Jackson Journal

Welcome Back, Braves! September 2017

Important Dates to Remember

Friday, September 15

*Parent/Teacher Conference Day - snacks provided, 8:00-12:00

Monday, September 18

All PTA orders and money are due, 7:30-8:30. A PTA rep will be in the office to receive your orders. Support PTA!

Monday-Friday, September 18-22

*Eat lunch with your child week! Make sure to let your child's teacher know if you will be eating lunch with us. Your lunch will be prepared in advance, in order to ensure enough food is prepared for each grade level. Please let your child's teacher know that you will be coming by Thursday, September 14th, if possible. See the schedule below and check with your child's teacher for individual lunch times. Remember, parents are always welcome to eat lunch with students, but this is a special invitation to enjoy our school cafeteria at the beginning of the year. Let's kick off our school year with a fun meal together!

- Monday (1st grade and 4th grade)

- Tuesday (2nd grade)

- Wednesday (3rd grade)

- Thursday (5th grade)

-Friday (Kindergarten)

Friday, September 22

*Health screenings for k, 2nd, and 4th grade students

Friday, September 29

*Field Day (PTA will be selling pizza and water on this day!)

Wednesday, November 8

*System-wide career fair for all 4th graders

Counselor's Corner - Parenting Tips - Survival Skills for the Real World

Are kids facing more life-and-death decisions than ever? Are they being challenged at earlier ages with scarier choices about drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence? Clearly, most children are growing up in a more challenging world than we ever imagined. The consequences of mistakes are more serious than ever.

Of great concern is the fact that many children are not being equipped with the survival skills necessary for making wise decisions about these pressures. More and more children seem to believe that bad things can’t really happen until after their second or third poor decision.

What do I mean? Perhaps an example will best illustrate this point.

Not long ago, I took my son to the movies. As we sat through the multitude of previews and ads for giant-sized, butter-flavored popcorn, I noticed two boys sitting near the front, throwing ice. Their parents were seated about three rows behind them. Mom walked up to them and said something like, “You stop that. I mean it. That’s one.”

A minute or two later, the ice once again began to sail. This time Dad approached them and said very loudly, “Mom told you to stop that. Now that’s two.”

Soon, the popcorn began to fly. Dad rushed back down to them and said, “Stop that. If you keep doing that, we’re going to have to leave!”

Finally, after three or four warnings, these parents put some action behind their threats and took the kids home. What happens when we give children two or three warnings before we deliver a consequence? We condition them to believe that they always can make at least two poor decisions before anything unfortunate happens.

Does this give kids a strong defense against peer pressure? Absolutely not! Why? Because down deep they start to develop thoughts inside their heads that say things like, “I can smoke crack (or have sex, drink and drive, carry a gun, etc.) at least two times before anything bad happens.”

I had a friend in high school with this view. His parents always warned him at least three times before they actually followed through. He lived for a short while believing that nothing bad could happen unless he’d been warned at least twice. Then he died, the first time he went to a party, got drunk, and tried to drive home in a mountain snowstorm. Love and Logic parents know that kids need to understand that bad things can happen after the first poor decision — without repeated warnings.

How do they teach this? They set limits once and follow through with meaningful consequences rather than more warnings.

What’s this look like in the movie theater? Mom or Dad walk over and whisper, “Are you guys going to be able to behave or do we need to go?” If the boys act up again, Mom and Dad don’t lecture or warn.

Instead, they say something like, “How sad. We’re going home now. And by the way, how are you guys going to pay us for the money we spent on tickets, soda, and popcorn? You can tell us later. Try not to worry about it.”

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STREAM request

Mrs. Hull is requesting recyclables for her classroom projects. Please send in cereal or snack boxes, rinsed out 1 and 2 liter bottles, milk jugs, baby food jars, and coffee cans. Thanks!

Spirit Week

Monday, Sep. 18th, 8am

600 Jackson Street

Kingsport, TN

Jackson’s 5th grade will be collecting donations to fund field trip scholarships during the week of September 18th. All Jackson students are invited to participate. Below is the schedule of dress-up opportunities! Donation stands will be located at each entrance every morning of Spirit Week. Dress code applies at all times.

***Suggested donation is a dollar per dress up day.***

Monday, September 18th


Cozy or Dressy? You pick!

Tuesday, September 19th

Farmer/Rocker Day

Wednesday, September 20th

Character Day/Career Day

Dress as your favorite book, TV, or movie character and/or the career you want one day!

Thursday, September 21st

Twin Day/Hat Day

Dress as a twin with a friend or wear your favorite hat all day! Or both!

Friday, September 22nd –Homecoming Football Game for DB

Decade Day or Maroon/Grey Day (Support DB!)

Pick your favorite decade and dress like you are from that era!


1950’s: Poodle skirt/ ponytail, rolled up jeans/slicked back hair

1960’s: Get groovy with bell bottoms and tie-dye!