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Thursday, August 11, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine .a.4 ACTIVITIES OFFICE Concluded from p.8 High School or at the district-wide registration evenings. Activity passes are also available as part of a Norwalk Athletic Booster Club membership. Gold Passes are available for senior citizens free of charge. Any retired seniors are eligible to obtain a Gold Pass" for admission to all activities. All passes may be purchased or obtained during the district-wide registration evenings on August 9 and August 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Eastview Cafeteria at the Athletic / Activities Office table. OVIATT Concluded from p.1 trict, new kindergarteners also may be expected to know how to write their names and how to recognize the letters of the alphabet. Knowing what your children know will help you decide if they are ready for the next step. Boys and Girls. There is often--but not always--a difference between boys and girls when it comes to kindergarten readiness, which is why it is more common for boys to delay kindergarten than girls. Some children whose birthdays are close to the school cut-off have a hard time sitting quietly in a classroom and focusing. These social skills are just as important to kindergarten success as knowing the alphabet. Many times, these more active boys and girls are more successful when they delay kindergarten. Physical "Fitness." There are two kinds of physical skills that kindergarteners must have: "Gross motor skills" are whole-body skills, like hopping and skipping; "Fine motor skills" are things like dosing a zipper or buttoning a shirt or coat, cutting out an outline from paper using safe scissors and coloring. Add to those areas the important fact that kindergarteners need to be able to use the toilet on their own and wash their hands afterward. Money Matters. Public kindergarten is free. Another year of preschool or day care is not. Sometimes moneycan influence a parent's decision of whether to send a child to kindergarten. If your child is really not ready for school, though, either in terms of behavior or being ready to learn, it is better to try to find affordable pre-K, Head Start, or other programs. Certainly, there can be advantages for children who start school a little later. They may do better on standardized tests, especially in elementary school, and may be seen as leaders among their classmates. But there are disadvantages, too. Children who are "old" for their grade are at higher risk of dropping out of high school. Some- times these older children can use their greater size and age to bully other, younger children., And some children feel that they are being punished or have done some- thing wrong when their preschool playmates start kindergarten while they wait a year. The bottom line is that parents need to think about all of the things outlined above, talk to their child's preschool teachers and make the choice that best fits their child's individual strengths and needs. SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES b 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 *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 South Suburban YMCA Activities The South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Road, is taking registra- tions for the following pre- school programs, Tum- bletots and Art and the parent/child programs~ Tiny Tumblers and Art Adventurers, that begin the week of Monday, Sept. 5. The fee is $40 per session or $20 for YMCA mem- bers. The fee for the par- ent/child session is $30 or $15 for members. Contact Jen Merschbrock, 285- 0444, or jen,merschb rock@dmymca.org, for in- formation on days and times. Ages for preschool programs are 3-5 and par- ent/child classes 18 months-3 years. Pre-regis- tration is required. Rool/ie flag football is a program designed to teach four-year-old and kinder- garten age youth funda- mental skills of YMCA flag football. They will practice passing, receiving, defense and learn basic rules in fun and energetic atmo- sphere. This six-week pro- gram starts Saturda)~ Sept. 17 and takes place Satur- day mornings at the South Suburban YMCA. The fee for this program is $67 and $47 for YMCA members. Participants will receive a t-shirt. For more informa- ~tion, contact the South Suburban YMCA at 285- 0444, or mike.renze@dmy mca,org. Registrations are now being accepted for the South Suburban YMCA youth flag football leagues. Leagues are avail- able for youth in 1st-6~ ~rade. Teams will play an eight-week session. Games will be played Saturday mornings and practices will be held one or two nights per week. The reg- istration deadline for this program is Frida36 Sept. 2. The fee is $98 or $68 for YMCA members. League play starts Saturday, Sept. 17, for 1~t-4~ grade and Sunday, Sept. 11, for 5~h-6~ grade (one-time Sunday game). Players receive a team jerse36 mouth guard and a medal. Volunteer coaches are needed. For more information, contact the South Suburban YMCA, at 401 E. Army Post Road, or 285-0444, or mike.renze@dmymca.org. The nam~ of a number For example, was named aRer its Seattle, and the Hudson River and Hudson Bay are bofl~ named for English explorer Henry Hudson. LAKEWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL Bryce Kohls Jordan Anderson Nicole Alexander Thora Petersen. Photos submitted.