News Post

Barbara Pisciotto

Dear Jackson Families,

Our week at Jackson School was filled with meaningful learning! Our students are working on passion projects and posing questions to research, daily writing in writer’s notebooks, meeting in small groups as readers and writers, and discussing learning in groups. Next week, our teacher teams will review our reading benchmark data to determine student strengths and areas for growth. This will help us make sure we support and challenge each student. 

*There is a student late arrival Wednesday, 9/22. 

Virtual Instruction for Students in Quarantine or Isolation
Students qualify for virtual instruction in the event of an extended absence related to COVID. This happens in two scenarios: 1. A student is required to isolate due to a positive COVID test; or 2. A student is required to quarantine due to a COVID exposure. If a student has symptoms and is awaiting test results, they are excused from school while waiting for COVID test results. If the student tests positive, they will move to our D205 virtual classroom.(Virtual teachers for 1st and 2nd grade are still being finalized.) If the student tests negative, they are able to return to in-person learning.   

Lunch Menu For the Week of September 20
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. 

PTA Boo Bash: Save the Date!
The PTA Boo Bash will take place at Jackson School on Sunday, October 17 from 1:00-4:00 pm. More information to follow!

Keeping our School Community Healthy
We want to ensure that our school community remains healthy. As a reminder, if your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home. 

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher), 
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache, 
  • Shortness of breath, 
  • New cough, 
  • Sore throat, 
  • Vomiting, 
  • Diarrhea, 
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell, 
  • Fatigue from an unknown cause,
  • Muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.

Additionally, students should remain home if any of the following apply:

  • The student has been asked to quarantine by the local health department.
  • The student has tested positive for or is awaiting the results of, a COVID test.
  • The student is unvaccinated and a member of the household has symptoms of COVID or has tested positive for COVID-19

Thank you for your role in helping keep our school community safe.

Forward Together Plan
Throughout this pandemic, the health and safety of Elmhurst District 205 students and staff remain our highest priority. Elmhurst School District 205 has developed a comprehensive plan aligned to local, state, and federal guidance. The Forward Together Plan for 2021-22 offers some frequently asked questions about the reopening of our schools, the District’s health and safety protocols; sanitation and ventilation mitigations, and a Dashboard that presents COVID-19 metrics. As health information and related procedures change, we will continue to review and update the plan, as well as continue to monitor local health and safety metrics. If you have additional questions, please email Forwardtogether@elmhurst205.org.

NAMI DuPage County Octoberfest
NAMI DuPage is joining forces with the DuPage County Fair Association to put on some fun in 2021!

WHEN: October 1-3, 2021
WHAT: Octoberfest
WHERE: DuPage County Fairgrounds
WHY: Get out of the house and raise money for a good cause

INCLUDES:

  • Carnival rides and kids’ activities
  • Car show
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Wine and beer tasting
  • Live music
  • And much more! 

Proceeds go to NAMI DuPage to continue to offer free and low-cost services, including:

  • Mental Health education to Jr. High and High School students
  • Teen support groups
  • Support groups and peer counseling
  • Educational and support programs
  • Career education 
  • Social and recreation programs

Information From Last Week:
Communication with Jackson Nurse

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

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!

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 8:15 am 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

  • October 8: No School; Teacher Institute Day
  • October 11: No School
  • October 15: Picture Retakes
  • October 20: 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.