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October 2016

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 and 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 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. 6th) , so do not forget to set those clocks back!

From the Nurse

Cold or Flu?

When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can't move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu?

New Flu Information for 2016-2017:
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school. After all, what well-intentioned parent hasn't sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning "come get your child" phone call? But making the right decision isn't as tough as you might think. It basically boils down to one question:

Can your child still participate in school activities?

After all, having a sore throat, cough or mild congestion does not necessarily mean a child cannot be active and participate in school activities. So trust your instincts. If your child has the sniffles but has not slowed down at home, chances are he's well enough for the classroom. On the other hand, if he's been coughing all night and needs to be woken up in the morning (if he typically wakes up on his own), he may need to take it easy at home. Of course, never send a child to school who has a fever, is nauseated, vomiting, or has diarrhea. Kids who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, complain of pain, or who just don't seem to be acting "themselves" should also take a sick day.

Healthy Family Tips

Promoting Family Fitness

No time to work out? Guess again! You don't need to chunk out hours of your day to get an effective workout. Mini workouts are popping up everywhere. Watching a TV show? For each commercial break, pick a different exercise or group of exercises to perform for the duration of the commercial. On average, you will have 10 minutes of exercise per half hour TV show.

If Commercials aren't your thing, try doing squat or leg extensions while you brush your teeth or wait for the microwave to finish. Don't want to lie on the floor for crunches? Try a standing abdominal workout. The sky is the limit for creative exercising.

Let's Cook

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Banana Berry Breakfast Nachos

Toasted mini whole wheat waffles
1/2 cup Diced strawberries
1/4 cup Diced raspberries
Sliced bananas
Greek yogurt [Your flavor of choice!]
Real maple syrup

Toast the mini waffles according to package directions. We used eight mini waffles for each plate. While the waffles are toasting, dice up strawberries and raspberries. Add berries to a small bowl and squeeze lemon juice over berries. Slice the bananas.

To assemble the Banana Berry Breakfast Nachos, arrange the toasted mini waffles on a plate. Top them with banana slices and berries. Spoon the Greek yogurt over waffles. Drizzle with warm real maple syrup or Nutella.


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

Chicken Crunchers

Chicken Crunchers
Prep time 15-30min
6 Servings

1 cup All-purpose flour
Salt & pepper to taste
4 Egg whites
1/2 cup Milk
1 1/2 cups Cornflakes
1 cup (4 ounces) Reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
6 Chicken breast filets cut into strips
Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set up three bowls with the following: 1) flour mixed with a pinch of salt & pepper; 2) an egg-wash made by beating the eggs & milk together; 3) cornflakes mixed with cheese.

Coat a 13X9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Dip chicken pieces in flour, then into the egg-wash, then roll in the cheesy-flakes mixture, coating the entire piece of chicken & place on the baking pan. Discard any unused corn flake mixture after coating the chicken.

Bake for 25 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure even browning. Serve with ketchup or BBQ sauce, if desired.

No Bake Mac & Cheese

No Bake Mac & Cheese
Prep time 15-30min
4 Servings

8 Oz Whole-wheat elbow noodles (2 cups)
1 10oz Package frozen chopped broccoli
1 3/4 cups Low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons Flour
1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground white pepper
3/4 cup Shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cupShredded parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 4 minutes. Add frozen broccoli & continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta & broccoli are just tender, 4-5 minutes more.

Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups of milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of milk, flour, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a small bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture to the simmering milk; return to a simmer & cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat & whisk in cheddar, parmesan & mustard until the cheese is melted.

Drain the pasta & broccoli & add to the cheese sauce. Return to the heat & cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until heated through, about 1 minute.

Community Resources

What's Happening in our Community?

Family Friendly Activities

Halloween Safety Event at the Fire Station (October 27th)
Springfield Fire Station #1 825 East Capital Avenue, Springfield

Springfield Police and Fire Departments are welcoming families to their annual Halloween Safety Event on Thursday, October 27, from 5:30PM-7:30PM at Fire Station #1, 825 East Capitol Avenue. Children are encouraged to come in costume for a fun evening of trick-or- treating and activities while learning about Halloween Safety. Families can meet local police officers and firefighters and have a chance to see various rescue vehicles up close. The event is free to the community.

Great October Days Family Fall Festival (October 29th)
First United Methodist Church 2941 S Koke Mill Rd, Springfield

Bring your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and the whole family for fall fun on Saturday, October 29, at 2:00-4:00PM. We'll have food, games, bounce houses, a tractor pull, horse riding, pumpkins, and face painting, plus candy and prizes for the kids. Come rain or shine!

Trick or Treat Street (October 30th)
Southwind Park
4965 S 2nd St

98.7 WNNS and Mid-West Family Broadcasting is giving children in Central Illinois a safe place to dress up in their favorite costumes at Trick or Treat Street 2016 from 1-4PM for ages 12 & under. Over 30 local businesses will be on hand to pass out candy to all entrants (Alternative options will be available for children with allergies) — CANDY COMPLIMENTS OF BILL & FRANK VALA. Enjoy the "Family Fun Zone" inside Erin's Pavilion with arts, crafts & demonstrations from Millburg's TaeKwonDo & Wild Times Exotics Petting Zoo. Check out the BRAND NEW food truck from Hy-Vee too! Vendors include: Mike Williams, Healthy Home Store, Two Men and A Truck, Spiral Out Tattoo, First Student, Springfield YMCA Gymnastics, Just Kids, YMCA, Koala Sleep Center & MORE! This is a free event.


Christmas in the Park Holiday Craft Sale (Nov. 18-19)
Christmas decorations, ornaments, hand pieced pillows, small themed trees and plenty of santas, snowmen and angels from 4-8PM Friday & 9AM-3PM Saturday at Country Place Condo Clubhouse - Country Place Road, just off Toronto Rd. 1/2 mile east from the Interstate. Take a left on North Cotton Hill Road, go 1/2 mile to Roosevelt Road, turn left. Take another immediate left onto Country Place Road. The clubhouse is around the curve on right. For further info contact Helen Carson at 217-626-1738

Memorial’s Festival of Trees (Nov 19-27)
Orr Building
Illinois State Fairgrounds

A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 artistically decorated trees and wreaths; a silent auction for one-of-a-kind centerpieces; an imaginative hand-crafted Gingerbread Village with a silent auction; the Candy Cane Express Train; the Little Elves' Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community. For more information, visit http://www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com


Holiday Lights at the Zoo (Dec. 2-4)
Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 East Lake Drive

Holiday Lights at the Zoo at Henson Robinson Zoo. All ages. $3.75/Adult; $2.50/Child. 5:00PM-8:00PM. Twinkling lights, 3-D glasses and crafts. 585-1821 for more information, http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org

Caroling at the Carillon (Dec. 11th)
Washington Park
1501 South Grand West

Caroling at the Carillon: 2016 is the 34th annual event to celebrate the season! Sing holiday carols accompanied by the Carillon next to a roaring bonfire. Cookies and hot chocolate plus a special visit from Santa. Free and for all ages! 4:00PM-4:30PM

From the Cafeteria
Smart Snacks in School ... Nutrition Standards for Food

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 calls for schools to offer healthier snack foods to children while limiting junk foods. Students across the United States are now being offered healthier, tasty and nutritious foods during the school day. We are all working hard to instill healthy habits in students.

Any food sold in schools must be a "whole grain-rich" grain product; have as the 1st ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and /or vegetable; or contain 10% of the Daily Value of either calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber.

Foods must also meet strict nutrient requirements including calorie count, sodium and fat content, and sugar limitations. These requirements cover beverages as well.

The sale of food items for fundraising is not limited in any way under these standards. The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends, and at off-campus fundraising events. However, State agencies may determine the frequency with which these activities take place.

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!

Family Engagement Night
JMS Family Reading Night

Jefferson Middle School will be hosting Family Reading Night on November 17th from 5:30-7PM. The theme will be Keep Warm with a Good Book. Families will rotate through a variety of activities including a "book tasting," poetry writing, and a presentation from Lincoln Library. Please bring proof of address (such as an electric bill) to sign up for a free library card. Hot chocolate and toppings will be served.

Healthy Family Tips
Kid-Friendly Dinner Tips

When deciding what to make for dinner, keep these kid-friendly dinner tips in mind!

1) Get your children involved. Kids are more likely to eat what they help plan and prepare. This also builds self-confidence and life-skills.

2) Keep it simple. A healthy, balanced dinner doesn't have to be complicated. Kids tend to like simple, basic favorites.

3) Offer a variety and give them choices. Include nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups on the table, but let your child choose what and how much to eat.

4) Introduce new foods slowly. It can take up to 15 times for a child to accept a new food, so mix new items with old favorites so there's always something on the table your child will enjoy eating.

5) Focus on family during dinnertime. Turn off the TV and mobile phones, set the table, pour glasses of milk, and get the conversation going.

Use these tips combined with kid-friendly healthy dinner recipes for balanced and satisfying family meals!

From the Parent Educator
Family Engagement Events

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.

November 17th - Reading Night
December 15th - Winter Musical
January 27th - Father Daughter Dance
February 8th - A Taste of Black History
March 8th - Science & History Night
April 27th - Fine Arts Night
May 12th - Mother Son Dance

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 30th
December 14th
January 31st [District FACE]
February 22nd
March 29th
April 19th
May 2nd [District FACE]

All parents are welcome!

Dates to Remember
What's Happening in our School!

10/26 .... 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

10/27 - 10/28 .... Student Led Conferences [Thursday Evening from 5 - 8PM & Friday from 8AM - 2:30PM]

11/4 .... 1st Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast for Students

11/6 .... Time Change - Turn your clocks back one hour.

11/11 ..... No School - Veterans' Day Observed

11/17 ..... Family Reading Night 6:00 - 7:30PM

11/23 .... 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home

11/24 - 11/25 .... Thanksgiving Break

11/28 .... Student of the Month Breakfast - JMS Library @ 7:30AM

11/30 .... FACE Meeting JMS Library from 6-7PM

12/14 .... FACE Meeting JMS Library from 6-7PM

12/15 .... Winter Music Program JMS Gym @ 6PM

12/21 .... End of 2nd Quarter

12/22 - 01/03 .... Winter Break

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

Promoting Healthy Living!