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Jefferson's 10 Things You Need to Know

Jefferson's 10 Things You Need to Know

Jefferson's 10 Things You Need to Know

Kurt Kreuger: PRINCIPAL

1831 Mt. Zion 

Janesville, WI 53545
   Main Office: 743-6600 /  Attendance: 743-6630 / Fax: 743-6610

School Mascot: Jaguar

MISSION STATEMENT: Student Achievement is OUR Priority.


10 Things You Need to Know Section
A. Daily Schedule 1
B. Student Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures 2
C. District Calendar 2019-2020 3
D. Staff Directory 4
E. Absences / Homework Information 5
F. Community Connections & Family Resource Centers 6
G. Emergency Drills/Evacuation Location 7
H. Lost & Found 8
I. Student Illness/Injury/Dismissals 9
J. Visitors / Volunteers (including lunch and classroom visits) 10



Outdoor Supervision Begins 8:05 am
First Bell 8:15 am
Instruction Begins; Students are in class 8:20 am
School is Dismissed 3:08 pm


Our school now qualifies for free breakfast for all students under the Community Eligibility Provision. This means that all students will be able to participate in our breakfast at no cost.  We will be taking part in the "Breakfast in the Classroom" IBIC) program. This insures that every student is offered a breakfast after the school day begins. BIC will replace the daily snack and milk break. As a result, Jefferson will no longer have a "Breakfast Club" before school.

The daily lunch menu is published in the Janesville Gazette, and can be downloaded from the district website.

The instructional day for children in grades K-5 is from 8:15 – 3:08 with a 35-minute lunch/recess and a 15-minute recess in the daily schedule.

Messages During the School Day

We get many requests to give children messages during the school day. With each message request, we are interrupting your child's entire classroom. Please do our best to have an after school plan in place. however, we do understand at times there are emergencies and we are happy to assist. Please help us by keeping message requests to a minimum.


Parent Information for Dropping-off / Picking-up Children at School:

Playground supervision will begin at 8:05 am.  Students should not arrive at school before then.

When picking up or dripping off a child, please beware of traffic hazards and students. Students can be dropped off on Jefferson School Drive along the sidewalk. If you plan to stay with your child, park on the side street or in the visitor parking lot in front of the school. Street parking on Jefferson School Drive is available from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. At the end of the day, you may wait on Jefferson School Drive until your child joins you as long as you do not block traffic or leave your car. Parents who wait for their child at the front of the school should us angle parking. Police patrol this circle regularly.

  • When ever students are present, the maximum speed limit on school grounds is 5 mph.
  • Carpooling helps reduce the quantity of cars in the front and rear of the School.
  • Teach your children to cross the street only at the crosswalks.
  • Allow people in crosswalks to cross.
  • Observe the one-way signs when entering and exiting.
  • Do not park in the crosswalk at any time.
  • Do not double park or pick up a child in the passing lane of the driveway
  • Remember to Stop - Drop / Pick-Up - Go

All Janesville residents are required by law to follow these and other Janesville City Ordinances:

  • 6.04.110 Pets are prohibited on leash or not
  • 10.32.030 Obedience to crossing guards - violation with penalty
  • 10.36.010 Prohibited acts: It is unlawful to block hinder or retard any street traffic, whether it is vehicular or otherwise including by receiving or discharging passengers from a vehicle in a lane designated for the movement of traffic.
  • 10.40.025 No parking, stopping or standing contrary to official traffic or parking sign or marker - No Exceptions.
  • 10.40.140 Vehicle left with motor running is prohibited. 


If a student needs to leave the school during school hours, they should bring a note from their parent/guardian to the office, stating the time the student needs to leave and the reason for leaving.Parents must come into the school office to sign their student out in order for them to be released.

If a student comes to school at 8:20 am or after the student must stop at the attendance office so their reported absence may be corrected.

Late Pick Up

If a parent is to be detained from picking a child up at dismissal time, the office should be notified so the child is not left standing outside the doors or at the curb. (The office is open from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.) Late pickups should be rare. If late pick ups become frequent, Jefferson staff will work with the family to address the issue.

Bike and Skateboard Riding

Children who bring bicycles to school do so at their own risk.The school does not provide special supervision for the bike rack and will not be responsible for bikes that are damaged or stolen.

Bikes are to be parked and locked (students need to provide their own bike lock) in the bike racks provided.Although our safety patrol provides some supervision, bikes are the responsibility of their owners. Bikes and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds. Once a student enters Jefferson property, they must walk their bike or carry their skateboards on school ground's. We ask that skateboards, roller blades, shoes with wheels, and scooters be brought to the office.



2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Event Date Day of the Week
Labor Day - No School September 2 Monday  
Student First Day of School  September 3 Tuesday
Parent/Teacher Conferences (After school)  October 23 Wednesday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM 
Parent/Teacher Conferences October 24 Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Teacher Non-Work Day - No school October 25 Friday
Middle/High Only - End of Quarter October 31 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School For MS/HS Teacher Work Day  November 1 Friday
Elementary Only - End of 1st Trimester November 21 Thursday
Elementary Only - No School For Elem. - Teacher Work Day     November 22 Friday
Thanksgiving Break - No School November 28-29 Thursday/Friday
Winter Break - No School December 23  Monday
School Resumes January 2, 2020 Thursday   
Middle/High Only - End of Semester January 16 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School for MS/HS Teacher Work Day  January 17 Friday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School January 20 Monday
Elementary Only - End of 2nd Trimester February 20  Thursday
Elementary Only - No School For Elem. - Teacher Work Day   February 21 Friday
Parent/Teacher Conferences (After school)  March 4 Wednesday, 4:00 - 8:00 PM  
Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School  March 5      Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
No School - Teacher Non-Work Day March 6  Friday 
Spring Break Begins - No School March 23 Monday
School Resumes March 30 Monday
Middle/High Only - End of Quarter April 2 Thursday
Middle/High Only - No School For MS/HS -Teacher Work Day  April 3 Friday
Good Friday - No School  April 10 Friday 
Teacher Work Day - Snow Reserve Day - No School Unless Needed  May 22 Friday 
Memorial Day - No School May 25 Monday
Last Day of school (Students and Staff) June 5 Friday
Snow Reserve Day: Two inclement weather days for students are built into the district calendar. If school is closed for inclement weather more than two days in the school year, the third and beyond inclement weather days will be made up on the closest Snow Reserve Day after the inclement weather day that is not already being used for make-up time. If one or more of these days are not needed to be used to make-up time they will be days off for students.





Staff Directory

Area of the Building Name Direct Phone Number
    Area Code (608)
Office Principal: Kurt Krueger 743-6605
  Secretary: Rita Davidson 743-6606
  Health & Attendance: Jessica Conrardy 743-6612
P4J Marie LaVelle 743-6655
  Christine Oberdeck 743-6655
Kindergarten Shilo Habeck 743-6609
  Karra Killoy 743-6681
  Emily Lex 743-6685
1st Grade Laura Laursen 743-6614
  Jeff Halverson 743-6693
2nd Grade Robin Booth 743-6690
  Jackie Aumock 743-6658
3rd Grade Dan Kaster 743-6694
  Jennifer Schrab 743-6688
4th Grade Erica Brunker 743-6649
  Melissa Wasilewski 743-6618
5th Grade Sarah Fisher 743-6619
  Julie Skalecki 743-6657
Academic Learning Coach Ryan Stengl 743-6627
Art  Suzanne Guilliom 743-6646
Cafeteria Simon Hanna 743-6608
  Debra Helgeson 743-6608
  Lin Walhovd - Manager 743-6608
Counselor Sarah Gruber 743-6625
Social Worker Mike Czerwonka 743-6626
Custodial Maureen Manogue 743-6621
  Tonia Richter - Head 743-6621
  Myles Schneider 743-6621
EL Kari Matteson 743-6640
  Jennifer Lippitt 743-6640
FRC Rachel Schmitt 743-6615
Innovation Specialist Nicole Andresen 743-6635
Music Valerie Herzog 743-6641
Nurse TBD 743-6607
Paraprofessionals Madelynn Bamford 743-6600
  Heather Bluemel 743-6600
  Molly Coggins 743-6600
  Barb Davis 743-6600
  Jenny Halle 743-6600
  Lexi Hoium 743-6600
  Jessica Kenny 743-6600
  Sheri Legatzke 743-6600
  Michelle Leonard 743-6600
  Bharathi Moganadassou 743-6600
  Natalie Ross 743-6600
  Jessica Sisko 743-6600
  Jessica Splinter 743-6600
  Terrie Thoma 743-6600
  Joanne Tomasovic 743-6600
Physical Education Brad Cagney - Adaptive 743-6648
  Kelly Corey 743-6648
Psychologist Hannah Schultz 743-6611
Special Education Andy Brunker - EBD 743-6653
  Julie Easton - EC 743-6645
  Hailey Everson - EBD 743-6663
  Melissa Ireland - Cross-Categorical 743-6650
  Julia Johnson - SLD 743-6687
Speech & Language Joan Jimenez 743-6628
  Charles Vogt 743-6662
Title 1 Elisabeth Becker 743-6642
  Jody Johnson 743-6642
Therapist Alison Ewing - OT 743-6634
  Monica Schieble - OT 743-6634
  Michelle Hecomovich - PT 743-6634


 Absences / Homework Information   


State Statute 118.15 ( requires that all children of school age be in school during all days and hours that school is in session.  Students who must be out of school due to reasons of health or family emergency must return to school with a statement from parents, guardians, or physician to the attendance office.  Parents or guardians are expected to call the attendance office if their child is going to be out of school.  Students who exceed the 10 day/80 hours of parentally excused days are subject to disciplinary action.  Every time a student reaches the equivalent of 5 unexcused absences (40 hours), a referral to the school resource officer will be made and a truancy ticket (fine) will be issued.  Attendance records transfer with the student to any School District of Janesville elementary school.

When a student is absent, it is important that the parent call as early as possible to report the absence. The attendance number is 743-6630. If a parent forgets to call, the school attendance secretary will make a telephone call to follow-up on the absence.

  • The Board of Education policy states that parents must contact the school office when their child is absent. 
  • Please give the following information: student’s name, homeroom teacher’s name, reason for absence and if you are requesting homework be gathered.
  • Homework requests will be ready at 3:15pm. Students are able to make up the work missed upon their return.
  • After 10 unexcused absences, a student is considered Habitually Truant and a parent / guardian will be required to meet with the school principal and/or social worker to discuss the situation.

 When a student is to be excused before the end of the school day for any reason a parent or the adult who picks up the child must come into the school office and sign the child out of the building before the child can be released during the school day.  



Community Connections &  Family Resource Center 


The Jefferson Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an organization developed to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the school, in the community, before governmental bodies, and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.  It is also here to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children.  The PTA encourages parent and community involvement in our public schools. 

Officers: Officers are elected in the spring of the year and serve a one-year term.

President Arwen Twitchett
Vice President Sara Biddick
Secretary Haley Lopez
Treasurer Ann Slinde

Meeting attendance is not required to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA); however, it is a great way to get to know more about what is going on at your child's school, meet other families/teachers and be a part of the Jefferson Elementary School community!

Jefferson welcomes you to join us each month for our PTA meetings!

Membership Application


Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center encourages parent-school partnerships and helps strengthen parent-child interactions. Family Resource Centers promote choice, responsibility and independence.



Emergency Drills/Evacuation Location

Fire drills are held once a month. A tornado drills is held in the spring. “Lockdown” drills are held twice during the year.

Jefferson's primary evacuation site is Mt. Zion Methodist Church. All evacuations from Jefferson will be communicated with parents through the messaging system in Infinite Campus.




Mark your children’s clothing, boots, lunch boxes, etc., with tape or a marker. 


Medications at School / Student Illness/Injury/Emergency Care


All medication given at school requires a permission form.  


If a child becomes ill during the school day, the parent will be contacted. If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact number will be called.

 If your child is unable to return to class because of illness or minor injury.

 If your child is in need of immediate medical attention.

If a student had a head injury during the school day first aid will be administered.The school communicates all head injuries with parents via a written letter and /or a phone call home.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device is available. Staff on the emergency response team have received CPR and AED training through the American Red cross.

Emergency contact information on Infinite Campus must be accurate. Failure to provide the school with emergency contact information or with any other necessary up-to-date information will give the school district authority to provide emergency care as needed.



Visitors / Volunteers (including lunch and classroom visits)


The experience of watching your child interact with others in a learning environment is something we encourage. We also know that when parents visit the classroom they give a child a feeling of cooperation between parents and teachers.  Parents should contact the building principal in advance to seek approval to schedule a classroom visit.  All visitors must sign in the office. All visitors will be given a visitor sticker that must be worn during the visit. 

For safety reasons, visitors who are participating in classroom activities or chaperones on field trips, etc. must complete a volunteer form for approval. Approval is good for the current school year, with a background check each following year.  

The final decision to accept or deny a visitor to the school, a classroom or on a field trip rests with the building principal or district administrator. 

Parents wishing to have lunch with their children must sign in with the school office and wear a visible visitor's badge during their stay, proceed directly to the lunch area, and sign out in the office after the lunch period.

Student visitors are allowed only with prior district approval, and teacher and principal permission.

For additional information on visiting or volunteering at your child's school, please refer to Board Policy 1230 and Administrative Regulation 1230.1 - Volunteers in Schools; Board Policy 1240 and Administrative Regulation 1241.1 - Visitors to Schools; and Board Policy 1241 and Administrative Regulation 1241.1 Registered Sex Offenders. The school District of Janesville recognizes its responsibility for the health and safety of all students and will take appropriate precautionary measures in every situation.  

For a volunteer/visitor form please visit our Community Page 

Field Trip Chaperone Guidelines

Thank you so much for volunteering to chaperone for a Jefferson Elementary School Trip. Please read and follow the guidelines below to help insure a safe and successful experience. All chaperone's are required to complete the districts Community Involvement Program Volunteer Application and submit to a criminal background check.

1. Make sure you understand the time and location for meeting at Jefferson Elementary.

2.Be sure you know exactly which students you are responsible for on the trip.Pay close attention to your group at all times.Communicate your expectations to the students clearly and specifically using language appropriate to the age group you are chaperoning.

3. If in doubt about anything regarding your duties, responsibilities, or student concerns, talk to the classroom teacher immediately.

4. Treat all students equally. Giving any one student, including your own child, special privileges can cause hurt feelings.

5. Don’t bring or buy treats, or purchase souvenirs, for any reason.

6. Smoking at a school activity is prohibited by law.

7. Do not bring other children with you when you volunteer to chaperone a school trip.

8. If you find out, after volunteering to chaperone that you cannot make it, contact the school immediately so other arrangements can be made.

9. Speak to children in a calm manner at all times, including times when you may need to give a student directions about their behavior. Clearly state what you want a student to do. For example: "Stand beside me, please"; “ Take your hands away from painting, please”; “ Please don’t speak when the tour guide is speaking”Students will not understand sarcasm. Redirecting children, using clear and calm directions makes your day and the students’ day a much more pleasant experience.

10. If a child becomes ill, is missing, or in any other emergency, notify the classroom teacher immediately. Tour guides can help you supervise in an emergency.

11. Share your excitement for the activity. Feel free to ask the students questions and share information.

12. Do not visit with other adults during any talks or presentations.  This is distracting to the students, teachers, and the presenters.

13. Do not pick plants or flowers or litter in the area you’re visiting.

14. Please limit cell phone use as this detracts from supervising students. Also, do not let children, including your own, use your electronics during the field trip.

15. To protect the privacy of our families, please do not take photos of other students and post them on social media.


Please see the District Handbooks for more information