Attendance Matters

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Attendance is one of the most important factors in determining a child’s success in school. Absences, especially at the elementary level may seem like they are not a big deal, but as you can see by viewing the chart below, it all adds up. Please make sure to send your child to school everyday.

Helping Kids Get More Exercise

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In today’s world, kids have ample exposure to screens and spend a lot of time sitting. This is having an impact on kids’ health and happiness. Here are some tips to help them ditch the screens and move more. 

  • Be a Role Model. Children who see their parents being active, are more likely to be active themselves. 
  • Play with Your Children. Take a hike together, play basketball or catch in the yard, walk the dog or sign up for a class together. 
  • Use Exercise as Transportation. Walk your child to school, ride bikes to the park, park far away at stores and take stairs instead of elevators.
  • Make it Fun. Children are more likely to do something if it’s fun. Turn on music and have a dance party, turn on a Go Noodle and follow along, play a movement video game like Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Give Gifts that Encourage Physical Activity. Bicycles, roller skates, balls, etc. Activity tracking apps can be fun for kids as well.
  • Limit Screen Time. Talk about screen time expectations and set a time limit. You can also have a set of movement activities that need to be completed before they are able to use their screen. 

 

OHSAA Division III Boys Basketball Sectional Finals

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Tickets for Friday’s OHSAA Sectional Boys Basketball game, Buckeye Trail @ Harrison Central at 7:00pm, must be purchased online. Click the link below to purchase tickets.

https://ohsaa.org/tickets

To find the Wariors vs Harrison Central game:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Click Basketball
  3. Click Basketball – Boys
  4. Scroll down to Div. III Region 11
  5. Click on East
  6. Find the Trail game and click on Get tickets

Tips for Making Praise Matter

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Praising children is very important whether you are a teacher or a parent. Here are some tips that will help make praise mean more to the child.

    1. Be specific. “Good job, Johnny” is not specific and can be said to anyone for any reason. “Johnny, I noticed that reading that paragraph was tough, but you took your time and tried your best. Nice job.” This is specific enough so that Johnny knows that you mean it and it is real.
    2. Give praise when you really mean it. This teaches children that you recognize when a task is tough for them. It also helps them value the praise that you give.
    3. Quality over quantity. Praising too much can cause a child to feel belittled and actually achieve lower. Give specific praise when praise is due instead of meaningless praise often.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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Education can effectively take place when parents and teachers work together as a team. Attending conferences can help create this relationship. We look forward to seeing you this month. 

Feb 9 Parent Teacher/Conferences 3:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 

Feb 10 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Tips and Ideas to Foster Reading at Home Over the Holiday

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Reading Ideas:

  • Read holiday bedtime stories.
  • Have your child read the grocery list as you shop for your holiday meal.
  • Bake holiday treats together and have your child read the recipe.
  • Get excited to visit the library.
  • Play board games 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

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 children 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

7 Helpful Online Learning Sites for Kids

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PBS Kids This is a great site for kids of all ages featuring all of your kids’ favorite characters from PBS!

Random House Featuring books, activities, games and more all surrounding your favorite characters from Random House Books! This is a great way to make books come alive for little ones!

Starfall Education This is a great website for learning to read. Starfall takes your kids all the way from ABCs to Learning to Read! There are some fun games and more that surround phonics, sounds and putting sounds together in words! This is great for preschoolers learning to read!

Scholastic Kids There are tons of great videos and games about the environment and science. This is a great website for older children who want to learn about weather, geography and more.

Highlights Kids This site has games, books, crafts and of course hidden pictures.

ABCYa This is another great learning site for kids. There is everything from counting games, to graphing, patterns and more. This site is great for learning early math skills. 

National Geographic Kids  This is a great site for exploring our world and learning all you can about the ocean, animals, geography and more! There is a TON of information on this site and also some great videos, puzzles and quizzes!