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Last update: 11/19/2018

Jefferson PTA Home

This is your Jefferson PTA!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year at Jefferson!

The Jefferson Elementary PTA provides several programs to all students, including the Thanksgiving Feast, Science Olympiad, and Author Visits at no cost to the students or teachers. Check out a list of all the great things your PTA offers!


Letter from the 2018-19 Jefferson PTA President


The PTA needs you!  Membership allows you to participate as a voting member in an organization that not only benefits your child, but all children at Jefferson.

  • PTA Membership form
  • Join the PTA and you also receive access to MySchoolAnywhere, the Jefferson online directory and app.
    • If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events the PTA has to offer, you can sign up at the PTA Ice Cream Social or complete the Volunteer Sign-up form and mail to:  Jefferson PTA, 360 E. Crescent Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

We can’t wait for you to join and get involved!

Jefferson PTA Newsletter

Jefferson Elementary School Home


November 19, 2018

PTA Chairperson Needed - Are you looking for a low-commitment way to get more involved with the PTA? Consider becoming the Jefferson PTA Summer Rec Open House chairperson! The Summer Rec Open House is a free event sponsored by the D205 PTA Council where parents can browse the tables of various organizations offering summer activities and camps for all ages and abilities. This person will attend two one-hour meetings (evening of December 4th and January 8th) and work at the Summer Rec Open House on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at York High School. Chair must be a member of the Jefferson PTA. Please contact Kerri Timmerwilke ( if you are interested or have any questions about the position.


Square1Art Fundraiser - Jefferson’s 4th annual Square1Art fundraiser is just around the corner! Turn your child’s artwork into great keepsakes and help raise money for our school. Please look for the order form in your child’s backpack. 

There are three easy ways to order:

Deadline for paper orders is November 19th.


Accessing Your Child’s Standards Based Report (SBR) Card for Trimester 1 - As you know Elmhurst Elementary School District 205 has made changes to the way we teach and report student progress. By now we should all be aware that we are using Standards Based Reporting meaning that we are teaching Illinois State Standards and measuring student progress on those standards with four categories;
4 – Exceeds the Standard
3 – Proficient with the Standard
2 – Approaching the Standard
1 – Beginning the Standard
Also new this year is the way parents can access their child’s SBR for the first trimester. Your child’s report card will be available for viewing after 3:00 PM on Friday, November 16. You will be able to print your child’s report card if you choose. Additionally, your child’s teacher will have a printed copy available during conferences. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to print a copy for you.
Below you will find the instructions to retrieve your student(s) report cards:

  1. Sign in to PowerSchool
  2. Under the Navigation pane select Report Cards
  3. After you select Report Cards, a list of available report cards will appear

Incoming 6th Grade Meetings - In planning for next year, there will be a parent meeting for current 5th, 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, November 27th at both Bryan Middle School and Sandburg Middle School .The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarity on courses offered at the middle school level next year and to explain the course selection process and timeline. Please attend the meeting at the middle school your child will be attending next year. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be available on our website.
5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders


Jefferson Giving Tree - Our Giving Tree this year will be Tuesday, December 11th. The kindergarten, first and second grade assembly will be from 8:45-9:30am. The third, fourth and fifth grade assembly will be 9:45-10:30am. There will be more details in regards to the assembly in upcoming newsletters.


Lunch Room/Playground Volunteers - Calling all volunteers! Jefferson is in need of Lunch Room/Playground Volunteers for December. Lunch room & playground volunteers assist the lunch room and playground attendants in supporting the needs of all Jefferson students during lunch/recess time. Volunteers work the entire lunch shift, from 11am - 12:30pm. Parents may volunteer for one time or many! It's a great way to see your child(ren) in action at school! Sign up via Sign-up Genius for December at:

For more information on being a lunch room/playground volunteer, visit the PTA website at and click on "more information" or contact Becca Harpster.


Thank you Jefferson Parents ROCK!

Thank you to Jennifer Bjorlin and Aleka Mandelaris for helping to make the Thanksgiving Feast such a success!

Thank you to all of the parents for volunteering for one of Jefferson's most cherished traditions, the Thanksgiving Feast. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated, energetic parents work this big event! It takes so many volunteers to make it happen, and we are very grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for lending your time to feed our Jefferson family. We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thanks to Becca Harpster, Michele Koering, Gina Padgett, Jackie Tamer and Deepa Thakar for volunteering to lead the 4th Grade session of Junior Great Books.  The kids had a blast reading and talking about the themes of trust, resourcefulness and communication.

Thanks to the PTA Social Committee, Kathy Fromm, Jennifer Hall, and Aleka Mandelaris, for organizing three fun Mom’s Nights Out.  It was great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones!

Special thanks to all the moms who came out during Jefferson Social’s Moms Night Out events!  We had a great time meeting and reconnecting with you all.  Be on the look for more fun, festive, social events to come!

District 205 News 


SERG - Parent Input Needed. If you have a student receiving special education services, you received an email from the District encouraging you to participate in an online focus group. The District administration and Board of Education have approved a review of the Special Education program - the first ever!

The survey asks for your anonymous opinion on what is going well and what needs improvement in the district’s work. You will have the opportunity to see what other participants have written and rank them. 

This is a key opportunity to provide both broad and specific feedback on the educational experience for your student. Please participate by going to this link.


Mark Your Calendars! Student Late Arrival days for elementary students are: November 28; December 12; January 16; February 6 & 20; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 24; and May 8.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events 

  • November 19th - Square1Art Deadline
  • November 19th/20th - Elementary School Conferences 
  • November 20th-23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
  • November 27th - Incoming 6th Grade Meetings
    • ​​​​​​​5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
    • 7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders
  • November 27th - Jefferson Bunco
  • November 28th - Student Late Arrival
  • December 4th - Coffee with Mrs. Weber, 8:30am
  • December 11th - Jefferson Giving Tree



January 15, 7:00 PM


Location: Jefferson Elementary School Multi-purpose Room


All are welcome.

Please join us!


Be a part! Join the PTA!

It's never too late!

Sign up here.

All PTA Members receive access to the MySchoolAnywhere directory, which includes contact information for all students.

Questions about membership? Contact Becca Harpster.