HAPPY NEW YEAR from your Elementary Mental Health Staff

Routines give kids structure, predictability and stability. Having routines for morning, homework time and bedtime helps children with their overall wellbeing. Use the ideas below to build routines that work for your family. It usually takes about three weeks for most children to really get into the habit of their new schedule.

Be patient; it will be worth it!!

Morning Routine:

· Prepare the night before (i.e. lunches/backpack packed, clothes picked out)

· Make a morning routine chart (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed, eating breakfast, grab backpack, out the door)

· Use First, Then Approach (i.e. first breakfast, then brush teeth)

· Remain calm and connected (breathe)

Homework Routine:

· Decide if they need movement or food before beginning homework

· Decide how much time they need for homework and use a timer

· Limit technology unless needed for homework

Once you have decided on a time to do homework, stick to the plan

Sleep Routine:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found that adequate sleep leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. They recommend 10-12 hours of sleep each night for 5 and 6 year old children.

In addition to these recommendations, the AAP suggests that all screens be turned off 30 minutes before bedtime and that TV, computers and other screens not be allowed in children's bedrooms. Establishing a bedtime routine is important to ensuring children get adequate sleep each night.

Happy New Year from your Elementary Mental Health Staff!


January 3: School Resumes - Welcome Back!

January 3: School Board Meeting @ 7PM

January 11: Wear Green for Responsibility (Character Counts)

January 16: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop

January 17: School Board Meeting @ 7PM


Responsibility is doing what you are supposed to do and using self control. Responsible people think about what effects their actions may have on others, and they accept consequences for their choices. They work hard and do their best.

To celebrate Responsibility, students are encouraged to wear green on Wednesday, January 11.


What children do in their free time greatly impacts their lives, both now and in the future. Whether your children are fixated on TV or video games, it is likely they spend many hours a week tuned into music, movies, computer games, or TV. While their main goal is to be entertained, they are also soaking up messages that these shows and games deliver. Below is information about the effects of electronic media on children, and what you can do to lessen the negative impact.

· Watch with them. When your child watches TV, watch too. When something you find offensive presents itself, speak up.

· Turn it off. Limit the time your son/daughter watches TV, plays video games, etc. Read a book or play a game together instead.

· Keep it out of their rooms. Research shows that children who have electronic media in their bedrooms spend more time tuned into it and less time working on activities that build their minds, bodies, and social skills.

· Use the rating systems. There are helpful rating systems on all TV shows, CDs, and video games. Be aware of the ratings and strictly limit your child to those you feel are appropriate.

~Source: NAESP Report to Parents

Where will my kindergartener go for 1st Grade???

Students are assigned to an elementary school based on their home address.

Daycare does not determine elementary boundaries.

To check to see which elementary school your child will attend, click the following School Finder link and type in your address:

(District Information- Policies- Policy #551) or call the Primary office at 763-497-2688.


Online kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school OPEN Wednesday, February 1! Please visit the Albertville Primary website at:

for more information, as well as the link to register.

Registration information and details for Kindergarten Open House (May 2023) and Kindergarten Orientation (September 2023) will be mailed to families with potential kindergarteners at the end of January.

Please call the Albertville Primary office at 763-497-2688 if you have any questions.

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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” - Lewis Carroll