Jackson Jottings

January 2019, Volume 4

January Calendar at a Glance

  • 1st - NO SCHOOL for Winter Break
  • 18th - Kid's Dance, 6:30-8:30p
  • 21st - NO SCHOOL for Teacher Staff Development
  • 28th - NO SCHOOL for Teacher Planning Day
  • 31st - Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser Kickoff Day


Thank you for your support for the Jackson Giving Tree program. We were able to provide gifts to 110 Jackson students and siblings as well as $40.00 Cub gift cards to 35 Jackson households. We also had an aunt of a Jackson student donate 8-$10 Amazon gift cards. The generosity of the Jackson community is incredible, thank you for your generosity!


Have extra mittens, gloves, and snow pants laying around at home? We would love your donation to our school. We are in desperate need of larger sized gloves/mittens and smaller sized snow pants. We will take new or gently used donations.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Please drop off your kids by the lower area stop sign in the upper lot. For the safety of all of our students, please remain in the line of cars and let children out of the right side of the car onto the sidewalk. If you part in the lot, please walk your children across the driveway to the sidewalk. Students should not be walking from the parking lot through the crosswalk unaccompanied. Please do not drop off before 8:10 AM. Thank you!

Would you like to be a volunteer?

Are you willing to donate your time and talents to Jackson? We could use your help. We have immediate needs for volunteers in the classroom, workroom, and some take-home work.

Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

Well, it's that time of year again, STREP THROAT season! Here are some helpful notes about strep throat and how to keep your child (and yourself)strep free this winter.

What is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat.

What are the Symptoms?

The severity of strep throat can very from person-to person. Common symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Sudden fever, especially if it is 101 F or higher
  • a sore, red throat with white patches
  • a headache
  • chills
  • a loss of appetite
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • trouble swallowing

The symptoms of strep throat typically develop within five days of exposure to the bacteria.

Strep throat is common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. However anyone can get it.

Sneezing and coughing can spread the infection from one person to another.

When to see your doctor?

Not all sore throats are cause by a strep infection. Other illnesses can cause a sore throat too. This includes:

  • the common cold
  • a sinus infection
  • postnasal drip
  • acid reflux

Sore throats caused by other medical conditions usually improve on their own with or without treatment in a few days.

Call your doctor if you experience:

  • a sore throat that lasts longer than two days
  • a sore throat with white patches
  • dark, red splotches or spots on the tonsils or the top of the mouth
  • a sore throat with a fine, sandpaper- like pink rash on the skin
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing

Treating strep throat


An antibiotic could be prescribed by your doctor if you have strep throat. These medications inhibit the spread of the bacteria. Several types of antibiotics are available. It's important that you finish your antibiotic treatment course to kill the infection completely. Some people stop taking the antibiotics once symptoms improve, which can trigger a relapse. If this happens symptoms can return.

At Home Care

In addition to antibiotics, there are at home treatments to improve symptoms of strep throat. These may include:

  • drinking warm liquids, such as lemon water or tea
  • drinking cold liquids to numb the throat
  • turning on a cool mist humidifier
  • taking over the counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • sucking on throat lozenges
  • adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of water and gargling the mixture

If strep throat is treated, the symptoms will improve in one week. If your symptoms don't improve in 48 hours after starting an antibiotic, contact your doctor because a different antibiotic may be needed.

How do you avoid the spread strep throat?

  • Wash your hands often, wash your hands before you touch food, dishes, glasses, ect.
  • use tissues you can throw away
  • Do not share food or eating utensils with others
  • if you have strep throat avoid close contact with others until you have been on antibiotics for 24 hours
  • people with strep should not go to daycare, school, or work until they are no longer contagious

If your child does have strep throat please contact the office or nurse to inform the school, so we can take measures to prevent the spread.

WANTED: Clothes for the Nurse's Office

We are currently in need of boys underwear and girls pants, both of all sizes. If you have new or clean and gently used of either of these we would love to take them off of your hands. Please bring them to the nurse's office, thank you in advance!

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

I hope everyone had a relaxing winter break! Clay has been, and will be the overriding theme in the art room this month. The kindergarteners have created a pinch pot out of clay, glazed them, and will now be bringing them home! I also hope you enjoyed seeing the first graders bring home their snowmen made out of clay! The second graders will be bringing home their coil pots. The third graders will be starting their clay faces and they will be on display outside the art room near the end of January. And since we are near the end of the semester the fourth and fifth graders will also be starting their clay projects. The fourth graders will be making their clay animals/creatures. And the fifth graders will be constructing a container using the clay techniques they have learned in kindergarten through fourth grade. All fourth and fifth grade projects will be on display in February. Feel free to stop in any time to see the work in progress and on display!

Mr. Olson


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Music Department "Notes"


After winter break, Kindergarten students will get to work on their upcoming music

program! Mark your calendars. Kindergarten students will have their MUSIC

PROGRAM on Friday, March 22nd at 2:00p.m. The Kindergarten classes will put on a

show all about animals, including songs about: bears, turkeys, mice, birds and dogs! It

will be fun day!


After winter break, 1st grade students will get to work on their upcoming music

program! Mark your calendars! 1st grade students will have their MUSIC PROGRAM

on February 8th at 2:00p.m . The 1st graders will put on a show based off of the

book, “The Day the Crayons Quit”. Songs will focus on all the colors! We look

forward to sharing our music with you.


Congratulations to all the 2nd graders on a wonderful Nutcracker music program! What

a delight! We are very proud of them all!


UPCOMING! After winter break, I will be talking with the 3rd grade students about

an OPTIONAL opportunity for all of them. The 3rd graders have been invited to sing

the National Anthem at many sporting events around Shakopee. A note will be sent

home with these dates and times.

  • Saturday, January 19th – Girls Varsity hockey game at 12:00 noon.
  • Thursday, January 31st- Boys Varsity Wrestling match at 7:00p.m.
  • Friday, February 1st- Boys Varsity Basketball game at 7:00p.m.


During January, 4th grade students will continue to work hard at learning pieces on the

recorder. So far, students have learned, “Hot Cross Buns”, “Hallelujah Chorus”, and

“Jingle Bells”. After winter break, we will continue to learn pieces such as “Andante”,

by the famous composer Mozart, a Chinese folk song, “Ode to Joy” by the famous

composer Beethoven and many others.

If you check your SEESAW account, there are videos demonstrating the first 3

recorder songs. If you ever have a question or concern regarding the recorder, please

don’t hesitate to email us.

Mark your calendar for the 4th grade upcoming music program on Friday, April 26th at

2:00p.m. It is called, “Minnesota Musicians” and will focus on songs about our great

state of Minnesota!


During January, 5th grade students continue to learn and apply the Elements of music

vocabulary words: beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch, melody, form and timbre by learning,

singing and performing music from Africa.

Please mark your calendar for their spring music program which will be held on

Monday, May 13th at 7:00p.m.


  • Friday, February 1st -- 4th Grade to High School for Jack Brass Band Concert
  • Friday, February 8th -- 1st Grade "The Days the Crayons Quit" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 6th -- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis
  • Friday, March 22nd -- Kindgergarten "Goin to the Farm" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, April 26th -- 5th Graders to High School to seeing Japanese Drumming Performance
  • Friday, April 26th -- 4th Grade "Minnesota Musicians" Music Program, 2:00 pm
  • Monday, May 13th -- 5th Grade Music and Band Program, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th -- Jackson Talent Show at 1:30 pm

By: Mrs. Beckler, Mrs. Flatness, and Ms. Lund

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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey, Mrs. Tanberg, and Mrs. Voigt


It's January Madness at Jackson Elementary! We have our popular hockey unit at this time of year. Classes are divided up into 4 teams. Each team plays each other twice and then we go into tournament play. Students learn skills such as shooting, dribbling, positions in the game, strategies of the game and most important receive an excellent workout each day they are here.

Basketball is another popular activity with our students. Jackson Elementary will be working on skills such as: passing, dribbling, shooting and recreational games such as: 21, Horse, Around the World, and Lightning.

Units will be working on the next quarter include Team Building, Dance, Jump Rope and Cup Stacking! Team Building is a great activity that teaches students the benefits of working and succeeding as a team. Our Dance unit will teach students various forms of dane such as: line dancing, individual dance, circle dance and an old fashioned square dancing. Jumping rope benefits students in 4 ways. It helps with cardiovascular fitness, helps with weight loss, develops muscle tone with students, and last and probably most importantly it's fun. Cup stacking is becoming more and more popular with Physical Education Classes. The benefits of cup stacking are: development of eye-hand coordination, right and left brain activation, bilateral coordination, and fitness.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Phy Ed

Mr. Jeff Casy (jcasey@shakopee.k2.mn.us)

Mrs. Susan Tanberg (stanberg@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

Mrs. Kelly Voigt (kvoigt@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

If anyone has some old tennis shoes that they would like to donate to the Physical Education Department it be greatly appreciated. We have students who do not have tennis shoes to wear for physical education and we would like to give them a pair. Please make sure the tennis shoes are clean and free of rips and tears.

Greetings from the Learning Commons!

Notes from Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)


With the help of Mr. Bjerken, Mr. Orchard, and an amazing teaching staff, nearly all of the 847 students at Jackson Elementary participated in Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week 2018. Students spent time learning about what code is and experimenting with code to make their game work or characters move, speak, and interact with one another. Check ou our video of highlights from the week (video is below).

Greetings from Media Class!

By: Dianne Kersteter (Media Specialist)


We began Digital Citizenship units in third through fifth grades last month. Fourth and fifth graders have been learning about cyberbullying and ways to prevent it. Third graders have been learning the different between personal and private information and why it is important to protect their privacy when going online. If you would like to take a look at some of what they have been learning, here's a link to the curriculum we're using:


Third through fifth grades will be beginning a unit on Coding after completion of the Didgital Citizenship unit.

Kindergarten through second grade classes have been doing a unit on Coding. They have learned how to use Scratch Jr. to create their own digital stories and have also learned how to use the app, Box Island. Scratch Jr. is a free app that students can use at home to reinforce the skills they have been learning in Media class. We will be beginning a unit on Digital Citizenship after this unit. The link to Scratch Jr. app. is the following:




Hello Jackson Families!

A BIG THANK YOU to our Gingerbread House Night Committee and volunteers. IT was once again a big success. January is going to be another fun filled month for our Jackson Community with our Kids Dance on Friday, January 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Jackson Gym. Our next PTO meeting is in February. This will be a grant meeting for our teachers. We hope to see you there.

Do not forget to stay connected with PTO by joining our private Facebook Group: Jackson Parents. You can also contact us via email at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com.

As always, THANK YOU for your support of our Jackson Community!

Nicole Peters

Jackson Elementary PTO President

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