Jefferson Elementary

Jaguar Journal

Meet the new Principal

Hello Jefferson Jaguar Families!

My name is Ms. Brueske and I’m so excited to be your Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Last year, marked my third year in the Mankato Area School District. For the past two years, I have been the Dean of Students at Prairie Winds Middle School. Prior to that, I taught a year of Kindergarten at Washington Elementary.

Before coming to the Mankato School District, I taught in the Belle Plaine Public School District for 15 years. While at Belle Plaine, I was a second grade teacher for most of my career but I also taught a year of reading and math intervention at the first and second grade level.

These opportunities to foster curiosity through everyday learning is truly my passion when it comes to education. Watching kids explore and discover new levels of potential within themselves is the greatest reward in this field of work.

My personal life revolves around my family. I have three children ages 11, 15, and 18 so there is never a dull moment in our home! The opportunity to be a mother has not only added to the joy of my existence but has given me a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for the students and families I serve.

I look forward to getting to know your child and your family. Take Care and Enjoy the remainder of your summer!


Note that meals will be free for all students 18 and under. However, we need families to COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FOR EDUCATION BENEFITS by filling out the form found HERE if you think you might meet the eligibility criteria. Completed applications for those who qualify are needed for our school to receive funding to support additional academic supports for students.


If your child qualifies for bussing and you have not completed the transportation form, please stop at Central Registration. The address is 10 Civic Center Plaza. Without this form completed and on file, your child will not be issued a bus pass allowing them to ride. Passes will be handed out during Entrance Conferences for those students with forms completed.


Mankato Area Public Schools Health Protocols and Masking Update

At its meeting on August 16, the Mankato Area School Board voted to enact a masking requirement for K-8 students and staff inside district buildings once school begins in September. This decision was based on high community transmission of COVID-19 in Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties, and the ineligibility of students under 12 to be fully vaccinated. It is strongly recommended (not required) that students (grades 9-12) and staff in high school buildings wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

Please note that federal regulations require masks on all public transportation, including school buses. All K-12 students riding school buses to and/or from school and for school activities must wear a mask.

Preparing Students for Masking at School

One way families can support their child in mask wearing is by slowly building up their stamina to wear masks throughout the day. The Mankato Clinic has a 30 day plan to help kids learn to wear masks that I have linked below. This information may be helpful to you and your family as you prepare your child for school. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership in this process.

Online Learning Option

The start of the 2021-20 school year is quickly approaching and Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) wants to remind our enrolled families that we have an asynchronous online school option available. To get details about this option, interested families should reach out to their school principal so that they can be of assistance in determining if it is the right fit for their student(s). Enrollment in the online program ends August 27, so interested families should connect with their school principal as soon as possible.

2021-2022 District Student Calendar

This calendar contains dates to note for all students in the Mankato Schools.