JCCS Family Engagement

October 2022

Special Days in October:

10/4: National Taco Day -- Taco Tuesday, anyone?

10/5: World Teacher's Day -- Encourage your child to thank their teacher(s) for all that they do to help them get a good education.

10/6: National Coaches Day -- Encourage your child to thank their coach(es) for inspiring them to do their best in class and on the field.

10/12: Stop Bullying Day -- Talk with your child about what bullying looks like and the dangers of bullying. Encourage your child to tell their teacher if they witness a classmate being bullied.

10/31: Happy Halloween!

Halloween Learning Games That Are Spooky-Fun!

Upcoming Events At Our Schools

JC Pre-K

  • Oct 3-7: GA Pre-K Week
  • Oct. 10-14: FALL BREAK/ NO SCHOOL


  • Oct. 10-14: FALL BREAK/NO SCHOOL
  • Oct. 18: Report cards go home
  • Oct. 21: PBIS All Star Celebration
  • Oct. 24-28: Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 25: Storybook Pumpkin Patch entries due
  • Oct. 28 (Morning): Book Character Parade
  • Oct. 28: Storybook Pumpkin Patch judging


  • Oct. 10-14:FALL BREAK/ NO SCHOOL
  • Oct. 18: Report cards go home
  • Oct. 24-28: Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 24: Fall Family Engagement night (4-6 pm)


  • Oct. 10-14: FALL BREAK/ NO SCHOOL
  • Oct. 18: Report Cards go home
  • Oct. 27: Student-led Curriculum Night


  • Oct. 10-14: FALL BREAK/NO SCHOOL
  • Oct. 18: Report Cards go home
  • Oct. 25: PSAT

Regular Family Meals Support Well-Being and School Success

What does your middle schooler really want for dinner? You. Families live busy lives and you may wonder whether gathering for a family meal is worth all the hassle. Well, it is. In fact, family meals can make a difference to your child’s school success. Studies have found that kids who eat dinner with their families four or more nights a week are less likely to try cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. They also perform better in school. To make family meals work for you:

• Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t eat together every night. Try to have dinner together a few times each week.

• Include your child in mealtime conversations. Ask a few specific questions. Instead of the standard “How was your day?” ask for specifics. “What’s one interesting thing that happened at school?” Ten try to keep the conversation going.

• Keep it pleasant. Don’t use meal-time as an opportunity to argue or interrogate your child.

• Laugh. Humor makes dinnertime fun for everyone.

• Be flexible. If evening meals are hard to schedule, share breakfast with your child. You’ll have the same chance to connect.

• Go low-tech. Don’t try to compete with digital devices for your child’s attention. You’ll lose. Turn of the TV and keep phones and tablets away from the table.

Source: “Benefits of Family Dinners,” The Family

Dinner Project.

Here are a few conversation starters for the dinner table:

  • Tell me what was the best part of your day.
  • What was the hardest thing that you had to do today?
  • Did anyone in your class do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with today? What did you play?
  • Do you think that math (or any subject) is too easy or too hard?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

How Should I Talk to My Child About His/Her Report Card?

Report cards go home on October 18th. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about school and their study habits. Here are some tips for turning report card time into learning time:

  • Set aside time to review and discuss your child's report card together.
  • Ask your child if they agree with the grades they received. Have them expand on their answer by explaining why or why not.
  • Remain calm! Try not to make our child feel even more disappointed.
  • Help your child make a plan to improve or maintain their grade.
  • Contact your child's teacher if you or your child have concerns or questions.

Help Your Child Bounce Back From Low Grades

  • Put low grades into perspective: poor grades can drain a student's self-confidence. Make sure your child knows that grades are not a measure of a student's worth.
  • Focus on the positive: Talk about what your child has done well -- in an academic subject or "What are you most proud of".
  • Look behind the grade: Low grades indicate a problem: What does your child think the problem is? Sometimes it's not academic ability, but poor study habits or test anxiety.
  • Set realistic goals for improvement. Don't expect all A's if your child is currently getting all C's.
  • Contact teachers. Sometimes, students try their best and still fail. Or they blame teachers for their troubles. Gather more information by asking teachers for their opinion about what is happening.

October Family Fun