Falcon Press

Jefferson December 2018 Newsletter

Principal News

Fantastic Jefferson families. We had a great November with the upper grades participating in the Screenagers information. We continue to see the negative effects of screen time on our children and hope that you all are looking at the hours that your child spends on a screen. We have our primary grades 1-3 concert on Tuesday, December 11th at 2:00pm.

Remember that there are some resources available to families that are struggling so don't hesitate to reach out to our counselor Ms. Bauer, 208-854-5266.

Here is the latest installment from Jim Fay and Love and Logic.

"Many parents ask, “Is it really possible to raise well-adjusted kids while at the same time trying to manage an incredibly hectic and stressful work and family life?” One mom described their situation:

We try to live a simple, frugal lifestyle. Even with keeping our spending as low as possible, both of us still have to work full schedules just to provide for the basics. With three young children things get crazy. The house almost always feels like a mess, and we have very little time and energy left over to spend with the kids. Both of us feel horribly guilty about this much of the time.

Some parents spend almost no time with their kids because they are addicted to work, addicted to buying extra stuff, addicted to selfish activities or all three. Many others, however, find themselves having to work their fingers to the bone because they simply don’t have a choice. Here are some words of encouragement… and some tips… for this second type:

Many well-adjusted adults grew up with exceptionally busy parents.

The key seems to be this: As children, they were not shielded from their family’s economic struggles. Their parents were honest about the challenges and consistently modeled hopeful, positive attitudes. As such, they internalized the truth that they were deeply loved even though their parents weren’t able to spend as much time with them as they wanted.

Remember that guilt often interferes with good parenting.

When we allow guilt to interfere with our ability to set and enforce loving limits and expectations, our kids suffer.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help with supervision.

Kids of all ages need good supervision. Without it, even very good kids often get involved in drugs, alcohol, early sex, and other high-risk behaviors.

You are doing a good and noble thing by taking care of the needs of your family.

This is wonderful modeling, and it sends a powerful message of love to your kids.

District Winter Weather Procedures

Click here for the district policies regarding snow, ice, cold and school closures

Cold and Flu Season Has Arrived

With the cold and flu season, the class rooms are in need of some donated items.

If you are able to send some Kleenex, Disinfecting Wipes, or Hand Sanitizer that would be greatly appreciated. Just send in with your student.

THANK YOU - please remind your student that even just washing your hands can help a lot for keeping that nasty virus away. Thanks again for helping us keep a clean and healthy environment.

Jefferson Weather Reminders

Dress for the weather. With it starting to get colder in the mornings, we are still seeing many students coming to school in shorts and no jackets.

All students are outside unless it is poring down rain (sprinkles - they are outside) or the temperature DROPS BELOW 20 degrees as a district policy. Therefore, please dress them accordingly.

Snow procedures- students are still outside if the temperature is above 20 degrees, we only ask that you speak with your student to help them keep the snow on the ground and not throw it at others on the playground. We have had snowballs with rocks and dirt so your help is greatly appreciated in working with your student to help support the school rules.

As the bad weather increases this year, please check out the following link for school closure information and our Emergency Text Messaging Service.


Jefferson Calendar of Events

The season is approaching for concerts and field trips. Please make sure to check the Jefferson web page and click on Calendar to see the latest upcoming events and even things planned out through Spring. Make plans now. http://jefferson.boiseschools.org/

EARLY RELEASE - Friday, December 21st

Kindergarten AM 8:40 am - 10:30 am ; Kindergarten PM 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Grades 1-6 8:40 am - 1:15 pm

Remember that school is closed for Winter Break December 24th - January 6th. School will resume on Monday, January 7th.

Enjoy your holidays

The Great Christmas Turkey Giveaway

The Community School at Whitey Elementary would like to give away about 20 turkeys to the Jefferson families through a drawing.

If you would like to take part in this drawing, you will have to email barbie.campbell@boiseschools.org She will then enter your name into the drawing.

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS Friday, December 14th.

Within the email include...

  • Student Name
  • Student School
  • Parent Name
  • Parent Phone Number

Turkey box includes - Turkey, roasting pan, potatoes, onions, apples, butter, flour, sugar, evaporated milk, stove top stuffing, cranberries, canned corn, canned green beans, canned pumpkin.

You will be notified on Monday, December 17th if you won.

At this time, pick up time must be before 1:30 pm and no later otherwise your box will be donated to someone else on Friday, December 21st but more details will be given to you when you are notified if you win.

Community Help

If you need some extra help over the holiday season, CLICK HERE, and contact Whitney as a Community School.

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Screenagers Movie Information

If you were unable to attend the Screenagers Movie that we promoted for November 30th, here is a brief overview of the topics discussed. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dj6lzcsfyVrf573HSPsY22Ka51pAqf6J