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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, April 7, 2011 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal After-School Should Not Be An Afterthought After-school programs and activities can be wonder- fully enriching, providing children with opportunities to stretch their minds, exercise their bodies, learn team- work and build social skills. Today's range of available activities is greater than ever-from computer classes to cheerleading clinics, music lessons to Scout troops, art and dance to football and soccer. Here are some impor- tant things to consider when enrolling your children in after-school programs: Whose idea is it? Try to make sure that your child has at least some interest in the club, sport, or lesson you are signing him or her up for. What if you want them to attend and they don't want to? Incentives can work wonders. Together, set two goals. The first is yours: spell out the activity you want them to participate in, the amount of time you want them to devote and the attitude you want them to have about it. The second is theirs: by following your rules and achieving the goals you set for them, decide on the spe- cial privilege or reward they can earn. How intense is it? Some after-school gy-mnastics pro- gi:ams are a great excuse for children to bum off energy and learn a few new skills. Others are totally focused on training the next Olympian, Find the program that really fits what you and your child are looking for. Can it help your child academically, athletically, or socially? All children have areas of strength and areas where they need some enrichment or encouragement. After-school programs can help with both! Choose one, activity that lets your child expand on his or her strengths and try to find another one that offers a chal- lenge. For example, enroll an athletic child in a basket- ball league and in the library-reading club, or sign up a shy youngster in Scouts as well as an art or music class. What kind of commitment are they looking for? Your 10-year-old may have just what the coach or in- structor has always dreamed of-amazing flexibility, ar- tistic talent, a perfect butterfl~ or a 90 mph serve. But be wary of problems that expect your child to commit to four days a week or more. Children still need time to do their schoolwork, sleep 10 hours a night and to "chill." Have you heard good feedback from other parents and children? The best after-school programs get great reviews from children and their parents. If just the par- ents are raving about a program, your children may be sorry you signed them up. If just the children are crazy about it, it may be too lax or too expensive to meet your needs. Are you over-scheduling? Unstructured playtime is very important for children. It is a great time for them to use their imaginations, "veg out," or just have fun. Be sure that you do not take their childhood away from them by filling every after-school hour with "enrich- ing" activities. While there are many things to consider when contemplating after-school programs, remember also that anything you do is better than the all too-com- mon alternative-letting your children decide, every da)9 what they want to do after school. Too many children today fritter away their childhoods watching television or playing computer/video games. Whatever after' school program you choose, help your children see that. life is not a spectator sport. Middle School Wrestling News Norwalk Middle School had several stu- dents compete in the youth state wrestling championships. Seventh grader Cassie Brazelton competed in the Iowa Girls State meet held at Des Moines North High School. Brazelton bested cal tournaments." Finally, Spencer Hutchinson was also a state AAU qualifier .after finishing. 3rd at the Indianola district. Hutchinson was a state champ in this meet as a 5th grader and found himself in the finals after winning SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 year anniversary sale *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 *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 Indianola. He wrestled in the 145 lb class and lost his first match, but came back to pin his next opponent in the wrestle backs. He was then eliminated in the next wrestle back. Rudolph said, "State is a great expe- rience and it feels good when all of your hard work pays off." Sixth grader Tyler Hirl also wrestled at the state AAU tournament via his 4th place finish at Indianola. He ran into some tough wrestlers at the state meet and was eliminated after dropping both of his matches. Hirl said, "Wrestling has helped my confidence and I have met many friends through the sport." Another 6th grader, Dylan Lane, won the Dis- trict title in Indianola and mowed through the early rounds at State AAU which put him one match from placing in the quaterfinals. Unfortu- nately for Lane, he lost his quarterfinal match. One more win on the back side would put him on the medal stand but lost a very hard-fought match 2-0. Lane said, "I enjoy the state tournament because of the challenge and be- cause you get to wrestle different kids from all over the state, instead of the same ones at all of the lo- SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: