Jackson Journal

November 9, 2017

Important Dates to Remember

Thursday, November 9 - Chorus event (6:00) and Family Book Fair Night (5:30-7:00)

Friday, November 10, 7:30-8:15 - Family Leadership Team meeting, Mrs. Morrison's classroom

Friday, November 10, Last day for the Book Fair! Also, please show your support of our veterans by wearing patriotic colors on Friday!

Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday-Friday, November 22-24 - No School!

F.E.E.D - Feel Engage Empower Do it!

Monday, Nov. 6th, 8am

600 Jackson Street

Kingsport, TN

The month of November is dedicated to coming together as a district to serve others by recognizing needs in our community and empowering students to change lives. During the week of November 6-10, students at Jackson will be collecting canned fruit for our Family Resource Center. Be sure to send in your donations! The classroom that collects the most canned food will be receiving a special prize!

Counselor's Corner

In honor of the self-sacrifice of veterans and their families, it seems appropriate to consider how we can instill these values in our children. When we do, they benefit and so does our world. It’s a win-win deal!

Teach them to serve you and their family
Are your kids working hard to serve you… or are you doing all of the work? Children should be expected to do their fair share of work around the house. Parents, you are not their servants!
Expect tangible mini acts of service
There’s a “train” at Denver International Airport that shuttles passengers from the main terminal to the various airline concourses. It’s almost always the same scene: The seats are filled with children, teens, and young adults, while older… even elderly people… are forced to stand. Is there something wrong with this picture?
Allow boredom
Too many of us feel compelled to entertain our kids anytime they experience a bit of dullness. Can you see the connection between doing so and them believing they are the center of the universe? Is it good for kids to be occasionally bored while you shop, while you have a conversation with someone, while you wait in line, or while you spend a quiet weekend at home?
Limit exposure to popular media
A steady, unsupervised diet of on-screen narcissism and negativity is certain to make our job of raising selfless kids much harder.
Community service… as a privilege not a punishment
Great parents occasionally say things like, “This is great! Today we get to go over to the nursing home on Elm Street and read to seniors who can’t see well enough to read for themselves.” Or they say, “The park is trashed. It’s going to feel so good to help out by cleaning it up!” Great parents also ignore complaining and eye-rolling as they load the family into the car. Just like most things that are good for them, kids often need a bit of prodding to realize how good it feels to help. A friend of mine commented, “They hated it at first. Now they love it. It’s become a real family bonding opportunity.”

In honor of our veterans and their families, can we give some careful thought to how we might raise young people who understand selflessness… and the fact that the best way to feel good about oneself is to serve?