September 2022


Thursday, September 1  1st Day of School
Monday, September 5 NO SCHOOL
Friday, September 16 PTO Fundraiser Kick-off
Wednesday, September 21 Picture Day
Friday, September 23 NO SCHOOL FRIDAY
Friday, September 30 Fundraiser Order Forms due




Please send your child to school with a water bottle labeled with their name on it each day. If you need help getting one, please let the office know :) 

Hello Jefferson School families! We are excited and looking forward to a great school year!

If your student has a change in their health or has a healthcare need at school, please contact Susan Martin via email at or contact the office at 920-424-0165.

Beginning of the Year Medication Information:

  If your student will need to take a medication during the school day, please have your child’s provider fill out and sign the appropriate form below. These can then be returned to the office or faxed by the provider to: 920-424-7583.

Over the Counter Medication Form *parent signature only required

Prescribed Medication Form 

Inhaler/Asthma Action Plan  

Epipen/Allergy & Anaphylaxis Form

*Reminder: The directions on the medication bottle/box must match the written order on the medication request form.*


  • Stock Epi-pens do NOT go on field trips. 

  • Please fill out an Emergency Epi-Pen/Anaphylaxis Plan even if you don’t have a personal Epi at school.

  • PRN medications (Ibuprofen, Tyelnol, Tums etc.) must come in a New and  unopened Bottle.

  • Is your child up to date with their immunizations? Please contact the doctor for physicals and immunizations! All students at Jefferson are required to have their Tdap, Polio, MMR, Varicella and Hep B! Please check with your doctor to see what wellness requirements are needed for your child.




OASD Cybersecurity Update Impacting K-8 Students


The Oshkosh Area School District's commitment to student safety and student data privacy and security is on-going. With this understanding, please see below for an important email security update impacting K-8 students. 


The District has disabled outside email for students in grades K-8. 

  • This change was made on September 9, 2022 based on the District's ongoing review of best practices and amid recent cybersecurity attacks targeting school districts. 

  • Parents/guardians are no longer able to email K-8 students at their district email address and K-8 students cannot email non-OASD email addresses. 

  • Parents/guardians who need to get information to their children during the school day should contact their school office. Additionally, parents/guardians are also able to email their child's school secretary and ask that information be shared/forwarded to their child if needed.


This information was initially shared with K-8 families on September 13, see OASD Technology Update 09.13.22: K-8 Email Access. Additional information explaining this decision is available below.


The Situation: The OASD’s Technology Team was made aware of several districts in Wisconsin who were the victims of cyberattacks as school started (Elmbrook School District Article). These attacks resulted in student, family, and staff data being compromised as well as ransomware in some instances. The OASD is deeply committed to protecting student, family, and staff information and has put in several protective measures in recent years. What we realized is that our main area of risk centered on our youngest learners in grades K-8 and a data incident could easily come from those accounts. We worked with our teachers to learn what educational impact there would be from this change and realized that having outside email is not used for education purposes in those grade levels. 


What We Missed: What we missed were those instances where parents were using this email access to communicate with their children. In previous situations, and with the proliferation of students using cellphones, we observed that most communicated with their children via text.  We assumed that this would continue and in those instances where that was not possible, an email or call to the building secretary would provide that line of communication as it had in past years.


Resolution Going Forward: Cybersecurity is always a balance between protection and convenience.  We will continue to do everything in our power to protect students and our student, family, and staff data while at the same time trying to make things as easy and convenient as possible. We will continue monitoring the situation as it is unfolding in other districts to learn more about how the attacks occurred and what we can do to ensure it does not happen here. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to continually monitor and whitelist the emails of our 17,000 parents and guardians. We will, however, monitor the situation with our clerical staff to see what type of message volume they are relaying and at what grade levels. If there is any way to restore access without putting student, family, or staff information at risk, we will gladly do so. Until that time, please email or call your building secretary if you wish to have something relayed to your child.


CONTACT: If you have any questions related to this update or the District's commitment to data privacy and security, please contact Deputy Superitendent Dave Gundlach ( or 920.424.0016).




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Dear Jefferson Families,

It is with great pleasure that I write to welcome you back to another great school year.  I hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities while enjoying the wonderful sunshine.  How quickly summer concludes and our thoughts turn to preparing for the start of school. This is always one of my favorite times of the year!  I love the excitement of beginning each new school year and eagerly await welcoming our students and hearing their great summer stories.  I’m thrilled to be part of a team of teachers, staff, parents and students who want to achieve great things! Our faculty, staff and I are looking forward to a new school year and are working hard to see that your child’s learning experience at Jefferson is a successful and happy one.

If you have not done so, please review the 2022-2023 School Year Handbook. In this handbook you will find useful information that can help you move forward with the first days of school. Additionally, please consider becoming involved in our parent community by joining the PTO, joining our PBIS team, or volunteering in a classroom. We are always open to finding ways to continue to involve parents/guardians to help create engaging learning environments that will promote success in our children.

The staff and I are eagerly waiting to welcome you to another wonderful school year and look forward to seeing families and students very soon!


                                                        ~Mrs. Patza






Please click on the links below to view the menus for February:

September Breakfast Menu

September Lunch Menu









Hello dear families, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! 

I am Jacqui Brown, School Counselor at Jefferson Elementary. This is my third year here and I am thankful to be part of our amazing school family. I am looking forward to working along with our staff and families to support and help our students be successful socially, academically and emotionally.

Here is some brief information regarding the school counseling services here at Jefferson:

  • Classroom Counseling Lessons on social emotional learning topics

  • Small Group Counseling (support groups, targeted social skills)

  • Brief & Solution-Focused Individual Counseling (crisis intervention and management, mental health issues, family issues, friendship issues, classroom issues)

  • Parent Consultations

  • Assist with referrals to outside agencies

*Please note, school counselors do not provide “therapy”.

In the month of September, I will be visiting all classrooms to do an introduction lesson. I will also be conducting minute meetings to have an opportunity to have a 1:1 connection/check-in with every student.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is something I can support you or your child with. You can reach me by calling our school office or emailing me directly at:

Here is to a great school year!

Wishing you and your loved ones well,

Mrs. Brown