The WAVA Wave
March 1, 2016
A Message from our Principal...
Elementary School Principal
The Counselor Connect
As the state testing window approaches each school year, many WAVA learning coaches ask me for resources on the topic of test anxiety. Here are some ideas to help your child in all types of testing situations:
- Make sure your child in rested and well-fed. Tired and hungry kids are easily overwhelmed by tasks they could normally handle with ease.
- Talk with your child about how tests only measure certain types of knowledge. They are not an indication of everything they have learned or know. Tell them: Just do your best and let go of the rest!
- Prepare for tests in the weeks and months beforehand, but cramming for a test at the last minute is not recommended. This method greatly increases stress and negatively impacts test outcome.
- Talk with your child’s teacher about accommodations you can offer on course assessments, such as breaking the test into smaller sections over a few days, when needed.
- Consider allowing your child to keep a small comfort item near them during testing, if it’s not a distraction.
- For testing at home, consider allowing the child to test in a comfortable, sunny spot. A small change in setting can make a huge difference to one’s mental state.
- For cases of severe test anxiety, start small and celebrate success. The most important step to overcoming the anxiety is having positive testing experiences, so the child begins to associate tests with success, rather than feelings of fear or inadequacy.
- Consider talking with your child’s medical provider if anxiety is a frequent concern. Stress and anxiety are normal for all humans, but if it’s impacting the child’s ability to enjoy daily activities, it would be good to rule out medical causes and consider mental health counseling and other interventions.
Please take a look at KidsHealth.org for great articles on this topic, aimed especially at children! This website contains much helpful information for parents and children on a wide range of topics.
Additional helpful information on this topic:
Thanks for reading! Feel free to contact me directly for additional resources or support.
It's that time of year again! State testing is right around the corner.
5th graders will also be taking the Measurements of Student Progress, MSP, for Science. This assessment will take place over 1 day.
Testing will start right after spring break. It is very important to read and respond to any emails or k-mails you receive about state testing as there is important information about site locations and times.
Can I opt out of state testing? Click here for more information.
UofW World Series Free Youth Matinee Performance of Malpaso, a Cuban Dance Project
Friday, March 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States
Please RSVP or send questions via k-mail to Natalie Dobson.
Learning Day at the Capitol
Friday, March 4th, 10am-2pm
State Capitol Building [nb], Olympia, WA, United States
Seattle Times Tour
Thursday, March 24th, 3-4pm
19200 120th Avenue Northeast
WAVA Outing at Padilla Bay
Friday, March 25th, 10:15am
10441 Bayview Edison Road
Mount Vernon, WA
We will meet at the covered area on the beach at Bayview State Park for lunch and there will be a Scavenger Hunt afterwards.
**Space is limited. Please RSVP to April Sorensen via kmail by March 18th to reserve a spot.
Re-registration Office Hours - RESCHEDULED TO 4/19
Tuesday, March 29th, 2pm
This is an online event.
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This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.
March 3rd at 1:00pm: Motivate the Unmotivated
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March 10th at 1:00pm: Learning Styles
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March 17th at 1:00pm: Dealing with and Preventing Interruptions
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March 24th at 1:00pm: Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities
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March 31st at 1:00pm: Concerns and Priorities with School
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March 3rd (Grades 2-8)
Topic: Finding the Story in Your Family History
March 10th (Grades K-5)
Topic: Hour of Code
March 24 (Grades K-8)
March 31st (Grades K-8)
Topic: March Student Presentations
Tips from Cheryl
Teaching Tips for Struggling Readers
By Cheryl Holbrook
Some people with reading struggles suffer from perceptual processing difficulties and light sensitivity which can contribute to reading issues and attention deficits. Overlays, like these, can ease the eyes and increase attention span.
This website gives you the ability to change the background color to see which color works best.
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