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Regular School Hours:

1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch Period 1 - 
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Lunch Period 2 - 
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Lunch Period 3 - 
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM


Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule


AM Kindergarten 
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Kindergarten
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM

Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

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Office Contacts

Weber, Leslie
Guerino, Michelle
Lead Secretary
Kirchhoff, Leslie
Assistant Secretary
Gasso, Mariah


Jefferson "Tiger News"


Parents or guardians are expected to schedule vacations during the summer or on school holidays.  If this is not possible parents / guardians must submit a written request to the principal two weeks in advance to request an excused absence.  The absence will be considered unexcused if this procedure is not followed.  Students approved for a vacation will be expected to complete class work after returning.  Students will be given one day for each day missed to make up work.  The school will not provide class work or assignments in advance.

Vacation Letter


Welcome back! I hope everyone had an amazing summer; it has gone by very fast. I was able to spend some time with my family and travel. I am looking forward to another fabulous year at Jefferson. It is so hard to believe that this is the beginning of my fourth year at Jefferson. I am so lucky to be a part of this learning community. Each year we continue to make amazing gains, become a stronger community and learn new and exciting things.

I would like to first thank the PTA and all of the amazing volunteers that helped with the installation of the playground. It looks fantastic! I am still in awe at how quickly all of the pieces fell into place from the Orange Ruler Fundraiser in the spring to the installation during the summer. There are still some pieces that need to be completed and this may not happen before the beginning of the school year. Please know that until the orange fence comes down, the playground will be off limits to ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you again to all that made this project possible, it is just another example of what a supportive school community we are.

Welcome to all of our incoming Kindergarten students as well as all of our new families! We are excited that you will be a part of our wonderful learning community and hope that you will become involved in many of the amazing opportunities at Jefferson. There will be a New Family Welcome Night on August 17th from 6:30-7:30pm. At this time, you will be able to take a tour of the school and learn about the many wonderful aspects of Jefferson.

We also have many new additions to our staff this year and some movement of teachers to different grade levels.  This is an exciting time for us as it helps us to continue to grow as teachers and learn and collaborate with different people. 

  • Susan Grote is a wonderful addition to our third grade team. Susan has worked in the district for many years and comes to us from Lincoln.
  • Kelsey Muller will be our new first grade teacher. Kelsey is excited to start at Jefferson and I know she will be an amazing asset to the first grade team.
  • Welcome to Colleen Gjataj! Colleen is our new reading specialist.
  • Working with Colleen, will be our new reading assistant Sharon Gecsey. Sharon will be part time at Jefferson as well as Edison.
  • Kasey Molidor is our new part-time special education resource teacher.
  • Bridget McDonald is our Special Education Instructional Coach. Bridget will be working with teachers and students from Jefferson as well as Fischer, Hawthorne and Lincoln.
  • Welcome to Amanda Spinelle! Amanda will be our one and only PE teacher this year.
  • I am happy to share that TJ Mitchell is returning to Jefferson as one of our music teachers. Welcome back TJ! He will also be teaching band to our students.
  • Tracey Lukritz will also be teaching music this year. She is from Field elementary and will be spending some of her time between the two schools this year. Welcome Tracey!
  • Our art teacher this year will be Elizabeth Serrata. Welcome to Liz! We are excited for her to share her creativeness and talent with our students!

There has also been some movement of current teachers to different teams for the upcoming school year. Mrs. Fullerton will be teaching kindergarten, Mrs. Lindsay has moved to second grade, Mrs. Georgalas will be in fourth grade this year, Mrs. Klink will be in first grade, Mr. Grosso has moved to fifth grade and Mr. Gackowski will be joining our third grade team. We are excited for these changes as they will be a great way for our staff to continue to grow and collaborate!

Teacher assignments for the upcoming school year for grades 1-5 will be emailed on Friday, August 11th at around 3:00pm. The kindergarten assignments will be emailed on August 9th due to kindergarten orientation on August 11th.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Kindergarten Play Dates 

Wednesday, August 9th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. @ Smalley Park 
Thursday, August 10th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. @ Smalley Park

School Supply pick up: 
Wednesday, August 9th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 10th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Welcome
Friday, August 11th 1:00-2:30pm

Meet the Teacher/Ice Cream Social
On Tuesday, August 15th, students in grades 1-5 will come to meet their teachers and drop off their supplies from 3:30-4:00pm. There will be an Ice Cream Social until 4:30 pm sponsored by the PTA.

New Family Welcome Night
Please come and take a tour of Jefferson and learn important information about our wonderful school. Our New Family Night will be August 17th from 6:30-7:30pm.

Curriculum Night
Curriculum Night will be August 29th for the elementary buildings. Further information in 
regards to format and times will be sent out the first week of school.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Leslie Weber


This year, our school will be continuing in the Box Tops for Education program.  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our schools buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10 cents and they quickly add up to real cash for our school.  This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1000.

To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school on the Box Top form sheet. For more information on Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit  Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn.  Thanks for your help!    ***Please note:  It would be very helpful if you could check to make sure that the coupons are not expired.  Please do not send them if they are no longer valid.  Please cut the coupons out and affix to the designated area.  Large & bonus coupons should be sent separately.  Thank you!

Box Top For Education Sheet


The Elmhurst Commission on Youth, along with Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, part of Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, will sponsor a presentation outlining when student anxiety becomes a problem. Hear about the effects of anxiety on learning, sources of anxiety in schools, and school refusal. Treatment requires a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents and mental health professionals. Dr. Laura Koehler, PsyD. Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Linden Oaks, leads the discussion on August 29, beginning at 7:30 PM (note change of time) at Bryan Middle School.



Safety in our Schools

Student Emergency Procedures

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Events Calendar

District 205 News


Board Meeting Dates

Student Council Food Drive

Student Council Food Drive

Birthday Book News

Because we no longer have birthday treats in the classrooms (too many allergies!), a good alternative is donating a birthday book to our school library. For all of the details, go to the "Birthday ...more

Parents' Response to Intervention (RtI)


Please click on the above link to view Parents' frequently asked questions on the response to Intervention (RtI)


At Jefferson School our mission is to create a learning environment where students, parents and staff work together to achieve educational excellence.