FRIDLEY ALC MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2022

IMPORTANT DATES

01-13 Scheduled Conferences - 3:15 to 6:15 p.m.

01-17 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

01-27 End of Quarter Two - Last Day of Semester One

01-28 No School Evaluation-Planning Day

01-10 - 01-31 District Learning Model Change - Blended Learning All Students

SEE LINKS BELOW FOR IMPORTANT BLENDED LEARNING MODEL INFORMATION

2022 MINNESOTA STUDENT SURVEY

Fridley Public Schools, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be administering the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) this school year. The Minnesota Student Survey began in 1989 and is one of the longest-running youth surveys in the nation. It is conducted every three years across Minnesota’s secondary schools.


The survey is anonymous and is conducted to gain insights into the world of students and their experiences. The results of the survey will help our schools understand the health and well-being of students and may be especially beneficial amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fridley Public Schools students in grades 5-12 will participate in this survey during school in February 2022. ALC will complete survey February 15, 2022. Families may preview the survey when it becomes available from MDE in mid-January and may also chose to opt their child out of taking it. We will send you more details prior to the survey being administered.

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INFORMATION LINKS

January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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SOCIAL WORKER CORNER | FAMILY RESOURCES

SLEEP AND TEENS

Information acquired from UCLA Health - see link below.


SLEEP AND TEENS

Research shows that most teens do not get the sleep that they need on a daily basis. Each person has their own need for sleep. This need may vary from one person to another. Teens are at an important stage of their growth and development. Because of this, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested.


There are many factors that keep teens from getting enough sleep. Causes for their lack of sleep include the following:


· Rapidly changing bodies

· Busy schedules

· Active social lives

· A wrong view of sleep


Teen sleep problems can begin long before they turn 13. The sleep habits and changing bodies of 10 to 12-year-olds have a close link to the teen years. The sleep patterns of teens are also firmly set in their lives. It is not easy for them to change the way they sleep. Thus teen sleep problems can continue well into their years as adults. For these reasons, the information found here may apply to anyone from 10 to 25 years of age.


PARENTS & TEEN SLEEP


Parents play a vital role in helping teens get the sleep that they need. You should pay close attention to how your son or daughter sleeps, acts, and feels. They will give you signs that show they are not getting enough sleep. See if your teen shows any of the following signs:


  • Has trouble waking up most mornings
  • Acts irritable in the early afternoon
  • Falls asleep easily during the day
  • Has a sudden drop in grades
  • Sleeps for very long periods on the weekends


A lack of sleep can often be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some young people are thought to have ADHD when in reality they are having a problem with their sleep. Both of these problems share many of the same signs. The most common signs of a sleep problem that are shared by ADHD include the following:


  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervousness
  • Aggressive behavior


Try to help your teen have a proper view of sleep. Sleep is not something to fight off or try to avoid. Sleep greatly benefits teens who make it a priority. They feel more alert and have more energy. They think more clearly and make better decisions. They will be happier and enjoy life more. There are simply too many benefits of good sleep for a teen to miss out on them.


HELP FOR BETTER SLEEP


Most teens will sleep much better if they simply develop the habits of good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene consists of basic tips that help you develop a pattern of healthy sleep. See the Resources section of this site to find out how anyone can start down the path to better sleep. Because teens are in a stage of life that is very unique, the tips listed below are even more important for them:

  1. Parents should create a calm atmosphere in the home at bedtime.
  2. Teens should have a regular, relaxing routine just before bedtime. They often have busy, hectic schedules. They need a chance to unwind at night.
  3. To help them relax, teens should avoid activities that will excite their senses late in the evening. They should find another time for computer games, action movies, intense reading or heavy studying.
  4. They should not have anything with caffeine (including soda and chocolate) after 4:00 pm.
  5. They should also avoid smoking and drinking. Along with hurting their health, nicotine and alcohol will disturb their sleep.
  6. A regular exercise routine and a healthy diet will help them sleep better at night.
  7. Keep the lights dim in the evening. Open the curtains or blinds to let in bright light in the morning. This helps keep their body clocks set at the right time.
  8. If they must take a nap, they should keep it to under an hour.
  9. It can be hard for teens to get enough sleep during the week. They may need to wake up later on weekends. But they should not wake up more than two hours later than the time when they normally rise on a weekday. Sleeping in longer than that will severely disrupt a teen's body clock. This will make it even harder to wake up on time when Monday morning arrives.

Fridley Moore Lake ALC

Kelly McConville, Principal | 763-502-5101

Nicole Moussette, IL/TOSA | 763-502-5113

Jean Hanson, Social Worker | 763-502-5145

Jan Caven, Secretary | 763-502-5103