October 8th Jefferson Journal

Returning back to school from Quarantine

If your student has been Quarantined because of being ill and they received a negative PCR Covid test or alternate medical diagnosis from a medical practitioner, please send test results and any medical documentation to our Health Aide, Megan Bach, at mbach@wausauschools.org . Please contact Megan and send the test results and medical documentation BEFORE sending your student back to school. Any questions, please email Megan and/or call the Health Office at 715-261-0186.

Thank you so much!!

Upcoming Events

October 8th: 5th Grade Neighborhood Clean up

October 11th: PTO meeting at 5:30pm in Library

October 12th: G2M Starts

October 13th: 4th Grade visit a Farm

October 15th: Volleyball Jamboree at Wausau West High School

October 19th: 1st Grade visits the School Forest

October 26th: Conferences from 3:30-7:30pm

October 27th: Conferences from 12:00-8:00pm

October 27th, 28th & 29th: NO SCHOOL

November 2nd: Picture Retake 8:30-12:30pm

November 5th: 3rd Grade visits the School Forest

November 18th: Hmong New Year Celebration 5:30-6:30

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Kaum Hli 11: Nam/txiv naikhu muaj saablaaj thaum 5:30 tsaus ntuj huv Library

Kaum Hli 12: Lub Program Lawb Ntawv Pib (G2M)

Kaum Hli 13: Qaib 4 moog saib Farm

Kaum Hli 19: Qaib 1 Moog tom School Forest

Kaum Hli 26: Nam Txiv tuaj ntsib Naikhu 3:30 - 7:30 tsaus ntuj

Kaum Hli 27: Nam Txiv tuaj ntsib Naikhu 12:00 - 8:00 tsaus ntuj

Kaum Hli 27 - 29 TSI MUAJ KAWM NTAWV

Kaum Ib Hli 2 Rov Qaab Thaib Dluab 8:30-12:30 taav su

Kaum Ib Hli 18 Hmoob Noj Peb Caug 5:30-6:30 tsaus ntuj

Kaum Ib Hli: Qaib 3 Moog tom School Forestc

Remember to check out the Thomas Jefferson calendar on the website.

Important information needed

If you have a phone number or address that changes please contact the school office at 715-261-0175 or email tsteckling@wausauschools.org. It is very important that we have correct phone numbers and addresses on file.

PTO Information

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for October 11th, 2021 at 5:30pm in the Library
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Reminder for Gym class

Please remember to wear your tennis shoes on gym days!

Attendance Information

Please call the Thomas Jefferson office to report any absences. Even if you have notified your child’s teacher(s), please still notify the office of any absences or appointments. Please remember to call before 9:00 am. If calling the school before the office is open please leave a voice message for us with your child's name, reason for the absent (if ill what the symptoms are please see below) who is calling and a phone number where you can be reached if there are any questions.

If you have a student in K-5th please contact :

715-261-0175 or you may also email Mrs. Tranchita at ctranchita@wausauschools.org

If you have a student in 4K please contact:

715-261-0185 or email Mrs. Channel at achannel@wausauschools.org

Please note a student may not be excused by a parent for more than ten (10) days per school year. The student must complete any course work missed during the absence. Examples of reasons for being absent that can be counted under these 10 parent approved days include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. professional and other necessary appointments (e.g., medical, dental, and legal) that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day

2. illness without a medical excuse from a physician

3. attend a funeral

4. vacations

Tardy Policy

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Link to WSD Covid Dashboard, Elementary and Secondary Matrices

As we enter the 2021-22 school year, the Wausau School District is offering the highest quality educational experience for students. We are taking several steps to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID. We are also taking steps to minimize the time lost to quarantines.

We are working with the Marathon County Health Department to monitor and mitigate the spread of the virus in our community and our schools and will revisit our protocols as necessary at any point during the school year. Public health is a whole community effort and the District can not be successful on our own. Below are some practices that families can take, as well as, the school district.

Wausau School District COVID-19 Information


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Leader in Me

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Encore Updates


This quarter students are using our new season, Autumn, as inspiration for artwork with the use of our art elements (Color, Space, Form, Value, Shape, Texture, Line). Autumn has unique colors, sounds, textures, and events that students take from personal experience to add their voice and vision to their artworks. Don’t forget to ask your students about their learnings in art and other encore subjects! Watch for images of their work via their Seesaw Art class posts.

K-1 students are using Autumn to create art using Color, Line, Shape, and Texture. Projects include icons of pumpkins, leaves, our school, and trees.

2-3 students are using Autumn to create art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Space, Texture. Students will also be learning about Balance, Contrast, and Repetition from our Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork). Principles of Design are Emphasis, Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, Movement, and White Space. Projects include icons of rainbows, fall harvest items, leaves, and scarecrows.

4-5 students are using Autumn to create art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Texture, and Space. Students will also be learning about Repetition, Balance, Contrast, Proportion, and Movement from our Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork). Principles of Design are Emphasis, Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, Movement, and White Space. Projects include icons of skulls, leaves, bones, and items reflecting oneself.


5th grade is learning about the human body and has started learning about bones

4th grade is learning about space. This week we learned about the solar system and Astronomical Units

3rd grade is learning about Earth Materials. We are currently in the process of working with evaporation

2nd grade - Air and weather. We made parachutes this week and have discussed how air can be captured and moved

1st grade - Pebbles sand and silt - we worked on separating rocks by size and learning their names (pebbles, gravel, sand)

Kindergarten - We are working with our 5 senses. We learned about sight today and how even though our eyes are different colors, they are all used to see the same things.

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Ipad Insurance K-5 Grades

If you have not paid your $10 iPad insurance fee, please do this as soon as possible. Here are the ways you can get this to the office.

  • Mail a check to Thomas Jefferson at 500 W Randolph St. Wausau, WI 54401.
  • Log in to the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus and pay with a credit card online.
  • Drop off the payment (in an envelope with your child's name on it) at school, entrance #1.

Your coverage after paying the insurance is as follows:

The first repair due to accidental damage will be fully covered. The second repair due to accidental damage will be fully covered. All remaining repairs will be billed to the family at 50% of actual cost. Fully replaced iPads will be billed at 50% of actual replacement cost. (District retains replaced device.)

If you decline to pay the insurance, you take full financial responsibility for any loss or damage to the device issued to your child.

District Technology Help Line:

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Bike or Walk to School Event

Thank you to all that participated was a beautiful morning to walk or bike to school.

Parent Reminders

Visitor / Volunteers

Anytime that visitors are in the building between 8:15 and 3:45, you must use the main entrance and check in with Mrs. Steckling in the office. While there, you will be asked for your driver's license as part of our security protocols to ensure we have safe and trusted adults in the building. You will then receive a visitor badge to enter the rest of the building.

This does include the beginning and the end of the school day. If you are dropping off or picking up your children, you will not be able to enter the building without checking in with the office first.

If you are volunteering in a classroom, you need to apply to the O.N.E. program to complete a background check by clicking on the following website:


G2M Grade 2nd- 5th

Watch for the yellow G2M Form to come home with your student and get it sent back to school once filled out

October 12th-November 18th-(six weeks)

Tuesday, Wednesday,and Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45

*NO CLASS ON WED OCT 26th, 27th, and 28th

*We look forward to offering in- person classes this school year!

*We strive to provide your child with classes that will be a break from their academic day, and engage them in super fun stress-free activities.

*We will also continue to offer Math Achievers and Study Zone for students who have been recommended by their teacher for extra assistance, or who could benefit from extra academic help.



Contact Lisa Carroll if you have questions: 715 261-0180



ADVENTURE CLASS: Grades 3-5 If you want to "travel" the world and explore new places, people, food, fashion, art, and culture then sign up for our Adventures Class in G2M. This class will include virtual "trips" around the world where we learn about culture, people, food (possibly try some even!) and make art inspired by that country or place. We will be displaying our "travels'' on the G2M bulletin board for others to "tour" along with us as they travel the hallways of Jefferson Elementary. So come along with Ms. Jenny as we explore our world! NOTE: Limited enrollment for this class so sign up early!

HMONG DANCE Grade 2-5 Mrs. Xiong is back to teach Hmong Dance! This class is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the rich Hmong culture through music and dance. Students will have fun learning with friends and get to perform at one of our upcoming family events.

SPORTS FOR 2ND AND 3RD GRADERS Students in this class will have opportunities to enjoy a variety of athletic games, and team sport activities in a non- competitive setting. The key word here is “FUN”! This class will surely fill up fast so return your form as soon as possible.

MATH ACHIEVERS: Grades 3-5 Students will work with Mrs. Borta and High School mentors to improve their math skills, by practicing math facts, playing math games, and completing math homework. Students who have a red referral slip on their form should sign up for this class for extra help.

STUDY ZONE: Grades 2-5 Students who have a red referral slip on their form can sign up for this class to receive extra help with any subject. High school mentors will be available to help students in small groups. If you need extra time on I-READY, have homework, or want to improve your reading and writing skills- this class is for you!

G2M Online Fee Payment Steps

G2M Elementary/Middle After School

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

On-Line Fee Payment Steps

  1. Go to the Wausau School District website www.wausauschools.org

  2. Go to and open the “Parents” tab (located top toolbar)

  3. Connect to “Infinite Campus Portal

  4. If you DO NOT have a Parent Portal login, please contact your School Secretary

  5. If you DO have a Parent Portal login, follow the steps outlined below

  • Go to “FEES” on the left hand side
  • Go to “OPTIONAL” on the bottom right side
  • Add the G2M Annual Fee - Family ($25/year) or G2M Annual Fee- Student ($10/year)

* The cost for G2M Afterschool Programming is $10 annually per student; however, if enrolling three or more children per family, the maximum fee is $25 annually..

** Make sure to enter all your children’s fees at one time. There is a $2 fee per credit card transaction.

  • Click “ADD TO CART” for the fees you would like to pay

  • Once you have added all your fees to the cart…Click on “MY CART

  • Go to the wallet “My Accounts”. Enter payment information and save.

  • Hit “SUBMIT PAYMENT” button

NOTE: If you have more than one student, you can change the student on the upper right corner of the screen. Go to that student to add fees to your cart. Your cart will then contain all fees for all students.

For questions regarding G2M Afterschool programming or process community connection payment, please contact your school secretary.

Bussing Questions??

We are happy to help answer bussing questions as best we can. Often times, however, First Student Bus Company is your best first contact.

First Student Contact Information:

715-842-2268 Phone

715-845-5155 Fax

First Student policy required ALL bus riders to wear a face mask. If your student is a bus rider, please make sure they have a mask for the before and after school bus ride.

Field Trips require all riders to wear a mask. Please remember to have a couple masks in your students backpack so they are prepared when attending field trips.

Staff Directory

Principal Mr. Johnson bsjohnson@wausauschools.org

Secretary Mrs. Tammy Steckling tsteckling@wausauschools.org

Building/ Office para Mrs. Colette Tranchita ctranchita@wausauschools.org

Health Aid:

Ms. Megan Bach- mbach@wausauschools.org

Pupil Services

Counselor: Ms. Sue Doerr sdoerr@waususchools.org

Social worker: Mrs. Morgan Knetter mknetter@wausauschools.org

Psychologist: Mrs. Amanda Melville amelvill@wausauschools.org

Bridge Room Coordinator: Ms. Amber Sparby asparby@wausauschools.org

4K Staff

Mrs. Amber Channel achannel@wausauschools.org

Ms. Samantha Kniess skniess@wausauschools.org

Mrs. BreAnne Wais bwais@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Renee Krautkramer rkrautkr@wausauschools.org

Mrs. May Xiong maxiong@wausauschools.org

Kindergarten Teachers

Mrs. April Voigt avoigt@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Kelly Hummel khummel@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Katelyn Veith. kveith@wausauschools.org

1st Grade Teachers

Mrs. Diana Gartzke dgartzke@wausauschools.org

Mrs Deb Treager dtreager@wausauschools.org

Mr. Matt Schilling mschilling@wausauschools.org

2nd Grade Teachers

Mrs. Diane Eder deder@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Carrie Helke cahelke@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Taylor Frank tfrank@wausauschools.org

3rd Grade Teachers

Mrs. Jill Ebersold jebersol@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Sandy Knoll sknoll@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Heather Trollop htrollop@wausauschools.org

4th Grade Teachers

Mrs. Leslie Ninnemann lninnema@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Kary Riggs kriggs@wausauschools.org

5the Grade Teachers

Mrs. Jen Davidson jdavidso@wausauschools.org

Ms. Emily Fritz efritz@wausauschools.org

Encore Team

Art- Jennifer Lingford jlingford@wausauschools.org

Gym- Christin Sullivan csulliv@wausauschools.org

Science- Tori Dienger vdienger@wausauschools.org

Music- Sana Wressell swressel@wausauschools.org

Library- Jennifer Moore jmoore@wausauschools.org

Special Education

Mrs. Justine Callahan jcallahan@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Kim Ickert kickert@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Jennifer Faust jfaust@wausauschools.org

Gifted & Talented

Mrs. Cheryl Borta- cborta@wausauschools.org


Mrs. Paokee Xiong. paxiong@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Lisa Alexander lalexand@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Halle Veenstra- hveenstr@wausauschools.org

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Mrs. Amy Akey- aabitzak@wausauschools.org

Mrs. Trenny Frahm- tfrahm@wausauschools.org


Mrs. Michelle Debot mdebot@wausauschools.org

Translation support

Mrs. Eileen Thao ethao@wausauschools.org

The Wausau School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes”).