A Note from Principal Curran

Updates from Thorpe Creek Elementary Sept. 2021

Healthy Bedtime Habits

We've recently completed our fifth week of school. Our school day starts bright and early! Our children (and adults) are building our stamina for the academic and social demands of a full day (and week) of school. This leads me to ask, how's your child's bedtime routine going? It can be a challenging time of the day when we are all short on energy and have too many tasks left uncompleted. And yet, designing and committing to a healthy bedtime routine (especially on school nights) can be one of the best investments in your child's well-being and potential for academic success at school. It's important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 10-12 hours of sleep each night for elementary-aged children.

When designing your child's bedtime routine, consider including:

*time for the child to wind down (like a bath or shower)

*devices are turned off and put away (outside of the bedroom)

*child brushes teeth and uses the restroom

*adult reads aloud 1-2 picture books or chapters to the child while the child is in bed

*allow the child to read independently (or look at books for emerging readers) for 15 minutes-ish afterwards. Remember, books, not devices. Devices are stimulating and the goal is for the child to relax in preparation for sleep.

Your child will love your undivided attention at the end of each busy day!

Let us know how it's going! Sweet dreams, Cardinals!

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Congratulations to Miss Bischoff! She competed in the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Lake Michigan!

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Each day please be sure that your child has a mask and a refillable water bottle (with your child's name on it)!

Thank you for helping teach and re-teach your child proper mask wearing (over the nose and over the mouth). We are using the same language at school. We are getting better every day!