Jerry Ross Newsletter 01.05.18

Find out what's happening at Jerry Ross this week.

From the Principal, Mrs. Stolarz

Mr. Steve Bennett, our head custodian, is retiring on January 12th. He has been with the school district since 2004 and has been the head custodian at Jerry Ross since 2006. Mr. Bennett is the heart and soul of Jerry Ross. He takes great pride in keeping our school clean and our students safe. He always goes the extra mile to make our school better for kids. I'm sure you have seen him at hundreds of school events such as fun fairs, winter fests, music concerts, movie nights, challenge days, health fairs, fall fests, grandparents' days, student of the month breakfasts, daddy daughter dances, author visits, book fairs, open houses and more. What you may not know is that he is also an expert at opening stuck lockers, repairing ripped shoes, and fixing zippers on coats. Mr. Bennett has other hidden talents, like taking care of the koi pond, reading Dr. Seuss books to classes, and cleaning the entry windows whenever the superintendent visits. And best of all, he makes cinnamon buns for our entire staff and they are better than Cinnabon!!

Mr. Bennett will be missed by all, but his legacy and dedication to Jerry Ross Elementary School will go on forever. Thank you, Mr. Bennett, and enjoy your retirement.

Mrs. Anderson, one of our evening custodians, is also retiring next week. We wish her much happiness in her retirement, too.

Book Fair Volunteers

Mrs. Muir is looking for volunteers to help with the Book Fair, Feb. 12-16. Please use the link below to see what days and times are available! If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Muir at or 219-663.3010.

Bring in your pop tabs!!!

The NEHS is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House! RMHC can help address many issues families face when they have a sick child, whether it involves housing that’s near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a vulnerable community. They will be collecting through Jan. 31!

Club Corner

Newspaper - Tuesday, Jan. 9 @ 8:10 am

Rocket Boosters Group 1 - Tuesday, Jan. 9 @ 8:15 am

Geography Bowl - Monday, Jan. 8 & Tuesday, Jan. 9 @ 8:10 am

Science Olympiad - Monday, Jan. 8 @ 7:50 am

Competition Wed., Jan. 10 @ 5:30-7:30 pm (MacArthur)

Math Bowl - Monday, Jan. 8 @ 3:45-5:00 pm

Drama Kids - Tuesday, Jan. 9 @ 3:45-4:45 pm

From the PTO

The 2nd box tops contest ends Friday January 26th, 2018.

We are also collecting Best Choice UPC which earns the schools 3 cents each, as well as Aunt Millies School Spirit UPC which earns the schools 5 cents each!!

Download the Box Top Bonus App on Apple and Android. This is a quick and easy way for our schools to make some extra money!

School Hours 9:05-3:44 p.m.

If your child is going to be absent please contact the office at 219-663-3010 or email Jerry Ross Attendance

Parent Corner with Mrs. Mucha

8 Hugs Per Day

Below is part of an article I found at about the simple task of giving or receiving 8 hugs per day. It is a simple thing but often we ignore our need for interaction and connection and physical empathy. Often times I ask, “Do you need a hug?” and it makes all the difference in the world to another. There is nothing wrong with a hug if it is welcomed and permitted.

“Through a hug we can convey joy or sorrow, we can say to a person that can count on us unconditionally and understand his state of mind without speaking. But the fact is that embraces not only help us connect with others and express what we feel, also have a very positive effect on the emotional balance and brain health.

What happens when someone hugs us?

When someone hugs us, the physical contact activates the pressure receptors that we have in our skin, which are also known as Pacinian corpuscles, and respond mainly to deep pressure. These receptors immediately send signals to the vagus nerve.

At that point, we begin to feel good because that nerve is connected with nerve fibers that reach different cranial nerves and play an important role in the regulation of most of the key functions of the body, including blood pressure. Therefore, as a result of a hug and vagus nerve stimulation, the heart rate and blood pressure decrease. Actually, the vagus nerve plays an important role in the parasympathetic system, which represents a kind of handbrake when we are under stress or overexcited.

Another important change takes place directly in the brain. A hug stimulates the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter known as the “pleasure’s hormone” because it creates a feeling of satisfaction that relieves stress and tension. It is also appreciated that a simple hug increases the production of oxytocin, known as the “love’s hormone” which allows us to emotionally connect with others and trust them.

And the most important fact is that the effects of a hug are immediate. A study conducted at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto organized a conversation of about 15 minutes between some people and their partners. After, some of them received a hug and some not. Assessing the physiological parameters, the researchers appreciated that those who received the hug showed a significant reduction in the level of cortisol in blood, the stress hormone that causes so much damage.

Menu for the Week of Jan. 8-12

Available Daily

Sliced Ham on Fresh Baked Sub Bun, Sliced Turkey Chef Salad


Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Breakfast Bar/Cereal

Lunch: Pretzel & Cheesey Sauce, Fruit & Granola Yogurt Parfait, Silly Dilly Green Beans, Fresh Vegetables, Crazy Applesauce, Fresh Fruit


Breakfast: Pancake Wrap, Chocolate Chip French Toast

Lunch: Walking Taco/Regular Taco, Cheesy Beef Nachos, Spanish Rice/Refried Beans, Rocket Red Peppers, Golden Peaches, Fresh Fruit


Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Breakfast Bar/Cereal

Lunch: Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Pizza, Corn, sliced Cucumbers, Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Fruit


Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Burrito, Whole Grain Donuts

Lunch: The Superman(super burger), Hot Diggity Dog, Smiley Fries, Crispy Garden Salad, Chunky Pineapple, Fresh Fruit


Breakfast: Whole Grain Muffins, Cereal, Poptart

Lunch: Bosco Sticks/Marinara, Roasted Carrots, Fresh Broccoli Florets, Pears, Fresh Fruit

From The Cafeteria

Student Breakfast: $1.50

Student Lunch: $2.25

Adult Lunch: $3.25

Ice Cream: $0.75

Milk Only: $0.40

***Birthday Treat Orders***

Please submit orders at least one week prior to your child's birthday to assure that we have enough for the birthday. If we receive the request the day of your child's birthday, we cannot guarantee that we will have enough ice cream for all of the student in the class.

Jerry Ross Child Care Program

Crown Point Community School Corporation will offer Child Care during the school year on all school days.

Before School: 6:00-8:55 a.m. $7.00

After School: until 6:30 p.m. $7.00

Carol Lawson is the site leader for the Child Care Program at Jerry Ross Elementary School. Direct Line: (219) 662-6790

Dates To Remember

Thursday, Jan. 11 - Early Dismissal 12:14 pm

Friday, Jan. 12 - No School - Teacher In Service Day

Monday, Jan. 15 - SCHOOL IS IN SESSION (Make up for Dec. 1)

Saturday, Jan. 27 - Science Fair @ Eisenhower

Up Coming Community Events