Welcome to 2nd Semester
Mrs. Doss and Mrs. Staab
The first semester of the 2016-17 school year has come to a close. Second semester and 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 will soon be receiving registration forms for the 2017-18 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 9th 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.
JMS takes pride in keeping the lines of communication open between home and school!
Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD] - "Winter Blues"
At the beginning of the year, children still have time to play in the sunshine after school and before dinner, but unfortunately daylight savings time comes in November. This time change unfortunately brings darker hours earlier. This is when seasonal affective disorder can become a problem for children.
Seasonal Affective Disorder compared to depression, returns at the same time every year. Usually during the fall and winter. "Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat SAD" by Norman Rosenthal, is a good reference. Children will normally appear withdrawn, sitting quietly at the desk, heads down, not concentrating, decreased appetite, low energy, irritability, lack of motivation.
Ways to help conquer SAD: Eating healthy, open the blinds and allow as much natural light into the home, exercise daily, avoid excessive screen time, and stay active and do fun and motivating things. If symptoms persist, please seek medical advice.
FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES
Play in the snow
Play a board game or cards
Put together a puzzle
Have a movie night with popcorn
Go on a treasure hunt outside
Write a story and act it out
Go to our local museums
Go to our local library
Sing Christmas carols
HUG YOUR CHILDREN DAILY!!
New Year's Resolutions: Yea or Nay?
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? How long does the good intention last? 75% of resolutions will be continued through the first week of January, but only 46% make it past 6 months. *
So how do we make our resolutions stick? Bad habits are hard to break, and even harder to break if we try to do them all at once. Limiting the number of resolutions or spreading them throughout the year may help. Some studies say that it takes 40 days to make a change permanent. If you miss a day, the 40 days begins again.
If your goal is to lose weight, it makes sense to remove those tempting foods from your environment. You might also engage in some type of physical activity prior to eating. This may help lessen your appetite. Often we mistake thirst for hunger, so try a glass of water first, wait 10 minutes and then reassess your level of hunger.
Willpower stems from the brain. If your brain is tired, or on overload, your ability to resist temptation is diminished. This is also true if you deny your brain the energy it needs to function (food). Willpower requires energy!
So, if the mind is weak, how do we accomplish our goals? Practicing delayed gratification is one way to help. This can be as simple as finding a way to distract us from the temptation at hand. Again, exercising may help. So could reading a book or singing a song. Just a short walk may help clear the tired brain and allow us to focus on our goals.
Bottom line, make resolutions, but spread them out over time. Get plenty of rest and exercise and make sure you are giving your brain the nutrition it needs.
*Information pulled from "The Science Behind Failed Resolutions" Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com
Cheesy Chex Mix
3 cups Chex cereals
2 cups mini pretzels
1 cup cheese crackers
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 stick melted butter
pinch of garlic powder
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Spread mixture on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Stir every couple of minutes. Let cool completely.
What's For Dinner?
Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
Prep time - 45min — 4 Servings
4 medium russet potatoes
8 ounces 90% lean ground beef
1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
1 cup water
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 scallions, sliced
1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Place in the microwave and cook at 50% power, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. (Or, use the "potato setting" on your microwave and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.)
2. Meanwhile, brown meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Increase heat to high, add broccoli and water to the skillet, cover, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli; add to the meat.
3. Carefully cut off the top third of the cooked potatoes; reserve the tops for another use. Scoop the insides out into a medium bowl. Place the potato shells in a small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup Cheddar, sour cream, salt and pepper to the potato insides and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add scallions and the potato mixture to the broccoli and meat; stir to combine.
4. Evenly divide the potato mixture among the potato shells and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Microwave on high until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
What's For Dinner?
Lickety Split Lasagna Soup
Prep time - 15-30min — 8 Servings
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (14-1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (14-1/2 oz.) can beef broth
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups mini lasagna noodles or rotini pasta
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown ground beef in dutch oven or stockpot; drain. Add onions, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir in beef broth, water, brown sugar and four spices listed. Bring to a boil and add mini lasagna noodles or pasta. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Garnish each bowl with mozzarella cheese.
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A new mobile app is available in the app store called Fire Fan. This app is a fun and easy way for our school to make money all year long. The app is free to download and is a better way to play live alongside your favorite sports team and allow you to connect with your family and friends. Support Jefferson Middle School by downloading the app and using our code JMS. This code will also give you some great in app perks!
Thank you for your support and we looking forward to hosting some events with you soon.
Healthy Changes in School Breakfast & Lunch Programs
Schools participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program are required to meet the new federal nutrition standards. Springfield Public Schools is committed to the implementing these meal requirements.
Below are the requirements that have been implemented.
* Only fat free (unflavored or flavored) and low fat (unflavored) milk offered.
* Increased number of fruits and vegetables offered daily.
* Students can take an increased amount of fruits and vegetables with their meal. They will be required to take one serving of a fruit or vegetable with their breakfast and lunch meal.
* More dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes offered weekly.
* All breads and grains must be whole-grain rich.
Monthly middle school breakfast and lunch menus with daily nutritional information are available on the district website at http://www.sps186.org/foodservices/?p=95442
Family Friendly Activities
* Safe Sitter Class at St. John's
(January 7th from 8:30AM-3PM)
St. John's Children's Hospital
800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield
Young teens receive training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies. Safe Sitter a medically accurate babysitting preparation program for 11 to 13 year olds that teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques. Registration is required. Go to http://www.st-johns.org to register. This program is free.
* Civil War Tech: Steam Engines
(January 7th - 10AM)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield
Families are invited to come see the science & innovation of Civil War technology. Steam engines helped power some of the largest equipment used in the Civil War railroads and navy ships. Students aged 8-12 are welcome to participate. You will conduct experiments using steam and see how powerful evaporated water can be. Space is limited.
* Chip Off the Block - Eagle Ice Carving
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower 35 Confluence Tower Dr., Hartford, IL
Watch an expert create an eagle ice sculpture from a block of ice. Chip Off the Block Ice Carvers will return to recreate a sparkling American bald eagle from a single block of ice. The sculpture will remain on display at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower until it melts.
The tower will open at 9:30AM with the ice carving from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.
01/04 .... Return from Winter Break
01/04 .... 2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
01/06 .... 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast for Students
01/16 .... No School - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Observed
01/19-21 .... HS Boys' Basketball City Tournament
01/27 .... Father Daughter Dance
01/30 .... Student of the Month Breakfast JMS Library @ 7:30AM
01/31 .... District FACE Meeting
02/08 .... 3rd Quarter Progress Report Cards Sent Home
02/09 .... 6th Grade Preview Night for Incoming 6th Graders 6-7PM
02/10 .... Valentine's Day Dance 6-8PM
02/20 .... No School - Presidents' Day Observed
02/23 .... Student of the Month Breakfast JMS Library @ 7:30AM
03/06 .... No School - Pulaski Day Observed
03/08 .... Science & History Night 5:30-7PM
03/10 .... End of 3rd Quarter
03/12 .... Time Change - Turn your clocks forward one hour
03/15 .... 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
Hello, JMS families! Here is 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.
* Father Daughter Dance - January 27th
* A Taste of Black History - February 8th
* Science & History Night - March 8th
* Fine Arts Night - April 27th
* Mother Son Dance - 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.
January 31st [District FACE]
May 2nd [District FACE]
All parents are welcome!