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Jefferson Family Newsletter~October 22, 2021
Michelle Guerino

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Coffee With Dr. Podraza on Thursday!  At the meeting I shared the Jefferson School Improvement Plan for this school year.  For those of you who were unable to attend, our greatest focus is helping students to grow in the areas of Self-Awareness and Self-Management which are two of the CASEL competencies.  We also discussed our literacy and math goals for the year and feedback on the plan was collected.  We will be hosting some mini-workshops for parents this year related to our SEL goal.  I will also be linking strategies that our families can use at home in my monthly newsletter.  At the end of each trimester, we will be surveying families as well regarding progress on our SEL goal.  We look forward to partnering with you towards student success!

This week’s Late Arrival focused on our SEL goal.  Our staff took a deeper dive into self-awareness and self-management and we set priorities and questions that we would like to explore further as a staff.  On Monday, our students met in Tiger Buddies where they listened to the story The Invisible Boy and discussed how acts of kindness can help to make others feel included.  This week was also Bully Prevention Week.  The students participated in a variety of activities including an assembly on Monday where they learned about bullying and what they can do if they or someone they know is being bullied.  It was a wonderful week of learning and growing at Jefferson!

Have a great weekend!




Dr. Christina Podraza


Jefferson School

@jeffersond205 #jefferson205


Upcoming Dates

  • October 24 - Start of UCCA Holiday Food Drive

  • 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.

  • November 1 - Tiger Buddies

  • November 4 - Fire Drill 

  • November 5 - Trivia Night (Knights of Columbus, 6:30 pm)

  • November 9 - PTA Meeting (Zoom, 7:30 pm)

  • November 10 - Late Arrival (School begins at 9:45 a.m.)

  • November 15 - Tiger Buddies

  • November 18 - Thanksgiving Feast (Details to Follow Soon)

  • November 19 - Last day of UCCA Holiday Food Drive

  • November 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (4:30-8:00 p.m.)

  • November 23 - Parent Teacher Conferences (10:00 - 6:00)                                                  NO SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences at the elementary level will be held in person this year on Monday, November 22 from 4:30-8:00pm and Tuesday, November 23 from 10:00am-6:00pm.  Arrangements will be made for families that require a virtual conference due to illness or travel.  Information regarding sign-up is forthcoming.

SEL Parent Strategy - Family Emotional Safety Plan

As mentioned above, I will be sharing strategies and resources for SEL growth at home in a few newsletters a month.  Check out this article on creating a “Family Emotional Safety Plan” which helps family members to have a clear strategy and plan for when they are emotionally upset or overwhelmed.

Lunch Menu for the week of 10/24

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)

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

Vegetarian Meal Options
Food Services recognizes that some students may require a vegetarian diet, and they are trying to accommodate those needs. Food Services staff will start by identifying the vegetarian items on the menu with a (V). If the entrée for the day is not vegetarian, the student is able to take up to three fruit/veggie options in place of the entrée.

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

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.  Please send your child in a costume that is easy to remove.  Please do not send your child with anything that would qualify as a weapon.

Planning for Cooler Weather

We want to keep our students eating lunch outside as much as possible. As long as it is warm, students who have been eating lunch outdoors are likely to continue eating lunch outdoors. In the coming weeks, as temperatures begin to drop, our principals will use the following guidelines for determining when students will eat inside:

  • If it is raining, snowing, or there are high winds.

  • If the “real feel” temperature is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Our principals have worked hard to plan for inclement weather so that students are appropriately spaced during lunches while allowing time for our students to socialize and be together. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Christina Podraza (

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month

One big piece of Moving Forward Together is ensuring that all of our students are included.  With this in mind, October is a month where we celebrate what makes our students and families unique including our students with Dwarfism.  October is Dwarfism Awareness Month and the Little People Association of America has some great resources for learning more about people with Dwarfism on their website at this link.  An important piece to think through is the power of our language.  The “m” word is now considered a derogatory term.  A more respectful term might be a Little Person, a person with Dwarfism, or just call that person by their name.  Let's work together to ensure all of our students are included by demonstrating respect, including others, and recognizing what makes each of us unique.

Missed the Webinar On Vaccines for School Age Children?  Watch the Recording Here!

As a service to parents, staff and community members, District 205 hosted a webinar Oct. 20, 2021 on COVID in children and Vaccines for School Age Children. The webinar featured three local physicians who specialize in infectious disease and immunology: Dr. Mark Dworkin, Board Certified Infectious Disease Specialist and Professor of Epidemiology; Dr. Zach Rubin, Board Certified Pediatrician and Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist and Dr. Mia Taormina, Board Certified Infectious Disease Specialist. They spoke on the epidemiology of COVID in children, offered statistics and clinical cases on long COVID in children and talked about vaccine development and safety.  The webinar was recorded and can be replayed here.

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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