February 2024


February Black History Month
Friday, February 5 PTO Meeting 5:30 PM
Friday, February 9 No School - Professional Development
Friday, February 16 100th Day of School
Friday, February 23 Out-of-Area Attendance Application Deadline




School Secretary


Dear Jefferson families, 

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself! My name is Katie Ascher and I am the new school secretary. I have been with Jefferson for a little over a month now. Each week you will receive a weekly newsletter email for the upcoming week from me. Please take a look at the newsletter as it will contain important dates, upcoming information, and Jefferson news.

I am so excited to get to know each of you and your students! 

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Ascher

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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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.









SPECIALIST CORNER! Click on the arrows to see what's happening in specials!




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

February Breakfast Menu

February Lunch Menu




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 Jefferson families!

At Jefferson we are kind, we are helpful and we are safe. This is our daily motto. On Saturday 2/17 is Random Acts of Kindness day. So in the month of February we will unite and celebrate ValenKIND week 2/12-2/16. Each day of ValenKIND week students and staff have a challenge to help spread kindness. Each day students are encouraged to reflect on how they accomplish the following challenges.

  • Day 1 - I am KIND to myself (examples: I speak kindly to myself, I take a breath to calm down, I play, I read, etc.)
  • Day 2 - I am KIND to home (examples: Tell your family how much you love them and help with chores without being asked.)
  • Day 3 - I am KIND to my school: Students are given two paper hearts to write a note/draw a picture to another student or a staff member that they would like to get to know more. 
  • Day 4 - I am KIND to the world: Students were encouraged to reflect on how they could be kind to the world (pick-up trash, plant a tree, etc.)

We encourage you to continue having conversations with your students on how to show kindness each day to those around them.

We are also doing lots of learning during our counseling classroom lessons. Here a brief update on our learning:

In KG & 1st grade we have been learning the difference between small problems and big problems. Small problems can happen with other students and we can be peaceful problem solvers. Small problems may make us feel sad, annoyed, frustrated yet can be peaceful problem solvers (take deep breaths, talk it out, share and take turns, ignore, walk away and take a break, apologize). Big problems are when someone is hurt, someone is in danger. We need to get help from a safe keeper/a trusted adult right away. We are also learning the difference between tattling and reporting. Tattling is not helpful, reporting is helpful and safe. Tattling tries to get others in trouble. It may happen when we have small problems and instead of trying to solve them peacefully we tell a teacher right away. Reporting is helpful and a safe choice, we get a safekeeper right away when someone is hurt or in danger of getting hurt.

In second grade we are learning about choices and consequences. We learned that each day we make LOTS of choices. Consequences are just what happens because of the choices we make. There are positive consequences when we make helpful, kind and safe choices. We will be learning more about it. Negative consequences happen when we make unkind, unhelpful, unsafe choices.

In 3rd-5th grade we have been learning about setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound) and why setting goals short term and long term is helpful. We are also learning the difference between fixed and growth mindset and the power of YET. Fixed mindset believes that we can’t learn, growth mindset is believing that we can grow, change and learn each day.

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Brown