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Happy, happy month to Jump Magazine! We turn 5 with this issue and we are so excited to keep bringing it to you. This month is a turning point for us. We sincerely wish to thank our advertisers, who have helped make this publication possible. Do patronize them. Because we like to highlight talents in this great Rio Grande Valley, we welcome two of newest contributing writers/artists. Annette Espinoza is experienced in Marketing (Max Fine Furniture) and has worked for Security First Credit Union. She presently owns Image Matters and volunteers for various organizations, including pageants. Annette is teaching a class at Horizon Montessori School in McAllen and is excited to be sharing tips for kids that will help build strong, healthy social skills. She will be sharing her knowledge and experience with Jump Magazine. Another contributor is Rene Lopez, who lives in Alamo with his family. Having worked as the manager at Zales Jewelry, Rene is an artist and a writer. He will be sharing his work with Jump, as well. We wholeheartedly welcome Annette and Rene and continue to thank James de los Santos for his SYPAD (Sharpen Your Pencil and Draw) page. James works at Weslaco High School. Dr. Ida Acuna-Garza’s articles continue to stimulate parents’ minds. I marvel at her articles both in English and Spanish. Dr. Ida, thank you so much. Dr. Ida is the Director for The South Texas Reading Coalition, where she continues to share her experience and knowledge. Where would I be without my graphic artist son, Ramsey, who publishes a magazine of his own (Mag-X, a music entertainment magazine), owns Kaboom Comics and is an Art Teacher at IDEA Academy in Mission. He is the one that planted the seed in my mind to bring you this great magazine. My husband, Rumaldo, continues to keep me grounded and helps me distribute magazines, aside from giving me ideas. To you our readers, thank you! I hope that Jump has made a great difference in your family when it comes to reading, learning and relationships with your children.

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Jump is also distributed in these School Districts: La Joya School Districts Mission School Districts PSJA School Districts Donna School Districts Day cares, etc.

Betty Ramirez Disclaimer © Jump The Family Magazine 2011. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of this publication in any form without prior written permission is forbidden. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Jump Magazine disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Jump Magazine shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. Jump Magazine does not guarantee the quality of services advertised and our Jump readers should take caution by investigating and using prudent judgment when dealing with any business advertising in our publications.

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On The Cover: Jasmin Benavidez Accordionist & Singer.

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Veterans Day is considered a yearly American holiday venerating military veterans. And both a state holiday and a federal holiday in all states, Veterans Day is generally celebrated on 11th November. On the other hand, if Veterans Day happens on Sunday then the next Monday is selected for the holiday leave, if Veterans Day happens Saturday then either Friday or Saturday may be so chosen. It is commemorated as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in other part of the world. Veterans Day is celebrated on 11th November, the anniversary of signing of Armistice that finished World War I. The main hostilities of World War I were properly finished at 11th hour of 11th Day

of 11th Month of 1918 with German signing of the Armistice. And the holiday is generally printed as Veterans’ Day or Veteran’s Day in advertisements and calendars. Veterans Day History The U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day for 12th November, 1919. And The United States Congress conceded a parallel resolution after 7 years on 4th June, 1926, applying for a President issue another declaration to survey 11th November with proper ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) permitted 13th May , 1938, made 11th of November in every year an authorized holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace

and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” In the year of 1953, an Emporia, Kansas, shoe store holder named Al King had a plan to increase Armistice Day to commemorate all veterans, not presently those who provided in World War I. King had been keenly occupied with an American War Dads throughout World War II. Then he started a crusade to turn the Armistice Day into “All” Veterans Day. And The Emporia Chamber of Commerce assumed the reason after resolving that 90% of the Emporia merchants with the Board of Education supported finishing their doors on 11th November, 1953, to tribute veterans. And with the help of then-U.S. Rep.

Ed Rees, from Emporia, a bill for holiday was pushed through Congress. The President Dwight Eisenhower marked it into law on 26th May, 1954. Congress modified this act on 8th November, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with Veterans. It has been recognized as Veterans Day since. Even though originally planned for commemoration on 11th November of each year, opening in 1971 compliant with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was shifted to fourth Monday of October. And In the year of 1978 it was retreated to its original commemoration on 11th November.

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One year, a husband decided to buy hismother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...

'I'll have the strip steak, medium rare,please...' He said, Aren't you worried about the mad cow?'

nearby table. I asked her, Do you know him?'

When she asked him why, he replied,

And that's when the fight started...

'Yes, she sighed,' He's my old boyfriend... I understand he took todrinking right after we split up those many years ago, and Ihear he hasn't been sober since .'

"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"

My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I wasflipping the channels..

'My God!'I said,'Who would think a person could go on celebrating thatlong?'

She asked, What's on TV?'

And then the fight started...

I asked my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary? '

I said, Dust.'

It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweetappreciation.

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for ourupcoming anniversary.

I rear-ended a car this morning... So, there wewere alongside the road and slowly the other driver got outof his car.

The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.

And that's how the fightstarted...

'Somewhere I haven't been in a longtime! she said. So I suggested, How about the kitchen?' And that’s when the fight started... I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.

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'Nah, she can order forherself.'

And then the fight started...

She said, I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 200 inabout 3 seconds.' I suggested a bathroom scale. And then the fight started... My wife and I were sitting at a table at her highschool reunion, and she kept staring at a drunken manswigging his drink as he sat alone at a

You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed andlittle things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn't believe it... he was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted,'I AM NOT HAPPY!' So, I looked down at him and said, Well, then which one are you?' And then the fight started...

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care offirst, the truck, the car, playing golf.always something more important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tallgrass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewingscissors. I watched silently for a short time and then wentinto the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I cameout again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, 'When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.' the doctors say I will walk again, but I wil always have a limp.

The Manners Matter program outline is unique; it revolves around today’s society. Children like adults also experience and live with ever changing influences that affects our human behavior such as technology. While technological advancements improve daily, we seem to have lost something meaningful in our relationships with one another, “socialization”. The Manners Matter program is for children 2nd thru 6th grade and includes materials, activities involving visual, oral and tactile senses. Teaching, practicing and enhancing new habits reflecting simple acts of kindness and respect. Horizon Montessori is participating in the program. Students and the instructor alike enjoy the 20112012 weekly sessions contents:

Manners Matter Program Session Contents: Grooming Manners & Everyday Courtesies Appreciating Yourself Avoiding Miscommunication Being Thankful Phone Manners

Writing a Thank You card Polite Conversation Current Events & Cultural Literacy Introductions & Greetings/Salutations Table Manners Interpreting Body Language Art of Conversation Phone Manners Communicating Electronically

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Children Children Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes/ The Last Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson My Foodie ABC: A Little Gourmet’s Guide Violet Lemay By Michelle Shelton, Children’s Supervisor, McAllen Publicby Library ForByfans of Mo Shelton, Willems and his Knuffle Bunny series comes the adorable Michelle Children’s Supervisor, McAllen Public Library conclusion of the story of Trixie and her beloved stuffed bunny. While on a journey to Holland to visit her grandparents, Trixie misplaces Knuffle Bunny on the plane. Nothing can satisfy If you or your littleher onegrandparents, love food, then pick up this great book! Covering her, not the gifts from the attention from her parents, NOTHING!ethWill nic foods from all over the world, this simple book is a great way introduce Trixie ever find her best stuffed pal or will she have to grow up without hertodear Knuffle Bunny. surprise will leave you smiling and feeling fuzzy inside -your A toddler toending some interesting foods, or maybe evenwarm learnand about them just the way Knuffle Bunny feels when you hold him tight. yourself. From radicchio and pomegranate to dragon fruit and empanadas,

this colorful book will make you hungry while you learn about new and exciting foods!


7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando

By Michelle Shelton, Children’s Supervisor, McAllen Public Library Mary appears to have the perfect life. Not only is she popular at school, but she hangs out with the elite, parties all night, and everyone loves her, or so she thinks. On her birthday she wakes up confused, lost, and with no memory of the night before.  As the day goes on and things get crazier, Mary realizes something more deviant and perhaps supernatural is happening. At the end of the night, she is murdered and is forced to relive her final day through the eyes of the seven people who hate her the most.  What Mary discovers will reveal the true character of her friends and why her life isn’t perfect after all.


Quinn by Iris Johansen A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates

By Donald Egle, Reference Librarian, McAllen Public Library By Kate Horan, Assistant Director of Public Services, McAllen Public Library

National Bookwith Award Carol writes a poignant memoir Johansen continues thewinner secondJoyce part of her Oates planned trilogy (Eve, Quinn, Bon-of the death of her husband, to whom wasand married for 46 years.  In the nie) with insight into police officer Joe she Quinn his relationship with Eve aftermath Duncan.  of carclose accident, Oates husband to the thealleged hospitalkiller where he is daughdiagnosed Quinn alies to death, as drives a resulther of his hunt for of Eve’s with pneumonia and treated.  Less than a week later, he  is dead of a hospital ter, Bonnie, and his thoughts turn to his initial meeting with Eve and his unexpected acquired infection and the author is plunged into widowhood and all it entails:  reaction to her.  Meanwhile, Bonnie’s father, John Gallo and CIA agent, Catherine the vocabulary of illness and medicine, the obligations of death, and the many Ling, are on a huntofofwidowhood.  their own.  The they are will surprise you, and a difficulties Herprey courage andafter authorial commitment to after accuracy close brush with death, will amaze you. Ling and Gallo are left with more questions than answers.

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Como Cepillar Los Dientes Apropiadamente Nosotros en Rubicon Dental atendemos pacientes de seis meses a veinte uno años de edad. Es una buena idea limpiar la enciílla del bebe antes de que aparezca el primer diente con una toallita húmeda, tam-

bién nosotros como padres es muy importante empezar a cepillarle los dientes al niño tan pronto como aparezca el primer diente. Es muy importante empezar a usar el hilo


dental tan pronto como nazcan dos dientes uno a lado del otro para prevenir la carie en medio de los dientes, es de suma importancia usarlo en las muelas ya que estas están muy juntos una de la otra a comparación a

los dientes de enfrente. La higiene bocal es de suma importancia en los niños que toman mucho jugo y comen cosas azucaradas.

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What Parents Can Do At Home to Promote Literacy Lately, our office has had inquiries in regards to what parents can do to help their children be college ready. From the time that children begin school parents must focus on increasing their children’s skills in reading, writing, communication, and problemsolving. Here are some ideas that can help parents be more aware of the many opportunities to help their children succeed in school, and thus, be college ready. 1. Build your child’s spoken language by allowing them to talk and teaching them how to listen. 2.Help your child learn about print and books – the cover, the beginning and end of a book, etc. 3.Help your child learn about the sounds of spoken language called phonological awareness. 4.Learn about the letters of the alphabet. You can make your own alphabet book by using a regular sheet of paper, printing the letter in upper case and lower case and then pasting a picture that starts with the letter. 5.Read to your children and allow them to read on their own. 6.Learn to recognize sight words like STOP, GO, NO, YES, DOG, CAT, DOOR, etc. 7.Help your child spell and write. Make sure to always have paper, pencil, crayons, markers, glue, and scissors on hand so that children and students have the supplies they need to spell and write. 8.Help develop their ability to read quickly and naturally called FLUENCY. 9.Help them learn a new word every week and also the meaning of the word and the use of the word in a sentence. 10.Help them learn comprehension; which is being able to understand what they read. This is a critical skill that they will use all through school and in to college. Parents are their children’s first teachers. Do your part to help your child be ready for school and ultimately ready for college. Reference: A Child Becomes A Reader, National Institute for Literacy, Third Edition.

This information is provided for you by Dr. Ida H. Acuña-Garza, Executive Director of the South Texas Literacy Coalition, whose motto is: Literacy for Life! Visit our website at: www.southtexaslitcoalition. org. For more information call us – (956) 414-6078. JUMP • 13


¿Que Pueden Hacer Los Padres En El Hogo Para Promover el Alfabetismo? Recientemente, nuestra oficina ha recibido preguntas sobre como pueden los padres ayudar a sus hijos tener una preparacion universitaria. Desde el año que los niños empiezan la escuela los padres deben de enfocarse en aumentar las capacidades de sus hijos en la lectura, la escritura, la comunicación, y la resolucion de problemas. He aqui algunas ideas para ayudar a los padres que tengan mas conocimiento de las oportunidades para ayudar a sus hijos lograr el exito escolar, y que ultimamente tengan la preparacion universitaria. 1. Aumente el lenguaje de sus hijos permitiendoles hablar y enseñandoles como escuhar. 2.Ayuda a sus hijos aprender sobre las palabras imprimidas y los libros – el contenido del libro, como empieza, como termina, etcétera. 3.Ayúdeles a sus hijos aprender sobre los sonidos de la idioma hablada lo cual se refiera a conocimiento fonológico. 4.Ayude a sus hijos aprender las letras del alfabeto. Usted puede hacer su propio libro del alfabeto utilizando hojas de papel donde puede hacer cada letra en bloque grande y chico y luego pegando un dibujo de algo que empieza con la letra. 5.Lea a sus hijos en voz alta y luego déjelos que ellos lean por si mismos a solas o en grupo con otros niños. 6.Ayúdeles a reconocer palabras de vista así como ALTO, SI, NO, PERRO, GATO, PUERTA, COMIDA, PLATANO, etcétera. 7.Ayude a sus niños deletrear y escribir. Asegure tener papel, lápices, crayolas, marcadores, y tijeras a la mano para que sus hijos tengan las herramientas que necesitan para deletrear y escribir. 8.Ayude desarrollar la capacidad de leer con rapidez y en voz natural lo cual se le refiera como FLUENCIA. 9.Ayúdeles a aprender una nueva palabra cada semana y también su significado o definición y el uso de la palabra en una frase. 10.Ayúdeles a aprender la comprensión—la cual es la capacidad de comprender lo que se lee. Esta es una capacidad crítica que la utilizaran por toda su carrera escolar y aun en la universidad. Los padres son los primeros maestros de sus hijos. Ponga de su parte para ayudar a sus hijos estar listos para la escuela y últimamente para la universidad. Reference: A Child Becomes A Reader, National Institute for Literacy, Third Edition. Esta información es contribuida por la Dra. Ida H. Acuña-Garza, Directora Ejecutiva de la Coalición de Alfabetismo del Sur de Tejas cuyo lema es: ¡Alfabetismo Por Vida! Visite nuestro sitio de internet en: Para mas información llámenos al – (956) 414-6078.. JUMP • 14

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Thirteen-year-old Jasmin

is an 8th grader and straight A student at IDEA Academy in San Juan. She seemed quiet and humble when I interviewed her. Jasmin is an accordionist and has released her very own CD (Jasmin Y Su Acordeon). One of her compositions, El Pajaro Nalgon, is featured in her CD. Other songs/musical arrangements featured are Rinconcito en el Cielo, Maricela, Pavido Navido and El Columpio. Jasmin began playing the accordion when she was 7 years old. When asked why she picked this instrument, she said her sister, Yesenia played the accordion--so she decided to play it, too. Her other interests include sports, writing songs, drawing, singing and drama. During the year, she collects toys for underprivileged children in Mexico, but because of the situation there, she has begun to distribute toys to children here in the Valley. Her plans are to become a veterinarian and continue her musical career. One of the highlights of her young life was singing with Ramon Ayala at the Christmas Posada in Hidalgo, Texas. Her advice to other teens is to work hard for what they want in life. Congratulations, Jasmin! Her parents, Alfredo and Alma Benavides can be contacted at (956) 451-1283.

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You will need a t shirt (preferably cotton). Sharp Scissors, Needle and thread, fabric glue or safety pins 1. Cut the bottom part of the t-shirt, just under the underarms.

It is always a great idea to recycle and t-shirts are no exception. These collars will not only keep you warm; they are easy to make. Christmas is almost here, and this may just be a great present for those on your list! Dress them up with a nice brooch, buttons, jewelry or ????--that’s up to your imagination! Betty Ramirez

2. Cut about 1 inch strips (see the blue one) or 2 inches (see the white one) until you get to the bottom.

half to make a short collar. 6. Tie the loop that you set aside on one end (I chose to hide the seams on the loops).

4. Lay them all together and pull together, once more. Set one loop aside.

7. I used a polo-type shirt and used the button to hold the collar together (this is where you will need the needle and thread, fabric glue or safety pins). The matching “bracelet” was made from the sleeves, using the same technique. On the white one, I just tied one loop and made a knot on each end.

5. You can leave them long, or fold them in

8. Decorate and wear!

3. Take the long loops and stretch them with your hands. This will curl each strip.

Don't want to make one, order yours today. Call me at 956.240.3255 to place an order!


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Snow White is her name and she is a “burra” or female donkey. She was raised with goats, but now lives with a couple of cows and very protective of her “territory.” She does not like our Great Pyranese dogs, who protect the cattle, to be around her; but she, herself protects cattle or goats from predators. Snow White has pulled a small cart for many a trail ride and loves to be stroked, but don’t touch her ears! Donkeys bred with donkeys produce....DONKEYS! Other names for the Donkey, are Jackstock, Burro, Ass, Jackass, Jennet, Mammoth, Miniature Donkey or Mexican Burro. Although, Snow White is not a working animal, donkeys are very important in other countries, such as Mexico and India. The website,, or the Animal Welfare Board of India, writes about the incessent work of these hardy animals and how they are used for transportation, moving goods and are a “major asset to human lives.” Their concern is the care of these animals, which are often mistreated. That website offers extensive care Donkeys and burros (as) were introduced in the 1500’s by the Spaniards. There are many different types, but they all belong to the same species, Equus Asinus. A male horse can be crossed with a female donkey to produce a jenny or hinny, whether male or female. Most prominent are the donkeys’ ears. The rump is also differently shaped than a horse’s. Their mane is stiff and usually clipped short. Now this is confusing. Then, what is a mule? A burro, donkey, also known as a jack, is crossed with a female horse to produce a mule. A mule can be male or female. All mules are sterile because the burro has 2 less chromosomes than the horse, which is a mismatch. Mules come in every color, even appaloosa, the website, informs us. Further, they mention “famous” mules. Ruth, Festus’ mule in the show Gunsmoke; Blue in The Waltons and Gus from the Disney movie “Gus.” Mules are smart, contrary to the theory that they are stubborn. They can and are used for everything you can use a horse for, with the exception of breeding.


Comprehension: How well did you understand this story? 1. Who does Snow White not like?____________________________ ________________ 2. What does she not like?___________________________________ _______________ 3. What will result if a donkey breeds with a donkey?__________________________ 4. In what 2 countries are donkeys important to everyday life?___________and _______ 5. Who introduced donkeys to America?_________________ 6. What will result in a male horse being bred with a female donkey?________________ 7. Can a mule be male or female? Yes____ No____ JUMP • 21

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1. What did the mama turkey say to her naughty son? 2. Asked to write a composition entitled, “What I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving,” little Timothy wrote, “I am thankful that I’m not a turkey.”

What? Head-Scratchers 9. A man had 12 sheep. All but 9 died. How many sheep did he have left?

10. A man started to town with a fox, a goose and a sack of corn. He came to a stream which he had to cross in a tiny boat. He could only take one across at 3. What did the turkeys sing on Thanksgiv- a time. He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with ing Day? the corn. How did he get them all safely over the stream? 4. What happened when the turkey got . into a fight? 11. Almost everyone needs it, asks for it, gives it, but almost nobody takes it. What 5. Which side of the turkey has the most is it? feathers? 6. Why did they let the turkey join the band?

12. How can you leave a room with two legs and return with six legs?

7. Why did the police arrest the turkey?

13.A doctor and a boy were fishing. The boy was the doctor’s son, but the doctor was not the boy’s father. Who was the doctor?

8. What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?

ANSWERS! 1.If your papa could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy! 2. “I am thankful that I’m not a turkey.” 3. God save the kin. 4.He got the stuffing knocked out of him! 5. The outside 6. Because he had the drumsticks 7. They suspected it of fowl play 8. The turKEY 9. “Nine. 10. He took the goose over first and came back. Then he took the fox across and brought the goose back. Next he took the corn over. He came back alone and took the goose. 11. Advice. 12. Bring a chair back with you. 13.His mother. READ ALL ISSUES at WWW.ISSUU.COM/JUMP-MAGAZINE

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This is an alien in a planet called Tenalp. Write a story about this alien and his/her planet. These questions will help you to develop a great story. Describe this alien and its abilities. How did it built this city (I do not see any arms-does it have any?). Describe the city and who lives there? What kind of buildings do you think aliens like this one need? What does it eat? Think of other things that you can draw in and then tell your story!

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Photo by: Ramsey Ramirez

Nov. 5th McAllen Spaulding for Children 5k Run. (956) Nov. 6th Daylight Savings Time-Fall Back (set clock back one hour) Nov. 7th Election Day—VOTE! Nov. 11th Veterans Day Nov. 15th South Texas Literacy Coalition Meeting (site TBA) Dr. Ida Acuna Garza (956) Nov. 9th The Club At CimarJUMP • 30

ron-2011 RGV Iron Chef event. Benefits Food Bank of the RGV. (956) 682-8101 ext 35 or Nov. 19th Edinburg Market Days Nov. 19th Spaulding for Children Adoption Day Expo. State Farm Arena. 10 a.m. To 2 p. m. Free. (956) 631-8881 Nov. 24th Thanksgiving Day Dec. 2nd McAllen Art Walk

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Nov. 2011-Issue 60  

Fun Family Learning magazine