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Thursday, December 2, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-K Principal and Rodney Martinez lst-2nd Principal The Art of Giving Schools across the country are getting children as young as kindergartners and preschoolers involved in service learning-a blend between community service and expanded instruction. Many service-learning advocates feel that by. helping others, children can learn responsibility, build character and citizenship and discover the special joys of giving. Clearly, with benefits like these, it is no Wonder that more and more schools are making service-learning part of the curriculum. But for it to really have an impact on children, it must be equally encouraged at home. Here are some ideas to try: Start young. Encourage even the youngest children to look for ways to help others. There is usually someone "littler" who needs a "big girl,, or "big boy" to help or someone older who will, with a wink and a nod, be eager for a youngster to "help" them with a job. Show that YOU care. Whether you can give an hour a day or an hour a month, let your children see you volunteer your time to help those in need. If you can, bring them along as extra hands and let them see the smiles on the faces of the people you are helping. Go outside of your regular areas of interest. For many families, the core of their charitable involvement is their church, temple, or mosque. If that is the case in your household, look around for occasional ways that you can step in to help others as well, "Giving times two" can help children grow up to be even more dedicated to helping others. Use the news, but in moderation. Many children respond enthusiastically but very emotionally to crises, like hurri- canes and other disasters. They hear about them on the news and feel the need to help. Talk with them about ways that they might be able to help-from making home- made cards for victims to participating in a charity drive. Tap into their talents. Is your little one a budding chef? Encourage him to have a bake sale to help a local family who lost their home in a fire? Do you have an artist in residence? See if she will submit a "masterpiece" to a charity putting together a fundraising calendar. And anyone can help pick up litter, give love to pet in a helter, or read to children who just need some extra attention. Make it a family affair. Everyone wins when the whole household gets involved in an effort to heip oth- ers. Some families even make volunteering a part of their children's weekly allow- ance requirements: Cast-offs can be a first step. As your children outgrow toys, games and clothes, make a big,deal of how you're going to pass them on to others who need them-either younger relatives or charities, such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Encourage them to come with you when you drop the boxes off so they can hear the "thank yous" too. Trade off. Invite your friends', relatives', or neighbors' children to join you when you are working on a project for others and encourage them to ask your children along when SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *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 they do service learning. Service learning is not about accumulating hours that can be put on an application for college or a job. It is a commitment to helping your children learn how to make the world a better place. [ LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY By Jill Anderson, Principal Dave Oleson, Dean of Students A parent called and our conversation was based on what actually makes students motivated to read. It is not a secret that numerous studies prove that wide reading improves children's comprehension, background, knowledge, vocabulary, fluency and writing (Krashen, 2004). The answer is simple- students must spend substantial time applying the reading skills and strategies we teach before they develop reading proficiency. To become good readers, students must read and read and read. Many times our kids see reading as a "school job"- not as an activity in which they would willingly engage outside school. Some advice that I might have is to teach your child to carry a book wherever they go and to enjoy a few minutes of reading time. Those stolen moments add up over the year. At Lakewood, each teacher requests that each student reads 40 books from a vari- ety of genres throughout the year. Another method of getting students involved in reading within the classrooms is to have "read alouds" where the teacher will read their favorite book to the students. This is an avenue in which the teachers can model expression and fluency with the students. The teachers try to introduce a wide range of books and authors through read alouds and shared reading. By dedicating read- ing time, recommending books, exposing students to a variety of texts and authors and validating their reading choices, I've seen students' interest and motivation to reading increase. I have to remind myself that education is not all about paperwork and account- ability. Literature and common sense remind me of what I know by instinct and experience. I know that the relationship between the student and the teacher is the most significant predictor of student learning. I feel as if the Norwalk teachers have a nice balance of caring deeply while at the tim0 have high expectation for the students. Each year, the kids do a culture survey and for every teacher there is a conference looking at the perceptions of the students. The teachers set goals about classroom climate and try to look through the "eyes of children" about how their classroom looks. If you have any concerns, please contact your child's teacher first, talk to the counselor or never hesitate to call Dave Oleson or myself. We can't fix things if we don't know about it. Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Jan. 3 Jan. 17 Jan. 19 Feb. 10 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 IMPORTANT DATES .... Fourth Grade Vocal Concert 7 p.m. at Lakewood Holiday Hop at Lakewood after school until 4:30 Classes Resume No School, Teacher Work Day 12:05 p.m., Early dismissal Teacher Professional Development Fifth Grade Vocal at 7 p.m. No School, Professional Development 7 p.m., Winter Band/Honor Choir Concert 12:05 p.m., Early dismissal Teacher Professional Development Regular Day/Conferences from 5-8 p.m. NO SCHOOL K-9, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. N0 gCI400L K.12, Conferences 10 a.m.-8 p.m. NO SCHOOL K-12 BOWLING Concluded from p.8 Norwalk bowling teams will be starting their year with the Knoxville Invitational Saturday, Dec. 4, at Fairlane Bowl in Knoxville. The Sub-Varsity will see their first action at Clarke of Osceola Saturday, Dec. 11, and a Little Hawkeye Conference meet Saturday, Dec. 18, at Cardinal Lanes in Newton. NHS Bowling Schedule Dec. 4 Knoxville Invitational (Varsity Only) Fairlane Bowl 1 p.m. Dec. 11 Norwalk at Clarke (Osceola) Alley Bowl V-JV 1 p.m. Dec. 18 LHC Meet at Cardinal Lanes in Newton V-JV 2 p.m. Jan. 8 Regional Tournament at Cardinal Lanes in Newton (Varsity Only) 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15 LHC Meet at Val Lanes in West Des Moines (V-JV) 12 p.m. Jan. 22 LHC Meet at Adel Lanes in Adel (V-JV) 12 p.m. Jan. 29 LHC Meet at'Fairlane Bowl in Knoxville (V-JV) i p.m. Feb. 5 LHC Meet at Mustang Lanes in Monroe (Varsity Only) 1 Feb. 12 LHC Meet at Excit-A-Bowl in Pella (V-JV) I p.m. Feb. 19 Substate Tourney TBD (Varsity Only) Time TBD Feb. 24 State Tournament at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines I p.m. p.m. Norwalk Wrestlers Are Busy Helping Out The Norwalk High School Wrestling team has been very busy. Saturday, Nov. 13, the wrestlers completed their annual highway clean up project. The wrestlers jogged from the high school to the north side of town. They picked up several bags of trash along Hwy 28 and then jogged back to the school. Friday, Nov. 19, the wrestlers helped clean up after a Chamber of Commerce event held at the Wright Place. "This is a great way to start off this year's season," stated Coach Darin Sehreck. These events align with the High School's philosophy on ser- vice-learning projects. The first home wrestling meet of the year will be Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. This will also be the First Annual Alumni Night. All former wrestlers of Norwalk are encouraged to attend and will be recognized during the meet. The team would also Concluded p.10