The Jefferson Buzz

November 6, 2020

A Message from our Principal...

Dear Jefferson Families,

I hope that you are enjoying this late “Indian Summer” weather. It was a beautiful day today! While your children had a day off of their studies, teachers and all staff spent the day working - learning together. They used this precious time to deepen their knowledge so that they can help our students most effectively. We are learning in a remote environment too that puts us on the same playing field as our students!

We really want to pat our students on the back. This week, students took the NWEA math test - remotely. Actually, things went very well and students took this change in stride. We thank you, families and day care, for helping students to do their best. Next week, we will do this again with the reading test on Wednesday, November 11th. I have every faith that students will again rise to the occasion. Please remind students not to stress, but to just do their best. These results will help us plan our instruction in the coming weeks.

Remember that we have 4th grade supply pickup this Monday from 2-4. Someone from the office will be available until 6:30 pm if needed. More details regarding supply pickup below.

Please keep in touch. We value your partnership with us.

Warm regards,

Dr. Judy Floeter

Jefferson School

815-943-6464 x 2402

Wondering How to Keep Track of Assignments?

Parents, please watch this short video with your children. It will show them how to find missing work and future assignments for all classes!

Jefferson Elementary 4th Grade Drive By and Say Hi Supply Pickup

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Your child’s teachers will be providing curbside pickup for students to receive important 2nd quarter supplies.

  • Every student needs to pick up a bag containing books, art supplies, and miscellaneous materials from their teachers that they need for the 2nd quarter of remote learning.


  • There will be two pickup locations for curbside pickup.

    • Jefferson School’s Front drive off Jefferson Street (Door #1, east/front of the school)

      • Nelson & Velazquez, Buckley, Hay, Weber

    • Jefferson School’s Back drive off Hart St. (Door #3, west/back of the school)

      • Manero & Shaffer, Campillo & Eike


  • Teachers will be stationed at two different pickup spots. Parents or guardians drive up to the school near the door designated for their homeroom. Teachers will bring ready supply bags out to the car - one for each student. Students can wave and say hi to the teachers.

    • Please wear masks.

    • Please follow traffic patterns for each street. Please be patient while in car lines. Staff will support traffic flow.

    • Walkers welcome (masks on)!


  • If you are not able to pick up supplies between 2:00 and 4:00 someone from our office staff will be at the front door (Door #1) to hand out supply bags until 6:30 pm.

  • Call Jefferson School 815-943-6464 with any questions.

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Winter Coat Vouchers

Jefferson Families,

If anyone in your family is in need of a winter coat please contact Mrs. Julie or Mr.Jason to obtain a coat vouchure. The vouchure can then be taken to the Salvation Army Store in McHenry for a coat.

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Harvard Families,

2020 has brought many challenges and has caused us to make many changes in the way we do just about everything. Harvard Christmas Giving Tree is no exception. The health and safety of our Harvard families is our #1 priority. So this year we will be offering a contactless experience.

If you are in need of assistance this year we have a new process that goes as follows.

Step 1- Call 815-770-0142

Leave a message with your full name and phone number in English or Spanish.

Step 2- Wait for someone to return your call to set up a time for your virtual application. During this time please download and set up a free account with Google Duo or Zoom. This is how you will do your application on the date that you set up with the volunteer.

Step 3- Make sure you have all of your documents ready for your application appointment. Proof of income, proof of address, and verification of children living with you, date of birth required on document.

Step 4- Your application appointment. A volunteer will call you on the date set up during step 2 to go over your information. Once application is complete you will await further information from the Local Church who will be providing the assistance for your family.

Step 5- You will be contacted by the local church as to how and when you will receive your assistance for your family.

Step 6- Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Deadline for completed application process is November 20th.

Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure you make the deadline.

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Bee Mindful...

Telehealth is here! Listen to Maria's story! Sleeping more? Struggling to engage or stay focused? Experiencing atypical behavior? Find strategies to address these issues, find support to help you or a loved one. Remember "it's okay to not be okay" ... we are all in this together so please don't suffer in silence. Use the new service directory at: - McHenry County Mental Health Board for call us at 815-455-2828 for resources. #teens #selfharm #selfesteem #depression #anxiety #insomnia #eatingdisorder #domesticviolence #mentalhealth #suicideprevention #suicide #alcoholic #drugs #substanceuse #addiction #help #Idontnowheretoturn

Mrs. Julie & Mr. Jason

Parent's Corner

Hello Jefferson families!

Dr. Tafoya sat down to explain the two different learning options that D50 is hopeful to have for the second-semester.

Families received the survey via email on October 30th, and it is due by Monday, November 16th.

View Dr. Tafoya’s Message HERE


Thursday November 12th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Comité Asesor De Padres Bilingües (BPAC)

You can join HERE

You can also call one of the numbers below:


Most Sincerely,

Alisha Fregoso Durán

Bilingual Parent Community Liaison

Harvard Community Unit School District 50

815-943-6464 Ext. 2448

We Are Here For You!!

Please contact us if you need anything at all. Principal Student Support Facilitator

(815)216-5709 Social Worker Social Worker

(847) 497-5945 Parent Community Liaison

(779) 803-4255

Jefferson Elementary School

Harvard School District 50

1200 N. Jefferson St.

Harvard, IL 60033