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English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) 

When a school has 21 or more English Learners, it must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).  The primary purpose of ELAC is to advise the school principal and school staff regarding the instructional programs and support services for English Learners. ELAC is also responsible for advising the School Site Council (SSC) and reviewing the Site Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

The school is responsible for training and providing appropriate support to all ELAC members. By doing so, ELAC members will be well-informed and thus be able to communicate meaningful input and advice to the school about its efforts to educate English Learners.  For more information on the district's English Language Learners program, visit the Office of Language Acquisition.

Program of Inquiry (POI)

Learning at Jefferson (the POI) is organized around six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are globally significant and cover concepts that are interconnected, can be addressed in all disciplines (subjects), and can be applied to real life.

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Place and Time
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • Sharing the Planet

Jefferson teachers carefully align all district, state and federal standards to these themes. Standards are taught with a STEAM emphasis as a tool for helping the students understand the greater concepts and ideas of the themes. Through this approach, teachers are able to increase the transferability of the ideas students are learning. Teachers emphasize that learning does not end at the classroom door. Rather, in the classroom, foundations are laid to apply understandings to experiences in the greater world. The PYP program of inquiry facilitates this application.

Jefferson's Program of Inquiry

Budget Transaction Reports

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Site Governance Team (SGT)

Site Governance Team is the shared decision making team between staff, community and parents that set goals, to improve the quality of learning for all students. SGT is empowered to make decisions on budget, staffing and discipline among other issues that effect the school. 

School Site Council (SSC) 

2022-04-29 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2022-02-10 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2022-01-26 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-12-08 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-10-20 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-09-29 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-05-18 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-04-28 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-02-24 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2021-01-27 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2020-12-16 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2020-10-28 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2020-09-30 Greene ACT SSC Agenda

2022-02-17 SSC Minutes

2022-01-26 SSC Minutes

2021-10-20 SSC Minutes

2021-09-29 SSC Minutes

2021-05-18 SSC Minutes

2021-04-28 SSC Minutes

2021-02-24 SSC Minutes

2021-01-27 SSC Minutes

2020-12-16 SSC Minutes

2020-09-30 SSC Minutes

Tips and Activities


Be generous with praise
Observe your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.
Encourage "personal best"
Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.
Make learning a priority
Your attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
Show interest in school work
  • Talk about school each day.
  • Ask to see classwork.
  • Have your child read aloud to you.
  • Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
  • Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and opinions.
  • Show appreciation for good efforts.

Offer suggestions for success

Help your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:
  • Read the assignment when it is given.
  • Keep a list of new vocabulary.
  • Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
  • Review notes before a test.
Schedule study time
Set up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.


Fun activities for you and your elementary school child
  1. Today is National Kids Day. Help your child plan an activity to celebrate it with the entire family
  2. Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him.
  3. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  4. Put on a history play with your child today. Help him learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  5. Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask her to create letters and numbers.
  6. Ask your child to help make lunch today. He can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together..
  7. Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting her skin.
  8. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
  9. School's on the way! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask her to cross off each day at bedtime.
  10. Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help him make a list of things that he would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.
  11. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
  12. Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask her to brainstorm a list of things that she will need for school.
  13. Help your child make a kite today. He can decorate it and fly it at the park.
  14. Teach your child about recycling. Show her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
  15. Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask him to draw pictures of the animals that he saw today.
  16. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
  17. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. He can pretend to be a forest ranger.
  18. Help your child practice her math skills. Ask her to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.
  19. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  20. On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her name vertically. Using each letter, help her write words that describe her personality.
  21. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out licence plates billboards and interesting road signs.
  22. Tell your child that you love her today and every day.
  23. Help your child create and design his own phone book . Make a list of his friends names and phone numbers.
  24. How much does your child know about her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help her create a family tree.
  25. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  26. Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let him express himself through art.
  27. Teach your child about textures today. Ask her to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.
  28. Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. He can mail it to them for a back to school present.
  29. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
  30. Have a back to school party for some of your child's friends.
  31. Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.

About Jefferson IB STEAM Magnet

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We give our students the world!

The mission of Jefferson Elementary School is to develop internationally-minded students who, through a rigorous program of inquiry, become knowledgeable and caring citizens of the world. Located in the heart of the North Park community, Jefferson is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme World School and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) magnet school.

Only schools that follow the strict guidelines of the IB goals and values can be certified as part of that program, a prestigious honor designed to make graduates of its programs ready to take their place in the global society.

As a STEAM magnet school, Jefferson is committed to providing rich, integrated math, literacy and science and lessons throughout the school day. All students have access to technology which is incorporated in the work they do during their units. Unlike other elementary schools in our neighborhood, Jefferson has a Design Studio where students work with their teachers to explore concepts in STEAM. The work we do is supported by two full time resource teachers who provide ongoing professional development for the classroom teacher in STEAM subjects and organize school and community events.

In keeping with IB parameters, Jefferson teachers and students work diligently on units of inquiry. IB attitudes and the Learner Profile are incorporated into daily work. All students learn English and Spanish as a start to making them multi-lingual citizens.

Jefferson's staff teach to the state standards and common core standards. We strive to improve student achievement in literacy and math through implementation of enhanced teaching practices and improved curriculum. In addition, we avoid combination classes whenever possible.

At Jefferson, we provide rigorous staff development for our teachers to improve teaching practices and work to improve student behavior by providing a positive and challenging learning environment. In addition, we continue to strengthen parent involvement through Family Fridays, PTA and Friends of Jefferson and community involvement by partnering with several businesses in the North Park area.

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