Tiogue's Weekly Family Newsletter
Home of the Timberwolves April 7, 2018 vol 30
We have a fantastic reading week planned for Tiogue!! Our guest Author, Alan Katz, is going to bring smiles to all of our faces on Friday.
Reading Week Activities and Events
Tuesday 4/10/18 - "SQUEAK IN A WIN" - BINGO IN CLASS using our mouse packets, buddy up with another classroom to play BINGO!
Wednesday 4/11/18 - "WHEN THE CAT IS AWAY, THE MICE WILL PLAY" - Students will participate in a Vocabulary Parade throughout the school.
Thursday 4/12/18 - "SHH, SHH....BE AS QUIET AS A MOUSE" - Pajama Day!! Students can wear appropriate pajamas on Thursday. We ask that no child wear slippers to school on this day. At 2:30pm we will gather in the gymnasium for a quiet read with the whole school.
Friday 4/13/18 - "MEET THE BIG CHEESE", Author's Visit, Alan Katz! The day has finally arrived. Alan will host the following presentations:
9:00am-9:45am Grades K-1
10:00am-10:45am Grades 2-3
11:00am-11:45am Grade 4
12 noon-12:45pm Grade 5
2pm-3pm: Meet and Greet~Mouse Winners
MANY THANKS TO OUR ELA COMMITTEE & PTA for helping to organize all of the events, special activities and choosing our guest Author.
Pennies for Patients - HUGE SUCCESS! We raised $790.03!
PTA BINGO NIGHT! Thursday, March 29th was a great success! Thanks PTA! Here are some pictures of the event.
Ask your children about our school wide read aloud, Ralph S. Mouse. All homerooms finished reading the book out loud.
Important Dates and Information
Upcoming Dates to Remember-
-April 9th through April 13th School Wide Reading Events (see above)
-April 9, 2018 - RICAS TESTING BEGINS FOR GR 3
-April 12, 2018 - PTA MTG 6:30pm
-April 13, 2018 - Author's Visit Alan Katz (his website)
-April 14th - 22nd SCHOOL VACATION
-April 23, 2018 - Back to School; Make up testing for RICAS this week; School Committee & Superintendent Listening Session at Tiogue, 7pm-8pm (see pdf file below of all school dates/times)
*RICAS testing make-ups will take place throughout the month.
State Testing begins for all students in grades 3-5
Testing Calendar is shared below.
Our Mission and Motto:
At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.
"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"
School Store is Wednesday of this week.
Upcoming Meeting Dates-
APR. 12th 6:30pm
May 17th 3:30pm
June 7th 6:30pm
Hours: 8:40am - 3:10pm
Students may come to school when supervisory coverage begins at 8:20am
Mrs. Susan Lyons - School Psychologist Note
My child was recently diagnosed ADHD. I always knew his behavior was something more than just “energetic”. He is hard to parent and I know that I sometimes lose my patience with him. Our household can become very stressful at times. He can be funny, he is athletic (when he focuses), is kind and compassionate and great at math. I feel really concerned that he will not have the future I know he deserves because this will prevent him from learning, socializing and most of all, being happy. He is only 6 and I do not want to medicate him now. Maybe someday, but is there anything I can do now that might help him?
As you stated, you know that your child deserves a great future. It is already clear that you are a parent who focuses on your child’s strengths and it sounds like he has many! Contrary to children who may sense that their parents are discouraged with them and despair about the future, your child recognizes that you notice all of his strengths. This, in and of itself, will help him to develop the self-esteem and ingenuity he needs to become a well-adjusted adult. Raising a child with ADHD can be a challenge. Remember, he is challenged and frustrated as well. Here are a few recommendations to think about:
Be a Good Role Model:
You are your child’s most influential role model. If you are unable to control yourself how can you expect your child to demonstrate self-control? It is certainly normal and acceptable to get angry at your child. It is not ok to yell and scream at him. As a child’s behavior escalates, the adult’s behavior should deescalate and that includes their voice volume.
Know When to Say No:
As parents, we get tired. Sometimes we quickly answer “no” to a request or question because we are frustrated or irritable. Obviously, there are many times that we must say no because we have to set limits that are reasonable. Take a moment when your child asks for something (staying up an extra 15 minutes, wearing an outfit that doesn’t quite match, riding his bike one house further). Evaluate whether the request is reasonable and if your child is mature enough to handle it. Allowing a little control under supervision can go a long way with children.
Pay Attention to Positive Behavior:
Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to take a moment and realize what is going well. Encouragement is critical to the healthy development of our children. Think of encouragement as seeds that we sprinkle generously. Our children gain confidence and independence if we provide enough encouragement. Praise on the other hand is what we deliver at the end of a race. It has its place but should be used sparingly. Praise is specific to a completed task, event, or a job. For example, if your child brings home a good grade on a test, you might say “wow, that’s great!” However, if you use encouragement, you could say “I had confidence that you would do well because I saw how much you studied. You must feel really proud!” Statements like, “I’m proud of you” should be used even less frequently because if you focus on telling your child that you are proud, they may feel concerned about letting you down in the future.
Expectations and consequences should be consistent as often as possible. Consequences should always be logical. Telling a child that they are grounded because they failed a test is less effective than saying, “I looks like you needed more time to study for that test. This week, you will be responsible for your homework and studying as usual, however, I think we will put the electronics away so that you are more able to focus on your work. If your grades come up you and I can decide how much time is reasonable for you to do well in school and still have the opportunity to use electronics. This type of discussion will rarely cause a power struggle because it make sense, has a time limit and you will be negotiating together a new schedule.
As always, feel free to contact me for more information. I can be reached at 822-9460 or via email email@example.com.
Sue Lyons, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Important Internet Links
Coventry Public Schools Website: http://www.coventryschools.net/homeSchool Website: http://tiogueschool.squarespace.com/
Parent Information on our District site
School Dept. 2017-18 Calendar: District Calendar
Coventry Curriculum Resources: Click here
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Health & Wellness Letter: Click here
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