December 2021 Hawk Talk

December Principal Message

Hello Maple Hill Hawk Families! Can you believe it is December already? This year is going by so quickly and the next couple of weeks will fly by as well I'm sure. Please read through the information below carefully and take note of our important dates for this month.

This time of year can bring out many wonderful and sometimes overwhelming emotions for our students. Remember kids are resilient, but they need caring and thoughtful adults in their lives to guide them through. As the holiday season gets into full swing make sure to keep a close eye on your child to see how they are adapting. Below are some helpful tips on how to help your child through this emotional time of year.

At Mapel Hill, we are so blessed to have wonderful families and incredible students. This holiday season the Maple Hill Staff and I want to send out our warmest wishes for a blessed holiday season to all of you.

Important Dates in the Month of December

December 6- Fire Drill

December 9- 1st-grade dance classes begin

December 10- 4th and 5th-grade music performance recorded and sent home to parents

December 16 - School-wide Minimum Day 11:30 dismissal

December 17- January 3 No School- Winter Break

January 4- School Resumes

Helpful Tips for Supporting your Child During the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings about many emotions for a child. As a parent, one way we can help support our children is to anticipate these emotions and talk to our children on a regular basis to help open the lines of communication. Below are some helpful tips on what to be aware of during this time of year and some ideas on how you can support your child.

  • One of the biggest changes for children is that they have time off from school. This can be a great thing because it allows for more family time and gives children the opportunity to have time to just be a kid. For some children, this can be hard because the routines and expectations of their days change dramatically. Children thrive on routine and structure, so during the winter break try to establish a wake-up and bedtime that works for your child. Sleep is important to their development and having established morning and bedtime routines help children feel a sense of calmness during this exciting time of year.
  • Make sure to plan for times with peers. Schools provide a safe place for children to interact with peers on a regular basis. During the winter break find ways for your child to safely interact with other children, like taking them to the park, organizing a playdate with friends, or meeting cousins for a picnic. When they are with peers help them to talk with their peers and watch their interactions. Watching how a child plays with another child can tell you a lot about their maturity level and might give you insight on how you can help them develop strong peer relationships. Children often time need guidance from adults to learn how to positively interact with peers.
  • Make sure to have plenty of unstructured time as part of your child's day during the break. This means having parts of their day with nothing planned. Unstructured time allows for a child to explore and imagine. When every moment of a child's day is structured by an adult, children miss out on the imaginative play they need to develop strong creative skills. If they say they are "bored" guide them to choices they can make, like go outside in the backyard and explore, or offer a paper and pencil and encourage them to create something. Having items likes puzzles and building sets are also a great thing to have around because kids can choose to interact with them independently.
  • During the holiday season, many groups plan on gathering together to celebrate. Make sure to talk to your child about the gathering ahead of time. Children thrive when they understand the expectations and desired behaviors. Let them know what the plan is, what they will be doing during the gathering, talk about the people they will be seeing, and let them know what their behavior should be. Conversations prior to a gathering will set children up for success and make children feel more confident and assured of themselves during the gathering.
  • Make sure children have plenty of outdoor exercise time and quiet reading time. Outdoor activities strengthen their bodies and quiet reading time strengthens their minds. Adding these activities to their day will encourage better sleep habits and allow for quiet time in the household which is important for everyone.
  • Take time to talk to your child and listen to them every day. Ask them how they are feeling and listen to their responses. Feeling heard can be empowering and lead to healthy relationships as they grow and mature. The bottom line is if a child feels like they can talk to their parent and that their parent listens to them, then they will come to you when situations get tough later in life. We want our children to ask us about the hard things instead of going to the internet to find answers.
  • During this time of the year, many families have special traditions that have special meaning and lessons. Take the time to teach your child about your family traditions and why they are important. This connects them to your culture, religion, and family. Children should be proud of their families and the traditions that make them unique and special.

The bottom line is to include your child in the conversation and help them to understand the why. I hope you gained some ideas on how you can help your child feel included and secure this holiday season. Have a wonderful holiday season filled with wonder and joy!

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Front Office Update

Two friendly reminders from our front office staff:

1. If your child stays home due to illness please make sure to speak to one of our front office staff members prior to bringing your child to school.

2. Also, please be advised that we have water bottles on campus for students who forget their water bottles. We encourage all students to bring a water bottle with them to school every day, but if they forget it we will supply them with one when they ask.

"Tell a Friend"

Dear Parents,

We are seeking your help to “Tell a Friend” about the opportunities to attend Walnut Valley Unified for the 2022-23 school year. Walnut Valley will be hosting enrollment information meetings beginning in October to share information with prospective parents on how to enroll based on District of Choice, Inter-district Transfers, Allen Bill, or Caregiver applications. Please share the attached flyer with the upcoming dates and locations of our meetings with any family interested in attending Walnut Valley. Current families enrolled in Walnut Valley do not need to attend these meetings.

COVID Testing Information

Hello WVUSD Families,

The following drive-through COVID-19 testing opportunities are available next week for WVUSD students and staff:

Monday, December 6:

Diamond Bar High School

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7:

Suzanne Middle School

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8:

South Pointe Middle School

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 9: (Not a WVUSD-Sponsored Event)

Walnut City Hall

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please utilize this registration link if you would like to be COVID tested at a WVUSD school site.

No appointments are needed, but preregistration is requested. WVUSD ID for students and staff required at time of testing. *Please be mindful not to block driveways.

For further information, please call (949) 293-7059.