Kindergarten Registration

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East Guernsey is preparing to welcome new kindergarten students in the fall. The kindergarten registration process begins online. Parents who have children already attending East Guernsey will be able to log into the parent portal and link their kindergarten student. 

There is only one requirement for enrolling into kindergarten: All kindergartners must be at least five years of age on or before August 1, 2022. 

Kindergarten registration is a time when students are “signed up” for school. This is what you will need to provide. 

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residence (i.e., utility bill with current name and address)
  • Custody paperwork, if applicable (complete copy must be presented)

Kindergarten screening dates will be in the fall, but they have not been set yet. More information regarding kindergarten screening will be given to parents as it becomes available. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

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. 

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 21 Parent Teacher/Conferences 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Feb 22 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m.

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

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

Red Ribbon Week

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Buckeye Trail Elementary kicked off Red Ribbon Week today. Students were encouraged to wear red today to show they are proud to be drug-free. Red Ribbon Week is the largest and oldest drug abuse prevention program in the country. BTES will continue celebrating this week with scavenger hunts, decorating contests, and more.

The remaining theme days are as follows:

Tuesday – “Peace out to drugs!”, wear tie-die and peace signs
Wednesday – “Team up against drugs”, wear your favorite team shirt
Thursday – “Lei off drugs!”, dress in Hawaiaan attire
Friday – “Drugs are scary!!!”, Wear your halloween costume

Homecoming

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October 14th-16th brought many special events to Buckeye Trail High School for Homecoming week. On Thursday we had our first outdoor house games of the year followed by our pep rally. For the homecoming Friday night we battled the East Canton Hornets. During a cold and rainy halftime, the band played and the homecoming court was introduced. Congratulations to this year’s Homecoming King and Queen…Franko Rome and Abbi Wayble.

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