News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

This week, our staff met Wednesday afternoon for Professional Learning. Our focus was continued planning for literacy standards by discussing how to make learning relevant for students and the best strategies for assessing student progress with quick, informal assessment strategies. Teacher Professional Learning Communities met in cross grade level teams to reflect on their success and share ideas for continued growth and work.

In classrooms, you might notice that students are in breakout rooms more often with independent tasks for short periods of time. This is happening so that teachers can meet with small groups of students to provide targeted instruction and feedback based on their needs. These small groups are essential and are one of our most powerful tools for personalized learning. 

Supply Pick-Up Today!
Just a reminder that supply pick up will occur today from 1:45-3. 

All School Pajama Day: November 23
We will be celebrating the hard work of our students during Trimester 1 with an all school Pajama day on Monday, November 23. Students can wear some festive PJs to their classroom Zooms and teachers will have some fun activities embedded into remote learning. 

Standards Based Report Cards and Conferences
Your child’s Standards Based Report Card will be available online in PowerSchool on Friday, November 20 in the late afternoon/early evening. Parent Teacher Conferences are November 23 and 24 and are a great opportunity to discuss your child’s strengths and areas for growth. Please be sure to sign up for conferences!

PTA Meeting Thursday, November 19
Please join us for a PTA meeting on Thursday at 7pm via Zoom. 

MAP Reports
MAP reports for students in grades 3-5 will be resent today. Original reports sent on Monday, November 9 did not include the district norms, which was an error in the reporting system. We apologize for the mistake and will get complete reports to families today.

Report Illness and COVID Cases to the School Nurse
During the challenging times we are in, it is very important that we follow the vital public health guidance and practice the 3 W’s, wearing a mask, watching our distance to others, and washing our hands. Please continue to report illness and COVID cases occurring in your home to the School Nurse. Whether we are in remote or hybrid learning mode, it’s very important to know the extent to which COVID is impacting our families. We can support the health and safety of our community when you let your child’s school know if your family is experiencing any symptoms of illness or a diagnosis of COVID. D205’s Stay at Home and Illness and Return to School procedures describe when students should stay home from in person learning, sports and other activities, and also describes how a student can be safely returned to in person learning and activities.

Music Grades
Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure a certified, long term sub for music classes this trimester. Therefore, your child will not receive music grades this fall. Students have participated in weekly music instruction with our permanent subs, Mr. Vince and Ms. Betty as well as Mr. Carl, an outside substitute. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Library Books
You can return library books to the school office anytime between 8am-2pm. Thank you for returning them once you are finished. This will help keep our inventory accurate and ample books available for continued check-out. 

PTA Virtual Book Fair
Please visit our PTA sponsored virtual book fair! This event will take place through November 19 with books for purchase through Scholastic. This is a great way to support our school and PTA while you purchase some books for the upcoming winter months.

Information from Last Week:

Calling all Jackson Jaguars! GOBBLE your friends up with love this November. SURPRISE your friends by placing a Jackson Jaguars You've Been Gobbled sign in their yard! Let's have some fun this season and spread joy to our Jackson community.

  • How it works: Similar to "You've Been Booed" -- surprise your friends by placing "You've Been Gobbled" signs in their yards! You can order signs here.
  • Cost: $25 per sign 
  • Sign: 18"/24", yard stakes included 
  • Delivery: free to your house 
  • Spreading JOY to your friends: priceless 

PTA Council Scholarships
The PTA Council is kicking off our fundraising for York Senior Scholarships this year with a yummy ready to bake cookie dough sale!!! Please click this link to place an order. The sale runs through the week of November 18th so get your orders in soon. Order pickup will be the week of December 7th details will be sent out prior to pickup. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Dena Fasheh or Kristie Szejner at

Parent Teacher Conferences: Information about Sign-up
Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences will take place Monday, November 23 from 4:30-8PM and Tuesday, November 24 from 10AM-6PM. We are excited for another opportunity to connect with our families through Parent Teacher Conferences. We appreciate the opportunity to meet our families, and this is our time to talk about specific concerns that you may have. Know that you can contact the teachers for a status check at any point in the year.

This year, conferences will be held remotely. Each appointment will have a Zoom link attached to it. After you sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences, you should email or download your schedule from Power PTC and use those Zoom links. When families click on the link, they will be placed in a waiting room. At your assigned time, the teacher will admit you to the conference. We ask that you name yourself within Zoom in a way that makes it easier for the teachers to identify you. For example, if you could use “William (Jennifer S’s Dad)”. 

Below are links to resources to help you as you prepare to sign up with your student's teachers. We look forward to seeing everyone virtually for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week.

  • The scheduling portal is now open and will closes Tuesday, Nov 17th at 11:59PM. Signups for Conferences are held via PowerPTC. For a PowerPTC-Parent Quick Start Guide, click here

42nd Annual UCCA Virtual Holiday Food Drive - Oct. 26–Dec. 1
For more than 40 years, the Elmhurst community has participated in the UCCA Holiday Food Drive to help Elmhurst District 205 school children and their families. This year will look a little different but the need is still great, if not greater, than ever. The goal is to help almost 100 more families than last year.

To ensure everyone’s safety, the collection effort is moving online. Instead of bringing food donations to school, you can go online and donate to sponsor a holiday meal, a box of food or more. It’s quick and easy. Go to or scan the QR code on the flyers.

Please give today to help struggling families put food on the table during these unprecedented times. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. You may also drop off Jewel and Mariano’s gift cards at the Elmhurst YMCA and the Elmhurst Public Library.

  • Holiday Meal Box - $16. Provide a complete holiday meal with turkey, potatoes, green beans and more.
  • Box of Food - $30. Provide a box of food filled with pantry staples.

D205 Breakfast and Lunch Free to All Students
Breakfast and lunch options are now free for all D205 students through the PushCoin Webstore! Meals may now be ordered on a weekly basis and may be picked up on the following schedule.

Important Dates:

  • November 13: Supply Pick-up, 1:45-3pm
  • November 17: PTC Sign-up closes at 11:59pm
  • November 18: No School, Institute Day (Office Closed)
  • November 23: Remote Learning Day (elementary only)
  • November 23: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences via Zoom (4:30-8pm)
  • November 23: All School Pajama Day
  • November 24: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences via Zoom (10am-6pm)
  • November 24- 27: No School


Christine Trendel 
Jackson School 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.