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Springfield, IL 62703
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April 2016

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Discipline Office

Why Discipline?

Ms. Guerrero, Assistant Principal
Discipline means to teach. Discipline is not punishment, but it provides guidelines and support for our students while they are learning how to manage their emotions, deal with disappointment or frustration, and form relationships with other people. Effective discipline is consistent, caring, and is a means for us to assist students to behave in ways that support the values of the school culture. Discipline is not something that always occurs after a student misbehaves, but is an ongoing way of interacting with others. We teach our students these skills though PBIS and BIST using grace and accountability. We know it is okay to make mistakes but we want to decrease repeated mistakes in the school setting with the ultimate goal of students understanding rules and why they are important.

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, and 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 and your child could win a special prize!

Health & Safety Tips

Spring Sports Safety

Spring is here — time for baseball, soccer, tennis, and track. Unfortunately, it is also time that many sports-related injuries occur. The following tips may help prevent or reduce the risk of being permanently sidelined.
1. Be sure to get plenty of sleep.
2. Eat regularly scheduled meals and don't skip meals!
3. Eat a snack before your game and remember to re-fuel afterwards.
4. Stay hydrated at practices and games.
5. Stretch before and after your activities.
6. Listen to your body and know when to stop.
7. Stay conditioned throughout the year — not just during your sport season.
8. Take a break from a year-round sport to avoid burnout and overuse of the same body part.
9. See your health care provider right away if you are injured. Early care of the injury can minimize time lost from playing.
10. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Exercising Can Be Fun!

Making Time for Family Exercise

"There aren't enough hours in the day!" How many times have we used this as a reason for avoiding incorporating regular exercise into our schedule? Try keeping a family activity journal. There's a pretty good chance that each family member has more downtime than you think!

Here are some easy ways to exercise as a family!

Go for a walk, run or bike ride together. It costs nothing and is one of the easiest ways to incorporate exercise into your day. We are very fortunate to have several trails and bike paths in our area.

Sign up your family for a 5K walk or run. During the month of April, there will be several opportunities. Saturday, April 9th is the Central Counties Health Centers 5K Walk/Run; Saturday, April 16th is the Little Miracles 5K Walk/Run; and Saturday, April 23rd is the Miles for Music 5K Walk/Run.

Don't forget about yoga, martial arts, dance classes, and swimming lessons. These activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Spending more time together as a family and incorporating exercise is a high priority for maintaining family health. Spending more time with kids helps them make better decisions and be less likely to get into trouble.

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Chocolate Banana Grahams

Active time - 5min
Total time - 5min

1 square graham cracker, broken into 2 rectangles
1/2 teaspoon Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread, divided
2 slices banana, about 2 inches long
1/2 teaspoon sweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Spread each graham cracker piece with 1/4 teaspoon Nutella and top with a slice of banana and a sprinkling of coconut.

Makes: 1 serving

Per serving: 71 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 46 mg sodium; 94 mg potassium.

Dates to Remember

What's Happening at JMS?

04/06 ............... 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
04/06 ............... FACE Meeting in the JMS Library 6-7PM
04/08 ............... 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast for Honor Students Only
04/12 ............... All City Music Festival Sangamon Auditorium 7-8:30PM
04/15 ............... Spring Dance 6-8PM
04/20 ............... Spring Picture Day
04/26 ............... Fine Arts Night 5:30-7PM
04/29 ............... Student of the Month Breakfast JMS Library @ 7:30AM

05/03 ............... FACE Meeting @ Springfield High School 6-7PM
05/04 ............... 4th Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home
05/12 ............... Muffins with Mom JMS Library @ 7:30AM
05/20 ............... 8th Grade Dance 6-8PM
05/23 ............... IMSA Field Trip
05/25 ............... 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony @ Southeast High School Auditorium 6-7PM
05/26 ............... 6th & 7th Grade Honor's Night in the JMS Gym 6-7PM
05/30 ............... No School - Memorial Day
05/31 ............... Highway to Health Day

06/01 ............... Last Day of School

From the Guidance Office

Mrs. Lott & Mrs. Staab

PARCC testing is scheduled to begin the week of April 11th. English/Language Arts & Math will be the tested areas.

Testing Days:
April 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 21st, & 22nd
Make Ups:
May 2nd - 13th

We are requesting that no doctor appointments or vacations be scheduled during your child's testing window. Please make sure your child is at school on time and well-rested!

Health & Safety Tips
Super Tracker

My Foods - My Fitness - My Health

Have you ever wondered about how to figure the nutritional content of your meal? How about figuring how many calories are burned when you walk two miles? The Super Tracker website can help you make healthier choices in foods and physical activity. Check it out!

Electives News
Fine Arts Night

Mrs. Magruder & Ms. Harrison

Fine Arts Night will be held on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:30-7PM. Dinner will be provided in the cafeteria.

The event will start in the gym with a performance by the band & choir. Student art work will be displayed throughout the first floor of the building. Many "Make and Take" art stations will be set up.

Please come join us; enjoy some music & create some art!

** This is a free Title I funded event. **

Let's Cook -- What's for Dinner?
Spicy Chicken Tacos

Active time - 20min
Total time - 35min

8 corn tortillas
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into thin strips
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 large onion, sliced
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 cup prepared hot salsa, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Sliced scallions, chopped fresh tomatoes and reduced-fat sour cream, for garnish

Preheat oven to 300F. Wrap tortillas in foil and bake until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, season chicken with salt. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat until very hot. Add chicken and cook, stirring until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring, until they start to brown around the edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, garlic, jalapeno and cumin. Cook, stirring, until peppers are bright green but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Stir in salsa and reserved chicken. Cook, stirring, until chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Spoon into warmed tortillas and garnish with scallions, tomatoes and sour cream.

Makes: 4 servings, 2 tacos each

Per serving (without garnishes): 303 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 31 g protein; 5 g fiber; 421 mg sodium; 533 mg potassium.

From the Parent Educator

Mrs. Walls-Butler

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

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.

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!