Hello, and happy new school year from your Jefferson FRC (Family Resource Center)!
There are so many great things going on this year! Jefferson’s FRC has items that your children and family may enjoy at home. These include movie night bags (includes movie, microwavable popcorn, books, games for the whole family!), Art bags (includes art books and art supplies), craft looms (make pot holders, etc), board games, and extra practice items for math, reading, etc. Items will be sent home on a Thursday, and need to be returned to your child’s teacher the following Monday. If interested, please sign up using the form at the bottom of this sheet. The FRC will also be offering the Birthday Bag program again this year. Each birthday bag will help families celebrate their child’s birthday at home. Each bag contains: Boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, streamers, balloons, cake plates, napkins – all in a reusable gift bag. Since this program is to be a surprise for the student, if you are interested in this program please send an email to Rachel Schmitt at email@example.com including your name and e-mail or phone number as well as your students name and birthday. I will coordinate with you a way to get the bag to you while keeping it a surprise! Please notify me as soon as you know that you would like to take part in this program, as it gives the most flexibility in keeping the surprise!
Throughout the year you will also see posts on Class Dojo from the FRC for free digital resources/apps that are fun for kids and families. This is also a platform for learning about upcoming events. Past events have included STEM night, Family Game Night, Bingo For Books, Earth Day Fun night, and others. We hope to have the ability to have in person events again this year.
My student/family is interested in the following FRC resources:
_____ Movie Night Bag
_____ Art Bag
_____ Craft Loom Kit
Ms. Corey’s Healthy Habits
Get 10 hours of sleep every night.
Although the typical adult only needs 7-8 hours of sleep, children and teens need 10 hours of sleep each night to accommodate their growing bodies and developing brains. Sleep deprivation can have significant side effects for a kid, such as irritable mood, attention and memory problems, or increased risk-taking behaviors. Promote a regular sleep schedule and remove television, video games, and cell phones from the bedroom.
Los niños y adolescentes necesitan 10 horas de sueño cada noche.
Aunque el adulto típico solo necesita 7-8 horas de sueño, los niños y adolescentes necesitan 10 horas de sueño cada noche para adaptar sus cuerpos al crecimiento y desarrollo cerebral. La privación del sueño puede tener efectos secundarios significativos para un niño, como un estado de ánimo irritable, problemas de atención y memoria o un incremento en la conducta peligrosa. Promueva un horario de sueño regular y elimine de la rutina para acostarse la televisión, los videojuegos, los teléfonos celulares y otras actividades estimulantes.
Attention all 4th and 5th grade girls! Girl Power is back!
Girl Power is an after-school club that meets once a month to work on being positive, strong and confident.
Please return your permission slips to your classroom teacher by Tuesday, September 28th.
If you have any questions please contact Julia Brock!
Don’t forget—As the temperature dips, your student is going to be outside for recess. Please send them to school with hats, mittens, and everything they will need to stay warm and comfortable!
Nov. 4th – Girl Power 3:10-4:00pm
Nov. 4th – PTA Meeting 6pm (Virtual or In-Person)
Nov. 11th – Parent Workshop – Depression and Anxiety in Children 5:30-6:30pm Jefferson Auditorium
Nov. 18th – Picture Retake Day
Nov. 18th – Papa Murphy’s Pizza Night 4-8pm
Nov 19th - No School – End of 1st Trimester
Nov 24th-26th – No School – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2nd – Girl Power 3:10-4:00pm
Dec. 2nd – PTA Meeting 6-7pm
Dec 16th – Papa Murphy’s Night 4-8 pm
Dec 22nd – Jan. 2nd – Winter Break
Jan 3rd – School Resumes
Ms Corey’s Healthy Habits
Drink water every day.
Water, plain old water, is a critical part to a person’s health. Obviously sugary drinks taste good. And habits are hard to change. But without enough water, we feel more tired and can have stomach issues such as constipation. So make water a daily habit and save money by skipping the juice, Gatorade, and soda!
Limit screen time to 1-2 hours per day for kids.
“Screen time” includes watching TV, playing video games, or using a smartphone, computer, tablet, etc. Although there is a time and a place for this type of entertainment, other activities should take priority, such as sleep, exercise, and in-person social interaction with family and friends.
Technology experts recommend no more than 2 hours of screen time per day, keeping in mind that children and teens are using technology at school as well.
Also, fight the urge to plop your kid in front of a screen when they say "I'm bored." Boredom is actually a great thing for kids because it ignites imagination and self-awareness. Children develop creative skills when they have to come up with solutions to boredom.
When: November 11th 5:30-6:30
Where: Jefferson Elementary Auditorium
What: Parents meet to talk about Depression and Anxiety in children, what to look for, how to help. Led by Kathleen Harwood of In The Moment Child and Family Therapy.
Kindergarten students have been busy these past few months learning how to be in school. They have been working their way through the alphabet boot-camp and learning new words! They have also been learning about plant and animal needs, how to be a good friend, and numbers 1-10! In October they also got a special visit from the Janesville Fire Department!