JHCS Quill

John Hancock Charter School Newsletter - Sept. 9, 2022

Big picture

Musical Notes From Mrs. Cooley

1st Grade - Ask your first grader to sing a Please and Thank you song!

2nd Grade - Have your 2nd grader create a rhythm using something found around the house

3rd through 8th grade - If your student has checked out an instrument to practice over the weekend, remind them to use a good bow hold, sit or stand up straight, practice a smooth open and shut bow stroke and practice open strings as well as the D scale. These skills are a very beginning set of skills that help our new students get started as well as returning students review what they have learned in the past.

I really appreciate the patience of those advanced students that have no need to review the beginning skills but I hope to be able to challenge them more as we get into the school year.

Short, well trimmed fingernails are required to play our string instruments. Please take a moment to notice your child’s fingernails and trim them appropriately. Long nails get in the way of pressing down on the strings to create an accurate and pleasant sound.

Instrument check out is on Wednesdays. Students can come to the music room between 2:50 and 3:00 to get their instrument to take home to practice. Instruments MUST come back on Monday morning. Students should bring their instrument directly to the music room to check it back in and then go out to the black top for line up. Instruments should not be taken into the white building and left in the hall. It creates a clutter that students trip on trying to get to their backpacks and is a mess in the hallway in general.

Students who forget their instrument on Monday can call home to have someone bring it to school before their music time or they will be asked to bring a book or homework to class to work on during music time.

Some students, especially cello players, share instruments with other students so a missing instrument makes it difficult for others too.

Big picture

Living with a child with ADHD

How to boost your child’s confidence

  • Set aside a daily special time for you and your child. Constant negative feedback can erode a child’s self-esteem. A special time, whether it’s an outing, playing games or just time spent with your child in positive interaction, can help fortify your child against assaults to self-worth.
  • Notice your child’s successes, no matter how small. Make an effort to notice when your child is paying attention well or doing what s/he is supposed to be doing. Tell your child exactly what she/he did well. This can improve your child’s self-esteem and teach him/her to notice gradual improvements, rather than being too hard on him/herself.
  • Tell your child that you love and support him/her unconditionally. There will be days when you may not believe this yourself. Those will be the days when it is even more important that you acknowledge the difficulties your child constantly faces and express your love. Let your child know that you will get through both the smooth and rough times together.
  • Assist your child with social skills. Children with ADHD may be rejected by peers because of hyperactive, impulsive or aggressive behaviors. Parent training can help you learn how to assist your child in making friends and learning to work cooperatively with others.
  • Identify your child's strengths. Many children with ADHD have strengths in certain areas such as art, athletics, computers or mechanical ability. Build upon these strengths, so that your child will have a sense of pride and accomplishment. Make sure that your child has the opportunity to be successful while pursuing these activities and that his strengths are not undermined by untreated ADHD. Also, avoid, as much as possible, targeting these activities as contingencies for good behavior or withholding them, as a form of punishment, when your child misbehaves.

Taken from https://chadd.org/for-parents/overview/

ADHD 101 - Why Kids With ADHD Need Different Parenting Strategies

Group Therapy Opportunities for Families

Tuesday - Emotional Wellness

4-5pm - Ages 9-12 - $25 A Session - Sept 27th - Dec 6th

This group focuses on helping children identify their feelings while teaching fun and interactive coping skills to help them handle their emotions.

Wednesday - Emotional Resilience

4-5 pm - Grades 9-12 - $25 A Session - Sept 28th - Dec 7th

This group helps teens become more emotionally aware by exploring helpful ways to cope with their emotions and how to have healthier relationships.

Wednesday - Smart Steps: For Step-Families

5-7 - FREE OF CHARGE - Sept 28th - Nov 9th

This course discusses how to manage communication, expectations, financial/legal issues, child development, strengthening the couple, and how to manage the stress of a step-family situation.

Session Topics:

Sept 28th - Orientation and Introductions

Oct 5th - Families Today

Oct 12th - Shared Meaning, Money, and the Law

Oct 19th - Empathy, Child Development, and the Law

Oct 26th - Strengthening the Couple

Nov 2nd - Communication Across Households

Nov 9th - Building Family Strengths

Important Notes About These Classes and What you Need to Do:

  1. Registration is required for group attendance

  2. Registration is required to receive materials

  3. Register by contacting the Pleasant Grove Office (801) 785-1169

  4. For questions email: andreaw@greenhousecenter.org

Big picture

John Hancock Charter School

Belief Statements:

  • We believe all students can learn.
  • We believe education is the shared responsibility of students, parents, school staff and the community.
  • We believe that a school should be a safe, nurturing environment.
  • We believe that the cultural and fine arts are necessary and important to the growth of a child.
  • We believe that the sciences help students to understand and appreciate the world in which they live.
  • We believe all children are entitled to an education that is challenging and gives them a feeling of success.
  • We believe teachers with high expectations affect student performance.
  • We believe that learning is a lifetime process and it is our responsibility to build a strong foundation based on academic and social skills.
  • We believe that students have the right to learn something new every day.