Flight Check April 2017

Dorothy P. Adkins Elementary


A Note from our Counselor, Ms. Pittillo.....

Sometimes, as parents, we question ourselves about best parenting practices. After all, we all hope to raise well rounded children who thrive socially and academically. While some days are smooth sailing, other days the wheels fall off the wagon before breakfast. Likewise, what works one day may not work the next.

Looking for a quick fix to a problem, we call our parents, best friends, co-workers, neighbors, anyone with a pulse. That’s after we’ve googled everything under the sun looking for a Parenting Instruction Manual. Unfortunately, that manual does not exist. That’s because each child is unique and “quick fixes” don’t work when dealing with human behavior.

Instead, we need an overall system or philosophy to address behavior. A philosophy we use at Adkins Elementary is Love & Logic. Both teachers and parents can benefit from this approach as it offers an alternative way to communicate with children.

Love & Logic offers simple, yet effective, techniques. It places a heavy emphasis on respect and dignity for children while allowing parents to feel more empowered and skilled in the interactions with their children. The premise is: Love allows children to grow through their mistakes, and logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. This approach puts parents and teachers back in control and teaches children to be responsible. It prepares children to function in the real world with its many choices and consequences.

You can learn more about Love and Logic at: https://www.loveandlogic.com/parents/what-is-love-and-logic-for-parents

Also, while we know a Parenting Instruction manual does not actually exist, there are many great parenting tips and advice at: https://www.loveandlogic.com/articles-advice/quick-parenting-tips

Important Dates to Remember

  • Upcoming Events.....

  • April 3rd - Wear your Rangers gear to school!
  • April 3rd -PTA Board Meeting, 1:30 in PTA room
  • April 5th - Please return Spring Picture payment and/ or Pictures
  • April 10th - 3rd grade Arbor Day Celebration
  • April 14th - End of Six Fifth Weeks
  • April 14th & 17th - Inclement Weather Makeup Days - No Classes

    April 18th - Future Aviators, Art & Music Time 10:45-11:25

    April 18th - 21st - Earth Week

    April 19th - Report Cards will be sent home

    April 19th - 2nd grade Field Trip to Clear Creek

    April 22nd - Denton Dash for Public Schools: Click on the link below and make sure you put you’re from Adkins! Friends, Family, Siblings, Running Club, Staff, everyone is encouraged to be here! https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Denton/DentonDashforPublicSchools

    April 25th - April 29th - Book Fair Week

    April 25th - Morning with Mom from 7:15am - 7:50am in the Adkins Cafe, Book Fair will be open

    April 26th - April STEAM challenge due. Bring your freshly made car to the Learning Commons to be tested on the Reading Porch. See below for more details.

    April 26th - Kindergarten Orientation 8:30am or 6pm in the Adkins Cafe, only attend 1 session

    April 27th - Fine Arts Night 5:00 - 7:00 pm, PTA meeting begins at 6:00, Visit the Book Fair too!

    Looking ahead to May....

    May 5th - National Bike to School Day

    May 8th - STAAR Testing, 3 & 4 grade Math, 5th grade Math (retesting)

    May 9th - STAAR Testing, 3 & 4th grade Reading, 5th grade Reading (retesting)

    May 10th - STAAR Testing, 5th grade Science

    May 16th - Future Aviators, PE Time 10:45-11:25

    May 22nd - 4th & 5th Grade Clubs Field Trip

    May 18th - All student's library books are due today

    May 26th - Adkins Fun Run & Field Day

    May 31st - 3rd grade Market Day

    Look what's coming this Spring!!