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What are you reading this summer?

Parents should become more, not less, involved when kids start to read independently.


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Back to school supply lists

In an effort to help parents with their back to school shopping, grade level supply lists are provided online. VIEW LISTS

Jefferson to hold summer orientation for new families

New elementary students and their families are encouraged to attend a brief summer orientation program at Jefferson this summer. Families are encouraged to attend on either August 5 or August 28. Participants will tour the building, learn about many of the day to day procedures and have an opportunity to meet other students and families. orientation details/sign-up form [PDF]

State makes changes to immunization requirements

Students entering kindergarten will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. That's one of several changes to immunization requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. The changes are effective July 1, 2014. Learn more

Schalmont Sabres Basketball Camp to be held July 21-25

Boys entering third through eighth grade in 2014-15 are invited to register for a basketball camp to be held this summer. Download the camp brochure [PDF]

Third and fourth-graders walk to cure diabetes 

This spring, third- and fourth-graders raised more than $4,300 to help find a cure for diabetes.The funds were donated to JDRF, a leading global organization that funds science research for the disease. A representative from the organization visited the school in May to accept the check and cheer students on as they participated in a celebratory walk on the school's soccer fields. Learn more and view photo gallery

butterfliesYoung scientists explore the lifecycle of butterflies

As part of the second grade curriculum, young scientists are learning about the amazing life cycle of butteflies. View pictures from Mrs. Laurie Hughes' and Mrs. Joy Moore's second grade classes as they observe the incredible creatures in various forms. photo gallery

Students celebrate reading success  

Developing good reading habits can build a foundation for future learning success. That's why students were recognized for their reading progress and growth this school year during a special "Read and Win" assembly in April. Learn more

Miss kindergarten registration?

If you missed Jefferson Elementary School's kindergarten registration event on March 18 and have a child who will be entering kindergarten in September, please contact the school at 355-1342, ext. 5080. Incoming kindergartners and their parents are invited to attend Jefferson on June 23 to meet their teacher, tour the building and ride a school bus. Kindergarten registration

Tools help clarify Common Core for parents

New York State, through its 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

Help Jefferson earn free equipment

 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!

New elementary report cards

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 

Visit the Jefferson PTO section for updated materials, forms

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 

New buzzer system implemented

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. 

The Jefferson PTO needs your help!

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

Safety procedures at Jefferson

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


Sign up today for Sept. 13 Race Back to School [PDF]

District opts out of national lunch/breakfast program at Schalmont High [PDF]

Congratulations, Class of 2014

Regional summer school underway

Jefferson to hold summer orientations for new families [PDF]

Voters approve 2014-15 budget, bus proposition

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