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How to Get Kids Excited About the New School Year

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Childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed over the past 30 years. Right now, onethird of American kids are overweight or obese. “Unfortunately, healthy eating for kids isn’t always stressed consistently.” says Debbie Blacher, founder of Wholesome Tummies, a children’s food franchise devoted to bringing nutritious meals to schools. “Many kids lack access to nutritious food and good information about healthful eating and behaviors.” Since most kids consume half their daily calories at school, healthy eating habits must be addressed both at home and in the classroom, she stresses. Blacher, a mom herself and an expert on crafting healthful school lunches, is offering these lunch packing tips for parents: • Make a bento box: Instead of packing the traditional entrée and sides, make lunch out of small snacks in a multi-compartment box. Hardboiled eggs, raisins, an apple or other fresh fruit, crackers, tuna fish, pasta salad, veggies, dips and more. • Travel the world: Go with


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an international theme each day, such as Mexican, Asian or Italian. Include an educational note about the meal’s origin.

• Include a surprise: Kids love surprises, such as favorite photos, stickers or a reminder about an upcoming event. A lunch box surprise can make your child’s day extra special. Busy parents may not have the time to pack lunch each day. But programs like Wholesome Tummies are providing schools with affordable, healthy, kid-friendly lunches. More information can be found at But nutrition is only half the equation. As screen time competes for kids’ attention, active time is decreasing. And exercise is crucial to preventing obesity, improving motor skills and providing a social outlet. Unfortunately, not all kids are receptive. “One of the biggest chal-

lenges is getting shy kids to participate,” says Jyl Camhi, co-founder of Great Play, a children’s gym franchise that uses interactive technology and a progressive curriculum based on motor-skill development. Camhi is offering tips to coax a child forward in a group fitness scenario: • Allow spectating: The first time in a new environment can be emotionally draining. Stay for an entire class and return the next time. • Never force participation: Be a source of comfort for your child while he or she sits on the sidelines. Your child will feed off your energy. • Look for peer leaders: Outgoing children are often thrilled to help another child feel more comfortable.

• Sometimes leaving helps: Oftentimes kids behave better when they don’t have a parental crutch to lean on. • Pay attention to leaders’ personalities: Whether it’s classes, sports or school, the leader can make or break the experience. Does the coach make kids comfortable? Look for telltale signs and find a coach that works well with your child. More information about kids’ fitness or to find a Great Play Franchise near you can be found at There are some trends not worth following -- and an unhealthy lifestyle is one of them. With the right tools and tricks, you can be a positive influence on your kids’ health. (StatePoint)

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Mattoon Area Schools Supply List

Kindergarten Crayons: 4 boxes of 24 – regular size (washable). Crayola preferred Glue: 4, 8 oz. Bottles of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred Glue sticks, 1 package Scissors: Fiskar’s metal blade preferred Penclls: 1 Package of 6, yellow #2, sharpened, please Markers: 1 box of 8, Crayola, Washable, Classic Colors preferred School box for school supplies, 5” x 8” Tissue: 2 box of 20 count Reaser: 1, Pink Pearl preferred Zip top bags: Boys = 1 box

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sandwich size. Girls = 1 box gallon size Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no idditional shoes are required if gym shoes are worn to school) Grade 1 Crayons: 2 boxes of 24 – regular size (washable), Crayola preferred Glue: 1, 8 oz. bottle of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred Glue sticks: 8, Elmer’s preferred Scissors: Fiskar’s pointed metal blade preferred Pencils: Package of 24, #2sized, yellow, sharpened, please Markers: 1 box of 8, Crayola, Washable, Classic Colors preferred School box for school supplies, 5” x 8” Tissue: 2 boxes of 240 count Erasers: 6, Pink Pearl pre-

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ferred Pocket Folders: Two, 2-pocket folders. Please, no 3-ring binders or Trapper Keepers Zip top bags: Boys = 1 box gallon size zip-lock baggies. Girls = 1 box sandwich size zip-lock baggies Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no additional shoes are required if gym shoes are worn to school) Grade 2 Crayons: Box of 16, (washable) Glue: one 8 oz. Bottle of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred Glue Sticks: 3 Scissors: Fiskar’s metal blade preferred Pencils: Package of 24, #2sized, sharpened, please Markers: 1 box of 8, Crayola, Washable, Classic Colors preferred Eraser: 2, Pink Pearl preferred Pocket Folders: Two, 2-pocket folders. 1 pocket folder with three hole punches, and one 3 prong folder. Please, no 3ring binders or Trapper Keepers 70 Page Notebook: Two spiralbound, 1 subject. 8 1/2” x 11” wide lines (not college-ruled) Tissue: 1 box of 240 count Zipper pencil bag Post-it notes (3x3): 2 Ziploc bags: Girls = 1 box quart size and Boys = 1 box gallon size Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no additional shoes are required if gym shoes are

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worn to school) Grade 3 Crayons: Box of 24, (washable) Glue: 1, 8 oz. bottle of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred Glue Sticks: 2 Scissors: Fiskar’s metal blade preferred Pencils: 48, regular size #2, yellow, sharpened, and please, no mechanical pencils Markers: 1 box of 8 Crayola Washable, Classic Colors Preferred Highlighters: 2 chisel-tipped highlighters Colored Pencils: Package of 12, Crayola preferred Eraser: 1, Pink Pearl preferred Eraser: 1 package pencil-top erasers Pocket Folders: 1 Plastic 2sided folder (used as “take home folder” for the year); Five, 2-pocket folders Please, no 3-ring binders or Trapper Keepers 70 page notebook: One spiralbound, 1-subject. 8 1/2” x 11,” wide lines (not college-ruled) Loose Leaf Paper: 1 package of 100 count Tissue: 3 box of 240 count Tissue: 3 box of 240 count Zipper pencil bag 1-Clear plastic tub for art box (Approx. 13.5 x 8 in size) (shoe size box) Post-it notes – 2 packages Zip top bags: Girls = 1 box quart size, Boys = 1 box gallon size Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no additional shoes are required if gym are required if gym shoes are worn to school) Grade 4 Crayons: Box of 24 Glue: 1, 8 oz. bottle of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred Glue Sticks: 2 Scissors: Fiskar’s metal blade preferred Pencils: 48 - regular size #2, sharpened, please, no mechanical pencils Eraser: 2 packages pencil-top erasers

Markers: 1 box of 10, Crayola Classic Colors markers Colored Pencils: Package of 12, Crayola preferred Notebook Paper: 8 1/2” x 11”, wide-lined, not college ruled, loose leaf, 150 sheets Composition notebook One – 3-Ring Binder: 1 inch, with subject divider tabs Pocket Folders: 8 pocket folders Tissue: 2 boxes of 240 count Small package of Post-It Notes Zipper pencil bag Ziploc bags: Girls = 1 box sandwich size and Boys = 1 box gallon size Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no additional shoes are required if gym shoes are worn to school) Grade 5 Markers: Box of 8 basic colors Crayons: Box of 24, (washable) Glue: 1 small bottle of white squeeze type, Elmer’s preferred or 1 package of glue sticks Scissors: Fiskar’s metal blade preferred Pencils: 48 – regular size #2, sharpened, and please, no mechancial pencils Eraser: Pink Pearl preferred, 2 packages Colored Pencils: Package of 12, Crayola preferred Notebook Paper: 8 1/2” x 11”, wide-lined, not college ruled, loose leaf, 250 sheets Tissue: 2 boxes of 240 count Zipper pencil bag Gym shoes are required for P.E. class (no additional shoes are required if gym shoes are worn to school) Riddle only: 3-Ring Binder: 2 inch, with subject divider tabs. Please, no spiral bound notebooks or Trapper Keepers. Ziploc bags: Girls = 2 box gallon size and Boys = 1 box quart size Eraser: 1 package pencil-top erasers Williams only: Pocket folder: 5 pocket folders. Please, no spiral bound notebooks or Trapper Keepers.

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Casey-Westfield Monroe Elementary School

Fourth Grade NO LARGE NOTEBOOKS INCLUDING 3-RING AND TRAPPER KEEPERS 1 glue stick & 1-4 oz/ bottle Elmer’s white glue 3 large boxes of tissues scissors 1 pkg. WIDE RULED paper 1-7C page spiral notebook 30-#2 SHARPENED Wooden pencils 2 red pens; 1 pink eraser 1-5x8” plastic school box 6 plain plastic pcoket folderspockets along bottom (different colors) crayons 1 clear 6 inch protractor Optional - 1 pkg. crayola washable markers; colored pencils

Fifth Grade 3-4 red pens several pencils 5 PLASTIC pocket folders w/ metal tabs (1 of each color: red, blue, green, yellow, orange) Do NOT label folders with name box of 24 crayons 1 bottle of glue glue stick 3 large boxes of tissues 2 pink erasers 1 pkg. colored pencils 1 box markers 2 pkg. wide ruled lined notebook paper pencil box or zipper pouch highlighters small calculator scissors Optional: Hand sanitizer NO TRAPPER KEEPERS OR 3-RING NOTEBOOKS

Sixth Grade 8 PLASTIC pcoket folders with center METAL TABS 2 boxes pencils 2 pkgs looseleaf notebook paper Highlighters 2 dry erase markers 1 bottle glue 3 composition books (wide rule for writing) 1 pkg. 3x5 Index cards colored pencils small Post-It notes small calculator (NO scientific calculators)

pencil box for desk large zipper pouch to carry supplies 1 large box of tissues Hand sanitizer (optional but appreciated) NO TRAPPER KEEPERS OR 3-RING NOTEBOOKS Cross-Categorical Class (Mrs. Smock) 6 unlabeled pocket folders 3 large boxes tissues 2 pkgs. sharpened pencils 2 glue sticks 1 8 oz. Elmer’s glue 1 box ziploc bags (quart size) 1 box ziploc sandwich bags toothpaste and toothbrush 1 container wet wipes 1 set of old clothes & shoes for activities NO trapper keepers, ink pens, mechanical pencils, or school boxes Preschool 1 pkg. Crayola washable markers 2 plain hard plastic folders w/ metal tabs 1 box 8 count large size crayons 1 box of 16 crayons 1 8 oz. Elmer’s glue glue sticks play dough 2 containers Lysol/Clorox Wipes 1 large box of tissues Backpack BIG ENOUGH FOR FOLDERS. No Wheels! Tennis shoes NOT required for preschool Kindergarten LABEL TOWEL & SHOES ONLY! 1 pkg. ziploc bags-Quart or 1 or 2 gal. size or kleenex 2 box (8 count) “LARGE” size crayons 20 pencils (sharpened)

2-4 oz. Elmer’s Glue All 1 bottled hand sanitizer (not soap) Clorox Wipes 1 box crayola washable type markers 9 plain, unlabeled pocket folders with METALS TABS Water color paints HAND TOWEL for rest time. NO MATS OR BATH TOWELS Backpack BIG ENOUGH FOR FOLDERS. NO Wheels! First Grade 4 pink or green erasers 2 large boxes of tissues 30 SHARPENED YELLOW pencils 2 or 3 boxes of 16 or 24 crayons (Crayola only) 2-4 oz. bottle of ELMER’s glue only scissors (Fiskers recommended) wide ruled SPIRAL notebook (at least 100 pages) desk pencil box 3 pocket folders – Not labeled 2 containers Wet Wipes or smiliar towelettes Optional: 1 pkg. crayola washable markers for general classroom use Optional – paper towles Second Grade 2 erasers 1”2x1/2” 1 pkg. crayola washable markers 1 box colored pencils (8) 1 small pencil box 2 boxes of 24 Crayola crayons 2 boxes of #2 lead plain yellow SHARPENED pencils 1 pair scissors (Fiskars recommended) 2 largr boxes of tissues 1-8 oz. white school glue (Elmer’s only)

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1 yellow highlighter marker 1 plain, unlabeled red pocket folder 2 plain, unlabeled pocket plastic folders with metal tabs; 1 purple, 1 blue 1 spiral notebook 1 pencil/crayon sharpener that catches shavings Boys: 1 box ziploc sandwich bags Girls: 1 box ziploc quart bags Optional: 1 box of wet wipes or Clorox wipes *Individual classrooms may request additional supplies DO NOT LABEL FOLDERS OR PENCILS Third Grade 2 sprial notebooks–wide ruled 2 large erasers glue glue sticks 2 red pens box of 24 crayons pointed scissors (Fiskars recommened) 6 plain pocket folders with metal tabs (different colors) DO NOT LABEL FOLDERS 2 boxes of tisses 30-#2 sharpened wooden


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back-to-school clothes shopping

The back to school season can be bittersweet. Parents may miss having their youngsters around the house when summer officially ends, but it's also fun for parents to watch kids partake in all that school has to offer. One of the things few parents look forward come the end of summer vacation is back-to-school shopping. Such shopping can be costly, especially when it's time to outfit kids with new wardrobes. While a complete wardrobe overhaul might not be necessary, kids typically need to replace a few items they've outgrown since the start of summer break. There are several ways parents can save on back-to-school clothes. * Get a head start. Parents can save themselves some money by shopping early for their children's back-to-school wardrobes. Though kids may experience a growth spurt during the summer, shop for items,

like socks, that they aren't likely to grow out of before the back-to-school season begins. This affords you time to comparison shop and spread out the cost of replacing your child's wardrobe instead of being hit with one big bill all at once. • Establish a budget. Without a budget, it's easy for parents to overspend on back-to-school clothing, especially for those parents who wait until the last minute and simply buy the first things they see. Establish a budget, ideally several weeks before your child's first day of school. Having a budget in place reduces the

likelihood that you will overspend, and developing the budget early helps you spread out your spending. • Shop at consignment stores. Consignment stores offer namebrand clothing at discounted prices, something parents of ever-growing youngsters can appreciate. Kids will like the name-brand gear, while Moms and Dads will enjoy not having to pay name-brand prices. A consignment store with significant inventory might sell anything from blue jeans and T-shirts to sneakers, shoes and jackets. • Swap clothes with other families. Clothing swaps between families have grown increasingly popular as more and more parents look to save money on rising clothing costs for their kids. Typically, families will swap clothes, including jackets, if their kids are similar in age and one youngster has outgrown his or her clothes. If

you can't find a family to swap with, visit your local community center or church to see if it has a clothing swap program. • Shop discount stores. If the local consignment store has already been raided, consider a discount store like Marshalls or TJ Maxx. These stores typically sell items at heavily discounted prices and often have similar inventories to mall department stores. • Shop online. A relatively new way for parents to save on back to school clothing is to shop online. A popular store's Web site might offer discounts that their brick-and-mortar store does not. Parents can also scour a host of coupon Web sites to find special codes they can use at checkout. These codes might offer free shipping or a percentage off the bill when consumers spend a certain amount of money.

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How to Get Kids Arthur Schools Excited about the New School Year

In a perfect world, all children would be enthusiastic about starting a new school year. But in the real world, some children will be reluctant, nervous, or annoyed about exchanging their summer fun for the classroom. How do you get kids motivated about going back to school? While you can’t dole out pep talks during the school day, you can take steps at home to get kids excited about school all year long:

Set an Example Off to work? If you act grumpy about the day ahead of you, your kids will take your cue. Over breakfast, be positive and upbeat. If your

journals, spiral notebooks and even stickers that can be customized with names and school subjects. To foster after school learning, thinking, doodling and dreaming, consider personalized Ivy and Bean journals. Go the Extra Mile Encourage your kids to do more than just go to school and come home. It’s in their art classes, on the basketball court and playing in the concert band where they will discover their talents and interests they didn’t know they have. Extracurricular and after school activities provide a great social outlet for kids and are where some of the best memories of school days are made. If the school doesn’t have programs that interest your child, investigate other classes, teams and activities offered locally. kids have apprehensions about school, their friends or after school activities, talk to them in a constructive way about what’s bothering them. At dinner, remember to check in with them again. Tell them about what you did that day and ask them about what they learned. Make Schoolwork Fun Cool school supplies can inspire your kids to stay organized and motivated. Think colorful and cheerful designs and personalized back to school supplies, which can give kids a sense of ownership and pride over their school work. For example, MyChronicleBooks, creates folders,

Customize Lunch Add a little flair to lunch room drudgery. Remember to always pack a favorite snack or dessert to give your kids something to look forward to midday. From pirates and princesses to dinosaurs and trains, ditch the paper bag in favor of a lunch box featuring your children’s interests. And personalizing the lunch box with their names can help prevent lost lunch mishaps. More information can be found at From brighter moods to better grades, getting kids excited about the school year will have positive consequences. (StatePoint)

Arthur Grade School School Kingergarten These Items should have your child’s name on them: • Water color paints • Mat for rest time • Crayola Classic color markers (box of 10- need pink and gray, broad tip) • 2 folders (one needs to have 3 fasteners on inside for holding paper for writing journal) • Pencil box - Nall only • Scissors - Nall Only

These items should NOT have your child’s name on them: • 2 packages of 8-count Crayola crayons • 2 packages of 24-count Crayola crayons • 1 bottle of Elmer’s Glue-All • 1 box of Kleenex • 1 box of number 2 pencils 10 count (no fat pencils) • 1 package of dry erase markers Optional Items: • Ziploc baggies - snack, sandwich, and gallon size • Clorox wipes • Baby wipes • Aluminum foil • Parchment paper • Wax paper • Shaving cream • Bubbles • Play dough

We would appreciate it if you could bring your supplies in at registration, which is set for August 6 (last name beginning A-M) and August 7 (last name beginning N-Z).

Arthur Elementary School First Grade • 1 box crayons (24 maximum) No other sizes please • 1 box crayons (8 only) • 5 pencils - No plastic covered pencils please • 1 Elmer’s School Glue (Replace as needed) • 1 pair of pointed scissors • 1 soft eraser, not Art Gum • 2 boxes of tissues, regular size (Replace as needed) • 1 pencil Box, Hard plastic (cigar box size) • 1 Plastic two-pocket folders • 1 Book bag to carry papers home • 1 Ziploc bag with 20 pennies, 10 dimes and 10 nickels • 1 box Ziploc quart freezer bags – Mrs. Jent’s class • 1 box Ziploc gallon freezer bags – Mrs. Kinger’s class • 1 box each Ziploc gallon and quart freezer bags – Miss Fraser • 1 box small markers • 1 old, over-sized t-shirt to be used as a paint shirt

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Carl Sandburg Elementary School First Grade PLEASE LABEL OUTSIDE OF CRAYON BOX, MARKER BOX AND GLUE STICK PRIOR TO SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL! (Permanent marker works great!)

1 book bag 1 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s School Glue 12 glue sticks 2 boxes of crayons, #24 2 or 3 boxes of tissues, 200 count (soft ones for our tender noses!) 12 #2 pencils, sharpened 1 set of 8 primary colored broad-tip markers (Crayola brand) 1 plastic school box (Spacemaker size from Wal-Mart fits in desks) 2 pink pearl erasers 1 pair of Fiskar scissors 5 3-pronged pocket folders (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange, 1 blue & 1 green) 1 Mead Stage 3 Primary Journal (see picture below) 1 box of gallon and 1 box of quart size Ziploc bags (BOYS ONLY) 2 containers of baby qipes (GIRLS ONLY)

For Art Class 1 Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint Set

1 Package of two (2) black Sharpie PENS (no markers please, thanks!) We ask that students wear tennis shoes on PE days. If your child wears a different type of shoes on PE days, please provide a pair of gym shoes for your child. DO NOT LABEL the items that go to Art Class, Ziploc bag boxes or tissues. Students may NOT wear shoes to school with wheels in them. 2nd Grade 1 Large book bag (to hold books, notebooks, etc.) 16 glue sticks 1 box of crayons - #24 (Crayola recommended) 2 boxes 200 count tissues 24 #2 pencils, sharpened yellow, wooden pencils - no designs please 1 set of 8 primary broad-tip markesr, washable, no fluorescent 4 large Pink Pearl rubber erasers 1 set long colored pencils, sharpened 4 pocket folders w/ 3 hole fasteners (PLAIN, no pictures 1 each of - blue, red, yellow & green)

1 pair pointed scissors 1 box of zip-lock freezer bags (Boys – quart-size; Girls – gallon-size) Bags should be zip to close and not fold to close 3 spiral wide-ruled notebook without perforated pages – 70 pages 1 composition book - 9 3/4” x 7 1/2” – 100 sheets 6 packages of pastel (lightcolored) sticky notes – 3”x3” (1 package = 90 sheets) 1 box of plain bandaids 1 plastic pencil box – no pouches For Art Class 1 Crayola washable watercolor paint set 1 Colored fine-point Sharpie market (don’t need black though) PLEASE, NO TRAPPER KEEPERS!!! Students should wear tennis shoes on PE days. If your child wears a different type of shoes on PE days, please provide a pair of gym shoes for your child. Students may NOT wear shoes to school with wheels in them.

request additional supplies 3rd State No NOTEBOOKS OR TRAPPER KEEPERS DUE TO LIMITED STORAGE SPACE 1 book bag (please label with name) 1 4oz. bottles of Elmer’s school glue 12 small glue Crayons, Markers & Colored Pencils (classic colors) 36 #2 pencils (sharpened, if possible) 2 boes of tissues, 200 count 1 school box – small plastic box (8x5) 4 plain 2-pocket folders with 3 brass fasteners – red, green, yellow & blue 1 large plastic coated 2pocket folder for homework – to be replaced as needed 1 pair of sharp medium-sized scissors (not small) 1 box of Ziploc baggies (A-G bring gallon size; H-Z bring quart size) 1 wide-ruled spiral notebook 1 Black Sharpie marker 2 packages of wide-ruled notebook paper

2 packages of Post-It type notes - 3” x 3” - any light color 1 composition For Art Class 1 package Crayola Metallic FX Crayons BRING ALL SUPPLIES AT BEGINNING OF SCHOOL Please routinely ask your child about his/her supplies – some will need to be replenished throughout the year We ask that students wear tennis shoes on PE days. If your child wears a different type of shoes on PE days, please provide a pair of gym shoes for your child. Students may NOT wear shoes to school with wheels in them. Please leave NAMES OFF of supplies (this will be completed at school as needed). Individual teachers may request additional items when school begins.


*Individual teachers may

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7th Grade • Pencils replenished throughout the year • Black, Blue and Red Pens • Erasers • 1 highlighter • 3 boxes of tissues • Loose leaf paper – 2 packages • 4 pocket folders with holes • Scientific Calculator (TI-30XA will be calculator used for instruction) • Pencil Case with a sharpener • 2 glue sticks • 2 rolls of scotch tape • 1 Notebook for Health • 1 Thumb Drive

For Math Class: Last Name Starts with... - A – I: Markers (big or little) - J – R: Colored Pencils or Crayons - S – Z: 1 pack of Fine point, Black, Dry Erase Markers

Black Team: 3 – 1½” binder with 5 tab dividers (For MATH, READING & SCIENCE) Orange Team: 2 – 1½” binder with 5 tab dividers (for MATH & SCIENCE) *Individual teachers may require additional supplies for specific classes. You will be informed of these in the first few days of school, or may find them on the team website. 8th Grade • 2 boxes of tissues (Give to your Language Arts Teacher( • 2 glue sticks (Keep in your pencil pouch) • 2 highlighters

(Keep in your pencil pouch) • Pens/pencils or lead for mech. pencils (Keep in your pencil pouch) • Folder or binder to organize homework (General Use) • Loose leaf notebook paper (Loose Leaf) • 1 pkg. of Post-it notes (Reading, put your name on the back) • 9-70 page spiral notebooks (4 for Science, 4 for Math, 1 for Health) 1 3-pack replacement scotch tape (Science, to tape assignments in Science notebook) *Travel/flash drive (General Use, *This is optional) • $10 Calculator (TI 30XA or TI 30XIIS) (Math) Red Team: • 1 pkg. of lined note cards (Social Studies) • Colored pencils (Social Studies) • 1 pkg. of 8 count markers OR 1 pk. of 4 black markers (Social Studies) • 2 folders with pockets (Reading, Stays in classroom) • 1 70-page spiral notebook (Reading) *May need additional supplies based on LA teacher Gold Team: • Small pkg. red pens (Math) • Colored Pencils (Reading) • 1 – 1½” 3-ring binder (Language Arts) • 2 pkg. dividers (1 for each binder)

test-taking skills Students are periodically tested to gauge their progress on a variety of subjects. Although testing can be an effective way to determine a student's understanding of a given subject, not every student performs well on tests.Test-taking comes easily for some but not so for others. Nerves or trouble concentrating can foil the best students. However, there are ways for students to improve their test-taking skills. Preparation Most tests are given with prior notice, enabling students to prepare for them well in advance. Sometimes teachers and professors will surprise students with a quiz. These pop quizzes are used to judge how well students are absorbing the information and if they have been paying attention. When in class, continually jot down notes and create an outline of important information. The teacher may provide hints about the upcoming test, including emphasizing specific areas of focus or even revealing the format of the test. Contrary to what some students believe, teachers want their students to succeed. Therefore, your teacher may offer a review session the day before or be open for questions prior to the test if further clarification is needed. Studying with others can shed new light on a subject. Studying difficult subject matter with peers may help students grasp the materials better than they did in class. Classmates may have some tricks they've developed, including pneumonic devices for putting facts together.

pens or pencils, a calculator, a textbook if you are allowed to reference, or any other supplies the teacher allows. Have a watch available so that you can pace yourself during the test. Avoid using a mobile phone during the test, as the teacher may misinterpret that as cheating. Try to remain positive through the test. If you feel yourself getting nervous, take a few deep breaths and regroup. In addition to these tips, there are other ways to approach the test. • Do the easiest problems first. If you do not know a question, skip it and move on. There may be clues later on in the test that help you go back and answer skipped questions. • Always read the entire question. Skimming could find you missing important instructions. • Look for words that may help you determine the answer, such as "all,""never" or "none." They may present clues to the answer. • Pay attention to your work and only your work. Do not be distracted if others finish before you. • If there is time, go back and look over the test. Make sure that all the questions have been answered and check for any careless mistakes. Proofread any essays and short answer questions. Preparing well for a test, remaining calm and checking over your work can help students who struggle with test-taking do their best.

The day before and the day of the test Prior to a test, make sure you eat and get enough rest. While it may be tempting to pull an "all-nighter," you will not perform well on the test if you are tired from having studied all night. Review the material and put the main ideas or formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed. Review it many times and then put it away. Have a good meal, relax and try to get at least eight hours of sleep. On the day of the test, wake up and arrive on time or even a few minutes early for your class. This can help to Come in and Check out our Savings for your calm your nerves and enable you to squeeze in some last-second studying.

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Building a strong parent-teacher relationship Once a school year begins, many students spend more time in the classroom with their teachers than they do at home with their parents. That's especially true in dual-income households where both parents work outside of the home. Though many parents would love to spend more time with their children, doing so can be difficult when both parents must go to work every day. Because kids spend so much time with their teachers, it's important for parents to work toward building a strong parentteacher relationship. Such a relationship fosters communication, which can help a young student do his or her best in and out of the classroom, something that's a goal for parents and teachers alike. Parents interested in developing a strong relationship with their kids' teachers can take several steps to make that happen. • Meet your child's teacher at the beginning of the year. Teachers have many students come in and out of their classroom on any given day, so it can be hard for

teachers to initiate a relationship with parents. Parents have significantly fewer children to look after, so they should take the first step toward building a relationship with teachers. Introduce yourself at the onset of the school year, providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses where you can be reached. Let the teacher know you're available for discussion any time during the school year and that you look forward to the coming school year and working with the teacher as the year progresses. • Attend "Back to School Night." School events like an open house or a "Back to School Night" are a great way to help kids grow acclimated to their school. But such events also make great opportunities for parents to learn more about their kids' teachers than they might have learned during their introductory meeting. Such events may allow teachers to explain the curriculum for the upcoming year, and teachers may feel encouraged when parents show an active interest in such events. • Prioritize parent-teacher


What your children eat during the school day not only affects their health and wellness, but proper nutrition can benefit them academically as well. Take care to pack lunches and snacks that will serve your children well on both counts! With that goal in mind, think superfoods. Superfoods are specific foods loaded with unusually high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Supermarkets are full of inexpensive, easy-to-pack superfoods that make great additions to your child's more traditional lunchbox

conferences. Parentteacher conferences are a great opportunity for parents to speak to their children's teacher one-on-one. Unlike an introductory meeting or an open house at the beginning of the school year, a parent-teacher conference allows parents and teachers to specifically discuss students in private. Teachers may provide insight into how a child is performing and behaving in the classroom, offering advice as to how to improve that performance or suggestions as to how to encourage kids to keep up the good work. Developing a strong relationship with a child's teacher can help parents enSuch conferences may sure their kids are doing their best in the classroom. be your only opportunity for a one-on-one, incommunication open. If it's like other professionals, and person discussion about been awhile since you've parents should express their your child, so make sure spoken to your child's gratitude to those teachers you're on time and that you teacher, don't be afraid to ewho are working hard to don't miss these mail the teacher to check in make learning fun for their conferences. Your child's or see if you can lend a youngsters. teacher will appreciate it, and helping hand. In addition, if Establishing a strong you can use this as an your child really enjoys a relationship with a child's opportunity to ask any teacher's class, don't be teacher can help parents questions you have about hesitant to share that with ensure students are making your child. the teacher. Teachers the most of their time in the • Keep the channels of appreciate compliments just classroom.

favorites. This school year, consider introducing these three to your child's repertoire: Seaweed Seaweed offers the broadest range of minerals of any food on the planet. It contains 10 to 20 times the mineral concentration of land plants, as well as protein, fiber iodine, vitamin K, folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium, and measurable amounts of vitamins C and E. And a serving has only 25 to 100 calories. "Seaweed is nature’s perfect snack. It`s easy and fun to eat, gluten free, vegetarian and naturally low in calories and sodium,” says Annie Chun, seaweed fanatic and co-founder of GimMe Health. How do you get kids to try this nutritional powerhouse? GimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed snacks, available in sea salt and sesame flavors, come in single servings and

are easy to pack in a lunch bag. Certified USDA organic and verified non-GMO, they make a great substitute for high-fat snacks like potato chips. If you’re packing pasta or rice, consider mixing in some Gimme Roasted Seaweed Crumbles for an added boost of nutrition. For more seaweed lunch and snack ideas, visit Nuts A small handful of almonds or walnuts pack a wallop of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3s. Eating just a serving a day may help lower cholesterol, prevent diabetes, fight cancer, and even boost brain power. Recent studies also suggest that eating nuts helps promote a healthy weight. While peanut butter is certainly delicious and a great source of vitamins, almond butter has different dietary benefits and its own great taste.

So if you normally pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, send an almond butter and jelly sandwich instead. Almonds can also be a great alternative for kids with peanut allergies. Berries It makes no difference whether they're black, blue or red, berries are a powerhouse of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are proven cancer fighters. They’re also an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, as well as calcium and folic acid. Mix berries into yogurt or oatmeal to create a nutrition-packed meal. Or add a serving size of dried fruit with no sugar added to your child's lunch bag. Mix with almonds or walnuts to make a healthy trail mix. Between reading, writing and arithmetic, you can impart some great wisdom to your children at lunch time –great taste and great nutrition can go hand in hand! (StatePoint)

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Help Students Keep Organized Lockers this School Year

Parents can do everything in their power to provide children with the proper tools and supplies to stay organized this school year. But when their kids get to school, all preparations can easily get thrown out the window -- or, into a messy locker. As the one piece of real estate students keep without regular parental review, the locker is often a place of disorganization and a pitfall in the path to being and staying organized. To help students get their lockers in order and, in turn, keep them functional and organized for efficient learning, follow these quick tips: Shelving Notepads, pens, papers and other everyday items tend to get stuffed in the bottom of lockers without arrangement,

leading to wrinkled assignments, smashed food, and lost books. Use durable, longlasting locker shelves, like the Five Star Stackable Shelf or Five Star Top Shelf Extender, to create additional space for school supplies. These locker shelves hold up to 100 pounds, so books, binders and other supplies can quickly and easily be stacked or thrown into the locker. Keep personal items and academic supplies separate for quick and easy access to both. With an organizer like the Five Star Hanging Locker Shelf, students can store a makeup bag or running shoes in the top compartment and textbooks, folders and binders in the bottom, creating an easily accessible space. Easy Access Books should sit

upright in the locker to maximize space and be displayed with the spines facing out so it’s easy to see which books are needed. Arranging books to align with their class schedule also makes it easy when students have just a few minutes between classes. Save locker space and time between classes by magnetically storing pens and pencils on the locker door. The Five Star Neo Storage Pocket has industrialstrength magnets that ensure no matter how hard the locker is slammed, the pocket will securely stay on the locker door. Contents stay

in place for an easy grab-and-go at the next locker stop. Set a Schedule Even with an organization plan in place, it doesn’t take much for a locker to get cluttered all over again. Create a cleaning schedule – either weekly or even once-a-semester – to straighten up and reassess the

contents of the locker. Include a weekly locker purge where all unnecessary items are removed and all missing supplies are replaced. For more ways to organize a locker, visit www.MeadFiveStar.c om. (StatePoint)

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School bus safety tips to impart to youngsters

Each day thousands upon thousands of children board school buses to take them to and from school. Parents and caregivers entrust their children's well-being to the care of school bus drivers and aides. Although parents may worry about school bus accidents, such accidents are few and far between. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and protecting against injury. Buses are arguably the safest mode of transportation for getting kids to and from school. By keeping millions of cars off the roads surrounding schools, school buses contribute to less crowded roadways, which are less conducive to accidents.

Danger zone Though parents may feel buses

are most likely to be in accidents while in transit, experts advise that children are more likely to get hurt during pickups and drop-offs when they're in the "danger zone" of the bus. The danger zone is a 10-foot radius around the outside of the bus. Bus drivers and other motorists find kids in the danger zone are more difficult to see, and children can get struck by either the bus or oncoming cars that fail to stop when the bus is picking kids up or dropping them off. Knowing the safety rules While a large part of protecting children is on the shoulders of the school bus driver, it is also vital for passengers to learn the basics of school bus safety. Kindergarteners or children who are riding the bus for the first time should be taught the rules of school bus safety. Some schools offer a school bus tour prior to the new school year.

This lets youngsters acclimate themselves with the look and feel of the school bus. This introduction also may include information about bus safety, but parents can also educate their children (and themselves) about using caution in and around the bus by following these guidelines. • Get to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the assigned pickup time. Rushing last-minute can lead to injury, especially if you're chasing down the bus. • Remain on the sidewalk or grass at the bus stop. Do not step off the curb into the street until the bus has arrived and is completely stopped. • When boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down. Buckle up if there are seatbelts on the bus. • Remain seated while the bus is in motion. • Keep voices low so as not to distract the driver. • Keep your head and hands inside of the bus, and never hang out of the window. • Do not throw things on the bus or play rough with friends or classmates. • Keep the aisle clear at all times.

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• Be careful when getting off the bus. Hold on while going down the stairs. • Only get off at your designated stop unless you have permission to get off elsewhere. • When exiting the bus, walk at least 10 steps past the front of the bus and cross in front where the driver can see you. Do not cross behind the bus. • Wait for the driver to give you a signal that it is safe to cross. Be sure to check that all cars on the road have come to a complete stop. • Get to the sidewalk or off the street as quickly as possible. • If you've forgotten something on the bus, do not run back and attempt to retrieve it. The driver might not see you and start the bus. Rather, call the bus company and see if you can pick it up at another time. • Do not get into the cars of strangers waiting around bus stops, even if they offer to take you home. Parents can arrange to meet with bus drivers so that they will recognize their faces. Adults also can encourage schools to host bus safety courses to further ensure their youngsters are safe.

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