Jefferson Elementary School Newsletter

The October newsletter is available as a pdf here.

Principals’ Message

Dear Jefferson Families,

As you read this newsletter, we are concluding our third week of school at JES. We are off to a fantastic start as we begin a truly unique school year. Our teachers and students have been doing a terrific job of adhering to all new safety protocols. There is no question that we have had to rethink and reinvent many of our practices at JES in an effort to ensure safety for all. I am proud to say that we are doing it! Our students are attending lunch and recess, special area classes, intervention classes, speech therapy, occupational/physical therapy, and social work sessions as well. They are laughing, they are smiling, and they are happy to be back at school!

In addition, we have also assembled a team of Jefferson teachers to work with our remote learners in grades K-4. Just like our in person teachers, our remote teachers are working diligently to provide their students with a high quality education through the use of technology.

As we head into the month of October, please be reminded of the following dates:

  • October 2, 2020 Half day for students(Staff Development for Elementary Teachers)
  • October 8, 2020 Half day for students(Parent Teacher Conferences)This day is also our annual “Go Home Early Drill.” All students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM.
  • October 14, 2020 Half day for students(Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • October 19, 2020 Half day for students(Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • October 27, 2020 Half day for students(Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • October 28, 2020 Picture Day at Jefferson

* Please note that there will also be scheduled opportunities for remote learners to attend JES afterschool to have their pictures taken.

Elementary Half Day Dismissal Time: 11:30 departure from Jefferson

Elementary Half Day “Go Home Early Drill” Dismissal Time: 11:15 departure from Jefferson

*Adjusted pick up times for students who are being picked up by parents/guardians on half days. Please use the same parking lots.

  • Kindergarten- 10:30- 10:45(K-1 parking lot)
  • Grade 1- 10:45- 11:00 (K-1 parking lot)
  • Grade 2- 10:20- 10:35 (Front parking lot)
  • Grade 3- 10:45- 11:00 (Music parking lot)
  • Grade 4- 11:00- 11:15 (Music parking lot)

Open House

All Open House nights will be held virtually this year. Classroom teachers will also provide parents with an opportunity for a parent teacher conference. Please make sure you sign up. Once again, these conferences will occur virtually, utilizing google meet.

While school may look considerably different this year, our students are learning, having fun, and building lasting memories. A special thank you to each of you for your support and confidence in our work as educators. We remain honored to lead and serve this fine community of learners. Please be certain to contact us if we may be of further assistance.

Always Jefferson Proud!

Mr. Gifford and Mrs. Grabicki

Dates to Remember

  • Oct. 2 – K-4 ½ Day 11:30 dismissal (Staff Development)
  • Oct. 8 – K-4 ½ Day “GO HOME EARLY DRILL” 11:15 dismissal NO YMCA PROGRAM
  • Oct. 12 – Columbus Day – No School
  • Oct. 13 – Board of Ed. Meeting (virtual) 7-8pm
  • Oct. 14 – -4 ½ Day 11:30 dismissal (Virtual Parent-teacher conferences)
  • Oct. 19 – K-4 ½ Day 11:30 dismissal (Virtual Parent-teacher conferences)
  • Oct. 27 – K-4 ½ Day 11:30 dismissal (Virtual Parent-teacher conferences)
  • Oct. 26 – Board of Ed. Meeting (virtual) 7-8pm
  • Oct. 28 – Picture Day

Half Day Adjusted Parent Pick Up Times

Adjusted pick up times for students who are being picked up by parents/guardians on half days. Please use the same parking lots and remember to bring your ID !

  • Kindergarten: 10:30-10:45 (K-1 Parking Lot)
  • Grade 1: 10:45-11:00 (K-1 Parking Lot)
  • Grade 2: 10:20-10:35 (Front Parking Lot)
  • Grade 3: 10:45-11:00 (Music Parking Lot)
  • Grade 4: 11:00-11:15 (Music Parking Lot)

Notes from the Health Office

Out of an abundance of caution, if your child has any symptoms of which may be consistent with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please keep them home and call the School Nurse.

Symptoms include: fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle aches, and congestion or runny nose. Please visit for a full list of symptoms and the most current information regarding COVID-19.

Please let the School Nurse know if you have any questions or concerns.

Physical examinations are mandatory for new students and those in Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 3. A physical exam dated within one year of the first day of school is acceptable. If your child has had a physical examination by their doctor dated any time after September 14, 2019 please submit the required school form to the Health Office.

Thank you all for helping to keep Jefferson healthy!

News from the Library

The library webpage has a new address at: If you are looking to view the library lesson plans they are posted there as well as the 2020 library schedule.

Miss P. and I will be hosting an on-line google meet at 5:30 on Tuesday, October 6. The join code is posha. Join us to hear an overview of both the library and art programs at Jefferson Elementary School.

The week of September 28th, fourth grade STEM will start as well as kindergarten tech.

Just a reminder that due to COVID, students are not borrowing library materials.

Please contact me, Mary Shands at with any questions.

News from the P.E. Department

Welcome back Jefferson students! This year we are going to be outside as much as possible so please dress accordingly. Please have sneakers and comfortable clothes for PE class. Please remember to bring extra water on PE days as we are unable to use the water fountains. Obviously, this year is going to be different from the year’s past but we are going to make the best of it.

Thank you,
Mr. Croote
Mrs. Stadel
Jefferson Elementary School Physical Education

Music News

We are all getting used to our new normal down here in the music room! From the change to having music just once a week, to having desks in the music room to maintain social distancing, to now being the only music teacher here at Jefferson, the changes are significant! Rest assured that music will continue, it will look a little different and I will use all of my energy and creativity to ensure that the students are safe and happy! This includes things like making videos of myself singing songs unmasked and using more puppets at all grade levels to give the students a friendly face to look at! The students have been doing a fantastic job so far and I look forward to a great, unforgettable year! Please make sure that your child knows how to log in to Seesaw and that they know how to change teachers in order to find music activities that I will post in the future. I will be setting up my music classrooms in Seesaw at the end of the week.

Art News

Students have been hard at work in art class! In October, students will be working on various projects. Kindergarten students will be learning how to draw a chameleon! They will discuss simple shapes, and learn about warm and cool colors! First grade students will be creating a collage self-portrait. They will explore different types of portraits, learn important proportions and characteristics, and explore collage techniques! Second grade students will be drawing their own robots based on the book ‘Robot Rumpus’ by Ross Collins. They will explore geometric shapes and overlapping. Students will also be encouraged to put their imagination into high gear! Third grade students will be learning about various dinosaurs and many tricks to draw them! Students will also discuss having a foreground and background in their picture. Fourth grade students will be learning about the magical myths surrounding dragons, and how they came to be imagined. Students will then learn different techniques to draw their own dragon, and explore scale and depth.

Open House

The remaining Open House dates are listed below. Thanks to those who have joined in the virtual Open House events that have taken place so far. For more information, please also visit the school website, and select Jefferson. Or visit the link: (

  • 10/01 – Second grade and OT
  • 10/05 – Kindergarten
  • 10/06 – Art and Library
  • 10/07 – Speech and Mental Health
  • 10/08 – AIS, Music, and Physical Education