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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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. 

  1. Wash your Hands– Wash hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the alphabet song once to help with timing.
  2. Don’t Share– Send extra supplies so students can use their own items rather than community items. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. Eat Fruits and Veggies– A healthy diet can help boost the immune system.
  7. 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 3-5: 11 to 13 hours per night
  8. 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.

So, How was School Today?

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Have you ever asked your child “How was School Today?” only to get an answer such as “fine”, “good” or “bad”? This could be because of how the question is phrased. It is too easy for students to just give a one word answer. Here are a few examples of ways to ask and actually get an answer!

  1. What was the best/worst thing that happened at school today?
  2. Tell me something that made you laugh today?
  3. If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about today?
  4. Tell me one thing you learned today.
  5. Where do you play the most at recess?
  6. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

Help your Child be a Successful Student

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Every parent wants to help their child do their best in school. Here are some tangible things that can be done at home to help foster success at school. 

*Feed your child a healthy breakfast each morning

*Make sure they are getting enough sleep each night

*Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences and ask for specific things to work on at home

* Support homework expectations

*Help your child study by providing a quiet place where they can concentrate

* Know the school rules and let your child know your expectations of them at school

Changes to the School Calendar

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Please see the following changes that have been made to the 2021-22 school calendar. Thank you for your flexibility. 

Aug 17-  Staff Professional Development day. No school for students. 

Aug 18-  First day of school for students. 

Sept 13- Staff Professional Development day. No school for students.  

Sept 14- Staff Professional Development day. No school for students.

Oct 14- Normally scheduled school day. 

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 de-escalate it and show that it may not be necessary)