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October 2017

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Principal

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year .... Mrs. Crump

JMS Parents, 

First quarter is coming 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. Hatchett 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 dean 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 website, plus much more, so take the time to explore and learn more about your student’s school. I encourage all students to get involved and enjoy the 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 during lunch time. Daylight savings time is coming soon (Nov. 5th), so don’t forget to set those clocks back! 

JMS takes pride in keeping the line of communication open between school and home! Our doors are always open.

Healthy Family Tips

Making Fitness Fun for the Whole Family

Spending time being active with family can help strengthen your relationship as a family. By taking the time to be active naturally you’re showing your kids that moving is fun. Here are a few examples of how to make fitness fun for the whole family.

Make your home your playground.

  • Use chalk to draw a four square court, and play with a large rubber ball.

  • Sock Tag – everyone places a long sock hanging out of a pocket. Then run and see who tags (grabs the socks) of the most people.

  • Take turns leading a game of red light green light or Simon says!

  • Build forts.

Plan a game day! Some great ideas include:

  • Relay races

  • Scavenger hunts

  • Hula hoop contests

  • Water balloon tosses

Clean up!

  • Clean your house as a team! Each kid can tackle different areas of the house. You can even turn it into a race.

  • Family car wash! Don’t just clean the outside — organize the inside, wipe down surfaces, and vacuum together!

Work those muscles gardening.

  • Plant a butterfly garden.  

  • Create a family garden and let each child plant a different vegetable. Kids are more likely to try a new vegetable when they’ve had a hand in growing it.

From the Library

21st Century Learning Through Lincoln Library & District 186

Computers have changed the face of how students learn and how they produce school assignments.  

It is helpful for school success to have 24-hour access to instant information.

District 186 students are the lucky benefactors of a new, free sharing program that allows all District 186 students to use Lincoln Library eResources.  Your child will now have access to dozens of online databases, encyclopedias and online eBooks-all day, every day!  Outside of school hours; students can access the resources through their home computer or laptop and even some resources, through their personal smart phone.

Students have been assigned a special number that allows them to gain access to the eResources on the main Lincoln Library webpage. Be sure to ask your child for their assigned number if you want to help them at home.  Students who already have a library card will continue to use their physical library card to access eResources and will still have the privilege of going to the physical library to check out other materials too. Below is a brief explanation of how students gain access:  


1. Using a computer or tablet, go to “lincolnlibrary.info” to get to the main page of available resources.

2. On the left side of the screen, click on the hyperlink, “eResources” which will take you to the list of resources. Students will be able to search by topic or through an A-Z list of databases.  There is even a homework help section called, “Brainfuse” on the same page.  Just click on the resource you want to use.  For many of the resources, the assigned library number will be the only thing needed to use the resource. Almost all the databases can be accessed at home.  Resources that can be used at home will have a small Lincoln Library card icon to the right of the resource they want to use.

Students can also “check out” resources such as, eBooks and digital movies.  A quick way to access such resources is to go to the main page and click on “eDownloads” on the left side menu.  Check out time frames will vary.

Community Resources

District 186 Resource Website

Did you know that District 186 has a community resoure page? Be sure to visit the page at: http://www.sps186.org/communications/?p=104683 and check out the helpful information available to our families, students, and community members.

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

Chicken Yakisoba

This simple yet addicting Chicken Yakisoba is full of noodles, chicken, & vegetables, & drenched in a sweet & tangy sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes • Total Time: 30 minutes • Servings: 6


1/2 head of green cabbage

1 medium yellow onion

2 medium carrots

1 small crown of broccoli

1 inch of fresh ginger

1 large chicken breast

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 - 3oz packages of Ramen Noodles

1 teaspoon sesame oil, optional

1/4 cup of soy sauce

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

Up to 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce

1 tablespoon sugar


  • Before you begin, prepare the meat & vegetables for stir frying. Peel the ginger with either a vegetable peeler or the side of a spoon & then grate it with a cheese grater. Peel & grate the carrots with a large holed cheese grater. Remove the core from the cabbage & cut into thin strips. Slice the onion into thin strips. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized piece. Slice the chicken into thin strips.

  • Begin boiling a medium pot full of water for the noodles. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the grated ginger, sauté for about 30 seconds to one minute. It’s ok if it sticks to the pan but don’t let it burn. Add the chicken strips & cook until they are no longer pink — about 5 minutes.

  • Once the chicken is cooked through, add all of the vegetables. Stir & cook until wilted — about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, once the water boils, add the noodles & cook just until tender — about 2-3 minutes. Drain, return to the pot with the heat turned off & toss with the sesame oil to keep from sticking.

  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, Sriracha, & sugar. Use only 1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha if you don’t want it spicy. Use up to 1 tablespoon of Sriracha if you like it hot. Stir until the ketchup & sugar are dissolved. Pour the sauce into the skillet with the chicken & vegetables with the heat still on medium high. Add the noodles, stir to coat everything int he sauce, & heat through for just a few minutes.




2 Whole Wheat Tortillas

1/2 cup Pasta Sauce

1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Pizza Toppings: chopped green peppers, onions, pineapple, ham, sausage, mushrooms, etc.


Spread pizza sauce on one tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Add toppings of your choice, or add some extra cheese and keep it simple. Top with second tortilla.

Spray the outside of the pizzadilla with spray butter or non-stick cooking spray.Place it in the pan and then spray the top side. Cook until golden brown and cheese is melted over medium heat, flipping once. Cut into wedges. Use remaining sauce for dipping!

NOTE: If you are uncomfortable using the stove, simply cook in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.


Dates to Remember

Upcoming Events


10/26 …………… Student Led Conferences 5-8PM

10/26 …………… Student of the Month Breakfast JMS Library @ 7:30AM

10/27 …………… Student Led Conferences 8AM-2:30PM



11/01 …………… Facilities Community Engagement Session @ SSHS 6-7:30PM

11/03 ………….. Honor Roll Breakfast for Students

11/03 ………….. Fall Dance JMS Gym 3-5PM

11/10 ………..… No School - Veterans’ Day

11/15 ….………. Reading Night 6-7:30PM

11/22 ……….…. 2nd Quarter Progress Reports 

11/23-24 …..... No School - Thanksgiving Break

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

11/29 ……….…. JMS FACE Meeting JMS Library 5:30-6:30PM



12/13 ……….…. JMS FACE Meeting JMS Library 5:30-6:30PM

12/14 ……….…. Winter Music Program 6-7PM

12/21 ……….…. End of 2nd Quarter • 1:30PM Dismissal

12/22-01/01 …. No School - Winter Break

01/02 …….….… No School - Teacher Institute

01/05 ……….…. 2nd Quarter Report Cards

Fund Raising
Box Tops for Education .... Mrs. Constant

Help JMS earn extra cash by clipping and saving Box Tops for Education! Box Tops can be found on hundreds of grocery products. Simply clip the Box Top from the packages and send them to school with your child to turn in to his/her advisory teacher. JMS will receive 10¢ for each Box Top turned in and your child could win special prizes!

From the Nurse
The Dreaded Cold and Flu Season .... Nurse Davis

How to Help Prevent and keep our staff and students well.

The #1 way to prevent the transmission of the cold and flu virus is to wash our hands. Use warm water, soap, wash for 20 seconds, rinse, dry, turn off water with paper towel.

If no water is available, use hand sanitizer. 

When anyone is coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or cough and sneeze in your elbow and then wash hands.

Do NOT SHARE drinks, silver ware, lip balm, ear buds, hats, hoods, or hair products.

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Stress to our students to wash their hands and follow these guidelines. Please teach them by example. Using good hand washing techniques make a huge difference. Please see new hand washing posters in the restrooms.

Exercising Can Be Fun!
Creating a Teen Exercise Program

Teens need at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day.  There are three components, which should be included in any exercise program.  First, anything that gets your heart going.  This is called aerobic activity —  biking, dancing or running, etc.  Second, strength training.  This type of exercise builds muscle, boosts metabolism and keeps joints working properly — crunches, push ups, balance exercises, etc.  Third, flexibility means bending or twisting without hurting yourself — Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching, etc.  

You do not have to exercise 60 minutes at a time to achieve results.  The minutes can be broken up into stages.  This makes it much easier to get your exercise and you don’t have to figure out where to find an hour in your busy day.  Finally, consider exercising with a friend or family member.  This will help you stick with your exercise program because you have more fun and it keeps you motivated to stick with a regular routine.

Community Resources
Community Calendar .... Family Friendly Activities

OCTOBER * NOVEMBER * DECEMBER                            

• Muni Mayhem (October 26, 27, & 28 from 7-10PM; $10 per person)

The Muni — 815 East Lake Drive, Springfield

The "Muni  Mayhem Mainstage Massacre" runs four times per night and is a mix of song and dance of some of your favorite Halloween/Spooky favorites. You can also enjoy the Haunted Maze, performances from high school students, and concessions including Famous Muni Dogs, Popcorn, Soda, Coffee and hot chocolate, along with fire pits on the lawn just outside the gates for campfire fun. S'mores kits and glowstick necklaces will be for sale.

• Fuzziwig's Candy Factory Grand Opening Celebration (October 27 from 5-7PM)

Scheels — 3801 S. Macarthur Blvd., Springfield

Join Scheels for this FREE grand opening celebration! FREE balloon art by Hot Air Creations, FREE face painting by Princess Chanteua, and much more.

• Springfield Police & Fire Departments Annual Halloween Safety Event (October 27 from 5:30-7:30PM)

Fire Stations #1 — 825 E. Capitol Ave., Springfield

Children are encouraged to come in costume for a FREE fun evening of trick-or-treating and activities while learning about Halloween safety. Come meet local police officers and firefighters and see a variety of rescue vehicles up close.

• FREE Halloween at the Market Kids' Costume Contest (October 28 from 9:30AM-Noon)

Downtown Springfield — 4th & Adams Streets 

Ages 0-12; Old Capitol Farmers' Market & HSHS St. John's Hospital will host the annual Halloween at the Market with FREE fun-filled activities for the whole family — children and dog costume contests, hands-on activities, and special guests. Children's activities will be held from 9:30-Noon in the parking lot on the southeast corner of 4th & Adams Streets.

• Trick or Treat Street (October 29 from 1-4PM)

Erin's Pavilion Southwind Park — 4965 S. 2nd St., Springfield

Mid-West Family Broadcasting presents a FREE and SAFE trick-or-treating event for kids in Springfield.

• Kids' NIght Out at the YMCA (November 11 from 6:30-9:30PM)

Downtown YMCA — 701 S. 4th St. , Springfield

All kids need a lettle time away from their parents, so the YMCA offers Kids' Night Out. Activities include swimming, art, games, dance, and more. This is held the 2nd Saturday of each month for children ages 8-12.

• Harlem Globetrotters (December 8 at 7PM)

 BOS Center — 1 Convention Center Plaza

One-of-a-kind family entertainment! The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their show to the Bank of Springfield Center as part of their 2017 World Tour. Tickets 

• Jaycees Christmas Parade (December 9 from 7:30-8:30PM)

Downtown Springfield

The Springfield Jaycees Christmas Parade is a tradition going back 46 years. This FREE event takes place during the Old Capital Holiday Walks. The parade begins at 7:30PM. The route is Jefferson to 5th Street to Monroe Street to 6th Street to Washington Street. 

From the Parent Educator
Meet Our New Parent Educator

Hi! My name is Tiffany Hatchett and I will be your new Title I Parent Educator for the 2017-2018 school year. This is my first year at Jefferson, and I am excited and looking forward to working with your family. I will be your link in connecting home and school, which is very important in a child’s success! When we show our children the importance of education, they will see the value in it, too! I am here to work cohesively with parents, teachers, and support staff to create a successful academic year for our students. When working with the parents, students, and staff, my duties will include our 4 Family Engagement Principles - building a welcoming and supportive environment/culture, enhancing communication at all levels, empowering parents in decision making and strengthening our FACE system.  I will also provide information and guidance for various community resources, as well as educational activities along with parent workshops. 

I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know you all. If you have any questions, concerns or input, please feel free to give me a call at (217) 585-5810 ext. 188.  My office hours are Monday –Friday from 7:40 AM-3:40 PM. My email is thatchett@sps186.org. Let’s work together and make this a great year!!

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

Promoting Healthy Living!