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Jefferson Family Newsletter~September 10, 2021
Michelle Guerino

Dear Jefferson Families,

We had such a great start to Running Club this week!  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who continue to make this Jefferson tradition a success!   For those new to Running Club, students in grade 1 through 5 run during their lunch recess (plus 10 minutes of their flex time) for a 30 minute period. They have the opportunity to run around either the grass perimeter of the school grounds/Van Voorst Park. Three times around the fields is about 1 mile. Kids will receive a chain when they sign up, followed by the chance to earn a colorful plastic foot charm for each mile they run during the JRC season. Kids LOVE these feet!  

This week students began MAP testing in grades 2-5.  The results of this test will be used to determine REACH placement for future years.  We also compare these results to other data on student progress including SBR (report card) proficiency, F&P (literacy), and IAR (Annual Illinois Standardized Testing) to determine next instructional steps for students as well as goals for our school improvement plan (shared with the community in October).  A new addition to the D205 assessment schedule, our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will also be taking MAP this year.  Both grades will be testing the week of the 20th.  The specific schedule with times/dates will come from your child’s teacher.  The K-1 test is not used for REACH placement, but is a tool for additional help that may be needed.

Have a great weekend!



Dr. Christina Podraza


Jefferson School

@jeffersond205 #jefferson205


Upcoming Dates

  • September 6-24 - MAP Testing 

  • September 14 - PTA Meeting (Virtual) 7:30 p.m. - Specials Team presenting 

  • September 20 - Book Fair Begins!

  • September September 21 - Book Fair Family Night (5-8pm)

  • September 21 - Kindergarten Parents Meet-up (H.B. Jones NW patio, 7pm)

  • September 22 - Late Arrival - School starts at 9:45 a.m.

  • September 22 - Book Fair Grand Event (8:30-9:30am)

  • September 29 - SERG Parent Webinar (Virtual, 7pm)

Lunch Menu for the week of 9/13 & Reminders

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

Please make sure to send your child with a reusable water bottle or lunchtime beverage (juice, sparkling water etc).  There have been many requests for students to go back to their lockers to get them.  It is causing a supervision issue.  Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe. :)

Lunchroom Supervisors & Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of 3-4 more lunchroom supervisors.  If you, or someone you know is interested, please contact Dr. Podraza (  

Staff Parking Lot

Please do not park in the staff parking lot by the Outdoor Classroom.  This causes safety issues at Dismissal Time.  Instead, please park on Poplar or Linden and walk with your child(ren) to the car.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Intramurals Sign-Up

Coach Price will be running Soccer Intramurals for 4th and 5th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The permission slip went home with students today. 

Band/Orchestra Registration 

Online registration for the 2021-2022 Beginning Band and Orchestra program is closing on Monday, September 13. Information about the program and a link to register is available HERE.

Virtual Teacher Update

Virtual teachers have been hired for Kindergarten (Nancy Weir) and 3rd through 5th grade students (Rachael Kanalas).  1st and 2nd grade teachers are in the process of being hired.  If your child has to quarantine, please expect a 24 hour period before the virtual teacher will reach out to your family.  Students who are quarantining due to illness will begin virtual instruction once they are healthy enough to do so.

D205 COVID Information

For the most current information on COVID-related news and policies, please bookmark this website.


Have a great weekend! 



Dr. Christina Podraza

Jefferson Principal  

Social Media: @jeffersond205 


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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