Jackson School News

November 21, 2017

Thanks to your Support, the School Bond Passed!

We will begin to see the benefits of the bond quickly at Jackson!

This School Year:
  • mobile chrombook labs
  • classroom projectors mounted
  • Don Wolfe, Head of Technology for HSD, will be at the December Coffee Chat to tell us more specifics

Beginning of Next School Year:

  • 100% new student furniture
  • Increased parking
  • Movement & re-dedication of Jacob's Field

Opportunity to Visit China

We have a few openings that just became available to travel with our Jackson Ambassadors Chinese Tour leaving March 21, 2018. The tour includes 4 days in Beijing, 2 days in Xian and 4 days in Ms. Chen's hometown of Changsha city, staying with families from her school. It is a chance of a lifetime trip for students in grades 4-8.

Cost is $4, 584 and is due on Dec. 1, 2017. Please let Principal Crane know if you are interested at cranesa@hsd.k12.or.us.

School Flyers

Think items from home are getting lost in the backpack abyss? Click here for the flyers in electronic form.

A Note from the Principal


If you have not signed up for texts from the school, now is a great time as we head into the season of inclement weather. Our hope is to have school every day it's scheduled, but we also have to keep the safety of our students at the forefront of our minds at all times. Anytime the district cancels school, I will sent a text as soon as possible.

To sign up for texts, simply text @jelem to the number 81010. I do try to send weekly texts about school events, so if this is not something you want, you can also be assured there are many ways to know about the school cancellation including watching the local news, the district website, and the district app. You will not typically receive a phone call.


Due to recent events in the world, we recently had 2 police officers present to teachers regarding keeping kids safe in an active shooter situation. Of course this is information we hope we never have to use, but we know that being prepared is important. We will not ever do a pretend shooting situation because I believe they cause too much fear, but we do complete lock out and lock down drills (twice each every year). This training will be something extra for us to make sure we really understand where kids should be and what to do if they are not sitting in the classroom when a shooter walks in the door. One benefit of the bond is an emergency button that will be installed in the office that will automatically close the fire doors of each pod when pressed. However, we know we still have portables, hallways, the cafeteria, and other places around the school where kids could be.

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

- Sarah Crane

Crystal Apple Nominations Open

The Hillsboro Chamber is excited to announce the Crystal Apple 2018 nomination window officially opened today! Please take the time to nominate a deserving staff member (teacher or paraprofessional) using the attached form or by following this link: Crystal Apple 2018 Nomination Form

A few changes to note!

• This year, one of the two required support letters must come from a parent or student.

• Only the first 50 nominations will be accepted, so be sure to nominate early!

• The awards celebration will now be held in April, instead of February. Save the date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018!

Parents interested in nominating a Jackson staff member but not sure how to get through the process, may contact Principal Crane for support. cranesa@hsd.k12.or.us

Giving and Receiving this Winter

Angel Tree

If you have a little extra money this winter, the Angel Tree provides an opportunity for your Jackson family to support another Jackson family. Each year, the Jackson PTA works with our counselor to ensure that all our Jackson Jaguars have a plentiful holiday season. The gifts and the receivers are anonymous, but it is the best example of our community supporting and helping each other! Tags can be taken off the tree in the entryway. Gifts are due back at school by December 8th - please place them under the tree, in the special box on the office counter, or give directly to an office staff member.

“All for Books” Coin Drive

We will be collecting change December 4th - 8th. For every dollar we collect, Scholastic will donate a book to charities such as the Kids in need Foundation, and Reader to Reader Inc. We will use the money collected to buy books from our book fair and donate them to our Jackson Angel Tree.

Canned Food Drive

We have three bins in the front entryway we hope to fill up this winter for families in need. Please send in foods that store well.

Community Resources

The Butternut Principal put together a wonderful list of helpful community resources for the winter. Click here to learn about ways to give or receive.


We are currently participating in the "Trex Challenge." Send in your recyclables as listed below for a chance for Jackson Elementary School to win a bench made out of recycled materials!

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Mondays with Mox

Our SRO, Officer Mox Herman, is making quite a splash with his Monday’s with Mox videos at Evergreen. This one is about digital responsibility - might be something you want to share with your Jackson kids at home!


Thank You

$283.28 was raised by the Student Council bake sale during the 2-day Parent Teacher conferences. This included over $230 on "cookie" sales, and $70 in cash donations. With a corporate donation match, a total of $600 was donated to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Disaster Relief. Way to go, Student Council!!!

Childcare Survey


We have been asked to house Apollo After School at Jackson. This is a private daycare and before making this decision, we need to know if this is something you would utilize or want. Information about the program can be found at apolloafterschool.com. Please complete this brief survey to help us make the right decision for our community!

Too Sick for School?

HSD and Jackson School clean thoroughly when we have continued illness as we have the last few days. However, germs spread easily and even with out best efforts, kids (and teachers) get sick.

Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.


With fever greater than 100.5° F; student may return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever-reducing medicine).


For any unexplained vomiting episode, the student ,ay return 24 hours after last episode. For diarrhea, three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools, the student may return 24 hours after the last episode.


Any new rash accompanied by a fever – student may return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider. Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores that are increasing in size OR new sores developing day-to-day.


Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school

activities OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide. Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.

Confucius Institute Schedule

This year the school district applied for and was granted 4 Confucius Institute teachers from China. However, the three teachers in China this summer were never able to get to the United States despite many efforts. Therefore, we are sharing our Chinese teacher, Mrs. Kecai, with Ladd Acres Elementary School. Students will continue to have weekly Chinese culture and language classes through the first semester, and the second semester will be Ladd Acre's turn.

Lost and Found Goes Every Friday!

Please label all items so that we return them to students instead of sending them to donation.

Oregon Teacher of the Year Nominations Open

What better time than American Education Week to nominate an outstanding teacher for recognition through the Oregon Department of Education's (ODE) Teacher of the Year program? This year, ODE will work with the 19 education service districts to select regional teachers of the year who will be honored across the state in May 2018. One of those regional winners will be named the 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2018. Nominations are due by January 31, 2018.

17-18 Jackson PTA Board

President & Co President: Kerry Stock and Amy Meiers presidentjacksonpta@gmail.com

Vice President: Mindi Forrest vpresidentjacksonpta@gmail.com

Treasurer Tricia Fanning treasurerjacksonpta@gmail.com

Secretary: Sara Tanz secretaryjacksonpta@gmail.com

PTA Website! https://jacksonschoolpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home


Please use your skill set to help the Jackson students!

*Auction Committee Members

*Volunteers for bingo night and more!

Please email presidentjacksonpta@gmail.com if you want to volunteer. If sending an email is not an option, text or call 503-475-1769, or leave a note for the PTA in the mailbox at the school.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child's class win the popcorn party for the best attendance! The goal for every child is to only miss 9 or fewer days in the whole year.

Unexcused absences include vacations, colds, and fatigue.

Remember, school starts at 7:50!

September Class Winners - Mrs. Patron's class

October Class Winners - Ms. Sevenau's and Mrs. Pruss's Classes

Want more information?

Remind texts or emails: text @jelem to 81010

Principal coffee chats - First THURSDAY of each month (note change from last year)

Check the school website for live Twitter feed, announcements, calendar of events, school flyers, videos, and more!

Jackson School Mission

At Jackson, we are a family community which embraces a tradition of excellence that fosters emotional, social, and academic growth in a culture where everyone is happy, welcomed, included, and challenged.

No School

Thursday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30am to Friday, Nov. 24th, 4pm


Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

Principal Coffee Chat

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 8-10am

Jackson Library

This month will feature information on the HSD internet protections. Don Wolfe from the district office will present.

All Jackson parents are welcome to join the principal for a light snack and a time for questions and answers! This month a coffee truck will be available for purchasing special drinks with a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Jackson.

All For Books Coin Drive

Monday, Dec. 4th, 7:30am to Friday, Dec. 8th, 2:30pm

675 Northeast Estate Drive

Hillsboro, OR

Help your child's class bring the most money and support books for kids.

Angel Tree Gifts Due Back

Friday, Dec. 8th, 2:30pm

675 Northeast Estate Drive

Hillsboro, OR

Book Fair

Monday, Dec. 11th, 7:30am to Friday, Dec. 15th, 3pm

Jackson Library

Winter Break

Saturday, Dec. 16th, 7am to Monday, Jan. 1st 2018 at 4pm


Enjoy your time with family or friends, get some rest, and be safe. We look forward to seeing you in January!

Information Session Planning for Parents of English Learners

Thursday, Jan. 25th 2018 at 6pm

Jackson School, Hillsboro, OR, United States

Hillsboro, OR

Get your questions answered, meet other parents, and help brainstorm ideas for Culture Night.