October Parent Newsletter
What's Happening This Month:
Next week is a busy week for ICMS. Please check our event list below. At Parent Teacher Conferences Mrs. Crouch and Miss King will be set up in the Commons area showing parents how to access student agendas online. Transitioning from Class DoJo and Remind to Canvas is a change. We want to show you how to stay in the know at ICMS! Please plan on coming a little early or staying after your teacher conference to learn all about Canvas.
The end of first nine weeks will be October 6th. Report cards will be sent home after Fall Break.
Thanks to you we were able to raise $295.97 towards Teacher Appreciation Week with our Kona Ice Truck event! We appreciate your support.
🗝️Keys to Success 🗝️
- Students should bring a water bottle each day with them.
- Chromebooks need to be charged each night.
- Car rider drop off and pick up are located in the ICHS parking lot for safety reasons.
Advice from our Guidance Department
Managing Screen Time with your Student
Common Sense Media suggests some great tips for managing screen use at home:
Limit using screens before bed. Whenever possible, shut everything off—including phones and tablets—at least an hour before bedtime. Set a screen-free routine with your child, like reading or listening to podcasts, to help them settle in for the night. And for older kids who might be doing online homework late, help them find a routine that calms their brain and body down after they turn off their device.
Keep phones out of the bedroom or sleeping area at night. Teens tell us that putting their phone in another room overnight is the best way to help them resist the temptation to use it—and this leads to better sleep. But some kids use their phones to play background noise or music to fall asleep. If this is the case for your child, try other options, like a white noise machine. Or, have them turn off notifications and set "do not disturb" on other apps overnight so the phone's only job is to play music.
Talk about tech expectations. Use a Family Tech Planner to create rules for how everyone uses devices. This will give kids a say and develop a shared understanding of how they can make the most out of entertainment and tech time.
Walk the walk. Of course, adults can also have a hard time putting down their devices. Whenever you can, model healthy tech habits that you want your kids to pick up.
For the full article visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/how-to-help-kids-balance-phones-and-screens-with-sleep
Purdue University - Grief Resource
Grief and bereavement are such unique experiences and are unique to each individual. This course is designed to help those that work with children and parents help youth understand death and the mourning process.
The course is self-paced and can be completed at your own pace. Upon successful completion, participants are awarded five professional development hours. The course only takes 5 - 7 hours to complete and includes videos and discussion questions.
Objective #1: Identify ways to discuss death with children.
Objective #2: Differentiate between Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning
Objective #3: Compare Mourning Theories
Gleaner's Food Truck
Gleaner's sends a large delivery every Tuesday to our ICLC building for our Food Pantry. We have sent out a sign up Google Form to 8th graders asking for students who are interested in helping to sign up. We never know the exact time that Gleaner's arrives. In order to help, students cannot have any missing assignments. They may miss 1-2 class periods to help unload and organize the delivery. If you DO NOT want your child to sign up for this - please email Mrs. Crouch or Mrs. Glover and let us know. We had them indicate what periods they are in ELA or Math so we will try to avoid calling them out of that block.
🗓 Coming Up!
Fall Band and Choir Concert
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023, 07:00 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences
Please use link above to sign up to meet with specific teachers.
Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023, 04:30 PM
Fall Break October 9 - 13
Red Ribbon Week October 23-27
8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
Washington, D.C. Sign Ups
Great news! If you haven't signed your child up yet for the WorldStrides trip, there's still time. Here are some important reminders: