Healthy Holiday Tips from your Elementary Mental Health Staff

The holidays can be a fun family time and they can also be stressful. Below are some healthy holiday tips:

  • Stick to routines: Keep morning and evening routines similar to the school week to maintain healthy habits.
  • Give your child a heads up (let them know in advance): When routines change, make sure to let your child know so they are prepared.
  • Schedule down time/quiet time: Say "no" to too many things. Let everyone choose their favorite quiet activity and enjoy the peace.
  • Family and Friend Time: Make time for connecting with others. Put away technology and be present with each other. Some ideas are: play board games, listen to music, read together, family movie night, play cards-brainstorm other ideas with your children.
  • Don't forget to add movement/exercise: A great way to enjoy the holiday season is to keep moving your body. Outside ideas like taking a walk, go sledding, skating, build a snowman. Inside ideas like music and move, balloon volleyball, GoNoodle activities.
  • Food: It is important to maintain healthy eating habits and to stay hydrated. Keep healthy snacks available (fruit, veggies, protein). Make sure you and your kids drink water throughout the day. Enjoy holiday treats in moderation.
  • Keep your own stress in check: Practice good self-care. Like reading a book, yoga/movement, fresh air, and taking a break for yourself.

Just remember, your presence is more important than presents........


December 2: End of 1st Trimester

December 5: No School-Teacher Workshop

December 6: Start of 2nd Trimester

December 9: Fun Run Fundraiser in the STMA Dome (see specific run times)

December 9: Report Cards sent home and available on ParentVue

December 13: POPS Parent Meeting @ 6:00 PM in the Media Center

December 14: Wear Rainbow Colors for ALL Character Counts

December 23-January 2: No School-Winter Break

January 3: School Resumes

Mrs. Nordby - Albertville Primary School Social Worker has a helpful website...

Mrs. Nordby, Albertville Primary Social Worker, is excited to share her social emotional learning website with all kindergarten families. Mrs. Nordby is passionate about teaching good mental health strategies and fostering social emotional skills to all students. For this reason, she created a spot for families to access and utilize these resources at home. Check out her website below for interactive activities, read aloud stories, community resources, character counts announcements, and more.


RECESS - Winter has Arrived!

Winter has arrived! All students must wear snow pants, boots, hats, warm mittens (that are easy to put on and preferably waterproof), and a warm winter coat during recess. Students who are not properly dressed (snow pants, boots, hat, mittens, etc.) will have to stay off the equipment and play on the non-snow covered areas.

Keep in mind, students will go outside for a 30-minute recess every day, unless the temperature/wind chill is 0 degrees or below.

POPS Meeting

Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 PM in the Albertville Primary Media Center

All parents are invited to attend

During the meeting the principal will be asking for feedback and discussing the following items:

路 Kindergarten Fun Night-Feedback

路 Kindergarten and Bright Beginnings Conference Meal Train Donations-Update and Ideas

路 Upcoming Family Events

路 Kindergarten Fundraiser-Update and Donation Usage


Helpful Hints for Choosing an Appropriate Book

Reading books with your child can help support language development and learning in many ways. Incorporate some of the following tips to improve your child鈥檚 reading skills.

路 Provide a consistent time and place to read together.

路 Practice at least three to four nights a week reading books at your child鈥檚 individual level.

路 Listen to your child read.

路 Wait before telling your child when he/she makes a mistake.

路 Provide help without telling the word they might be trying to read.

路 Make time to read aloud together more often.

路 Keep a variety of reading materials available throughout your home.

路 Have your child show you his/her library books and read them together.

Research indicates that students ages 6-8 need to be exposed to words between 6 and 60 times before they can memorize them and read them fluently without stopping to sound them out. This makes a strong case for practicing sight words!


  1. If you drop your child off at school in the morning after 7:42 (after staff have entered the building from morning drop off) you will need to park in the parking lot and walk your child into the building.
  2. If you are making a change to your child's regular afternoon dismissal procedure, please call the school office before 12:00 PM. This will give staff adequate notice to have your child ready. We ask that you call the office, as substitute teachers do not have access to teacher's voicemail or email.
  3. If you need to pick your child up early from school, please call the office in the morning and provide office staff with the time that you would like to pick up your child.
  4. If you would like to join your child for lunch at school, please contact the office by 9:00 AM on that day OR you may make a reservation prior to that. We will need to know who is coming in to have lunch with your child and if that person is having hot lunch at school or bringing their own lunch.