Jackson Newsletter

February

Dear Jackson Families,

We are soon approaching our 100th day of school! Your students have grown so much this year. We know they will continue to grow academically and socially. Continue to praise your child's efforts and encourage them to do their best each day. Help them develop their willingness to take risks, try something new, and keep trying even when it is tough.


MAP Testing is complete for reading and math. Talk with your student about whether they meet their growth goal. Celebrate their growth and make a plan for continued growth and success.


This month, students who are designated English Learners will take part on the State assessment for English proficiency, ELPA. They will be assessed on their English growth in Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. Please encourage your child to show their best effort on this assessment.


We need your support to encourage your child to complete the weekly OPS digital resource assignments, learning math facts, and reading for enjoyment at home.


Health and safety is still our focus. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. Please remind your student about safety, the importance of wearing their face covering correctly, and giving others space


Mark your calendars for our Jackson Virtual Storytelling Family Night on February 3 at 6 pm. Start the night with the Completely Kids sock puppet making kits to create your own stories with the puppet character. Your family will then join the live session on the Jackson Family Events Team at 6:30 pm. Jackson staff will host bilingual story time. Your family can choose which session to attend. Your youngest student will also bring home a family game or puzzle to enjoy.


Student-Led Conferences are March 2 or 3. We will email the sign-up links soon. Our goal is always to meet with 100% of our families. Your student will be in charge of the first part of the conference and share their growth and work with you. Then you will meet with the teachers. You may choose an online Teams or in-person conference.


As the cooler weather arrives, be sure your student dresses for the weather. We go outside for recess everyday unless it is raining, snowing, high winds, or feels like 20 degrees or colder.


Reach out to our counselor or social worker to help support your family with winter needs.


As more snow and colder weather arrives, please be patient with our arrival and dismissal procedures. Do not pull into the bus area if the cones are reserving the south part of the bus lane.


School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal


Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision.


Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Sincerely,

Suzanne Hagen

Principal

suzanne.prenger-hagen@ops.org

Important Dates

February

  • 3 - Virtual Family Night on Teams, 6:00 pm
  • 3 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • 4 - No School - Teacher Curriculum Day
  • 9 - Class Picture Day in am
  • 11 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 14 - Valentine's Day Parties (individually wrapped items only)
  • 21 - No School - President's Day


March

  • 2 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 2 or 3 - Conferences
  • 3 & 4 - No School
  • 11 - Report Cards Sent Home
  • 14 - 18 - No School - Spring Break


April

  • 1 - No School
  • 15 - No School
  • 18 - No School

Items to Bring to School

  • Wear a clean face covering
  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)
  • Extra face covering in backpack


*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Health and Safety

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school. Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.


Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough
  • New onset of shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell


Does your child have two or more of the following?
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea


If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:
  • Notify the school of your child's absence
  • Contact your child's health care provider
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19
  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been cleared by their health care provider


For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested

Wellness Tip of the Month

Rethink your Valentine’s Day Celebration

Not all Hearts Come in Chocolate – create treats for your party table with colorful berries arranged on a tray in heart shape. Your heart will thank you for this dessert! Think Beyond Hershey’s Kisses – Instead of traditional candy attached to your Valentine cards, make it a special sticker, pencil or an eraser this year. Indulge in Treats with Added Benefits. Make your own heart-healthy desserts by dipping fresh and dried fruits in dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants protecting our heart. Give the most important muscle a workout! Make it a dance party, a jumping party, or balance-a-balloon-on-your head party. Give kids the gift of love - knowledge! Teach them about their heart, how to find their heart beat and what they should do to keep their hearts healthy. Be hearty to those who need it most. Run a food or clothes drive o donate the items to local shelters.

Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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OPS Digital Resources - Jackson Homework - 20 minutes a night

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and also needs to be continued at home.


K: iRead and Zearn (Students who read, also use Amira)

1-2: Amira Reading Tutor (6 stories a week total), iRead, and Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week)

3: Amira Reading Tutor (5 stories a week total), iRead or Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week) and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

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Thank you for Joining Us for Remote Days!

Message from the PTO

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:

https://omaha.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=9889


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building. Please contact Mrs. Hagen to let us know what level of volunteering you are requesting.

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