping shapes and blending pastels in Art. 3rd graders have been creating cartoon cityscapes inspired by the artist James Rizzi. 4th graders have been experimenting with oil pastels for blending. 5th graders were creating 3-D objects and animals out of clay and painting with acrylics paints.

SEL Snapshot

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, this month “recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect” ( We are also focusing on the CASEL competency Responsible Decision Making. Our lessons will focus on themes of personal safety, solving problems, recognizing the size of problems, understanding the positive and negative consequences of choices, and recognizing when to ask for help. We will also be learning about careers and inspiring the students to dream about their future.


Why is Phonological Awareness Important?

Phonological awareness is a strong predictor of reading success. It is especially important at the earliest stages of reading development and is a foundation for reading.

How Can You Support Phonological Awareness at Home?

Phonological awareness is simple to support at home - all you need is language! Help your child understand that the words they hear in speech are made up of parts and sounds.

You can begin building phonological awareness in your child by:

★ Reciting nursery rhymes

★ Reading books with rhyming words

★ Playing with alliteration (words that begin with the same sound) ○ Example: Seven silly sisters said surprise!

★ Reciting tongue twisters with a focus on individual sounds in words. ○ Example: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?


Hello Jefferson Families –

Please assist us in learning more about our school climate. The measurement of school climate provides educators with the necessary data to identify school needs, set goals, and track progress toward improvement. We appreciate your feedback and invite you to please complete the Parent Survey, which you can access by clicking the link below.

Jefferson Parent Survey:

When schools intentionally create a positive school climate, the school community’s experience improves. The climate surveys will be available through Friday, April 15th.

Thank you,

Dickinson Public Schools

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