May 2, 2016
Reflection for Today
In your work for your children take hold of the mighty power of God. Commit your children to the Lord in prayer. Work earnestly and untiringly for them. God will hear your prayers and will draw them to Himself. Then, at the last great day, you can bring them to God, saying, “Here am I, and the children whom Thou hast given me."
E G White, Adventist Home, p. 536
But, fathers, do not discourage your children. Combine affection with authority, kindness and sympathy with firm restraint. Give some of your leisure hours to your children; become acquainted with them; associate with them in their work and in their sports, and win their confidence. Cultivate friendship with them, especially with your sons. In this way you will be a strong influence for good.
E G White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 391
Reducing Risks - What Is Our Role?
Peers have such a strong influence on teen behaviors and attitudes.(1) We want to keep our teens from engaging in risky behaviors like ___________ (insert your own here). How can we make a difference when the influence of peers is often so powerful? Don’t give up. Parents can still impact even teen choices.(2) Training our children when they are young to think through their decisions, teaching them good values, and helping them choose good friends all contribute to helping them make good choices in their teen years.(3)
We can best build the foundation for safety in the future by beginning early. Start by taking a close look at your school, the groups your child or teen participates in, and the peers they hang out with. Good friends are very important. While you can’t pick your child's friends, you can choose the peer group that will surround them: those in their school, class, on the team, or in their youth group. These are the places where they will choose their friends. It is these young people that will directly encourage or discourage your child to engage in risky behaviors. Children and teens are going to pick up the values and the habits of the people they are surrounded by. Take a closer look at your children. How do they dress, talk, and act? What kind of people are they going to attract? Set and model a standard for dress, language, and behavior that will help them attract good friends.
It is also important to start early to help your child build self-esteem because it helps him or her be able to stay away from risk behaviors later in life.(4) You can build self-esteem
by showing affection, being involved, staying involved, and providing a supportive atmo- sphere. How can you create this atmosphere?(5) Here are some ideas:
- Take time to listen to your child.
- Show love in word and in action.
- Assign household tasks or chores to help develop responsibility and family involvement.
- Recognize efforts at home and school.
- Expect your child to respect others, and model respect yourself.
- Encourage him or her to help others.
- Help set reasonable goals and work to achieve them. When a child works hard for something and is able to achieve it, he or she learns not only confidence, but also perseverance and independence.
- Lastly, make sure you have time for fun together as a family. Kids feel loved and valued when parents take time for them.(6)
Pre-teens and teens also need to feel loved and supported, even if they may seem like they don’t want to talk to parents or get advice. Let them know by your words and actions that you are there for them and care for them even if they have behaved badly. It’s important to communicate that you don’t like the bad behavior, but you still love the child. When teens know they are cared for, they are better able to care for others. They wrestle with many issues from academics, to bullying, to peer pressure. Some issues may seem trivial to adults but cause great distress to an adolescent, so listen even if you don’t “get” why it’s so upsetting. Keep praising them for working hard and doing their best, and keep encourag- ing them as they develop. Being accessible and supportive is one of the best gifts parents can give to their teen or pre-teen.(7)
Positive Parenting Tips cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/
Helping your Child through Early Adolescence booklet
1. Berndt, T. J. & Keefe, K. (1995). Friends’ influence on adolescents’ adjustment to School. Child Development, 66, 1312-1329. onemvweb.com/sources/sources/ friends_influence.pdf
2,3. Bahr, S. J., Hoffman, J. P., & Yang, X. (2005). Parental and peer influences on the risk of adolescent drug use. Journal of Primary Prevention, 26, 529-551.
4,5. Yang, Z. & Schaninger, C. M. (2010). The impact of parenting strategies on child smoking behavior: The role of child self-esteem trajectory. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 29, 232-247.
7. United States Department of Education (2005).
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Hot Lunch Wednesday
We will be serving Little Ceasar's pizza with veggie sides, fruit, drink, and small dessert.
Please see Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Nietling to purchase new Hot Lunch Cards as needed. Cards are $15 each ($3 per meal). Lunch will be prepared each week based on the number of students who have prepaid cards. If you have prepaid, and do not want Hot Lunch for whatever reason, please let your teacher know by Tuesday of that week. This will help us prepare an appropriate amount of food. Thanks! :)
8th Grade Fundraiser - Casual Dress Day
Cadillac Church Visit
Presidents & Pioneers
- Northview students are preparing for our annual Curriculum Fair and Taste Extravaganza. This year, our subject is History; students are planning to present information on our theme, "Presidents & Pioneers."
- You may notice that it is a little later than originally scheduled on our yearly calendar due to the Revelation Meetings; it will take place on Thursday, May 12, at 6:00pm.
- While students are preparing most of the curriculum fair materials in class, dishes for our taste extravaganza sampling will need to be prepared at home. We had such a great taste-testing experience last year with our African dishes, and are looking forward to what you will prepare this year! (More information will be sent home in your child's Communicator or via text.)
Memorial Day 5K - Northview Fundraiser
We will be participating in the Stride for Strive 5K in Cadillac on Memorial Day (May 30).
- Registration Opens: 7:00 am
- Race Starts: 8:30 am at the Veterans Memorial Stadium at The Cadillac High School
Students and families may race together; the school will also attend the Memorial Day parade as part of this field trip/fundraiser. After the parade, we'll go home and enjoy the rest of Memorial Day with family and friends.
Memorial Day Activities are counted as a half-day on our school calendar. Please let teachers know in case of absence. Thank you!
Student and Adult registration forms have been sent home in Communicators. Please hand them back in this week, or register online. Thank you!
PREPARING FOR OUR EVENT:
- As we train for the 5K, students may keep gym clothes in a gym locker at school, including tennis shoes, to change into for the workout period. Please speak with teachers if you have any questions regarding training schedules. We encourage you to train with us at school or at home!
- Students will send letters inviting friends and family to sponsor them; all money raised will go towards Northview's operating expenses. These letters will be finalized here at school (remember, addresses/name lists are due Monday, May 2, 2016!) and sent home so that they may be mailed out to friends, family, and neighbors near and far. The students who raise the most money and the students with the most sponsors (in grades 1-4 and in grades 5-8) will receive a $ Meijer gift card.
Unlock Revelation is almost over! Come and join us for the last few seminars!
We are learning the answers to questions like:
- How will the world end?
- What role does the USA play in Bible prophecy?
- What is the truth about the rapture?
- Who is the antichrist and what is the mark of the beast?
- What really happens after death?
- Are heaven and hell real and what will they be like?
- How can I find peace and be sure of eternal life?
Come and discover God’s promise to bless “those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” Revelation 1:3.
This is a life-changing opportunity that you don't want to miss! You can still come and catch the last part of this series!
See "Upcoming Events" below for time and website information.
*Thank you to all who are volunteering their time to speak, provide childcare, etc. Please continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to cover the meetings and people attending so that Jesus may be lifted up!
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
- Grades 1-4: Please see sheet.
- Grades 5-8: Psalm 150. Please see Scripture Squares on your homework sheet. You may learn your verse from the KJV, NKJV, or NLT. You may be asked to write your memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); Friendship (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: See sheet (1-4); Word Study Contracts (5-8)
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Pathways books. We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: Fundraiser Letters and Biographies (5-8)
- Social Studies: Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny: Oregon Trail (5-8)
- Science: Earth Science (Landforms, How Earth Changes, Geologic Column, Fossils)
Show & Tell
Caleb brought an Old West setup made from Legos for the class to view.
We enjoyed visiting Cadillac News and seeing how our area newspapers are produced.
Just before celebrating Madeline's (weekend) birthday at lunch, we celebrated the birth of a four-legged creature.
School Spirit Week
Monday, May 9th, 8:30am to Friday, May 13th, 2:30pm
202 North Carmel Street
- Monday - Pajama Day (Pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals allowed)
- Tuesday - Sports/Hobby Day (Hats allowed)
- Wednesday - Crazy Hair Day with Mismatch, Backwards, Inside Out Day
- Thursday - Presidents & Pioneers (including Adventist) Day
- Friday - Twin Day (may be "twins" with a friend or mimic a famous person you can look up to)