News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

November is a wonderful time of year to pause and express gratitude. As a school community, we are grateful for the support of our parents, the dedication of our teachers, and the hard work of our students.

Our teachers are looking forward to connecting with each family next week during Parent Teacher Conferences to share the success of your students. If you have not yet signed up for a conference, you may do so by calling the main office or email Jacki Lawrence at jlawrence@elmhurst205.org.

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. 

PTA Reflections: Deadline Extended
Last call for Reflections entries - deadline has been extended to November 23rd. All entries must be received via the Google form by 3 pm Monday, November 23rd. Please email janicefcastillo@yahoo.com with any questions. 

PTA Virtual Book Fair: Extended
Please visit our PTA sponsored virtual book fair! This event will take place through December 2 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.

Survey for Fully Remote Students: Due December 1
As described in the original Open D205 plan, parents of fully remote students may change their child’s learning model to in-person/hybrid learning for the second semester. D205’s goal is to accommodate parents who now prefer in-person/hybrid learning to the greatest extent possible. This goal is, as always, contingent on health metrics, staffing, and other factors.

To indicate your choice, fill out the form called “Request to Change to In-Person/Hybrid Learning” in the PowerSchool parent portal by logging in, going to “Forms”, and submitting the form (steps here or in this short video). Contact your child's school if you need help accessing the PowerSchool parent portal.

You must fill this form out separately for each student who is currently enrolled in the fully remote learning option. This form closes on December 1, 2020 at 5 pm. Changes in student schedules will be communicated back to parents before winter break.

Standards Based Report Cards and Conferences
Your child’s Standards Based Report Card will be available online in PowerSchool late this afternoon. Parent Teacher Conferences are November 23 and 24 and are a great opportunity to discuss your child’s strengths and areas for growth.

Save the Date! Parent Engagement Session - Distance Learning Playbook for Parents
We are excited to engage with parents and families directly in some learning to make the Remote and Hybrid learning experiences better for all students. Our Elmhurst D205 Team has developed a series of presentations with parents in mind.

Our first presentation will take place virtually the evening of Monday, December 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., and it will focus on helping parents and families to be able to understand how to support your students through Zoom, monitoring sleep habits, understanding Google Classroom all while taking care of yourself as adults. This session will allow for parents to engage in a discussion with administrators to understand some helpful tips and tricks as you engage with your student's learning.

Each presentation will be broadcast in English and Spanish and will be recorded so that parents can watch them at a later time. The presentations will follow the work of the book, The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents (Fisher, Frey, Hattie, & Wiseman) (available for purchase from Amazon). Registration information will be sent soon. 

Anxiety in Kids During COVID
The City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth presents their first virtual event, “Anxiety in kids during COVID-19,” presented by Rogers Behavioral Health on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7 p.m. on ElmhurstTV. If you have any questions, please email jackie.haddad-tamer@elmhurst.org. D205 is part of the City of Elmhurst Commission on Youth and regularly partners with the Commission to host and promote youth centric events.

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.

Information from Last Week:

PTA: YOU'VE BEEN GOBBLED!
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

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 www.ucca-elmhurst.org/ucca-volunteers 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 23: Regular Student Attendance Day (Remote Learning)
  • 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

Sincerely,

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.