From the Principal's Desk
Please watch the classroom newsletters, school website, and Facebook page for details on upcoming dates.
As always, feel free to join your child for lunch one day.
The art room is a “flurry” of winter arts and activities! All classes have been working on art to represent the winter weather for the coming month of January. Examples of the art work can be seen around the school and on the art banners in the hall way in front of the art room area! You are welcome to stop by and visit our school and see some of the art work currently displayed. I would like to thank you for your Original Works fundraiser orders and the magnets that were purchased to help fund our art experiences. The art department will offer a great opportunity for some of our art classes to participate in an artist-in-residence program coming to my art room in late January and into February. More details to follow soon.
As the New Year begins let’s remember to share our art experiences and practice those creative skills at home as well as in the classroom. A great tip for students to practice on at home in order to increase fine motor muscle control, (for all grades…K- 5th grade students) is cutting with scissors! Old magazines are great for students to cut out pictures (with parent permission of course!). Scissor work is very intricate and cutting right on the lines is a great exercise for students to strengthen their fine motor development.
Finally, SHHHHH! I’m hoping to see a little snow in January….at least on the weekends!!
In January, our good character word is Being Fair. Students will be learning about being fair in their classroom guidance lessons and on our morning news show. Being Fair is not always easy, and fair doesn’t always mean equal. This is a difficult concept for students to understand, and in guidance we use a couple visual examples, using band-aids, to help them. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about being fair, what is fair and how to play fair, this month.
Our Student Council representatives are hosting a Toy Drive, collecting gently used toys from January 6 through January 10th. All donated items will be given to the children at Serenity Place in Greenville. This is a residential addiction treatment home where mothers and children can stay while they recover. Your support for this special project will be appreciated many times over!
January 31st will be Career Day for our 3rd through 5th graders – and volunteers are needed! Parents are invited to join a few of our classes from 9:00 until 10:30am, and speak to students about your job. All jobs are welcomed! Contact our School Counselor Mrs. McElvenny to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
The book fair returns on February 21. It will kick off at 7:15 am. Mark you calendars and make plans to shop with your student during breakfast and lunch.
It’s RECORDER time! I can just feel the excitement from the kids. Each 3rd-5th grade student needs to have a recorder in my room. Many students like to have one for home so they can practice (which I know makes you VERY HAPPY).
Each student in Grades 1-5 now have their own Quaver account. Please allow your child to explore and have fun while learning fun facts about music. This site has everything from stories to the Recorder.
The Tigerville Chorus is very excited to learn and perform Aladdin for our Spring 2020 production. We are going to need many of our costumes made from patterns. So if you are willing to help us out please contact me as soon as possible. We will supply everything you need. My number is 355-4619. If you have a H.S. student that gets out of school early and would like to help with the Musical/Chorus, please tell them to contact me. We need help with sound, props, stage……just about anything.
STEM Lab Notes
Students will explore the Engineering Design Process through a Stem lab environment that creates opportunities for exploration and creativity. They will experience the beginning stages of Stem to build a foundation of skills in problem solving, teamwork, and communication. Some grades will begin an introduction to the Osmo learning system and Ozobots for coding.
Running club reminders: Running club is available to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. You may also sign up at any time and there is no attendance requirement for this club. Running Club is now meeting from 2:30-3:45, EVERY MONDAY!
Message from Coach C
It's a new year.... time for some new changes! Have a new years resolution yet? Is it health based? Here are a few tips to help with that Exercise/Diet New Year's resolution!
- Do what you like. There is a principle in exercise science called FITTE. It is an acronym for frequency, intensity, time, type, and enjoyment. I find the ‘E’ to often be the most important variable.
If you look forward to (or at least do not actively hate) a particular physical activity, do it. If you like tennis, find an indoor court. If you like dancing, look into dance-based workouts like Zumba. Do whatever will make you move. Just because you know things like running and jumping are great cardio does not mean they have to be your thing.
If you like what you are doing, you will do it continually. If you do not like what you are doing, you won’t do it. If you are not sure what you would enjoy, try a variety of activities until you find one that sticks.
- Formulate achievable goals and milestones. Instead of formulating your ultimate goal as what you are working toward, break your goal down into achievable milestones. If you want to lose 30 pounds, think of it as a goal of losing five pounds a month for six months. If you want to add muscle mass, you can aim for putting on a pound of muscle a month. If you want to run a 5K, try intervals of walking and jogging to get to the first mile, then the second, then the third. Keep in mind that your goals may shift as you work toward them.
- Share your goals with the people in your life. Share what you are doing with the people around you. Having the support of others can both inspire you and hold you accountable. You will not want to report to your mother, child, or coworkers that you have given up on your goals. You will want to report that you are working hard to get what you want. You never know who will inspire you during this process. You may even inspire others to join you on your journey.
- Something is always better than nothing. I hear the question all the time, “if I can only get to the gym for half an hour, is it worth it?” My answer is always a resounding, “Yes! It is worth it!” You can get a lot done in half an hour and it keeps you in the habit of exercising.
- It’s okay to be nervous, but don’t let it stop you. People are often afraid to try something new. This is completely normal. Nerves can often be beaten with some extra preparation.
- If there is a group exercise class you have been curious about, but haven’t gone because you are nervous about it, ask someone for more information. By finding out more about a teacher’s style and the format of the class, you will feel more mentally prepared and in control.
- I often talk with people who are intimidated by Spinning classes. If you would like to try Spinning, ask someone at the gym the proper way to set up the bike and how to use the brake. That way, you will know what to do when you get into the class.
- Take small steps. Your body has all sorts of built-in alarm systems. Mine go off during yoga class whenever I try to do a headstand. My body is convinced that if I take the weight out of my legs, I’ll break my neck. Logically, I know this is not necessarily the case, but my body thinks otherwise. To overcome my body’s alarms, I try to push myself a little further each time I try a headstand.
- Ask for help. Many types of exercise are not intuitive. While your body knows how to walk without you having to think about it, it does not automatically know how to properly lift weights or use kettlebells. If you are a member of a gym, ask a personal trainer to show you some moves. If you are not a member of a gym, look up videos of different exercises on the Internet.
- Combine lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and good fats when you eat. Separately, these are food groups that your body needs. Together, these food groups are powerhouses. Research shows that when eaten together, they will help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. The sum of these three factors is greater than its parts. Try eating an apple and some almonds as a snack and see how it makes you feel.
- Keep a food journal. Before you can figure out how to amend your food intake patterns, you have to assess where you are starting from. By writing down everything you eat and how much you eat of it, you can start to look for patterns in your consumption. Maybe you get overly hungry, then end up eating too much. Maybe you are a mindless snacker. Write down everything you eat for a week and review the information. Look up the caloric value of the foods you have been eating. The numbers may surprise you.
Once you assess your food choices, there are small changes you can make that will add up to a big difference.
Sugar-free pudding, sugar-free fudge pops, pickles, and wasabi peas are sweet, salty, and spicy foods you can eat without guilt. The sugar-free pudding and frozen fudge pops will satisfy your cravings for sweets; pickles will calm the salty cravings; and wasabi peas will give you some spicy bite. Wasabi peas are around 140 calories per serving, but you will find that one serving is plenty.
- Think before you eat – why are you eating?
Are you really hungry or are you eating because it is “dinner time” or you are bored?
Rosenburg, S. (2018). New year's resolutions: exercise and nutrition tips. Psych Central. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/lib/new-years-resolutions-exercise-and-nutrition-tips/