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Springfield, IL 62703
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January 2016

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Guidance Office

Notes from the Deans

Mrs. Lott & Mrs. Staab

The first semester of the 2015-16 school year has come to a close. Second semester/3rd quarter is off to a strong start! All students have received their new schedules for their new electives and are settling in to their new classes. Here are just a few reminders as we move forward.

* All 6th and 7th grade students have received registration forms for the 2016-17 school year. These forms need to be returned to JMS as soon as possible.

* If you have a 5th grade student who will be attending JMS next school year, 6th Grade Preview Night will be held on Thursday, February 11th from 6-7PM in the JMS gym.

* When picking up your student, please be advised that you will be required to show a picture ID.

* And finally, we would like to welcome our new Guidance secretary, Mrs. Lori Small!

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 ten cents for each Boxtop turned in & your child could win a special lunch!

Health & Safety Tips

Cold Weather Safety

When the temperature drops, we need to be sure to take every precaution to stay safe, healthy and warm. Here are some helpful tips to follow during the cold winter months.

1. Think layers. Wear several layers of clothing. Be sure to cover your head, neck and hands.

2. Use sunscreen. Sun can reflect off the snow resulting in sunburn.

3. Keep hydrated. In drier winter air, we lose more water through our breath. Drink lots of fluids including warm drinks like hot chocolate and soup.
Prevent nosebleeds. If you suffer from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in your room. Saline nose drops can help keep your nose moist.
Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, gray or blistered skin on your fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you suspect that you are suffering from frostbite, come indoors and put the affected area in warm NOT HOT water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you suspect hypothermia, call 911 immediately.

Electives News

Art News

Mrs. Magruder

Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork submitted for the 2015-2016 Scholastic Art Show and placing.

Alicia Perez (8th grade) had two pieces entered and received the Silver Key Award; Jessie Harris (7th grade) had two pieces entered and received Honorable Mentions; Jayla Underwood (7th grade) had two pieces entered and received Honorable Mentions.


Healthy Snacks for Teens

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Active time - 15 Minutes
Total time - 2 1/4 hours

Equipment: 12 wooden popsicle sticks
4 large ripe bananas, peeled and cut into thirds crosswise
3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, melted (see Tip)
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Insert a popsicle stick into each piece of banana. Cover each piece with melted chocolate using a rubber spatula and sprinkle with coconut. (Reheat chocolate, as needed, to keep it melted.) Place the bananas on the baking sheet and freeze until frozen, about 2 hours.

Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight in the freezer for up to 1 week.

Tip: To melt chocolate, microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. Or place chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.

Makes: 12 servings
Per serving: 100 calories; 4 g fat (3 g sat, 1 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 7 mg sodium; 207 mg potassium

Dates to Remember

What's Happening at JMS

01/21-23 ........... HS Boys City Basketball Tournament
01/22 ................. 1st Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast
for Students
01/26-28 ........... HS Girls City Basketball Tournament
01/28 ................. Student of the Month Breakfast
JMS Library @ 7:30AM
01/28 ................. FACE Meeting at Southeast HS
01/29 ................. NAEP Test

02/05 .................. Valentines Dance 6-8PM
02/10 .................. FACE Meeting
JMS Library 6-7PM
02/11 .................. Preview Night - Incoming 6th
Graders 6-7PM in JMS Gym
02/12 .................. Woodworking with Dad
02/15 .................. No School - Presidents' Day
02/29 .................. Student of the Month Breakfast
JMS Library @ 7:30AM

03/02 .................. 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
Sent Home
03/03 ................. Science/History Night 5:30-7PM
03/07 ................. No School - Casimir Pulaski Day
03/09 ................. FACE Meeting
JMS Library 6-7PM
03/24 ................. End of 3rd Quarter
03/24 ................. Student of the Month Breakfast
JMS Library @ 7:30AM
03/25-04/03 ..... No School - Spring Break

From the Cafeteria
New Menu Items

Be on the lookout for more healthy choices for your lunches in the cafeteria! Some of the featured menu items are:

* Chef Salad with Diced Chicken, Ham or Turkey & Reduced Fat Cheese along with Whole Grain Crackers or a Whole Grain Dinner Roll

* Fruit Plate with a Scoop of Tuna, Chicken Salad or Cottage Cheese with Whole Grain Crackers

* Vegetable Tray with a Scoop of Tuna, Chicken Salad or Cottage Cheese with Whole Grain Crackers

* Whole Grain Turkey, Diced Chicken, Tuna, or Chicken Salad Tortilla Wrap with a Side of Fresh Fruit

* Chicken Noodle or Vegetable Soup with a Sandwich & Salad Bar or Choice of Fruit

* Taco Salad with Fajita Chicken or Taco Meat Served on the Side with Whole Grain Tortilla Chips

Healthy Family Tips
Family Fitness

Are you keeping your child active?

Physical activity benefits our children and ourselves in a variety of ways. It helps us maintain a healthy weight, keeps blood sugar levels more balanced, lowers blood pressure & cholesterol levels, makes bones & muscles strong, builds strength & endurance, relieves stress, and improves sleep.

Children 6 years of age and older need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. This does not have to be done all at once — spread it out throughout the day.

There are 3 kinds of exercise that we need on a regular basis.

1. Aerobic - causes the heart and lungs to work harder than they do when you are resting. Examples: running, hiking, dancing, biking, etc.

2. Muscle-strengthening - build and maintain muscles. Examples: climbing, gymnastics, push-ups, etc.

3. Bone-strengthening - help bones grow and stay strong. Examples: running, jumping rope, volleyball, etc.

Be a healthy role model for your child. Be physically active and plan active family outings. Encourage your child to dance, bowl, and play sports in real life — not just in video games!

Let's Cook -- What's for Dinner?
Beef and Bean Chili Verde

Active Time - 20 minutes
Total Time - 30 minutes

1 pound 93%-lean ground beef
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 16-ounce jar green salsa, green enchilada sauce or taco sauce
1/4 cup water
1 15-ounce can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed

Cook beef, bell pepper and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Stir in salsa (or sauce) and water; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in beans and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat just before serving.

Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 307 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 27 g protein; 6 g fiber; 516 mg sodium; 641 mg potassium.

From the Parent Educator

Mrs. Walls-Butler

Hello, JMS families! Here are a list of this semester'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.

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 semester's FACE meetings are as follows.

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

All parents are welcome!

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

Promoting Healthy Living!