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    Jan. 12 family message

    Dear Jefferson families,

    I'm writing with information on our district's two replacement levies on the Feb. 8 ballot, as well as two upcoming virtual events I want to make you aware of.

    First, we have a PTA General Meeting at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 13, via Google Meet, https://meet.google.com/ejr-wwby-rcc, or dial 502-482-5823 PIN: ‪149 086 677#. 

    Second, you are invited to connect with regional superintendent Sally Lancaster to engage in conversation and get questions answered about the upcoming replacement levies on the February 8 ballot (more info below). You must register in advance to receive the Zoom link for this meeting, which is from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. 

    On February 8, residents in the Everett School District have the opportunity to decide on two replacement levies for our schools. Both the replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy and the replacement Capital Levy provide vital funding for our schools that is not covered by state and federal funding.  

    Having good schools and facilities has a positive effect on our neighborhoods. Better schools help build a stronger community, which will improve our quality of life, keep crime down and help increase the value of our homes.  

    Local EP&O levy funding covers basic operating expenses and includes:  

    • Special education services (state funds $35 million, actual costs are an additional $10 million) 
    • Nurses (state funds 3 nurses, district must pay for the additional 9 nurses we need) 
    • Counselors (state pays $4.3 million, actual costs are additional $3.6 million) 
    • Safety and security (state pays $400,000, actual costs are additional $4.4 million) 
    • Additional program offerings such as summer school, early learning, elementary dual language, choice programs, orchestra, family partnerships and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) 
    • Costs over state funding for full time, part-time and substitute staff 
    • Extra-curricular clubs, sports, activities, and more 

    The $325.5 million capital levy provides funding to acquire, improve or maintain school facilities related to technology, increases safety and security, provides equal access to the same educational programs districtwide and pays for maintenance and mandatory upgrades.  

    After talking with many of you, I know you are interested in the facts about the upcoming levies so you can make an informed decision when you vote. You especially want to know how the levy will impact our programs here at Jefferson. If this levy passes, we will have some nice improvements, including: 

    • Replace classroom locksets for improved safety 
    • Install new electronic reader board 
    • Technology replacements/upgrades 

    If both levies pass, your new Everett Public Schools tax rate, starting in 2023, would be $4.08 per $1,000 of Assessed Value of your home. If you would like more information about the levies, please visit this site or e-mail communications@everettsd.org 

    Voting is one of the most important rights we have. It allows us to have a voice in government. Public education is critical to a free democratic society, and it is important for us to exercise our right to express our opinions. Please also encourage your friends and neighbors to vote by February 8. 

    Sincerely, 

    Elizabeth Kelley, principal

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    January family newsletter

    From the Principal

    Happy New Year, Jefferson families! I hope you had a fun, safe, and healthy winter break, along with any holiday celebrations you may have observed. I love January because it’s a fresh start! It’s great to have a chance to think about changes we want to make – whether or not they are official New Year’s resolutions! With students, we’ll do this by focusing on growth mindset as our schoolwide theme for the month of January. How do we define growth mindset? Put simply, it’s the belief that your talents can be developed through hard work. That hard work is often informed by learning new strategies and receiving guidance from others – such as educators and family members. The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset – which means believing that your basic qualities and talents are innate, and can’t be changed. There are lots of great Internet resources on growth mindset for children. This post has five strategies that families can use, and this one includes info on shifting your child’s mindset.

    As we return from winter break each year, we take time to review our classroom and schoolwide behavior expectations. Over the last few months, families have received multiple communications from Everett Public Schools about how students’ social media use is impacting our schools. While the majority of elementary students aren’t active on social media, it’s important that they build understanding and skills at an early age to stay safe online, and that families support with this. So, January is a great time to review your family’s Internet safety plans and expectations. If you are looking for a resource to support this, check out Common Sense Media’s “parent’s need to know” section – which covers topics including cell phones, screen time, and privacy/online safety.

    Thanks for reading, and have a great month!

    Mrs. Kelley

    Jan. 3

    Welcome back from winter break!

    Jan. 13

    PTA meeting – more info coming!

    Jan. 17

    No school: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Jan. 31

    No school: Teacher work day

    News from the Learning Lab

    Happy New Year from the Learning Lab! We hope you all had an enjoyable break with your families. We are so glad to start a new year with our wonderful students! January is a great month for learning, with few days off and lots of time to take our learning and thinking to the next level. In literacy, students in third through fifth grades are learning to plan, write, and revise their own informational text. They are learning to cite their sources correctly, and to clearly organize their thinking so that it makes sense to the reader. Kindergarten, first-, and second-graders are learning to add details and examples to their writing to make it more interesting to the reader. We are so proud of their progress! Students are really enjoying the hands-on activities in math that help them to consolidate their understanding of new concepts. It is so exciting to see students working together to solve complex problems and to explain their reasoning! We are proud of the hard work and progress students are making. If you would like to help prepare materials for these activities, please contact your child’s teacher – we’d love your assistance! Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, wonderful new year!

    Jessica Lundgren jlundgren@everettsd.org Janet Erickson jerickson@everettsd.org Irena Kolosnitsyn ikolosnitsyn@everettsd.org

    News from the Gym

    As we say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022, it is a good time to reflect on what students have been working on in the health and physical education environment. We have learned much, from fitness, safe movement and locomotor skills to learning about the skeletal system, bone health and social emotional health. We will continue our work with the skeletal system when we return in January, and will begin to focus deeply on sportsmanship, celebrating others, and fair play with games and competition. These can be very challenging skills for students, so it is important to practice sportsmanship in a positive way. Following that, we will start on the heart, and will learn about other muscles as well! I am so thankful and happy to have the students in person and working on skills in the gym! Keep up the great work, Chargers. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year! Feel free to email me with any questions at srowe@everettsd.org. -- Ms. Rowe

    News from the Library

    We just did the Hour of Code! In December, Jefferson students participated in Computer Science Education Week, which include the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, which is dedicated to expanding access to computer science education. On the Code.org website there are many computer science activities for a wide range of ages and levels of programming experience. Check out Code.org and try some activities at home today! Ms. Klujber, aklujber@everettsd.org Ms. Heather

    News from the Music Room

    As we return from winter break to the music room, we will resume the great musical work we were accomplishing in December. Students will take what they have learned about pitch and rhythm to begin composing their own rhythms and melodies, and we will continue playing various percussion and melodic instruments, singing songs, and playing games. We will also begin to explore the many ways music is connected to important moments in our own lives and throughout history. Debrah Rockwell, drockwell@everettsd.org

    News from the Art Room

    Welcome back! The students’ Canada-inspired artwork was super awesome! I hope you got to see some beautiful winter-inspired artwork come home! If not, it’s probably hanging in the hallways or in the art room, and you’ll see it very soon! Our next destination is Asia! During the month of January, we will learn about and create artwork that pays homage to the many different countries in Asia. From Japan to India and a few stops in between, students will learn about cultural traditions and artists from this massive region. The PTSA Reflections Student Art Show is now up for viewing at the Community Resource Center (3900 Broadway). The art is only up for a few weeks, so make sure to check it out if you’re interested! I’ll be looking for a few volunteers to help prepare artwork for our school art show in April … let me know if there is an upcoming FRIDAY (probably in February/March) that you might want to come in to help! Andrea Aguilera, agardner@everettsd.org

    DISTRICT NEWS

    January is School Board Appreciation Month

    The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition – a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. You can learn more about board members online. You can also watch past school board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel. The Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) honors exemplary school boards that improve student learning and follow best practices of governance. Everett Public Schools’ Board of Directors has earned this honor for the sixth time this year for presenting exemplary evidence of ongoing professional development, addressing opportunity gaps and practicing governance that reflects the Washington School Board Standards.

    Replacement levies on February 8 ballot

    Everett Public Schools has two replacement levy measures on the February 8, 2022, ballot. Both levies replace existing levies that expire at the end of 2022. Having good schools and facilities has a positive effect on our neighborhoods. Better schools help build a stronger community, which will improve our quality of life, keep crime down, and help increase the values of our homes. All students should be given the same opportunities regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or family income. This funding will ensure all students in Everett Public Schools have the same opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

    Proposition 1 – Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy (EP&O)

    Local EP&O levy funding allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our students, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state. For instance, the state funds 3 nurses and we have 12. The state funds $35 million for special education that costs us $45 million to provide. This levy covers these and other basic operating expenses.

    Proposition 2 – Replacement Capital Levy

    The replacement capital levy provides funding to acquire, improve or maintain school facilities in the four categories below:

    • Technology, $96 million: Our students benefit from ongoing integration of technology into their learning.
    • Increased safety and security, $2 million: Our students will learn in buildings that are safer and more secure
    • Equal access, same experience, $172 million: Every student in our district will have the same opportunity to learn in well-functioning, safe and modern spaces.
    • Maintenance and mandatory upgrades $54 million: Our facilities are valuable community assets and will be maintained to increase their life expectancy and comply with state mandated upgrades.

    For more information, please visit www.everettsd.org/2022Levies.

    Save the date - Let’s Connect

    Please save the date for the Let’s Connect on January 24. Have your questions answered and find out more information about the two replacement levies on the February 8 ballot. More information on how to register will be coming soon.

    Delayed or closed schools

    If we must cancel school or delay the start of school, we will use our parent communication system to call in the morning, typically around 5:30 a.m., with a brief message about the reason for closure or delay. We will also use local media and post the message on our website. If there is no announcement about Everett Public Schools, school is on the regular schedule. More information and resources for school closures or delays is on the district website under the Parents tab. In cases of inclement weather or other emergencies, please:

    Snow routes are online

    School drop off and pick up locations may change in an emergency situation. If your child rides a bus to school, please become familiar with the snow route information on the district transportation department’s webpage.

    Safety tip line

    Do you or your student have a concern about someone experiencing bullying or harassment? Report it! You can talk directly with your school’s office or you can call, text or email your concern. If there is reason for concern about safety on a designated walkway to school, call 9-1-1 immediately for authorized, quick help. We have strong partnerships with local law enforcement who share our interest in safe schools and neighborhoods. Student safety is a priority for all of us. Working together, we can help make our neighborhoods and schools nurturing places for students to safely learn and grow.

    First semester ends soon

    This is a reminder first semester ends January 28. Report cards and Elementary Progress Reports will be both online and mailed/distributed by February 11.

    Good Citizenship Day

    Good Citizenship Day is observed on January 14. On that day, social studies teachers coordinate a voter registration event in each history or social studies class attended by high school seniors. Students who will be eighteen years of age or older by the time of the next general election will be allowed to register to vote online in the classroom. Paper registration will also be made available in the classroom. Registering to vote is easy. Visit the Snohomish County webpage for details on the three ways you can register to vote or update your registration or scan the QR code. Students who are 16 & 17 years old can now pre-register to vote.

     

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    December family newsletter

    From the Principal

    December is upon us! We have two short weeks ahead before winter break, and every day counts! This can be a challenging time for students, as they often experience mixed feelings about upcoming events and changes in schedules at home. At school, we support students by sticking to routines, keeping expectations high, and staying focused on learning each day. We appreciate your support in ensuring that your child comes to school ready to learn each day!

    Each month, we focus on a character trait. So far, we’ve explored kindness, responsibility, and gratitude. In December, we are focusing on empathy, defined as being able to understand the emotions or feelings of others. This blog post has some ideas about how you can foster empathy at home.

    We are excited to welcome volunteers beginning Dec. 6! As always, volunteers must have completed he district clearance process (including providing proof of vaccination or having been granted an exemption by the Human Resources Department), and must arrange volunteering in advance with the classroom teacher.

    This is a time of year when things can be especially challenging for families in need. Check out the next page of this newsletter for four local food bank options. You can also find information and links to helpful resources on the district’s Parent Tools webpage. Additionally, I encourage everyone to continue to support our PTA weekend food backpack program.

    Looking ahead to our return from winter break, we are so excited that Jefferson will once again host a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program class beginning Feb. 5. If you have a child who will start kindergarten next fall, I highly encourage you to check out the TK information on Page 5 of this newsletter, or to visit the district page. The interest form must be submitted by Dec. 22 so that your child can be screened for this fantastic program.

    Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great month of December, and enjoyable winter holiday celebrations!

    Mrs. Kelley

    Dec. 5

    Online PTA Scholastic book fair ends

    Dec. 17

    1 p.m. early release

    Dec. 18-Jan. 2

    No school for winter break

    Jan. 3

    School resumes

    News from the Gym

    In P.E., students are continuing their learning in cooperative games using teamwork, communication and problem-solving. In smaller group stations, students are participating in activities that support cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance, as well as strength, flexibility, motor skills, and social development. Thank you again for supporting your child to wear safe shoes so that they can fully participate in their physical education class!

    Also, as a reminder, if your child is injured in some way, for example if they are wearing a cast or brace, please make sure to submit a doctor’s note to the office or health room outlining any physical restrictions so that we can best support your student in P.E. and at recess. Questions or concerns? Feel free to e-mail me at srowe@everettsd.org. – Ms. Rowe

    News from the Art Room

    We are heading north of the border for the next three weeks! Students will learn about Canadian art and artists, with lots of cool-weather projects in the works. Students in Grades K-2 will continue to focus on shape, line, form, contrast, and value. Students in Grades 3-5 are working on value (shades/tints), color mixing, and using highlights/ shadows to create form. We are experimenting more with paint these days, so be sure to dress your students with that in mind on their art day.

    I am excited to announce that we were awarded a grant from the Everett Public Schools Foundation! The funding will support our Spring Arts Showcase, which will happen on April 14th. Students will work on creating artwork that GLOWS under black light for our immersive art show. Additionally, we will work on creating a schoolwide “Best Part of Me” show where students will write poems and reflect on what they love about themselves. Stay tuned and a BIG thank you to the Everett Public Schools Foundation! – Mrs. Aguilera

    News from the Learning Lab

    We are so thankful for the amazing learning we see in students! We’re thankful for all the classroom teachers and paraeducators who are providing extra support to them. We are grateful for the teamwork of our Jefferson staff, and especially thankful for all the families who encourage literacy and math practice at home.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or suggestions.

    Jessica Lundgren jlundgren@everettsd.org

    Janet Erickson jerickson@everettsd.org

    Irena Kolosnitsyn ikolosnitsyn@everettsd.org

     

    HOLIDAY FOOD BANK OPTIONS

    *No ID or documentation required to receive food at these locations*

    Everett Food Bank

    1230 Broadway, Everett 98201

     

     

    December 20th,22nd & 23rd 10am – 3pm

    S. Everett Food Bank

    805 Casino Rd, Everett 98204

     

     

    December 21st, 3pm – 5pm

    Village Food Bank

    14 E Casino Rd, Everett 98208

     

     

    December 14th, 2pm – 5pm

    Sultan Food Bank

    617 1st St, Sultan 98294

     

     

    December 17th, 9:30am – 1pm December 20th,

    5pm – 7pm

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Replacement levies

    Everett Public Schools board of directors voted to put two replacement levies on the February 2022 ballot. The 4-year replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy and the 6-year Capital levy would replace two levies expiring in 2022 and would start collecting in 2023. Replacing both expiring levies within a stable tax rate, while also addressing the educational needs of all our students, was a primary goal in planning the renewal levies for the February 8, 2022, election. Having good schools and facilities has a positive effect on our neighborhoods. Better schools help build a stronger community, which will improve our quality of life, keep crime down, and help increase the values of our homes. All students should be given the same opportunities regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or family income. This funding will ensure all students in Everett Public Schools have the same opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.

    Local EP&O levy funding allows Everett Public Schools to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state. The proposed renewal levy rate is $2.20 per $1,000 of assessed property value (AV).

    This is an increase of 27 cents per $1,000 AV. This covers basic operating expenses and includes:

    • Special education services
    • Additional program offerings such as summer school, early learning, elementary dual language, choice programs, orchestra, family partnerships, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
    • Additional guidance and mental health counseling services, nurses, health room assistants, staff mentors, and positive behavior coaches
    • Student transportation
    • Safety and security
    • Extra-curricular clubs, sports, and activities
    • Costs over state funding for full time, part-time and substitute staff

    The $325.5 million replacement capital levy provides funding to acquire, improve, or maintain school facilities in these categories:

    • Technology: Our students benefit from ongoing integration of technology into their learning, $96 million
    • Increased safety and security: Our students will learn in buildings that are made to be safer and more secure., $2 million
    • Equal access, same experience: Every student will have the same opportunity to learn in well-functioning, safe and modern spaces, $172 million
    • Maintenance and mandatory upgrades: Our facilities are valuable community assets and must be maintained to increase their life expectancy and comply with state-mandated upgrades, $54 million

    The passing of both the replacement EP&O and Capital levies will increase your Everett Public Schools-related property tax rates by an estimated $0.84 per $1,000 AV when compared to 2022 and an estimated $0.33 when compared to 2021. However, the new tax rates will still be substantially lower than rates paid by district property owners prior to 2021.

    For more information about the upcoming replacement levies, visit www.everettsd.org/2022Levies.

    Parent University “Suggest a Topic” Form

    We want to hear from our families! Everett Public Schools empowers parents and guardians to be engaged in their child's education. Parent University is a series of short informative on-demand videos and "how to" guides based on parents' top concerns and areas of interest. We are seeking input from families as we develop videos this school year. Please visit the “Suggest a Topic” form and tell us about additional topics that will help meet the needs of you and your student(s).

    Link to Parent University webpage Link to Form

    Volunteers in schools

    The district will begin allowing school-based volunteers who are approved and meet the Washington State COVID-19 vaccination requirement beginning December 6. Please visit the volunteer webpage under the Parents tab for information on the application update and vaccination verification process.

    The gift of attendance

    Absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. Just a few missed days here and there, even excused absences, can add up and lost learning time can put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

    Family resources

    Could you or a family you know use some help? Find information and links to helpful resources on

    the district’s Parent Tools webpage:

    • Washington State Library – local and regional information about services and agencies offering help to families in a variety of ways including food, shelter, clothing, childcare, legal services, employment opportunities, and counseling
    • Everett Public Schools Kids In Transition (KIT) program – supports homeless children and youth to continue their education
    • Snohomish Health District for Snohomish County community dental resources for children and adults
    • United Way of Snohomish County – 2-1-1 is a free telephone number that is your best "first call" to quickly find the right source of help. The information line is staffed by trained operators from Volunteers of America Western Washington who can connect you to a wide range of community services

    Space still available in ECEAP preschool

    Everett Public Schools Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program for three- and four-year-old children from families with limited income. ECEAP prepares children for kindergarten and provides family support and health and nutrition services. It is funded by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The six ECEAP sites within our school district are Cedar Wood, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lowell, Madison, and Silver Lake elementary schools. Space is limited – apply early! For an application or more information, please visit the district ECEAP website or call 425-385-4628.

    Transitional Kindergarten Program

    Everett Public Schools is offering Transitional Kindergarten for children who are not currently in an early learning program and are scheduled to begin kindergarten in the fall of 2022. This program will focus on foundational academic, social and self-help skills to jumpstart qualifying students toward success in school. Students will be screened in December and January and may qualify based on need. The Transitional Kindergarten classrooms will be located at several of the

    elementary schools in our district. Sites will be determined based on

    enrollment. Transitional Kindergarten will start on Tuesday, February 1, and will run through the last day of school, which is currently June 22.

    To be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten, children must:

    • be 5 years old by August 31, 2022
    • live within the boundaries of Everett Public Schools
    • not be currently enrolled in an early learning program
    • demonstrate academic and/or social-emotional needs through a screening process

    The screening is an assessment used to determine your child's developmental strengths and needs. During this time, your child will draw, count, name colors, jump and have fun! Following the screening, you will have an opportunity to talk about the results and ask questions about your child's development. At this time, families will also learn whether or not their child qualifies for Transitional Kindergarten. If you are interested in Transitional Kindergarten, please complete the interest form linked here:

    Transitional Kindergarten Interest Form. For questions or assistance, please contact Helen Cooley, P-5 Instruction & Early Learning Programs Administrative Assistant: 425-385-4088 or 425-385-4024

    Accepting Highly Capable nominations until Dec. 17

    The Highly Capable program in Everett Public Schools is designed to meet learning needs and to challenge students who have advanced thinking and academic abilities. “HC” classes, as they are often referred to, are open to students in second, third, fourth and fifth grade. HC students learn and study in self-contained classrooms with a fast-paced curriculum that encourages and inspires them to develop higher-level thinking skills. HC classrooms are held in specific schools in the district, based upon qualified enrollment. The district provides transportation to students in HC classes. Find forms, information and evening events on the Highly Capable website. Referrals are for students currently in grades one through four for winter testing, which will take place in February, with more information to come.

    Delayed start or closed schools

    If we must cancel school or delay the start of school, we will use our parent communication system to call in the morning, typically around 5:30 a.m., with a brief message about the reason for closure or delay. We will also use local media and post the message on our website. If there is no announcement about Everett Public Schools, school is on the regular schedule. More information and resources for school closures or delays is on the district website under the Parents tab. In cases of inclement weather or other emergencies, please:

    Snow routes are online

    School drop-off and pick-up locations may change in an emergency situation. If your child rides a bus to school, please become familiar with the snow route information on the district transportation department’s webpage.

    Board of Distinction

    Everett Public Schools board of directors earned high honors with the designation as a Board of Distinction 2021. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes former and current educational service district superintendents, State Board of Education board members, former school directors, and other education leaders in Washington state. Scoring is based on how well applicants show alignment with the Washington School Board Standards, support their statements with data and demonstrate a link between outcomes and decisions made by the board.

    Register to vote!

    It’s easy! Visit the Snohomish County webpage for details on the three ways you can register to vote or update your registration.

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    November family newsletter

    From the Principal

    Happy November! This is the month of gratitude, so I’ll start by saying a big thank you to our families for all that you do to support our school and your child’s learning each day! A few other words of thanks:

    • To our PTA and Lighthouse Cooperative for co-sponsoring the super fun Fall Family Dance last week – what an amazing turnout!
    • To our Lighthouse parents who are supporting a safe and efficient parking lot experience each day.
    • To our PTA board members – all of whom are new this year – for all their hard work to rebuild and re-envision PTA! I hope all of our families will support their efforts by joining PTA!

    Each month, our staff and students focus on a character trait. We’ve done kindness and responsibility; this month, we turn our attention to gratitude. If you’d like to explore this as a family, here is one great resource.

    Here are four ways you and your family can connect with school staff and make a difference in our community in the coming month or so:

    • Connect with your child’s teacher during conference week, Nov. 1-5.
    • Contribute to the PTA weekend food backpack program (which you can sign up for here if your family needs this assistance).
    • Participate in a “Let’s Connect!” family input Zoom session with Jefferson staff from 5:00-5:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. You must preregister here to get the Zoom info. We’ll be asking about what’s working regarding your student’s learning experience, and how we can improve their experience. I hope you’ll join us!
    • Join not only the Jefferson PTA, but the Everett Special Education PTSA, which supports students and staff districtwide. The SPED PTSA is sponsoring their second annual Community Run, Walk, and Roll Virtual 5K, and half of sign-ups go to the school-level PTA you designate. It’s a fun way to get some exercise as a family while supporting two great groups!

    Have a great month,

    Mrs. Kelley

    Elizabeth Kelley

    Principal

    Jefferson Elementary School

    2500 Cadet Way

    Everett, WA 98208

    www.everettsd.org/jefferson

    https://twitter.com/EPS_Jefferson

     

    Nov. 1-5 

    1 p.m. dismissal for conferences

    Nov. 11 

    No school for Veterans Day

    Nov. 15 

    Let’s Connect! family input session – see details in From the Principal section of the newsletter

    Nov. 18 

    PTA General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., online – link coming soon

    Nov. 19

    School picture retakes

    Nov. 22-Dec. 5

    Online Scholastic book fair

    Nov. 24-26  

    No school for Thanksgiving break

    HOLIDAY RESOURCES

    Everett Food Bank

    1230 Broadway, Everett 98201

    November 15th, 17th & 18th

    10am – 3 pm

    December 20th, 22nd & 23rd

    10am – 3pm

    South Everett Food Bank

    Bible Baptist Church, 805 Casino Rd, Everett 98204

    November 16th, 3pm – 5pm

    December 21st, 3pm – 5pm

    The Village Food Bank

    14 E Casino Rd, Everett 98208

    November 23rd, 2 pm – 5 pm

    December 14th, 2pm – 5pm

    Sultan Food Bank

    617 1st St, Sultan 98294

    November 19th, 9:30am – 1pm

    November 20th, 5pm – 7 pm

    &

    December 17th, 9:30am – 1pm

    December 20th, 5pm – 7pm

    No ID or documentation required to receive food at these locations

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    Volunteers of America is not running a gift program this year. Another potential option that families in need may want to explore is Christmas House.

    News from the Art Room

    Jefferson students are CRUSHING IT! They are making so much amazing artwork during art class. Some of it has come home, but some of the bigger projects will stay at school to be part of future displays or shows. As we continue our journey around the world, we have landed in South America; K-2 have each finished one project in South America while 3-5 are just now finishing their Central American Masterpieces. We are going to head north for our next stop: The United States & Canada. Students will learn about artists and traditions that are well known on our very own continent.

    Thanks to everyone who has supported the art program at Jefferson by bringing in ONE supply! It truly makes a HUGE impact, so thank you!

    • K: 1 pack Crayola crayons
    • 1st: 1 pack Crayola markers
    • 2nd: 2 glue sticks
    • 3rd: Black Sharpie
    • 4th: Fine point BLACK Sharpies
    • 5th: Crayola colored pencils

    The PTA has an annual art contest, and the deadline is fast approaching! Please have your entries to me by Nov. 19. Keep in mind it is a nationwide contest and we are only permitted to submit eight entries, so there will be a panel of local judges who narrow it down. Jefferson Chargers are amazing artists; I can’t wait to see what you create! More information can be found at: https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections

    News from the Gym

    As November is National Gratitude Month, I want to thank families for helping students to wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes for safety and movement in P.E. In November, students will continue small-group station rotations that incorporate a variety of skills and movements. We will continue learning about the skeletal system and how to keep our bones healthy. Speaking of bones, if your child is injured in some way, for example, if they are wearing a cast or brace, please make sure to submit a doctor’s note to the office or health room outlining any physical restrictions so that we can best support your student in PE and at recess. Questions or concerns? Feel free to e-mail me at srowe@everettsd.org.  

    Shauna Rowe

    News from the Music Room

    We are finally back into the swing of things here in the Music Room. Students in kindergarten and first grade have been able to discover, explore, and share their singing voices, and we have started keeping a steady beat with instruments and our bodies. In Grades 2-5, we have really enjoyed the opportunity to play instruments together as we are reviewing key concepts such as rhythm and pitch. It's amazing to see how quickly students remember how to do things we haven’t been able to do since March 2020, and I’m excited to continue this learning in November!

    Debrah Rockwell

    News from the Learning Lab

    Jefferson students have been busy learning! Our new math program encourages children to solve problems using a variety of strategies. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and having them explain their thinking helps as they move to new challenges. Thank you for supporting your child’s progress! We are looking forward to meeting with families next week to share more about student learning at Jefferson!

    Jessica Lundgren jlundgren@everettsd.org

    Janet Erickson jerickson@everettsd.org

    Irena Kolosnitsyn ikolosnitsyn@everettsd.org

    News from the Library

    Hello from the Jefferson Library! We are off to a great start in the library.  Students are browsing the shelves for good-fit books. Good-fit books are books that are interesting for the reader that are not too easy or too hard to read. Once a student finds that good-fit book, it will be checked out for two weeks.  When the books are due, please deposit them in the collection boxes at the end of each hall. Returning books at the beginning of the school day helps to keep our checkout system running smoothly. Happy reading! 

    Mrs. Klujber and Miss Heather

    Looking for work? Everett Public Schools will host employment events

    Everett Public Schools is looking for full-time, part-time and substitute positions and will be hosting two events to share with potential employees the benefits of working for the district:

    • Thursday, November 4 there will be an Employment Open House / Application Support Drop-In time at the Community Resource Center from 3 to 5 p.m. At this event you can speak with Human Resource staff about positions in the district and any employment questions you have about the district. Computers will be available, and staff will be there to help you fill out an application and talk you through the process.
    • Wednesday, November 10 there will be a Job Fair at the Community Resource Center from 4 to 6 p.m. This event will also have application support, but staff from other departments will be available to answer job-specific questions.

    Positions include:

    • Paraeducators and Substitute Paras
    • Health Room Assistants and Substitutes
    • Office Professionals and Substitute Office Professionals
    • Food & Nutrition Professionals and Substitute Food & Nutrition Professionals
    • Registered Nurses and Substitute Nurses
    • Custodians and Substitute Custodians
    • Master Mechanics
    • Drivers
    • Substitute Teachers
    • Emergency Substitute Teachers

    The Community Resource Center is located at 3900 Broadway in Everett.

    DISTRICT NEWS

    2021 High School & Beyond event

    SAVE THE DATE! The High School & Beyond event will be completely virtual again this year. We have partnered with VisitDays to design remote opportunities for students and families to connect with colleges and universities from all over the country. Washington-specific schools will be highlighted, including our local community colleges. The live event will take place on Thursday, November 4th from 6-10 p.m. The link to the virtual event site will be available soon, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for this upcoming opportunity to visit, ask questions, and explore several post-high school options!

    Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

    November is Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

    Daylight Saving Time ends

    On Nov. 7, Daylight Saving Time ends and we “fall back” one hour.

    Remember to vote Nov. 2

    Remember to deliver your ballot to a ballot drop box near you or put it in the mail by Nov. 2 – postage is not required for ballots. 

    Calendar reminder

    This is a friendly reminder that there is no school the day before Thanksgiving.

    Outdoor visitors

    “Outdoor” parent and PTA visitors are approved at schools. Please check with your school to see what options there are, sign in with the office when you arrive, be sure to be supervised by staff when outside, and follow COVID safety protocols. 

    School performance report

    Our school’s performance report is available on our website. More information is available on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website. At the bottom under data and research, click on “School Report Card” and select Everett from the list of districts.

    Have you downloaded our mobile app?

    News and information about our schools are as close as your smartphone. Download and log into the district app to access your student’s info quickly and easily. See top stories, Parent University, Canvas, books checked out from the library, and find the staff directory, school websites, calendars and more. This is available for Apple and Android devices, and can be downloaded in three easy steps:

    1. On your smartphone, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®
    2. Search Everett Public Schools
    3. Then select our app for free download

    Once you’ve downloaded the app, log in to “student info” with your LMS password to see student-specific information for each of your children. Read content in one of many languages available in the settings. You are also able to set your delivery preferences.

    Receive information the way you prefer

    Thank you to all who were able to participate in our September 18 Let’s Connect session. One of the action items that came from the session was to remind parents how to select their preferred method of communication so they will not get the same message in multiple formats unless they choose to. Below are some steps you can take:

    • Download the district’s mobile app. One of the many features is to select your delivery preferences. Once you have signed into your account, click on your profile tile and then “Edit Delivery Preferences” at the top. Click on the icon for app, text, phone or email to turn off that mode. Green indicates the mode is turned on. Some modes are locked, as indicated with the lock on the icon.
    • Keep your contact information current by updating the “Annual Student Update Form 2021-2022” in Home Access Center or by letting your school office know any time there is a change.
    • Please visit the communications department webpage for a list of timely and relevant information to strengthen connections among families, staff and community.

    Is your family prepared?

    Snohomish County Emergency Management has helpful online resources to help you create and practice emergency response plans with your family and neighborhood in preparation for bad weather.

    Online safety tips

    • Keep the computer in a busy area of your home.
    • Use an app to keep an eye on your child’s online activity on their device.
    • Talking about cyberbullying; ask if someone they know has been a victim. Ask if they have been victimized.
    • Set up email and social media accounts with your children. Know their screen names and passwords and explain the reasons for not including any personal information in profiles.
    • Know who is in the “buddy lists.” Get to know the cyberfriends as well as you do those who visit your home.

    Parents and guardians may find the following resources helpful:

    • Stop Bullying Now
    • Parry’s Guide to Correct Online Etiquette
    • Common Sense Media

    Find out what Everett Public Schools students learn about digital citizenship on the district website.

    FAFSA season has begun!

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an office of the U.S. Department of Education. FAFSA coordinates with postsecondary schools and financial institutions to help students and families pay for college. Watch for FAFSA completion events happening around the district. Find more information at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Report safety concerns

    You can call, text or email your concern. If there is reason for concern about safety on a designated walkway to school, call 9-1-1 immediately for authorized, quick help. We have strong partnerships with local law enforcement. Student safety is a priority for all of us. Working together, we can help make our neighborhoods and schools nurturing places.

    Everett Public Schools is active on social media!

    On our main district Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, you will find emergency district communications, photos, videos, event postings, and content. Visit our social media directory at www.everettsd.org/socialmediadirectory.

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    October family newsletter message

    Happy October! We are entering our fourth week of school, and things are going well! Students have done a great job learning school routines, following safety guidelines, and rebuilding stamina for full days of in-person learning. We appreciate our families’ support as we settle in!

    We’d like to hear from you about the student and family experience at Jefferson this year. We’ll be having conversations via Zoom from 5:00-5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18. Watch your e-mail for registration info soon.

    This year, we have a monthly character trait focus. September’s was kindness, and October’s is responsibility. Ask your child how they can demonstrate the monthly trait at home, at school, and in the community!

    All meals are free this year, but I would like to ask that families still fill out applications for free/reduced-price meal status. Approved applications help fund other school/district programs, and can help waive other fees for your family. Applications are online or at school.

    Our district has many job openings, and our family members make great employees. Check the openings out out here.

    Wonder why you are getting e-mails and/or phone calls about your child’s absence even though you’ve reported it? If you list “illness” as the reason, you’ll get a message explaining when your child can return to school, and which symptoms require screening by our nurse before the return. If your child is sent home from school, be sure to read the accompanying letter about steps you need to take for them to return. A great resource is this flow chart.

    Interested in free preschool? See the page at the end of the newsletter about schools enrolling 3- and 4-year-olds.

    One final note: The district art calendar sent home recently has a mistake on the back cover – it lists our school start time as 9:25. Our entry bell is at 9:10, and our tardy bell rings at 9:15. The dismissal times on the calendar are correct.

    Thanks for reading, and have a great month!

    Mrs. Kelley

    Sept. 15 family communication

    Dear Jefferson Families,

    To read this message in other languages, please click here.

    Before I share information about Curriculum Night, I’d like to let those families who may be on campus before dismissal tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) that we will have a fire drill. You may hear the alarm sound, and see classes exiting the building to line up on the field. This is one of our required monthly safety drills, where we practice what to do in case of an emergency. Please do not try to join us for the drill – we’ll head back into the building afterward, and will dismiss students on time!

    I’m writing with information about Curriculum Night, which is Thursday, Sept. 23. Curriculum Night provides an opportunity for families to hear about what their children will learn this year, as well as classroom procedures, and to connect with the teacher and other classroom families.

    Here are the details:

    • The event will happen over Zoom.
    • From 6:30-7:00 p.m., your child’s teacher will conduct a live presentation. The teacher will send you the Zoom link soon. You may join from any type of personal device, or on a district Chromebook. If your child needs to bring home a Chromebook for your family to participate, please let the teacher know. The teacher’s presentation will also be recorded and shared for later viewing for those who couldn’t attend.
    • From 7:00-7:30 p.m., your child’s teacher will hold an open question-and-answer time to connect with families with children in multiple grade levels, who may have missed the 6:30 presentation.

    We hope to see you in our Zoom rooms on Thursday, Sept. 23!

    Elizabeth Kelley, principal

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    Sept. 3 family communication

    Dear Jefferson families,

    It was great to see so many of you at last night's Meet & Greet! Having our students (and families!) back on campus 100% in person this year means so much to us all!

    Here are important back-to-school notes:

    • The first day of school for Grades 1-5 is Wednesday, Sept. 8. Breakfast begins at 8:45, other student supervision begins at 8:55, and 9:10 is the entry bell. School is dismissed at 3:30 Monday through Thursday, and 2:15 p.m. Fridays.
    • Kindergarten begins Sept. 13. Be sure to sign up for a conference with your child's teacher for Sept. 8-10. And plan to stay after drop-off on the 13th to socialize with other families during our PTA-sponsored Tea & Tissues gathering.
    • Students must wear cloth face coverings made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric at all times when indoors. Complete COVID guidelines/info are in the COVID Family Handbook.
    • Many have inquired about meal service. Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this year. Students generally will eat in the cafeteria. Weather permitting, we often eat lunch outside. Classes will go to lunch for 20 minutes, one grade level at a time (75-90 students), and will sit no more than eight students to a table rather than the usual 16. Occupied seats will be staggered, so students are not directly across from or right next to each other. Students will be expected to wear masks unless they are actively eating. We have a plan in place should families choose to sign their students out for lunch in the parking lot or off-campus.

    Enjoy the long weekend, and see you soon!

    Elizabeth Kelley, principal 

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    Aug. 26 family communication

    Dear Jefferson families,

    This message is a follow-up to yesterday’s return-to-school communication from Everett Public Schools.

    Jefferson staff members are SO excited to welcome our students and families back 100% in person! We are working hard to finalize class rosters this week. It’s essential that we know ASAP if your child will not return to Jefferson – we will assume that they are coming back unless you tell us otherwise. Please note that 4:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, is the deadline to enroll in the Everett Virtual Academy if you are wanting a remote learning option for your child. If you have questions about health and safety measures, or anything else that may impact your decision for the coming year, please reach out to me ASAP.

    Here are key dates to be aware of:

    • Wednesday, Sept. 1: Teacher assignments will be available in Home Access Center beginning at 5:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 2: We will hold our annual Meet & Greet outdoors from 7:00-7:30 p.m. rather than having it the afternoon before school starts. This will include Otter Pops courtesy of our wonderful Jefferson PTA! Come meet your new teacher, and visit with other staff members! Please do not bring school supplies that day, as we are not having families enter the building due to crowd size. If your child can’t independently carry all of their supplies on the first day of school, please send items over the course of a few days. The school supply list is here.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 8: First day of school for Grades 1-5. Student supervision begins at 8:45 in the cafeteria for those eating breakfast, and 8:55 in the covered play area for all others. At dismissal, please consider walking up from Eastmont Park & Ride to ease traffic flow. All families should remember that our parking lot will be extra busy after school during the week of Sept. 13, as we ask kindergarten parents to park and walk to pick up their children that week.
    • Monday, Sept. 13: First day of school for kindergarten. Watch for info from your child’s kindergarten teacher about scheduling a family conference for Sept. 8-10.
    • Be sure to check your child’s blue first-day folder for lots of important information.

    We have some extra supports coming soon for families new to Jefferson:

    • A video that provides a general orientation to Jefferson will be posted on our website soon. Though this is meant for new families, it will be a helpful refresher for all families about some of our procedures and routines, such as arrival and dismissal.
    • Brand-new Grade 1-5 families will receive a separate communication from me about an opportunity to tour the campus and school before Meet & Greet begins on Sept. 2.

    Again, we can’t wait to see you and your kids very soon! As always, please reach out with questions or needs!

    Elizabeth Kelley, principal