News from Carl Junction Schools - December 2017
 Bulldog Bytes - December 2017
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Dec 7: 3rd Grade Christmas Program, 6 or 7 pm (see time listings in 2-3 newsletter, clickable link below)
Dec 8: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Dec 8: Early Childhood & PAT - Christmas Playgroup w/ Santa, K-1 Cafeteria @ 9 am
Dec 8: Band Christmas Concert (JH, HS, and Jazz), High School Gym @ 7 pm
Dec 14: Family Library Night @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries, 3:30-6:30 pm
Dec 15: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Dec:15: Last day of collection for holiday drives.
Dec 17: HS Choir Christmas Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center @ 3 pm
Dec 18: JH Choir Christmas Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center @ 7 pm
Dec 21: 6th Gr Band/Treblemakers Holiday Assembly, Intermediate Gym @ 8:45 am
Dec 21: Early Out for Holiday Break @ 11:30 am
Dec 22-Jan 3: Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
Jan. 4 : Classes Resume
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
#CJKidsCare: Holiday Drives
Our buildings are hosting charitable drives this holiday season. Students families or interested community members are also welcome to donate, just submit to the school office. Thanks for your giving hearts Bulldogs!

Primary K-1: December 4 - 15
  • Collecting shoes and socks sizes 11 (toddler) thru 2 (child) and underwear sizes 4 - 8. For boys and girls. All collections will benefit students in the K-1 building.
Primary 2-3: December 4 - 15
  • Canned or boxed food drive, donations to go to Helping Hands in Carl Junction. Pet food donations will go to the Humane Society.
Intermediate: December 1 - 15
  • Food drive for Christmas baskets. Items will be made into baskets to be shared with school district families in need. Helpful items include canned goods, flour, sugar, shortening, cake mixes, and potatoes.
Junior High: December 1 - 15
  • Canned Food drive, donations go to Helping Hands in Carl Junction.
High School: December 1 - 15
  • Hygiene drive hosted by Bright Futures CJ and the HS Service Learning class to benefit students in need. Helpful items include deodorant, shampoo, body wash or soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and shaving cream/gel and razors. (Will continue to take donations throughout the year)
  • Canned food drive hosted by FBLA to benefit local agencies such as Helping Hands. (Thank you to Sonic for your free drink student incentive)
Two young boys wear warm winter clothes and hand canned goods to an adult with a firemans coat on.
A group of K-1 students smile and hold up packages of underpants and socks from the 2016 drive.
Carl Junction Christmas Parade
2017 Christmas Parade - Santa
2017 Christmas Parade - High School Band
CJ Christmas Parade - Jr. High Band
Carl Junction Christmas Parade
JH Counselor shares story of volunteering at Hurricane Shelter
Lori Brock journeyed to Houston, Texas, in October to offer her counseling services to those who were homeless from Hurricane Harvey and staying in the temporary shelter. 

She immediately set to work trying to offer practical assistance such as finding housing or employment, and emotional assistance in the form of counseling those that had lost everything. Her experiences taught her much about the resilience of the human spirit.

Ms. Brock was also grateful for our supportive superintendent and district staff who encouraged and supported her during her absence.

Counselor Lori Brock smiles in front of a red cross banner, holding a red cross disaster relief flag.
HS groups supply care packs for troops
#CJKidsCare A collaborative effort organized by Senior Joanne Kim, and hosted by the High School's Interact Club and the Spanish National Honor Society, has produced enough donations to assemble twenty-five care packages to be sent for the Holidays to troops deployed in Africa.

The students recently met to assemble donations, decorate boxes and write personal thank you letters to our country's heroes. Items in the boxes include non-perishables like: ramen, canned food, hot cocoa mix, candy, and trail mix; and daily items such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, Ziploc bags, and playing cards.

L to R: Seniors Lucas Berliew, Joanne Kim, and Eli Middleton
Inclement Weather
Winter is upon us! If school will be closed due to poor road conditions, you will receive a phone call from our automated calling system. Please check to make sure that your primary phone number is correctly listed in  Parent Portal .

We will also send school closing notices to the local television stations and post the information on the  District website , Facebook page , and  T witte r
Clip art of a blue snowflake with black border.
Cold and Flu Preventative Action
It's cold and flu season. With illness-related absences on the rise, we'd like to remind you of some best practices for preventing the spread of germs:

When ill with the flu, you are contagious one day before and up to 5-7 days after symptoms appear. When in doubt, stay home, definitely in the case of younger children who need more assistance with hygiene when ill.

Always keep hands and surfaces clean with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, spray, or wipes. Especially before eating.

Thank you for your help in keeping our schools healthy and safe! For more information on fighting germs, see this flyer form the CDC.
A clip art illustration of a boy with brown heair sneezing and sweting.
Kalm attends dance event at Disney
Carl Junction Senior and Varsity Dance Team Captain Paige Kalm has been selected into an elite group of over 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country to perform in the third annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, 2017.

While there, the selectees participated in theme park activities, performed a routine for the public in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park, and walked in a parade.
A headshot of CJHS Senior Paige Kalm in her dance team uniform. Football field in the background.
Operation Gratitude
#CJKidsCare After Halloween, the Carl Junction Wellness Program sponsored a candy collection for our military troops. Students and parents were asked to bring leftover candy that could be sent in care packages to military personnel serving over seas. Thirty-three boxes weighing 25 lbs. each were taken to the H.E.R.O.S. Care mission in St. Louis in time for their Christmas Care Package drive.

Photo at the right: H.E.R.O.E.S Care Vice President Dave Woolley is so thankful for the donations delivered from Carl Junction Schools. Pictured in the Care Package warehouse.

HEROES Warehouse receives donations
Student Council hosts Winter Blood Drive
#CJKidsCare Students, faculty, and community members came out in force last Friday, December 1 at the bi-annual community blood drive. The event that was hosted by the High School Student Council and held in the HS Indoor Facility, was a huge success with over 100 units collected. This marked the best collection since 2014.
A young man lays on a chair getting his blood drawn. Two female students are standing on either side of him. All are smiling.
L to R: Catherine Whelan, Dalton Massey, Taitym Franklin
Two teen girls smile for the camera. One is kneeling on the ground, the other sits on a chair.
L to R: Kate Drieiling & Trinity Corp
Female student lies on chair smiling at the camera. Her blood drawn by a nurse who is standing.
Donating: Ashton Baker
Drawing Blood: Community Health staff member
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Girls Basketball - CJ Classic Champions!
The Girls Basketball team poses in the gym in uniform with coaches and managers. The center player holds the CJ Classic plaque.
Wrestling - Great start to the season, 4-0-1 as of December 5!
The 2017-18 wrestling team's group photo with managers taken in the gym.
For Bulldog Athletics updates:

A banner with a snowy outside scene, blue sky background, green tree, snowman and snowflakes. Text reads - Have a great winter break
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