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WEEK OF MARCH 7 – MARCH 11, 2022


Ottawa Elementary School District 141 will conduct Kindergarten Pre-Registration the 

week of March 7 - March 11, 2022.  Your child should be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter Kindergarten.


The registration procedure is streamlined to make it convenient for parents. To pre-register, parents should complete the following google form anytime before March 11. Click Here The google form will also be located on each elementary school’s website or parents can call their local elementary school during the week of March 7 - March 11. Please be prepared to provide the school with:

  • the child's name

  • date of birth 

  • parent’s name

  • address

  • phone number 

  • preschool attended (if applicable)

  • elementary school your child will attend

Additional information for the parent will be mailed including information about the official Kindergarten Registration Day on April 12, 2022, when all completed registration forms will be turned in.  School personnel will be available to take calls between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It is essential that parents pre-register if you wish to be guaranteed the school your child will attend.

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Have a Great Summer !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jefferson News

Dear Ottawa Elementary Families,


As of February 16, 2022, Ottawa Elementary will no longer mandate the wearing of masks for students and staff members while in the school building.  This change in practice results directly from a ruling yesterday from the Joint Committee of Administrative Rules (JCAR), a bipartisan committee of the General Assembly, which struck down Governor Pritzker’s request to renew his emergency COVID Mitigation Rules that expired on February 13, 2022.  

Beginning on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, the wearing of masks is strongly recommended for all individuals while in the school building. Everyone should be respectful of an individual’s right to wear or not wear a mask.

Please know that yesterday’s ruling was unexpected, which results in yet another turn in this situation.  We apologize for this confusion and the late notice regarding this change in practice.  I will be updating you as more information is undoubtedly forthcoming about this change. 




Cleve Threadgill

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Health and Safety

Dear Ottawa Elementary Families,

Given the increased attention and focus on the coronavirus in the media, we wanted to share some general information with you regarding this virus.  Please click on the following link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to access information related to the coronavirus:  

Here is some of the most recent information concerning coronavirus:

  • The health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low.  

  • Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends schools hold classes and events as usual and follow their routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. 

  • Per IDPH guidelines the best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to the virus, which are similar to the precautions you would take to avoid the flu.  

  • IDPH always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to monitor this situation and follow recommendations made to public schools by the CDC, IDPH, and the LaSalle County Health Department.  The District hopes that together we can proactively work to keep all members of the school community safe and healthy.


Ottawa Elementary Administrative Team

JES Admin

Nate Pinter

Contact Us

Jefferson Elementary School

1709 Columbus St,
Ottawa, IL 61350
Nate Pinter 
Phone: 815-434-0726 Ext. 2001
Janet Griglione
Phone: 815-434-0726 Ext. 2003 
Fax: 815-434-7451
Beth Sholders
Phone: 815-434-0726 Ext. 2004
Fax: 815-434-7451

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