Jackson Newsletter

September / October

Dear Jackson Families,

What a wonderful opening to the school year. We had a super September welcoming our Jaguar families back to Jackson. Thank you for attending Open House. Students really enjoyed showing their family around the building.

Next month, you are invited for student-led conferences. You may choose to come in person or request an online conference using Teams. See the sign up below. In grade 1-6 during the first 10 minutes fo the conference, your child will share their learning with you. This portion will be student-led in one classroom. Then you will be able to meet with the English and Spanish teacher for the last 10 minutes in the other classroom.

Our teachers have been tirelessly working to set up the best classroom environments for our students to live the Jackson mission, “Together we create an environment where we learn and support each other.” One way we give feedback to students is when they earn “paw pats” for following the expectations and showing kindness at Jackson. Their classroom has set up incentives using the earned paw pats. As a school, paw pats goals will be celebrated during the month “Paw”sitive Pep Rally. Be sure to ask your student how they have earned paw pats and encourage your student to be ready to learn and follow the expectations each day. We will also start our Student of the Month recognitions. The first 'Paw'sitive Pep Rally will be shared with staff and students on October 4.

School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal

Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision.

Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Suzanne Hagen



Important Dates

  • 24 - No School - Teacher Day
  • 30 - Virtual Family Night, 6:30 pm - Wildlife Encounters - Join using your child's iPad

  • 1 - No School - Teacher Day
  • 8 - No School - Teacher Day
  • 18 -22 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • 20 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 21 & 22 - No School due to Conferences
  • 26 - Picture Day
  • 29 - Food Drive Delivery & Costume Walk


  • 1 - No School
  • 18 - Family Night, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • 19 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 22-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


  • 17 - Winter Program
  • 20 - Jan 4 - No School - Winter Break

Items to Bring to School

  • Wear a clean face covering
  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)

*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Wellness Tip of the Month

#BeKind & Gratitude. According to Harvard and psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness, builds strong relationships, and improves overall health. When we are thankful and appreciate all the goodness in our lives, we feel better. It helps us face adversity and try new things. The counselor has focused on kindness during class lessons. Students noticed that they feel better when they choose kindness and interact with each other with kindness. How can you and your family show gratitude and choose kindness? It takes effort, but is well worth it.

Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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Scholastic Book Fair

Support the Library and purchase books through the Book Fair, in-person or online. In-Person Book Fair will be held in the Jackson Library during conferences. Online Ordering is available October 13 - 26 at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/jacksonelementaryschool85

We are looking for 2 volunteers per shift for the in-person fair (Wednesday evening; Thursday day; Thursday evening). Contact Dawn.Moynihan@ops.org to volunteer.

OPS Standard Response Protocol / Emergency Response

During the month of August and September, Jackson practiced emergency drills including: fire, severe weather, and lockdown. You can find more information about the OPS Standard Response Protocol here: https://iloveuguys.org/The-Standard-Response-Protocol.html

Please help us practice these safety drills and be prepared for any emergency by asking your student where their class goes during any of the safety drills. Remind them to listen to adult directions, stay calm, and stay with their class. We know with your help and support, our students and staff will be ready for any emergency.

In the event of an emergency, it is critical to be able to contact you. Please make sure you always notify the office of any changes with phone numbers or addresses.

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OPS Digital Resources

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and can also be continued at home. Online books can also be checked through through the Sora app. The Duolingo app is also available to improve Spanish skills. If apps disappear, you can reload using the Manager app.

K-2: Amira, iRead, and Zearn

3: Amira, iRead, Lexia, Zearn and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn, MAP Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn, MAP Accelerator

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Health and Safety

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school. Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.

Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough
  • New onset of shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

Does your child have two or more of the following?
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:
  • Notify the school of your child's absence
  • Contact your child's health care provider
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19
  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been cleared by their health care provider

For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested

Join the PTO

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).