Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter



1 No School - Winter Break



I-Team Meeting 7:35


6 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

7 BLT Meeting 7:35

10 I-Team Meeting 7:30

13 Mail K packets

14 Staff Meeting/Gifford Cluster 7:30

PTO Meeting (Board Only) 6:30-8

15 4th Grade Breakfast/Gifford Cluster 7:45-8:15

PBIS Meeting 2:30

16 Field Trip for Altonen & Knutson to Carver Wildlife Refuge, 8:40-11:15

17 I-Team Meeting 7:30

20 No School - MLK Jr. Day

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 First Semester Ends

Staff Potluck

Two Hour Early Release Day K-12

24 No School - Teacher Planning Day

25 Optional 3rd Grade to sing National Anthem at Varsity hockey game/12:00

28 Prof Dev/Gifford Cluster 7:30

31 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Kid's Dance 6-8


3 Send Report Cards Home

PBIS Meeting, 7:35

4 BLT Meeting, 7:30

4th Grade Field Trip to HS/Jack Brass Band 10:30-11:15

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:00

6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:00

Optional: 3rd Graders to sing at Varsity wrestling match/7:00

7 I-Team Meeting 7:30

11 Staff Meeting (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

12 Kindergarten Field Trip to Stages Theater 9:00-11:15

13 Valentine's Day Party

O'Brien Dental presenting to 2nd Grade 10:00-11:00

14 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

17 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

18 BLT Meeting, 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Mill City Museum 8:50-2:00

PTO Meeting (Parents/Board/GRANTS), 6:30-8:00p

19 PBIS Meeting 2:30

21 I-Team Meeting 7:30

1st Grade Music Program 2:00

25 Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00 (Ok for Marcos per Kevin)

24-26 Marco Fundraiser Nights

27 5th Grade Field Trip to The Ordway 11:00-1:30

28 I-Team Meeting, 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00



*Bristol....Thank you for the treat on Thursday, much needed and ENJOYED!

*Fourth grade, what a team!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping my sub and taking my children (when there was no sub) while I was absent. Thank you!!

*Rebecca Fobes, thank you for the donation of brain stimulating puzzles. The children were quite excited to tackle them!

*Matt, thank you for sharpening my paper cutter!!

**Thank you 2nd grade team for taking on my kids when I had the Shakopee Plague!

*Thank you Keller for picking me up an item at Sam’s Club! I appreciate it!

*Thank you Erica for doing an amazing job at tier time with the kids who need you the most!

*Thank you to Krissy for helping with our 1st and 2nd grade coding lessons! I couldn’t have done it without you!

*Thank you so much Jeff for getting a new toner for our printer!!! You are awesome!

*Thank you so much to all our support staff this week! You do such an amazing job with sudden indoor recess or absent staff, or with students that need a little more love than usual due to the upcoming break. We are truly grateful for everything you do for our school and students!

*Thank you DeAnn and Pete for your continued sense of humor and seeing the light in many difficult situations!

*Thank you to all those that are organizing our first Dodgeball game! I’m looking forward to it!

*Thank you to first grade for the joyful, fun, and amazing cookie breakfast! That was a breath of fresh air and a bit of sunshine before starting this week!

*Thanks in advance to our Men’s Club. You bring so much joy and amusement to our staff! Thank you for all you do!

*Thank you to everyone who sat in on our ENVoY observations last week with Kim! The teachers who are striving to be ENVoY demo teachers truly appreciate the support of our co-workers!

*Thank you Kathy for asking questions about ENVoY and trying to be in sync with me in the classroom! It truly develops a calmer environment when the students see us as cohesive teaching partners! I’m always impressed at how hard you work to help all the students in my classroom.

*Thank you, Jody, for helping me implement a new intervention for one of my kids!

*Thank you, Charlotte, for checking in with me about one of your students!

*Thank you, Ben T. and Amy R. for representing Jackson so well and for all your hard work with our union!

*A huge thank you to the office staff for working around the Giving Tree bags and for making sure they were given to the families when they stopped in the office! You are all the best elves.

*Kristin Moonen-Thank you for all you did for the Jackson students. Good luck at your new job. South Washington County is lucky to have you.

*Welcome back Jeanne! We are happy to have you back.

*Thank you, Sarah for thinking of me and getting me the wonderful book! That was so sweet of you! Thank you

*To all who participated in the inaugural Jackson Dodge Ball Tournament, thank you for making it so much fun!

*Keller, Boumeester, Tanberg, & Kay-Lewis, thank you for helping to send reminders for the Dodge Ball Tournament!

*THANK YOU, MEN’S CLUB for another amazing breakfast!! WE SO APPRECIATE YOU!!

*A big thank you to Mrs. Leonard for taking my bus duty for me yesterday. She wins the “Trip to Florida”

*Thank you kindergarten for once again setting up the fun week! Also Thank you to the Men's club for breakfast. The green and red pancakes were a fun touch!!

*This is one of my favorite days of the whole year with all the staff singing in the hall as the students enter.

*Have a wonderful Holiday and break everyone.



I was at a conference this week and two of the most impactful sessions I attended related to cybersecurity and data security for young people today.

One of the things that the internet security expert suggested so keep people from using your identity for new lines of credit was to voluntarily FREEZE your (and your children's) credit at the 3 major credit reporting agencies: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. It is fairly quick and easy to put a freeze on the accounts. You will need to keep track of a password or PIN for each account. If you decide to take out a line of credit, you can temporarily UNFREEZE the account.

Additionally, the security experts spoke about password security. He said that the industry gave really bad advice at the onset of the internet. The OLD standard was to have 8 characters with a capital letter, number, and special character. The NEW standard is to use a pass-phrase that consists of 3-4 words that you will easily remember. You may still need to add in a number, special character, or capital letter to comply with the password restrictions set by the website you are logging into.

I am not an expert on this field. But when the internet security expert told us that over 50% of children will have their identity stolen before they are 18, I thought starting the conversation with you was important.

You can find more information about cybersecurity, data privacy, and more at commonsensemedia.org.

Hope you all have a wonderful break. Merry Christmas!



1/2 Jeanne Meyer

1/4 Sandy Boyce

1/13 Rachael Schweigert

1/17 Jeff Casey

1/18 Kelsey Angell

1/21 Matt Malaske

1/22 Emily Adams

1/24 Sari Flatness

2/2 Natalie Weatherman

2/8 Steph Masloski

2/12 Tim Olene

2/15 Danielle Bauman

2/18 Becca Kay-Lewis

2/19 Amanda Lymangood

2/21 Kristi Boumeester

2/21 Barb Weierke

2/26 Mel Altonen

2/26 Sue Tanberg

2/28 Katie Beckrich

3/1 Mandy Knutson

3/4 Kaitlin Wermerskirchen

3/17 Mary Ellen Sandberg

3/22 Dena Gregor

3/25 Becky Keller

3/26 Amy Scott

3/26 Ben Thies

3/31 Krissy Luce