December 2023

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Friday December 1-13 Food Drive continues
Friday, December  8 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday, December 13 Holiday Treasures Night 5:30-7:30 pm
Monday, December 18 Winter Holiday Concert 6:00 pm

Friday, Dec.  22 - Tuesday, Jan. 2

NO SCHOOL - Winter Break





Dear Jefferson families, 

I wanted to take a minute and let you all know that I've made an incredibly hard decision and will be leaving the Oshkosh Area School District in order to pursue another opportunity. My last day as secretary at Jefferson will be Friday, December 15th. I am excited to welcome our new secretary, Katie Ascher, to the Jefferson family, and I know she will do great things! 

It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to work with so many amazing students and families in this community for the past 10 years, and I will cherish every single one of them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with me each day....they've made more of an impact on my heart than you could possibly imagine. I will miss them all so much. 

Wishing you all things well, 

Ms. Colwin



Wisconsin Winter weather has arrived!  PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH A COAT, HAT , BOOTS AND GLOVES as we do not have enough to lend out each recess. Students will not be allowed to stay indoors just because they do not have a coat. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students bundled up and warm while they enjoy their recesses! 

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Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, all field trip permission slips will be electronic and we are moving to cashless payments for field trips. This is a new process for our entire district and is meant to streamline and improve our service to families. 

Additional information will be shared by teachers as they plan for field trips. However, we want to highlight the following features: 

Our new online field trip process must be completed via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

All online transaction fees have been waived, including payments made by credit card, debit card, and checking/savings account. 

If a field trip is sponsored by the district, the cost of the trip is waived for families who are eligible and approved to receive free and reduced priced meals. (This will be communicated to impacted families.)

Our school secretary will be available to assist families as needed and if a parent/guardian is unable to complete the online field trip process, we can provide support in-person or over the phone. 

We look forward to providing your child(ren) with enriching field trip experiences that contribute to their educational journey. We appreciate your continued partnership and engagement!









Please CLICK HERE for more details and information on Oshkosh Area Community happenings! 

Questions, Concerns, Suggestions...

At Jefferson Elementary, we are dedicated to providing the best educational program possible for our children. Should something occur that you have a question about or are unhappy with, please give your child's teacher a call first and then your child's principal so that they can work together with you to address your needs. Amanda Patza can be reached at 424-0165.  If you have a concern that you have been unable to resolve with a staff member or the principal, you may call the district office at 424-0395 and they will help you address your concern and/or connect you with others who can help.









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Please click on the links below to view this month's menus:

December Breakfast Menu

December Lunch Menu




11/13/23 Holiday Treasures Night



11/18/23 Winter Holiday Concert




Children under age seven lack mature inner speech. Adults use inner speech to rehearse choices and outcomes before we act. Instead of inner speech, children encode information in pictures. So, we can use pictures to guide children’s behavior and avoid power struggles. Use your body as a picture by modeling what you want, use your words to help paint pictures of what you want, and put up actual pictures that show what to do. Instead of, “Walk in the house,” say, “Walk carefully with each foot going like this through the house.” Not only do you get better compliance (fewer power struggles), you also build language and literacy.


Hello families I hope this note finds you well and healthy. The end of the year holidays can be a busy season. The holiday season can also bring lots of feelings, comfortable and/or uncomfortable feelings. Please make a conscious effort to take time to breathe, and slow down a little to appreciate small moments and make connections with your students (read a book together, drink some hot cocoa, play outside, cuddle, etc).

In KG-1st grade we have been learning about sensations/feelings in our bodies. Noticing how our bodies feel is important because it can help us know when we may need to use helpful coping skills.  

In 2nd-5th grade we have been learning about healthy/helpful coping skills.  Healthy/helpful coping skills are the things we can do to help us be calm, alert and ready to learn.  They help us when we are experiencing uncomfortable feelings so that we can keep it kind, helpful and safe. 

3rd-5th grade we have also been learning about gratitude. Practicing gratitude can be another helpful coping skill. We learned that gratitude is not something we are born with but it is something we can learn about and practice. When we practice gratitude it helps us feel better and have a more positive attitude.  Students took time to reflect on people, things and sometimes things we give for granted (water, air, sunshine) that we can be thankful for. 

In 5th grade we have also been focusing on Kindness. We received scarves from community members as a random act of kindness and they were given to the students. We learned how practicing kindness can positively change the way we feel and it can make a positive difference in our lives and those around us.  We started a Kindness Challenge and students are being encouraged acts of kindness in their classroom family. They have started a Kindness Tree.

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Brown