Jefferson Journal

Update: March 18, 2020

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To the Jefferson Family

This is a difficult, challenging, and unprecedented time for us all. Even though school is closed, we are here for you. Please feel free to reach out to me at at any time during this school closure. Below, you will find the link to enrichment resource links for each grade level during this time. In addition, please reach out to me if you are in need of a laptop for your child. Rockland Public Schools will provide a loaner device to your child if needed. Simply email me with a request, and we will arrange pick-up.

In addition, Comcast is currently offering 60 days of free internet, as many schools are shifting towards online enrichment resources. For more information, please check:

RPS will provide a free grab-and-go bagged lunch for any Rockland Public School or Daycare student at the Main Street entrance of Rockland High School between the hours of 11:30 and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Project Bread has a FoodSource Hotline where counselors refer callers to food resources in their community. Contact the FoodSource Hotline by calling 1-800-645-8333 or through the link below:

If you are in need of assistance at this time, please reach out. Now, and every day, we are a Jefferson Family.

Jefferson's March Reading Challenge is Still On...

The challenge is still on for March Reading. Students can read actual books and articles, or read online through the many resources provided on the Rockland Public Schools Enrichment Page. In addition, tuning in to Jefferson Elementary School Reads on Monday-Friday will also count for our challenge. The most important part of this program is to encourage your child to read, read, read. Reading every day, either on their own or with you, is so very important for your child's success in school and their future. Join us during this school closure to create a routine of reading in your home. Mrs. Scheufele will be slimed if students reach 10,000 points. Packets for this challenge were sent home on March 9, however, please follow this link for the packet, or simply have your child write down how many minutes per day they have read. Prizes will be provided when school is back in session. Keep on reading!

Sample Schedule

Our children are used to structure and a scheduled day. The following is a schedule you may want to use in the coming days so the children will know when it’s work time and when it’s playtime. This is just a suggestion.

8:00-9:00 Up and at 'em! Get out of those PJ’s and start the day with a healthy breakfast.

9:00-9:30 Morning walk or some exercise.

9:30 to 11:00 Academic Enrichment Time

11:00-12:00 Do something creative - draw, color, use play dough.

12:00-1:00 Help out around the house. Put your toys away, gather the trash, or put your clothes in drawers.

1:00-2:00 Take it easy, and read a little.

2:00-4:00 Continue with some enrichment work. Practice math, read a book and write or draw a summary, write a letter to your classmates, teachers or your principal!

Email me your letter or even a story (or photo of your letter/story if it's a drawing or handwritten) and I will guarantee a response--

Connect with us!

There are many ways to keep in contact with us during this school closure period. Mrs. Scheufele is available by email Please contact me if you are in need of a laptop to borrow, or if you have any questions or concerns during this time. Please reach out if you need resources for food for your family or other assistance as well.

Please keep up to date by visiting our website at This site is kept up to date with information from the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alan Cron, and resources for our families throughout the school closure period.

Also, easily access new information and emergency updates through the Rockland App. Download the app on Android: or iPhone:

Many classrooms use Twitter, Remind, or ClassTag to communicate daily events and activities in the classroom. Please follow your child's teacher on these platforms as applicable. To connect with the school as a whole, follow Mrs. Scheufele on Twitter @mrsscheufelejes.

Also, check out our Jefferson Elementary School Reads Facebook account. Update: There will be a new read-aloud every night, Monday-Friday for your children on this page during school closure. On our Jefferson Elementary School Reads account, we have all our past reading LIVE events available to your family as well. Our school website can be found at Also, Memorial Park School is on Instagram at @mp_reads for read alouds as well.