Jackson eNews

February 17, 2016

Hello Jackson Families,

It was so nice to see Jackson students participating in Friendship activities last week! On Friday, in addition to class friendship parties, Jackson students who had read 10 or more Bluebonnet books attended a Bluebonnet breakfast and learned the recipient of this year's award! It was a busy week, but our students came back to school rested and ready to learn after a day off on Monday in observance of President's Day.

Just a reminder that the Jackson PTA is sponsoring a Field Trip Fundraising campaign to raise money for grade level field trips. Our goal is to raise $6,000 through cash or check donations by March 2nd. Please see flyer below for more details. TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!

February 29th through March 4th is National School Breakfast Week, and breakfast is FREE for ALL students EVERY day!!! During National School Breakfast Week, all students who eat breakfast in the cafeteria will receive a prize each day. Their name will also go into a drawing for a set of books so be sure to have your student join us for breakfast!

2016 Plano ISD Bond Election

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at www.pisd.edu/2016bond. You may send questions to askpisd@pisd.edu.

2016 Texas PTA "Outstanding Educator of the Year" Nominations

Texas PTA understands the role educators play in the success of our students and wants to recognize deserving educators not only for their service, but for their dedication to the mission and purposes of PTA. Nominations for the 2016 Texas PTA Outstanding Educator of the Year are open, but will close on March 7. Click here to Nominate an Outstanding Educator in your CommYOUnity!
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News from Jackson PTA

Field Trip Fundraiser

The Jackson PTA is sponsoring a Field Trip Fundraising campaign to raise money for grade level field trips for the 2016-17 school year. Field trips have a big impact on Jackson students and we know we can count on our Jackson community for support. Please see flyer below for more details!

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2015-16 Jackson PTA Earns Awards!

Great News--The Texas PTA has awarded Jackson Elementary's PTA with the 100+ Club Award, the Fall Increase Award, and the 2015 President’s List Award!

Jackson's PTA earned the 100+ Club Award by increasing PTA membership over last year and hitting the significant milestone of 224 members by October 31, 2015!

Our PTA's efforts to recruit more than 100 percent of last year’s total membership before November 30, 2015, earned the Fall Increase Award!

The significant President's List Award represents that by December 19, 2015, Jackson's PTA had achieved Active Status with Texas PTA and recruited more members than Jackson's PTA had all of last year!

Earning these awards reflects that Jackson's PTA engages and empowers families and the community to advocate for all children in the community! In honor of these accomplishments, Jackson's PTA will be recognized on Texas PTA’s social media outlets and will be given special recognition in this year’s Superintendent’s PTA Report Card. Congratulations!!

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are currently available for purchase through the Jackson PTA website, Store tab, for $30 until May. Order your yearbook now!*

*We apologize if you tried to order a yearbook and received a "Sold Out" message. The problem has been fixed, and we hope you will try to order online again!

Yearbook Pictures

Your pictures are still needed for the jackson yearbook and it is easier than ever to submit those cute pics!

· Just go to the Apple App Store or Google Playstore and download Balfour Imageshare to your phone or tablet

· Enter the project number 625394

· Enter your name

· Enter your email address (Your name and email address is only for verification, it will not be published or shared with anyone)

· It will ask you for a password, but there is NO password necessary, just skip this.

· Please be sure to include the grade level for picture info!

· You can take pictures on your device that will automatically upload, or you can upload from your gallery

· Pictures needed: Special “days”, events, field trips, parties, assemblies, and just everyday pictures in the class and around the school

· Pictures can also be emailed to Cara Prentice at caralprentice@gmail.com

**Please note, submission does not guarantee inclusion in the yearbook

PTA Communications

Visit us at http://Jacksonpta.com or "Like" us on Facebook to view the latest updates for events and school happenings.

This year the Jackson PTA will also send a monthly eNewsletter with additional information. To receive the eNewsletter, simply login to the site and accept the terms & conditions for electronic communications.

Library News

Mrs. Walker, our awesome librarian, has some volunteer opportunities for "Read Across America Day," on March 2. To make the day a success, we need a minimum of 30 volunteer readers to read in Jackson classrooms. It is easy to sign-up! Just click the link to sign-up through the form created for this event on SignupGenius or Click for flyer and volunteer form.

** Please understand that you may be assigned to read to a classroom other than that of your first choice to ensure that all students at Jackson enjoy a reader!


Monday, February 22 - PTA Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 pm--CANCELLED

February 29 - March 4 - National School Breakfast Week! Breakfast is FREE for ALL students EVERY day!!!

Wednesday, March 2 - Read Across America Day! We are planning some fun events, and we need your help! Come and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday the Jaguar Way. See flyer and volunteer form above.

Thursday, March 3 - Jackson Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

March 7 - 11 - Spring Break! (Student/Teacher Holiday)

Friday, March 18 - Kindergarten Round Up will be held for all campuses on Friday, March 18, 2016. The hours will be 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Round Up is the beginning of our registration process for the 2016-2017 school year. If for any reason you are unable to attend, simply visit the school office any time after the above dates and register. Please see flyer below for more details.

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Planoettes Fundraiser

Enjoy a delicious meal at Raising Cane's and support the Plano Senior High Planoettes at the same time! Raising Cane's at 1000 W. 15th Street in Plano will donate 15% of sales to the Planoettes on February 18 if you mention this fundraiser. See flyer for more details.

Planoettes Fundraiser - "Nothing bundt Cakes!"

During the week of February 22 - 27, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and support the Plano Senior Planoettes at the same time! 30% of purchases made at the "Nothing bundt Cakes" shop at 2100 Preston Rd, Suite 600, will be donated to the Planoettes when you mention this fundraiser. See flyer for more details!


Jackson is now on Twitter! Follow us @JacksonPlano.

Thank you,
Kamili Carthledge
Assistant Principal