Events & Activities

THE PTA NEEDS YOU! None of the special events that are held throughout the year could be done without the help and dedication of our members and parents! Please see the below document for a description of the committees and volunteer opportunities that still need to be filled: Jefferson Committees 2019-2020 

NEW PTA Events Calendar!

Click the picture below to print your own copy!

Fall 2019

Welcome to Jefferson

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the year and welcome back breakfast for attendees! Held on the first day of school every year at 8:30 am in the Multi-Purpose room, this is a great way to get engaged with the PTA! For more information, please contact Amanda French.

Ice Cream Social

Every year, we kick off the start of school with our 'meet the teacher' event, our Ice Cream Social! Come to Jefferson to meet your teacher, see your child's class and drop off school supplies. Then join us on the front lawn for ice cream and reconnecting with our Jefferson families after our fun filled summers! For more information, please contact Cathy Dykes and Pamela Fergueson.

Jefferson Running Club

NEW UPDATES FOR
2019-20! 

Click the flyer above for more details! 

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 or around the Fern Cul-de-sac (depending on field conditions). 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!

Fall Running Club Starts September 4th, 2019!  Running club is able to operate safely and efficiently due to our wonderful parent volunteers!   Please see dates and times available to volunteer here.

We do want to remind kids participating in running club to wear their necklaces on Mondays and Wednesdays so they can immediately attach their hard-earned charms.

See the attached waiver for the Fall Running Club!

If you have any questions regarding Running Club please contact: Shannon JacksonPatty Gorski, Maggie Schweitzer or Jen Taylor.

Jefferson Fun Run

Join us for the 4th Annual Jefferson Fun Run! Friday, September 6, 2019 at our new location - Jefferson Elementary School! 

All students, families, faculty and staff members are invited! The event kicks off with some fun warm-ups and music. Show your Jefferson pride and wear Jefferson spirit wear! You choose your distance; 1 lap, 1 mile or a 5K! Don't like to run? Walk your way around the path, volunteer to help set up, pass out water or be on course safety patrol. 

Volunteer Sign up now available! Please Click Here to Volunteer! Please contact Meghan Hood if you would like more information.

Social Committee: Coffee with Dr. Podraza

Join us September 10, 2019  for our first coffee chat with Dr. Podraza! Coffee and treats provided by the PTA Social Committee. For more information, please contact Kathy Fromm and Aleka Mandelaris

Junior Great Books - 5th Grade

Science Olympiad

Is your child interested in science? Our annual Science Olympiad is one of Jefferson’s favorite events all year. Whether you’re a new student or a returning Einstein, this year’s event won’t disappoint. This year’s event will be on October 17, 20196:15-8:00PM. The sign up forms are accepted online: See below! In order for this year’s event to be successful, we are in need of parent volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a great way to get involved! Please register by October 1st.

In order for this year’s event to be successful, we are in need of parent volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a great way to get involved! Sign up to be a parent volunteer with the Science Olympiad here

Please direct any questions to Carly Scharfenberg & Meredith Vogel at JeffersonScienceO@gmail.com

PTA Reflections Art Program

Social Committee: Halloween Parade and Parent Coffee

The Halloween Parade, which is on October 31st, is a wonderful Jefferson tradition! Students should wear their costumes to school and bring a change of clothes with them. Please do not send your child to school with scary masks, plastic weapons or anything that would be inappropriate for elementary students. The students will be getting changed immediately following the parade, so please do not have them come in with sprayed hair or make-up that would be difficult to take off. The parade begins promptly at 8:30am and students will come out Door 1 and proceed down Poplar and turn right on Niagara and then right onto Linden Ave and return into school through Door 2. Please do not have dogs on the route, as we want to ensure all students feel safe.

Parents are invited to stay around to see our wonderful Jefferson teachers do a Halloween performance.

Pop-Up Pumpkin Cafe/Coffee for Parents will be outside Jefferson the morning of October 31.  Elijah's coffee will be served to keep you toasty warm while watching the Halloween parade, compliments of the PTA Social Committee. For more information, please contact Kathy Fromm and Aleka Mandelaris

Thanksgiving Feast

The Jefferson School PTA will sponsor an all-school Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 11:05 am - 12:05 pm.  All children grades K-5 are invited to stay for lunch. There will be no charge for the lunch and the food will be prepared by the York High School food service. 

All students will participate in a special craft celebrating all we are thankful for during the morning hours before the feast. The finished product will be displayed during the feast and throughout the week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. For more information, please contact Jen Bjorlin and Aleka Mandelaris.

Giving Tree Assembly

The Giving Tree is a wonderful Jefferson tradition that gives students a chance to help families in need during the holidays. Each student is encouraged to donate a gift card to help make the holidays special for each family.      

After all the children have placed their donation, there is a special program given by all grades. This year's Giving Tree program will be on December 12, 2019. For more information please contact Robyn Pretzie.

Spring 2020

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is back again this year! Junior Achievement (JA) is a program that empowers young people to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Students learn how to manage money, how to become career and work ready, and are empowered to explore their potential to become successful entrepreneurs.  The program will run on your child's lunch recess time for six weeks on Mondays (2nd & 5th grades), Wednesdays (3rd grade) and Fridays (1st & 4th grades). Participant sign up sheets will be coming home soon!

Junior Achievement needs parent volunteers!  All materials and curriculum are provided.  You can volunteer for as many sessions as you'd like.  Junior Achievement Sign-Up Form. For more information, please contact Rebecca Harpster.

Mathletes

Jefferson Mathletes will provide an enrichment opportunity to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students that have a passion for problem solving and excel at math. Team Leaders (parent volunteers) will be present to help facilitate discussion and introduce games. Team Leaders will not be providing tutoring or instruction on the math curriculum. During scheduled meetings, students will work on practice problems and play math games.

2nd Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6 during the recess portion of lunch hour (11:25-11:55)

3rd Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2 during the recess portion of lunch hour (10:55-11:25)

4th Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/1 during the recess portion of lunch hour (10:55-11:25)

Contest: Noetic Learning Math Contest (for more information about the contest click here)

Contest Date: Thursday April 9, 2019 (answer 20 questions in 45 minutes) during lunch recess (in Makerspace).

Scoring: Jefferson Mathletes will submit the top 6 scores per team to compete nationally. 

Fee: None to participate                                                                                       

 **($12 for a Mathlete shirt; to be ordered at a later date, but not mandatory)***

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gina Padgett and indicate dates you are available to volunteer and the grade level of your student. 

***For Jefferson Mathletes to participate in April 9 contest students have to attend the meeting dates set (not including excused absences). ****

Social Committee: Theatre Night @ Drury Lane

The PTA Social Committee invites you to enjoy a magical, family night at the theater.  Join us at The Drury Lane Theatre in January 2020!  It is sure to be a memorable event!      

Discounted tickets for Jefferson families & friends have been arranged by the PTA Social Committee.  Questions? Contact Kathy Fromm.

Family Fitness Night

Join us for Family Fitness Night in January! Last year's event was hosted at Windy City Ninjas in Elmhurst. Whether it is your first time trying your ninja skills, or you have already come to know the challenge and fun of the ninja gym, this is the time to try out and feed your inner ninja warrior! We will have healthy snacks, activities for the kids and a few raffle prizes to give away! 

Please contact Jen Taylor with any questions.

Family Math Night

It’s Jefferson PTA’s 3rd Annual Family Math Night on February 11, 2020!  Join us for a fun evening filled with creative, hands-on math activities that will get your kids to think about and make sense of numbers!

There will be 8 go-at-your-own-pace stations to explore with three activity levels at each station, as well as an interactive look at the district’s new math series, Eureka. We’ll be playing games, making projects, and discovering how much fun math can be, all while reinforcing classroom learning. So bring the whole family and join your friends for some fun and engaging, hands-on math! 

In order for the evening to run smoothly, we need volunteers to facilitate the various stations. No math background or education experience is necessary!!!

Volunteers will be asked to:

  • watch a short video prior to the event

  • arrive early to review station materials

  • assist families as they rotate through their station

  • stay 10 minutes past the event to organize their materials

And that’s it! Please consider donating your time to make this event a huge success! If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please contact Cathy Dykes.

Ice Skating Party

Calling all Jefferson Families! Please join us today for the annual Jefferson Ice Skating Party at the Elmhurst YMCA Monday, February 17, 2020, from 12-2pm. Everyone attending needs to fill out a visitor waiver. Go to http://www.ymcachicago.org/elmhurst/pages/forms to print a visitor waiver for the ice skating party. For more information, please contact Yongfang Zhong-Wang

Roller Skating Party

Get out your roller skates or roller blades and save the date for the Jefferson Roller Skating Party!  Join us on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at the Lombard RollerRink. Time to be announced. For more information, please contact Heidi Moy.

Great Donation Days

Every year, the Jefferson PTA collects gently used school supplies for donation to local schools in need and to SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education).  Supplies can be deposited into boxes in the school office foyer.  Collection boxes will be out at the end of the school year as students collect their remaining supplies for the year. For more information, please contact Kanako Shuaipaj and Joy Maniar.

Year-Round

5th Grade Memory Book

What is a 5thGrade Memory Book?

When your child is in 5thgrade, a memory book team, made up of parents, will compile a memory book of your child and their classmates from Kindergarten thru 5thgrade.  In addition to the memory book, ALL parents/students get two free uniquely printed pages that are only printed in your child’s memory book, so you can fill your child’s yearbook with photos and memories that might not otherwise make the cut.

Types of Photos we’re looking for:

  • Group Pictures (3+ students)
  • Hi-Resolution pictures
  • School events
  • Photos showing action or emotion that tell a story

 

Types of photos we’re NOT looking for:

  • Blurry pictures
  • Individual pictures (there are a few exceptions… example … your child in front of their State Project)
  • Family Pictures
  • Pictures from personal, non-school events (Birthday parties, sporting events, trick or treating, etc…)

 

Examples of potential topics covered:
1st day of school, Incoming Kindergarten students with yard signs, Science Olympiad, Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast/Pilgrims, Giving Tree, Carnival, Field Trips, State Reports, Plant Projects, Girl/Boy Scouts, Band/Orchestra, Safety Patrol, Spelling Bee, Student Council, School dances, 5th grade buddies, Relatives day, Field Day, Running Club, Junior Great Books, Ice & Roller Skating Parties, students with teachers, End of year picnic, Last day of school, etc...

What if my child is on the NO PHOTO list?
Your child may still be in the yearbook. Parents are allowed to take photos for yearbook purposes.  Please Note: Parents are NOT ALLOWED to post pictures of other children on social media... regardless of if they are on the No Photo list. 

How you can help:
1) TAKE PHOTOS!! When you’re on a field trip or at a school event... take group shots. We love both action shots and candid shots. 

2) DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO THE SHARE SITE!! 95% of the photos that go in the memory book are YOUR photos. Take the time each month, quarter or year to download your photos.  See instructions here on how to add photos to the share site.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Harpster, Rebecca Jones or Deepa Thakkar.

5th Grade Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open for 5th grade students to ensure our community is safe during school drop off and pick up. Every year, the PTA sponsors a thank you lunch for all our student and staff volunteers. For more information, please contact 

Eco Club

Jefferson’s NEW Eco-Club will encourage students, parents and staff to create, implement and improve sustainable and eco-friendly practices at Jefferson.  For more information, please contact Jill Jarvis.

Hospitality

The Hospitality Committee plans and executes staff appreciation events, provides treats for special school events and maintains PTA kitchen and bulletin board. Below is a list of the activities that the Hospitality committee does for the school each year:

  • Bulletin Board:  Design bulletin board with seasonal , inspirational themes.
  • Stock the Lounge: Stock teacher lounge during November P/T conferences.
  • Holiday Office Gifts:  Shop for and deliver staff holiday gifts.
  • Admin Professionals Day:  Shop for gifts and deliver to staff.
  • Staff Breakfast: Provide breakfast and décor for staff.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Organize theme of the event, distribute treat to teachers daily.
  • Retirement Party:  Provide lunch and décor for end of year retirees.

Want to get involved? Please contact Gina Padgett or Maggie Schweitzer for more information.

Learning Resource Center

The Jefferson Library volunteers are a group of parents who help out in the library by shelving returned books.  Volunteers usually go in on a monthly basis.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer during your child’s specific library time or another time convenient for you. 

For more information, please contact Michelle Saltiel.

Lunch Room and Playground Volunteers

WHAT IS IT?

Lunch Room & Playground Volunteers assist the Lunch Room & Playground attendants in supporting the needs of all Jefferson students during lunch/recess time.  Volunteers works the entire lunch/recess shift, from 11am – 12:30pm.  Please note that while you will be able to observe and interact with your child(ren) in either the lunch room and/or playground, the Principal cannot ensure that parents are with their children for the five minutes of quiet reading time at the end of lunch/recess or for indoor recess.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Parents may sign up to volunteer for one time or many!  It’s a great way to see your child(ren) in action at school!

Please use the sign up form to volunteer!

Playground Safety

Playground Safety
Presented by Scott Dohnal and Angela Ferrentino

Any recreational activity can result in personal injuries, and playgrounds are no different.  However, the frequency and severity can be reduced through maintenance and supervision of playgrounds.

Playground Injury overview:

61 million US children through the age of 14

There are over 220,000 estimated playground equipment related injuries annually

76% on public playgrounds

24% on Residential playgrounds

Playground injury overview

79% are caused by FALLS

  • 68% FALLS TO SURFACE
  • 10% FALLS TO OTHER PARTS OF EQUIPTMENT
  • 1% FALLS UNKNOWN

Falls are the most common cause of injury on public playgrounds.

11% are caused by impact

  • 8% impact with stationary equipment
  • 3% impact with moving equipment
  • 10% are miscellaneous causes.

Major causes of death and seriously debilitating Injury

  • #1 cause is entanglement…of clothing, strings or ropes
  • #2 cause is falls… onto hard underlying surfaces
  • #3 Head and neck entrapments…in equipment openings
  • #4 Impact…by tipping or loose equipment, or moving swings

Factors that contribute to Public Playground injuries

  • Improper use/poor supervision
  • Poor Maintenance
  • Inappropriate design
  • Installation Errors
  • Site Planning issues

Teaching Kids about Playground Safety

Safe playground equipment and adult supervision are extremely important, but it's only half of the equation: Kids must know how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground.

Teach your kids to:

  • Never push or roughhouse while on jungle gyms, slides, seesaws, swings, and other equipment.
  • Use equipment properly — slide feet first, don't climb outside guardrails, no standing on swings, etc.
  • Always check to make sure no other kids are in the way if they're going to jump off equipment or slide, and land on both feet with their knees slightly bent.
  • Leave bikes, backpacks, and bags away from the equipment and the play area so that no one trips over them.
  • Always wear a helmet while bike riding, but take it off while on playground equipment.
  • Never use playground equipment that's wet because moisture makes the surfaces slippery.
  • Check playground equipment in the summertime. It can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails, and steps. So use good judgment — if the equipment feels hot to the touch, it's probably not safe or fun to play on. Contact burns can occur within seconds.
  • Wear clothes that do not have drawstrings or cords. Drawstrings, purses, and necklaces could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside even on cloudy days to protect against sunburn.

Slide Safety

Slides are safe if kids are careful when using them. Guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Children should take one step at a time and hold onto the handrail when climbing the ladder to the top of the slide. They should not climb up the slide itself to get to the top.
  • Kids should always slide down feet first and sitting up, never head first on their back or stomach.
  • Only one child should be on the slide platform at a time, and kids shouldn't slide down in groups.
  • Kids should always check that the bottom of the slide is clear before sliding down. When they reach the bottom, they should get off and move away from the end of the slide so it's clear for other kids to slide down.

Climbing Equipment Safety

Climbing equipment comes in many shapes and sizes — including rock climbing walls, arches, and vertical and horizontal ladders. It's generally more challenging for kids than other kinds of playground equipment.

  • Be sure your kids are aware of a safe way down in case they can't complete the climb. The highest rates of injuries on public playgrounds are associated with climbing equipment, which is dangerous if not designed or used properly. Adult supervision is especially important for younger kids.
  • Climbing equipment can be used safely if kids are taught to use both hands and to stay well behind the person in front of them and beware of swinging feet. When they drop from the bars, kids should be able to jump down without hitting the equipment on the way down. Remind kids to have their knees bent and land on both feet.
  • Too many kids on the equipment at one time can be dangerous. Everyone should start on the same side of the equipment and move across it in the same direction.
  • When climbing down, kids should watch for those climbing up; they should never race across or try to reach for bars that are too far ahead.
  • Children younger than age 5 may not have the upper-body strength necessary for climbing and should only be allowed to climb on age-appropriate equipment. Preschoolers should only climb 5 feet high and school-age kids should only climb 7 feet high.

Suggestions:

Add a unit in PE class about playground safety and rules, let the students identify the rules, create buy in and self-policing.

Playground patrol to assist the adult supervision on the playground.

Prairie Garden

We love our prairie/perennial garden on the west side of our school! It is a treasure trove of seeds and bugs and non-stop nature in action. Volunteers are needed year round to weed, seed and maintain the garden. For more information, please contact Jess Testani.

Social Committee

The Social Committee plans and organizes numerous funs events and social options throughout the year to bring Jefferson families together outside of school hours. Jefferson is not just an excellent school, but an amazing community. We have a variety of activities in the works for this year. A little “something for everyone!” Charitable offerings, family-friendly theater excursions, shopping events, parent’s night out are only a few. Please check back often and join us at these events!

Mark Your Calendar!

SEPTEMBER

Coffee with Dr. Prodraza - September 10, 2019

OCTOBER

Pop-Up Pumpkin Cafe/Coffee for Parents
Click Here For More Information

NOVEMBER

*Trivia Night at Waterford Banquets - Nov 15, 2019
Click Here For More Information

Mom’s Night Out
Click Here For More Information


DECEMBER

*Kie & Kate Shopping Event - Dec 5, 2019
Click Here for More Information


JANUARY

The Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace 
(Details coming soon)

FEBRUARY

Ice Skating Party - February 17, 2020
(Details coming soon)

MARCH
Roller Skating Party - March 15, 2020
(Details coming soon)

APRIL

*Kendra Scott Shopping Event, Oakbrook
(Details coming soon)

Dates, times and event content are subject to change.

*PTA fundraising events


Jefferson Social Committee 2019-2020

Chairs: Kathy Fromm, Aleka Mandelaris
We would love your help! If you would like to volunteer for an upcoming event or have an idea, please
email us.

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5th Grade Memory Book

What is a 5thGrade Memory Book?

When your child is in 5thgrade, a memory book team, made up of parents, will compile a memory book of your child and their classmates from Kindergarten thru 5thgrade.  In addition to the memory book, ALL parents/students get two free uniquely printed pages that are only printed in your child’s memory book, so you can fill your child’s yearbook with photos and memories that might not otherwise make the cut.

Types of Photos we’re looking for:

  • Group Pictures (3+ students)
  • Hi-Resolution pictures
  • School events
  • Photos showing action or emotion that tell a story

 

Types of photos we’re NOT looking for:

  • Blurry pictures
  • Individual pictures (there are a few exceptions… example … your child in front of their State Project)
  • Family Pictures
  • Pictures from personal, non-school events (Birthday parties, sporting events, trick or treating, etc…)

 

Examples of potential topics covered:
1st day of school, Incoming Kindergarten students with yard signs, Science Olympiad, Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast/Pilgrims, Giving Tree, Carnival, Field Trips, State Reports, Plant Projects, Girl/Boy Scouts, Band/Orchestra, Safety Patrol, Spelling Bee, Student Council, School dances, 5th grade buddies, Relatives day, Field Day, Running Club, Junior Great Books, Ice & Roller Skating Parties, students with teachers, End of year picnic, Last day of school, etc...

What if my child is on the NO PHOTO list?
Your child may still be in the yearbook. Parents are allowed to take photos for yearbook purposes.  Please Note: Parents are NOT ALLOWED to post pictures of other children on social media... regardless of if they are on the No Photo list. 

How you can help:
1) TAKE PHOTOS!! When you’re on a field trip or at a school event... take group shots. We love both action shots and candid shots. 
2) DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO THE SHARE SITE!! 95% of the photos that go in the memory book are YOUR photos. Take the time each month, quarter or year to download your photos.  See instructions here on how to add photos to the share site.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Harpster, Rebecca Jones or Deepa Thakkar.

5th Grade Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open for 5th grade students to ensure our community is safe during school drop off and pick up. Every year, the PTA sponsors a thank you lunch for all our student and staff volunteers. For more information, please contact 

Coffee with Dr. Podraza

Join us September 10, 2019  for our first coffee chat with Dr. Podraza! Coffee and treats provided by the PTA Social Committee. For more information, please contact Kathy Fromm and Aleka Mandelaris

Eco Club

Jefferson’s NEW Eco-Club will encourage students, parents and staff to create, implement and improve sustainable and eco-friendly practices at Jefferson.  For more information, please contact Jill Jarvis.

Family Fitness Night

Join us for Family Fitness Night in January! Last year's event was hosted at Windy City Ninjas in Elmhurst. Whether it is your first time trying your ninja skills, or you have already come to know the challenge and fun of the ninja gym, this is the time to try out and feed your inner ninja warrior! We will have healthy snacks, activities for the kids and a few raffle prizes to give away! 

Please contact Jen Taylor with any questions.

Family Math Night

It’s Jefferson PTA’s 3rd Annual Family Math Night on February 11, 2020!  Join us for a fun evening filled with creative, hands-on math activities that will get your kids to think about and make sense of numbers!

There will be 8 go-at-your-own-pace stations to explore with three activity levels at each station, as well as an interactive look at the district’s new math series, Eureka. We’ll be playing games, making projects, and discovering how much fun math can be, all while reinforcing classroom learning. So bring the whole family and join your friends for some fun and engaging, hands-on math! 

In order for the evening to run smoothly, we need volunteers to facilitate the various stations. No math background or education experience is necessary!!!

Volunteers will be asked to:

  • watch a short video prior to the event

  • arrive early to review station materials

  • assist families as they rotate through their station

  • stay 10 minutes past the event to organize their materials

And that’s it! Please consider donating your time to make this event a huge success! If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please contact Cathy Dykes.

Giving Tree Assembly

The Giving Tree is a wonderful Jefferson tradition that gives students a chance to help families in need during the holidays. Each student is encouraged to donate a gift card to help make the holidays special for each family.      

After all the children have placed their donation, there is a special program given by all grades. This year's Giving Tree program will be on December 12, 2019. For more information please contact Robyn Pretzie.

Great Donation Days

Every year, the Jefferson PTA collects gently used school supplies for donation to local schools in need and to SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education).  Supplies can be deposited into boxes in the school office foyer.  Collection boxes will be out at the end of the school year as students collect their remaining supplies for the year. For more information, please contact Kanako Shuaipaj and Joy Maniar.

Halloween Parade and Parent Coffee

The Halloween Parade, which is on October 31st, is a wonderful Jefferson tradition! Students should wear their costumes to school and bring a change of clothes with them. Please do not send your child to school with scary masks, plastic weapons or anything that would be inappropriate for elementary students. The students will be getting changed immediately following the parade, so please do not have them come in with sprayed hair or make-up that would be difficult to take off. The parade begins promptly at 8:30am and students will come out Door 1 and proceed down Poplar and turn right on Niagara and then right onto Linden Ave and return into school through Door 2. Please do not have dogs on the route, as we want to ensure all students feel safe.

Parents are invited to stay around to see our wonderful Jefferson teachers do a Halloween performance.

Pop-Up Pumpkin Cafe/Coffee for Parents will be outside Jefferson the morning of October 31.  Elijah's coffee will be served to keep you toasty warm while watching the Halloween parade, compliments of the PTA Social Committee. For more information, please contact Kathy Fromm and Aleka Mandelaris

Hospitality

The Hospitality Committee plans and executes staff appreciation events, provides treats for special school events and maintains PTA kitchen and bulletin board. Below is a list of the activities that the Hospitality committee does for the school each year:

  • Bulletin Board:  Design bulletin board with seasonal , inspirational themes.
  • Stock the Lounge: Stock teacher lounge during November P/T conferences.
  • Holiday Office Gifts:  Shop for and deliver staff holiday gifts.
  • Admin Professionals Day:  Shop for gifts and deliver to staff.
  • Staff Breakfast: Provide breakfast and décor for staff.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Organize theme of the event, distribute treat to teachers daily.
  • Retirement Party:  Provide lunch and décor for end of year retirees.

Want to get involved? Please contact Gina Padgett or Maggie Schweitzer for more information.

Ice Cream Social

Every year, we kick off the start of school with our 'meet the teacher' event, our Ice Cream Social! Come to Jefferson to meet your teacher, see your child's class and drop off school supplies. Then join us on the front lawn for ice cream and reconnecting with our Jefferson families after our fun filled summers! For more information, please contact Cathy Dykes and Pamela Fergueson.

Ice Skating Party

Calling all Jefferson Families! Please join us today for the annual Jefferson Ice Skating Party at the Elmhurst YMCA Monday, February 17, 2020, from 12-2pm. Everyone attending needs to fill out a visitor waiver. Go to http://www.ymcachicago.org/elmhurst/pages/forms to print a visitor waiver for the ice skating party. For more information, please contact Yongfang Zhong-Wang

Jefferson Fun Run

Join us for the 4th Annual Jefferson Fun Run! Friday, September 6, 2019 at our new location - Jefferson Elementary School! 

All students, families, faculty and staff members are invited! The event kicks off with some fun warm-ups and music. Show your Jefferson pride and wear Jefferson spirit wear! You choose your distance; 1 lap, 1 mile or a 5K! Don't like to run? Walk your way around the path, volunteer to help set up, pass out water or be on course safety patrol. 

Volunteer Sign up now available! Please Click Here to Volunteer! Please contact Meghan Hood if you would like more information.

Jefferson Running Club

NEW UPDATES FOR
2019-20! 

Click the flyer above for more details! 

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 or around the Fern Cul-de-sac (depending on field conditions). 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!

Fall Running Club Starts September 4th, 2019!  Running club is able to operate safely and efficiently due to our wonderful parent volunteers!   Please see dates and times available to volunteer here.

We do want to remind kids participating in running club to wear their necklaces on Mondays and Wednesdays so they can immediately attach their hard-earned charms.

See the attached waiver for the Fall Running Club!

If you have any questions regarding Running Club please contact: Shannon JacksonPatty Gorski, Maggie Schweitzer or Jen Taylor.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is back again this year! Junior Achievement (JA) is a program that empowers young people to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Students learn how to manage money, how to become career and work ready, and are empowered to explore their potential to become successful entrepreneurs.  The program will run on your child's lunch recess time for six weeks on Mondays (2nd & 5th grades), Wednesdays (3rd grade) and Fridays (1st & 4th grades). Participant sign up sheets will be coming home soon!

Junior Achievement needs parent volunteers!  All materials and curriculum are provided.  You can volunteer for as many sessions as you'd like.  Junior Achievement Sign-Up Form. For more information, please contact Rebecca Harpster.

Junior Great Books

Junior Great Books is a short story discussion group that offers a fun way for our students to read and discuss age-appropriate literature through the Shared Inquiry method. This program strengthens retention, comprehension, and critical thinking skills, as well as, is a strong compliment to the Reading Street program taught in the classroom. For more information on Jr. Great Books and the Shared Inquiry method, please visit www.greatbooks.org.

Each child receives their own book of short stories that are read for the program.We ask that the students read each story two times before each meeting.This helps them to develop a strong understanding of the story for discussion. The cost of participation is $22 for book/supplies.

Our first discussion groups for 5th grade will meet for 7 weekly sessions on Fridays during lunch.The sessions will run September 13 - November 1, 2019.

If your child would like to participate in Jr. Great Books, Please return the sign up form below by Friday, September 6, 2019. The book will be delivered to your student’s classroom as soon as we get them.

Jr. Great Books is sponsored by the Jefferson PTA and the REACH PTA. Please feel free to contact Lesley Samuel or Stephanie Drolett with any questions or if financial assistance is needed.

Learning Resource Center

The Jefferson Library volunteers are a group of parents who help out in the library by shelving returned books.  Volunteers usually go in on a monthly basis.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer during your child’s specific library time or another time convenient for you. 

For more information, please contact Michelle Saltiel.

Lunch Room and Playground Volunteers

WHAT IS IT?

Lunch Room & Playground Volunteers assist the Lunch Room & Playground attendants in supporting the needs of all Jefferson students during lunch/recess time.  Volunteers works the entire lunch/recess shift, from 11am – 12:30pm.  Please note that while you will be able to observe and interact with your child(ren) in either the lunch room and/or playground, the Principal cannot ensure that parents are with their children for the five minutes of quiet reading time at the end of lunch/recess or for indoor recess.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Parents may sign up to volunteer for one time or many!  It’s a great way to see your child(ren) in action at school!

Please use the sign up form to volunteer!

Mathletes

Jefferson Mathletes will provide an enrichment opportunity to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students that have a passion for problem solving and excel at math. Team Leaders (parent volunteers) will be present to help facilitate discussion and introduce games. Team Leaders will not be providing tutoring or instruction on the math curriculum. During scheduled meetings, students will work on practice problems and play math games.

2nd Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6 during the recess portion of lunch hour (11:25-11:55)

3rd Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2 during the recess portion of lunch hour (10:55-11:25)

4th Grade Meeting Dates (Makerspace): 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/1 during the recess portion of lunch hour (10:55-11:25)

Contest: Noetic Learning Math Contest (for more information about the contest click here)

Contest Date: Thursday April 9, 2019 (answer 20 questions in 45 minutes) during lunch recess (in Makerspace).

Scoring: Jefferson Mathletes will submit the top 6 scores per team to compete nationally. 

Fee: None to participate                                                                                       

 **($12 for a Mathlete shirt; to be ordered at a later date, but not mandatory)***

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gina Padgett and indicate dates you are available to volunteer and the grade level of your student. 

***For Jefferson Mathletes to participate in April 9 contest students have to attend the meeting dates set (not including excused absences). ****

Playground Safety

Playground Safety
Presented by Scott Dohnal and Angela Ferrentino

Any recreational activity can result in personal injuries, and playgrounds are no different.  However, the frequency and severity can be reduced through maintenance and supervision of playgrounds.

Playground Injury overview:

61 million US children through the age of 14

There are over 220,000 estimated playground equipment related injuries annually

76% on public playgrounds

24% on Residential playgrounds

Playground injury overview

79% are caused by FALLS

  • 68% FALLS TO SURFACE
  • 10% FALLS TO OTHER PARTS OF EQUIPTMENT
  • 1% FALLS UNKNOWN

Falls are the most common cause of injury on public playgrounds.

11% are caused by impact

  • 8% impact with stationary equipment
  • 3% impact with moving equipment
  • 10% are miscellaneous causes.

Major causes of death and seriously debilitating Injury

  • #1 cause is entanglement…of clothing, strings or ropes
  • #2 cause is falls… onto hard underlying surfaces
  • #3 Head and neck entrapments…in equipment openings
  • #4 Impact…by tipping or loose equipment, or moving swings

Factors that contribute to Public Playground injuries

  • Improper use/poor supervision
  • Poor Maintenance
  • Inappropriate design
  • Installation Errors
  • Site Planning issues

Teaching Kids about Playground Safety

Safe playground equipment and adult supervision are extremely important, but it's only half of the equation: Kids must know how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground.

Teach your kids to:

  • Never push or roughhouse while on jungle gyms, slides, seesaws, swings, and other equipment.
  • Use equipment properly — slide feet first, don't climb outside guardrails, no standing on swings, etc.
  • Always check to make sure no other kids are in the way if they're going to jump off equipment or slide, and land on both feet with their knees slightly bent.
  • Leave bikes, backpacks, and bags away from the equipment and the play area so that no one trips over them.
  • Always wear a helmet while bike riding, but take it off while on playground equipment.
  • Never use playground equipment that's wet because moisture makes the surfaces slippery.
  • Check playground equipment in the summertime. It can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails, and steps. So use good judgment — if the equipment feels hot to the touch, it's probably not safe or fun to play on. Contact burns can occur within seconds.
  • Wear clothes that do not have drawstrings or cords. Drawstrings, purses, and necklaces could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside even on cloudy days to protect against sunburn.

Slide Safety

Slides are safe if kids are careful when using them. Guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Children should take one step at a time and hold onto the handrail when climbing the ladder to the top of the slide. They should not climb up the slide itself to get to the top.
  • Kids should always slide down feet first and sitting up, never head first on their back or stomach.
  • Only one child should be on the slide platform at a time, and kids shouldn't slide down in groups.
  • Kids should always check that the bottom of the slide is clear before sliding down. When they reach the bottom, they should get off and move away from the end of the slide so it's clear for other kids to slide down.

Climbing Equipment Safety

Climbing equipment comes in many shapes and sizes — including rock climbing walls, arches, and vertical and horizontal ladders. It's generally more challenging for kids than other kinds of playground equipment.

  • Be sure your kids are aware of a safe way down in case they can't complete the climb. The highest rates of injuries on public playgrounds are associated with climbing equipment, which is dangerous if not designed or used properly. Adult supervision is especially important for younger kids.
  • Climbing equipment can be used safely if kids are taught to use both hands and to stay well behind the person in front of them and beware of swinging feet. When they drop from the bars, kids should be able to jump down without hitting the equipment on the way down. Remind kids to have their knees bent and land on both feet.
  • Too many kids on the equipment at one time can be dangerous. Everyone should start on the same side of the equipment and move across it in the same direction.
  • When climbing down, kids should watch for those climbing up; they should never race across or try to reach for bars that are too far ahead.
  • Children younger than age 5 may not have the upper-body strength necessary for climbing and should only be allowed to climb on age-appropriate equipment. Preschoolers should only climb 5 feet high and school-age kids should only climb 7 feet high.

Suggestions:

Add a unit in PE class about playground safety and rules, let the students identify the rules, create buy in and self-policing.

Playground patrol to assist the adult supervision on the playground.

Prairie Garden

We love our prairie/perennial garden on the west side of our school! It is a treasure trove of seeds and bugs and non-stop nature in action. Volunteers are needed year round to weed, seed and maintain the garden. For more information, please contact Jess Testani.

PTA Reflections Art Program

Roller Skating Party

Get out your roller skates or roller blades and save the date for the Jefferson Roller Skating Party!  Join us on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at the Lombard RollerRink. Time to be announced. For more information, please contact Heidi Moy.

Science Olympiad

Is your child interested in science? Our annual Science Olympiad is one of Jefferson’s favorite events all year. Whether you’re a new student or a returning Einstein, this year’s event won’t disappoint. This year’s event will be on October 17, 20196:15-8:00PM. The sign up forms are accepted online: See below! In order for this year’s event to be successful, we are in need of parent volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a great way to get involved! Please register by October 1st.

In order for this year’s event to be successful, we are in need of parent volunteers. The Science Olympiad is a great way to get involved! Sign up to be a parent volunteer with the Science Olympiad here

Please direct any questions to Carly Scharfenberg & Meredith Vogel at JeffersonScienceO@gmail.com

Social Committee

The Social Committee plans and organizes numerous funs events and social options throughout the year to bring Jefferson families together outside of school hours. Jefferson is not just an excellent school, but an amazing community. We have a variety of activities in the works for this year. A little “something for everyone!” Charitable offerings, family-friendly theater excursions, shopping events, parent’s night out are only a few. Please check back often and join us at these events!

Mark Your Calendar!

SEPTEMBER

Coffee with Dr. Prodraza - September 10, 2019

OCTOBER

Pop-Up Pumpkin Cafe/Coffee for Parents
Click Here For More Information

NOVEMBER

*Trivia Night at Waterford Banquets - Nov 15, 2019
Click Here For More Information

Mom’s Night Out
Click Here For More Information


DECEMBER

*Kie & Kate Shopping Event - Dec 5, 2019
Click Here for More Information


JANUARY

The Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace 
(Details coming soon)

FEBRUARY

Ice Skating Party - February 17, 2020
(Details coming soon)

MARCH
Roller Skating Party - March 15, 2020
(Details coming soon)

APRIL

*Kendra Scott Shopping Event, Oakbrook
(Details coming soon)

Dates, times and event content are subject to change.

*PTA fundraising events


Jefferson Social Committee 2019-2020

Chairs: Kathy Fromm, Aleka Mandelaris
We would love your help! If you would like to volunteer for an upcoming event or have an idea, please
email us.

Thanksgiving Feast

The Jefferson School PTA will sponsor an all-school Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 11:05 am - 12:05 pm.  All children grades K-5 are invited to stay for lunch. There will be no charge for the lunch and the food will be prepared by the York High School food service. 

All students will participate in a special craft celebrating all we are thankful for during the morning hours before the feast. The finished product will be displayed during the feast and throughout the week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. For more information, please contact Jen Bjorlin and Aleka Mandelaris.

Theatre Night @ Drury Lane

The PTA Social Committee invites you to enjoy a magical, family night at the theater.  Join us at The Drury Lane Theatre in January 2020!  It is sure to be a memorable event!      

Discounted tickets for Jefferson families & friends have been arranged by the PTA Social Committee.  Questions? Contact Kathy Fromm.

Welcome to Jefferson

Join us for the first PTA meeting of the year and welcome back breakfast for attendees! Held on the first day of school every year at 8:30 am in the Multi-Purpose room, this is a great way to get engaged with the PTA! For more information, please contact Amanda French.