Jefferson Parent Newsletter

March 2021

A note from Principal Louis

If you would like to request a specific teacher for your child next year, you will need to put the request in writing and send it to the Principal by April 9th. All letters need to contain specific educational reasons for your request. All requests will be reviewed. Final decisions for placement will be made by school staff. It is very important for parents to realize that your child’s current teachers put in a lot of time creating the best possible classrooms for the upcoming year. Many factors are taken into consideration and parent requests are just one of the many important factors.

Winter Reminders:

Our policy is that we have students outside as much as possible throughout the winter months. We monitor the temperature and wind chill and determine, on a daily basis, whether or not to have the students go outside. If the temperature or wind chill is below zero, the students stay inside. This means that for the vast majority of the days your child will be outside before the bell rings in the morning and for 20-25 minutes during the noon hour. Please make sure they come to school well dressed for the weather. We also require students to wear snow pants outside if they are using the playground equipment. If they come to school without snow pants they will be restricted to the blacktop area of the playground. One final reminder, please make sure that your child’s name is written in their jacket, hat and gloves. That way if it is misplaced and put in the lost and found, they will be able to find it. Thank you for your attention to these issues.

Decisions to close or delay schools will be made as soon as possible. Please look for announcements the day before a winter storm or by 6:00 a.m. the day of the closing or delay of school. Please refrain from calling the schools and check the notification sources below.

Weather related delay and closing information:

There are several methods of contact in place for notification of school delays or closings. Here are a few of them:

· Instant Alert System

· Emergency Hotline : 507-333-6057

· District Website:, Radio Stations: KDHL, 920, Power 96, TV Stations: WCCO –4, KSTP – 5, and KARE 11, Fox 9

In early dismissal situations, bus students will be transported home.

Parents of children who walk to and from school are requested to review with their children where to go when released early. Every family must have a written emergency plan on file with the classroom teacher. Parents may always use personal judgment in keeping students home or picking them up early in storm conditions.

Masks required

Parents and visitors please remember to wear a face mask when entering the building and waiting outdoors for your child.



Fun Days

Please complete this form and submit to your school's office,

Vicky Coon (Jefferson) or Kate Geary (FMS) by March 12th.

Spring Break Fun Days will be March 15th through March 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Faribault Middle School. This event is open to all students in Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade from any school. Community School will host multiple activities for students on these days including art projects, science experiments, physical activities, and more! A free snack and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Geary ( or 507.333.6378) or Vicky Coon ( or 507.333.6550). COVID-19 guidelines will be followed accordingly.

Student name:______________________________________Grade:____________ Address:____________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian name:_________________________________________________

Phone number:________________________________

What day(s) will your child be attending?

  • Monday, March 15th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 16th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • I will transport my child.

  • My child will walk.

Parent/guardian signature*: ___________________________________________ * I will not hold Faribault Public School responsible for injury or lost/stolen possessions.

Congratulations to the PHY ED. students of the month!

Good Sportsmanship - Riyan Ali 5-1.

Respectful - Suleiman Mohamud K-1.

Kindness - Surprise Sonpon 3-4

Participation - Zakaria Dhakane 1-4


March PBIS Video

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

Children turning 5 years old by September 1, 2021 can register for 2021-2022 Kindergarten.


You can register your child for kindergarten online by going to Once you start your application you will be given an application number. Please keep this number in the event you do not complete the application in one sitting. You will need it later to finish the application process. If you already have a parent portal account, you can register by logging in to the parent portal and clicking on Online Registration. If you have questions during the online registration process, please call 507-333-6067.


Kindergarten representatives will be available, Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00 am - Noon at McKinley Early Childhood Center, (930 4th Ave NW.)

For the safety of staff and attendees, mask - wearing and social distancing will be required. Please limit attendance to one parent and one child.

The deadline for families to apply for P-EBT benefits has been extended to March 5.

Have you filled out your Educational Benefits form yet? Due to the pandemic, you may be eligible for an EBT card and additional food assistance.
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As we begin the new month of March it is time to begin planning for Summer. This summer students will have the opportunity to enroll in Faribault's Summer STEAM program. Summer STEAM will be a nine week camp focused on developing students’ skills in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. The program will run Monday-Thursday from 8AM-3PM, June 14 through August 12. The deadline for students to apply will be Wednesday, March 24th.

Because we require a Parent Signature we can't use a google form version of the registration form. Parents can print and sign the form and take a picture or scan it. They can also bring the forms to the District Office or your school building.

See attachment below for English, Somali and Spanish.

Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping, at no extra cost?

Simply start your shopping at to confirm "Faribault Area Public Schools Educational Trust Association" as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.


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Camp Invention is Back!

Join Us for the Best Summer Ever!

Camp Invention® is back with an all-new program: Recharge! Featuring take-apart microphones, robotic crickets, duck-launching devices and morphing vehicles, this summer is packed full of super fun, confidence-boosting STEM activities!

What could be better? This year, with our Peace of Mind Promise, your local camp is being offered in person and at home so your child can experience the fun of Camp Invention no matter where they are!

Jefferson Elementary School

8/2/2021 - 8/6/2021 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Arrival and Dismissal Times:

Classes begin at 8:15 am and conclude at 2:55 pm. Students who do not ride the bus should arrive at 8:00 am.

School is dismissed at 2:55 pm. Students need to be picked up promptly. Students are not allowed to play on the equipment after school, they are to go directly home.

Please do not leave your car unattended at the curb during drop-off / pick up times or block driveways. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please call the attendance line if your child is absent for any reason.

Before 7:30 am


After 7:30 am


Spring Break

No School

March 15-19.

Enjoy !