On Wednesday, September 21st the world will be celebrating International Peace Day. This day was founded in 1999 by a filmmaker named Jeremy Gilley. His goal was to have a global day of peace and non-violence, where countries all over the world agree to get along. The World Cultures teachers will be working on a “Peace Quilt” that will contain a “patch” made by each of the students signifying what peace means to them. The quilt will be displayed in the school on September 21st along with a Peace Pledge that the students will recite. We are asking you and your students wear blue on Wednesday, September 21st in honor of International Peace Day. We have also attached a copy of the “Peace Pledge” for you. Click the title to read more.
The faculty and staff at Jefferson School is proud to announce that our 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Julie Stimeck. As one of our first grade teachers, Mrs. Stimeck brings incredible enthusiasm and creativity into her daily instruction that allows for her students to not only LOVE learning, but excel beyond their age. Always with a smile and positive attitude, Mrs. Stimeck is a valuable member of our learning community willing to step in and help whenever possible. Her relationships with her students and families is such a key part of her students success. The love for learning in her classroom exemplifies why her colleagues voted for her as Teacher of the Year!
The students at Jefferson School celebrated Read Across America Week by digging into their favorite books, reading with partners, listening to the various “Mystery Readers” and paying tribute to Dr. Seuss! Thank you to all of the guest readers that visited the school. It was so much fun to share our skills in Reading!!
Recently our K, 1, and 2 teachers collaborated for an afternoon of “A Celebration of Reading” where the children shared their books with one another and created their own reading groups where they talked about what they were reading, who the characters were, and why they loved the book! Our children are learning more and more every day and what a fantastic way to show what they know. Great job boys and girls!!
The Fifth Grade Youth Power Club of Jefferson School recently led the entire school in a community service project. Students were invited to participate in a Math-a-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students asked sponsors for donations and in return completed math problems at their grade level. The students raised a total of $9,600.00 during the Math-a-Thon. All money raised helps fund cancer treatments for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Jefferson School community had a wonderful night on Friday January 8th, celebrating over 120 students in their BETTER THAN BROADWAY production of “The Fair at Yankee Poo”. The auditorium was full and the spirit was high watching the children sing and perform this year’s play. A special thank you goes to Michelle Bloom of Better than Broadway Productions for her work during the week of January 4th culminating with a fabulous performance on Friday night the 8th. The students don’t receive a script. They practice Monday through Thursday for two hours after school learning lines and songs. A school-wide assembly took place on Friday afternoon getting the performers ready for the big show Friday evening. WHAT A SHOW!! Thank you to all the boys in girls in grades 1-5 who participated. A very special thank you goes out to Mrs. Sue Greenspan who has coordinated our productions each of the last four years. Thank you as well to all the parent volunteers who made this a great experience for the children. Make sure to come out and see next years show “The Legend of Bully Joe”. Click the title to view our slideshow.
The fifth grade Youth Power Club of Jefferson School organized a Pajama Drive during the month of December. The children collected over 60 pairs of pajamas for children in need. The pajamas were donated to the Bergen Family Center in Englewood. Scholastic Book Company matched each donation with a new book. The Youth Power Club is a club dedicated to community service. We thank everyone who generously donated to the Pajama Drive.
What a fantastic day here at Jefferson School. The children completed a poster project that outlined their culture and some of the special nuances that makes their culture so special to them. I am proud to say that we had over 35 separate countries/cultures on display throughout the school. Students participated in a school/museum walk where they viewed the posters on display that were separated by countries and/or regions. Students took notes in their passports of what they noticed and what they learned from each country. Some of our students dressed in culturally expressive clothing (see slideshow) and took part in a food tasting party inside of each classroom. Thank you so much to all the parents who participated from home in assisting their child in their cultural research to complete the poster and to the parents who contributed food to help make our day a lot of fun. A big thank you to the teachers for your preparation and follow through to make today a special day of learning for the children.
On Monday, October 5th Jefferson School Celebrated Fire Prevention Week recognizing our school wide winners for our annual Poster Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was “HEAR THE BEEP WHERE YOU SLEEP”. We are very proud to recognize our one TOWN WIDE winner Andrea Dimaculangan, a Kindergarten student in Mrs. Jerue’s class. Congratulations to all on a job well done. Enjoy the pictures.