The Village Voice
By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal
Fall is officially here! It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year has come to a close. Fall is an exciting time for learning at the Village. Your child is growing so much and their brain is soaking up everything it possibly can. The move to Kindergarten also means more responsibility for your child and greater independence from parents and caregivers. We want to encourage that as much as possible. As parents, you can do your part to by teaching your child valuable self-care skills. Allow them to dress themselves. Practice working on buttons, zippers and snaps both on their clothes and coats. Give your child the opportunity to practice opening containers, wrappers, bottles and juice boxes. One of the best ways to learn is by doing. It teaches children to keep trying, it engages critical thinking, problem solving and helps children practice patience. Preschool and kindergarten present your child with many new challenges!
Thank you for your continued support. We could not do what we do without your help!
We do appreciate everyone’s understanding of transportation issues and an extremely long car line each morning. If you are able to take advantage of the school bus service, please do!
November 1: NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
November 2: NO SCHOOL (Election Day)
November 24-26: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
Family Resource Center News
The Village is pleased to offer the JELV Holiday Assistance Program again this year. This program was created to be an addition to a child’s/children’s Christmas based on financial
need. After fall break, you will receive a letter about this program in your child’s folder. If you need Christmas assistance, the letter will give detailed information about how you can sign up.
FRC Advisory Council Meetings
The FRC Advisory Council meets several times during the school year and is open to the public. The meetings are currently virtual and begin at 3 PM in the Family Resource Center. Please give us a call if you have any questions or would like the link to the next meeting. The October meeting will be Thursday, October 28, 2021.
Link to FRC Google Site
Debbie Cumbie and Misty Jordan
The month of October is National Bullying Prevention month. At JELV we are talking in classrooms about being kind to others. Your child's School Counselor is visiting each classroom and reading the book Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. Your student is learning what they can do to help each other when they have problems with their friends. We encourage you to review the topics below with your student at home and have a conversation about what bullying is and what it isn't.
- Bullying is mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening over and over and the person it's happening to hasn't been able to make it stop
- We all have problems with our friends sometimes but that does not mean our friend is a bully
- We can solve small problems on our own by asking our friends to Please Stop and tell them we do not like what we they are doing in an assertive voice
- If our friend does not stop being hurtful we can report it to a caring adult
- Talk with your student about ways they can be kind to others at school and at home
As always, our goal at the Village is to make our school a safe and respectful place where everyone can learn . If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us by phone or email. You can also submit a referral on the link below.
Speech Tip of the Month
One area of development that SLP’s provide services for is Speech Sound Production / Articulation.
Articulation refers to the production of individual speech sounds (how well you can understand spoken words)
There are four types of Speech Errors:
1. Omissions – a sound is left out of a word (un for sun or ca for cat)
2. Substitutions- desired sound is replaced with another sound (dock for sock
3. Additions – extra sounds are added to words (balue for blue)
4. Distortions – desired sound is produced in an unusual way
Our teachers are great at recognizing when a child may need a speech screening. Preschool and Kindergarten aged student’s speech is very developmental in nature and varies greatly from child to child. Contact your SLP if you notice your child doing any of the following:
● When you do not understand at least 50% of child’s message
● When child is displaying omission of syllables in multi-syllabic words
● Frequent omission of consonants at the beginning or ending of words
● Feeding or drooling problems
Stacy Greene, Kelly Christopher, Zoe Hackney, Beth Carrier, and Sue Burris.
OT Tip of the Month
Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L
COMPUTERS, TV and EYES....OH MY!!
Focusing on the computer or television screen (Nintendo; PlayStation) for extended periods of time may lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, eye focusing problems, eye irritation and headaches. Prevent these problems by encouraging your child to take a 10-minute break, at least every 30-minutes. Check the brightness of the screen and the level of light in the room. Light levels that are too high can contribute to excessive glare. Check for glare on the screen
from windows or other light sources. The computer can be turned to prevent glare from hitting the screen. A glare screen may be a helpful solution.