JCMS Parent Newsletter

October 19-23

General JCMS News

  • Veterans Day Essay Contest - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5X2wXTZFLqSaC1DWS1PMWVhNW8
  • 4-H Enrollment Night -The Jennings County 4-H Council is hosting an Enrollment Night on Thursday, October 29 from 5-7 pm at the Jennings County Library. 4-H is open to grades K-12. Youth and adults attending Enrollment Night will be able to meet Club Leaders, learn more about 4-H and 4-H projects AND get help enrolling. If you want to learn more about 4-H or need help enrolling, please plan to attend the Enrollment Night or contact the Extension Office at 812-352-3033 for assistance!

  • Box Tops for Education - We are still collecting these!!!! Have your student turn them into their homeroom teacher. Each year the school receives a check for $500-700 from this program which funds many of the activities we do for students.
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From the Guidance Department

As we end our week of fall break, keep in mind the importance of spending time together as a family. While time together is fun, did you know that there are many long lasting benefits of it? Research shows that there are many benefits of spending time together as a family regularly. The Family Focus blog shares these benefits of making family time a high priority.

6 benefits of making family time together a priority

1. Strengthens Family Bond

Spending more time together doing leisure activities strengthens the family bond. This holds true to all type of activities. They don’t have to be expensive activities to be effective. Even home-based, low-cost activities such as playing a board game, gardening or playing outdoors have a big impact on the ‘health’ of the family. They make everybody in the family feel closer emotionally to each other, which is always a good thing. These seemingly mundane everyday activities are known as a family’s ‘core’ activities, whereas those that require more time, money and planning (special events, vacations) are called ‘balance’ activities. Both of these are deeply related to a family’s ability to better adapt. The strengthening of family bonds is one of the important benefits of family time.

2. Improves Child’s Academic Performance
The academic success of a child is associated with having his/her parents provide help and guidance when needed. The first steps are always the hardest and most important. This holds true especially in terms of studying. If you, as a parent, provide essential guidance through your child’s first ‘academic’ years this will have a really positive effect in the future. If you help your kid with school matters, it is more likely for him/her to receive a better education and, of course, a good job in the future. And while you may not be able to help with the actual content of the work, just the encouragement, expectations, and support reinforce the need for an education.

3. Helps Kids Develop Parenting Skills

Time together with the parents helps the kids develop parenting skills. As strange as it may sounds it really is true. Kids learn by example. And if you set a good example on how to behave with your children, your son or daughter will definitely remember that and will apply these ‘skills’ in the future with their children.

4. Less Behavioral Problems

Youth, who communicate more with their parents tend to have less behavioral problems. Communication is the key to the solution of all problems. Especially when it comes to kids in their teen years. Everybody knows teenagers go through a lot of hard moments and nothing can make it better for them than knowing a parent is there to talk to.

5. Less Violence

Adolescents that have a closer relationship with their parents are less likely to engage in acts of violence. Teenagers get angry for various reasons. This period of their lives is usually full of extreme emotions , which are sometimes difficult to control and can often escalate to random acts of violence, either against some of their peers or as an act of self infliction. A conversation with a parent and basically any quality time spend together is capable of relieving these feelings of anxiety and anger.

6. Less Chance of Drug Abuse

Teenagers who spend more time with their family are less likely to engage in substance abuse. Youth who experience various problems and are, in general, frustrated, are likely to seek relief and escape in experiencing artificial highs. This, they ‘accomplish’ by using unlawful substances like drugs. Needless to say, the use of such substances could have great damage to their health. Teenagers that always have an understanding and helping parent by their side will basically be free of any problems and will feel neither the urge, nor the need to use such substances.

Ideas for inexpensive family time activities to do over fall break:

  1. Play a board or card game together while having a snack;
  2. Playing catch, football, soccer, tag in the yard;
  3. Riding bikes or taking a walk;
  4. Raking leaves and then jumping in them;
  5. Looking through old pictures;
  6. Doing a craft project;
  7. Rearranging the children’s rooms;
  8. Making cookies together;
  9. Doing a jigsaw puzzle together.

Time spent interacting with your children in a positive way is never time wasted and prevents many potential problems in the future.

7th Grade Girls White Volleyball Awards Party

Monday, Oct. 19th, 5pm

820 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

Basketball Tryouts

Monday, Oct. 19th, 3:15pm

820 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

Girls Tryouts from 3:15 - 5:15 pm

Boys Tryouts from 5:15 - 7:15 pm

Fall Choir Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 7pm

800 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

Survivor Book Club Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 3:15-4pm

820 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

Fall Band and Orchestra Concert

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 7pm

820 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

YOLO Field Trip to Columbus Youth Camp

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 8:30am-3pm

12454 West Youth Camp Road

Columbus, IN