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Elms Principal Message- Winter 2020

Dear Elms Family,


With the holidays rapidly approaching, let us be the first to extend to you and your family a warm Season’s Greetings! As we all navigate through these atypical times, may the Holiday Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.


Book Fair:  Don’t forget the Scholastic Book Fair is here. Books are an excellent gift idea for anytime of the year.  This year the Book Fair will be virtual and runs from November 9th to November 22nd.  Orders for books will be shipped right to your house. 


Holiday Shop:  It’s one stop shopping at the Elms Shopping Extravaganza!  Raise funds for Elms, get some great gift ideas,  and shop at the same time.  This fundraiser will include discounts, Display My Art, gift cards, and so much more.  Please see the Elms PTN webpage for more details. 

Snowman Decorating: The holiday season is just about here, and we want to fill the Elms hallways with cheer! We had such a great response to our pumpkin decorating contest last month, that we decided to set up a snowman decorating contest. Of course, participation is voluntary.


 If you would like to participate, please create a snowman and bring it to school by Dec. 4th. You can create your snowman with whatever materials you’d like, as long as you do not use edible materials. Paper, cardboard, Styrofoam, and recycled materials are just a few examples of what you may want to use. We know our Elms families are creative! The finished snowmen will be displayed at Elms until right before our winter break. A prize will be awarded to one participating student per grade level as well as a full remote student compliments of the Elms PTN. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Project Little Soldier: The Elms Elementary School and Elms PTN are excited to partner with the Jackson Rotary Club for Project Little Soldier.  The Project Little Soldier initiative provides holiday gifts to the children of deployed military men and women.  In  addition to not having a parent with them this holiday season, these children are dealing with the daily life disruptions from Covid-19.  Your support and contributions will enable the Rotary Club to purchase requested gifts for the children.  Donations of any amount are most welcome.  Checks should be made payable to “Jackson Rotary Club” with “Project Little Soldier” in the memo section. Please send all checks in an envelope marked “Elms PTN Project Little Soldier”.   On behalf of the Jackson Rotary Club and the Elms PTN, thank you for your continued support and consideration.  


Moving Forward: Phase II Update and Important Information About Moving to Synchronous Learning 

Please take a moment to view this important information about the status of our learning programs through at least December. The link will take you to the Reopening Page, which has the presentation in both video and text-only format. This update includes an updated District Calendar, which color-coding to indicate Hybrid Group 1 and Group 2 rotations through December.


Clothing Drive: The PTN Clothing Drive will be on Friday, Nov. 20th and Saturday, Nov. 21st.  All donations can be dropped off under the Elms overhang by the front entrance.   Drop off times are Friday, November 20th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm and November 21st anytime before 11:00am.  Acceptable donations include:  clothes, paired shoes, handbags, linens, stuffed animals, small toys (no board games, puzzles, or toys with pieces), NO blankets or pillows.  Thank you in advance for your donations and for supporting the Elms PTN. 


Conferences: As the parent-teacher conference days approach, we hope that you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher virtually regarding their academic and behavioral progress so far this school year.  Conferences are an important component to ensure that the school and the home work together to maximize your child’s full potential. We are making a change to our parent-teacher conferences for this year. They will now take place on December 1 - 3. They will be held virtually and can also be held by telephone if necessary.

Conference Schedule Dates - December 1 - 3 -  Conferences will be on the following days: Please schedule your conference(s) by Wednesday, Nov. 18th!

  • Monday, December 1st - Afternoon conferences
  • Tuesday, December 2nd - Afternoon and Evening conferences 


School Closed:      November 26-27

 Shortened Days:  December 1, 2, 3


 Parent University:

We Want to Help YOU Help Your Child! Please Sign Up for One of Our Amazing VIRTUAL "Parent University" Workshops

The Jackson School District Parent University can help parents learn about Google Classroom and Google Meet. Parents can learn how to use our curriculum and programs to help our students succeed. Fun, interactive sessions designed to help you engage with your child in learning are available. Please view the list linked above and preregister for these virtual workshops.

Yearbook photos:  

 The Elms PTN Yearbook Committee invites all parents to share photo submissions for the 2020-21 yearbook. If parents have photos of their children in spirit wear while remote learning, please feel free to send them to or upload to the Yearbook Snap app (code:  Tigers).  They might appear in the yearbook!


Please contact the school directly if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.


Warm Regards,


Michael Burgos                                       Shawn Levinson