News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families, 

It is hard to believe we have only three weeks of school left.  Our end of year celebrations will look different virtually but it is still important that we celebrate our students for their hard work all year long.  

If you have driven by Jackson recently, you may have noticed that our main office is under construction.  Throughout the summer, our office is getting completely renovated.  This renovation will make our entrance safer and more secure as well as update the office and teacher work areas.  

Teacher and Student Materials Pick-up
Our teachers will be going to Jackson on a rotating schedule next week to pack up classrooms for summer and student materials for parent pick-up.  This may impact some of their virtual class meetings or groups.  They will let families know of any changes.  

Student Materials Pick-up
We will do a student materials pick-up “drive thru” the week of May 11.  Information will be sent in a separate email next week.  Please be sure to read that communication carefully and follow all of the guidelines/directions. 

Teacher Appreciation Week
Student Council is planning a week full of fun activities for students to do to show our staff appreciation next week!  Please post and share pictures via email, social media, and to classroom SeeSaws and Google Classroom!

Virtual Kindergarten Welcome
We will host our annual Kindergarten Welcome on May 19 at 5pm.  Invitations with a Zoom link will be sent via email to registered families.  The session will also be recorded to parents that cannot attend.  We hope to have Kindergarten student tours in August. 

Attendance Reminder
As a reminder, you must submit the PowerSchool attendance by 11 am.  If you need help logging in, please call the Jackson main line at 630-834-4544 or email Jacki at jlawrence@elmhurst205.org

D205 Home Learning/E-Learning Days & School Closure Information
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that school closures will extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. D205  will continue to provide instruction through remote learning

All D205 buildings and playgrounds also are closed. The York Football Stadium also is closed and while other fields and lawns are still accessible to the public, we ask that patrons practice social distancing and not congregate in groups.

D205 is working cooperatively with the City of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Police Department. Law enforcement will disperse groups/individuals who do not follow the governor’s order. Community members are encouraged to call 9-1-1 to report violations of the “Stay at Home” order.

Official Last Day of School
The final day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be May 22, 2020 for all students except seniors. The last day for seniors is May 13, 2020.

D205 and Community Meal Services
D205 Grab-N-Go Meal Service
To assist students, the D205 Food Services Department is offering meal pick-up services during the closure period.

District 205 will supply meals for any students under 18. Pick up will take place at Churchville Middle School-Curb drive-thru and York High School - Curb drive-thru on Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of May 2020. We ask that as you pull through the pick-up line at CMS, please be courteous of our neighboring properties and not block driveways:

  • Monday, May 4 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child

  • Wednesday, May 6 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for three days can be picked up for each child

  • Monday, May 11 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child

  • Wednesday, May 13 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for three days can be picked up for each child Monday, May 18 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for two days can be picked up for each child

  • Wednesday, May 20 from 9:00-10:30 Grab N Go breakfast &/lunches for three days can be picked up for each child.

We Miss You!
Please share this video with your child.  It is also posted to our Jackson social media pages.  Please follow us to see daily posts from students and staff! @JacksonD205

Supporting Our Students EmotionallyOur social worker, Carly Bartnick, has curated some resources that may help you support your child with any feelings of anxiety, worry, or sadness during this time.   Feel free to also reach out to her at CBartnick@Elmhurst205.org

Chromebook Support Needed During Remote E-Learning?
The York High School Technology Services Internship team holds a daily Chromebook help session daily (Mon-Fri) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at bit.ly/tsionline.  Watch the TSI video for an overview of services.

D205 Foundation Offers Parents an Opportunity to Appreciate Teachers
Help us celebrate the Elmhurst teachers who have made a meaningful impact on your student this year, while also supporting local businesses. Teachers from across D205 strive to create rich and positive learning experiences for their students and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts. 

Each $25 donation allows you to recognize one extra special teacher with a heartfelt note and a $20 gift card from a local business that you select. Your note and gift card will be delivered to your teacher by the District 205 Foundation.

$5 of your donation will help support the District 205 Foundation to ensure that educational excellence is a reality for all students in District 205. Orders taken now through May 4, 2020. https://aesbid.com/ELP/TEACHER20

Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry Services
Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, 1083 S York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126, is available to help those in need during this critical time. Client service hours are:

  • Monday: 6:30-8:30pm

  • Thursday: 1:00-4:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm

  • Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

New Clients: Please register prior to visiting the pantry here. Registration is only needed once. There is no need to re-register for each visit.

EYFP has implemented the following client service procedures in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all those we serve as well as our volunteers.

  • Clients must remain in their vehicles and line up along the parking lot lane next to Jimmy Johns.

  • When you pull up to the pantry garage door, hold your EYFP client punch card up against your closed, driver side window so volunteers can record the household number.

  • Open your trunk from the inside so volunteers can place pre-packed grocery boxes/bags in the trunk. These include commonly used non-perishable food items, fresh produce, bread and pastries, milk, eggs, and frozen meats.

  • If you have to step out to open your trunk or your trunk is full, you will be asked to pull off to the side but remain in your car. A volunteer will leave your grocery box/bags on the pavement. Once the volunteer has cleared the area, you can get out and load the groceries in your car. Volunteers are not permitted to enter any client vehicles. No exceptions.

Donating PPE to Elmhurst Hospital
Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to providing the personal protective equipment appropriate to the role and the risk for our front line staff. However, the COVID-19 crisis has placed significant pressure on resources. The hospital will be happy to accept donations of PPE equipment. The items most commonly needed are:

  • N95 masks

  • Procedural/surgical masks

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Nitrile gloves

  • Isolation gowns

  • Goggles

  • Thermometers

Safe donation sites have been established at the Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital loading docks from 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Monday to Friday. Please contact Donations@EEHealth.org to coordinate drop-off or pick-up of donations.

Special thanks to York High School for its recent PPE donation of 2,750 gloves, four cans of wipes, 1,000 thermometer probe covers, five pulse Ox meters, and one thermometer. Way to go Dukes!

Pritzker Administration Releases WI-FI Hotspot Map to Support Illinois Students
Illinois state agencies released a wi-fi hotspot map to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The wi-fi map has at least 200 hotspots students can use to complete coursework. Students and their parents or guardians should continue to practice social distancing by remaining in their cars while utilizing the hotspots. If a student or caretaker is sick or experiencing symptoms, they should remain at home.

Other Free Internet/WiFi Services:

  • Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: Low income families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month). 

See internetessentials.com or es.internetessentials.com, or call 1-855-8-INTERNET.

  • Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

  • AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” our low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information. PDF Download

 Sincerely,

Christine Trendel
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.