News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

This week, we reviewed reading data for all of our Jackson students.  We know that our students have lost some ground as readers due to school closure and we have made detailed plans to support their needs.  We will be targeting very specific skills, exposing all students to grade level text, and will begin to meet with students in small groups.  To support your child as a reader, read books together at home and have your child read independently.  Ask your child about what is happening in their book, to tell you about the characters, and/or to make a prediction about what might happen next.   

Transition to Remote Learning on October 21: IMPORTANT
All students will transition to remote learning from October 21 through November 4.  Please refer to Dr. Moyer's email from earlier this afternoon for details.  This coming week, we will welcome students in Group A and AB in- person on Monday and students in Group B and AB in-person on Tuesday.  All D205 students will be remote from Wednesday, October 21 through Wednesday, November 4.  

Supply Pick-up for Remote Only Students: Tuesday, October 20 *NEW DATE
The next supply pick-up for our remote only learners will be Tuesday, October 20 from 1:30-3:00pm.  This was originally scheduled for Friday, October 23 and has changed due to our transition to remote learning.

Picture Day: Rescheduled
Picture day will be rescheduled due to our transition to remote learning.  Details with new dates will be sent soon. 

Parent Survey on Hybrid and Remote Learning
Over the past few weeks, D205 has worked to serve family preferences for learning environments and continuously improve the teaching and learning taking place. The purpose of this survey is to seek parent feedback on current remote and hybrid learning experiences. This survey opportunity will close on Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

In order to make this information as actionable as possible, parents are intentionally asked to participate in this survey via a PowerSchool form, which allows for the alignment of responses to student information. This approach helps better identify any differences in responses by learning group (hybrid/remote), school, grade level, and other factors. 

This information will remain confidential and will help identify supports and successful practices. If you are a parent/guardian with more than one student in the district, you may complete a separate survey for each student or submit the same response for all students.
Thank you for your partnership and continued input.
How to respond:

  • Go to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at:  https://aps.elmhurst205.org/public
  • If you do not have an account, contact your child’s school.
  • If you forgot your username or password, click the “Forgot Username or Password?” link.
    At the top of the Parent Portal, you will see tabs for each child in your accountClick on the child’s name about whom you are responding
  • Navigate to the Forms page
  • If you would like to choose a different language for the display of forms (such as Spanish), click the ECollect Parent preferences button and choose a different language
  • Find the survey called “Remote/Hybrid Learning Week 8 Survey” under General Forms
  • Fill in the survey
  • Click “submit”.  Here you can choose to submit for one student or for all students if you have the same answers for all students

Kindergarten Information for 2021-2022
D205 is fortunate to offer several options for kindergarten: traditional half-day, dual language and all-day kindergarten. To accommodate interest in all of our kindergarten programs, D205 will be holding kindergarten registration from October 23, 2020 to November 6, 2020.  Please visit our district website for more information. 

Information From Last Week: 
Communication for COVID-19 Cases
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, we follow a very detailed process that includes fact-finding, contact tracing, and close work with the IDPH. Click here to access a summary of the process and recommendations.  This is to determine whether anyone falls into the category of close contact vs. non-close contact.  As per the IDPH, the definition of a close contact is the following:  

  • Anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for a cumulative period of at least 15 minutes over the course of 48 hours.  Additionally, a close contact could be a person who had physical contact or had contact with the bodily fluids of a COVID-positive individual.

  • The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person).

  • If the person was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), people with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered close contacts.

Anyone who is considered a close contact or non-close contact will receive a letter with instructions from Mrs. Trendel.   The decision whether a person is close contact or non-close contact as well as next steps is made by our certified nurses in collaboration with the IDPH.  We will only be notifying families of students who fall into the category of close contact or non-close contact.  A schoolwide announcement will not be made every time someone tests positive for COVID. 

Standards Based Teaching and Grading-Literacy
We wanted to share a reminder that when you see your child’s proficiency scores on the reading standards, teachers will be using grade-level text to determine a student's proficiency on each standard. This is to ensure that we are being fully transparent regarding what a student knows and is able to do using grade level text. We thank you as our partners in your child's learning and we encourage you to read with your child every night to help them grow as readers!

D205 State of the Schools Address
This year, the District 205 State of the Schools Address is virtual! If you missed his message, please click the link for a special video from D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer as he updates the school community on the status of the education in the district and goals for the school year.

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

  • October 19: Group A attends in-person
  • October 20: Group B attends in-person
  • October 20: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:30-3pm
  • October 21-November 4: Remote Learning for all D205 students
  • November 3: No School, Election Day
  • November 13: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:30-3pm
  • November 18: No School, Institute Day
  • November 23: Remote Learning Day (elementary only)
  • November 23: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)
  • November 24: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 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.