THE BOBCAT - April 2020


Be respectful

On task and focused

Body and objects are safe

Care for self and others

Always follow directions the first time given

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Speak positive words


The staff at Jefferson hopes that your family is doing well during this difficult time. We thank you for your cooperation as we begin our second week of distance learning. The staff will continue to contact you and guide your child through the learning boards. The learning boards are the core of our distance learning curriculum. The teachers have loved talking with their students, and our support staff have enjoyed interacting with students and families during our daily meal distribution. I have provided some important information and links to support your family during our distance learning below in the newsletter.

We will continue to support you as we can during this difficult time. Please continue to share any concerns and needs with your child's teacher as they connect with your child weekly. We will provide school and community supports to assist you. We miss seeing our students and families at Jefferson!


Students can visit the Jefferson Elementary website to access the links below for online supports. Students can click on the green button for access to online learning tools, learning board videos, and additional online resources. If students have a question on their academic learning board, they may click the blue link to ask a question, and a Jefferson staff member will support them through a phone call or email. You can access the Jefferson website by clicking this link
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From Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, Fargo Public Schools will provide free meals to children due to the COVID-19 school closure. Grab & Go cold breakfast and lunch meals will be provided using a drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up process at sites listed below; families need not leave their vehicle to receive a meal. Locations and distribution times have been adjusted for the week of April 6. Note: Thursday meal service will include meals for Friday; there will be no distribution on Friday, April 10 due to the school holiday.

Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services). The free meal distribution will be solely for the pick-up of meals; meals will not be consumed at the site. Families may go to any location to receive a meal and are asked to watch for the yellow school bus.

Beginning Monday, April 6, children do not need to be present to receive a meal as long as an approved form of identification is presented at the meal pick-up site. Approved forms of identification are:

  • K-12 Student ID card from any school/school district
  • A bus bag tag from any K-12 school/school district
  • Student’s name or lunch account/Student ID number (subject to verification at time of pick-up)

A limit of three (3) additional meals will be provided upon request for non-present children for whom one of the three forms of identification is not provided (i.e. children ages 1-Pre-K).

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Distribution Time

Jefferson Elementary School, Bus Loop North Side

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Distribution Time

Community Homes at McCormick Park, 7th Ave & 23rd St S

***For additional locations and times see the Fargo Public Schools website at

Meals will be distributed for the time periods outlined above, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first. Meal distribution will be announced on a weekly basis.

Households may request meals to accommodate diet restrictions by contacting the Nutrition Services Department (701-446-1154 or e-mail by 5:00 p.m. for the following day. Medical documentation will be required if not already on file with the Nutrition Services Department.


This is for families in the Jefferson neighborhood that are in need of help with food.

Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Fridays 10-11 am.

GAP is located at the Family Center in McCormick Park- Near CHARISM . Adults must be present to pick up food, do not send your children to do this.

Bring your own bags or boxes to carry the food home*

Food often available = fruit, veggies, meat, milk, juice, snacks, bread, canned goods


April 6, 2020

Dear Jefferson Parents/Guardians:

We hope that you are doing well, staying healthy and adjusting to new routines. As your student(s) are beginning this new way of learning, the FPS school counselors want you to know, we are still available to support you and your students. I can help with coping, self- care, anxiety, personal safety plans, transitioning to 5th grade and other academic, social, or emotional needs.

FPS school counselors and our counseling interns will be available during school hours 8:30am- 4pm, Monday through Friday for talking with you and our students. We can help you get connected to community resources that assist families.

FPS counselors and our interns will be using video conferencing called Zoom, email and/or phone services to reach students and families as well as joining efforts with teachers. If you call and I cannot answer at the time, please leave a message with the best time, number, or way to connect with you.

Below you will find contact information for the counselor in your student’s building.

“Mrs.Soko” I hope to see and connect with you all in some way very soon

Laura Sokolofsky ~ Jefferson Elementary School Counselor

Ways to Reach Me for Help 8:30 am to 4pm

My work from home number to call or text = 701 446- 8815

Jefferson Office Phone = 701 446- 4710- can leave a message here only and I’ll call back from # above

Email = (checking many times a day)

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: - Click the Green Elementary Home Learning for resources

ADULT Help = First Link dial 211 for help with many community resources and needs

Family Food help = GAP at CHARISM 622 23 St. S. Tues 4-5pm & Fridays 10-11am bring ID and bags

Mental Health Help = Prairie 701 476- 7200 free assessment or call Mobile Mental Health Team =701-298-4500

Transportation Help = MAT bus – currently FREE to riders in Fargo.


In order to keep all children safe, Fargo Public Schools asks that children and families refrain from visiting playgrounds at our school sites. This is to ensure all children and families remain safe and healthy during this time of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the equipment is germ-free nor can we monitor social distancing or the number of those gathering at playgrounds. We look forward to the time when the community can again enjoy our playgrounds. Thank you, FPS families, for your help in stopping the spread of COVID-19!

Summer School is Planning to Happen as Scheduled

Enrichment Summer School

The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:

June 8th to June 26th

8:00AM – 10:00AM

10:00AM – 12:00PM

All Classes held at: Hawthorne Elementary School

555 8th Ave. South Fargo, ND 58103

Transitions Summer School

Transitions Summer School is a teacher referred program. It is designed to provide additional support for students, in the area of math and/or reading, who are in need of extra instruction for them to be successful for the upcoming school year. Registration forms are due by April 15th. Parents will receive a confirmation letter from the Transitions office by June 10th, informing you of your child's placement.

DATES: July 6th-24th (Monday-Friday)
TIMES: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

WHERE: Elementary Buildings

Attendance Policy: Students enrolled in the "Transitions" Summer School Program are expected to be in attendance a minimum of 13 days of the 15 class days scheduled. Students who are absent are expected to make up the work they missed during their absence.

Please contact Rebecca Folden, Summer School Director, at 446-4404 with any questions.

Fargo Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020 opens online at on February 1, 2020. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2020 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.

STEP ONE: Registration can be completed at home online anytime or at computer kiosks in the office at each Fargo Public elementary school building on the following dates with extended office hours:

  • February 24, 26, and 28 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • February 25, 27, and March 2 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

STEP TWO: Once online registration has been completed, families MUST bring the following documents to the school their child will attend to finalize their child’s registration:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s current immunization record
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and address to verify the correct neighborhood school

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

Questions? Call the school office or Betsy Beaton at 701-446-1043.

Positive Behavior at Jefferson

Every year, Jefferson has a different schoolwide theme. This theme is incorporated into our monthly Character assemblies and celebrations. This year’s theme is Bobcats are all different and that’s beautiful. It is a diversity theme that will focus on building an accepting and welcoming community at Jefferson


Bobcats are in charge of their learning.


Golden Tickets are given to students when an adult notices them showing Bobcat expectations and following the school rules (being responsible, respectful and safe). At the end of each month 2 Golden Tickets are drawn from each class and those lucky winners get to sit at a special lunch table known as the Golden Table.


Many students at Jefferson have shown that they ALWAYS show Bobcat expectations. These students can apply to be Self Managers. A Self Manager gets a special badge which means they do not need to use hall passes. There are also weekly celebrations for the Self Managers and many other privileges. Any student can be a Self Manager if they work hard at it and make good choices for themselves!

Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact

The Jefferson Elementary School and the parents of Jefferson Elementary students agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

Please click the link below to view the Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact.