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Thursday, March 18, 2010 N/Warren Town and Country News Page Nine SCHOLARSHIP Concluded from p. 8 sored by IFAA. The IFAA is a non-profit organiza- tion founded in 1988. It is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and ag- ricultural project members to pursue Ag-related ca- reers. IFAA scholarship funds come from a per- centage of Sale of Cham- pions proceeds, as well as Winner's Circle Club do- nations. The 2010 Iowa State Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22. For more information, call 800-545- FAIR or check out www.iowastatefair.org. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or moneyorder for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 DALLY FAMILY VALUE MEALS- $5.99 After 4 p.m. Mon.- Pot Roast Tues.- Beef & Noodles Wed.- Chicken Fried Steak Thurs.- Chicken & Noodles Fri.- Hot Beef Sandwich Sat.- Baby Back Ribs Family Value Meals Include Potato, Green Beans & Dinner Roll lO31 Sunset Dr., Norwalk 981-1031 O00VIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Tame the Teasing Teasing is not only unkind, but can lead to future personality or self-esteem problems; for both the victim and the teaser. Here are a few thimgs parents need to know about teasing. 'Observe Does your child tease a lot? Parents often over- look seriously aggressive behavior. Liistening to the com- ments your child makes and watchiing your child's in- teractions with peers can help detercmine whether you have a teaser in the making. If so, take action. Talking to a school counselor about how to minimize this behav- ior is an excellent first step. Monitor your child's Internet activity. With e-mail, instant messaging and chat rooms, the Intemet has be- come the newest teasing forum. TaJlk with your child about appropriate use of these connmunication meth- ods. Make sure your child avoids using the Intemet to spread rumors, damage reputations, or humiliate oth- ers. Is your child a silent victim? Many victims are too ashamed to tell their parents. Pay attention to changes in your child's behavior and social activities (e.g., loss of appetite, sleeplessness, headaches, nervousness, school avoidance) and let your chifd know that he or she can talk to you if someone is being cruel to them. Prevent Be prepared. Children are most likely to pick on others who are, or who come across as, weaker or dif- ferent. If your child is markedly different from his or her peers, prevent any possible teasing by helping your child develop strong self-confidence and self-esteem. Work with the school. Does your child's school have a policy that addresses teasing:? If not, bring it up for discussion. Many schools have character education programs that may also help prevenlt aggressive behav- ior. Strength in numbers. Boys and girls with a good group of friends are less likely to be.  the victim of teas- ing. Help your child cultivate a group of buddies. En- courage social and group activities -- from Scouts to sports teams--to give your child peter support. Take Action If your child is the victim of teasing:: Report it to the school. Elementary and middle school children can be very sly in their abuse of others, much of which escapes detection by adults. Report any harassment to the teacher as soon as you become aware of it. Involve the school counselor and, if necessary, the principal. Schools are more aware than ever of the nega- tive implications of teasing and are implementing pro- grams to address the problem. Teach coping skills. There are excellent materials written for children who are victims of teasing. Ask if your school counselor has a program to help children cope. Check out online resources (e.g., www.no- bully.org, www.antibullying.net, www.bullying.org, www.ncpc.org) and books for children and adults. Role- play with your children about how to respond when they are being harassed, showing them how to come across as strong and self-confident. Above all, take ac- tion to help them realize that it is the teasers, not them- selves, who are troubled. Work together until the problem is fixed. You, your child, your family members, teachers, counselors and the school will all need to work together until the issues are resolved. Most importantly, children need to know that their home is a safe haven, a place where they will not be teased by siblings or parents, a place where they can relax and be themselves. clip and save Norwalk Schools Phone Directory Central OfficeAdministration High School (Grades 10-12) High School Activities Eastview 8/9 School Middle 6/7 School Lakewood Elementary (Grades 4-5) Oviatt Elementary (Grades PreK-3) Transportation Office (Bus Barn) Food Service/Nutrition Office Building & Grounds Office 981-0676 981-4201 981-4204 981-9655 981-0435 981-1850 981-1005 981-0016 981-9876 981-0917 SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *COMMUNITY STATE BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS CUSTOM embroidery/screen print - 953-6306 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *MAID RITE SANDWICH SHOP 981-1031 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 981-0434 or 981'4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS By Ken Foster, 6-7, Principal School Physical Education Leaders Train in PE4Life Approach and Principles Sixth through twelfth grade Norwalk physical education teachers, health teachers and a lrincipal recently attended a PE4Life Introductory Workshop in Rogers, AR. PE4Life serves as a catalyst for change in the physical education world through the followilng Core Principles: Be directed to all students, not just the athletically in- clined; offer a variety of fitness, sport, leisure and adventure activities; provide a safe and encouraging learning environment; utilize individual assessments; incorporate current: technology; extend beyond the walls of the gymnasium; and ideally, be of- fered to every child every day. The workshop was funded by a scholarship awarded through the U.S. Depart- ment of Education, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin, making it possible for school districts like Norwalk to attend a PE4Life workshop. A team of seven members was chosen to attend the two-day workshop where each experienced the following: How to integrate PE4Life core principles; the modeling of best practices; "Real Time" ob- servation (kids in action); and a seven-step action planning process. Upon returning home, the team was able to immediately integrate several principles in the class- room and the gymnasium. The next steps for the Norwalk team are to seek out community support, potential funders who would like to partner with them and begin making a difference in the health and wellness of the children in the district and surrounding community. For more information on how to become involved in this new endeavor, contact Charity Campbell or Ken Foster at Norwalk Middle School at 981-0435. Check out our new state-of-the-art tire machine that does low profile tires! WE SELL MAJOR BRANDS OF TIRES. Mounting Tire Rotation Balancing Alignment Check Valve Stems ,Old Tire Disposal "We service all makes and models/" TED'S USED CARS & AUTO REPAIR 602 Sunset Dr. 515-981-0649 Since 1966