News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,
We had a wonderful, although short week at Jackson School. We enjoyed seeing our students in-person on a Wednesday. Our teachers are working very hard to engage our remote and in-person groups of students while also maintaining trusting and positive relationships. Today, the staff engaged in professional learning that supports their instructional planning in the hybrid setting. They met in their Professional Learning Communities and attended sessions led by our district instructional coaches. We know that this year is different and we are determined to make learning meaningful and fun for our students. 

**Don’t forget that due to the holiday on Monday, Group A will attend in person on Tuesday and Wednesday next week!

Picture Day
We will be taking photos October 30 and November 2. Group B and AB students will take their photos at school on Friday, October 30. Group A students (and any AB students absent) will take their photos on Monday, November 2. Remote only students will be able to sign up for a picture time between 1:30pm-2:45pm on October 30 or November 2. Here is information for ordering. A Sign-up Genius will be sent to remote students soon.

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 school-wide announcement will not be made every time someone tests positive for COVID. 

Music Classes
Mrs. Alfano will be on an extended leave. We will have daily subs covering her absence while we look for a long term sub. 

Support PTA with Win/Win at McDonald's
Come support the Jackson PTA on Thursday, October 15 from 4-8 PM at the Elmhurst McDonald’s, 190 E. Butterfield Road. We will receive 20% of all sales when you say you’re with Jackson when ordering at the drive-thru. You'll also be able to leave a tip or make a donation for an apple pie, and the PTA will receive 100% of your donation! Tell your neighbors, family, and friends to come support our fantastic students! 

Upcoming November In-Person Attendance Days Elementary Students
During the weeks of November 2, November 16, and November 23 there are days off that impact our school schedule. We would still like to offer two in person days of instruction so we have adjusted our school schedule accordingly to ensure that equitable opportunities are available to our students

  • Nov. 2, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17: Group A students attend in person (if in Hybrid).

  • Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20: Group B students attend in person

  • Week of Nov. 9-13: Typical hybrid schedule takes place

  • November 23 will be a remote learning day for all elementary students

  • November 24 will be no school for elementary students

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 on Thursday evening, 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.

Information from Last Week:

Remote Learners: Student Independence
We are so proud of our remote learners and their resilience! Our teachers have built strong routines and systems for them to ask for help. Please support your child in completing classwork, assignments, and assessments independently. It is important that teachers gather data and information about their performance on grade level standards so we can provide appropriate instruction and information to you via Standards Based Reporting and parent teacher conferences. 

Supply Pick-up for Remote Only Students: October 23 
The next supply pick-up for our remote only learners is October 23 from 1:30-3:00pm. 

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.

In preparation for registration, we invite you to hear more about our programs and have your questions answered. The following meetings will be held virtually via Zoom:

  • D205 Kindergarten Registration Information Session
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    6:30-8:00 p.m
    Via Zoom

  • D205 Dual Language Kindergarten Information Session
    Monday, October 19, 2020
    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Via Zoom

If you are interested in attending, please register by going to the D205 Kindergarten page by October 13, 2020. A recording of the presentations will be available the next day on the District 205 website.

Replacing Student ID Cards
If your student has lost their ID card and you wish to have a new one, please contact Jacki in the school office. Replacement cards are $3 and will be billed through Push Coin accounts the following month. Your child also can memorize their student number or have it written on a piece of paper to show the door monitor for daily health certification.

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 12: No School, Columbus Day Holiday

  • October 14: School day for Group A In-Person

  • October 23: Supply Pick-up for remote only students from 1:30-3pm

  • October 30: Picture Day, Group B, AB and remote

  • November 2: Picture Day, Group A, AB and remote

  • November 3: No School, Election Day

  • November 4: School day for Group A In-Person

  • 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


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.