It’s Almost Back to School Time!
Newspaper and television advertisements are an ongoing reminder that summer is quickly turning into fall!
As the start of the school year draws near, students have to make the adjustment between the less structured days of summer and get back into the school routine. There are many ways you can help your students get back into the swing of things and stay there.
1. Sleep! Set up a regular bedtime and wake-up routine. Young children (4-5 years old) need between 11 and 13 hours of sleep per day. Children ages 5 to 12 need approximately 10-11 hours of sleep per night. For teenagers to function at their best, they need 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night. Teach your child about healthy sleep habits and continue to emphasize the need for regular and consistent sleep schedules. Make sure your child’s bedroom supports good sleep habits. A dark, cool, quiet room without television, computers, or electronics is a good start.
2. Talk! If your child is anxious about school, keep a positive attitude. Recall the fun and exciting events, field trips, projects, etc., from years past. Show excitement about the opportunities for learning new things in the new year. Asking your child about school is important. It shows that you value education. Try to avoid general questions, like, “How was your day?” To get more than a one-word answer, be specific. School work is challenging. Encouraging children to learn from mistakes and reminding them that they are capable of meeting challenges helps them develop the “grit” needed to be successful in life.
3. Get involved! Show support and enthusiasm for your child’s learning. Participate in school activities and show interest in what your child is doing at school.
4. Read! Read! Read! Reading with your child or discussing what your child is reading is a great way to spend quality time together.
5. Connect! Communicate with your child’s teacher(s). Teachers can alert you to any emotional, social, or academic difficulties they observe. The same works in reverse, notify teachers about changes that might affect your child’s behavior at school. Some examples are: illness, divorce, death of a family member, a recent move, or a change in a parent’s job.
If you are new to the district, you can enroll your children at the Adams-Friendship School District Administration Building, 201 West 6th Street, Friendship, WI 53934
Enrollment forms including emergency contacts, primary physician information, medical information, email, place of residency and other important information as well as Free and Reduced Lunch applications will be available. Copies of forms may be reviewed or downloaded in advance from the “PARENTS” Tab on this website.
The start of the school is a special time. Everything is new and everyone is ready to buckle down and have a successful year. We’re looking forward to seeing you and getting off to a running start.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!