Giving at the Holiday Season

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The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.

  • Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money
  • Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends
  • Let your child wrap a few gifts themselves
  • Have your child make cards for others
  • Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings
  • Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots

Tips and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*Read bedtime stories.

*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.

*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.

*Get excited to visit the library.

*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.

 

Reading Tips:

*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.

*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.

*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.

*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm

Help Your Child Set Goals and Achieve Them

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In school, we often use the term goals with your children. How can we help our students set realistic goals and stick to them? Consider these ideas you can also support at home:

  1.     Make the goal specific. The target needs to be very clear for your child. Help him/her clearly articulate what it is they want to achieve. Instead of a goal to get better at reading, the goal could be to better understand what is being read.
  2.     Set a short timeframe. Many goals fail because the time frame is too long. Set small, specific timeframes (2-3 weeks) that can be more easily monitored.
  3.     Make a plan. Help your child figure out actions they can take to reach their goal. How will you better understand what you are reading? Will you write a summary after a certain number of pages? Will you ask questions as you read?
  4.     Adjust the goal. There is nothing wrong with your child adjusting his/her goals. Adjusting will be more successful than quitting.

5.      Celebrate. Celebrate the small successes like sticking to the goal’s steps. There is something about acknowledging progress, even small progress, that propels us to keep at it and work toward the next small step along the road of attaining a goal.

The Power of YET

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Part of preparing students for learning is to help teach them to have a growth mindset. This means teaching them to recognize that there are certain things they are not able to do YET. To do this you can help your child think back to things they once couldn’t do like riding a bike, eating on their own or getting dressed. Helping them to have faith that if they try their best and remember that just because they can’t do something yet, doesn’t mean they won’t ever be able to. This mindset helps students approach learning with an open mind.

8 Tips to Keep Kids Germ-Free at School

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Kids love to be close and share everything, even germs. Here are some quick tips to help students reduce the spread of germs at school. 

 

  • Wash your Hands– Wash hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the alphabet song once to help with timing.
  • Don’t Share– Send extra supplies so students can use their own items rather than community items. 
  • Cover Sneezes and Coughs– Sneeze into the crook of the elbow or into a tissue. Not into hands. If a student accidentally sneezes into their hands, remind them to wash their hands right away.
  • Hands off Your Face– Teach students to keep hands away from their face, out of their nose and out of their mouths. If they accidentally touch these things, remind them to wash their hands right away. 
  • Skip the Water Fountain– Send a water bottle with students each day so they can avoid the water fountain. If they need to use the water fountain, teach students how to drink without touching their mouth to the spigot.
  • Eat Fruits and Veggies– A healthy diet can help boost the immune system.
  • Get Enough Sleep- Sleep helps build the immune system. Follow these guidelines: Ages 10-17: 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night. Ages 5-10: 10 to 11 hours per night. Ages 3 to 5: 11 to 13 hours per night.
  • Stay Home From School when Sick– If a student is sick, they need to stay home until they are well again to avoid spreading illness to others.

Tips to Help an Anxious Child

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During these uncertain times, anxiety can be popping up where it wasn’t before. Here are a few tips to help you and your child. 

  • Provide the opportunity for adequate sleep 
  • Serve healthy meals
  • Remind your child to drink plenty of water
  • Allow for downtime to decompress
  • Allow for outdoor free play
  • Exercise daily
  • Avoid avoidance (help your child face their worry instead of avoiding it)
  • Let your child worry (don’t say “don’t worry”, instead ask them to describe the worry in order to decompose it and show that it may not be necessary) 

Ohio School Immunization Requirements

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Attention parents of students entering Kindergarten, 7th grade, or Senior year!

Please remember that Ohio School Immunization law requires that students entering these grades receive required immunizations before school entrance for Fall 2020. Please see the requirements below:

Kindergarten students must have the following:

  • – 4 doses of DTaP
  • – 3 doses of Polio
  • – 2 doses of MMR
  • – 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • – 2 doses of Varicella

7th grade students must have the following:

  • – 1 dose of Tdap
  • – 1 dose Meningococcal

Seniors must have the following:

  • -2 doses of Meningococcal

Please fax written proof of immunizations received to the school at (740) 489-9049.

10 Great Summer Read Alouds 

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Reading out loud to your child can not only be a great way to bond, but it can be a great way for your child to learn to read, or hold on to those skills they learned this past year and avoid the summer slide. Here are some great books that your child might enjoy. 

  1. Holes By: Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
  2. Charlotte’s Web By: E. B. White (Ages 8+)
  3. The Secret Garden By:  (Ages 7+)
  4. James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
  5. The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
  6. The Harry Potter Series (Ages 9+)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By: Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie By: Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
  9. The Boxcar Children By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
  10. Where the Sidewalk Ends By: Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)