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Jefferson Family Newsletter~February 5, 2021
Michelle Guerino

Hello Jefferson Families!

It’s been another great week of learning here at Jefferson! I’ve seen a lot of students working on both reading and writing of informational texts. It has been fun seeing all of the different topics that the students have been exploring throughout the school. In addition to choice in topic, students are also demonstrating their knowledge in a variety of ways including creating websites, Google Slides, magazines, and essays.  

I want to encourage everyone in the Jefferson community to watch the board meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. More information regarding the shift to more students learning in person will be shared including logistics and safety protocols. Families have the option to switch from remote to in-person and vice versa until Wednesday, February 10th.  Jefferson families can do so by filling out this form. Please see below for more details regarding the board meeting.  

One Jefferson One Book

One Jefferson, One Book will be kicking off on Monday and continue through March 5th. There are many fun activities planned for families to do with their students as well as activities during the school day. To share pictures of your family participating please use this form. Please see below for more information about school-related activities.  

OJOB Student Council Spirit Days

February 9th - Country Fair Day-Dress like a farmer!

February 12th - Support Wilber Day - Put a stuffed animal pig or picture of a pig in your window

February 17th - Kindness Day (Be kind like Charlotte, random acts of kindness)

February 23rd - Favorite Character Day (Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton etc. 

March 5th - Friendship Day - Celebrate Wilbur and Charlotte’s friendship by dressing the same as your friends

OJOB Daily Trivia Question

Every morning Dr. Podraza will ask a book-related Trivia question. Answers will be collected via a Google form. Names will be randomly drawn from the correct trivia responses, and 5 students will win a small prize for that week. Answers to the trivia questions & weekly winners for the week will be announced during Friday’s morning announcements. Students that submitted the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing for bigger prizes at the end of the program. 

OJOB Teacher Reading Chapter Videos

Jefferson staff members have signed up to read chapters of Charlotte’s Web. They will be posted to the Jefferson YouTube Channel at the start of each day.

D205 Board of Education Meeting (Tuesday, February 9th, 7:00PM): Parents are encouraged to attend and listen to the board meeting on February 9th at 7:00PM. Details of the return to school plans will be communicated at this meeting. Be the first to know! If you are not able to listen in live, the recorded meeting will be posted on YouTube at it’s conclusion. Click here for the Board of Education Meeting calendar. 

PTA Meeting, Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 p.m. (Correction)

The 2nd Grade Team will be joining the PTA meeting on Wednesday to share about learning in second grade. This is a correction from previous communication which stated that 1st grade teachers would be attending the meeting. The first grade team will be joining in March.

Active Shooter Drill This Week

Students will be participating in a required Active Shooter Drill on Tuesday (A students) and Thursday (B students) of this week. They will not be actually moving to a protected space in the classroom because that would break our social distancing protocols for safety. Instead, their teacher will explain where students would move to if a real emergency happened. Teachers will explain to students that this is what we would do if there was a person of concern in the building. We will not be discussing any of the school shootings that have occurred in the United States.  Officer Jorgensen will be present to advise us.  

Quarantine Practice Update
Jen Conwell and the D205 nursing team have provided an update on our quarantine practice after close contact. Here is a link to the document.

Superintendent Search

Attached is a Zoom link for a Focus Group on Monday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. with our school's parents regarding the Superintendent search. The session will be facilitated by consultants from School Exec Connect, Dr. Linda Yonke and Dr. Tim Shimp. The consultants are seeking input for the creation of a New Superintendent Profile for the Board. This meeting is specifically for parents from our school and Bryan Middle School.  

The link takes you to a registration page for this Focus Group session; after filling out the short form you will be given a Zoom link to the meeting.  

The session will last approximately one hour, and will ask you to identify strengths and challenges facing the District, the priorities for the new Superintendent, and the specific qualities/traits/skills/experiences that the next Superintendent should possess. All of our school's parents are welcome to attend this session.  

Thanks for participating in this important opportunity to share your thoughts about the Superintendent search.  

Last Day of School

The last day of school is May 28th. If any Emergency Days have to be used between now and the end of the year, the date will be adjusted accordingly. D205 families will be notified if this were to occur.

Reminder to Self-Certify 

Please remember to self-certify your child by 8:00 a.m. each morning. Text YES to 67587 to receive a daily text message reminder to fill out the self-certification form. A daily email will also be sent to the parents/guardians of any students attending in person. 

2nd Grade MAP Testing Dates

Math Assessment:

Tuesday, February 9th - 8:45 a.m. (A students)

Wednesday, February 10th - 8:45 a.m. (Remote Students in MPR)

Thursday, February 11th - 8:45 a.m. (B students)

5th Grade COGAT Testing

Cogat Testing will happen Monday through Thursday of next week.  

Monday, February 8th - 9:10 a.m. (A students), 1:45 p.m. (Remote Students)

Tuesday, February 9th - 9:10 a.m. (A students)

Wednesday, February 10th - 9:10 a.m. (B students)

Thursday, February 11th - 9:10 a.m. (B students)

Makeup Tests will occur on February 12th and 16th.

D205 Meal Pickup Service

Due to an anticipated shift in winter temperatures, D205 Meal Pick-up will be earlier on Monday, February 8, 2021. Meal Pick-up will be from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. at York High School and Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg Middle Schools. The pick-up schedule will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. as usual at all locations for the remainder of the schedule.

Important Dates

  • February 1 - February 12 - 2nd Grade MAP Testing

  • February 8 - February 11 - 5th Grade Cogat Testing

  • February 5 - D205 Parent Engagement Series Family Game Night 6:30PM

  • February 6 - Foundation 205 Virtual Showcase, 7:00PM

  • February 8- March 5 - One Jefferson, One Book program

  • February 8 - Superintendent Search Focus Group - Bryan/Jefferson parents 7:00PM

  • February 10 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:30PM - 2nd Grade Team Presenting (Correction)

  • February 10 - Wednesday (B) Student Attendance Day

  • February 11 - Eat & Earn at Kilwins, 5:00PM-8:00PM

Future Dates

  • February 15 - President's Day - No School

  • February 16 - Family Math Night sign up deadline (Click here to RSVP)

  • February 17 - Wednesday (A) Student Attendance Day

  • February 18 - Family Math Night, 6:15PM-7:30PM

  • February 24 - Wednesday (B) Student Attendance Day

  • March 1 - March 12 - 2nd Grade Cogat Testing

Have a great weekend!


Dr. Christina Podraza
Jefferson School

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