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1 Thursday, February 3, 2011 N/Warren Town and County New Page Nine Making the Right Choices Children can often be delightful. They also can some- times be deceitful or unkind, bullies or victims. Some- times the difference can be in the lessons they learn, both at home and at school. Here are some ways to help your children grow up to be respectful and kind, and to have the self-respect they need to make the right choices, both now and in the future. Trade places. TV shows and movies can be helpful in teaching children how to be more sensitive to others' feelings. When you are watching a program together and one character behaves unkindly to another, pause the movie or ask at the commercial: "Did you notice how mean that character was? How do you think that made the other person feel? What would you do in that situation?" Talk it through together and stress the im- portance of treating people with respect. Face the mirror. Too many children are very skilled at being angels in front of teachers or parents and the opposite when adults are not around. One of the most powerful lessons parents can teach their children is this: The real you is the way you behave when no one is watching. Children need to learn to behave well and treat others well because that is the kind of person they want to be and because that is the only way to respect the person they see in the mirror. Read up. From the time your children first hear bed- time stories through the time they are old enough to. read for themselves, look for books that quietly impart messages about self-discipline, kindness to others, deal- ing with peer pressure and telling the truth. Talk about the stories and see if they have ever been in a situation like the character in the book, or if they know of some- one who has. Share your family values about how best to deal with those situations. Truth or consequences. Every child, at one point or another, will try to lie. Discuss with your children that trust is one of the most important characteristics a per- son can ever have, and that it is very hard to re-earn that trust if people think of them as a liar. Ask them how they would feel if they found out someone had lied to them. As a parent, show in your words and deeds that you are a trustworthy and honest person as well. No excuses. Sometimes, parents are unaware that their children are misbehaving in school until they are notified by a teacher. The problem is that parents too often react with denial. But that does not help anyone, particularly not the child, who learns that he or she can get away with bad behavior at school as long as the par- ents are fooled. If you get that call or note from the teacher, swallow your pride, talk to your child, and make an appointment to meet with the teacher. Stand strong. It is difficult for children to deal with situations in which their classmates, neighbors, siblings, or friends are behaving in a bad or cruel manner. Help them be prepared by role-playing ahead of time-act out situations they might face and see how they would re- act. Talk with them about other ways to deal with the peer pressure, and let them know that, while standing up to their friends or peers might temporarily make them less popular with that group, in the long run they will have earned the respect of those whose opinions matter more. The golden rule. Teach your children to treat others OVIATT ELEMENTARY00 By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Pre-School- K Principal | By Rodney Martinez, 1-2 Principal / the way that the themselves, would like to be treated. Reinforce it at home, by treating your children with re- spect and expecting to be treated respectfully in return. Reinforce it through your church, synagogue, or temple, or through involvement in community activities that work to help others. And, most importantly, show your children you truly believe it by behaving respectfully yourself. LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students One of the great things we have going for us at Lake- wood is tremendous parent involvement. A question we hear often is how we, as parents, can help our child's reading skills outside of school. A recent study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that, among students in fourth grade, "The 68% of students who had three or more different types of reading materials at home performed at the Proficient level, while students who had two or fewer types of reading material at home performed at theBasic level. Students who had four types of reading material at home performed the highest." Similarly, students who discussed their Studies and who talked about reading at home had greater profi- ciency than those who did not. Students of all ages who regularly saw parents and other family members read- ing at home were positively influenced. Other ways to help increase skills: Keep open communication with the teachers and the student.. Point out links between schoolwork and real life situations and go on family outings that reinforce the concepts being learned in school. Volunteer to help out in the classroom or at other school activities. Other key points according to the National Educa- tion Association are: Reading aloud to children is the most important activity parents can do to increase the chances of their children's success. Talking to children about books and stories read to them also supports reading achievement. A home environment that encburages learning is more important to student achievement than income, educational level or cultural background. Three kinds of parent involvement at home are con- sistently associated with higher achievement: actively organizing and monitoring a student's time, helping with homework and discussing school matters. Lakewood would like to thank everyone who do- nated Box Tops for Education last fall. As a result, Lake- wood received a check of over $1,000. This money will be used to further our techology emphasis. We will con- tinue to collect them this spring. The next submission deadline will be February 22-the first day of conferences. Thank you for all of your support. When Children Get Sick: If a child has a fever or other illness, the school nurse or the school secretary will call parents to come and pick up their child. How- ever, the nurse is not permitted to diagnose, so see your physician in regard to illness and injury occurring away from school. A child must remain out of school 24 hours after a fever of 100 degrees or higher has broken, or if applicable, vomiting or diarrhea has stopped. Parents are encouraged to plan ahead for such occasions. If a child feels ill, he/she should come see the nurse and not text their parent(s). After the school nurse contacts the parent and the decision is made to send the stu- dent home, parents are expected to come and pick up their ill child right away. IMPORTANT DATES Feb. 10 5th Grade Vocal at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 No School, Professional Development Feb. 15 7 p.m., Winter Band/Honor Choir Concert Feb. 16 12:05 p.m., Early dismissal Teacher Professional Development Feb. 22 Regular Day/Conferences from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 23 NO SCHOOL K-9, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 NO SCHOOL K-12, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 25 NO SCHOOL K-12 March 14-18 Spring Break BOWLING Concluded from p.8 Nick Dohlman and Brandon Mahlstedt bowled around their averages. The Warriors will travel to Monroe, Saturday, Feb. 5, to continue Little Hawkeye Conference Action. Girls Varsity Results 1. Newton 2,402; 2. Knoxville 2,004; 3. Norwalk 1,792; 4. Pella Christian 1,430. The Norwalk boys found the lane condition tough and struggled throughout the tourney. Alex Weikum led the Warriors with a 292 two-game series. The Warriors found it better going in the baker games to help the team to a third place finish. Lincoln Henry led the Warriors by bowling eight strikes and spares out of 10 attempts. Then the JV boys took over and rolled some fine scores themselves. Aaron Coughennower led the JV A team by being 47 pins over his average. Andy Noble pitched in by bowling 33 pins over his average. Mitch Phipps, Brad Chase and Nick Dohlman bowled around their averages. Austin Schultz led the JV B team by bowling 114 pins over his average. Colin Shaul bowled 58 pins over and Andy Sherer bowled 29 pins over his average. Collin Miller and Brandon Downing bowled around their av- erage. The JV A team finished third, while the JV B team finished in fifth place in the JV tourney. Boys Varsity Results 1. Newton 2,515; 2. Knoxville 2,275; 3. Norwalk 2,095; 4. Pella Christian 1,964. Tle Norwalk coaches, along with the Little Hawkeye Conference coaches, appreciate senior Dave Phillips for proudly singing the National Anthem before the start of the meet. He did an outstanding job. 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