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3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703
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December 2014

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Principal

News from Ms. Crump

Dear Parents,

We are well into the 2nd quarter of school and winter is setting in! You are reading our first newsletter for the 2014-2015 school year. I just wanted to share some information about the school your student is attending ~ "Jefferson Middle School." You have been informed in several ways how your child is doing, what skills they have mastered, and what areas are in need of improvement. Jefferson is working hard to strengthen the communication between home and school. I am challenging you to have daily conversations with your student on how he/she is progressing in their classes. You will be surprised how much they will share. Just listen closely.  Another way to monitor their progress is by checking their cumulative folder. If you do not have access, just contact your student's guidance dean on how to sign up. Grades change daily, so utilize this tool to monitor  your student’s year at JMS.

Feel free to contact the school with any questions you may have. Please take the time to explore the school’s and your child's teachers’ websites if you have not done so at this time. This newsletter contains valuable information ranging from healthy eating tips to events that are taking place at JMS.  I look forward to an awesome year at JMS with you and your student!

Dates to Remember

Mark Your Calendar .......

12/11 - Winter Music Program 7PM
12/19 - 1:30PM Dismissal for Winter Break
01/07 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Distributed
01/14 - What's Your Child's Digital Footprint?
01/16 - 2015-16 Registration Forms Due for 6th & 7th Grade Students

1st Semester Final Exam Schedule
12/12 - Science
12/15 - History
12/16 - Electives
12/17 - Math
12/18 - LA
12/19 - Make-Ups

PARENTS ~ If your child will be absent during the week of finals, please contact the Guidance Deans immediately so arrangements can be made for them to take their tests.

From the Nurse

Health Reminders

HAND WASHING ~ the do it yourself vaccine! During this time of Flu and Colds it is imperative to wash hands to combat spread of respiratory illness.

When should you wash your hands?
* Before, during, and after preparing food
* Before eating food
* Before and after caring for someone who is sick
* Before and after treating a cut or wound
* After using the toilet
* After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
* After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
* After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
* After handling pet food or pet treats
* After touching garbage

Hand washing should include soap and warm water. If soap and water aren't available the use of a hand sanitizer is ok, but wash as soon as possible. Hand washing should last up to 20 seconds.

From the Parent Educator

What's Your Child's Digital Footprint?

Today's youth have integrated the use of digital devices into their daily lives and utilize social media apps to communicate with the world around them. Technology integration that encourages social interaction and self-expression presents new opportunities for youth, while at the same time challenging parents and teachers as we work together to keep youth healthy and safe. Join us on January 14th from 6-7PM, along with the Internet Safety Specialist from the Attorney General's Office, as we continue our efforts to protect and educate our children.

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Peanut Butter Dip

* 3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
* 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
* 1/3 cup raisins
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch slices
* 3 ribs celery, trimmed and cut into 4-inch sticks
* 2 cups small pretzels

In a small serving bowl, stir together yogurt, peanut butter, raisins and cinnamon. Serve with apples, celery and pretzels.

Yield: 1-1/3 cups
Prep: 10 mins

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving:
Calories - 43
Total Fat - 2g
Cholesterol - 1mg
Saturated Fat - 0g
Carbohydrates - 4g
Fiber - 0g
Protein - 2g
Sodium - 40mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Electives News

Winter Music Program

This is a reminder for all students and parents that the annual JMS Winter Music Program will be held in the gym on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11.  The concert will start at 7 p.m. and should last approximately one hour.  Admission is free.  Students need to go home after school and return at 6:30 p.m.  If students are being dropped off, they need to have a ride ready to pick them up no later than 8:00 p.m.  There is no activity bus.

Remember that this event is REQUIRED for all band and choir students at JMS.  This is part of their final exam and will be counted as such toward their grade.  If there are emergencies or a student is out sick, the parent must send a note and the student will be given an alternate assignment. 

If you are ordering a t-shirt for band, choir, or show choir, you may wear it with uniform pants.  Otherwise, students are expected to be in a white shirt and black or navy pants. Hope to see everyone there!

From the Cafeteria
USDA National School Lunch Program Recommendations

In the past few years, the United States Department of Agriculture has made several changes to the National School Lunch Program. They include reducing the fat, salt and calories of the meals being served along with increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables being offered. Please have your student check out the salad bar that offers a wide selection of fruits and vegetables. Also, the new USDA guidelines require students to take a fruit or vegetable with their meal.

Healthy Family Tips
Health Day News for Healthier Living

Want Kids to Eat Better? Get Them Cooking! Check out the link below for an interesting article on promoting healthy eating for your children.


Exercising Can Be Fun!
5 Great Ideas

1. Go for a family walk before or after dinner.

2. Crank up the music and dance!

3. Make a game out of household chores.

4. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks.

5. Have a weekly sports night.

Let's Cook
What's for Dinner?

Looking for an easy-to-prepare, yummy tasting meal? Try this recipe for oven baked chicken parmesan!

Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs
1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1 pound of spaghetti
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
8 ounces of shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of salt

Pre-heat your oven to 375˚ and bring a large pot of water to a boil. In a medium sauce pot, heat butter, add garlic and stir until fragrant. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt. Simmer on medium-low heat. Slice the chicken breast into strips. Toss the chicken in the flour, then egg, then roll in the panko breadcrumbs. Place the chicken on a greased sheet pan and place in the oven for about 15 minutes. When the water comes to a boil, add the noodles and cook about 7 minutes. Drain your noodles, toss in the sauce in an oven safe dish. Place the baked chicken on top of the noodles and cover with Parmesan cheese. Place back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes until the cheese is golden.

Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread.

Gen H Kids - County Market - Children's St. John's Hospital
Destination Dinner Table

Boxtops for Education

Help JMS earn extra cash by saving Boxtops for Education! Boxtops can be found on hundreds of products. Simply clip the Boxtops from the packages and send them to school with your child and turn them in to his or her first hour teacher. JMS will receive 10¢ for each Boxtop turned in!

Karen Crump, Principal
Jefferson Middle School
3001 Allis Street
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 585-5810

Promoting Healthy Living!