Coyote Chronicle

December 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Happy December, Coyote Families! First of all, we would like to thank you for your generosity during November's canned food drive. We were able to provide many families with a Thanksgiving feast and donate tons more food items to our local Rotary Club. I wish I had a picture to show you the MOUNTAIN of food that we were able to pass on to those in need. Thank you all for your generous and giving hearts, and thank you to Mrs. Utech, Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Olvera for coordinating!

As our first semester comes to a close, students will be taking the i-Ready diagnostic as well as other district assessments here at school over the next few weeks. It is an important time of year to be at school on time. Please try to schedule appointments for after school hours and emphasize the importance of good attendance with your children. Report Cards will be available after December 17 by accessing your Infinite Campus portal (grades 1-5). Preschool and Kindergarten parents will receive updated progress reports from your child's teacher.

Here is a sneak peek at this month:

12/2: Hearing & Vision testing (Kinder, 2nd, 5th Grade only)

12/3: Fuzzy Flannel Spirit Day

12/8: Pizza Factory PTA Dinner Night ( note new location behind CVS, near In-N-Out)

12/10: Coyote of the Month

12/15: Full school day (8:55-3:20, PK/Kinder on normal schedule)

12/15: Holidays Around the World Drive-Thru Event (5:30-6:30)

12/17: Pajama Spirit Day

12/17: Modified Day (K-5 8:55-1:00, PK 8:30-12:30)

12/20-1/3: Winter Break

1/4: School Resumes

As always, please reach out if you ever have any questions or concerns. We are here to help with whatever you need!


Mrs. Underwood

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"Thriver" Trait: Self-Control

During the month of December, we will continue to focus on the Thriver trait of self-control. Thrivers Author, Michelle Borba, defines self-control as: "The ability to control your attention, emotions, thoughts, actions, and desires." Self-control is highly correlated to life success and resilience. Our Coyotes will be learning the strategy of Stop, Think, Act here at school. This can help them to say no to impulsive urges and make good choices independently.

Borba emphasizes self-control is "key to task completion, memory, comprehension, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, learning, mental health, academic success, and empathy." Something you can do at home to increase self-control is to play waiting games or stretch "wait time". Teach your child strategies such as counting, singing, or using a timer to help them delay gratification. Play waiting games like Simon Says or Mother May I to practice their waiting strategies.

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Parents, We need your help!

Every day we have a large number of students coming to their teachers or to the front office for a mask. The school district has provided cloth and paper masks for students, but they are in high demand and short supply. This typically happens at the start of the day, after recesses, and after lunch.

Can you please help us? We would like our Coyotes to be successful and responsible. Please talk to your child(ren) about putting their masks above their elbows or around their wrist while outside. Also, if you can put a couple extras in their backpacks, that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your partnership and assistance in this matter!

Bottled Water Donations

Due to COVID protocols, our drinking fountains have been turned off. We do have two water bottle refill stations on campus - one in the kinder wing, near the front office, and one in the 3-5th wing near the restrooms - that are available for students.

If you would like to donate a case of water bottles to the school for distribution, we would appreciate it so much! Please bring donated cases to the front office. Bottled water will be distributed by the health clerk for students who do not have water with them that day.

Thank you to the many parents who have brought in water bottles. We appreciate it!

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Did you know?!

If you are a parent of a 4th grade student, they get a free National Park pass for the year! Only requirement is that your student is with you when you go to the National Parks - just click on the link and fill out the form for your first visit and they will give you an annual pass! So cool!

California State Parks Adventure Pass for 4th Graders

Hey, fourth graders!
Are you ready for an adventure?

The California State Park Adventure Pass is just for you. See how you can visit some of the most amazing parks in the country with your family and friends—for free.

Fill out the information on the website:

Want to work for TVUSD?

TVUSD is hiring a number of positions at each campus, ranging from 2 to 6 hours a day.

Here at Jackson Elementary and Jackson Preschool, we have openings for :

Classified Substitute - 3.5 or 6 hours

Classified Substitute Health Clerk - 6 hours

Emergency Substitute Permit for Prospective Teachers

Substitute Teachers

Other job postings can be found on the TVUSD website clicking here.

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Is your student in need of tutoring?

GOHS is offering tutoring for students in elementary and middle school. The students are in the GOHS AP or IB program, or they are now first-year college students. They have stated whether they are interested in volunteer tutoring, paid tutoring, or both.

Please note that this is simply a connection vehicle. JES and GOHS are not responsible for any contract made between parties. If multiple students respond to your request, you can choose the best fit and negotiate that outside of the parameters of the school site.

We are hoping this will help many of our families who need additional assistance in their subjects. Sometimes a student talking to a student is the best way to get the content across!

If you are interested in having a tutor, please fill out the form linked here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Mrs. King at

Mrs. Kofler at

Mrs. Curtis at

Let's Talk (GOHS website)

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We know many families may be struggling financially and may need some assistance. Please click on the link below for additional information and to submit a request for assistance.

Sabemos que muchas familias están enfrentando desafíos financieros y pueden necesitar ayuda.Para obtener más información o para solicitar asistencia haga clic en el siguiente enlace.

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Booth Spots still available!

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We have spirit wear!

We have limited quantities of spirit wear available in the front office for purchase. It is available on a first come, first serve basis and only through the front office. Please do not send money in with your student.

Shirts are $10 for child sizes (S, M, L), $15 for adult ( S, M, XL)

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Join us for December's Dinner Night

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