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Norwalk Warriors I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, August 26, 2010 "Green" Ughting (NAPS)--When it comes to energy efficiency, LED (light- emitting diode) lights can be a bright idea. There are sev- eral reasons why: LED technology is longer lasting and less toxic than fluorescent options. The lights radiate very little heat that can damage sensitive objects and fabrics, making them an excellent choice for table, floor and desk lamps. Compared to traditional incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, LED tech- nologies have lower enemy con- sumption and a Abyss T~ longer life, and tam~ offer lighting options ranging from the sculptural to the functional * Even classic lighting fix- tures can benefit frmn LEIFs bright, energy-efficient light sources. For example, the Artemide Tolomeo Classic Table Lamp is a sleek lamp with modern styling that usos LEDs fur greater onesqgy e~iency and re~ wRh- out losing the feel and func- tionality of a classically designed piece. While LED tedmplogiea can be used in traditional lighting, their size and low- heat output offer creative options, such as the Moooi Raimond Suspension Light, a new sculptural fixture that's as much a piece of art as a functional smIrce of light LEDs can operate for more than 50,000 hours; incandescents forjust 1,000. This means the simply styled Ninety Task Light, considered "the world's most energy-effi- cient LED task light," can be a superbly efficient, functional modern masterpiece for y ars. Learn more about these and other fine lighting from YLighting at www.ylighting. com and (866) 428-9289. . The youngest president was Theodore Roosevelt, who was 42 when sworn in after William McKinley's death in 1901. President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV, but took his step father's last name of Clinton at the age of 14. OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal School Anxiety Every child has days when he or she doesn't want to go to school. Children suffering from school anxiety, however, feel that they can't go to school. Fortunately, only about two percent of school-age children develop school anxiety, and virtually all of them can learn to overcome it with the help of parents, teachers and coun- selors. What causes school anxiety? There are a variety of reasons why a child may feel he or she can't go to school. The most common are the fear of being bullied, test or performance anxiety and social isolation from class- mates. Is school anxiety different from being a truant? Yes. Children who skip school to be defiant are truants. Chil- dren who have school anxiety are actually psychologi- cally afraid to go to school. How does this problem start? There usually is some event that launches a child into feeling that he or she cannot attend school. For example, school anxiety could occur after a child has been out of school for a long pe- riod; if the child suffers from an illness; if the child is attending a new school; if the child has experienced a huge embarrassment; or if the child is the victim of a bully. What if the child complains of medical problems? Sometimes children feel physically sick even if they aren't. It is important to determine if the source of the sickness is physical or psychological. If the family phy- sician or scho.ol nurse rules out physical problems, the child's family and the school must insist that the child keep attending class and work together to find a solu- tion. How long does it last? That depends on the approach taken to treat the problem. The most important thing is to make sure that the child attends school every da}; even if it is traumatic. The longer they stay home, the harder it is to get them back in school. What are the long-term consequences? If a child doesn't go to school, his grades and peer relationships suffer. This can, if allowed to continue, lead to long- term problems such as getting into college, or even work- related problems far in the future. How is school anxiety treated? It's important that parents and teachers work together to identify what is prompting the school stress. Once the cause is identi- fied, work can begin to find a solution. Usually that means helping a child feel more secure, along with be- havior management techniques to teach him or her how to handle difficult situations. Rarely is it necessary to change the child's teacher or school. What should we tell the child? There are three re- ally important points to get across to a child who is ex- periencing school anxiety: 1. All children must go to school, by law. Staying home is not an option. 2. Their family, teachers and counselors will work with them to address any of the reasons why they feel they cannot attend school. But the child has to work on it as well. 3. Their family loves them, their school respects them and everyone understands that they are feeling stressed. The best path to overcoming school anxiety is recog- nizing the problem earl working with the teachers and counselors to identify the reasons for avoiding school and developing a plan of action to help the child over- come it. 5th & 6th Grade Volleyball League A Norwalk 5th and 6th grade Volleyball League is being formed with games to be played Saturday mornings- during October in Carlisle and the sur- rounding area. The cost is $40 and registration dead- line is Monday, Sept. 6. Practice will begin in September with dates and location to be announced. Volunteer coaches are needed. To register or for more information, email NorwalkVB@hotmail.com. New o School Construction i!i LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. : Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) Construction of the Norwalk High School Auditorium. 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