Thanksgiving Food Drive 2019

11/6/2019 4:55 pm

The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH) is seeking to donate 300 complete Thanksgiving meals for local families in need who have children in the Orange Public School System. This community program is critical for families who may otherwise not have the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

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5th Grade Yearbook - Photos Needed

11/3/2019 8:39 am

ATTENTION 5th Grade Families... the YEARBOOK is coming! We are so excited to begin the yearbook process.. but we need YOUR HELP!

What do we need?
• A baby photo of your student(s) – DEADLINE 12/13
• 2 photos of your student(s) from age 4-8 – DEADLINE 12/13

Please email all photos to

We will send communication updates throughout the process.

Any questions, please contact us at

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Halloween Parade | 10/31 at 1:40 pm

10/27/2019 9:49 am

On Thursday, October 31st, Jefferson will hold its annual costume parade at 1:40 pm. Teachers will lead their classes around the perimeter of the school. Families are invited to watch the parade from Ridgewood Road, Virginia Road and Maryland Avenue.  What about costumes? What if you don't want your student to participate in the parade? 

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1st Annual Pumpkin Patch

10/18/2019 4:51 pm

Join us for Jefferson's 1st Annual Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 26, 12-2pm! Pumpkin Coloring Contest. Cider and Donuts. Games. Each family will receive a FREE pie sized pumpkin while supplies last. Brought to you by the Jefferson PTA.

Volunteers are needed! Sign up here!

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10/18/2019 4:50 pm

Socks of all sizes will be collected between October 1-31. We will have a collection bin in the lobby near the Jefferson's main entrance. We will also be collecting at our PUMPKIN PATCH on Saturday, 10/26.


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Jefferson Walk-a-thon | Monday 10/14

10/4/2019 3:43 pm

The rescheduled Walk-a-thon is MONDAY, OCTOBER 14.

Once again we are using web-based site, Pledgestar to collect and track funds. Check out which class is in the lead! Register and sign up today to sponsor your student here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you can volunteer for Monday's rescheduled Walk-a-thon, sign up here.


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Week of Respect Assembly | 10/10

10/4/2019 3:43 pm

NED’s Mindset Mission Assembly is visiting our school!

NED and our students take a journey to find their positive mindset. As we celebrate the Week of Respect, we celebrate the power of "yet" in all of us. We respect every child as they grow in their own path of possibility.

The show is filled with storytelling, humor, illusions and amazing yo-yo tricks where our kids learn the hidden message in NED's name:

Never give up — understand The Power of YET
Encourage others — spark courage in other people
Do your best® — always be learning and growing

Do you want to learn to yo? A yo-yo is both a mindset tool and a tangible reminder of

NED's message. While learning to yo, children will make mistakes, try again and improve.

Click here to print a flyer. Yo-yos are sold by PRE-ORDER only. Pre-orders are due THURSDAY, October 10!

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SEPAC Meeting 10/10

10/4/2019 11:42 am

Hand, Child, Children, Hands

SEPAC SOMA Meeting | 10/10

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) is an advocacy group focused on policies, programs, and practices within the South Orange/Maplewood School District. Attendance is encouraged for anyone with an interest in Special Education in our district. At this first meeting of the school year, we will be discussing the "advocacy for all" and "support of the individual" concepts that are at the core of SEPAC.

Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm

Central Office District Meeting Room

525 Academy St., Maplewood

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Variety Show Auditions 2019

10/1/2019 9:11 pm

We will, we will ROCK YOU! The theme of this year’s show is We Will Rock You! The show is on December 14. Act Auditions are on October 16. Get more info and register here
The Variety Show is a showcase of short acts including an opening act performed by The Jefferson Ensemble, musical performances, comedy, juggling, magic, dance, & acrobatics introduced by Emcees. Any questions please email Courtney at

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Picture Day | 10/3 & 10/4

9/23/2019 8:57 am

Smile! It's picture time at Jefferson School. This year's picture days are Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.  All packages must be pre-ordered.  

 Sign up here to volunteer! 

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