Jefferson School Parent Post

OCTOBER 2021

School Contact Information

  • Office Phone Number - 309-263-2650
  • Office Hours 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Office Fax Number - 309-284-3031
  • Jefferson Attendance Line - 309-284-3025

(Call attendance line for: absences, tardies, appointments, leaving early, etc.)

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From the desk of Mrs. Wyman...

Hello parents,

Thank you for your feedback on the morning arrival survey. If you have not yet had a chance to take the quick 3-question survey, take it here.


As we head into the last couple of weeks of Quarter 1, I want to remind you to keep an eye on your child(ren)'s grades and attendance in PowerSchool. When our staff meets with you during conferences, we will provide your child(ren)'s report card and Fall MAP data. If your child(ren) have accumulated 5 or more absences/tardies in the first quarter, they will receive an attendance/tardy letter from the office, per the District Handbook guidelines.


I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about our new math curriculum and materials that our staff and students are using in our classrooms. Our K-2 classrooms are using materials called "Kindie/Firstie/Second Math" that provide opportunities for whole group, partner, small group, and game-based learning for our youngest Patriots. There are lots of hands-on opportunities for our students to conceptualize numbers and build their number sense and develop as mathematicians. Our 3-6 classrooms adopted Reveal Math, with online resources including daily exit tickets to provide immediate feedback to the student and teacher on their understanding. In addition, our students are using an add-on entitled Aleks that provides individualized learning paths for students to target specific math skill deficits and challenge students with new math skills. These Aleks pathways can be customized for each student. The Reveal Math series is an adjustment for our students (and staff!) as it places a stronger emphasis on mathematical reasoning and application. The lessons promote student explanation of their answers and the identification of which strategies helped them solve the problem. The students are developing their collaboration skills, communication skills, and reasoning skills as they solve complex math problems. We are blessed to have Mrs. Dirks, Math Teacher, in our building to support the implementation of our new series and to co-teach with our 3-6 teachers. If you have any questions about our new series or would like to see the materials in person, please inquire during your schedule parent/teacher conference or contact your child(ren)'s teacher.


We are fortunate to have a beautiful building for our students and staff to come each day to learn. We have been celebrating all of the positive choices our students are making by distributing PATS cards. PATS stands for - Positive role model, Acting responsible, Thinking of others, and Showing respect. We invite you to remind you child(ren) that they are a member of our Patriot family and we need all students to make good choices in their classrooms, in the hallways, in the bathroom, in the lunchroom, at recess, etc to ensure all students are able to access learning in a positive, safe environment.


Thank you for your continued partnership! We appreciate you!

We wanted to introduce you to some of our newest Patriot Staff Members for 2021-22. Welcome to the Jefferson Family!

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

October

1 SCRIP Orders Due

4 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

Student Ambassador Meeting in Room 204 2:45pm-3:15pm

5 TEAM Day! Wear Red, White & Blue

Jefferson Challenge 2:45pm-4pm

6 Early Release 11:55am

Step It Up Prize Distribution 9:00am-11:30am

7 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

8 SCRIP Orders Distributed

11 NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

12 Jefferson Challenge 2:45pm-4:00pm

13 Picture Make-Up Day

14 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

15 Early Dismissal 11:55am

End of 1st Quarter

18-20 Red Ribbon Week

18 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

5-12 Choir Concert Grace Church 6:30pm-8:00pm

19 Challenge 2:45pm - 4:00pm

20 Bus Evacuation Drill 9:00am-10:00am

21 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences

22 NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences

25 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

Jefferson PTO Meeting 6:30pm-7:30pm

26 Challenge 2:45pm - 4:00pm

28 MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

29 Halloween Parties 1:00pm-2:30pm

November

1 SCRIP Orders Distributed

Hearing and Vision Day

MEC DO Auditorium 2:45pm-3:45pm

Student Ambassador Meeting in Room 204 2:45pm-3:15pm

2 TEAM Day! Wear Red, White & Blue

Tornado & Fire Drills

Challenge 2:45pm - 4:00pm

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Dress Code Reminders

Quarter 1 ends on Friday, October 15. In the past, we have stated that no shorts, flip flops, skirts, etc could be worn in Q2 and Q3. However, there were changes to the dress code in the student handbook. We are asking for parents to assist in encouraging your child(ren) to dress appropriate for the weather. We will go out for recess and PE and students should be dressed appropriately.


Do you have questions about the dress code changes, visit the Parents tab on our website and click on "District Handbook".

HALLOWEEN PARTY DAY - Friday, October 29, 2021

Party Time: 1-2:15pm

All School Parade (outside): 2:15pm


Halloween Plans Note


Party Helpers are pre-arranged by the teacher for our K-2 classrooms only. No helpers are needed for grades 3-6.


Costume guidelines:

All students should bring a costume to school. Students will change into their costumes and wear them only during the class party. When deciding upon a costume, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • No blood or gore such as: pretend wounds, eyeballs hanging out, imitation blood, or other gory special effects

  • No bare midriff or extremely short outfits. (Costumes should follow the dress code.)

  • No plastic or real weapons including: guns, knives, swords, or other sharp or dangerous objects


*Just a friendly reminder, all party treats must be store-bought. Keep in mind any allergies in your child’s classroom.


All visitors should sign-in upon arrival in the office and all deliveries of costumes & party items should arrive no later than 11:00am.


We are excited to celebrate Halloween at Jefferson!

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October 21st & 22nd 2021

Parent/Teacher Conferences: We look forward to seeing our parents (no students) at conferences on Thursday, October 21 and/or Friday, October 22. The front doors will be open - come on in. Please make sure you are feeling well enough to attend (no fever or symptoms) and wear a face mask/covering upon entering the building. If you need to reschedule for any reason, please notify the office so we may tell your child(ren)'s teacher.


Please take a moment to read the first page of the document to explain how to sign-up for a conference. If you are unable to sign-up for any reason or have questions, please contact the main office during office hours, 7:30am-3:30pm, so that we may assist you. Deadline to sign up will be Friday, October 15.

2021 PT Conference Sign-Ups

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Jefferson School PTO NEWS

Readathon & Step It Up Recap

$3100 T-Shirt Sponsors - T-shirts should arrive in a 2-3 weeks.

Over 144,000 minutes read in 1 week!

229 Students collected at least one donation for our campaign.

$18,036 is our profit from Step it Up!


Our families ROCK!!!! Thank you for your support!

The PTO Budget was approved with 80 submitted ballots returned and marked "Yes, I approve of the PTO Budget."

JEFFERSON PTO

Would you like to help with luncheons for the staff at Jefferson? Here are the links below to enter your volunteer information.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-october1


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-november1


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-december2


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-january


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-jefferson2


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-march1


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aeac2ba1f58-april


Jefferson PTO would like to welcome our new Patriot students & families to Jefferson.


What does PTO do?


  • Provide assistance to classroom teachers and support school initiatives
  • Meet monthly to discuss ways to support students and teachers
  • Coordinate the annual fundraiser - Step It Up/Readathon will kickoff at the end of Aug.
  • Provide ways for families to give back to Jefferson - Kroger Rewards, SCRIP, Amazon Smile, & more!


Next Meeting - Monday, October 25 at 6:30pm

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Jefferson Vision & Mission

Vision: Educating Patriots today to be leaders tomorrow.


Mission:

We are P.A.T.R.I.O.T.S.

P. ositive role models & problem solvers

A. chievers

T. eam players

R. eaders & rigorous learners

I. ndependent thinkers

O. pen-minded & offering opportunities to all

T. echnology innovators

S. etting examples by serving others

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Safe Classrooms, Successful Outcomes

Here is your one-stop link for all current information related to COVID, including District 709's Return to School Plan and the online form for employees & families to report COVID cases. If your child or a member of your family has tested positive or is suspected of having COVID, we need you to call our attendance line and complete the online form - Family COVID Case Report. Please make attendance phone calls by 8:30am daily.