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April 2017

From the Principal

Dear Jefferson Families,

Once again, the time has come to plan for your child’s placement for next year. The placement process is something that is taken very seriously and can impact the overall atmosphere of our school in many ways. Some of the factors that we consider are:

 · The academic abilities/needs of the student

· The social needs of the student

· The balancing of each class by gender, performance, and special student needs

· Classroom dynamics including the impact of students on each other in the same classroom

This process is one that is the result of a team effort in which administrators, the teachers of each grade level, and special area staff work collectively to develop classes for the following year. This placement process is based on the following assumptions:

· Our belief that a balanced class of diverse learners is the most important factor in ensuring the success of all the students.

· Our belief that any teacher in our school is capable of teaching any child.

· Our belief that children benefit from a variety of educational experiences and that they will grow from their interaction with different teachers and a variety of teaching styles.

 We do value your insight as well. While it is not expected for parents to write a letter, we will take your written thoughts into consideration when creating a balanced class. If you are submitting a letter, it should include information concerning your child’s needs as a learner and/or the type of learning environment in which you feel he/she can be most successful. Please understand that it is not possible to honor requests for a specific teacher.

In order to give full consideration to your thoughts, we are asking that all written communications be received by Friday, April 14th. Letters received after this date may not be considered.

As we have done in the past, we will also provide students an opportunity to meet next year’s teacher during the last week of school. This will allow your child to know who their teacher will be prior to our summer vacation.

Thank you for your continued partnership and we look forward to the remainder of this school year.

With Jefferson pride,

Mr. Thompson

Dates to Remember


Apr. 3 - Dollars for Scholars Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Apr. 10 - Board of Ed. Meeting, 7 p.m.

Apr. 11 - Jefferson PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m. - Author Day with Jeff Mack

Apr. 14 - NO SCHOOL

Apr. 17 - 21 NO SCHOOL

Apr. 22 - Earth Day

Apr. 25 - Board of Ed. Meeting, 7 p.m.

Apr. 26 - 1st Grade Concert, 7 p.m.

Notes from the Health Office

Fever 100 degrees or above: Your child must be 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school.

 Vomiting or Diarrhea: Your child may return to school 24 hours after the last episode.

 Rash: Your child must be evaluated by his/her pediatrician before returning to school (note to return).

Strep, pink eye: May return after 24 hours of antibiotic therapy. Thank you for adhering to these rules, it is very important for the health of our school community. Happy Spring and please encourage good hand washing!

News from the P.E. Dept.

More and more students are coming to PE class unprepared, and it has become a problem. Remember, the first step to success in PE is dressing appropriately.

Wear your sneakers and comfortable clothing!

News from the Library

Check out the library webpage! Click on #18 to learn how to download an E-book as well as a weekly student update on what’s happening in the library. Click on the picture of the students reading for the update.

If you have any children’s books to donate, the library is happy to accept them. In June, all of the donations are available for students to take home for summer reading.

On Thursday, March 30, a group of fourth graders and I completed reading this year’s Newbery medal winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. On March 21st, with help from middle school students, another STEM event for fourth graders was held. This STEM even provided students with an opportunity to build a Leprechaun Trap. There will be one more STEM event in May for fourth graders. Below is a picture of Olivia Hopkins who won the raffle at the March STEM activity for fourth graders and David Bovia and Tanner Myers presenting their traps.  

Thank You!

A big thank you to Chris Delaney and Ray Viscio from PowderTech Custom Powdercoated Finishes in Duanesburg for their generous donation of a Remo tubano Drum! The students of Jefferson thank you!

Art Department News

Kindergarten recently started some crazy hair self-portraits based on the book “Crazy Hair” by Neil Gaiman.

First grade will be finishing up their elephant pictures based on the book "When an Elephant Falls in Love" by Davide Cali. Shortly, they will be moving on to watercolor flowers that will focus on warm and cool colors, and complementary colors.

Second and third grade will be designing the future front and back cover of our assignment notebook. They recently voted on a theme, and have begun the rough draft process! Soon, they will be able to vote on which one should become the front cover, and which should become the back cover.

Fourth grade will be starting a family portrait based on their dream vacation. Students will have to work with overlapping, proportions, and will include a foreground, middle ground, and a background.

Music Department News

We celebrated music in our schools month last month. The 3rd graders made two bulletin boards. The first was a colorful collaborative poster that was displayed on the PTO bulletin board. The second was a display of post-it notes outside of the music suite where students filled in the final word of this sentence, “Music makes me_________________”. Some of our favorite responses include “loving”, “feel strong”, “calm down”, “happy”, “feel like a rock star”, “curious”, “proud”, “feel good”, “confident”, “feel awesome”, “excited”, “sing”, and “extraordinary”.

Kindergarten has a performance on June 6th at 6:30PM in the high school auditorium and we have started working on the first few songs. The name of the show is “Prime Time Nursery Rhymes!” In it they will share new, updated versions of traditional nursery rhymes. More information will be sent home as the show date gets closer.

The 1st graders have been very busy preparing for their play, “Go Fish” that will take place on April 26th at 7PM in the high school auditorium. It is sure to be “oceans of fun!” After their successful show, “Folk Songs, Farm Songs, & Fun!” the 2nd grade has spent music for the month of March learning the art of square dancing. We will have a showcase during the day for parents to demonstrate what we have learning the first week of April.

The 3rd graders have had a very successful start on the recorder. In the beginning, we learn to play by ear, using solfege, (do, re, mi, etc.) We are now beginning the process of learning the names of the notes on the treble clef staff (G, A, B, etc.) and will transfer that information into playing recorder by reading music notation. We will also be learning note values during the month of April.

The 4th graders have been working very hard on material for their next concert. The show is called “Music and Me!” and is all about the elements of music! It is sure to be a crowd pleaser! The 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders will also be working on learning their core song list and filling up our star chart. These are traditional songs that we, as a music department feel that all children should know. When the chart is full, each student will be allowed to choose a prize out of the music treasure box.

The composer of the month for March was Amy Beach. Born in New Hampshire in 1867, she was a musical prodigy, playing piano duets by age two and giving public recitals by age seven. She was the first American woman to succeed as a composer of music for a major concert series. Next month’s composer is John Williams!