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3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703
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February 2015

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Principal

News from Ms. Crump

Dear Parents,

JMS is filled with excitement during the months of February and March. I am asking for your participation and continued support during this time. In February students, staff and parents are being asked to take the 5 Essential Survey. You are probably wondering what this is and why do I need to participate. JMS wants you to know that your student’s and your opinion are very important to us. The 5 Essential survey is a state survey that is given to students in 6th  through 12th grade,  teachers that teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and parents across the state. All responses are anonymous and are focused on individual schools' learning conditions and environment. The survey is designed to inform school improvement by measuring change and providing individualized reports for each school. A letter has been sent home with your student and information is posted on the JMS website. Also,  in February we will be celebrating Black History! We are hosting a variety of events throughout the month for your child and you to participate in and learn more about the contributions of African Americans, so check out the school calendar and flyers sent home listing the scheduled events!

Dates to Remember

Mark Your Calendar ….

3/5/15 - Science and History Night
3/21/15 - Regional Science Fair
3/30/15-4/3/15 - SPRING BREAK

PARCC Schedule
6th Grade March 2-6
7th Grade March 9-13
8th Grade March 16-20

From the Nurse

10 Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

Some welcome winter for a change of season, however winter gets a bad rap due to the onset of cold and flu season. Use these tips for staying healthy.

1. Boost your immunity by eating well - Include fresh food including green leafy vegetables.

2. Keep moving - It is hard to have motivation in the winter but keeping active is important to support health and wellbeing

3. Eat well - It is tempting to eat foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Eating fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals will help boost immunity.

4. Weight management - Cutting exercise can lead to weight gain. Even if it is a small weight gain it will add up over more and more winters.

5. Sleep well - adequate sleep will keep the body’s immune system health and help fight off colds.

6. Skin health - Dry itchy skin happens when there is less humidity in the air. Using a mild lotion will help keep skin moist.

7. Keep bugs under control - Sometimes there is nothing we can do to keep away from germs that cause cold and flu. You can keep bugs at bay by washing or sanitize often.

8. Stress and healthy mood - Excessive stress will decrease immunity and may be linked to negative effects across the board.

9. Circulation - During winter months hands and feet are often colder. To help promote circulation hands and feet should be kept warm with insulated sock and gloves.

10. Stay hydrated - During winter months it is very important to continue to drinking water.

From the Science & History Departments

Science and History Night

Mark your calendars!  Science and History night will take place Thursday, March 5th from 5:30-7:00 PM at Jefferson Middle School We are planning a fun evening of activities that will focus on outer space! Come learn more about some of the space exploration missions, build paper straw rockets, and see if you have what it takes to become an astronaut!  We hope to see you there!  It will be out of this world!!

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Fruit Dip

2 cups light sour cream
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
¼ cup nonfat milk
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon peel (optional)

In a bowl, whisk sour cream, pudding mix, milk, lemon juice, and peel until blended.
Serve with fresh fruit slices like apples, strawberries, bananas, or pineapple. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 6 Servings

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving:
Calories - 180
Total Fat - 9g
Saturated Fat - 0g
Carbohydrates - 22g
Fiber - 0g
Protein - 3g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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.

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.


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 to turn in to his or her first hour teacher. JMS will receive 10¢ for each Boxtop turned in!

Healthy Family Tips
Start the day out right!

Here are 5 exercises to jump start your day!

* Stretching
* 20 Jumping jacks
* 15 Crunches
* 5-10 Push-ups
* 15 Squats

For those of you who love to dance, go to this link and take a look at the challenge. And most of all, have fun!

Let's Cook
What's for Dinner?

Looking for an easy-to-prepare, yummy tasting meal? Try this recipe Easy Chicken and Dumplings!

Easy Chicken and Dumplings
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. water
1 cup reduced or low sodium chicken broth
1 cup cooked chicken, diced
 Salt and pepper to taste

- Dumplings: -
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. milk

Mix 2 Tbsp. flour and water in a saucepan until smooth.
Slowly stir in broth. Cook over medium heat until thickened.
Add chicken, salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil.
Drop dumpling dough from a tablespoon onto gently boiling mixture, making 4 dumplings.

Cover pan tightly and cook slowly for 15 minutes without lifting the lid.

Turkey also works well with this recipe


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

Promoting Healthy Living!