News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

During remote instruction this week, our staff and students made the most of their time together. Our students are working hard as readers, writers, and mathematicians while also interacting with each other during morning meeting and breakout sessions. Today, our teams planned some Halloween fun for students with games and costumes. However you choose to celebrate Halloween this weekend, please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

*Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!

Return to School Status
Please refer to Dr. Moyer's email that was sent earlier this evening. 

Science and Social Studies Integration
As stated in last week’s Weekly Wrap-up (original message is further down in this email), elementary schools across D205 are modifying our approach to the way science and social studies are taught within our remote and hybrid instruction. These content areas will no longer be taught as “stand alone” subjects and will not be reported on. However, the content from these units will be covered through integration with reading and writing instruction. This means that teachers will be asking students to read and write about science and social studies topics while also pulling texts from our science and social studies curriculum for students to use. This will help teachers prioritize core academic skills in reading, writing, and math throughout Trimesters 2 and 3.

MAP Testing Reports- Grades 3, 4, 5
You will receive your child’s MAP testing report via email on Monday, November 9. 

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 opens Thursday, Nov 12 at 6AM and closes Tuesday, Nov 17th at 11:59PM. Signups for Conferences are held via PowerPTC. For a PowerPTC-Parent Quick Start Guide, click here

D205 Kindergarten Registration Open - Until Nov. 6
D205 online kindergarten registration is October 23, 2020 to November 6, 2020 for kindergarten: traditional half-day, dual language and all-day kindergarten programs. Please register by going to the D205 Kindergarten Registration page. A recording of the general Kindergarten Registration and Dual Language Information Session presentations from October 15 & 19 also are available on the D205 Kindergarten Registration page.

Information from last week:

4th Grade Instrumental Music
If you have a student in fourth grade and are interested in participating in Band or Orchestra this year, please see here for more information. 

Standards Based Reporting and Instructional Time
In order to provide additional class time devoted to grade-level reading, we plan to reassign the 30 minute science and social studies block as additional reading or math time. We are not cutting science and social studies out completely; we are just making the necessary time for our relentless focus on every student achieving grade-level reading skills - the learning skills that empower students for their entire lives. To adjust, we will continue to enhance our reading and writing blocks with science and social studies content and students will still encounter science and social studies in ELA and Math. 

Our D205 Mission is to accelerate learning for all students. We believe that

  • ALL students must learn and grow
  • We accept shared responsibility for student growth
  • We make decisions based on what is best for students
  • We are a future-focused community of learners 

Our reading curriculum integrates significant time for science and social studies content. Students are reading about these topics on a consistent basis in their K-5 classrooms as part of the common curriculum and among the individual book choices students make. In order to provide additional class time devoted to grade-level reading, we must reassign the 30 minute science and social studies block as additional reading/writing/math time. We will not report on science and social studies achievement on the standards-based report card at the elementary level during any grading period this year.

PTA Trek-a-Thon
Come out and support Jackson School through the Jackson PTA Trek-A-Thon. Bike, run and/or walk to earn miles towards your trek, which runs October 24th through November 7th. Ask your family and friends to donate per mile or through a flat donation to help with future classroom funding. Click here to register!

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.

City of Elmhurst Trick or Treating Hours and Information - Oct. 31
City of Elmhurst Trick-or-Treating hours are Saturday, October 31 from 3:30-7:30 pm, but residents are asked to protect themselves and respect their neighbors by understanding and abiding by the following guidelines listed on the City’s website.

Elmhurst Lions Pumpkin Patch - Until Oct. 31
Don’t just buy your fall pumpkins anywhere. Visit the Elmhurst Lions Club Pumpkin Patch at the Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst through October 31.

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. 

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 3: No School, Election Day
  • November 12: Tentative return to In-Person learning
  • November 13: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:45-3pm
  • 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.