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Week of 11-15-21

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PTA Spirit Wear Store

Visit the new spirit wear store today! Masks are back along with a variety of new items & youth sizes. The store closes TODAY at 11:59 p.m., so items can be delivered by Winter Break. When ordering, please put your child's name in the Customer line. If you are ordering a gift or want the order to be a surprise, please contact mayboys4@hotmail.com to make arrangements.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place this Wednesday, November 17. Picture retakes are for any students who have not had their photo taken or any students who want a picture retake. If your child is taking a retake photo, the original photo package should be returned at the time of the retake. An announcement will be made informing students when to report for their photo.

2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences

District 45 will be hosting online parent-teacher conferences on November 22 and 23. Below are the conference session times available for each day:

  • November 22: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • November 23: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


You are able to sign up for conferences by logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and using PowerPTC, the online conference scheduling tool. Parents are able to schedule conferences from now until noon on November 16.


These directions step you through the process of signing up for conferences. PowerPTC does not work with the mobile app. If you are using your phone, use Chrome or Safari to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing the Parent Portal, please contact our main office at 630-516-7600.

DuPage County Health Department Presentations

The DuPage County Health Department will be presenting on various health related topics to students during PE classes, the morning of November 18 and afternoon of November 19. The Health Department will present the following topics to Jackson students:

  • 6th grade: nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices

  • 7th grade: risks associated with the underage consumption of alcohol and marijuana

  • 8th grade: risks associated with the abuse of prescription medication and consumption of heroin


For additional information about these presentations, please contact our PE/Health Department Leader, Ms. Vitale, at jvitale@d45.org.
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Messages from the Jackson PTA

Math Contest

Join us on Wednesday November 17 at 6:30 p.m. for our math contest. We will still be doing the test via Zoom for the near future. The zoom link for the contest is https://d45-org.zoom.us/j/89790747357?pwd=WnlJREF3b0NzNkVPbGhGNU56MG1rZz09. Please check out the Math Contest Google Classroom with the code ogqhwg7 on your Chromebook. Remember to have a pencil, calculator, and scrap paper handy. You don’t need to be great at math, just come to be challenged and have fun! Parent or older student volunteers would be appreciated for the breakout rooms. Please contact Lisa Kuban at lisakuban5@gmail.com, Julie Lafnitzegger at zeggerjulie@gmail.com or ask Mrs. Stuenkel for more information or with questions.


For PRACTICE TESTS:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19p6u0Tll38UyjqmPLD4Sutu29Z_8aPN6?usp=sharing


Treasurer Opening

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are looking for a new treasurer. Please feel free to reach out to Laurie LoCoco, at laurie4lou@yahoo.com, if you are interested.


Committee Opportunities

Any parent is encouraged to join one of our committees. Stop in for a few minutes during our next PTA Zoom meeting or contact the PTA with questions. The following committees are available for interested parents: Book Fair, Box Tops/Amazon Smile, Spirit Wear, Giving Garden, Yearbook, 8th Grade, Math Contest, Fundraising, and the Jackson/Jefferson Collaboration Committee.


2021-2022 Jackson Yearbook

Now is your chance to purchase your child a lasting memory of the 2021-2022 school year. There's nothing else like a school yearbook! Secure your child the limited edition collection of Jackson's stories from the year. Click here to order this year's school yearbook. Sales will be open until May 6.


Fundraiser

It's not too late to start supporting the Jackson PTA 2021-2022 fundraising program! The fundraising program works while you shop. Fundraising made easy for busy families! Information about this year's fundraiser can be accessed here (Spanish). Thank you for supporting the PTA and our Jackson students and staff.


PTA Membership

Click here to sign up and join the Jackson Middle School PTA. Stay involved and receive information about upcoming PTA events.


Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be held virtually on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Laurie LoCoco at laurie4lou@yahoo.com with any questions or ideas. A link for the meeting will be available in MemberHub.

8th Grade Friday Connect

On Friday, November 19, 8th grade students will learn about Willowbrook High School's Friday Connect Club. Friday Connect is a Willowbrook student-led club whose members meet throughout the year with 8th graders from the three feeder middle schools. The focus during these meetings is to build connections with Willowbrook student mentors and ease the transition to high school. Jackson students will learn about Friday Connect by watching a video during Advisory and hearing from the club members during homeroom/mask break on November 19. The monthly meetings are voluntary and sign-up forms will be available for students interested in this opportunity.

Helpful Reminders at Home

Second quarter is well underway which means we have fully transitioned into our daily routines and the colder weather months are quickly approaching. We are asking for your partnership at home in supporting and promoting some important school reminders in order for us to maintain the overall health and safety of all students. Please remind your child of the following:
  • Dress for the weather. Even when the weather is cold, we will continue to be outside for lunchtime mask breaks whenever possible. Please refer to this presentation, shared with students, that outlines our inclement weather plans. Expect that your child will be outside daily and encourage your child to dress accordingly.
  • In addition to dressing warmly, please remind your child that midriffs, hoods, and hats are not allowed during the school day. Dress code expectations are outlined in the student handbook, which is available on the Jackson website.
  • Headphones are only allowed in class under specific direction by the classroom teacher. Headphones in hallways, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom locations are not allowed at any time.
  • All electronic devices, including cell phones, are expected to be powered off and out-of-sight.
  • Check that your child has two masks before leaving for school each morning. An extra mask is helpful in case one breaks during the day or your child wants to change his/her mask for some reason. This is also a good time to remind your child that masks should be worn properly, which means fitting securely over your child's nose, mouth, and chin.


Thank you for supporting these important reminders for your child at home. When we partner together, our students know exactly what is expected of them and are more successful in meeting school expectations.

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Water Bottle Reminder

We want to remind families that students should bring a personal water bottle to school. Water bottles may be filled at water fill stations. Water fountains are not available. Other drinks and snacks are not allowed outside of lunch periods.

Jackson Daily Announcements

Wondering how students stay “in the know” with information and opportunities at Jackson? Check out the Daily Announcements link on the Jackson website homepage. This link takes you to the daily announcements shared with students at the start of each school day. Please use this link to stay up-to-date with activities and events available for your child.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

PowerSchool is a proactive communication tool parents/guardians can use to stay informed about their child’s academic and work habits progress in school. Please click on this PowerSchool Parent/Guardian Quick Guide link for more information about how to navigate the PowerSchool portal. There is a mobile app version of the PowerSchool Portal for families. The interface of the mobile app is slightly different from the web version. If you experience any difficulties accessing PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Aparicio, the Jackson secretary who oversees PowerSchool. Her email address is vaparicio@d45.org.

Attendance

A friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of a parent/guardian to contact Jackson in the event his/her child will be absent from school. Please plan to report your child’s absence, prior to 9:00 a.m., by calling our attendance line at 630-516-7368. Parents/guardians will leave a voicemail reporting their child’s absence. In the voicemail, please include the following information:

  • Child’s name and grade level

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence


Student absenteeism should be kept to the minimum; however, the School Board recognizes that some absences are unavoidable. The following are valid causes for a student's absence and will be considered “excused,” as specified in Section 26-2a of the Illinois School Code:

  • Illness

  • Observation of a religious holiday

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Family emergency

  • Other situations approved by the school principal