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Thursday, April 4, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Putting School Work First Never before has home- work been so controver- sial. Busy parents and overscheduled children argue that either there is too much homework or that schoolwork should be done in school. Teachers and principals, however, view homework as a way to reinforce classroom les- sons or give students needed extra practice. There are many ways that parents, schools and stu- dents, working together, can put homework first while making it seem like less of a burden. What is the policy? Ask about the district, school, or teacher's homework policy. Is there a set amount of time your chil- dren are expected to spend on homework each night? Ask how often there will be special assignments or long-term home-based projects. Knowing the an- swers to these questions can help you and your child schedule the neces- sary time to complete the work. Watch the time. Some children work faster than others and some assign- OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students ments are longer than oth- fine, but 50 is excessive. ers are. However, if your •Brain busters. Talk child is spending hours with the teacher if your every night on homework, children consistently do check for: not understand their as- •Distractions. Is yoursignments. child studying in a quiet, • Brainless. Is every- well-lit place? Do not let thing just too easy? Does television, phone calls, or your child mock the sim- siblings distract him or her plicity of the assignments? from completing the work. Let the teacher know. • Advice. Is there some- • Unpredictable. If your one available to answer child is overwhelmed with quick-questions about as- homework one day and signments? has none the next, find out • Tools. Does your child why. Sometimes, kids put have the tools (i.e., paper, off projects until the last pen, calculator, dictionary) minute- which means you needed to complete theneed to work with them on assignment? organizing their study • Attitude. The atti- time. Families should ex- tudes of children are often pect a relatively consistent affected by the attitudes of homework load during parents and caregivers, theweek. Children need to see that Scale back. If your you support your child's child's life is so full of af- need to complete both ter-school and weekend schoolwork and home- activities that he or she has work. no time or energy for Share concerns. An oc-homework, perhaps it is casional homework over- time to reevaluate. These load is not grounds for a activities should never re- heart-to-heart with the place school as the pri- teacher. Below are some mary focus of a child's life. signs that it is time for a Stop yourself. Many conference or a note. parents "help" their chil- • Busywork. 15-20mul- dren by doing some of tiplication problems or their homework. This is spelling words at a time is never OK. It is far better to SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 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 send a note to the teacher explaining why your child did not finish the assign- ment. Stay involved. Show your children Y0u care about what they are doing in s eck their as- signment books every day to help them keep track of what's due next and what projects are coming up. Review their homework, even checking in with them while they are work- ing on it. Most importanfl give your child credit. Praise the work they do. Compli- ment their study habits. Stay on them if they slack off, but give them credit for all they are doing and learning. Nothing could be more important. RAILROAD FUNDRAISER The Iowa Railroad His- torical Society is hosting a fundraiser auction at the ]ames H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Cen- ter Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the historical society. Th, e auction's theme is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Silent auction from 1 p.m. at the NORWALK ],IBI 1051Noat h Ave. 981-0217 Monday, April 8 Tiny Tots with Debbie Doo Wop, 9:30 a.m. Mon- days until April 8, "we welcome Debbie Doo Wop back to the library to lead the Tiny Tots Music Class. Join us- for songs, instruments and fun! Ages 1-5. Registration is required (space is limited). Book Buddies, 6-7 p.m. Monday nights through April 22, high school and elementary school students pair up for an hour of reading and crafts. High school students can earn up to 5+ hours of volunteering credit. Registration is required. Tuesday, April 9 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. Novel Year Book Club, 6-8 p.m. This bi-monthly adult book club consists of three sessions, including a book discussion and extension activities such as films, speakers or social events related to the text. Tonight we'll have an extension activity related to the book The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. Wednesday, April 10 Wee Ones Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For infants to 18 months, join us for lapsit stories, finger plays "and songs! Parents: expect full interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for a one- one or one-two parent to child ratio. Thursday, April 11 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Join us for-stories, fin- ger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect lots to 3:30 p.m. and the Live of interaction with your little ones and some helpful b auction at 2:30 p.m. Auc- tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. tion services to be pro- NCAA DivisionI : vided by Sunstrom Auc- Wres nng unamp,onsmps:'"--t .... tion Service. There will be a Live Auction as well as Silent Auction. Admission is $8, Advanced tickets available at the Boone and Scenic Valley website and by phone. Light fare provided by HyVee Boone, wine samples from Snus Hill Winery, beer samples from Boone Valley Brewing and delicious desserts from the Village Inn, Ames. There are auction items for all price ranges with items ranging from airplane rides, a Boone and Scenic Valley Dinner Train ride for up to 48, Disney World tickets, antique car rides, Green Bay Packers signed football two dinners at a variety of excellent central Iowa area restaurants as well as many more items listed online. For list of auction items, see the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad website at www.scenic-valleyrr.com, or call 1-800-626-0319. Des Moines Breaks Fan Fest Records Preliminary: calculations show that Greater Des Moines experienced a $15 million economic impact from NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships that were held at Wells Fargo Arena, March 21-23. i "We've received consid able pos'!ti/ve eedback fyol?3 our community partners and the hospitality industry," said Greg Edwards, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau/Des Moines Area Sports Commission President & CEO. "It was a team effort and we couldn't be more'proud." Notable successes surrounding the week's event in- dude: The Iowa Hall of Pride saw 2,458 people through their doors; free admission was provided by Atlantic Bottling and Farm Bureau. Des Moines broke overall recorded Fan Fest attendance records, with attendance growing each day. "Breaking the NCAA Wrestling Fan Festival atten- dance record is a true testament to the hard work the LOC and NCAA put in to add additional programming, including the addition of screens showing live wresting action," stated Global Spectrum's Chris Connolly, Gen- eral Manager of the Iowa Evenfs Center. "Providing a first-class experience to all student-athletes and fans was a high priority for the LOC and Fan Festivai was a prime example of that." The LOC (Local Organizing Committee) was made up of Iowa State University, Polk County, Global Spec- trum (Iowa Events Center) and the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau/Des Moines Area Sports Commission. USED SERVING 7"HE NORWALK AREA SINCE 1966 REPAIR We Repair All Makes & Models! 802 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 Phone: 515-981-0649 • Residence: 515-287-6512 WE'RE A 4llA AUTO CARE CENTER C*E~tTI~II~D