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SCHOOL and SPORTS Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Thursday, August 12, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Pre-School-K Principal By Rodney Martinez, 1-2 Principal Is Your Child Ready for School? Many parents of preschool-age children are on edge about their child's birth date being "on the cusp." While the cut-off dates for kindergarten enrollment vary among states, the question is still the same: "If my child's birthday is close to the cut-off date, should I send my child early or wait a year?" The tips below can help your decide. Know Your Child. Is your preschooler excited about the idea of going to school and interested in learning new things and meeting new children, or is the idea of "leaving home" to go to school frightening? Shy chil- dren may do better by waiting a year, where eager learn- ers may risk being bored if they stay home. If your child is near the cut-off age and reluctant to start school, you may want to delay for a year and enroll him or her in activities like pre-K or Head Start, as well as group ac- tivities with other children. Talk to Teachers. If your child is in day care, pre-K, preschool, or Head Start, ask the teacher if your child is "ready" for kindergarten. Kids behave differently when they are away from home, so the teacher will be able to give you good information on your child's ability to lis- ten, follow directions and play with others It is also important to find out if your child knows basic num- bers, shapes and colors. Depending on your school dis- trict, new kindergarteners also may be expected to know how to write their names and how to recognize the let- ters 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 kin- dergarten 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 closing 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 money can 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 in terms of being ready to learn, it is better to try to find afford- able 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 stan- dardized tests, especially in elementary school and may :Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. be seen as leaders among their classmates. However, v:: Practice starts the first there are disadvantages, too. Children who are "old" ':"i~ dayof SchQol Wednesday, for their grade are at higher risk of dropping out ofhigh ~ii'Aug: 25, immediate!y after school. Sometimes these older children can use their ~ school..Practices will gen- greater size and age to bully other, younger children. .erally:run two hours. In addition, some children feel that they are being :: ...... punished or have done something wrong when preschool playmates start kindergarten while a year. The bottom line is that parents need all of the things outlined above, talk to their school teachers and make the choice child's individual strengths and needs. Junior Warrior Football Camp Monday, July 26, the Junior Warrior Football Camp kicked off. The camp went through Thurs- day, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each morning and was offered to any incom- ing seventh and eighth grade football player Over 70 players regis- tered and each camper re- ceived a t-shirt, a trophy and a handful of freeze pops. Monday and Tues- day, the campers went through offensive and de- fensive stations, offensive and defensive individual periods and a period of team where they worked on huddle, formations and plays. Wednesday was a day in which the campers were able to go through indi- vidual instruction again along with a period for team and ended the day by practicing a little Norwalk Middle School Football Update For the upcoming school year all seventh and eighth grade participants must have a current physi- cal on file before the player may participate. This physical must run for the entire length of the season. Best practice is to have a new physical for the start of the season. The Parent Permission/ Insurance Waiver/Emer- gency Medical card must be on file before the player may participate. These forms can be found in the middle school office. Player equipment will be handed out for eighth graders only Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Player equipment will be handed out for seventh graders only Thursday, Members of the Warrior Football Camp held July flickerball. Thursday was a day of competition and testing. The players started the morning by going through one-on-one com- petition with the receivers and quarterbacks going against the defensive backs, the running backs going against the lineback- ers and the offensive line- man going against the de- fensive lineman. The next part of the morning brought on six separate physical tests. Each camper was tested in the 40-yard dash, the 10- yard dash, the pro agility, the Georgia Square, pushups and the standing long jump. Next up for the boys Thursday morning was the flickerball tourna- ment. To end the day, a group photo was taken with all of the campers and each of the high school players who helped coach throughout the camp and the trophies were handed out. The camp was a success 26-29. Photo submitted. and many thanks to this year's middle school foot- ball staff seventh grade coaches Marshall En- derlin, Joe Kuhn, Frank Roth and Mike Elbert and the eighth grade coaches Jeff Grabe, Adam Wuestewald and Brandon Stoulil. 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