October 15 - Parent University @ Washington Gifted, starts at 5:30 pm
October 16 - End of 1st grading period
October 21 - Unity Day - wear orange
October 21 - Introduce a girl to Engineering Day trip
October 22 - Parent / Teacher conferences 4-7 pm at your school
October 23 - Parent / Teacher conferences 8-11 am at your school
October 28 - SIP day - students released 3 hours after school begins
October 29 - IB Presentation for parents at Richwoods HS - 6pm
October 30 - ISAC at VS to talk to AVID students about college
UNITY DAY Wednesday, October 21st. - WEAR ORANGE!!
RED RIBBON WEEK
Monday, Oct. 26th, 7am to Saturday, Oct. 31st, 11pm
801 East Forrest Hill Avenue
What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health
It is easy for parents to identify their child’s physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it’s cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills. Additionally, good friends and encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.
A child’s physical and mental health are both important.
Basics for a child’s good physical health:
- Nutritious food
- Adequate shelter and sleep
- Healthy living environment
Basics for a child’s good mental health:
- Unconditional love from family
- Self-confidence and high self-esteem
- The opportunity to play with other children
- Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
- Safe and secure surroundings
- Appropriate guidance and discipline
Give children unconditional love.
Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life. Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments.
Mistakes and/or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.
Nurture children’s confidence and self-esteem.
- Praise Them - Encouraging children’s first steps or their ability to learn a new game helps them develop a desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to explore and play in a safe area where they cannot get hurt. Assure them by smiling and talking to them often. Be an active participant in their activities. Your attention helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Set Realistic Goals - Young children need realistic goals that match their ambitions with their abilities. With your help, older children can choose activities that test their abilities and increase their self-confidence.
- Be Honest - Do not hide your failures from your children. It is important for them to know that we all make mistakes. It can be very re-assuring to know that adults are not perfect.
- Avoid Sarcastic Remarks - If a child loses a game or fails a test, find out how he or she feels about the situation. Children may get discouraged and need a pep talk. Later, when they are ready, talk and offer assurance.
- Encourage children - To not only strive to do their best, but also to enjoy the process. Trying new activities teaches children about teamwork, self-esteem and new skills.