Jackson Jottings

January 2020, Volume 4

January Calendar at a Glance

  • 1st - NO SCHOOL (Winter Beak)
  • 2nd - Back to School, Welcome Back!
  • 20th - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • 23rd - First Semester Ends
  • 23rd - 2-Hour Early Release, Please Plan Accordingly!
  • 24th - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Planning Day)
  • 31st - Kid's Dance (Jackson Gym, 5:30-7:30p)


Please mark your calendar for the Saber Showcase at Shakopee High School! Come see student projects, presentations, and performances. The event will be held Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Thank you for your support for the Jackson Giving Tree program. We were able to provide gifts to 114 Jackson students and siblings as well as $40.00 Cub gift cards to 36 Jackson households. The generosity of the Jackson community is incredible.


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 are dropping by upper entrance please stay in line of cars, have your child get out on the sidewalk side, and do no pull any further ahead than the last sign before the entrance (there needs to be enough room for our upper buses and school vehicles to pull in right by entrance). If you park 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!


Winter is here and we are in the season of school starting late due to weather conditions. When there is a late start there will be NO breakfast served in the morning.

If for some reason your child does not get breakfast on these late start days, he/she can go to the cafeteria for a cereal, milk and fruit and they will be charged for this meal.

Thank you and HAPPY WINTER!

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.

Thank you again to all the volunteers and all you do for Jackson!

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.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

Andrea Richards

School Nurse



Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

Warning!!! Art class can be messy! SEND AN ART SHIRT WITH YOUR STUDENT!

We hope everyone had a relaxing winter break! Clay has been and will be overriding theme in the art room this month. The kindergarteners have completed a pinch pot and have now been learning about shapes! We hope you enjoyed seeing the first graders snowman come home! They were learning how to attach pieces of clay. The second graders will be working on their coil pots over the next couple of weeks. The third graders are also working on their clay faces and they will be on display outside of the art room at the end of the month. The 4th and 5th graders work is on display now. Stop by the art room and take a look. There are many amazing containers that were created for you to see! The photos are of some of the 4th and 5th grade projects before they were fired and glazed. We also attached a photo of the kiln we use for firing the clay. All students had a chance to see the kiln and have learned about the firing process.


Mr. Olson



Mrs. Hall


Jackson Art Specialists

Clay Project Pictures

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Music "Notes"


Saturday, January 25th NOON 12:00. This is Optional: All 3rd graders have the

opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Varsity

hockey game. Go Sabers!

Tuesday, February 4th: 4th grade field trip to Shakopee High school to hear the Jack

Brass Jazz Band perform!

Thursday, February 6th 7:00p.m. This is Optional: All 3rdgraders have the

opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Varsity

Wrestling match. Go Sabers!

Friday, February 21st: 1st grade Music Program, ”The Day the Crayon’s Quit” at

2:00p.m. in the Jackson Gymnasium

Thursday, February 27th: 5th graders will take a music field trip on to Ordway Center

of the Performing Arts in St. Paul to hear Japanese Taiko


Friday, March 13th: Kindergarten Music program, “Going to the Zoo!” at 2:00p.m.

in the Jackson Gymnasium

Wednesday, March 18th: 3rd grade field trip to downtown Minneapolis Orchestra Hall

to see the Minnesota Orchestra perform.

Saturday, March 21st: All District 5th grade Band Concert at Shakopee High School,


Friday, April 17th: 4th grade Music program, “Minnesota Musicians” at 2:00p.m.

in the Jackson Gymnasium

Monday, May 11th: 5th grade Jackson Band and Non-Band Music Program at

6:30p.m. in the Jackson Gymnasium

Wednesday, June 3rd: Jackson Talent Show at 1:30 in the Jackson Gymnasium

A HUGE THANK YOU to SEEF (Shakopee Educational Endowment Fund) for the

money granted to purchase Native American shoulder bags for our 5th graders and also

a classroom set of 8 tone glockenspiels. We are so grateful!

By: Sari Flatness


Julie Lund


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Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey, Mrs. Tanberg, & Mr. Koening

Exercise: Your heart’s best medicine

It’s January Madness at Jackson Elementary.

When we come back to school after break we will be starting our Basketball Unit. This is a 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, Lightning,

Our next activity is our hockey unit. 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, stick handling, positions, strategies of the game, and most important, receive an excellent workout each day they are here.

Units we will be working on the next quarter will be: 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 dance such as: a line dance, individual dance, and circle dance.. 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 important 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.

If you have any questions feel free to call or stop by and visit our physical education class. The door is always open and parents are always welcome.

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

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

Mr. Dan Koenig (dkoenig@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!

Book Fair Update

Thank you all again for your support during our Fall Book Fair! Our Media Center earned over $3,000 from your purchases that will be used to purchase new books and supplies for our library! Make sure you continue to read over Winter Break – books make great holiday gifts!

Media Classes

In media we are working on coding. We have talked about what coding is, why it’s important, and who uses coding. HINT: EVERYONE uses coding!! For family resources and coding that can be practiced at home, please visit www.code.org

During our coding classes, students will not only work on these computer science skills, but also teamwork, perseverance, and problem-solving skills.


The kindergarteners have been working on an iPad app called Scratch Jr. This app allows students to create their own scene and program the characters/objects to complete different tasks. We will also be using our “Robot Mouse” mazes in the upcoming cycle to get a hands-on experience with coding.

1st&2nd Grades

Students in these grades began by working with our DASH robots. DASH has many great functions from animal noises, changing lights, and talking, to being able to program the robot to travel through obstacle courses. In the next cycle, students will be working on code.org to discover the basics of block coding.

3rd-5th Grades

These grades have been working with our Sphero robots. Using block coding, groups worked to program Sphero to drive around our Media Center through different obstacles. Sphero can also change colors and make sounds, which is a lot of fun! In the next cycle, students in 5th grade with use the app Tynker to further their knowledge of coding, while 3rd and 4th grades will be using GoogleCS to complete different programing challenges.

By: Betsi Arvin

Media Specialist


Coding Pictures from Class

Learning Commons: Digital Learning Highlight

During the month of December, all Jackson students had a chance to learn about computer science and practice computer coding. Many of the skills involved in computer coding are also valuable critical thinking skills that connect to other areas of their school lives including:

  • sequencing of events,
  • if/then statements (which are like cause and effect statements for the computer)
  • loops that cause a character to repeat an action a specified amount of times

If you would like to continue this work with your children at home, all of the apps and websites we used for coding were free.

  • K/1 = Scratch Jr or PBS Scratch Jr (free apps)
  • 2 = Students used MeeperBots
  • 3/4 = Google CS First and Scratch (websites); students have their login information at school and can use it at home as well to make and save projects.
  • 5 = Tynker (free app...the power is in the PROJECTS section of this app)

Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)



Hello Jackson Families!

A Big Thank You to our Gingerbread House Night Committee and volunteers. They did a fabulous job. It was once again a big success. It is so great to see the many fun gingerbread houses.

January is going to be another fun filled month for our Jackson Community with our Kids Dance on Friday, January 31st from 6:00-8:00pm at Jackson. We are hoping to get a family outing fundraiser planned for January so please stay tuned! We’ve got some fun ideas in the works. Our next PTO meeting is on February18th 6:30-7:30ish and will be held at Muddy Cow in their party room. This will be a grant meeting for our teachers. It is great to hear about some of the wonderful ways our funds are being used to benefit our students and our staff. We hope to see you there. You can always stay connected through our Jackson Parents Page on Facebook or email directly at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com.

As always thank you for supporting our Jackson Community!

Kjersta Hoffman

PTO President



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