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Language Arts- This week in LA we will learning about the Constitution. We will be looking at what our Founding Father set in place so no one group had all the power. We will look at Checks and Balances, Branches of the Government and the Preamble.
Math- We are working on identifying properties of 2D shapes. We will be looking at quadrilaterals and types of triangles. The End of Unit Assessment will be Thursday. Friday, we will return to addition of fractions.
Science- What is the difference between weather and climate? That is the question! This week students will work to find the answer, as well as study weather patterns/predictions. We will dabble in the water cycle, since it goes hand and hand.
Please be aware of help your child stay in compliance with the following dress code:
Teachers frequently request that the school nurse address grooming and hygiene with students. Children don’t always willingly shower or bathe frequently or thoroughly enough. As you can imagine, unpleasant body odors can become a problem in the closeness of the classroom. Classmates are often the first to notice and bring it to the attention of the teacher. If not addressed, the problem can become embarrassing and hurtful for the student. But luckily, there’s an easy solution! Please discuss the importance of daily showering with your child and if necessary provide more supervision of daily grooming. Laundering of coats, sleepwear and bed linens may also be helpful. Household pets can also be a source of odor on clothing and personal items. Daily application of deodorant is important for older students as their rapidly maturing bodies and physical activities require extra grooming attention. We all have the same goals for our children…to provide for their physical, emotional and educational health and well-being. Discussing personal hygiene can be a sensitive topic, but one that must be addressed to meet these goals. Together, we can make our school a happier, healthier place!
Here are tips to teach personal cleanliness tactfully, sensitively and proactively. Use the “B4 plan” - - tell him/her nicely "before" others tell him/her rudely:
Be open. Before you can have any conversation with a child, especially an embarrassing one, you've got to have clear, healthy communication channels. He/She needs to know that you care and are available. Prioritize talk time. Shut out distractions. Don't attempt a touchy subject if you can't stop checking your text messages.
Be discreet. Find a private time and place. Don't announce it at dinner. This is the time to be a parent, not a pal.
Be supportive. Here's the proactive part. Practice, don't just preach. Provide personal grooming materials: shaver, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth-wash, body wash, brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant/ antiperspirant (you need both). You may be willing to spend a little extra on the "teen" deodorant or pricier razor (teach safety). If you're into organic, just make sure it works. Provide fresh clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. If he/she has a health-related hygiene problem, address that. Teach him/her workarounds --baking soda in shoes to reduce foot odor, chewing gum to freshen breath. Watch diet. Foods affect body odors-- vegetables, onions, garlic, beans.
Be a good role model. Kids learn by actions and make sure there are plenty of toiletries.
Please bring headphones/earbuds/pencil holder
Important Notice about ride changes
Please note that our conference time is at 8:00 in the morning. Sometimes this is the only time during the day we can check our emails. If you send an email with important information about ride changes that day, please include firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. This will guarantee we get the information in time. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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