Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal October, 2003
EQUIPMENT USE--Whereas most kids in the advanced clubs were formerly expected to use their personal juggling equipment at club, it wasn't until 2001 that tuition was raised to account for the fact that some 90%+ of Jugheads rely solely on our club cache of equipment each week. Despite our large annual equipment budget, I.J.A. and Ultimate Club kids are still encouraged to bring in (minimally) their own set of beanbags to each club. When in doubt, any serious propmaster (e.g., a diaboloist) is better off bringing in their own props, simply for reliability and availability. Here are three rules of caring for club equipment: 1) Don't throw beanbags across the room, at the wall, etc. 2) Wrap up diabolo strings around the sticks, and put them away in the cabinet, not in the yellow club bins. 3) Put away all equipment after each use, even if you think someone else will use it later.
CLEAN UP--Theoretically, if every Jughead puts away the props they were just using, there would be minimal need for clean-up at the end of each club. Realistically, each Jughead is expected to help put away 5-10 props (incl. pens, stopwatches, papers, wrappers, cans, etc.) before leaving for home each day. This common courtesy gives them more "ownership" over our supplies, preventing the inadvertent loss of props and the attitude that "someone else will do it."
elementary-age Jughead (3rd-5th grade) is entitled to three (3) snack
or beverage items from our snack cart or refrigerator at each club. Of
these, two must be deemed relatively "healthy" (with some nutritional
content), while only one may be considered "unhealthy" (pop,
chips, candy). 6th-12th graders may take one additional "unhealthy"
item each day, accounting for their higher appetites, growth spurts, and
caloric intake needs. The quality and quantity of each Jughead's snack
selection is on the honor system. Paul's Disclaimer: At 34, I'm well aware
of my own slowing metabolism and the need to curb my appetite for "junk."
I daily eat fresh produce, whole grains, lean meats and legumes, rarely
indulging in items off of my own snack cart, especially pop. I have concerns
that I may be teaching poor eating habits by what the kids are allowed
to eat here. However, my guilt is absolved by the knowledge that the average
Jughead comes here only 1-2 times per week, and this is a "party"
atmosphere where the social and physical benefits (e.g., calorie burning)
outweigh (no pun intended) the possible formation of bad eating habits.
The good news is that we may be acquiring a larger refrigerator, in which
case I will be able to offer items such as apples, carrots, yogurt, etc.
MONDAY NIGHT CLUB
--RUNNING FAMILY: 4th year Jughead Nate (Ultimate Club & Boys I.J.A.) has two athletic parents! Mike just ran the Twin Cities Marathon and Geri ran the 10-miler, both on Oct. 5. The couple didn't begin running until their late thirties, and have now completed 20+ marathons each! In JH alumni (running) news, 1996 W.G. Juggling Show soloist Aaron Olson is now a senior at Edina H.S. and a star of the 5th-ranked cross country team!
--CONDOLENCES to the Ken & Sally at the passing of Sally's father in early October. Both Spence boys, Alex (3rd year) and Evan (2nd year), are members of Wednesday Rec.
I'd like to make "JH Family News" a regular feature in the
JHJOURNAL Please contact me with ideas for future featured families whose
news would be welcomed to be read by the extended JH family.
--NO MONDAY CLUBS ON OCTOBER 20: Due to no school in Edina, there will neither be Ultimate Club nor Monday Night Club on Oct. 20. Instead, an Ultimate All-Day Juggling Camp will be offered. Request a sign-up form from Paul. (There are also camps on Thur.-Fri., Oct. 16-17.)
--JUGGLE JAM VI: April 30-May 1, 2004 marks our 9th Annual JUGHEADS juggling show (dress rehearsals on April 22 and 29). All weekly Jugheads may perform.
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--IN NOVEMBER'S JH JOURNAL: Practical Policies 2: The Social Realm; New Jugheads; Girls I.J.A.; Holiday Party Info.; News; Paper on The Pledge; Paul's Platform.