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October 28, 2015

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Principal

News from Ms. Crump

JMS Parents,
First quarter has come to an end and Student Led Conferences are right around the corner! You should have received your scheduled date and time. If you have not received this information, please contact Ms. Walls- Butler at 585-5810.

Communication is very important between home and school. If you have not signed up to have access to check your student's grades, during your scheduled conference time, you will be able to do so. Your student's education is the number one priority, so please communicate with your student's teacher and guidance counselor when your student's grades or behavior is of concern. If you have a new number or have moved, please make sure to inform the school. All information mentioned in this newsletter is posted on the school's website, plus much more. Take the time to view the JMS website to read about the exciting things happening at your student's school. I encourage all students daily to get involved and enjoy their middle school experience.

The Guidance Office has mailed out the 8th grade end of the year contracts. Please make sure to read, sign and have your student turn it in to Mrs. Staab. If your student is in the 8th grade and you have not received this information in the mail, please contact the Guidance Office.

The weather is starting to change as well. Please encourage your student to dress accordingly, due to they are outside before school and at lunch time. Daylight savings time is coming soon (Nov. 1st), so do not forget to set those clocks back!

JMS takes pride in keeping the lines of communication open between home and school!

From the Nurse

Cold & Flu Season ~ Which is Which?

Nurse Waterman

When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and with an achy feeling how do you know if it is a cold or the flu? Knowing the difference can be very important. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. Cold symptoms may make one feel bad where flu symptoms can make one feel quite sick for a few days to even weeks. Flu can sometimes lead to pneumonia and even hospitalizations.

The common cold many times begins with a sore throat and then leads into a runny nose, mild congestion, and a cough. Fever is uncommon. Nasal secretions usually are runny and become thicker as the cold progresses from beginning to end. Symptoms usually last about one week. The best way to prevent spreading a cold is to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. Wash hands frequently.

Flu (respiratory) symptoms are more severe than a cold and can come on quickly. Flu symptoms include sore throat, fever, headaches, muscle aches, and severe congestion. "Stomach flu" may include vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually last two to five days, but one may feel run down up to a week. Fever can reach up to 101 degrees. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia. Peak time for the flu is late December thru early March.

Prevention is key. The MOST important way to prevent colds and flu is frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

Let's Cook -- What's for Dinner?

Baked Chicken Parmesan & Spaghetti Squash

Prep time - 10min
Cook time - 15min
Total time - 25min

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound chicken breast cutlets {4 - 4 ounce pieces}
1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 egg
pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella
1 small spaghetti squash

To prepare chicken parmesan:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Drizzle 9X13 inch baking dish with olive oil. In shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. In small bowl, whisk egg and season with salt and pepper. Coat each chicken breast in egg wash and smother in parmesan breadcrumbs. Place chicken in prepared baking dish and lightly mist or drizzle tops of chicken with olive oil. Bake chicken for 12 minutes; remove from oven. Turn oven temperature to broil. Pour tomato sauce around sides of chicken and sprinkle chicken with parmesan. Place chicken back in oven for 3 minutes.

To prepare spaghetti squash:
Pierce holes in spaghetti squash with a fork. Place spaghetti squash in a microwave safe bowl, and cook on high in microwave for 10 minutes. Allow squash to cool, and slice in half from stem to end. Using a fork, scrape inside of squash from stem to end and gather the spaghetti-like strands in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Serving size: 1/4 recipe
Calories: 312
Fat: 9g
Saturated fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 19g
Sugar: 2g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 37g

Dates to Remember

What's Happening at JMS

10/28 — 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

10/29 — Student of the Month Breakfast JMS Library @ 7:30AM

10/29 - 10/30 — Student Led Conferences: Thursday Evening from 5 - 8PM & Friday from 8AM - 2:30PM

10/30 — Halloween Dance 5-7PM

11/4 — FACE Meeting in the JMS Library from 6-7PM

11/5 — Fall Picture Retake Day

11/6 — 1st Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast for Students

11/11 — No School - Veterans' Day Observed

11/19 — Family Reading Night from 5:30 - 7:30PM

11/24 — Student of the Month Breakfast in the JMS Library @ 7:30AM

11/26 - 11/27 — Thanksgiving Break

12/9 — 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home

12/9 — FACE Meeting in the JMS Library from 6-7PM

12/10 — Winter Music Program in the JMS Gym @ 6PM

12/18 — 1:30PM Early Dismissal

12/21 - 01/04 — Winter Break

From the Parent Educator

Family Engagement Events & F.A.C.E.

Mrs. Walls-Butler

Hello, JMS families! Here are a list of this year's Family Engagement events that you don't want to miss. Each event is planned with you in mind so bring the family out for fun and learning.

Reading Night — November 19th
Winter Musical — December 10th
Woodworking with Dad — February 12th
Science & History Night — March 3rd
Fine Arts Night — April 26th
Tea Time with Mom — May 12th

An additional opportunity to be involved with JMS is to join our FACE team. FACE stands for Family and Community Engagement. All JMS parents are welcome to join this team. We meet once a month from 6-7PM in the JMS library, unless otherwise noted, to discuss and implement ways to support our students' learning.

The dates for this year's FACE meetings are as follows.

November 4th
December 9th
January 28th @ Southeast High School
February 10th
March 9th
April 6th
May 3rd @ Springfield High School

All parents are welcome!

From the Cafeteria
U.S. Food Consumption as a Percentage of Calories
Fund Raising
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, attach them to the Boxtops Collection Sheet, & send that to school with your child to turn in to his or her first hour teacher. JMS will receive 10 cents for each Boxtop turned in & your child could win a special lunch!

Family Engagement Night
Family Reading Night

We "Moustache" you to come to Reading Night on Thursday, November 19th from 5:30-7:30PM! Activities will include reading and performing two-voice poems with your child, writing poetry, and judging a selection of student writing. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be here. Dinner will be served and a drawing will be held.

From the Library
Scholastic Book Fair

It Is Book Fair Time!

Bring your money! The JMS Scholastic Book Fair will start on Monday, November 16. It will run throughout school hours on the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and during the morning of November 20. The book fair will also be open during the evening of Family Reading Night on November 19. Parents and students will be able to visit the book fair throughout the evening as part of the Family Reading Night rotation schedule.

The JMS Library will benefit from our book fair profits! The more you purchase, the more books our library will receive.

Healthy Snacks for Teens
Pizza Roll-Up

Active time - 15 min
Total time - 15min

1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla
2 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce
12 leaves baby spinach
3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella

Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinkle cheese on top. Microwave on High until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the pizza roll-up for up to 1 day.

Makes: 1 serving
Per serving: 217 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 14 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 3 g fiber; 427 mg sodium; 18 mg potassium.

Exercising Can Be Fun!
TeenBEAT ~ Basic Exercise & Activity Tracker

Is your teenager getting enough daily physical activity? The quiz on this website will help you figure that out. Physical activity is important for your health and well-being both now and in the future.


Healthy Family Tips
5 Ways to Promote Family Fitness

1. Family Fitness Challenges - Ask each family member to come up with a fitness task like 10 jumping jacks, climbing 10 flights of stairs, walking around the block 2 times, etc. The goal is for everyone to complete the task every day for one month. Choose a prize that everyone in the family would love to "win."

2. Ditch the Car & Do Some Footwork - Choose walking over driving to your destinations.

3. Plan to Play - Block out periods of time on your busy calendar for family play time. This could be anything from family yoga time to hiking trails.

4. Daily Doses - Take a few minutes every morning or evening for family stretching, walking or some other form of exercise.

5. Go Old School - Introduce your children to all of your favorite childhood games like flashlight tag, red rover, capture the flag, or hide 'n seek.


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

Promoting Healthy Living!