Jefferson Elementary School

Grades: Childcare - Grade 2 | Manistee Area Public Schools

Welcome to Jefferson – Kindergarten – Grade 2

Also home to Childcare, Pre-K & GSRP

Nurturing young learners with guiding principles, we are dedicated to making the classroom experience fun and rewarding. Our practical tools and techniques help your students begin their learning experience on the right foot. Great beginnings create future leaders.

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Please Note!

Jefferson Elementary School will be home to MAPS Childcare, Preschool, GSRP, and Kindergarten to Grade 2 for the 2023/24 school year while the consolidated elementary school building is under construction. 

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2023/24 School Nutrition Services Information

We are pleased to inform you that we will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at Manistee Area Public Schools can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.

As we start this program for the 23/24 school year, we ask that each household complete a Household Information Report found online at: Click "Apply for benefits" to get started. This report only takes five minutes to fill out and must be completed by each household in our District. Paper copies are available upon request. We also ask that you pay any lunch balance due from the prior school year. The CEP Program cannot be in place with overdue balances remaining.

In addition, the Household Information Report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc. These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:

  • Instructional support (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Professional Learning for staff
  • Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
  • Technology

We are asking that you please complete and submit the Household Information Report as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the report, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds. If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us.


Keri Carlson Nutrition Services Director


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Time to Register for Pre-School & Kindergarten!

The time has come to start planning for your little learners entry into Pre-School or Kindergarten! You can register to receive your information packet.  Just follow the link below.


Jefferson Announcements

12-11-23 Prairie Farms Vendor Update

12-11-23 Vendor Update Prairie Farms, our local supplier for milk, has informed us that they have a growing issue with carton shortages. To maintain our ability to serve milk, beginning the week of December 11 and into the New Year, students and the individuals we...

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Your Jefferson Team

Location: 515 Bryant Avenue Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: 231-723-9285
Fax: 231-398-2021
School Office Hours: M-Th: 7:30am – 4pm, Friday 7:30am – 3pm

Administrative Team

Principal: Julia Raddatz –    

Administrative Assistant: Amy

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Administrative Staff

Julia Raddatz, Principal

Amy Miller, Administrative Assistant

Kasandra Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Instructional Staff

Elizabeth Adams, Kindergarten

Wendy Adamski, Elementary PE/Health

Amy Bush, Special Education

McAnn Bradford, Second Grade

Amanda Feyen, Elementary Music

Cindy Lundberg, Kindergarten

Cindy Matthes, Second Grade

Isabella Rankin, Second Grade

Michael Rosteck, Elementary Art

Josh Smith First Grade 

Christine Slawinski, Kindergarten

Anna Marie Thompson, First Grade

Bryan Tomaszewski, Second Grade

Emily Tomaszewski, First Grade

Allison Veine, Kindergarten

Michelle Wilson, First Grade

Sam Zeller, Elementary Coding

Non-Instructional Staff

Krista Bennett, Math Coach

Deb Erdman, Academic Specialist

Deb Forward, Academic Specialist

Chasity Gouker, Title I Reading/Literacy Coach

Tracy Shimel, SafeNet


Macie Goodspeed

Trevor Hodges

Phil Kroll

Tamara Jackoviak

Michelle Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Katy Lacki

Rachel Lindeman

Kristie Schlafley

Clay Slawinski

Misty Weber

Kelly Weller

Custodial Staff

Charles Carver

Bill Cole

Nutrition Services

Melissa Gutowski

Bonnie Krus


8:00 – School Begins
9:00 – School Begins on Late Start Mondays
3:10 – School Ends
11:40 – School Ends Half Days
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2023-2024 Meeting Schedule
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13
January 10
February 14
March 13
April 10
May 8
All meetings are held 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and are located in Mrs. Bradford’s classroom at Jefferson Elementary.
Current Officers

Shannon Patrick, ATP President
Katrina Jankowski, ATP Vice President
Kim Anderson, ATP Secretary
Kris Brandt, ATP Treasurer

ATP Contact Information

ATP Contact: and we can be found on Facebook as MAPS Elementary ATP

Building Contacts: Jefferson: Julia Raddatz, or Kennedy: Joanie Wiersma


MAPS Elementary ATP (Assembly for Teachers & Parents)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Jefferson and Kennedy, grades Pre-K through 5.

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference.

What does ATP do?

We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.

What are the objectives of the ATP?

The MAPS Elementary ATP (Assembly of Teachers & Parents), is a dedicated group parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students grades Pre-K through 5th. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration
ATP Points Tracker

Starting January 2019, ATP is starting a point tracker for volunteers!

How do I earn points?

  • Every ATP event (popcorn day, slushy day, winter carnival, etc.) every 2 hours you volunteer, you earn 1 point.
  • For showing up to our ATP meeting that’s once a month, you earn 1 point.
  • For suggesting a friend to volunteer & they show up for at least 2 hours, you earn 1 point.

All the points you earn will be entered for a drawing. At the end of the year, we will choose two winners. We hope to have a ton of volunteers!

Your Journey Continues at Jefferson Elementary

Jefferson Elementary School starts our littlest learners on their educational journey with Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.  Students in 3rd-5th grade attend Kennedy Elementary, and 6th-12th attend Manistee Middle/High School.
We look forward to working with you and your child to provide the best education possible. By working together, your child will have a happy and successful school year. If you have any questions please contact the me at (231) 723-9285 ext. 3372, or by e-mail at

We offer the following programs throughout the year:

  • Safe & supportive digital learning access
  • One-to-one technology – iPads
  • Daily art activities
  • Community recreation opportunities
  • Family night activities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Grade level focused field trips
  • Girl & Boy Scouts
  • Flexible before and after school care and daycare options
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As Manistee Mariners, we are all leaders in our own way. Mariners lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

Mariners are:

T | TRUSTWORTHY — Always tell the truth

R | RESPECTFUL — Listen and are polite

A | ACCEPTING — Friends to all

C | COOPERATIVE — Work as a team

K | KIND — Thoughtful and caring

“TRACK” is the Manistee Area Public Schools global, district-wide, leaders platform that all educators, staff and students follow throughout their educational journey.  This initiative is connected to course curriculum,  extra curricular programs,  disciplinary procedures, and internal culture.