Jefferson Journal

Week of March 13-17

Office News

Important March Dates

March 13: PTO Meeting in Jefferson Library -- 5:30 pm

March 17: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Rahr West Art Museum -- 12:00-2:30 pm


March 28: Jefferson Spirit Day -- Wear Maroon and Gray

March 29: Jefferson Family Breakfast -- 8:00-8:30 am

March 31: End of 3rd Quarter

Spring PTO Fundraiser

Our Spring PTO Fundraiser starts Friday, March 10 and runs through Monday, March 27th. All money raised will help support our PTO to put on fun family events. Look for your child's sales packet this weekend and make sure to ask friends, family, and neighbors for their support!
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PTO Needs You!

We are looking for new leadership for our PTO. Holly Lehman will be stepping down at the end of this year as her child heads to middle school and is currently the only parent leading PTO. We are looking for a President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year.

If we don't have families step up to these roles, we will not be able to provide all of the fun events for children that we have done in the past. Please consider supporting our school with your time. Look for a flyer to sign up in your child's Friday Folder.

March PTO Meeting

The Jefferson PTO Meeting will take place on Monday, March 13th starting at 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing our families there.

Community MPSD Referendum Presentations

The MPSD School Board has voted to go to a referendum on the April 4, 2023 election ballot seeking funds to maintain our K-12 educational programming and opportunities, including staffing, facilities, and technology needs.

As a renewal to operating referendums approved by voters in 2015, 2018, and 2021, the district is asking to exceed the state’s revenue limits to sustain programs and services amid rising inflation and inadequate state aid as a low-revenue district under state funding formulas.

A referendum fact sheet should be mailed to all households the week of February 13. Three community referendum information sessions are tentatively planned:

● Thursday, March 16 - 6:30 pm - Central Office Board Room

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month! To celebrate the fine arts in our public schools, the MPSD is once again collaborating with the Rahr West Art Museum to bring “Youth Art Series” to our community! The exhibition is composed of nearly 1,000 works of art by student artists in elementary, middle, and high school. Artwork of every media can be viewed: painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, collage, fibers, digital media, photography, and animation. Immerse yourself in the creativity and energy of our local youth artists by viewing the exhibit from March 5th through April 2nd. The Rahr-West Art Museum is a City of Manitowoc facility. There is no fee for admission. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Spring Break -- March 20-24

There will be no school for students March 20-24 due to Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, March 27.
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Big Kid Storytime at Manitowoc Public Library

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Jefferson Spirit Day

Wear your Maroon and Gray to celebrate our Jefferson Spirit Day and our monthly Character Celebration on Tuesday, March 28th!

Jefferson Family Breakfast

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Success For All Open House

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Forward Exam

The state Forward Exam will be here before we know it. This year's testing window is March 20-April 28. Our Jefferson students will be testing on April 4-6 and April 12-13. It is extremely important that students are present on these days. Our third through fifth graders will be taking the exam, and more information will be shared with you in the upcoming weeks.

Testing can be stressful for some students, and it is our goal to prepare students in order to lessen their text anxiety. Here are a few resources families can utilize in order to help prepare their student and reduce any anxiety or stress around the exam.

How to Help a Child with Test Anxiety

Make Learning a Priority

5th Grade Band and Orchestra News

5th grade Band and Orchestra Concerts

Tuesday, April 18th- 5th grade ORCHESTRA concert at Lincoln High School Auditorium, 6:30pm

*Orchestra (string) students are to report to the Lincoln Orchestra room for tuning at 6:10pm

*Dress to impress!

Thursday, April 20th- 5th grade BAND concert at Lincoln High School Auditorium, 6:30pm

*Band students are to report to the Lincoln Band room at 6:10pm

*Dress to impress!

2022-2023 Yearbook Orders

It is time to purchase your yearbook! Please visit the below link to order today.


If you are in need of alternative ordering options, please contact Harmann Studios Customer Care Team at 1-800-236-8910.

Winter Weather

With winter here, it is important that your child has the appropriate clothes to play outside during recess. Your child should have boots, snowpants, jacket, gloves/mittens, and a hat. It is also helpful to make sure your child has an extra pair of socks in their backpack should his/hers get wet.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Reminder

As a reminder, the following locations are allowed for drop-off/pick-up:

  • Manila Street -- NO PARKING on the south side or middle of the street!
  • the east side of 14th Street--Please cross at the crosswalks!
  • the north side of Division Street--Please cross at the crosswalks!

Parents should not pull in the parking lot for drop-off or pick-up. This space is for staff and school buses only.

Before School

Students should not be dropped off before 8:00 am as there is no playground supervision. The playground is closed and students should report directly to their assigned entrances.

We also ask that students not cut through the parking lot in the front of the building, but instead cross at the crosswalks. Students cannot be seen cutting through the cars and we don't want a child to get hit.

Notes from the Student Support Leader

March Restorative Practices Parent Video

As you follow along with the video below, this website regarding family meetings is a great resource.
March: Caregiver Video - Family Meetings

Griffins of the Week

This year we will be highlighting one student from each grade level each week that demonstrates our Jefferson values: Be Here--Be Safe--Be Respectful--Be Responsible.

Notes from Chartwells

March Fresh Fruit and Veggie Menu

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Notes from the School Counselor

March Counseling Newsletter

Spring Break Activities that Won't Break the Bank

1) Camp it out – Create your own campground in the backyard or in a room of your house.

2) Pamper Party – Turn your home into a spa with mini mani/pedis for all.

3) Hit the books – See what tall tales your local library has to offer.

4) Pillow fight – Host a family slumber party in the living room.

5) The main attraction – Pop some popcorn and enjoy family movie night.

6) Puzzle it – Start with the edges first and together the family can create a masterpiece.

7) Yahtzee – Dust off the board games; it’s game night.

8) Top it off – Make your own pizza night (tacos are fun, too).

9) Meet Mother Nature – Head outside, go for a walk and explore.

10) A place of their own – Spare sheets, pillows, a few chairs and ta-da you have a fort.

11) Sweet sensations – Grab the measuring spoons and bake something sweet.

12) Animal attraction – Hit up the local zoo.

School-Based Mental Health Opportunity

If you are interested in learning more about the School-Based Mental Health services described below for your child(ren), please contact our school counselors at (920) 663-9392.

Notes from the School Nurse

March Nursing News

Check out news from our School Nursing team.

Medications at School

Reminder: For safety reasons, students are not allowed to bring medications to school. If your student needs to take medication at school, a medication consent form must be filled out by both the parent and their physician. Once the paperwork is completed a parent or guardian can return the form and the medication in its original labeled container to the office Medication consent forms can be found here:

Notes from Medical Visits

If your child misses school for a medical appointment (doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc.), please bring a note from the doctor's office to our Jefferson office upon your return.

Jefferson Community Connections

FoodShare Change in Benefits

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Reporting Your Child's Absence

If your child will be absent from school. please make sure to call the Jefferson Attendance Line at (920) 663-9529.

State law requires the Manitowoc Public School District to enforce the regular attendance of students. Wisconsin Act 285 defines a “habitual truant” as “a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five school days during a semester.” Per the state law, students are not allowed more than 10 absences in a school year. Families whose student exceeds the designated number of allowed absences will receive attendance letters in the mail and we will request that you participate in an attendance problem-solving meeting where we will work through each family situation.

Parent Support

Our Student Support Leader, Tara Foytik, will be available for YOU to text, email, or call to address any questions or issues you may be having during in-person or virtual learning!

Options to contact Tara Foytik:

Text/Call: (920)323-5736


Author Visit at LaDeDa Bookstore

Local Wisconsin author Brenda Wolff will be hosting a free event to share her workbook "I am a Difference Maker". The event will be held at LaDeDa Bookstore in Manitowoc on March 23, 2023 from 10am - 12pm. Every child that attends will receive a free bookmark and cookie. All ages are welcome.

Boys and Girls Club

Busing after school from Jefferson to the Boys and Girls Club is available for $1 per ride once your child is registered with the Boys and Girls Club
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Youth Resource Hub

A new resource that just launched this week! Healthiest Manitowoc County (HMC) has partnered with Coolest Coast to bring a youth resource hub to their website. The goal is to have a one-stop shop for caregiving adults (parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, godparents, etc.) to support the youth in their lives. This could be from parenting support, finding basic needs, looking for activities to get them involved in, and so on. Take a visit to the website to check out what is on there and suggest an edit if you have an organization you feel is missing!

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Join our Facebook Page

We would love to have you 'like' our Jefferson Elementary School Facebook page and our Jefferson PTO Facebook page. We post photos of our students engaging in learning, important announcements, links to community events for families, and so much more. It is a great way to stay connected to all things happening at Jefferson!