News and Events
Many great things are happening with our Johnson Jaguars! You’ll want to visit this page often so that you can be an “in-the-know” parent. Come here to find out which of our awesome students and teachers we are giving rewards to, what happened with our latest fundraiser, or what’s going on with parent/teacher conferences. You and your child will be glad you cared enough to check it out.
Is your child having a problem with another student at school? Let’s face it; kids are bound to run into problems with others on campus. In fact, it’s difficult to know where to draw the line between a problem that needs attention and a mere misunderstanding between kids. However, if your child is repeatedly singled out or targeted by the same student (or group of students), or your child does not want to attend school or ride the bus any longer, these may be signs that intervention is needed. School should be a place where all students feel safe. The Health Resources and Services Administration has a website your family can go to for information, answers, and solutions to bullying. According to Stop Bullying Now, here are some signs to look for if you suspect your child is being bullied:
- Your child comes home missing clothing or possessions, or your child’s clothing is damaged, or torn;
- Your child has bruises, scratches or cuts they cannot (or won’t) explain;
- Your child is fearful of going to school, riding the bus, or attending activities with friends;
- Your child is sad, tearful or depressed when they come home from school;
- Your child has low self-esteem or is anxious.
If you suspect your child is a victim of bullying, take action! Ignoring the incident or hoping it goes away, often makes the situation worse and can leave your child feeling even more alienated.
- Let your child know that you support him/her.
- Get as much information about the bullying as you can from your child. Help your child explain the situation and experiences by asking him/her questions.
- Contact your child’s teacher. Many times teachers are able to provide information about your child’s peer relationships that you may not have known. If needed, contact the school principal to let him/her know what is happening as well.
We all want our children to feel safe going to school. Working with your child’s teacher and administration is an effective way to start protecting your child. Staying informed of the situation and acting quickly to resolve any problems will help your child feel empowered and safe once again.
It seems like the starting line for Christmas gets earlier every year. Stores whip out their decorations the day after Halloween or sometimes sooner. Shoppers start gearing up for black Friday sales the first week in November, and if you don’t have your Christmas cards ordered before Thanksgiving, you’re late! It also means that kids seem to get major cases of “the gimmies” sooner rather than later in the year.
As parents, we want to give our children everything they need and so many things they want. We don’t want them to feel like they are missing out on the next big thing or deprived because we were lacking in one way or the other. However, where do you draw the line? Here are 3 tips for helping you and your children feel content this Christmas:
Keep it Simple
Instead of wandering aimlessly through store aisles waiting for something to jump out at you as the perfect gift, plan ahead. Spend some quiet time away from the noise and advertisements really thinking about what your child wants and needs. If you need a starting point for your list, give this rule of thumb a try: One gift they want, one they need, one gift you’ll make, and one that they’ll read.
Service with a Smile
Phillip Moller who wrote the book How to Live to 100, quotes Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota. Synder explains, "People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity." Helping our children look outside of themselves is replete with benefits. Some benefits may include a greater awareness of other’s needs and a greater tendency to count their own blessings. Show your children how to serve by your example and give them an extra push if need be. If nothing else, donating old clothes and toys will at least make some room for Santa’s loot come Christmas morning.
Less Money, More Time
We hear it over and over again, but we still find ourselves thinking that something new from the store will be better appreciated than time with mom and dad. However in a recent MTV/Associated Press survey, 1,280 young people were asked to identify what makes them happy. For almost three quarters of those asked, spending time with and building a relationship with their parents was their top answer. To help your child feel more content this Christmas, take fewer trips to the mall, and create more evenings at home together. Warm up some hot chocolate, break out the board games, and crank up your favorite holiday tunes. Your children, and your wallet, will thank you.