Tomek Eastern February Newsletter

February Tiger Trait of the Month: Thinker

Moving into the second half of the year

Understanding Our 4th and 5th Graders

As your child continues to grow physically, socially and emotionally throughout their elementary years, you probably start to wonder what exactly is going on at times. You might also find yourself worrying because their changes in behavior seem so drastic. Below is some information on your upper elementary child that might help to answer some of your lurking questions and put a few worries at ease.

Physical Changes:

Your child is still very active with lots of energy. Their fine motor and large motor skills have become much better.

Social/Emotional Changes:

This is the area of greatest change you might be noticing! Your child at this age has a strong need to feel accepted and worthwhile. They show their want and ability to be independent by being disobedient, using back-talk and being rebellious. They prefer individual achievements over competition. They like encouragement and suggestions over competition. They still look to adults for approval. They begin to take responsibility for their own actions. They like to join organized groups. They look up to and imitate older youth. They are beginning to build and understand friendships in a deeper way. Largely, they want to be accepted by a peer group. Around the ages of 9 and 10, they begin to try and negotiate rules with the adults as their communication skills become more advanced and as they are starting to slowly understand the world around them. Compare this to 7 and 8 year olds who are known to have strict adherence to all rules. Lastly, between the ages of 10-12 your child might begin puberty which, in itself, brings a whole array of physical and especially emotional changes.

Intellectual Developmental Changes:

Your child needs opportunities to share thoughts and reactions. They see things as either “black or white” unless an adult takes the time to process their feelings, thoughts and opinions with them. They have interests which change often. They are easily motivated and eager to try new things. They usually do best when the work is done in small pieces. They need guidance from adults to stay at a task to achieve their best.

Presidents' Day - No School

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8:30am-3:30pm

600 4th Street

Fenton, MI

Kindergarten Information Night for 2016-2017

Tuesday, March 8th, 6-7:30pm

3200 West Shiawassee Avenue

Fenton, MI

Kindergarten Round Up registration day for 2016-17

Thursday, March 17th, 7:30am-7:30pm

3100 Owen Road

Fenton, MI

Good Friday - No school

Friday, March 25th, 1:30-3:45pm

600 4th Street

Fenton, MI

Grade 5 Capstone

Wednesday, March 30th, 6-7:30pm

600 4th Street

Fenton, MI

Preparing for March's Reading Month

Reading isn’t just something students need to do for school. Books can help us develop and grow throughout our life. Try out some of the suggested activities below to help instill the love of reading in your child!

  1. Use silly voices when you read aloud.
  2. Read together as a family. Family members can take turns reading pages out of a favorite story or each family member can read their own special book. Show that reading is important by making it part of “family time”.
  3. Recycle found items around your home into character puppets. (Great idea for any unmatched socks!)
  4. Recreate a meal found in a book. Who’s up for spaghetti in a hot dog bun?
  5. Crack open a cookbook and let your child pick out a recipe to make with the family!
  6. Recreate a scene from a book out of Legos.
  7. Create a poster of a favorite character.
  8. Discuss books critically. What did you like/didn’t like? What would have made the story even better?
  9. Let your child read about things that interest him/her (magic, sports, music, etc.)
  10. Is your child interested in learning a new skill? Take them to the library and checkout books that will teach them about their interests.
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Tiger Trait of the month: Thinker

Dear Tomek-Eastern Families,

As we continue our journey in preparing students for the 21st century, , we are helping our students to learn and live the attributes of the Learner Profile. This month focuses on the attribute of being a THINKER. As thinkers, students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills. They are working on considering creative possibilities to problems that they encounter. They are striving to make good decisions that will benefit all.

Our continuous goal is to help students see connections that can be made beyond school and that can occur at home and in their communities.

Throughout the month, please ask your child to share the lessons, class discussions, and literature that they have experienced that focused on being a thinker.

If you observe your child being a “thinker” (considering how to solve a problem, considering how a decision they make will affect others, being creative in solving a problem), please mention this to your child. Help them to realize the connections they are making.

Mr. Young