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  • November 2022 Newsletter


    From the Principal


    Hello Jefferson Families,


    As we enter the month of November, our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you for parent/teacher conferences. Noted below in the “Coaches Corner” are some excellent thoughts on how to approach your child’s conference. As you know, conferences will take place October 31- November 4. Please remember school dismisses at 1:00 on these days. As a fellow parent, I’m always appreciative to have the opportunity to attend my own children’s conference and talk about the ways my wife and I can partner with their teachers to make the most of the rest of the year. Please remember that your child’s conference doesn’t need to be the only time you communicate with your child’s teacher. As you know, your ongoing partnership is valuable. My best wishes for a productive conference with your child’s teacher.


    If you have a family member, friend or neighbor who serves/has served in any of the military branches, we'd like to honor them at our assembly on Thursday, November 10th. They do not have to be in attendance, but if they'd like to attend they would be welcome and greeted as our SPECIAL guests. Click here to let us know of Veterans connected to our school community, and if they will be able to attend our assemblies. We will have two school assemblies honoring veterans:

    1:45-2:15 Kindergarten thru 2nd grade

    2:30-3:00 3rd grade thru 5th grade


    The assemblies will be in our cafeteria. We would like to invite families, unfortunately, we not have the space to accommodate requests. We will only be able to accommodate veterans.

    Kind regards,

    Steve Hopkins, principal


    News From the Art Room

    Please stop by the Schack Art Center to see Jefferson Student work. It’s free, it’s local and it’s awesome to take your kids to an Art Gallery that has their work (or their friend’s work) on display! There are about 100 pieces of artwork on display through November 12th.


    The Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201

    Open 10-5 Tues-Sat, 12-5 Sundays (closed Mondays)

    Andrea Gardner - Art Teacher


    News From the Music Room

    November is such a fun time in the music room, as we connect what we are learning to the season, weather, and holidays of the month. We have been learning about the core concepts of beat, rhythm, and pitch through song, playing instruments, and dancing. Our digital curriculum is also available to access from home, by going to https://musicplayonline.com/student-login/ and entering the access code: d563078. There you can find many of the songs we are learning and the games we play in class.


    Debrah Rockwell -Music Teacher


    News from the Counselor

    The holidays will be here before we know it. If you need holiday assistance, please click on the link below for toys for tots. The registration period will only last for a short time so it’s important to sign up as soon as possible.

    https://everett-wa.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator- sites/lco-sites/local-toy-request-single- form.aspx?nPreviewInd=200&redirectInd=11


    Coaches Corner

    Happy November, Jefferson families!

    Parent-teacher conferences are coming up during the week of October 31-November 4. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit down one-on-one with your child’s teacher to talk about school progress, ask questions, and bring up any topics you’d like to discuss and think the teacher should be aware of. Preparing a list of questions ahead of time is one way you can maximize the time you have with your child’s teacher. Here are a few examples of questions that can help you learn more about your child’s experience and progress in school:

    •             What is my child expected to learn this year?

    •             How will my child’s learning be evaluated?

    •             Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?

    •             Does my child turn in homework on time?

    •             How are my child’s social skills?

    •             Is my child working to his/her potential?

    •             What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?

    •             If your child receives special services (ex. special education, speech or occupational therapy, English classes), ask about the frequency of these services and your child’s progress with them.


    For additional information about what you can do before, during, and after the conference to partner with your child’s teacher and support his/her growth, please see the article Tips for Successful Parent- Teacher Conferences at Your Child’s School.


    Thank you for all you do to support your child’s

    learning each day!


    Winter Graham, K-2 ELA & Math Coach, wgraham@everettsd.org

    Jessica Lundgren, 3-5 ELA & Math Coach, jlundgren@everettsd.org



    News from the Gym

    Thank you, families, for helping students wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes for safety and movement in P.E.. Sandals and flip flops can be dangerous in the gym, so safe shoes on the gym floor equals safe movement! Speaking of safe movement, if your child has an injury that limits physical movement, for example, they need a cast or brace, please make sure to submit a doctor’s note to the office or health room outlining any physical restrictions. This is important to help prevent further injury and allows us to make accommodations for your child during PE.


    In November, students will be learning how to solve problems and peer conflicts during play. Depending on the type and size of the problem, students can use a variety of conflict resolution strategies. One quick and easy way to solve small problems is usually a simple game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. It’s amazing how well it works! However, some conflicts require a little more structure and time, so students will also be learning to use a strategy called the “Conflict Corner” in the gym as well as “Kelso’s Choices” (images attached). If there is a problem, a student can invite another student to the Conflict Corner to listen and work out the problem, or they can select a strategy from the Kelso’s Choices Wheel. Solving disagreements and conflicts with others is an important part of play, not to mention a vital life skill. Questions or concerns? Feel free to email me at srowe@everettsd.org.

    Shauna Rowe – Gym Teacher



    2022 Capital Levy update

    We are grateful to our voters for approving the 2022 Replacement Capital Levy. As the levy funding is spread over six years, project timelines for the facility projects and technology improvements have been developed to align this work with the revenue stream. These timelines and the rational for prioritizing these projects and improvements, along with other information regarding the 2022 capital levy, is available at www.everettsd.org/CapitalProjects.


    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

    November 6, 2022, Daylight Savings Time Ends and we “fall back” one hour.


    Remember to vote Nov. 8

    Remember to deliver your ballot to a ballot drop box near you or put it in the mail by Nov. 8. Postage is not required for ballots.


    Calendar reminder

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


    School performance report

    Our school’s performance report is available online on each school’s 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.


    Receive information the way you prefer

    This is a friendly reminder that parent and guardians can select your preferred method of communication so you will not get the same message in multiple formats unless you 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.

    o             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 in the upper corner of the icon.

    •             Keep your contact information current by updating the “Annual Student Update Form 2022-2023” in Home Access Center or by letting your school office know anytime 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.


    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 https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.


    2023 Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest

    The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee is proud to announce the 22nd annual Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest for the Snohomish County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in January 2023.


    The Prodigies for Peace Writing and Art Contest helps students draw connections between the people and the events that shaped the civil rights movement and the social issues that influence their lives today. Participation in this contest helps our local community remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest categories include essays for grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12, as well as art for grades K-12.


    For contest instructions and entry, please visit www.everettsd.org/DEI and click on Prodigies for Peace in the Quicklinks.

    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 to begin a conversation about the dangers of engaging in cyberbullying and how to stay safe online:


    •             Stop Bullying Now

    •             Ms. 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.


    Have a safety concern related to schools? Report it!

    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.


    Job opportunity


    Reunification simulation held

    Thursday October 6 district staff, community volunteers and 4 busloads of students and staff from Jackson High School participated in a reunification drill. The drill was an important part of practicing and testing the reunification plans of the district in case a school needs to be evacuated. Memorial Stadium serves as the reunification location for the entire district and the drill is practiced every two years, except during remote learning.


    You can find out more information on the reunification process on the safety and security webpage. Useful feedback was received on ways we can continue to improve our processes.


    News around the district

    Like knowing what’s happening in the district? Follow us on social media! Visit our social media directory for a list of schools, club or teacher accounts.


    Want eflyers of student and family opportunities? Go to Peachjar and register a free account to receive eflyers emailed directly to you!


    News releases

    2022.09.27 Jackson High’s robotics team ranked 2nd in world competition 2022.09.21 Jackson High students named National Merit semifinalists 2022.09.20 Rose Smith receives 2022 Ryan Ziegelmann Service Award 2022.09.20 World Language Assessment

    2022.09.13 Everett Public Schools celebrates its AP Capstone diploma recipients 2022.08.23 Transitional Days into Kindergarten Supports Student Success