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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
- 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
Jackson School Principal