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Principal Message - October 2018

October 2018


Dear Elms Families,

 The leaves will soon be turning yellow, orange, and red, the temperatures in the morning are beginning to be just a little bit cool, and the night sky is getting darker more quickly each day.  Autumn is here!

 We have many things planned at Elms Elementary this October.  This past week, staff and students celebrated a Week of Respect with daily activities and acts of kindness.  Later this month we will have fire safety presentations for our Pre-K through Grade 4 population, some fall based trips have been planned, we will have our annual Walk to Remember, and Fall Book Fair.  This year our Family Book Fair Night will be teamed with our new event, Trunk or Treat! 



Exciting news Elms families: the Elms PTN is gearing up for our 1st annual “Trunk or Treat” family event on Thursday, October 25th [with a rain date of October 26th]. This family celebration will be open to all Elms’ students and their family members and looks to be a “spooktacular” time. There will be contest for Best Decorated Trunk. This event will also coincide with the Book Fair. We hope to see all of our Elms’ family there in costume.

 For those families decorating their trunk/table, the bus ramp will open at 5 PM for set up and closed at 6 PM. Families that want to just trick or treat, parking will be available in the large parking lot.  ​Families with decorated trunks will need to remain until the end of the event at 7:30pm for safety reasons.  Decorated trunks will also be responsible for providing treats to distribute to the trick or treaters.  We ask that at least one parent remains at each trunk to distribute the treat.  The PTN will let distributors know how much is needed after the RSVPs are all in. There will be other various activities for all our Tiger families too.

 If you are interested in reserving a “Trunk” parking spot, please click HERE to RSVP.  This is a free event, but the PTN is asking for anyone who is attending and NOT decorating a trunk to please bring a non-perishiable food item to be donated to the Jackson Food Pantry.

 This celebration is designed to allow all of our Elms’ families to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening with our children in a safe environment.  With the Trunk or Treat event open to everyone, our Halloween celebration on October 31st will be measured.  As part of the Jackson School District’s continual goal of keeping our students safe, visitations to the building on Halloween will be limited to class helpers only.  We apologize in advance for this restriction, but feel that student and staff safety is a priority in these challenging times.

 We can’t wait to see everyone’s costume on October 25th. Happy Halloween!


Mangia Fundraiser

Don’t worry about cooking on October 25th!  Dine in or take out at Mangia all day with the flyer available on the PTN newsletter or their website and Elms will receive 15% of the proceeds for your order!


Halloween Safety

Due to the PTN sponsored Trunk or Treat (see information above), our in-school Halloween celebrations will be kept to class helpers only.  In keeping with the spirit of fun, we would like to allow any student to dress in costume on October 31, 2018, if they wish.  Remember that your child will need to sit, write, walk, and eat lunch and/or snack as well as do other school-related activities.  If your child chooses to wear a costume on October 31, the costume should lend itself to these activities.  Of course, safety is the utmost concern. In order to provide for a safe, fun experience for all, please be sure to adhere to the following precautions:

  • The children who choose to participate should come to school dressed in their costumes and be prepared to remain in their costumes all day. Please keep in mind that costumes should be comfortable and allow for children to move freely, and should not depict any sort of violence;
  • Masks may NOT be worn during the school day;
  • Fake weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited;
  • Classroom parties will be attended by the class helpers only;
  • All visitors must sign in with the receptionist.
  • Valid photo identification is required to enter the building;
  • Visitor stickers must be worn at all times


Suggested Reading Routines from Ms. Villecco, Reading Specialist

As we transition from the sunny summer days to the more regimented days of school, I'd like to remind the Elms community of the importance to make reading at home a priority. This reading may look different in every home or from day to day; reading to your child(ren), reading with your child(ren), or listening to your child(ren) read.

 No matter what your "reading" looks like, reading and talking about books with your child(ren) will provide numerous benefits; including but not limited to academic success, increased concentration, and improved imagination.  If you're in need of some suggestions to implement or spruce up your reading routine at home, check out this article on simple ways to build a reading routine.


Cicconi Farms

Elms Elementary welcomed the autumn with our annual Fall Festival celebration at Cicconi Farms. It was wonderful to see so many families and teachers at the event. Students participated in a multitude of activities including face painting, pumpkin picking, arts and crafts, bowling, slingshot for distance and so much more! On behalf of Elms’ community we wanted to formally thank all of the Memorial High School students that came to support the event. Eighteen students from the Future Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.) and the Honors Art Society volunteered their time for our Elms’ students as they facilitated games, activities and crafts, and helped the children navigate the farm. Elms Elementary proudly participates in the Farm to School program and it is an honor to work with Jackson’s very own Cicconi Farm for the annual event.


Join the PTN

Please consider joining the PTN.  Anyone who turns in their forms to the PTN by November 30th will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card.  Forms for memberships are available on the online ebackpack.  Just print and send in with your child.


4th Annual Gift Auction

The PTNs annual Gift Auction will be held Saturday, November 3rd at Elms Elementary.  Get your tickets before it’s too late.  Tickets are $30 and extra bundles are $35.  Bundles will not be offered the night of the gift auction.  Any questions can be emailed to the Gift Auction committee at  Click here for the ticket form.  Make checks payable to the Elms PTN.



The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) invites everyone to attend their October workshop “Least Restrictive Environment Roundtable: Understanding INCLUSION & RESOURCE Programs”.  This workshop is presented by Supervisors, Inclusion, Facilitators, Special Education Teachers, and General Education Teachers on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Jackson Liberty High School.  Child care is provided for this event.  To sign up, please see the flyer in the Elms E-backpack.


Jackson School District Special Question on School Security Nov. 6

As we discussed last year, on Nov. 6, the Jackson School District is asking voters to decide on a Special Question to hire six additional security guards to provide optimum security coverage. Our goal is to provide you with INFORMATION to make an informed choice and to let you know of the opportunities to ask questions or provide feedback, including a public forum at the Oct. 16 Board of Education Meeting (6:30 p.m. at JMHS).

 Please view our page on the district website for more information, including what we are proposing and why, how much it will cost, how you can register to vote and/or vote by mail if you wish.

 (Remember, IF you want to cast a ballot on this or any other item on Election Day (Nov. 6), you must be a registered voter. The county must receive your voter registration form by Oct. 16. All forms and deadlines are available on our site.)


Upcoming Events:

October 8 – Staff In-Service – Schools closed to students

October 9 – Walk to Remember

October 11 – PreK half day trip to Pumpkin Patch

October 15 & 18 – Gr 2 trip to Jackson Forestry Resource Center

October 16 – Gr 1 trip to Insectropolis

October 16 – 6:30p Board of Education meeting @ JMHS – Public forum for security question

October 17 – Full day PreK trip to pumpkin patch

October 18 – Supply Cart

October 19 – Kindergarten trip to Pumpkin Patch

October 23 & 24 & 29 – PreK-Gr 4 – Fire Prevention Assemblies

October 23, 24, & 25 – Book Fair

October 25 – Trunk or Treat & Book Fair Family Night (Rain date October 26)

October 26 – School Picture Day

October 31 – Fall Festival In-School Celebrations (Costumes may be worn, see above for safety regulations)

November 8 & 9 – Convention Weekend – Schools Closed

November 12 – 14 – Shortened Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 15 – Supply Cart

November 16 – Spirit Day – School colors – Red & Black