THE JACKSON JOTTER
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Jackson,
We have started out the school year with many fun and exciting changes! I am delighted to share our new staff members with all of you in this newsletter. We have some wonderful new people that have joined our Jackson family and they are Brandi Hawley - Music Teacher, Taylor Bluemel – 1st grade Teacher, Chelsea Grabow – 1st grade teacher, Jane Bodeau – 2nd grade teacher, and Valerie Johnson – Innovation Specialist. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the new staff members during our Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd.
Parent Teacher Conferences are going to be similar this year to our Welcome Back Conferences that we held before school started. We will be offering you an opportunity to attend your child’s conference in person, virtually on Zoom or Google Meet, and/or through a phone conference. We are wanting to make sure that we are keeping everyone safe and are following Covid-19 restrictions. We will be sending home a note with your child for you to select your conference preference style and the opportunity to pick a preferred date and time window. We are limiting conferences to immediate family members to limit the amount of visitors coming into the building. We are keeping social distancing of 6 ft. between staff and family members. We are asking all individuals over 5 years of age to wear a face mask following Governor Evers orders. If you have a large group or a separate family, please indicate that you prefer two conferences to meet the two different family’s needs or select a virtual option. We believe that Parent Teacher Conferences are such an important opportunity for you to ask us questions and share important information about your child. We can learn from you! Thank you for helping us during this unusual Covid-19 time.
Thank you all for participating so willingly in our drop off and pick up routine at Jackson! We are striving for student safety in all decisions that we make. All drop off and pick up of Jackson students can be completed on Jackson Street. Drivers can drive south on Jackson Street and circle around in the loop at the end of the street. Children then can be dropped off on Jackson Street in the indented curb area next to Door 6. If your child is dropped off and must cross Jackson Street, please make sure that they are crossing the street at the corner of Jackson and Burbank. I truly appreciate your help with this important safety routine. All bus traffic will be on Burbank Avenue in front of Jackson Elementary. We are asking families to not stop on Burbank Avenue for waiting, dropping off or picking up children. Thank you! For quick reference: Burbank Avenue=Bus Transportation, Jackson Street=Jackson student drop off and pick up. We appreciate your patience and kindness as we have transitioned to our new routine in the morning and afternoon for drop off and pick up. I thank you for helping follow our Covid-19 safety routine.
As the weather gets cooler, please make sure that your child wears warm clothing to school. Children will be going outdoors before school, at lunch and at recess time. Please write your child’s name on all clothing, hats and mittens. We will have a lost and found table at our Parent Teacher conferences for families to reunite with their missing and lost clothing.
Some upcoming dates that you might want to reserve on your October & November Calendar:
Thursday and Friday, October 22nd – 23rd No School for Students (Parent Teacher Conferences)
Wednesday, October 21st – Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm – 7pm
Thursday, October 22nd – Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 7pm
Wednesday, November 25th – Friday, November 27th No School for students Thanksgiving Break
Have a wonderful October and November! Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with all of us at Jackson!
Mrs. Kristen Moisson, Principal
Academic Learning Coach Corner
Jackson School is an amazing place for learning in the School District of Janesville! Our primary goal for children at Jackson is to love learning in a happy, encouraging, and safe environment. At Jackson School, we are committed to getting our students ready for college and careers. One of the ways we measure that learning is with the STAR assessments. Your child took these assessments in September in the areas of Early Literacy/Reading and Math. The results will be shared with you at conferences. These results provide teachers with excellent information about your child’s growth as well as how we will meet their needs the remainder of this school year. Your child’s teacher and I are happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s results. We are so happy that your children attend Jackson!
Academic Learning Coach
The Early Childhood class is having a great start to the school year! We are busy learning how to follow new classroom routines, take turns and share with friends. Don’t forget to send a change of clothes to keep at school because sometimes learning to do things independently can be messy! Remember to send a jacket or sweatshirt as the weather gets cooler because we try to play outside each day.
Mrs. Julie Lampher
P4J is off to a great start! We are learning school routines and setting expectations in our classroom. We are beginning to learn to share with others and wait quietly for our turn. In September we had fun learning about bears, colors, and apples. The next few months we will be learning about community helpers, fire safety, autumn, and turkeys. We are looking forward to seeing families again at parent/teacher conferences at the end of October. We are excited to tell you about all the fun things your child is learning in P4J. Bring your questions and concerns. Remember there is no P4J on October 16th and November 6th. Have a great fall season!
Mrs. Koplin, Mrs Fuller and Ms. J
Dear Kindergarten Families,
We have had a wonderful time getting to know your children. The children have been busy learning about our Jackson School Tiger Truths of respect, responsibility, and safety; as well as our classroom rules and routines. We also have been having a fun time meeting new friends. Our color days were very exciting. We have been doing lots of activities and learning about school, ourselves, alphabet, and pumpkins. Please read 20 minutes with your child every day. If you haven’t already done so please send in a spare change of clothes for your child and gym shoes. If you have any questions please call or email us anytime. Thanks for all your support!
Mrs. Ransom, 608-743-6586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Dravus, 608-743-6587 or email@example.com
Mrs. Rosburg, 608-743-6587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are off and running in first grade. We are quickly reviewing our sight words and new reading strategies. We hope you are checking your child’s Tiger Folder for notes or skills we are working on. The first month of school we have been working on our classroom routines and the Jackson Tiger Truths. Our Tiger Truths include being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe in all areas of school. A responsible first grader brings home their Tiger Folder each night, reviews their sight words and reads at home for 10-15 minutes. They also might work on spelling or handwriting. Another sign of responsibility might be writing their numbers, counting by 1’s, 5’s or 10’s. Ask if your child can share something they might have done at school and have them show you. All first graders have completed the STAR testing in September. We will share all your students’ growth and strengths in October at conferences. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Thank you for working with your child on these skills. Together we will create strong readers, writers and awesome math scholars.
Mrs. Bluemel, Mrs. Grabow and Mrs. Masterson
We are enjoying getting to know your students in 2nd Grade and settling into our daily routines. We are also working very hard on learning our Tiger Truths of being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe! By the end of September, we will have completed the first round of STAR testing in the areas of Early Literacy, Math, and Reading. We look forward to sharing the results with you at conferences in October. With reading and math being our core areas, we encourage you to read with your student every day and work on basic math facts. Please ask your child about the stories we have been reading in class and about other things they are learning. We are busy learning the new math curriculum and many new strategies for working with numbers. In science, we will be studying the Earth’s surfaces. In social studies, we are learning about communities and about the differences between rules and laws and their consequences. We are looking forward to working with you and your student this year and to a productive year full of learning!
Mrs. Bodeau, Mrs. Moyle and Mrs. Sweeney
Jackson 3rd graders are settling nicely into the routine. For reading and language and spelling we are following the Journeys Literacy program. During the first few months of school, students will be working on story structure (characters, setting, etc.), compare and contrast, and summarizing both fiction and non-fiction passages. You can help by helping your child by establishing a nightly reading routine, filling in reading logs and asking about what your child has read. If you would like a sample list of questions, please contact your child's teacher. In math we are following the newly implemented Bridges program. We are reviewing place value and efficient addition and subtraction strategies. We'll also be reviewing addition and subtraction basic facts and introducing basic multiplication facts. Please have your child practice addition and subtraction facts at home. In social studies, we are studying the three branches of American Government and science is devoted to the study of life cycles. We've really hit the ground running. If your child seems exhausted, it's because he or she has worked really hard in school. Thank you for all you do to support your child's learning journey.
Miss Peterson and Miss Riesterer
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! We are very excited to be working with your children in fourth grade this year. We have had a great start to the school year with getting to know your child. We began the school year with reviewing PBIS expectations and classroom rules. We started working on our 4th grade curriculum right away the first week and had STAR testing the week of September 14th. Students are doing well with activities in class and on Seesaw with their iPads. We are so proud of all of the work they have been doing. All of the students have been doing well with social distancing, wearing their masks, and keeping all areas clean. Although we know that this is a different start to the year, we are doing our very best to be consistent and follow our daily schedules. In the upcoming months, we will be working on multiplication strategies in math, energy in science, government and politics in social studies, and multiple literacy strategies in reading and writing. Thank you for all the support you have given at the beginning of the school year. Please continue to encourage your child to read for 20 minutes every night.
Ms. Garner and Mrs. Anderson
Another year is well underway and the students in fifth grade have become accustomed to their new routines and the changes that have occurred because of Covid 19. Improving techniques in writing, new reading strategies and all sorts of different math ideas with our new “Bridges Math” materials, are just a few of the activities that are going on in our classrooms. We encourage students to work on their multiplication facts at home to improve accuracy. In science, the students are learning about how to become scientists and inventors. In reading we are working on new vocabulary and understanding the main idea by using context clues. Reading at home is always a good thing!!
We are also developing the understanding that fifth graders at Jackson are expected to be the leaders for the entire school. From behavior in the hallway, to sportsmanship at recess, they are to lead by example for the students in the younger grades.
Finally, the fifth grade staff is looking forward to an excellent year. Things are different this year because of the changes around us, but the students are adapting very well. With continued support from the parents and a maximum effort from the students, we expect wonderful learning to take place. Keep checking those assignment notebooks and remain an active participant in your child’s learning. If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to call.
Mr. Ries, 608-743-6551 and Mrs. Vazquez, 608-743-6552
As Title 1 teachers, we are excited to begin another school year. Both of us co-teach during reading in the classrooms, and work with small groups in reading or math. We have assisted in initial assessments to plan instruction and are excited to start working with all of our groups. It is great to see all of the returning students and new students. The new year is off to a great start!
Mrs. Bynum and Ms. Swanson
English as a Second Language (EL) Department News
We welcome you to the Jackson School family! We are so excited to be back at school working with your children! Everyone is doing a phenomenal job following the rules to stay safe at school! This year we have three English as a Second Language (EL) teachers working with our bilingual/bicultural students. Jackson’s EL team includes three full-time teachers - Ms. Dries, Mrs. Combs-Dement, and Mrs. Hanna, and our paraprofessional, Mr. Tom Smith. Here at Jackson, we embrace and celebrate the rich array of culture and languages that we are fortunate to have represented. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the school year. If you prefer Spanish, please call the bilingual line at 743-6519 to report absences, appointments, or student illness. During this pandemic, if your child is home sick, please provide the symptoms your child is experiencing. We look forward to a safe, healthy, and productive school year with your child and thank you for your support!
EL Tip of the Month: Encourage your children to speak in their native language at home; knowing their first language gives them the foundation needed to learn English!
Mrs. Combs-Dement, Mrs. Hanna, Ms. Dries, & Mr. Smith
Welcome back to school, Jackson families! While many new things are happening this year at school, here are some important things I want you to know about art class for this school year.
The first change is that I am teaching ALL students K-5 at Jackson this year. This is the first time that has happened in 8 years. I am very excited that I get to work with all of the students this year!
One major change is how art class is run. This year I will be teaching art to your students in their regular classrooms. I have a beautiful, new, orange, art cart that travels with me to all of the classrooms. The students will be helping me name our new art cart before the end of the month. I will share pictures and the art cart’s name soon! (Watch for it on your Seesaw family connection.)
Whenever possible we will be artists outside! We have yoga mats to take outside and use as our own, personal workspace for making art. I have already taken a few classes outside and it has been very fun! The wind is a little bit of a challenge at times, but the kids are amazing problem solvers and we are learning together how to be artists outside! I also want to share that I am a bit of a yoga fan so I will be teaching a little yoga to your students from time to time. Yoga is such great exercise and a positive way to manage stress! Don’t be surprised if your students come home and want to teach you a balance pose or two!
This year I have my own Seesaw classroom for each homeroom! I have been teaching your students how to get into my art classroom through Seesaw. I will be sending messages home to all families through Seesaw and this is the primary way for you to contact me this year about anything happening in the art room. Watch for messages from me later this month. You can also reach me through email email@example.com and call my classroom number (608)743-6520. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time and I will be happy to talk with you or return a message within 24 hours whenever possible.
I look forward to an awesome year with your students at Jackson!
Mrs. Cindy Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608)743-6520
Talented and Gifted
The Talented and Gifted Advocates for Jackson School welcome you back to another great year! Mrs. Feeney will be the advocate for students in grades K-2. Mrs. Dement will be the advocate for students in grades 3-5. We look forward to providing your students with enrichment opportunities to enhance their learning. Please remember that all enrichment opportunities are presented to students as optional, not required. It is always your student’s responsibility to make the decision to try the extra work. We will use the scores from the STAR testing that students in K-5 are currently taking to identify potential new students. We look forward to a great year with your students!
Mrs. Dement & Mrs. Feeney
Jackson Elementary School’s PBIS Plan
The purpose for Positive Behavioral Instructional Supports (PBIS) is to create a learning environment that focuses not only on academic achievement but also fosters social and emotional growth. We feel that social emotional learning is equally as important as academic learning. We believe that relationships among students, staff and the community are essential to the learning process. Our ultimate goal is to meet the needs of ALL students and provide the most enriching, positive educational experience possible. The school-wide approach to behavior management outlined below focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn.
The foundation of PBIS at Jackson is the three building-wide expectations which are called our Tiger Truths: -Be Respectful, -Be Responsible, -Be Safe. We will be having monthly assemblies to teach and reinforce these building wide expectations along with developing the individual core values/character traits of Cooperation, Self-Control, Caring, Perseverance, Honesty, Appreciation and Friendship. This will be accomplished through the behavior management system outlined below. Emphasizing a monthly core value/character trait school wide is a highly successful way for each student to acquire and develop skills that will be used throughout their lives. When everyone at school is consistently reinforcing and modeling the same behavior, students are much more likely to remember and demonstrate the skill on a daily basis.
All classrooms at Jackson will use a 4-tier ladder system for behavior management. Children move up a level at a time for making good choices and down the chart when making negative choices. This helps the children realize that they do have self-control and are responsible for their actions and behaviors. It is in their control whether they are recognized for making good choices. The ladder moves to all of the special area classes when they go so they have opportunities all over the school to make great choices.
Making it to the top of the chart is not easy, but it is definitely attainable. The children will start each day on green. Green is great. It means that your child is behaving as expected. Sometimes your child demonstrates exceptional behaviors and goes above and beyond what is expected and may end their day on blue. Moving to yellow means that the child may have broken a classroom rule and it is kind of like a warning for them to turn their behavior around. The Red level is if a student continues to break the classroom rules OR has demonstrated a major safety concern. The following are the colors and what they represent:
Blue – Going Above and Beyond what is expected
Green - Doing what is expected
Yellow – Warning/time to make a change
Red – Continues to break rule or unsafe behavior
At Jackson, we also reward those children who are doing a great job at following the Tiger Truths by rewarding them with yellow Tiger Ticket. The children then put their names on the ticket and the ticket goes in the classroom bucket. At the beginning of every week, the PBIS team picks a ticket each week from each classroom for a special prize. Each class also has a chance to earn a Purple Tiger Ticket. For example, if another teacher sees a class walking very quietly down the hall, they can give that class a purple ticket or if they are really good at lining up at recess. After a certain amount, the class as a whole will earn a reward. Each classroom is different with the amount of purple Tiger Tickets that are required, but some of the rewards are Pajama Day, Extra Recess, extra IPad time, etc.
At home, you can foster these positive behaviors that are expected at school by talking about the positive things that happened at school and ask about how they use their Tiger Truths. We are lucky here at Jackson that all of the students use their Tiger Truths on a daily basis and are great role models for each other. So, thank you to you, parents, for sharing your amazing children with us. We really are the lucky ones!
Mrs. Everhart and Mrs. Martin
I am pleased to say I am the new Music Teacher at Jackson Elementary since Mrs. Riley retired. I come with many years of music education experience and am so happy to be sharing that knowledge with the students here!
They are excited to see the music cart come rolling into their room for class with me. It has been very enjoyable getting to know the students better and watching them grow musically. Thank you for sending such eager learners!
Families are able to see music class with me as a separate tab on Seesaw and students are also all connected in quavermusic.com to see lessons in class or at home. We have been working on rhythm and notation to begin with, but the first assignment in Seesaw is simply saying “hi” and/or sending a picture of themselves smiling :)
Ask your child what their favorite song or book is so far this year from music class.
The start to this school year has looked a little different, however, Jackson students have done an awesome job at focusing on learning. At this time, we do not have use of the gym, all classes will be held outside with the exception of raining days. We have practiced our soccer skills and will begin to play higher level games including 4 on 4 soccer games. When soccer is finished, classes will be using frisbees for some fun games and some rounds of frisbee golf. Please help your students prepare for the changing weather. Students will find it helpful to have gym shoes to change into, because the morning grass can be wet. Welcome back to all and keep on moving.
Community Resources for the Holidays
ECHO, 65 S. High Street, Janesville, WI 53545; 608-754-5333
Sign up is October 5 to November 16, 2020
Bring the following items: Photo ID, Current utility bill with Janesville address (Alliant, water, cable, landline) and Proof of all household income. If no income, bring in Food Stamp Benefit form showing no income.
Christmas Toy Distribution
Bring the following items: Photo ID, Current utility bill with Janesville address (Alliant, water, cable, landline) and Proof of all household income. If no income, bring in Food Stamp Benefit form showing no income.
Christmas Dinner will be held on December 25, 2020. Carryout or Delivery Only.
Call 608-754-5333 to reserve a delivery or carryout starting November 2, 2020.