JTMS Counseling Newsletter

November 16, 2020

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American Education Week and Parental Involvement Day

The past nine months have seen a huge shift in education. Students, families and teachers have all had to learn new ways of doing things, new platforms, new software and new lives! While we realize that there is still a ways we have to go, American Education Week is a wonderful time to stop and appreciate everything we all have learned. It's also a great time to show our gratitude to the teachers who make education possible! Many teachers are in the midst of the hardest year they have ever worked. We are so thankful to be able to work with some of the greatest teachers around at JTMS!


And while we're at it, we want to thank the parents, guardians, grandparents and important adults in your students' lives. Your involvement in their education makes all of the difference! The research shows how hugely important your involvement is to the success of your child.


If you are a student reading this, know that we do this all for YOU! Please take some time this week to thank your teachers and families for everything they do for you. We're sure they will appreciate your thanks!

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Red Ribbon Week Contest Winners- from Ms. Martino

Great entries, very difficult to choose...


Here are the five winners who each received a FIVE BELOW gift card, courtesy of the Jefferson Township Education Foundation (formerly PTA):


Kendall Klaasen (gr 7) - poster

Ryan Kaczmarzewski (gr 8) - poster

Jasleen Kaur (gr 8) - poem

Michael DeAngelo (gr 6) - poem

William Lim (gr 6) - song

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The following received Honorable Mention:

Katelyn Bowers (gr 6) - song

Amaya Lepiani (gr 8) - video

Paige Martin (gr 8) - poster

Isabella (gr 8) and Leah (gr 6) Feiner - video

One in Four People Know Someone Transgender

Transgender Awareness Week

This week marks both Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held every year on November 20th to memorialize the transgender people who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender violence, the United Nations celebrates November 16th as the International Day for Tolerance, so that we can all become more open-minded to our neighbors and accepting of people who might be different from us.


At JTMS, we welcome and accept ALL people, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexuality, or transgender status. For more resources on this topic, please reach out to your counselors. You can also find help on many topics regarding transgender issues at https://www.glsen.org/ and https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ .

November is the Month of Gratitude

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Diwali- The Indian Festival of Lights

The 5-day celebration called Diwali began this past Saturday. It's a holiday celebrated by millions of the Hindu, Sikh and Jain religions, and it celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

Essentials with Miss Ellingsen

Yoga for All Ages

Yoga can be a really helpful tool in life. By practicing basic yoga, you can improve your physical and mental health. This resource can be used by all ages and will help you stretch, strengthen, and relax your body - something we can all use!


Rainbow Yoga 🌈 Yoga For All Ages! 🌈 Yoga With Adriene

Useful Links

Gratitude Meditation Before Sleep

JTMS Counseling Department

Your counselors are here for you! Parents, students, teachers: please get in touch with us any time you have a question or concern. We care about you!

Miss Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Martino