Jefferson Elementary School October/November 2018
What a Great Start to the year! Keep It Up!
- Picture Retake Day—October 23rd
- No School—October 24th, 25th and 26th
- Parent/Teacher Conferences October 24th and 25th
- Parenting Workshop—October 30th
- Health Fair November 6th
- Thanksgiving Break—November 21st, 22nd and 23rd
Jefferson Elementary School
1831 Mt. Zion Ave. Janesville, WI 53545
Attendance: 743-6630 Telephone: 743-6600
Present Moment Parenting Workshop October 30th 6P.M.
A Free 1 hour Parenting Workshop that helps transform parents from:
Behavior Police to Success Mentors!
Learn about: ◆ Communication's effect on the child's body and brain ◆ Why a child's behavior is communication ◆ Why punishment doesn't work (Break the judge, blame and punish cycle) ◆ A new way --> Growing desired behaviors ◆ Finding new solutions! ◆ Creating successes where they didn't exist before.
To register: signup sheets will be available during Parent Teacher Conferences or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Clothes Swap!
During the week of November 12th, bring in gently used, or new outdoor winter clothes items that your children have outgrown, or that you would just like to donate. On December 4th parents of Jefferson Elementary students can then come in and pick up the right sized items for their kids. (More information about the pick up part of the swap to come in the December newsletter)
We are looking for these items for the swap:
Q: My son came home anxious about a lockdown drill they did in school. How should I discuss this with him?
A: Lockdown drills help students know what to do in an emergency that requires them to shelter inside the school. Explain to your son that his teacher and principal want to keep him and his classmates safe. That’s why the school holds drills to prepare the children for situations like intruders, fires, tornadoes, or earthquakes. Although it’s scary to think about emergencies, having a plan can make him feel more in control. Ask your son to name other ways we stay safe, such as wearing a seat belt in the car, looking both ways before crossing the street, or going indoors during a thunderstorm. He’ll realize that he knows how to do a lot of things that help to protect him. Note: If he continues to feel anxious, contact the school counselor for advice.
Jefferson Elementary School – October/November Band Newsletter
Beginner Band and Orchestra Students Start a New Year at Jefferson
Dear Band and Orchestra Parents:
The Jefferson Elementary School beginner band and orchestra for the 2018-2019 school year have been formed. During the month of September, students saw instruments demonstrated, tried out several instruments of their choice, selected an instrument to play and are now meeting for their first lessons. Thank you, parents for encouraging participation, obtaining an instrument, and purchasing supplies.
One of the most important aspects of successful participation in band and orchestra is the element of practice. By taking a few minutes each night, students can reinforce the material learned in lessons and refine their skills. Students that practice regularly at home, tend to get the most enjoyment out of playing an instrument. They look forward to rehearsals and performances and take a great deal of pride in performing to the best of their abilities. Remember, the skill of playing an instrument comes with the experience of using it.
I look forward to working with this year’s group!
Tom May Band/Orchestra Instructor
Phone: 743-6441 email: email@example.com
Remember: Pick Up and Drop Off Rules
When picking up, dropping off or waiting for a child, please beware of the traffic patterns and rules created to keep all children safe.
Students can be dropped off on Jefferson School Drive. If you plan to wait with your child, you must park on a side street or in the visitor parking lot in front of the school. Parents who wait with their children along the curb on Jefferson School Drive create a backup of traffic and an unsafe drop off for other parents and their children.
Jefferson School Drive is available for parking 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. For pick up at the end of the day, you may stop along the curb on Jefferson School Drive until your child joins you. Visitors and parents should only stop next to curbs that are not painted yellow and must stay with their vehicle. Follow all signs that are posted to prevent traffic backups. Many parents have arranged separate meeting areas on side streets.
Above all, be patient. I have watched traffic patterns at Jefferson for eight years. Drop off or pick up does not take a lot of time. I am in contact with the Janesville Police Department who also help keep our students safe by making sure everyone follows the patterns and rules described above. When everyone puts student safety first, the procedures work. If you have any questions please let our school office know.
Jefferson School Wide Title I Program Notice
As a school with a low-income rate of 62.5%, Jefferson School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a School Wide Title I Program. School wide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall school wide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state's challenging academic standards. School wide Title I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.
School wide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education. Copies of the School Wide Title I Plan and the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request.
Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact the Kennedy school office at 743-7506 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school.
Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.
f you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Administrative Services Secretary, Tami Carlson, at 743-5006. The Administrative Services Office is open year round.
If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Administrative Services Secretary Tami Carlson at 743-5006 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5152 to complete the appropriate paperwork.
Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year School District Residents
If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District. Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office. You may enroll anytime during the two week period.
Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14
- 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
- 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Tuesday, December 4, 2018
- 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Thursday, December 13, 2018
- 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
- 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018
If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018. Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation. When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification. If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process. Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center. If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.
The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th. If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school.
In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.
If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.
If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT. The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019.
Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES
Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.
Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI, 53548.
School District of Janesville CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES
The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.
This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.
The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record.
Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.
The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.
- "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
- "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
- "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.
- "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.
Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas
Due to Move:
If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (Blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.
Due to Parent Choice:
If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2018-2019), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (Goldenrod). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (Goldenrod) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for Requests for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for Requests for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or disapproval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.
Open Enrollment – Public School Choice – District to District Transfers
If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Administrative Services office at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-19 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.
If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.