SEVEN DAYS IN...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

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OFF TO A GREAT START

With our first full week now complete, we are off to a great start. Jefferson staff members are working hard to build positive relationships with all our students. New teachers and new students have been welcomed into our Jefferson family, and everyone is excited about the learning that lies ahead.

WHAT'S NEW?

The elevator project is nearing completion. We are hopeful that the finishing touches will be applied before the end of next week. Thanks to everyone for your patience as workers attempt to make up for time lost during frequent August rain.
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Our Maker Space is getting closer and closer to completion. Mrs. Makela, Ms. Stenzel, Mrs. Beaty, and Mr. Bill worked tirelessly over the summer to redesign the space in the room that was formerly our computer lab. As you can see in the photos below, the space now houses many shelves of books, a brand new lego wall on which students will build designs they create, and plenty of open space for students to utilize mobile technology and operate robots they program to perform a variety of actions. Although this new space will provide multiple opportunities for our students to practice creative problem solving, the "star" of our Maker Space will probably be the 3D printer students can use to bring their creative designs to life.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Students Arriving at School Early: Adult supervision on the playground doesn't begin until 7:50. Please do not allow students who walk to school to arrive before this time. Please do not drop students off before this time. The safety of our students is extremely important to us. Students arriving at school before supervision is available is a significant safety concern.


Drop-Off / Pick-Up / Parking Procedures:


A.M. Drop-Off: Parents who drive their children to school should drop them off between 7:50 - 8:05 using the loop at the south end of the Jefferson campus. Use Fairfield Avenue to access the Pick-Up / Drop-Off loop. Please DO NOT drop students off at the main entrance before 8:05.


P.M. Pick-Up: Between 2:45 - 3:00 parents should use the loop accessible from Fairfield Avenue to pick up their children. Please DO NOT use the front parking lot / main entrance at this time. Reducing traffic in our main parking lot immediately after dismissal creates a safer situation for our students riding buses and walking home.

After 3:00 (or once the line of cars is through the pick-up loop shortly after 3:00) students who have yet to be picked up will be walked to the office to wait for their rides. Parents then need to park in the main lot and come to the office to get their children.


*ADDITIONAL NOTE: Because we have many new staff members who are still getting to know all our families, it's very helpful if the driver holds the pick-up number so teaching staff can see it as quickly as possible in the pick-up loop. This will make the process faster and more efficient.*

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING AT SCHOOL EVERY DAY AND BEING ON TIME

There is significant research that shows a high correlation between regular school attendance and academic success. Students who miss many days of school each year see a negative impact on their school success. It's incredibly important for children to be at school EVERY day they are healthy.

It's also very important for them to be here on time. That means they are dropped off at school in time for them to be in their seats and ready to learn before the 8:15 bell rings. Most classrooms at Jefferson begin the day with a morning meeting. This is a chance for students to share their strengths and get to know their classmates and an opportunity for teachers to build positive relationships with students. Children who are consistently late to school miss out on these wonderful connections.

Finally, families with a child or children who are frequently late or absent will receive letters from the school reminding them of the importance of attending regularly. This is district practice aligned with state attendance statutes.

PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)

Here's how to register for the Jefferson Jog online donations page:


Go to: https://www.thegetmovincrew.com/

1. Click on the big star icon on the left that says: Get Registered Parent Login

2. Create a parent login

3. Click the red “Add Student” button on the upper left

4. Search for “Jefferson Elementary Mankato” and fill in the remaining information about your student

5. Click “Add” to save your page


6. Use the sharing tools to share the link via e-mail or social media!


PTO Meetings for the year - 6:00-7:00 pm in the cafeteria. Food and childcare will be provided.


Sept 12, Oct 3, Nov 2, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, March 13, April 10, May 8


Open House / Scholastic Book Fair

October 10


Fall Festival

October 26th


*EVERY FRIDAY THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE "JAGS SWAG FRIDAY".

STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE ALL ENCOURAGED TO WEAR JEFFERSON

CLOTHING EVERY FRIDAY. LET'S ALL SHOW OUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!*


The Jefferson PTO also uses the "Remind" app to share communication throughout the school year. You can get signed up here: Jefferson PTO Remind

DATES TO REMEMBER

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19 - 2 HOUR LATE START

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27 - VISION AND HEARING SCREENING

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 - THE JAGUAR JOG

TUESDAY, OCT. 3 - PTO MEETING

MONDAY, OCT. 9 - OPEN DOOR DENTAL

TUESDAY, OCT. 10 - OPEN HOUSE / BOOK FAIR