Events & Activities

Back to School Bash

CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR. Check Back soon.

Boo Bash

It's everyone's favorite spooky night of the year --- THE BOO BASH!!  The Boo Bash is one of the biggest and most attended Jackson PTA event of the year and we need YOU to make it a success. Please volunteer here.

This event is free to all Jackson students and families.  Join us for a spooky night filled with a DJ dance party, mysterious magic show, games, face painting and more! Don't forget your costume!

Fall Assembly

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Field Day

Please join us on Tuesday, May 28th for Field Day! We have so many fun and new games planned for this year.  (A big thank you to Mrs. Hendersen for so many great ideas) This is such a fun day for the kids and we are in need of many volunteers to help out.  Please see all the volunteer opportunities and descriptions at this SignUpGenius link. 

The schedule for the day will be:
8:20-10:45am - AM K, 1st and 2nd
12:20-2:45pm - PM K, 3rd, 4th and 5th

Questions?  Contact Nikki Manterach at:

Giving Garden


Jackson students planted and are caring for the Jackson School Giving Garden. Students have the opportunity to work in the garden during school hours and Jackson families will have the opportunity to care for the garden during the summer months.  A portion of the harvest will be donated to the Yorkfield food pantry.  Planting day was on Tuesday May, 14th. 

Holiday Cookie Exchange

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The cookie exchange is an annual tradition where Jackson families bake cookies and desserts for teachers and staff, who then get to take home a box of delicious treats just before the holidays.

 We need a lot of bakers to make this a success!  Each volunteer is asked to provide at least 2 dozen cookies for the exchange, which will be on Friday, December 14th.

 Volunteers will be at Jackson during morning drop-off on December 8th to collect your goodies from 7:45 to 8:15am, or you may bring them to the front office until 10 AM.  Alternatively, you can bring them on December 13th to Tracy Rhoades' house (961 S. Hillside) and leave them in the bin on her front porch.

For more details and to volunteer, please sign up here:

If you have any questions, contact Maria Flynn at or Rachel Ostendorf at  Thanks for your help!

Kids Heart Challenge

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A big thank you to Mrs. Henderson and all of the parent volunteers that made the Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) a big success! The jump rope readiness, eagerness, teamwork and encouragement witnessed throughout the day on March 21 was truly heart-warming. Plus, the kids rocked their crazy socks for World Down Syndrome day, so there was a lot of excitement!  

In the days leading up to the Kids Heart Challenge day, students learned practical choices for healthy eating and drinking, being active, how their heart works and fun jump rope skills. Plus they were excited to reach out to friends and family to raise awareness of healthy choices, various heart conditions and the important work of the American Heart Association. Thank you to the Jackson community for raising
over $13,011 for AHA, just shy of our goal! Donations help AHA save and improve lives with research, education and emergency care.  To view some of the day's action, follow @hendersond205pe on Instagram or this year's yearbook!

Mom & Son Club

Save the date for our first event – and fundraiser – of the year! Join us for a night of fun at Windy City Ninjas on Saturday, November 9th from 6:00-7:30pm. We will have private access to the gym and pizza will be served after we conquer the obstacles. Tickets will be $21 per person, with $2 per ticket going back to Jackson. Registration will start on Monday, September 30th at 10am. This event is limited to 75 participants. For more information, contact Rachel Ostendorf at

Order School Supplies

closed for the year. check back soon.

Questions?  Contact Kristy Weseloh at:

PTA Appreciation Lunch

Please join us for the Jackson Elementary School PTA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch! We want to thank you for your dedication and hard work this year to make Jackson the great place it is for our kids.

Tuesday, May 28th from 10:45 - 12:15 pm (during field day)

Grab a blanket and a friend and come join us to celebrate you with lunch from the Tasty Taco food truck  - feel free to eat outside if weather permits or the lunchroom/rec room will be set up for dining and dessert should you prefer an actual table and seating. All are welcome!

We will hear from our PTA president, Carey Murphy at 11:05 am.

We hope you will join us!

Questions? Contact Mindi Kaploe -




The Reflections program is here again for the 2019-2020 school year.  The National
PTA Reflections program is PTA's cornerstone art program, offering students an opportunity
to explore their artistic creativity and earn recognition for the artwork they create. 

The theme this year is Look Within.
The six Reflections project categories include:

Dance Choreography
Film Production
Music Composition
Visual Arts

There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities who receive
services under IDEA or Section 504 to have the opportunity and accommodations they may
need in order to participate fully in the program.

No experience is required to participate and all grade levels are welcome. Just have fun and
express yourself - draw, paint, make a collage, write something, take a photo, compose a
song, choreograph a dance, produce a movie. All students who participate will be

Completed projects must be turned in to the school office by Wednesday, November 6th
All rules and regulations for each category and downloadable entry forms can be found

If you have any other questions please contact Janice Castillo at

Please carefully read the rules for specific categories. Failure to submit a proper entry form
or follow specific arts category rules could disqualify a project.
Dance Choreography
Film Production
Music Composition
Visual Arts
Special Artist  (This is an option for students with disabilities who receive services
under IDEA or Section 504.)


Each project submission must include an official entry form. Feel free to attach an extra
sheet if more room is needed for the Artist Statement, etc.

Promotional video
National PTA Reflections site

School Supply Pick Up / Teacher Meet & Greet / Ice Cream Social

closed for the year. check back soon.

Spring Fling

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Spring has sprung and the bees are humming! We are having a party and we hope that you are coming! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00-4:00pm. for dancing, photo booth, games & lots of fun! 

Questions?  Contact Jill Merritt at:

STEM Adventure Night


STEM ADVENTURE NIGHT for families was on Tuesday, March 5th.  There were tons of hand-on opportunities to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • This event replaced Science Olympiad
  • Hands on materials provided by the Elmhurst Public Library

Summer Recreation Open House

If you missed the Summer Recreation Open House (SROH), please find a searchable database HERE. The database includes over 100 groups and organizations to keep your student(s) busy this summer! You can sort by program type, registration date, distance, length and more

Teacher Appreciation Week


In celebration of Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, we are planning a week of VERY SPECIAL surprises and we need your help!! Please join the PTA in thanking our teachers and staff! We are asking that you please sign up to help make this week run smoothly and be an unforgettable one for our entire staff! We are in need of a variety of items to show our staff how much we appreciate them. You can sign up to purchase gift cards, donate cash, paper products, utensils, bottled water, etc. And if you love to cook or bake, there is a spot for that as well!! Thank you for all your help! Please sign up here!

Trivia Night


Welcome Back Coffee

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The Welcome Back Coffee hosted by the PTA was on Wednesday (8/15) at 8:20am.  Parents had the opportunity to sign up and/or volunteer for a variety of PTA and school committees and events.  Parents also had a chance to purchase spirit wear!  


TreeRing Green Yearbook
SchoolJackson Elementary School is a TreeRing Green Yearbook School! Since we sold 277 yearbooks, Trees for the Future, will plant that many trees in Jackson's name!!


The yearbook deadline is fast approaching. Don't miss out! Order your child's yearbook before the deadline of April 19th. See the link for instructions on how to order. The yearbook team is in need of pictures so while you are finalizing your two personal pages, please take a look and see if you have pictures for the following events: Meet the Teacher - please send in pictures of your child meeting his new teacher this year for a fun page of excitement. Also highly needed are pictures of 5th grade talent show. Please send pictures by April 12th to Toni Milak at or Mia Nevarez at   

IMPORTANT! If you have already bought a yearbook, or plan to this week, please note that the background on the personalized pages CAN be modified. Right now, it is defaulting to a Monopoly theme, however the overall yearbook theme is "Kindness." If you choose to make this change to your personalized pages, you will need to login, take your book out of print and change it. If you do not mind that it does not match, then you do not have to change it. In past years, the yearbook would default to the yearbook theme, but this year it did not and we cannot go in a change the personalized pages. 

Yearbook Flyer with Jackson Code