Welcomeback to another exciting school year! Afterour successful Open House on September 3rd, the entire school bodyhas acclimated well to their familiar school routines. It is wonderful to see the smiles and sensethe excitement as students and staff greet each new day. I am sure that all of our McKinley Mustangswill have another terrific school year! Pleaseremember that Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 17th at6:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you there!
Start off the new school year right…
Designate and clear a place to do homework. Some children may need an area set aside in the kitchen or dining room to facilitate adult monitoring, supervision,and encouragement while others are able to study in their room or a quiet area of the house.
Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Designate a spot for your children to place their school belongings as well as a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see. Explain that emptying their backpack each evening is part of their responsibility.
Make lunches the night before school. Children should help or make their own lunches. Give them the option to buy lunch in school if they prefer and finances permit.
Set alarm clocks. Have school-age children set their own alarm clocks to get up in the morning. Praise them for getting up promptly and arriving at the bus stop in a timely manner.
Leave plenty of extra time. Make sure your child has plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school.
Set aside a specific time for practicing and studying each night. Discuss with your child what time of day would work best. As soon as he/she arrives home? Just before or after dinner? If your child attends an after-school program, find out if students are expected to do homework there. If your child completes homework away from home, plan to review the work and talk about his/her school day at a set time every evening.
In order to learn, children must believe they can learn. As the parent or guardian, you are the most important adult in your child’s life. The feedback you give your child – what you say and do about his/her abilities – will have a lasting impact on your child’s self-confidence. Be encouraging and praise your child for the amount of effort that is put into an assignment or project. Let your child know that doing his/her best is what counts!
A tasty and nutritious selection of breakfast and lunch items is available on a daily basis! Applications for free or reduced lunch for your child are available in the main office for families who have recently experienced a change in financial status. If your family qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program, please remember that breakfast is also included in the program!