RES East News

Austin Theobald, Principal

November 2016

This Month...

  • 11/1 Board Meeting @ 7PM
  • 11/6 Daylight Savings Time
  • 11/7-11/11 Star Lab
  • 11/8 RESE Blue Boys v Mays @ 4PM (Home)
  • 11/9 Veterans Day Program @ 9AM
  • 11/9 PTG Meeting @ 6:30PM
  • 11/10 RESE 6th Grade Gold Boys v Mays @ 4PM (Home)
  • 11/10 Picture Retakes
  • 11/12 Holiday Expo
  • 11/14 RESE 6th Grade Gold Boys v RESW
  • 11/15 RESE Blue Boys v RESW @ 3:45PM (Home)
  • 11/16 Progress Reports Issued
  • 11/16 All Pro Dads @ 7:15AM
  • 11/17 District Spell Bowl 5PM
  • 11/18 Girls Elementary Basketball Recognition at Lady Lions Basketball Game
  • 11/23-11/25 Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/29 RESE Blue Boys v Arlington @ 4PM (Away)

Worth quoting

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."-Eleanor Roosevelt

Bye-Bye Blue Booster

WE DID IT! We are excited to announce that our students raised enough funds to purchase a new piece of playground equipment! This would not have been possible without the help from all of you. The old equipment has been fully removed and we are now waiting on installation of the new equipment. The goal is to have it in the ground before the new year, weather permitting. Click on the link to see a sneak peak at what is coming our way.

A Salute To Our Veterans

Rushville Elementary School East will honor our Veterans during our annual Veterans Day Program. The 2016 program will be performed for Veterans of all RES East students on Wednesday, November 9th, at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to attend the program. All students are participating.

Holiday Expo

The Rushville Elementary School Parent Teacher Group hopes you’ll make plans to attend the Holiday Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov.12.

The Expo will be in the Rushville Elementary School gyms and will feature handmade crafts, local business owners, consultants and professionals. Admission is $2 and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. in the west hallway.

This is a delightful holiday shopping experience designed to help kick off the holiday season and help the Parent Teacher Group at the same time. Door prizes will be given throughout the day and you’ll find plenty of parking behind the RESE and RESW gyms (enter off of Sexton Street).

We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Expo.

Good Luck Spell Bowl

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The District Spell Bowl Competition will be held at RES West on November 17 at 5PM.

Front: Avery Hill, Jayce Crowder, Charity Lauderdale, Isaiah Ashwill, Brody Fox, Nick Jarman

Middle: Bella Bartlett, Brooklyn Newbold, Libby Carlson, Gavin Fox, Jacob Crowder

Back: Grace Jarman, Leonie Boyer, Shakayla Haymore, Kayla Dickson

Red Ribbon Week

Last week students at RESE participated in National Red Ribbon Week. Thanks to all of you who pledged to set up guidelines to help your children grow up safe, healthy and drug free!


Children of parents who talk to their kids regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of kids report having these conversations!


  1. Trust The Senses: The easiest way to detect if a child has been using drugs is to rely on the senses. Some drugs will leave behind an odor. Teenagers will often times seek to mask the scent with breath mints, cologne/perfume, or sprays. Drug use can cause a change in speaking patterns too. Signs of drug use may include communicating less, speaking slower or faster, or noticeably slurring. Many drugs will cause dilation of pupils, red or watery eyes, and a change in posture. Finally, drastic changes in mood after being out with friends may be a sign that drug activity took place.

    Tip: Be present and focused during interactions with children and teens. Know their preferred deodorant, cologne/perfume, type of gum, etc. Open up dialogue with something positive such as, “That’s a nice new scent - what is that?”
  2. If They Check Out, Check In: One of the prime signs of drug use is a decline in participation in activities and a departure from established behavior patterns. During the school year, this can mean skipping classes or even a decline in academic performance. During the summer, it may mean avoiding time with family or their usual groups of friends. Many teenagers naturally experience change in mood, personality, and need more “alone time” during these formative years, but if there is a drastic disconnect between family, friends, and formerly regular activities, then it may likely be time to open up dialogue.

    Tip: Be respectful of the time that children need alone, but as a parent, make sure to allocate time for them. Find opportunities to spend time with them in an environment where they are comfortable (dinner, sporting event, fishing trip, visit to the mall) and let conversation develop naturally.
  3. Surf Their Social Media: Teens are very likely to get upset if a parent “monitors” them on social media, but it does offer increased access to indicators of potential drug or alcohol use. Look for statements that seem suspicious, changes in the type or tone of their posts, or posting of pictures, song lyrics, or video clips that appear to have connection to drug culture.

    Tip: Establish requirements to connect on all social media platforms that they join from an early age. Get educated on the various social media platforms available and the “unwritten rules” that govern the way people engage. Take an interest in the opinions or patterns of expression and use them as a way to connect outside of social media. Be careful not to embarrass them by too much interaction on social media; they may shut down this and other important lines of communication, or even look for other more discreet means to communicate with friends.
  4. Be Wary of New Kids on The Block: The introduction of new friends or an interest in spending time with new or different peer groups could be a sign of drug use. It is of course natural for many teenagers to develop a variety of different friends. They certainly may change their interests from year to year - and the type of friends that they associate with as a result. But, it’s important to know whom they spend time with, and what home situations exist within the households of these friends. Additionally, teenage romantic relationships can often come with pressures to adopt certain interests, behaviors and opinions, including drug experimentation or use.

    Tip: Ask questions about new friends and demonstrate a genuine interest in the types of people with whom they are spending time. Relate to them by sharing personal stories about friends from middle school, high school, and college. Take the time to learn who new friends are, and ask about their parents and home situation. Be engaged in activities, organizations, or events that give access to the parents of friends.
  5. Listen for Signs That They Want to Talk: When establishing a relationship of open dialogue and understanding, children might feel uncomfortable discussing situations or relationships where drugs have been introduced. Look for comments that may reveal a desire to have a deeper chat about the implications of drug experimentation or concerns about social or romantic impacts of responses to drug introduction.

    Tip: Ask questions. Find times to just listen and offer opportunities to discuss issues related to drug use. Look for issues and situations in the news, pop culture events, TV shows, music, and movies that allow you to open up dialogue about issues related to drug use and abuse.
  6. Look for Teachable Moments: As you’re going about your day, seek out opportunities to point out real life situations that can be used to spark an educational conversation. For example, witnessing a group of teens drinking or using drugs can be a time when a parent can discuss why it is wrong and how to address similar situations in which they may find themselves in the future. Also, news headlines, movie and TV plotlines, and music are all examples of places you can find examples to open a dialogue.

    Tip: If you notice something going on in your neighborhood while in the presence of your teen, take this time to discuss the negative effects that drugs and alcohol can have on your body and relationships. You can also use news stories as a way to provide a real life example of what can go wrong, as well as open up discussions based on things seen on TV or movies, or in the lyrics of songs.
  7. Find the Right Time to Talk and Come with a Plan: Make sure the conversation is focused between you and your teen. Know what you are going to say and establish what you want to accomplish from the conversation.

    Tip: Choose times that are already designated for serious discussion or reflection. For example, after dinner or before bed are times when teens are starting to wind down and have fewer distractions.
  8. Keep the Conversation Positive: When talking to your children about drugs, make sure they are aware that it is coming from a place of love and not a scare tactic. By presenting it in a positive manner, they will know they can talk to you about the topic.

    Tip: Focus on your concern for their health and well-being. Tell them you are trying to help them make good decisions by sharing information that they might not already know.
  9. Don’t Come with a Solution, Have Your Teen Think of One: When your teen comes to you with a question or brings up a real life incident, don’t immediately accuse or reprimand. Have your teen assess the situation and come up with a way the situation could have been handled differently.

    Tip: As a way to maintain a comfortable environment, ask things like, “What do you think should have been done differently?” Also, be sure to show understanding and say, “That sounds like a difficult situation. How did you feel about it?” Ask them things that give them room to participate.
  10. Practice Patience: If it comes to a point in the conversation where you can’t speak positively, leave the situation and come back to it the next day.

    Tip: Listen with respect and show encouragement. Repeat and summarize what your teen said to give you time to process and come up with the best way to handle the situation. Respond to the conversation with something like, “So what you’re saying is..."

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Secrets to better behavior

You know what they say: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s true when it comes to effective discipline, too. Try these ideas for heading off problems, and then sit back and enjoy a more pleasant household.

Notice triggers

Being aware of what causes misbehavior goes a long way toward preventing it. Perhaps your youngster acts out when he’s tired—make sure he’s getting 9–11 hours of sleep. Or maybe he misbehaves when he’s bored. Let him write a list of activities for when there’s “nothing to do” (examples: play solitaire, finger paint, do crossword puzzles).

Offer choices

Give your child some control in situations where he struggles to behave. Does he typically grumble or whine while you’re running errands? Consider letting him pick the order in which to do them. (“We need to go to the laundromat and the store. Which should we do first?”) Is it hard to get him to dress up for family events? He might like to

choose the color of his shirt or pick out a pair of fun socks to wear.

Be a coach

Coaches demonstrate, encourage, and celebrate. Why not use this approach for

behavior you want your youngster to change? If he should be putting dirty clothes in his hamper, for instance, “coach” him on tossing in his T-shirts. He’ll see that it’s more fun to “make a basket” than to drop clothes on the floor. When you find his floor free of dirty clothes the next time, give him a high five.

Information from Resources for Educators

The Do's and Don'ts of Homework Help

DO work with educators
Check in with your child’s teacher early in the year about expectations (when work is due, how often kids get it, what happens if it’s not turned in) and relay any subsequent difficulties your kiddo is having. Don’t hesitate to jot a note like “Jake didn’t understand this problem . . . can you explain it to him?” on an assignment.

DON’T make ’em buckle down right after school
Many kids need time to recover after a day of learning. “School is a child’s workday,” says Madeline Levine, ph.d., author of Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Academic Success. “We underestimate how challenging it is. They’re learning not only content, but about social relationships, self-control, and delayed gratification.” So give them a chance to relax and recharge when they get home—they’ll focus better later if they have time to play first.

DON’T play teacher
When kids ask for help, “parents often want to teach kids how they were taught,” says Nanette Lehman, a second grade teacher at Haines Elementary School in Haines, OR, and the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Resist that urge; academic vocabulary has changed so much that you’re likely to confuse your child more than help him. Instead, support the Common Core State Standards, which require students to explain their reasoning, by asking: “How did you get that answer? Can you walk me through it?”

DO check answers
To really help kids make the grade, parents should regularly review completed assignments, advises Lehman. “If you see a lot of mistakes, it’s an opportunity to talk with your child and say, ‘Hey, let’s recheck these,’” she explains. “Kids actually learn a lot from correcting their own missteps.”

DON’T let frustration fester
It’s normal for your child to get stuck on a tough problem from time to time. Teachers want students to struggle productively — it teaches perseverance. That said, if your kid is on the verge of a meltdown, encourage her to take a break and return to the assignment later. If she’s still stumped, call it quits for the day and let the teacher know about the issue. Notes Lehman: “If any part of homework is a negative experience, we’re going in the wrong direction.”

DO be a cheerleader
Children need to know that parents value what they’re studying. Pile on praise after assignments are finished — just be sure to commend effort, not results. Notes Levine: “The point is to get kids excited about learning.” Rather than saying, “You got almost all of the hard ones right,” try “I’m so proud of how hard you worked!”

What’s the right amount of time to spend on homework?
The formula: 10X your child’s grade number. (First graders should plan on 10 minutes, second graders should spend 20, and so on.)

Prep for Emergencies

School safety has recently been at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Schools have emergency plans to keep students safe from threats of violence or natural disasters—and your family should, too. Preparation is key to ensure that you and your family members can react quickly and calmly if a serious threat arises. Take these steps to ensure your family is prepared for emergencies.

Talk it out. Discuss, in an age-appropriate way, the emergencies your family might encounter, including the natural disasters your area may be susceptible to. You may be reluctant to talk about emergencies with your children because you don’t want to alarm them. But discussing situations ahead of time will not only help your children know what to do, it will also help them cope with the stress if something does happen.

Know your school’s plan. Every school should have an emergency plan in place. Make sure you and your child know what students should do and how parents will be notified of a crisis.

Memorize the essentials. Make sure your children know their full name, address, phone number, and parents’ full names. Kindergarteners should have this memorized

before their first day of school.

Know the numbers. Teach your children how to dial 911, but stress that they should only do so in case of an emergency. Post a list in your kitchen of home, cell, and work numbers for parents, caregivers, and trusted neighbors. Give copies to teachers and the school off ice, childcare providers, and other emergency contacts.

Make a plan. Create your family’s escape plan to be used in case of a fire or other home emergency. Establish a meeting place outside your home, and make sure to devise a secondary plan in case the first exit is blocked or unsafe. In your plan, address the needs of pets and any family members who need extra assistance.

Practice the plan. Conduct fire drills and emergency evacuation drills. Teach older children how to use a fire extinguisher, or sign them up for a first-aid class. Quiz your family members every six months to make sure they remember what to do.

Build a disaster kit. Make sure you have a stocked first-aid kit at home, and gather the supplies for an emergency kit, including water, nonperishable food, a flashlight, medicines, and batteries.

Check your equipment. Make sure your home’s smoke detectors are always in working

order and that your fire extinguishers have not passed their expiration date and are easily accessible. Buy drop-down window ladders if your apartment or bedrooms are not on the first floor.

Information from Report to Parents: NAESP

Student Cell Phones

We completely understand and support that students may need to have means of communication with their parents before and after school. Our school policy allows students to bring cell phones to school, but requires that they are turned off and in their backpacks when they arrive at school. We ask that you remind your child of the policy and assure them that someone will contact you on their behalf when it is necessary. Also, please help your child follow the policy by leaving messages with the main office and not texting them during the school day, thereby alleviating the temptation for your child to check their messages.

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Walk to School Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in and helped make Walk to School Day a huge success! Our students walked a half mile from South Veteran's Park to RESE/W on sidewalks. Students walked in grade level groups led by high school PHAF members. Each intersection was blocked by an emergency vehicle from our Rush County first responders. Overall, we had 317 students participate. We're looking forward to an even bigger turnout next year!