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Jefferson Family Newsletter~October 8, 2021
Michelle Guerino

Dear Jefferson Families,

Thank you to our amazing PTA for planning another engaging Science Olympiad for students! It was wonderful to see the creative costumes combined with STEM activities for students! If your family hasn’t participated in previous years, definitely consider doing so for next year! It’s a fun night of learning for all!  

The students participated in another Tiger Buddies meeting this week where they learned the difference between “bucket-filling” and “bucket-dipping.” The students listened to a story and brainstormed activities that would help them to be bucket fillers. The older students in the group got to practice leadership and mentoring of the younger students as they participated in some get to know you activities as well.  

Today our staff participated in a district-wide SEL training where we learned about the 5 CASEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills. In the afternoon, 3rd-5th grade teachers looked at our literacy IAR data and made decisions about text complexity in our classrooms. K-2nd grade teachers and specialists analyzed writing samples to make decisions regarding writing instruction. We are so grateful for the delicious lunch provided by our PTA today!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, Dr. Christina Podraza
Principal
Jefferson School  
cpodraza@elmhurst205.org
@jeffersond205 #jefferson205 

Upcoming Dates

  • October 11 - Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL
  • October 12 - PTA Meeting (In-person, 7:00 pm), Ms. Cusack presenting on positive reinforcement strategies, 5th grade team presenting
  • October 18 - Anti-Bully 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 21 - Coffee with Dr. Podraza at 8:20 a.m.
  • October 22 - 19-20 5th Grade Student Hand Prints in MPR 9:30-10:55
  • October 29 - Halloween Parade 8:40-9:00 a.m. 

Jefferson Character Club
Students will have an opportunity to participate in a new club this year run by Ms. Cusack. The club will help students to grow in character, gain self confidence, and develop relationships. Click here for more information and to sign-up.  

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 homeowners. 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.

Dogs on School Property
Please keep dogs and puppies off of school property when picking up your child(ren). We have students who have dog anxiety and it also presents a safety risk. Thank you for helping us to keep Jefferson a safe place for all students.

Lunch Menu for the week of 10/12
Lunch is free for all families this year! Click here for this week’s Menu.

Click here to volunteer for the lunchroom. Thank you for your help!

Kindergarten Registration for 22-23
Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 school year opens October 11, 2021 to 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. {link to come Oct. 8}  More information about our kindergarten programs and the registration process can be found online.

Pfizer Booster Shot
As you might have heard, the CDC recently approved the use of booster shots for certain individuals. Specifically, if you received the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, you may be eligible for a booster dose. We will be providing a booster clinic on October 15, 2021 at York High School (Door #1) from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Click here to register. As information becomes available about booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, we will be sure to share that with you. Here is further information about vaccines and walk-in clinics from the DuPage County Health Department.

Jefferson School Daily Schedule

  • 8:05 am- Student arrival begins (see procedures below)
  • 8:15 am- Tardy Bell
  • 11:05 am - 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 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

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