Sharon Holt


At Jackson School we...

•are prepared

•have a positive attitude

•make wise choices

•work and play safely


School starts at 8:15am.  Getting your child to school by 8:05am allows your child to talk to friends in line.  We bring children into school at 8:10am so we can start our day right at 8:15am.

Lunch is from 11:25-12:25pm.  If you want to have your child go home for lunch, please pick him or her up in the front of the building by the office.  Have his or her back to the office by 12:20pm.  Enjoy your time together!

School dismisses at 3:00pm.


First grade is a place of perpetual learning.  We are actively developing important foundation skills that will open the doors of learning.   One of our biggest steps this year will involve the magic of the printed word. Reading will be one of the most important areas of growth your child will make this year.  It will also set the tone for success in the future.  Your careful guidance and input will be a very special gift to your child at this time.  Our work with writing will develop to the sentence stage using the children’s own ability to hear sounds in words as well as standardized spelling.  We will explore many new and important math concepts as well as use strategies to master the basic math facts.  Knowledge about the children’s world will grow as we learn basic science about animal groups, magnets, and the life cycle.  Together, we will explore concepts and information about the United States and where we live.


What did you do at school today?

by Joan Lance

When children come home at the end of the day,

The question they’re asked as they scurry to play is,  “Tell me, what did you do today?”

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay,

“Nothing, I did nothing today!”

Perhaps nothing means that I played with blocks, or counted to ten with Mrs. Cox.

Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue,or heard a story about a mouse that flew.

Maybe I watched the gerbils eat today, or went outside on the swings to play.

Maybe today was the very first time that my scissors followed a straight line.

Maybe I led a song from beginning to end, or played with a special brand-new friend.

When you’re only five and your heart has wings,

       NOTHING can mean so many things.


Monday             Gym and Music          

Tuesday             Art              

Wednesday       rotate Music, Gym and Art              

Thursday           Library      

Friday                 Gym and Music 

                            4th Grade Partners e/o/wk



The all-important take home folder should come to school every day.  To me, it represents an important link between you, the parent, and me.  The folder may contain homework, important messages, assignments missed due to absence, and/or incomplete work from school time.  Please check this folder every evening.


Elmhurst has changed the homework policy this year.   It aligns with research that shows that homework does not improve the quality of learning at school.  I might send work home on occasion, but my reason is to share with you what we are learning in class.  It is not graded or part of your child's assessment.

Your child will bring home VIB books - otherwise known as Very Important Books nightly.  These books are a "good fit" for your child and we ask that they are read nightly.   (I know sometimes family schedules get busy.  If there is an occasional night that is too busy, I understand.)