News Post

Barbara Pisciotto
 

Dear Jackson Families,

Our students and staff had a wonderful full week of school! Our students have done a wonderful job of learning routines and common expectations so that they can spend their time focused on connecting with peers, participating in the learning, and enjoying the different aspects of their school day. 

During our student late arrival on Wednesday, our staff spent time reviewing our 5 Essentials survey data from 2019-2021. We have grown in the areas of Effective Leadership and Collaborative Teachers significantly in the last two years and are very proud of our work. We attribute much of this growth to our implementation of Professional Learning Communities, instructional coaching, and consistent communication. We also spent time reviewing our “common instructional practices.” This is a document that will help bring parity and quality to the student experience for reading, writing, math, and social emotional learning in every classroom at Jackson. 

Parent/Curriculum Night- September 2
Please join us for curriculum night on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Formal presentations will be repeated 2-3 times during the evening for your convenience beginning at 5:00pm. Classroom teachers and Mrs. O’Leary (REACH) will present information specific to their grade and classroom. All other staff members are available from 5:30-6:30pm for introductions and general questions. The overview of the schedule is below.

  • 5:00-5:30pm

    • Mrs. Trendel and Ms. Collins’ Presentation Option 1 in Multipurpose Room 

  • 5:30-6:00pm

    • All Classroom Teacher Presentations Option 1 in classrooms

    • Mrs. O’Leary’s REACH Presentation Option 1 in room 206

    • Mrs. Trendel and Ms. Collins’ Presentation Option 2 in Multipurpose Room 

    • Related service providers and special education teachers in room 107

    • Mrs. Henderson (PE), Mrs. Neigel (Art), and Mrs. Alfano (music) are available in the gym, room 112, and room 116

    • Mrs. Walton is available in the library

  • 6:00-6:30pm

    • All Classroom Teacher Presentation Option 2 in classrooms

    • Mrs. O’Leary’s REACH Presentation Option 2 in room 206

    • Mrs. Trendel and Ms. Collins’ Presentation Option 3 in Multipurpose Room 

    • Related service providers and special education teachers available in room 107

    • Mrs. Henderson (PE), Mrs. Neigel (Art), and Mrs. Alfano (music) are available in the gym, room 112, and room 116

    • Mrs. Walton is available in the library

Picture Day
Our school picture day is Tuesday, September 7. Families will need to order pictures online either by prepaying or after pictures. Pre-orders will close at 8:00am on September 7. If you miss the preorder, you will have a chance to order pictures with your child's Ticket Code. When placing an order after Picture Day with a Ticket Code a shipping fee will be added on and picture packages will be shipped directly to the home. Ticket Codes will be delivered with the bulk picture package order approximately three weeks post Picture Day. You can view more information on this flier

Band and Orchestra for 4th and 5th Grade Students
District 205 is excited to offer the opportunity for all fourth and fifth grade students to learn to play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument through the Instrumental Music Program! Click HERE to learn more. We hope you and your student will consider joining our award-winning music program!

Lunch Menu For the Week of August 30 
Please note that school lunches are free of charge for all students this year. Your child will need to order lunch each morning in their classroom. You can find next week's lunch menu here

School Spiritwear
Jackson PTA is once again selling a variety of Jackson clothing and other items.  Order Forms are due back to the office by Friday, September 3. 

Information from Last Week
 

Fall 2021 Plan
As we move forward together, updates regarding the Fall 2021 Plan have been posted here.  

Morning Car Line Procedures
For the safety of our students and neighbors, we ask that you follow the procedures below when arriving to Jackson each morning.

  • Drop-off along Mitchell Avenue, going SOUTH ONLY. Please do not drive north and have students cross Mitchell.
  • Follow posted no parking/stopping/standing signs. Do NOT exit your vehicle on Mitchell Avenue.  
  • Your child can exit your vehicle anywhere along Mitchell and walk to their line-up area. This helps keep traffic moving.  
  • If you want to drive and walk your child to the line up area, you may legally park on side streets following posted signs.
  • School busses have priority for drop off and will pass the car line and pull all the way to the south end of Mitchell near Van Buren.
  • We encourage you and your child to walk to school when possible.

Reporting an Absence
If your child will be absent from school. Please remember to call the school attendance line at 630-617-2363. Please call any time before 8:15am to leave a message on the voicemail. If you do not call your child in absent before 8:15 am, we will be trying to contact you. Please attempt to schedule any appointments for your child outside of the school day to lessen absences. However, if you will need to pick up your child during the school day for an appointment, please call the office, send a note to the office, or email Jacki Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) with the details so that we may arrange for this ahead of time.

Nurse 
Mrs. Jenna Kragel, our nurse, will be on maternity leave. Mariah Gasso and Rosanne Tansor will be covering our nurse position. If you need to contact the nurse for any reason, please use the following email address: jacksonnurse@elmhurst205.org.

Upcoming Dates

  • September 2: Curriculum Night; (in person) 
  • September 6: No School, Labor Day
  • September 7: School Picture Day
  • September 8: Student Late Arrival

Sincerely,

Christine Trendel                   Caity Collins
Principal                                 Assistant Principal

 
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Celebrating Arbor Day

The City of Elmhurst planted a tree in front of our school in celebration of Arbor Day. The 2nd grade class celebrated by singing songs, presenting cards to the city and putting the finishing touches to plant the tree.

5th graders working in groups on decimal division.

4th graders planning their Nora friend visit!

Our day started with lots of work as readers and writers. 3rd grade researching countries, 2nd graders using non fiction text features, and kindergarten readers’ workshop!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kicking off passion projects for 2020 in 4th grade! All students are channeling passion focused on a historic event or person. Love this amazing start!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Third graders are sharing their backpack designs in See Saw! Today the class watched one example!

First grade tackling three steps to solve math problems: Read, Draw, Write! One student told another, “Don’t be scared! Think positive!” 💚💚

5th graders find main idea using different strategies and reflect on what works for them as readers.

3rd graders are in the final phases of design on their Defined STEM backpack project!

2nd graders are getting ready for their human body unit! 🤣 We had lots of fun tracing today!

Blended learning in @jacksonartspace! 5th graders watching their next steps on video!

Adding 2 addenda by making a new ten! Conceptual math helps students understand place value and expand number sense!

5th graders posing questions they want to answer through their explorer research. Next one was: What was the effect of their trip?

Learning about Simple machines is so much more fun and engaging when the Dupage Children’s Museum comes to us!! 3rd grade kicks off their unit with some really cool authentic exploration!

Our kinder cuties explored snow today and discussed what they notice/wonder. One asked, “why is the snow still white even though the sun isn’t shining on it?” (They previously learned snow is clear.) 💚 this problem based learning experience and our teachers for trying something new!

Kinder students are predicting which kind of salt will melt the snow first. Making predictions in their inquiry based unit!

3rd graders are learning fractions! Small groups and games are helping build number sense!

What better way to celebrate coming together to meet a goal for Kindness than Fort Reading! 🙌🏻 Ms. Q’s 4th graders were giddy with delight in their cozy spaces. 📚📖📚

Kindergarten got right to work writing today! They will be ready for 1st grade before we know it!

 

Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Fifth grade has started printmaking in Art and it’s all about those intricate details!! Sketch, transfer, reveal, cut and use...can’t wait to see their finished products!

Second graders are activating schema by connecting what they already know about crocodiles to what might happen in their new book 👏🏻📚

4th graders are synthesizing their research into rough drafts for their “Who Was...” passion project and will be writing their own books. Cover art to be done in @jacksonartspace !

Third graders are launching book clubs and setting norms for their meetings!

Third graders are using graphic organizers to curate their country research and draft their informational writing.

 

4th graders playing a game for an organized, indoor recess. All students participate! It’s a great team builder!

5th grade student led discussion using a short article about the controversy of exotic animals as pets.