Jefferson News

March 2022

Principal Corner

Spring has sprung? It snowed last week and the temperatures have been below freezing! I LOVE IDAHO!!!

PTA is working hard on our reading week in April and are always looking for parents to volunteer to do little jobs. PLEASE consider volunteering. The only way that I ended up knowing my son's friend's parents was through serving at the school and talking with other volunteers. It really is a great way to become really involved in your child’s life.

Our goal at Jefferson is to teach all in our community to solve our own problems with a minimum of drama or wasted energy. If we are to survive and thrive in this very complex world, we need to practice solving as many problems as possible. We allow plenty of opportunities for our students to learn problem solving lessons in sharing and taking turns and dealing with disappointment. By instilling this ability in kids at an early age, they will grow up to become responsible and self-sufficient, able to make healthy and appropriate decisions in any setting. The following process is taken from “Love and Logic” and is an example of how to get our children thinking more about their problems than we do.

Step 1: Provide a strong and sincere dose of empathy.

Empathy allows the child to stay calm enough to solve the problem—and learn from it. Experiment with saying something like:

  • Oh no. This is a problem. I bet that’s really upsetting.

Step 2: Hand the problem back.

After you have proven that you care, ask:

  • What do you think you might do to solve this problem?

  • Don’t be shocked if the child mumbles, “I don’t know.”

Step 3: Ask permission to share what “some kids” have tried.

Avoid giving suggestions until you have asked:

  • Would you like to hear what some other kids have tried?

Step 4: Provide two or three alternatives for solving the problem.

Remember to avoid resistance by saying:

  • Some kids decide to ________. How would that work for you?

Step 5: Allow the child to solve or not to solve the problem.

Resist the urge to tell the child which alternative to pick. End the session by showing your faith in the child and say:

  • Good luck! Let me know how this turns out.

There is no time like the present to begin to take new communication paths with your kiddo. Parenting is an amazing and really TIRING journey but one that is unbelievably rewarding in the end. Hang in there and know that your perseverance will eventually pay off.

Library Raffle Fundraiser, April 29th

Jefferson Families-Mark your calendar for the Library Raffle to be held on April 29th.

We already have a lot of great prizes to be raffled off to benefit the library. WinCo gift cards, hotel vouchers, restaurant gift cards, summer fun packages, coffee basket, garden basket and much more. You don't want to miss out on this!

This will be different then our Library Bingo which you might have experienced in the past, but while taking care of community health we still want to offer this great opportunity.

Watch for more information soon about how to get your tickets.

March Dates to Remember

Friday March 11 - PTA Popcorn Day ($.50 per bag and limit 2 bags per person please)

Sunday, March 13 - Daylight Savings Time - Set your clocks AHEAD one hour

Monday, March 14 - 7:00 pm PTA Meeting - email for information on joining our PTA

Friday, March 18 - Early Release K-6 gr( 1:15pm) - End of Third Quarter

Monday March 21 - Friday March 25 NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 30 - Spring Picture Day-Order forms will be sent home on Friday, March 18.

-Only those students with order forms will have their individual pictures taken; however, everyone will be in the class picture. -These are great personality 3/4 length pictures with backgrounds of your choosing.

April 1st - Roaring Springs Reading Log Due - Have your student turn it in to their teacher. Unable to take any late papers due to Roaring Springs Guidelines.