TJ's August Newsletter

Thomas Jefferson School-The Tie That Binds

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Principal's Message

TJ Community:

Wow, I cannot believe students will be retuning to school in a few weeks. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer and that the students are excited as we are to return to TJ for another great year.

As you have probably heard, the information coming from the Illinois health department is evolving and the guidelines related to COVID continue to change. I want all of you to know that my number one priority is to keep students safe and in school as much as possible. To that end, we will try as best as we can to go beyond the guidelines (when space permits) so our students stay safe and do not need to quarentine from school because they are considered a "close contact" while they are in the school.

I will share the latest information on all of our safety precautions as we get closer to the start of the school year when information should be more set. There are however, a few guidelines (lunch/recess and entrance and exit procedures) that I feel comfortable sharing with you now.

Please note that changes in our safety guidelines will change if State health guidelines change.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the school. 847.963.5400.


Dr. Sasso

Entrance and Exit Procedures

Our plan this year is to have all students (bus and car riders, and walkers) enter the school through the front doors. We do not need to check temperatures this year, so we will monitor the entrance procedures to make sure students are staying at a safe distance when walking into the building. If you drop off or pick up your child, we ask that you pull all the way up to the front of the school before your child exits the car of gets into the car. There will be adults outside waving everyone up and assisting students as needed.

Lunch and Recess

Similar to last year, students will not wear a mask when they are eating. Students will continue to eat their lunch in the classroom unless we feel we cannot keep students appropriately spaced apart. If we need to, we will split classrooms up so some students eat in the classroom and the others will eat in the cafeteria. While outside at recess students will need to stay with their classroom in their zone but they will not need to wear a mask. In addition, students will have their own classroom recess equipment to use.

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Student's Classroom Teacher

Please note that all families should be able to login to the parent portal in Infinite Campus at the end of the day on Thursday (August 5th) and see who their child's teacher is for the 2021-22 school year!

District Health Page

The district will continue to put the most up to date information about COVID precautions and other safety information on their webpage.

Parents, Please check this website periodically for the most up to date information.

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Parents and students can come to the school to drop off student supplies and quickly meet their teacher on Tuesday, August 17th . The scheduled time is 8:30am-9:30am but I may divide up the time to lessen the congestion during this time. I will clarify the times soon, but I wanted you to have the basic information ahead of time.
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Hello, and welcome back to school! This year for the TJ PTA, we are going to plan all of our usual events, and then make modifications and preparations that align to the D15 guidelines as the dates grow closer. We will need help, as well as feedback from the TJ COMMUNITY, to make each of these events a success. To check out what the PTA is up to, as well as to receive information on upcoming events, please come find us on Facebook; "Thomas Jefferson Elementary PTA" with a picture of the school and the Jaguar, OR use this link on to get to the Thomas Jefferson Elementary Parent Teacher Association.

Every Voice is valued and appreciated at the TJ PTA. Please come join us to meet more familiar faces in the TJ Community, as well as to have some fun and plan another great year at TJ Elementary. In response to last year's meeting attendance, ALL PTA MEETINGS WILL BE VIRTUAL for the 2021-2022 academic year. There will be a link provided for the year, and the link will stay the same so that you can easily access the monthly meetings.

Upcoming Events:

1st PTA MEETING: August 24th. Meeting begins at 7:15, and is available on ZOOM for your convenience.

2nd PTA MEETING: September 14th, Meeting begins at 7:15, and is available on Zoom for your convenience.

Back 2 School Picnic: September 17th, 3:30-6:30 (subject to change)

We look forward to meeting you, seeing you, and getting to know you.

Jessica Weir & Becky Iacullo,
TJ PTA Co-Presidents

Upcoming Events

August 16&17-Teacher Institute Days

August 17-Meet the Teacher

August 18-First Day of School for 1st through 6th grade

August 19-First Day of School for all Kindergarten students

August 24 Student Picture Day

August 26-Parent Orientation Night (6pm-7:30) more grade level information to follow

Please Click on the Links Below for Other Important Information

District's Health and COVID webpage

Get the most up to date information about the District's procedures and guidelines.