Three Keys to Success

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East Guernsey faculty and staff regularly emphasize three keys to succeeding throughout school: attendance, work ethic and extra participation. Students who show up on time, work hard and get involved will certainly get the most out of their middle school and high school years. This is not to say that they will not face challenges. School should be challenging to adequately prepare students for life after graduation. Students who work on these three keys, however, will find the strength within and the resources around them necessary to achieve in the face of obstacles. These keys not only help students find academic success but lifelong fulfillment as well.

Words Matter

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As parents and even teachers, it can be easy to default to certain phrases that we heard as children. Research has shown over the years that words truly matter and some slight changes can completely change the outcome that we’re looking for. Here are some examples.

Instead of: Try:

“Be quiet”    “Can you use a softer voice?”

“What a mess!” “It looks like you had fun! How can we clean up?

“Do you need help?” “I’m here to help if you need me”

“I explained how to do this yesterday” “Maybe I can show you another way.”

“Do I need to separate you?”       “Could you use a break?”

“Stop Crying” “It’s okay to cry”

“Do you have any questions?”  “What questions do you have?”

“You’re Ok.”        “How are you feeling?”

“It’s not that hard”      “You can do hard things.”

Which ones will you try with someone you love today?

Make the Most of this Time of Year

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Summer is a great time to enrich and enhance student learning in a fun way. Parents can plan small, inexpensive or free outings in and around East Guernsey that will allow students to expand their knowledge and pique curiosity. Parks and nature preserves serve as excellent outdoor classrooms where children can learn and explore. Children need to read daily, so picking out books at the library is a fun way to read for pleasure and keep up on reading skills. Going out with your child is not possible each and every day, playing at home and outside help children learn and grow.

Sleep and Learning

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        Many studies have been done that link sleep and learning. Researchers have found that well-rested minds are able to learn more easily and retain more information. So, how much sleep does your child need?

        1-3 years old            12-14 Hours per day

        3-6 years old            10-12 Hours per day

        7-12 years old          10-11 Hours per day         12-18 years old        8-9 Hours per day

Reduce TV/Screen Time with this Tip

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Reduce TV/Screen Time with this Tip

Is your child spending countless hours in front of a TV or tablet? Do you wish that your child would spend their time doing other things such as playing outside, reading or doing homework and chores?

Have them “buy” their screen time instead. For every one minute they would like to spend in front of the TV or tablet, they must spend one minute doing an activity of your choice such as homework, playing outside, chores or reading. They will need to purchase their time with these minutes. Time doing these things at school does not count and banking time from a previous day does not work either. Time must be used on the day it’s earned.         Give it a try! You may be pleasantly surprised with the results!

A Growth Mindset

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Some children are born with an inner drive to keep trying over and over when they fail. Most children aren’t, though, and it is up to us to help them see that failing is actually the key to succeeding. Teaching our children the word YET is key. They may come to you and say, “I don’t know how to read” or “I can’t ride a 2-wheeler” or “I can’t get good grades.” We need to teach them to add the word “yet” to the end of those sentences so they start to realize that these things take time and with the right mindset, they will happen!

Sit down with your child and list out things that they now do, that at one time they thought were hard. Have them tell you that with practice they learned to do hard things. They are able to do hard things! Using this type of thinking and dialogue around our children will teach them that by trying, failing and learning from their mistakes, they will succeed at doing hard things.

The Benefits of Reading Books

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        It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Every once and awhile, we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?”  Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.

1.      Reading exercises your brain.

2.      Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.

3.      Reading improves concentration and focus.

4.      Reading helps develop creativity.

5.      Reading is entertaining.

6.      Reading provides knowledge and information.

7.      Reading enriches language and vocabulary.

8.      Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.

Phone Outage Update

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UPDATE

Good Evening,

Windstream has resolved the phone service issues and service has been restored. If you experience any issues calling into the building please let us know.

Thank you

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Good Afternoon,

As of 1:30pm, 3/19/19, inbound and outbound calling is still not working on our phone system.  The last update we received from Windstream (11:25am) states the following:

Windstream Technician (Created on 03/19/2019 11:25:31 AM)
Activity Type Text To Speech
This is Windstream Repair. Your service is impacted by an outage due to a card failure back in the Windstream Network. A Replacement card is enroute and should be delivered at 3pm local time today and once installed, we expect all services affected to fully restore. We will keep you updated as additional information is known. We apologize for the inconvenience to you and appreciate your patience. Thank you, Windstream Repair.

The issue was due to a faulty piece of equipment at one of their hubs and it affected all local DATA voice lines.  As stated they expect the issue to be resolved shortly after 3pm.  I will update everyone once we know that the phones are properly working again.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Matt Hardy
Director of Technology, EGLSD

Winter Can Affect How We Feel

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Ohio winters can cause you to feel down and sleep more than usual. Don’t be too quick to accept this as a normal part of life. You may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. At school, we also see this in some of our students.

        Not everyone is suffering from SAD, some are suffering from a less-severe form of mood changes called the “winter blues.” If you think you (or your child) may be experiencing SAD or winter blues, you may try the following things:

        *Expose yourself to sunlight whenever possible.

        *Incorporate more physical activity each day.

        *Socialize with friends, family and colleagues often.