JHCS Quill

March 25, 2022

Battle of the Books

We will have our Battle of the Books next week.

  • 7/8th grade on Tuesday
  • 3rd - 6th grade on Thursday

Thank you for supporting your students all year!

Intent to Return Forms

Please fill out the Intent to Return form ASAP so we can plan for the fall.

Talent Show - April 22

Calling all John Hancock Charter School Students:

We are so excited for this year's JHCS Talent Show. Please see this link to the google form to sign up for the Talent Show. There is more information on the form but feel free to reach out to Ms. Hubbard with any questions at hubbard@johnhancockcs.org.

Talents or Acts must be planned, prepared, and then approved through video submission. We are so grateful we get to do it live this year.


2022/23 School Calendar

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Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!

If you have an incoming kindergarten student this fall, it is NOW time to register!

  • Follow the directions below
  • Provide the school with the necessary eye exam, immunization records and birth certificate
  • Call us if you have any questions!

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Setting Up Structure

Instead of asking, “Did you study for your science test?” — which often elicits a one-word answer — try asking this: “What’s the first thing you can do to get ready for your test on Thursday?” You’ll help your child think critically about what can and should be done, without letting him off the hook from studying altogether. Another good question is, “What could get in your way?” This way, if your child has an upcoming soccer game, or knows he left his textbook at school, he can anticipate problems ahead of time — and figure out strategies for working around them.

Estimating Time

Your child insists that her diorama will only take 30 minutes to build; it ends up taking more than three hours. Children with ADHD don’t procrastinate and underestimate time on purpose. Their internal clocks are quiet or easily stalled, making it difficult to estimate time. If this sounds familiar, try asking your child at the outset, “How long do you think this will take?” Once he’s done with the assignment, discuss how long it actually took — and help him identify which steps slowed him down the most or caused him to exceed his estimate. Next time, ask him to factor in those trouble spots before he starts and, as time goes on, he’ll get better at estimating how much time he actually needs.

Planning for Long Term Assignments

Daily work is one thing; long-term projects are daunting and confusing in their own special way. If your child struggles to break down big assignments, try creating external rewards to be doled out when he reaches small, pre-determined milestones. If your child likes baseball or Pokémon cards, for instance, try breaking a new pack of cards into four parts. Tell him, “When you finish the research for your paper, you can have one pile. When you finish your first draft, you can have the second” — and so on. Physical rewards help kids with ADHD turn the abstract concepts of time and prioritization into something concrete — and motivate them to get their work done.

To be continued...

By Ann Dolin, M.Ed

John Hancock Charter School

Spread the word about the first-class education we offer at JHCS. We are looking for 7/8th graders this fall.