Jonathan Elementary

Parent Newsletter

September 15, 2022

Office Hours:


School Day Hours
JES Main Office

Health Office/Attendance

Food Service Accts./Nutrition Dept.

Transportation Dept.

District Office
TWITTER @jeselementary

Sept. 21 - Lifetouch Picture Day

Oct. 11 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm, Media Center

Oct. 13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7:30 pm

Oct. 20-21 - No School Education Minnesota

Oct. 24 - No School Conference/Workshop

Oct. 26 - Lifetouch Picture Retakes

Dear JES Families:

There are many events at Jonathan that make me burst with pride. One that came this week, came in a rather different form. Early in the week I walked into our calming room and noticed that a tool for calming was missing. I felt disappointed to know that someone walked in, saw it, and took it. I decided the next day I would bring up the “sad feelings” I had about someone taking that from the calm room. 


On the morning announcements, I shared the belief that perhaps someone left with it and now, realizing their mistake would want to bring it back. I spent a good amount of time affirming that we all make mistakes, and want to own those mistakes and then fix them. In this case, all the student had to do was put the tool back in the room, no questions asked. 


At 10am that morning I walked into the room curious if anyone had a change of heart. Sure enough, the tool was sitting in the middle of the room on the table. It had been returned, but even more importantly, a student had taken the opportunity to listen to that voice inside of themselves (and the loud one on the announcements) - that reminded them of their personal greatness and that this didn’t meet that standard. They saw the opportunity to do better, and they did. 


We all make mistakes, and we fail, but then we can own them and repair them. As you work with your students at home keep encouraging them that the idea isn’t to be a perfect kid, it is to be an imperfect kid who can repair their mistakes.


So glad to be partnering with you. 


Pete Morse 

Proud Principal


School Picture Day - 9/21

Picture day is Wednesday, September 21st. Paper order forms will be sent home with students next week. If you order online, students do not need to bring an order form to school. To order online: and use PICTURE ID CODE: EVTMHVZBM. Retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th.

T-Shirt Tuesdays!

Students & staff are encouraged to wear t-shirts every Tuesday, with appropriate words and/or pictures on it to promote and celebrate literacy!

Student Handbook-Please Review

Please take time to review this year’s Student & Parent/Guardian Rights Responsibilities Handbook, available on the school website under Student Life or here: 2022-2023 Elementary Student & Parent/Guardian Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. Important importation about our school policies are found in the handbook along with district policies for your reference.

Parent Drop-Off/Pick-up

At dismissal time, students will not be allowed to get in a vehicle until the adult supervisor gives them permission to make sure it's safe. You may want to come after buses leave which is about 3:06 p.m. Please read:  Before & After School Pick Up/Drop Off Area Procedures

Every Meal - Fighting Child Hunger

Students will be bringing home a brochure with information about the Every Meal Program. This is a free program.  If you are interested in signing up for the program, please fill out the information and send it back with your student to school. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Terri Simon, School Counselor, at 952-556-6512 or

Screen Time, Mental Health Series

Do you have a healthy screen relationship? Join in learning about children's brain and devices, importance of mental healthcare and explore a family media plan for peace & connection! READ MORE HERE

Student Attendance Support

We want to help every student achieve their personal best. Being present at school and in class is part of that success. We do not want students to miss any more school than necessary. We need your help.

We realize some absences are for health or other reasons. But, when students miss too many days of school, they can fall far behind in what they learn. Excused and unexcused absences both mean missing classroom learning time.


Some attendance tips: 

  • Make sure your students keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Turn off all electronics including TVs, phones and tablets at bedtime.
  • Make sure clothes and backpacks are ready the night before.
  • Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.

Please let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can arrive to school on time every day.   

Wellness: Can my child bring birthday treats to school for birthday/celebrations?

Our school community requests that parents/guardians do not bring any food or birthday trinkets to be shared with others into school. Please do not send birthday invitations to school to be passed out. Thank you for your support in keeping our kids healthy and safe at school!

From the Health Office

  1. Please keep an extra pair of clothes in a baggie in the bottom of your child’s backpack to be used as needed – bathroom accident, spilled milk, mud puddles, etc.
  2. If your child needs prescription medication in the health office please have an updated signed Dr.’s order, along with the current medication. If your child may need any emergency medication please have an updated action plan signed by your Dr, and current medication.

Safe Learning Plan


Secured Entrances

In our continuing efforts to keep JES a safe place for students and staff we continue to require all visitors to provide identification in order to enter our building. Please remember that it is important to have your driver’s license/I.D. every time you visit our school. You will not be able to receive a visitor badge or entry into the school without proper identification.

Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)

Look for information on the JES/PTO website: JES PTO. If you have questions, contact PTO at

Next PTO Meeting, October 11th at  6:30pm

All are welcome to join in person in the media center or virtually: PTO MEETING LINK

Nutrition Services Update


English Free & Reduced Meals Application

Spanish Free and Reduced Meals Application

Somali Free and Reduced Meals Application

Nutrition Services

Transportation/Bus Forms

English Transportation Form 

Spanish Transportation Form

Somali Transportation Form

Transportation Department Website

Door Entrances/Exits

The colored flags will be taken away next week--your child goes in the same door:


Blue Flag -Door #2

Red Flag - Door #3

Green Flag - Door #5

Orange & Gold Flags: Students go by Door #5, go down the stairs.

Students who live on the east side of Village Road and walk to school should cross Pioneer Trail at the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Village Road. Staff members will be at the crossing from 8:15-8:25 am. Students who live west of Village road and are in the Jonathan walk zone should use the tunnel under Pioneer trail to McKnight Park and walk to school using the field or sidewalk.

Insurance coverage for your student’s Chromebook

Learn more about the insurance plan and how to purchase coverage for your child’s Chromebook HERE.

Fall Community Education Catalog Now Online! Read More Here

Eastern Carver County Schools Community Education is a community catalyst in mobilizing diverse and dynamic resources responding to individual, family, and community needs for a lifetime of learning. We provide programs and enrichment for EVERYONE from birth to adults. Sign Up Today!


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