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January 2020

JJ22 Q&A for Rookie Families...

...and Reminders for Veteran Families!

Q: What is Juggle Jam?
A: Juggle Jam 22 (JJ22), May 15 & 16 at 7 pm at Hopkins HS Auditorium, is our pinnacle event! It features all five clubs, specialty acts, skits, a Slide Show & Awards, a Senior Presentation, and all-cast opening & closing routines. Audiences are inspired and surprised with JJ’s entertainment value. (We could get to Juggle Jam 50 and it will still be nearly impossible to describe the event to first-timers before they've seen it.)
Q: Does my Jughead have to audition to be in JJ22?
A: No and Yes. Every Jughead is guaranteed to appear in our Opening & Finale, club routine(s), and Slide Show, but “specialty acts” (solos & small ensembles) are determined by auditions in April. Even Ultimate-level specialty acts may not make it into JJ any given year.
Q: Are there extra time commitments involved for JJ22?
A: This year, our Dress Rehearsals (D.R.s) for the entire cast are on the evenings of
Wed., May 6 & Mon., May 11. Please text/email Paul and your Club Coach (see "Job Descriptions" column below) with conflicts—especially for D.R.s & shows—including kids leaving regular Club rehearsals before 6 pm from now on.
NOTE: Our all-cast photo will take place at the final Dress Rehearsal at 6 pm on Monday, May 11. It works better for our photographer to take the all-cast photo the same date as D.R. candids on 5/11, so please make conflicts known.
Q: How does the process of selling tickets work?
A: Specific information on how to promote JJ22 and purchase tickets through will be available in March. Ticket sales will open online on 3/31/20.
Q: How will you communicate JJ22-related info.?
A: All parents and email-subscribed performers will be kept apprised of JJ22 info. through this monthly newsletter; a separate “Final Memo” emailed in late April; and occasional emails to our group list will keep If any of your family members would benefit from this information but are not on this email list (especially older Jugheads learning to take ownership of their schedules), please subscribe them.

15th Annual Winter Showcase

Sat., 3/14, 7:00 pm at Hopkins High School Little Theater

The Winter Showcase is set for Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at Hopkins HS Little Theater. Led by our SLT and spearheaded by Student Director Elizabeth S. with Assistant Student Director Lizzy V., the Showcase is free & open to the public, offering both a valuable performance experience and an entertaining show. Polished solos, ensembles & emcees/skits from any club/ability level desiring to perform should apply via written application by Friday, 1/31 and preview their routine for Elizabeth by Friday, 2/28. Acts should limit their routines to 3 minutes (1-2 min. for emcees & skits), but they may perform up to 4 min. with permission. The cast will be confirmed by 3/2. NOTE: The Showcase is a pre-requisite for JJ22 specialty act auditions on 4/14/20.

Skits have become a great way for Winter Showcase participants to expand their stage presence and bring variety to the audience as demonstrated by Ben M. with his Elmo skit from the 2019 Winter Showcase and JJ21.

2nd Semester Tuition Reminder

One payment covers Jan. 21-May 29, 2020

Our semester system alleviates our former (mutual) hassle of seasonal, trimester registration that we had for many years. Our semester payments cover all special events such as Jingle Jam in the fall and Juggle Jam-related expenses in the spring (T-shirts, photos, digital videos, etc.). 

The first JUGHEADS semester ends on January 17, and the second semester runs January 13–May 29, 2020.

Several families have yet to register for our 2nd Semester; please do so (by check, cash or online) by Friday, Jan. 24 to avoid a late fee added to base club tuition. NOTE: Please let us know if any Jughead will be discontinuing or requesting to switch club days from 1st Semester. Such notice helps our planning, provides closure, and allows vacated spots to be claimed as new families inquire about joining. Thanks!


Highest-turnover club yields individual results, increased teamwork

Advanced Club is simultaneously the most transient and arguably the most productive of our four after school clubs. We average about a 50% turnover in Advanced's roster of 20-25 Jugheads any given year, largely due to some moving up to Elite Club and a few choosing to discontinue due to competing interests in middle & high school. On the positive side, Advanced offers many challenges and rewards that just can't be experienced in our two Rec. Clubs, such as extended warm-ups (both individual and passing), multi-person passing patterns, and a more cohesive routine for Juggle Jam each spring. Furthermore, 10 of our current roster of 25 Advanced Jugheads are members of multiple days (adding Elite, Thursday Rec., or Friday Rec. to their weekly schedule), making for a solid core of kids who create an even greater depth of overall commitment and skill. Director Paul Arneberg has often stated that Jugheads who attend two days a week almost always see more than a doubling of both skills and connectedness.

The leadership team of Advanced is objectively stronger than ever, combining years of experience and depth at both the student and adult levels.

Having come on board several weeks into the 2018-2019 school year, Coach Erica Liddle was delighted to take the helm of Advanced from Day One, and her role is the prototype for Paul's new vision for each club's Coach to run the club while the Director works more behind the scenes in a supportive role (ala a school principal).

As far as the SLT goes, there typically is a tapering of Assistants/Volunteers in Advanced compared with four or five student leaders in the Rec. Clubs and one or two member-captains in Elite & Ultimate Club. However, we "stacked the deck" this year with FOUR Assistants, mainly because three will graduate this spring (Grant, Isaac and Elizabeth) with one sophomore brought in (Aedan) to lend continuity to next year's Advanced team. These four teens combine for 33 years of experience in the company (!) and reinforce our strengths as the roles of Coach and Director are further clarified this year and moving forward. Hence, Advanced Club is essentially over-staffed this year, so the current members should take full advantage of maximum improvement (especially with passing!) and connecting with both their leaders and their peers!

Whether our Advanced members eventually make it to Elite or even Ultimate Club, discontinue altogether, or commit to this club through graduation (as 12 of our 98 grads have done), Advanced is designed to be anything but dull and stagnant. Coming off of their successful JJ21 routine, "The Night After a Night at the Museum," Advanced Jugheads will be put to the test once again in JJ22, combining individuality with intricate levels of teamwork through an ambitious juggling rendition of the 2003 Pixar classic, "Finding Nemo."

Advanced Jugheads are: 5th grader Michael M.; 6th graders Jo Isaac E., Matthew J., Luke S.; 7th graders Eli B., Kacy C., Max W., Maya N., Elliot P., Ben P.; 8th graders Rebecca M., Serena N., David S.; freshmen Aaron P., Miriam D., Matt H., Sophia H., Jordan M., Joshua T.; sophomores Sophie K., Gracie L.; juniors Hope L., Brody M., Ben M.; senior Kayla P.;  Assistants Grant D., Aedan E., Isaac N., Elizabeth S.; Coach Erica Liddle; and Director Paul Arneberg

"The JUGHEADS Community"
Officer Voice • by Lizzy V.


—Lizzy V.: 6th year Jughead; UC & Elite member; Thursday Rec. Assistant; 2020 Winter Showcase Asst. Student Director; HS Junior

When I think of JUGHEADS (JH), I immediately think of the word community. As Paul has explained before, the main mission of the company is to develop youth; juggling is just the tool. I believe that development of any kind is not possible unless there is a strong community behind it.

As I have grown up in the Edina community, many people are shocked to see how open minded I am, especially when it comes to how I portray myself to others. Rather than focus on looks or popularity, as is common for many Edina high schoolers, I choose to spend my time focusing on what makes me happy. JH is the driving force behind that.

This company has never made me feel like I should be anyone but myself. While there are pressures to maintain a certain skill level, there are no pressures to try and fit in or be of a certain popularity. This is because JH celebrates each and every person for who they are and encourages the development of everyone’s unique self. Because of this, I have come to realize that although I may not fit the perfect Edina mold, I have my own qualities and attributes that make me a valuable member of the community, bringing JH values into my everyday life.

The effects of JH on my development are visible; I’m friends with many people of different backgrounds, popularities, and interests. I truly believe I would not be as accepting of these differences if it were not for this company. Not only that, but my open mindedness has allowed me to reach more members of this company by being more susceptible to their learning styles or just their personal interests.

This community is the gift that keeps on giving. By encouraging individuality, it not only allows members to be themselves, but to be more accepting of others, growing each individual’s community as well as our community as a whole. While JH uses juggling to develop youth, it also creates a community of acceptance that reaches others in touching many lives.

L to R: Coach Christine, Lizzy V., Kayla P., and Kayla M. serve at Jingle Jam's check-in table on 12/7/19.

JUGHEADS Community News

• Remember that make-ups are encouraged for Jugheads of all levels who need to miss their base juggling day(s) for any reason. The 19-member Thursday Rec. Club is the most flexible to accommodate visiting Jugheads from other club days, followed by Advanced Club, Friday Rec. Club, Elite Club (with special permission), and Ultimate Club (Elite members only). 

• MadFest 1st-Timers' Meeting: Mon., 1/13, 6:00-6:45 pm in the Commons. (An alternate meeting for any 1st-timers may be arranged with Paul.)

• January's SLT + Staff Meeting, 9am-Noon: 1/11/20 @ Elizabeth's home.

• "Caught There," our new newsletter segment highlighting gigs and media appearances by Jugheads, /former Jugheads and grads, is turning out to be a bi-monthly rather than a monthly feature. Please email with any details of recent or upcoming talent shows, charity events, paid performances, interviews, or other ways that our Jugheads have been "caught there" representing our company specifically and/or juggling generally.

• MORE CALENDAR REMINDERS: There is no Advanced Club on 1/20 or 2/17; Spring Break for all our clubs is March 23-27. However, on other Edina-specific release days, these clubs WILL meet: Friday Rec. on 1/17 & 3/13; Elite on 2/18. This maximizes consistency for our programming since about 70% of our members do not attend Edina Public Schools. (NOTE: There are no clubs on JJ22-related weekdays: Monday, May 11 and Friday, May 15.)

• SUMMER CAMPS PREVIEW: Our camps (24 weekdays or nearly five weeks, from June 1-July 2, 2020) are an ideal place for youth to immerse in juggling and in our JH culture! A (partial) week of 3-5 consecutive mornings is optimal for beginners; most Jughead members choose punchcards for maximum flexibility. This year, due to parent inquiries as well as trends with many other summer camps posting information mid-winter, we're opening summer camp registration a month earlier than usual. Therefore, we'll post our summer camp registration on Monday, Feb. 3, with early bird registration discounts offered through Wednesday, April 1. Summer SLT application deadline: Monday, March 30

• JBC 3: Our 3rd annual Juggling + Bible Camp is set for Sunday through Friday, July 5-10, 2020 at The Refuge Retreat Center near Stockholm, WI. Registration opens on Monday, February 3 for up to 25 Jughead members currently in 6th-12th grade. (25 Jugheads is our capacity since our own kitchen staff, led by Wendy Arneberg, prepares all of our meals and snacks. We'll post 18 spots online and reserve seven spots for those choosing to pay by check.) Email Paul & Wendy with any questions or to confirm/request a spot on Paul's preliminary roster. NOTE: If any of our 25 spots are unclaimed as of 5/1/20, kids younger than 6th grade and/or "camp only" kids may register. All JBC registrations will be finalized by 5/31/20.

As indicated in our November 2019 JUGHEADS Journal, we're not organizing a group to attend the all-day/evening Mondo Juggling & Unicycling Festival. However, as it's held at Concordia University in St. Paul, Jugheads are encouraged to attend on their own! The dates are Feb. 14-16, 2020, with Saturday, Feb. 15 serving as the main day for most workshops, official games, and the evening show, the Mondo Spectacular.

Ella H. (left) celebrates achieving the last of her Rec. Standards; Rachel S. (right) became the youngest Jughead girl in history to qualify three balls, more than two months before her 8th birthday! Congratulations!

Coming Soon: Adult Staff Job Descriptions

In a continuing effort to ensure the long-term viability of the company, Director Paul Arneberg has been working on Job Descriptions for our adult staff at every position. For years, we've had Job Descriptions for our Student Leadership Team (SLT) Assistants, Volunteers, and Captains. However, we've never had official Job Descriptions for the positions of Parent Volunteer/Chaperone, Specialist, Coach, or Assistant Director! For good measure, Paul will eventually write Job Descriptions for his own roles, Company Director and Juggle Jam Director, and Wendy's roles, Operations Manager and Juggle Jam Producer.

Whether or not the complete Job Descriptions are made available on our website, highlights from each position will be shared in the coming months. This will not only be of significant help to our current and future Chaperones, Specialists, Coaches, and Assistant Directors, but the aim is to emphasize to our families our leadership structure to streamline communication, accountability, and the clarity of each position.

As a preview of future Job Description highlights, please know that Coach Erica Liddle (Advanced, Elite, Ultimate Club) and Coach Christine Therens (Thursday Rec. Club) are the ones driving their respective Clubs for the rest of the year, and this especially pertains to planning, choreographing, and front-line leading Club-based rehearsals for Juggle Jam 22. Therefore, we respectfully request that all emails and texts regarding Jugheads arriving late, leaving early, or absent any given day from now through the end of the school year be primarily directed to the Coach of your child(ren)'s Club(s). Paul can certainly be copied on any emails and texts, but Erica and Christine are the primary adults who need to know of such conflicts as they plan their Club day(s) each week. 

As for Friday Rec., Paul is still the Coach, as both Joyce Miller and Betsy Nelson are Specialists (e.g., not opening the club at 3 p.m. or necessarily coordinating the whole club any given day). 

Here's a handy list of our current info. for our weekly Coaches:
Advanced, Elite & Ultimate Club Coach: Erica Liddle, 952-688-6536 /
Thursday Rec. Club Coach: Christine Therens, 952-807-4353 /
Friday Rec. Club Coach: Paul Arneberg, 612-978-9707 /
Again, Paul may be copied on any given text or email to Erica and/or Christine, but please make them the primary contact for Club-specific questions, conflicts, and other areas of communication that don't necessarily require attention by the Director.

Whether you're a super-fan interested in our leadership structure that is being better defined for the long-term strength of the company, or you're a rookie parent simply wondering whom to contact with Club-specific questions, we hope that our Job Descriptions help to clarify the various roles and strengths that our adult staff bring each week to serve families and develop youth.

Paul's Platform

The Margin Series '19-'20:

"Part Five: Simplicity"

"The Margin Series" focuses on the reality that everyone has limits regarding time, emotional energy, physical energy, and money, among other areas. These monthly sub-topics assert that we need margin for optimal function as well as for availability to love and serve others.

"Our age is becoming more complex and diffusely overloaded, and simplicity is a movement whose time has come."
—Richard Swenson, Margin (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2004), p. 180.

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." 
—Biblo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

I am a life-long "Messy." Synonyms could include the terms Clutterbug, Sloppy Joe, Pile-Lover, Blind-to-Disorder, etc. I'm actually forced by my role in the company to be a #1 Worker—namely, to see what needs to be done and then do it, such as often cleaning up the last vestiges of beverage bottles scattered around the JugCave or putting away props which rolled under the couch. But at home, I confess to remaining an expert at avoiding my own messes even after nearly 27 years of marriage. I have proven to be a trainable husband, but it's far from my first thought to follow through with any given messes. Rather, I create most of them! Like my mom, people and reading time come before running a clean house or work area, and I acknowledge that repenting of my Messy tendencies has been a lifelong struggle.

The paper trails, dishes, laundry, discarded electronics and overflowing junk drawers in (presumably) each of our homes are indicative of the clutter that often distracts us from running more orderly lives. We long for simplicity, but it takes a lot of discipline to foster a lifestyle that is free of, or at least greatly reduced in, clutter in the areas of the physical, emotional, financial, and time reserves we need in our lives.

In my annual emergence from the cocoon that is commonly known as Winter Break, I've made two poignant observations about simplicity from very different sources: The Sermon on the Mount, and Chip, our Super-Cat. 

Any pet owner will acknowledge that our furry, finny or feathery friends (whether canine, feline, rodent, fish, or fowl) have remarkably simple needs. Because we have the blessing of sharing a home office, Wendy & I are able to spend many hours with Chip on a weekly basis. On his most fulfilling day, Chip will sleep for about 14 hours (often on the lap of whoever is working at the computer), eat three well-regulated meals, stare out the sliding glass doors looking for potential prey, maybe go outside with his harness and leash when the weather is above freezing, actively play with us for perhaps 30 minutes a day, and occasionally get extra treats when learning new tricks or performing for guests. Sleep, tricks, eat, play, groom, sleep, outside, eat, repeat. As long as we do our part with thrice daily feedings, daily litter box maintenance, and actively playing with him, he's content. (Although he probably thinks that we don't play with him nearly often enough.)

Of course, we humans have a much higher calling and purpose to our lives, but I believe we can learn lessons from our pets. While dogs understandably get most of the press about being unconditional companions, emotionally expressive, and intensely loyal, our experience with Chip is that he is quite content with a very simple lifestyle, even though we make him do tricks for food, disallow him roaming the house while we sleep, and prevent him being outside unleashed. Frankly, my compassion for our three-year-old feline and his well being and quality of life causes me to reflect on whether or not my own priorities are too complicated rather than more simplified.

Just this week, my daily Bible readings had me in Matthew 6. The action-doctrines of giving, praying, fasting, stewarding, and trusting highlight that middle chapter in the most famous of sermons, and the last section was particularly precious to me in 1992. I was a recent college graduate unwilling to relocate to pursue an elusive career in radio. Therefore, I spent February through May of that year seeking a new career direction while working a temp. job, delaying engagement to Wendy, and longing to move out of my collegiate apartment. During that precious time of simply but earnestly seeking the Lord for my life, Jesus' words landed on me profoundly as He taught about fulfilling our need for the basic necessities of food and clothing: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matt. 6:33, ESV). My takeaway as a 22-year-old was that I needed to be content in God before I was ready for a career, a wife, and a home. The Apostle Paul echoed Jesus' words when he wrote, "But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content" (1 Timothy 6:6-8, ESV).

Far beyond the basic necessities outlined above, we as a human race are often quickly dissatisfied with the simple gifts of basic needs, purpose, and relationships. Materialism seems to always rear its ugly head, regardless of a person's means. During the years after I resigned from childcare management to run JUGHEADS as an independent company, taking a 50% cut in pay and practicing more frugality than usual, I read an insightful book entitled Simplify Your Life. Regarding the messy tendencies of material things, the author quoted from a 1993 book called Downscaling: "Did you ever consider that there may be a correlation between the accumulation of things and our frantic lifestyle? We are so used to buying whatever we want, even if only on a small scale, that denying ourselves seems unthinkable. The busier we are, the less time we have to consider creative alternatives. It is easier to plunk down dollars or a credit card as we rush to the next activity than to evaluate the necessity of our next purchase" (H. Norman Wright, Simplify Your Life and Get More Out of ItWheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1998, p. 132).

Richard Swenson is even more succinct as he addresses material possessions in light of the noble goal of simplicity: "Simplicity does not reject money and ownership—it merely subjugates it" (Margin, 2004, p. 175).

Do I live in a fantasy world where bills, broken relationships, geopolitical strife, health struggles, and personal fulfillment aren't stark realities? No, but I try to wisely heed the message of simplicity even amidst life's inevitable conflicts, questions, and pain.

As we enter the full swing of 2020 and a new decade, we all would be wise to practice simplicity whenever possible. Even with all of the world's problems, not to mention our individual, familial, and cultural struggles, the message of simplicity is sorely needed today. Just consider the last three SLT columns, where Lizzy, Nathan and Aedan shared their perspectives on the simple essence of what a Jughead's membership offers: kindness, individuality, respect, community, and vulnerability. Coach Erica's October column touched on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, resonating (for its part) with The Sermon on the Mount. Simplicity takes discipline, self-denial, and delayed gratification. When practiced, its fruits include peace, creativity, contentment, and availability to love and serve others.

Here's to a paradoxical 2020 of profound and fruitful simplicity.

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