September 2020 Back to School

Jack & Jill Families,

We hope you are enjoying these last weeks of summer.

There hasn’t been a more uncertain start to a school year than the one we soon approach. We may experience a sense of anxiety as we approach this fall, with many of us facing the uncertainty of elementary school for our children. We will continue to support you in these next steps of your children going back to school and any changes that may arise.

School Age Distance Learning registration will be offered monthly. Our registration for September at both sites has limited availability. This past week, we added electrical outlets to accommodate the children’s laptops and tablets for the Distance Learning. Once we receive the curriculum for each child, we are working to provide curriculum supplements. We plan to do the learning in age groups K-1, 2-3, 4-5, to provide individual attention to the different ages and educational requirements. Please email if you are interested in September Distance Learning care.

In the past several months I have never seen such tenacity and integrity with our staff. As everyday presented new challenges, I was inspired by our staff’s response to the various changes that arose. I cannot define the pride and respect the staff displayed in the past months. Their ability to teach, play, love, and provide the children with the needed comfort and security was a great representation of why our Jack & Jill community is so special. It seemed surreal that outside of our program the world today was facing so many challenges. Watching the staff pivot, without question, to a rigorous daily cleaning routine, formation of classroom partition walls, PODS of children, curbside parent service, and more was inspiring. Each of the staff’s commitment and their role has been a special gift for which I am grateful.

We have seen extraordinary kindness and gratitude from our families. So many families have provided breakfast, lunch and amazing treats for our staff over the past several months. The emails and letters of appreciation and thanks have been countless! We value your feedback and strive to provide the customer service needed. We are proud to be part of this community.

We want to continue to take care of our staff and families. The start to the fall school year will be different than years past. We will continue to have parent curbside drop-off and pick-up. As winter approaches, the current system set in place will be slightly modified and you will receive more information as the seasons change.

We closed our enrollment at our program this year to reduce capacity which allows us to keep our staff and families safe and healthy in the upcoming months and the uncertainty of the virus’s impact. Virtual program tours will continue. We are working on a video of our program on our website so you will be able to virtually tour your child’s classroom.

We miss seeing the parents in the building daily. We appreciate you understanding regulating traffic and integration of families inside of our programs allows us to keep our staff and families safe and healthy.

Our newly updated website has our program forms to be completed using Adobe Acrobat.

Enrollment Forms for new Families

Medical Forms & Care Plans (to be completed by your physician)

  • Health Care Summary
  • Immunization Form
  • Asthma, Allergy & Seizure Care Plans
  • Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Authorizations

Miscellaneous Forms

  • Birthday Treat Order Form
  • Child Pickup Change
  • Schedule Change Request

The forms may be found here:

Our School Calendars are on our website. To view the 2020-2021 School Calendars for each site, use the following links:

Important Back To School Dates:

  • Friday, September 4, 2020 – Staff Professional Development Day
  • Monday, September 7, 2020 – Labor Day Holiday
  • Thursday, November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, November 27, 2020 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Kindly note many of our annual family events have been cancelled due to the impact of the virus. Events will take place within your child’s POD/classroom setting without parent participation, as follows:

  • Friday, October 30th – Children’s Fall Costume Parade
  • Saturday, December 5th – Teleconference Parent Teacher Meetings
  • Wednesday, December 16th – Winterfest Celebration

We are in the process of updating our Google calendar application which you will be able to link to your calendars, notifying you of upcoming events.

Phone and Email Communication
Our offices are synced with our phone and email systems to better serve your needs. To keep us all informed of any questions, concerns, and absenteeism, please email us:

You may call the offices directly:
St Anthony: 612-455-8955
Blaine: 763-784-1451
Secure Fax: 763-757-2942

For school age inquiries email: For vacation and invoice questions:

All family newsletters and updates will be sent via Mail Chimp using the email. Please be sure to add this email to your contact list so that you consistently see emails in your inbox.

Tuition and Payment
Invoices will continue to be emailed monthly. For current rate information, effective 9/7/20, please use this link to our website:

Jack & Jill accepts credit card payment: VISA, Mastercard & Discover. Please follow the link and complete the credit card form and return to our office. You may call and provide us with your secure card information too. Credit cards are run monthly at the beginning of the month and billing cycle. Receipts are emailed and processing fees are not charged.

Meals/Food Program
Jack & Jill continues to serve nutritious and delicious meals and snacks that are prepared daily in our on-site licensed commercial kitchens. Our menus aid to exceed USA standards for both quantity and quality of the food we serve. Weekly menus are accessible on our website:

Fall School Year Placement
Our placement of children this fall will be less traditional than years past. Most children will be moved by the POD they currently occupy. Some staff will move with their current group of kids. Incoming infants will be placed together in a new POD group. Children returning for the fall school year we will be placed together per the age group they will be returning to.

Separately you will receive an email informing you of your child’s classroom and teaching staff for the fall. You may find out more information about your child’s classroom by following the link and selecting your child’s program.


Return to School Items
The week of August 31, we will be sending home all nap items and clothing items your child may have outgrown.

Please plan to send to school in your child’s backpack or bag (labeled with first and last name), your child’s weekly nap item, and extra clothing. These items will continue to be stored in your child’s locker.

It is required to have a backpack or bag for your child to carry items to and from their class daily for curbside service.

As winter approaches, we will be sending home boots, hats, mittens, snow pants, etc., in your child’s backpack or bag, so you may dry/clean nightly and return. This is another way to prevent germs within our facility. Winter gear will not be able to be stored over the weekend or for an extended time this year due to our cleaning protocol.

Minnesota Department of Health Updates
We wanted to provide you with some of updates from MDH. The decision tree has been modified slightly. The exclusion to return after a positive or negative test is 10 days since symptoms began AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Previously it was 72 hours. We have attached the Decision Tree for COVID-19 Exclusion Guidelines updated as of 8/6/20 for your reference, as follows:

For anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we will continue to send them home or deny them entry into our program.

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We appreciate your continued support.

Warm Regards,
Carol L. Arens,