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Jefferson Family Newsletter~October 15, 2021
Michelle Guerino

Dear Jefferson Families,

Fall weather is finally in the air!  I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to pull out my cozy sweaters and comfort food recipes!  The weather can be a little bit unpredictable this time of year so dressing your child in layers is a good idea.  On inclement weather days, please remember that you can drop off or pick up your child off in front of the school.  We ask that you do not get out of your car and keep the car line moving to avoid a traffic back up.  Parking is still not allowed on Crescent on these days.  Click here for more details of the inclement weather plan. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the PTA meeting on Tuesday night.  We learned some new tools to put in our parenting toolbox on Positive Reinforcement Strategies from our super knowledgeable social worker, Ms. Cusack. The 5th grade team also did a great job of presenting about fifth grade expectations and how they build leadership and independence in our students.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Christina Podraza

Principal

Jefferson School  

cpodraza@elmhurst205.org

@jeffersond205 #jefferson205

Upcoming Dates

  • October 18-22 - Bully Prevention Week 

  • October 18 - Students meet in Tiger Buddies

  • October 19 - Lockdown Drill

  • October 20 - Late Arrival Late Arrival - School starts at 9:45 a.m.

  • October 20 - Unity Day (Part of Bully Prevention Week) - Wear Orange

  • October 21 - Coffee with Dr. Podraza at 8:20 a.m. in the MPR

  • October 22 - 19-20 5th Grade Student Hand Prints in MPR 9:30-10:55

  • October 25-29 - Red Ribbon Week

  • October 25th:  Wear red to show you support Red Ribbon Week.

  • Tuesday, October 26th: Crazy Hair Day

  • Wednesday, October 27th: Wear a lei or Hawaiian clothes.

  • Thursday, October 28th: Wear bright clothing.

  • Friday, October 29th: Wear black and orange

  • October 29 - Halloween Parade 8:40-9:00 a.m. 

 

Lunch Menu for the week of 10/18

Lunch is free for all families this year!  Click here for this week’s Menu.

Lunch Update & Volunteer Opportunities

Starting 11/1 we will have a new lunch/recess schedule.  This new schedule will help us to space students out to six feet apart in the lunchroom resulting in less students being quarantined.  Each grade level will have their own lunch hour like last year.  

1st Grade - 10:35 a.m.           (10:35-11:35) 

Kindergarten - 11:05 a.m.       (11:05-12:05)

2nd Grade - 11:35 a.m.           (11:35-12:35)

4th Grade  - 12:05 p.m.           (12:05-1:05)

3rd Grade - 12:35 p.m.            (12:35-1:35)

5th Grade - 1:05 p.m.              (12:35-1:35)

Please welcome Karina Deblas to our lunchroom staff! She is also a Field parent and will be at Jefferson M/T/Th/F.

Click here to volunteer for the lunchroom.  Thank you for your help! (link has been corrected)

Coffee with Dr. Podraza (10/21 8:20 a.m. in the MPR)

Dr. Podraza will be presenting the 21-22 Jefferson School Improvement plan.  There will also be opportunities to ask questions and give feedback.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Bully Prevention Week (10/18-10/22)

Students will be participating in a variety of activities next week to bring awareness to and give students strategies for combating bullying.  It’s a meaningful week that is kicked off by grade level assemblies on Monday.  On Wednesday students should wear orange for Unity Day.

Red Ribbon Week (10/25-10/29)

Red Ribbon Week is designed to be an awareness campaign that gets information to the general public about the dangers of drug use. Red Ribbon Week is designed to get people talking to other people and working on activities that will help rebuild a sense of community and common purpose.  

Monday, October 25th:  Red Ribbon Kickoff. . . The children will receive a pencil, a bookmark, and a ribbon. Wear red to show you support Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday, October 26th: Wild About Being Drug Free . . . . Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, October 27th: Lei Off Drugs . . . . Wear a lei or Hawaiian clothes.

Thursday, October 28th: Looking Towards a Bright Future . . . . Wear bright clothing.

Friday, October 29th: Halloween celebration . . . . Wear black and orange

Chain of Command

A D205 Chain of Command protocol has been developed to better meet the needs of families wanting to ask questions or give feedback.  To access this information, click here and scroll down to the document.

Halloween Parade (October 29th, 8:40-9:00)

Weather permitting, Jefferson students will once again participate in a schoolwide Halloween parade.  The students will exit out the kindergarten door at 8:40 and proceed to the route which goes down Poplar, across Niagara, and back down Linden to Jefferson school.  Families may begin lining up for their spot on school property after the bell rings in the morning.  If you are lining up on the side streets, please be respectful to pedestrians and home owners.  We are looking forward to continuing this tradition once again this year!  There will not be a whole school assembly afterwards due to COVID safety precautions.  Students will be changing out of their costumes following the parade.

Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 school year opened on October 11, 2021 and will tentatively end on October 22, 2021. District 205 offers three options for Kindergarten: Half-Day, All-Day and Dual Language. Due to limited space, a lottery will be held for All-Day Kindergarten (ADK) and Dual Language programs.

Children who will be 5 on or before September 1, 2022 are eligible to register for Kindergarten in Elmhurst District 205! Kindergarten Registration for Half-Day, All-Day and Dual Language will take place online from October 11, 2021 to October 22, 2021. 

To learn more about the Kindergarten programs offered in Elmhurst, please review a recording of our Parent Information Session. More information about our kindergarten programs and the registration process can be found online.

COVID Vaccine Webinar

We are excited to host a webinar for parents and families interested in learning more about the COVID Vaccine for school aged children.  Please join infectious disease doctors from the area on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom to learn more and get your questions answered.  Advanced registration is required.  Registration can be made here. The webinar will be recorded and posted the following day on our YouTube channel.

Jefferson School Daily Schedule

  • 8:05am- Student arrival begins (see procedures below)

  • 8:15am- Tardy Bell

  • 11:05am - ½ Day Kindergarten Dismissal

  • Lunch/Recess times

  • K and 1st Grade       11:05-12:05

  • 2nd Grade               11:35-12:35

  • 4th Grade                12:05-1:05     

  • 3rd and 5th grades   12:35-1:35

  • 3:00 - Dismissal

Attendance Line: 630-617-8331

If you have any questions, you can reach the Jefferson Office at 630-834-6261 between 7:30 am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

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