News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

Short weeks are always action packed! This week, our teachers had dedicated professional learning time at our Late Arrival. We spent time reading and discussing what experts in the field of education say about teaching writing. We also spent time reviewing some standards based reporting and Illinois Assessment of Readiness data together. These steps will help us determine specific strategies to support continued improvement of our writing instruction and student achievement in the area of writing.  

Some of our Jackson teams have already begun implementing new strategies for teaching writing. In 5th grade, our students practice ideation and on demand writing in their writer’s notebook daily. Our first grade team is launching writer’s workshop and discussing what it means to be a writer and why writing is important as first graders. Fourth grade is starting to develop small groups for writing instruction based on student goals. We are excited to continue to refine our instructional practices in the area of writing. 

Communication with Jackson Nurse
If you need to contact our school nurse for any reason, please use the following email address: jacksonnurse@elmhurst205.org.

Lunch Menu For the Week of September 13
Please note that school lunches are free of charge for all students this year. Your child will need to order lunch each morning in their classroom. You can find next week's lunch menu here. 

Information from Last Week:
Parent Night Follow-Up

If you missed our Principal/Assistant Principal presentations, you can view the information that was shared here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. 

D205 Fall Open Plan
As cold season approaches, please refer to District 205’s re-open plan here, specifically, “Students do not have to self-certify each day. However, families are asked to commit to safe practices at school each day (i.e. not coming to school with COVID symptoms, quarantining when required, etc.).”

Dismissal Carline-Keep Crosswalks Clear
If you are picking up your child in the parking lot car line, please be mindful of the crosswalks at the intersection of Van Buren and Swain.  DO not block these crosswalks as our students and families use them to safely cross the street. We appreciate your cooperation!

Message from Mrs. Walton- Library
The Jackson Library would like to make its makerspace a little bigger this year. We are hoping that you may have some materials laying around your house that we will happily take off your hands.

Do you have any extra...gluesticks, scissors and markers?

We are also looking to collect any paper towel/toilet paper cardboard tubes. These tubes are great for makerspace projects. If you have any of these materials, please send them to the Jackson Library! If you have any questions or would like to donate other makerspace type items, you can email me at ewalton@elmhurst205.org.

Reporting an Absence
If your child will be absent from school. Please remember to call the school attendance line at 630-617-2363. Please call any time before 8:15am to leave a message on the voicemail. If you do not call your child in absent before 8:15 am, we will be trying to contact you. Please attempt to schedule any appointments for your child outside of the school day to lessen absences. However, if you will need to pick up your child during the school day for an appointment, please call the office, send a note to the office, or email Jacki Lawrence (jlawrence@elmhurst205.org) with the details so that we may arrange for this ahead of time.

Upcoming Dates

  • September 22: Student Late Arrival

Sincerely,

Christine Trendel               Caity Collins
Principal                            Assistant 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.