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Open Day @ SIS

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Learning is for everyone

To raise a curious, thoughtful youngster, show her that learning doesn’t end when you grow up. Here’s how:

  • Share your discoveries. You’ve probably asked your child after school, “What did you learn today?” Why not tell her what you’ve learned, too? You could take turns around the dinner table sharing one thing you know now that you didn’t know when you woke up.
  • Ask questions. Have you ever wondered why geese fly in a V formation or whether an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable? Try asking your youngster. If she doesn’t know either, look it up in a book or online. She’ll see that you want to learn new things—even though you’re an adult!

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Improve your child’s reading skills by reading yourself!

We are so happy to see all of our parents and students at our Parent-Teacher Conversations today, focused on student learning, wellbeing, and growth. We are confident our students will have another fabulous year this year through our strong home-school partnership.

As such, parent’s example and guidance from home always teaches a powerful lesson. You can’t teach a child honesty if you don’t tell the truth. You can’t teach a child to eat healthy food if you never eat fruits or vegetables. The same is true with reading. If you want your child to be a good reader, your own reading habits will make a huge impression.

You can:

  • Show your child how you read for information. Say, “I’m trying to figure out how to use a new computer program for work. This article explains how it works.”
  • Read for a purpose.  Are you looking for a new recipe for dinner? Show him how you search online or flip through cookbooks to find one to try.
  • Read for leisure. When your child sees you reading just to relax, he will realize that reading isn’t just for school or work.
  • Share something you’re reading. If there’s an interesting story in the paper, read some of it aloud. Print or cut out an article you think your child will enjoy and leave it on his bed. Your child will see that reading is something that is fun to share.
  • Take your child with you when you go to the library or the book store. Show him how rewarding it can be to browse titles and find just the right book.
  • Bring something to read with you everywhere you go. Your child will see that reading is a constructive way to pass the time.

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Are you helping your child live a healthy lifestyle?

Children need good health and physical well-being to learn. Are you setting your child up for success by helping him establish healthy habits? Here are some questions for you to reflect on to find out:

  • Do you enforce a regular bedtime? Being well-rested will help your child focus in school.
  • Do you provide breakfast for your child? Research shows that students who skip breakfast in the morning don’t do as well in school as students who do eat breakfast.
  • Do you encourage your child to eat nutritious snacks, including fruits and vegetables?
  • Do you encourage your child to have an outlet for stress, such as exercising, playing outside, or writing in a journal?

How well are you doing? For each yes means you are helping your child establish healthy habits. Great job! For each no means you should try out that idea to help your child further develop healthy habits starting early in the school year.

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Helping your child strengthen his homework and study skills

Helping your child strengthen his homework and study skills is one of the most important ways you can help him do better in school. And the start of a new school year is the perfect time to get started.

Here’s how:

  • Choose a regular time and place for homework. It should be a quiet, comfortable location free from distractions. Stock it with necessities such as paper, pencils and a dictionary.
  • Allow for some free time first. Many kids need to blow off steam after school by exercising or talking about their days. Many also head straight for a snack. Keep healthy options available that will energize your child for work and play.
  • Postpone screen time. Watching TV and playing video games are privileges that often take time away from priorities, including reading, homework and chores. Save all screen time for after homework and studying.
  • Encourage organization. Productive studying starts with a to-do list. Older elementary school students should make one each day.
  • Pay attention. Homework time is a chance for you to learn about your child. Does he excel at reading?Have trouble with spelling? Struggle with multiplication?
  • Be supportive. Don’t ever do your child’s homework for him. But do stay nearby to supervise. It’s okay to answer questions and guide your child through problems. However, if he needs too much help, talk with his teacher.

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Build a strong bond with your child’s teacher

Your child’s teacher will be a significant person in her life this year. So it’s a good idea for the two of you to build a strong bond. That way, you can work together, share information and head off any problems that may come up.

Make sure you:

  • Attend parent/curriculum night. While this isn’t the time or place for a long one-on-one
    talk, it will help each of you put a name with a face.
  • Share information. There may be things you want the teacher to know. Changes at home (even the birth of a baby) can affect children. So write a note, send an email or ask if the teacher can call you to talk. The more she understands about your child, the more she’ll be able to help.
  • Let your child know you respect her teacher. Your attitude will affect your child’s behavior in class.

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Welcome Back to School! ES Teachers and Staff are here and ready for our wonderful Students!

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Have a wonderful summer!

Dear ES families,

It’s hard to believe today is the last day of school! 

Thank you for a fabulous year and being a wonderful member of our SIS ES community this year. We have learned a lot, grown a lot, and developed some great relationships together this year.

For our students and families leaving SIS this summer, we wish you all the best in your next adventures. You will be dearly missed next year.

To all of our returning families, have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!

Please check our school website for all the important dates at the start of the school year.

Here are some key information for you to keep in mind:

  • Our 2016 digital yearbooks are now available to view on your iPad or Mac via this link on the SIS Parent Portal. (Sign-in is required.)
    • Note: Please ensure you have installed the free iBooks app on your iPad and/or Mac before you visit the link.    
  • Meet the Teacher Night & Ice Cream Social – Wednesday, August 10th, 3:00pm SPAH, 4:00pm Classrooms
  • First Day of School – Thursday, August 11th

Have a wonderful summer!

Jeannie Sung and Matt Johnson

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Studies show that good summer health leads to school readiness

With less than two weeks left of school, are you planning summer vacation for your family?

Studies show that when kids are physically healthy, it’s easier for them to learn and succeed. How your child spends his summer will affect his health—and how he does in school next year.

Emphasizing healthy habits on vacation doesn’t have to be boring or intimidating. It can be fun! All it takes is a little extra focus on:

  • Being active. Most kids should exercise for at least one hour a day. Instead, many watch TV and play video games for hours on end. Make a list of alternatives, such as taking family walks, gardening, visiting local parks and joining a sports team. Ask your child, “Which would you like to do?”
  • Eating well. Involve your child in making healthy meals. You might borrow a cookbook from the library and try some new recipes with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Avoid potentially harmful or unnecessary ingredients, including excess sugar.
  • Staying hydrated. This is especially important during hot summer activities. Remember that every drink doesn’t need to be sweetened or flavored. Water is refreshing—and free! If you serve juice, consider diluting it with water. The earlier you start doing this, the less your child will notice.
  • Promoting wellness. In addition to taking care of your child when he’s sick, work with his doctor to prevent illness. Discuss vaccines, summer safety, vision, hearing, allergies and other critical topics. Be sure to keep his medical records up to date!

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Maintain a consistent schedule over the summer months

Summer vacation is just around the corner! This is a time to relax—but not a time to relax important routines. Routines help your child cooperate, develop responsibility and become self-disciplined. They also make it easier to adjust when school starts again. Let’s plan ahead and consider some routines to put in place.

Maintain routines for:

  • Sleep. During the summer, your child’s bedtime and rising time may be later than usual. Once you choose a reasonable sleep schedule, however, stick with it.
  • Reading. Summer offers extra time for reading. Visit the library and encourage reading every day, including in fun spots, such as the pool or the park.
  • Meals. Make it a priority to have at least one family meal a day. This is a chance to catch up and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Screen time. Extra free time should not mean more time for TV and video games. Use the guideline recommended by experts—no more than 10 hours of screen time total per week.

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