FALL FESTIVITIES

NOVEMBER 1, 2017

MORE MEDIA COVERAGE FOR JEFFERSON

If you didn't see the cool article in the Mankato Free Press about Jefferson and other area elementary schools whose students are learning technology and problem solving skills in rooms called "Makerspaces", you can check it out in the link below. You'll find an array of information regarding the activities in which children engage while utilizing our Makerspace, and you'll see some awesome action photos of our Jefferson students.


Makerspaces Aim to Grow Young Problem Solvers

PEACEMAKERS: GIVING THEIR TIME TO HELP FELLOW STUDENTS

The 2017-2018 Peacemakers continue a great tradition at Jefferson School, volunteering their time to help other students. Peacemakers at Jefferson are selected based on an application process in which classroom teachers, the principal, the school counselor, and the behavior intervention specialist all have input. Once selected, candidates must also complete a day-long training focused on conflict resolution and communication skills. Peacemakers help on the playground during recess and also in the cafeteria during lunch. Most Peacemakers work once or twice each month, and they are responsible for completing any work they miss while fulfilling their Peacemaker duties. Their service to Jefferson School is very much appreciated. Check out the happy faces on this year's great group!

CONFERENCES ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Jefferson School will once again be using the YouCanBookMe online tool to streamline our Fall Conference sign-up. The link is currently active. We sent it out to all families for whom we have a current email and/or phone number. (The same families who receive this electronic newsletter.) If you haven't signed up for conferences yet, click on the link below to get started.

If you know a Jefferson parent who hasn't received this information, please encourage them to contact the Jefferson office to be sure we have accurate contact information for them.


Jefferson YouCanBookMe Conference Sign-Up

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Next Year?

- Do you have a child who will join us at Jefferson for Kindergarten next year? If so….has your child completed preschool screening?

If not, please call Central Registration at 507-207-4037 to set up an appointment. Children need screening completed before they can start school.


Winter Weather

- As winter approaches, be sure your children are dressed appropriately for cold weather every day. Students are outside for AM recess and noon recess every day the wind chill isn't dangerously cold. This means students will be outside most days, even if the wind chill is below zero. Please do everything you can to ensure they are prepared for the cold.

- Below are two very important links from the district website. These links provide information about keeping your family healthy during the flu season and what to do when severe winter weather occurs.


Protecting Yourself and Your Family: Influenza Information for Families

Weather-Related Information

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE ON NOV. 7

Operating Levy Referendum/School Board Election

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, is election day. If you would like to vote early, absentee voting is available at the District Office, 10 Civic Center Plaza, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents of Mankato Area Public Schools will vote on an Operating Levy and the election of three School Board members.


As a result of our Operating Levy expiring on June 30, 2018, our School Board has proposed to increase its referendum revenue authority. This proposed authorization would include an increase of $365 per pupil and would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for ten years beginning with taxes payable in 2018.


The most common question we hear is, “What will the money be used for?” The dollars go to people, programs and day-to-day operations. Here is a link to our Q & A article which will help answer that question. This is an exciting time for our growing school community. Funding will help us to continue our work and provide the resources we need for the education of each child, retaining and recruiting staff and our daily costs.


Please visit the District website www.isd77.org under “quick links” where you will find more information about the operating levy, a tax impact calculator for your property, and candidate information.


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the District Office at 507-387-1868 or email maps@isd77.k12.mn.us.

FALL FESTIVAL FUN!

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PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)

The Fall Festival was a HUGE success, as evidenced by the packed gymnasium pictured above. This amazing event wouldn't have happened without the work of many dedicated parents and Jefferson staff members. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!


- We will be having a Family Food Night at McDonalds on November 27th. Our PTO will get 35% of the proceeds. Look for more information to come home in the red Monday folders.


- Jags Swag

We are hoping to have the kids wear their Jags Swag every Friday! Here is the online order information. It will be open until November 10th if you would like to order more Jags Swag.

https://www.promoplace.com/goodtimesmfg/pres/1010477

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, Nov. 1 - STUFF A TRUCK FOR ECHO FOOD SHELF

STARTS! (Ends Nov. 15)

Friday, Nov. 3 - WEAR YOUR JEFFERSON SHIRTS!!!

Friday, Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Prep Day

Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Late Start Day

Conferences 3:30 - 8pm

Thursday, Nov. 16 - Conferences 3:30 - 8pm

Monday, Nov. 20 - Conferences 3:30 - 8pm