NOTES FROM MRS. GLENN
Kindergarten Registration at Fredericksburg: Kindergarten Registration will be held on March 16th. There will be NO SCHOOL for our Kindergarten class on March 16th. Parents will receive information on our student handbook, curriculum, expectations, and have the opportunity to ask questions. This session helps for a smooth transition to kindergarten for the children and gives all of us a chance to talk about expectations. We are looking forward to next fall to welcome our incoming kindergarten students.
We will be offering “Kindergarten Connection” classes for parents and students of incoming (school year 2015-2016) kindergarten students. The classes will be held on March 24, 30, April 6 and 13th at the elementary school. These classes will consist of educational activities to do with your children and parent/teacher enrichment sessions as well as home activities. If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please plan to attend these sessions!! (This will be provided free of charge.)
READING IS FUN 2015
CAST YOUR COUGAR SPELL ON READING!!!!
The total after the 3rd week 129,706 minutes. We have until Friday, February 27th so KEEP READING EVERYONE!! ALL time sheets are due by Friday, Feb. 27th!! Upon reaching the goal, on Feb. 27th, there will be a special celebration for K-3 and the 4th and 5th graders will go bowling in Sumner. The staff would like to convey a big thank you to the parents for encouraging their children to read at home. We hope this encouragement continues throughout the whole year. KEEP READING!!
CELEBRATE NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH THIS MARCH!
National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The theme for March 2015 is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages individuals to consume fewer calories, choose nutrient-rich foods and be physically active in order to manage one’s weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes.
Here’s how you can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle:”
- Choose a nutrient-rich breakfast of whole grains, dairy and fruit
- Make half of your grains whole grains
- Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products and lean protein foods (e.g., beef, poultry, pork, fish)
- Skip the “extras” such as added butter, mayonnaise or creamer
- Snack on fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods like nuts or seeds
- Take the stairs instead of riding the elevator or park further away from the store
- Take a walk with a friend or lift weights while watching TV
Why should your child buy school meals? Cafeteria meals are heathier than ever because of new national nutrition standards. Plus, if he gets lunch at school, you can knock “pack lunch” off your to-do-list. Consider these three suggestions.
- Go over the school menu together. He could circle his favorite items and decide what he will put on his tray the next day. Talk up the menu items (“The pork burrito sounds really good!”) If you’re excited about the choices, he’s likely to share your excitement.
- Discuss what he eats at school. What does he like best? What does he throw in the trash? You might suggest that he write to the cafeteria manager to tell her about his favorite meals. He could also mention what he doesn’t like and make recommendations for new foods to serve.
Note: If your youngster had food allergies, alert the cafeteria manager, as well as his teacher and the school nurse. Give each of them a list of foods he’s allergic to, possible reactions, and what to do if he accidentally eats one of them
Pasta, one of America’s most popular foods, is both versatile and budget-friendly. When combined with tomato sauce, fiber-rich vegetable, protein-packed poultry and lean meat or heart-healthy seafood, it can create a delicious, nutrient-rich meal.
Fun Pasta Facts from the National Pasta Association:
- The United States is the second largest producer of pasta (4.4 billion pounds per year).
- The average American eats 20 pounds of pasta annually.
- There are over 600 different shapes of pasta made around the world.
- Not only is pasta available in different shapes, but it also comes in other varieties such as added fiber or omega-3 fatty acids, whole grain or flavors like tomato, spinach, garlic and more!
HOME & SCHOOL CONNECTION: Working Together for School Success
Would you like your child to be more responsible, hardworking and persistent: Here are ideas for working as a family to help your youngster develop these important traits.
A group approach
Thinking of herself/himself as a “team player” can encourage your child to be responsible. Explain that your family operates as a team. Everyone must play a part to get things done. Example: You take your child shopping for clothes and sports equipment. Each morning your child chooses her outfit and keeps track of her bat and glove.
Hard workers wanted
Your youngster probably has regular chores to do. You can motivate her to work extra hard by placing “want ads” on the refrigerator. Choose a challenging job, and offer a benefit. Example: Wanted a hardworking family member to clean out a corner of the basement. Reward – a place for your child and her friends to play.
Sticking it out
Working toward small goals can make it easier to complete a big task. Perhaps your family room needs a fresh coat of paint. Write down the steps (move furniture and lay down drop cloths, prepare walls, roll paint on walls, paint trim). Tell your child you’ll take a fun break after each step is done (go to the playground, take a bike ride).
YOUR CHARACTER COUNTS!
CARING: RED – THINK OF A HEART
In the month of March, our Character Counts! focus will be on CARING. What better way to show that we care than by conducting a food drive for the less fortunate! Non-perishable food items such as paper products, cleaning products, canned and/or boxed food items and toiletries are needed. Please bring your food items to Elementary School.
Caring and the values it represents – compassion, kindness, consideration, forgiveness, charity, generosity, and unselfishness – the heart of ethics. To be genuinely concerned with the well-being of others is an essential quality of a person of character. Caring is essentially others-centered. Caring people take into account how their decisions and actions are likely to affect others. Caring for other people builds the ability to empathize across barriers such as culture, race, and age. Kind and considerate people possess sympathetic or generous qualities that imply an indication to be charitable and do good.