FROM CABIN FEVER, TO SPRING FEVER…FINISHING STRONG! Spring Break has come and gone, the days are longer and the weather is warming up (well sort of). Spring Break usually marks the final stretch of the school year and it can be a challenge for kids to stay focused on school with warmer temperatures, spring sports and more daylight to play outside longer. But the remaining month of school is extremely important. In the next few months our children will be learning important subject content required for successful grade completion and perhaps participating in performances and programs. In addition, they will be preparing to take state tests that evaluate our schools and standardized tests that assess individual student academic performance which is often used to assist in placement decisions for the next school year, so finishing this school year strong will prepare them for success next year. Parents can make a big difference in helping their children stay motivated, focused and... Continue reading FROM CABIN FEVER, TO SPRING FEVER…FINISHING STRONG!
All children have the need to be unconditionally loved and accepted, especially by their parents. The experience of receiving love, respect and acceptance is tied to a child’s sense of self-worth and value which many experts believe is the foundation for several important childhood outcomes such as academic success, decision making, problem solving, healthy relationships and more. How do you show love to your child? Did you know that every child (like every adult) expresses and receives love best through one of five communication styles called their “love language”? Psychologist, Gary Chapman, Ph.D. and Dr. Ross Campbell, M.D., in their book The Five Love Languages of Children have identified these five styles. They assert that when you identify and communicate with your child in their primary love language that you meet their deepest emotional needs thereby providing them with the best preparation possible for a healthy and satisfying future. What is your child’s primary love... Continue reading Do You Speak Your Child’s Love Language?
As we enter the holiday season you may be feeling tired, stressed and out of time. Your child may be feeling the very same way. Consequently, our holiday expectations of joy and family time can take a back seat to the disappointment of impatience, short tempers and frustration. There is good reason however, to protect your family time and joy from whatever the joy “stealers” are in your life and in the life of your kids. There is a significant amount of research surrounding the science of joy and why it is important for you and your child to be intentional about increasing joy, not just at the holidays but every day. Some of the benefits of joyful living are: • Increased life span • Better health • More satisfying relationships • Goal attainment • Greater fulfillment in work and daily pursuits Of course these are outcomes that we would like for both our kids and ourselves. The demands of parenting, especially the challenges of raising school age kids can thwart our efforts of seeking... Continue reading Handling Holiday Stress
Hopefully your family has had a smooth transition to the routines of school. Here are a few tips to improve homework struggles and to get the most out of the up-coming October parent-teacher conferences. Schedule yours today! HOMEWORK TIPS…… Allow your child time to decompress after school. A light, healthy snack a chat with you or about 20 minutes outside can do wonders when it is time to sit down and focus on homework. Make homework time the same time each day. Building homework into the regular routine will decrease homework battles. Assume your child will need about 10 minutes of time, per grade level. So expect a fifth grade student to need about 50 minutes a day for homework. Most importantly, try to get homework done before tiredness sets in. Homework will take twice as long and be at least twice as difficult the later it is done. Help your child know when it’s time to move on. There comes a point of diminished returns when it comes to homework. If your child is... Continue reading Welcome Back to School Parents!
If something looks different when you check grades in Parent Portal (aka Infinite Campus), it’s by design. As part of our focus on personalized learning, we modified Parent Portal to match a grading system that measures learning — the concepts a student knows and can apply. Too often in the past, traditional grades were goals to reach in order to stop learning. That’s not productive or a reflection of how people actually learn. Learning is a process — sometimes it comes quickly, sometimes it requires extra review and practice. And a final grade, especially at elementary, should reflect a year’s worth of learning. Here’s what’s different in Parent Portal: • Subjects (math, reading, etc.) are organized by Power Standard and learning targets. Each subject has Power Standards and under each Power Standard are learning targets. Students show their teacher they have learned each target and once all targets are learned, we are confident the student can apply that Power Standard.... Continue reading Our New-look Elementary Gradebooks/Parent Portal