We are starting the third quarter…let’s finish the last 18 weeks of school strong! Take a look at these tips and see what you can implement today. Want some help? Ask your child’s teacher or contact Ms. Guelig!
At Orchard House School
4th Grade Girls
November 3rd, 2018, 9:00AM – 2:00PM FREE! – Lunch is provided
Space is limited. You MUST register to attend.
See link below to register!
Have a question about an app your child wants to download? Wondering how to find ways to connect with your child when life gets super busy? Is your your child testing your limits and you need a new perspective? Want to get your child on the right track for strong work habits? Browse through the resources below for ideas and strategies that will help support your child this summer.
Explore the commonsense media website with your kiddos:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews -use the search function to look up apps on your child’s phone, and together, find out what these apps are really about and how to monitor your child’s use. Kids use these apps to talk to each other, and we are seeing bullying issues arise from this. Know what they are doing on the apps, and what the safety concerns are.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns -is a place for parents to find information about apps, screen time, building character, being safe online, etc.
Find one tool from this resource to try out with your child:
http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools – looking for conversation starters? Want some ideas on how to get siblings to get along better? How to talk about divorce to your child? Ideas on how to keep your child safe? Wanting your child to be a better friend? All of these topics are available with helpful resources.
Career Exploration is SO important at this age…kids start eliminating career possibilities if they don’t see them as an option early on. Exposure, exposure, exposure!
http://www.vaview.vt.edu/parents – such a cool website for parents and kids to explore. There are activities, games, and information for younger kiddos and the older ones. Have fun with this resource! There is a section for parents, K-5, and 6-8. Help your kids make the connection between school and jobs.
For Parents of Rising Middle Schoolers:
http://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/news/back-to-school/guiding-our-children-through-school-transitions-middle-school -guiding your rising 6th grader through the middle school transition.
Learning Success and Support:
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success – this resource is FULL of activities and information on how to help your child with learning and work habits that will set them up for success.
It is common for friendships among girls to become rocky upon the entrance to middle school. It is about this time, our girls begin to realize their friends are changing (and they, themselves, are changing), and the waters become deeper and less clear. While we cannot fix all the friendship issues they will face, we, together, can help support them as they problem-solve on their own. One important recommendation is to limit the phone and computer use at home. At the school, we are seeing issues stem from texting and group texting that takes place on the phone, computer, and on apps. They have not yet built up the emotional boundaries and filters to handle the amount of “online social connectedness” they are engaging in…it becomes too much for them to process. At this age it is completely ok and recommended for kids to “unplug” from their phones, and are on them in small doses and with monitored use.
The 6th grade course registration process has begun, and we want to make everything go as smoothly as possible…we know it can be a lot if this is your first experience with middle school. We got you! Ms. Guelig, our school counselor, has prepared a Middle School Registration Packet filled with everything you will need to know about registering your child for 6th grade courses. There is even a checklist so you can keep it all straight!
Hungary Creek is our feeder school…IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT ATTEND HUNGARY CREEK NEXT YEAR, Please let Ms. Guelig know so that she can reach out to another middle school for information.
IMPORTANT: Please make every effort to attend the Hungary Creek Curriculum Fair next week…Thursday, January 18th at 6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to see Hungary Creek and and learn about courses for next year!