From the Principal

I hope you all found time to rest and enjoy time spent with family and friends!!
 
Transitioning Students Back to School
In the article “Prepare Your Child to Go Back-to-school After Winter Break”, author Stephanie Dethlef, shares great advice on how to transition students back to school following an extended break including…
 
Unplug and Get those ZZZs   
  • Much like summer, winter break brings loosened reins on TV, computer and other media. It’s easy for kids to become night owls when they know they can sleep in the next morning. Both of these habits can make the first week back to school challenging, even for the most motivated student. Before sending him back to the grind, taper back on screen time and ease back to a reasonable bedtime.
 
Remember Breakfast
  • If your family adopts a “fend-for-yourself” attitude about breakfast during vacations, it’s time to change gears. Healthy, filling breakfasts are one of the most important factors in a child’s ability to focus in class. If he arrives at school hungry, he will likely be sluggish and distracted from the get-go. If the breakfast he did eat consisted of sugary cereal or doughnuts on the fly, he will often experience an energy decline an hour into the day. Start his day off right with a nutritious and filling breakfast, such as oatmeal or toast with peanut butter.
 
Get Organized   
  • Take inventory of your child’s school supplies. Does he need refills on paper or pencils? Is his binder exploding with old papers and pages of doodles? Does his backpack have granola bar wrappers crumpled at the bottom? Help him return to school with pencils sharpened and notebook organized. His teacher will thank you!
 
Read…and not just with your child.
  • Get back into the habit of scanning the notes that come home from school. For many kids, their initial enthusiasm for filing these notes in an organized way will have waned. Take the time each day to check for letters and flyers from the school. Though some of it may not be pertinent, this habit will make life much easier for everyone when the time comes for permission slips to be turned in or conferences to be scheduled.
 
Check In  
  • You may have had a parent-teacher conference just before the holiday season. If not, take a moment this month to check in with the teacher about your child’s progress, especially if you have concerns. It is still early enough in the year to work on behavior or skills that are holding him back from reaching his full potential in his current grade. If you are confident your child is cruising along quite nicely, a quick email to ask his teacher if there is anything you need to know or can do at home will help keep the lines of communication open.
 
REPORT Cards
  • Report cards will be sent home with students this week unless parents picked them up at parent-teacher conferences!
 
ENCORE Q4
  • ENCORE Quarter 4 classes begin March 25 and run through May 16, 2019The deadline to register and pay for Quarter 4 Encore classes is March 18, 2019. For more information including complete completed course descriptions, please go to our website!!
 
This Week
 
Monday, March 25th 
  • Welcome Back from Spring Break!
 
Wednesday, March 27th
  • PIC Birthday Treat at lunch
  • Prospective Parent Night for NEW Middle School Students ONLY at 6:00 pm
 
Thursday, March 28th
  • Basketball Banquet at 4:00 pm
 
 
Warmly,
 
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County