Jefferson Elementary School is holding an orientation presentation for parents of 2014-15 incoming kindergartners on Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. In order to ensure you receive the paperwork necessary to pre-register your child, parents of eligible children are asked to contact the school at 355-1342, ext. 5080. Learn more about registration requirements
Please be reminded that the grades 3-5 ski club has concluded for the 2014 ski season. A special thank you to our parent and teacher chaperones who helped to make it a success.
Read a letter from the building principal, as well as updates from the library, PTO and more. March newsletter [PDF].
Youth Football Registration will be held at Jefferson Elementary School's library on Tuesday, March 11, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. First- through eighth-graders may sign up for spring flag football and third- through sixth-graders may sign up for fall youth football.
The Jefferson PTO is seeking volunteers to teach during the school's afterschool program in March. The program will be held on Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Any talent that you would like to share is appreciated. Ideas include crafts, board games, woodworking, sports clinics, fun with playdoh or clay and painting. Please contact Sharlene Masick, Michele Grotevant or Kara Boltz if you are interested.
Parents of students in kindergarten through fourth grade viewed a new kind of report card in December as the district unveiled new reports aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards that now guide curriculum in New York state. Learn more and download resource materials
Jefferson's annual holiday event on Dec. 7, brought two special guests this year—Santa and the Albany Devil Dawg! View pictures
Jefferson Elementary students recently attended an assembly where actor and musician, Dennis Kobray, brought the story and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to life. Learn more
Now you can watch the video that was shared during the event featuring Principal Joby Gifford and Associate Principal Jason Thompson. The building administrators discuss professional learning communities, common formative assessments, new school report cards and security updates. The last three minutes feature students singing the Kelso Rap. Watch video online via Vimeo
We are excited to welcome each of you back to begin what will become a memorable 2013-14 school year. Read the entire letter [PDF]
New materials have been posted on the Jefferson PTO webpage, including a welcome back letter from the officers, a list of committee chairs with contact information, as well as descriptions of activities/events, and volunteer opportunities. Parents are encouraged to complete a survey indicating their interest in volunteering for specific events/activities. Parents who would like their child's information published in the PTO's 2013-14 Student Directory must opt-in by completing and returning a form. Jefferson PTO
A new buzzer system is currently in place districtwide, including the front entrances of Jefferson Elementary School. For the safety of our students and staff, all doors will be locked and those wishing to enter the building will need to display identification prior to being "buzzed" into the building. Please be patient as we implement this new process, and remember that we want each of you to continue to play an active role in the education of your child. We do not want this to dissuade you from visiting and participating at our school. This change is the result of district safety committee's recommendations from last year. Visitors should continue to use the primary entrance near Ford Avenue for building access.
All the research says that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. Involvement at Jefferson also makes it easier to establish friendships with teachers and other parents. Find out how you can get involved. Jefferson PTO
The New York State Education Department released results of the grades 3-8 exams that students took last spring—completely revamped math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests that reflect the new, more difficult Common Core Learning Standards. Learn more
New York State, through its engageny.org website, offers The Toolkit for Parents and Families, a collection of materials and resources that help parents help their children with the changes associated with Common Core State Standards. Learn more
The front doors at Jefferson Elementary School facing Princetown Road are only being used for student arrival and dismissal each day. These doors will remain locked at all other times. All student drop offs, pickups, and parent visitors should enter the building via the primary office accessed by Ford Avenue. Learn more
Please be sure to register your Price Chopper AdvantEdge card with Jefferson Elementary School's code—16008. By doing so, you will automatically earn credit for our school every time your AdvantEdge Card is used. Visit the Price Chopper website to sign-up or re-enroll today!