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Town Crier Walk for Thought to raise funds, awareness of brain injuries
The fourth annual St. Cloud Walk for Thought, sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at CentraCare Health Plaza. Every year, at least 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths. This one-mile walk will celebrate the strengths and successes of thousands of individuals who have experienced brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who support them. For more information, call 612-378-2742, 800-699-6442 or visit www.braininjurymn.org.
Mental Health Support Group for Families meets 2nd, 4th Wednesdays
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th Ave. N, Sartell. For information, call Chuck at 320-290-7713.
Learn about Dust Bowl quilting at Waite Park Library
A historical quilting program for teens and adults will be held from 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library. Part history lesson, part craft class, the program will feature information about quilting and the Dust Bowl during the Great Advanced registration is required. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
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Project ASTRIDE offers equine-assisted activities by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Five new potential volunteers recently attended a training session to work with the Project Adapted Specialized Therapeutic Riding Involving Disabled Equestrians program at Avon Hills Paints and Quarter Horses, owned by Rick and Marlys Backes. Project ASTRIDE offers equine-assisted activities for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities from ages 3-103. ASTRIDE riders must have a cognitive or physical disability and are screened by the program director. Levels of skills vary. The program is a non-profit organization and is organized entirely by volunteers. The local ASTRIDE program began in 1986. Sartell resident and owner of Tandem Orthotics and Prosthetics Lisa Schnoonmaker said ASTRIDE has been helping disabled individuals in Central Minnesota for almost three decades and people should consider volunteering and becoming a part of this wonderful organization. “Project ASTRIDE is the perASTIRDE • page 5
St. Joseph resident Meg Schneider, 15, rides horse “Taffy” through the Project ASTRIDE program. Volunteer Becca Justin, St. Cloud, is leading “Taffy” and Lisa Schnoonmaker, Sartell, is the volunteer side walker on the far side of the horse.
Lawmakers to attend ceremony for USS Minnesota by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
For the first time since 1907, an advanced naval warship will be named after the State of Minnesota, and the new ship is the most state-of-the-art attack submarine in the United States Navy’s arsenal. State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) will be one of several local lawmakers who will
attend the commissioning ceremony of the “USS Minnesota” Saturday, Sept. 7 at the naval shipyard at Norfolk, Va. The submarine was officially christened Oct. 27, 2012. Others who plan to attend are State Rep. Tama Theis (RSt. Cloud) and State Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville), who represents the St. Joseph and surrounding area. The keynote speaker at the
commissioning ceremony will be U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. O’Driscoll said he is proud and honored to be able to attend the Sept. 7 event. “I am honored to join Minnesota’s elected leaders in support of this truly historic ship and its
crew of brave men and women who will travel the world to protect America’s interests,” he said. “It’s important to stand behind the crew of the USS Minnesota and all those who protect our freedoms at home and abroad.”
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St. John’s Prep to use flipped classroom model by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
St. John’s Prep plans to use a flipped classroom model for the 2013-14 school year. SJP Principal Matthew Reichert explained that means traditional classroom instruction is flipped on its head. “Instead of coming to class each day, feverishly writing notes without really absorbing what is being presented, then contributed photo going home and trying to deciThe USS Minnesota, an attack submarine, is shown surfacing pher the information in order to during training tests. The submarine will soon be the subject complete a homework assignof a ceremony in Norfolk, Va., which will be attended by many ment alone, this model rotates Minnesota lawmakers, including Rep. Tim O’Driscoll of Sartell. the process,” Reichert said.
At home the students will watch or listen to short videos, produced by their instructors, which contain the information for that day. While the students are watching or listening to a file they can stop, restart, listen again, slow down, translate or take notes from it. They can also archive the files so they always have that information available to them. In class the next day, students work on hands-on or interactive activities where they apply and combine the content they learned the night before. Students work together with others SJ Prep • page 3
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Five St. Joseph students have enrolled at the College of St. Benedict for the 2013-14 academic year. They are the following: McKayla Botz, daughter of Carol and Tom Botz; Kendra Butkowski, daughter of Kara and Dennis Butkowski; Elizabeth Larson, daughter of Deb Stumvoll and Keith Larson; Martha Reisinger, daughter of Patricia and Thomas Reisinger; and Caitlin Terres, daughter of Te-
resa and Robbie and Teresa Terres. Two St. Joseph students have enrolled at St. John’s University for the 2013-14 academic year. They are the following: Brandon Bloch, son of Tami and Marv Bloch; and Matthew Dorn, son of Mark Dorn of St. Joseph, and Julie Schuneman of Rice.
Maybe you can help me? On Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, a collision between 11:30 a.m. and noon between my black Silverado and a blue Hyundai occurred at the intersection of Pinecone Road and Heritage Drive, just south of Sartell. The accident happened almost in front of a black vehicle facing east at the stop sign. I would appreciate a phone call from that driver for his unbiased view of how and why the collision took place. Donald Josephs, 320-251-9009.
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What are W plates in Minnesota; how does one ‘earn’ one? Q: I am wondering about the “W” (Whiskey) plates we see in Minnesota. What does it take to “earn” one? How long are they to be used? What are the fines and other penalties that accompany these types of plates?
A: I believe Minnesota started using “whiskey” or “special registration” plates back in the mid- to late-1990s. I think the first set was a “WX” followed by four numbers that has since cycled through many times over using a “W” followed by another letter, then four more numbers. Minnesota averages about 30,000 DWI arrests each year and one out of seven drivers had a DWI violation on their record. One in 17 has two or more and one in 37 has three or more. My understanding is this is to alert law enforcement and the public that either the person driving the vehicle or If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. July 27 7:59 a.m. Alarm. Fourth Avenue NE. Report of an alarm at the bank. Made contact with bank employee who was working the drive-up window. She said she tripped the alarm. All clear. 11:29 a.m. Hazard. CR 75. Semi lost it’s trailer on CR 75, west of CR 133. Were able to reconnect the trailer to the truck. Air line had disconnected locking up the trailer brakes. No damage to vehicle or roadway. 2:34 p.m. Found property. Minnesota Street E. Public Works employee flagged officer down to turn in a coin purse he found in the street in front of a residence. Coin purse was found below the driver’s door of a vehicle. Coin purse is green vinyl 3” x 5” with a zipper top and Plaza Park Bank labels on it. Coin purse contained several large denomination bills. Coin purse and contents placed in SJPD evidence locker with inventory sheet. 8:44 p.m. Driving complaint. Baker Street E. Received a complaint a female was driving a green Buick. Officer located the vehicle at a gas station in St. Joseph. Officer was advised prior contact was made with the female and was given a description of her. A female matching the description left the store and got into the vehicle. Officer got behind the vehicle and stopped it east of 20th Avenue. Officer approached the driver and she
someone that had driven the vehicle was guilty of an “enhanced” DWI violation. How does a person “earn” a set of these? A few ways from a DWI offense, including: • A second DWI violation within 10 years. • A DWI violation while having an alcohol concentration of twice the legal limit (.16 or more). • A DWI violation while having a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle if the child is more than 36 months younger than the offender. • A violation by a person whose driver’s license or driving privileges have been canceled under Minnesota Statute section 171.04 , Canceled Inimical to Public Safety (Multiple DWI violations). How long must these special registration plates be on the car? Special registration plates issued must be displayed for at
stated she didn’t have a valid license. She stated the insurance was under her brother’s name. Officer called the insurance company and they didn’t have the vehicle insured. Towing was called to impound the vehicle for no insurance. Officer issued a citation for D.A.R., no proof of insurance and failure to change her address on her driver’s license, which she had been warned about previously and never took care of it. July 29 9:44 a.m. Harassment. Third Avenue NE. Complainant reported a male came over and yelled and got into her face. He also had been sending emails that bothered complainant. Advised her to look into a Harassment Restraining Order. 6:46 p.m. Fireworks. Dale Street E. Report of fireworks being lit off. Officer arrived in the area and heard a firecracker pop. Made contact with several people and they stated they would go get the person who had the firecrackers. Juvenile male stated his grandpa gave him the firecrackers and the residence is his dad’s. Officer confiscated the last remaining firecrackers and disposed of them. Informed juvenile that next time there would be a citation issued. July 30 8:33 a.m. 911 hang up. Elm Street E. Report of a 911 hang up at CentraCare. All the nurses checked the phone stations and there were no issues. May have been related to power outage. 9:19 a.m. Alarm. Graceview Drive. Report of a duress alarm. Officer arrived and spoke with homeowner. She stated her alarm system went out with the power and the company called to reset and set off a false alarm.
least one year from the date of incident. In some cases, special registration plates must be displayed for much longer than one year (multiple DWI offenses and other driving without a license violations). What are the fines and other penalties that accompany these special registration plates? A person who is guilty of a DWI offense that would require needing special registration would be a gross misdemeanor and punishable of up to a $3,000 fine and/or one year in jail.
If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 1 9:21 p.m. Suspicious activity. Eighth Avenue SE. Received a call of a man attempting to break into a home. Man was described by caller as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and blue tennis shoes. Area around house was searched and individual was not found. After speaking with complainant and his mother, they believed the individual could have been his father and the mother’s ex-husband. He stated the individual attempted to unlock the front door and ran after he turned on the front door light. The mother stated she was taking him to court to increase child support and that he was upset about it. They stated they had been seeing an older, red pickup in the area during the past week. Both were advised to call 911 if he shows up again and also advised of Order For Protection and HRO options. Requested extra patrol. Aug. 22 2:12 p.m. Motor-vehicle accident with injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with St Joseph Police Department, St Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a motor-vehicle accident with injuries, just east of the city of St. Joseph. Leshawn East, 26, of Sartell was driving west on CR 75 in his 2006 Nissan Maxima. Hannah Froland, 16, of St Cloud was driving a 2002 Volkswagon Beetle. Froland tried to cross CR 75 from Lions Park in front of East’s vehicle and was struck in the driver’s door. Froland was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the St Cloud Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
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but also under the guidance of their teacher who can answer questions as they go along. “So, if you’ve ever sat in a class and wished you could pause and rewind, or wished you could take your teacher home to help you with your homework, in effect this approach does both of those things,” Reichert said. He explained the model has been an emerging approach for several years but is still relatively new in many schools. SJP is beginning to use the model in its science classes. Several science teachers received a training grant through the Minnesota Independent School Forum to develop a program and receive intense professional training. Several other teachers have begun to use the model, depending on the unit or the project. Reichert used the model in his history classes when he was gone for paternity leave or conferences. It helped him know students were still keeping pace in his course. “Our iPad program and our (new) school app will certainly
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O’Driscoll is a member of the Minnesota House State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs Committee and has authorized many pieces of legislation having to do with the support of military members and their families. He has been honored with many awards for his work on behalf of veterans’ issues. Construction of the USS Minnesota began in February 2008. The ship was delivered to the Navy on June 7 of this year after weeks of at-sea trial runs. Commissioning exercises Sept. 7 will be held in honor of the submarine’s crew of 135 sailors and their families. The ceremony is organized and sponsored by the Navy League (Twin Cities Council). The USS Minnesota is 377 feet long and is propelled by an S9G nuclear reactor. Its top speed is 15 knots (46 mph). The sub weighs 7,800 tons.
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Kennedy students don’t fare well, mostly, on MCA tests by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Many students at Kennedy Community School did not fare so well in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test scores, which were released earlier this week. Statewide, about 52 percent of students who took the MCA met or
exceeded state standards, which is an increase of 11 percent from last year. Most St. Joseph students did not meet the state standards. However, on some math tests in some grades, Kennedy students did very well in the percentage who exceeded state standards. The two school districts that did excel overall in the MCA tests
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St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com for four riders are at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Kremers said currently 11 of their 51 open slots are filled by two St. Joseph and nine Sartell participants. Seven of those participants are in the 3- to 10-yearold age group and four are in the 11- to 20-year-old age group. Training sessions for volunteers are usually scheduled one or two weeks before the beginning of each eight-week session and are four hours long. Volunteers are required to attend a training session before volunteering with the program. Volunteers must be 16 years old to work with the horses or 14 years old to perform any non-horse-related services. Different volunteer positions offer opportunities for almost anyone who wants to help. Positions include horse leaders, side walkers who walk next to the riders on the horse and help with ground support, greeters, fundraisers, board members and others. Volunteers do not need to know anything about horses to volunteer with ASTRIDE. The program is able to find something for anyone who wants to volunteer with the program. “It’s a great way to get outside, meet new people and leave your worries behind,” Kremers said. The program currently has four certified instructors, seven horses, approximately 70 volunteers and one volunteer coordinator. Eleven volunteers are from the St. Joseph
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Time to put teeth back into Voting Rights Act
It’s a despicable irony that on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, efforts to roll back great strides in equality are afoot in so many states in this great nation. The March on Washington in August 1963 led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights of the next couple of years, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That Act helped eliminate the devious and corrupt barriers to voting by Afro-Americans, especially in the Deep South where blatantly racist policies had put in place voting hurdles known as ludicrously arbitrary literacy tests, poll taxes, property-ownership qualifications, “character” tests. Such voting barriers had one and only one rationale: to keep blacks and many poor whites from voting so the racist Jim Crow power structure could be maintained. Those voting restrictions were a shameful undermining of democracy, which is – or ought to be – based on universal suffrage, the right of every citizen to cast votes in elections local, statewide and federal. It’s important to remember women did not gain the right to vote until 1920. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court basically gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, more or less implying so much progress has been made in voting-rights equality it’s not needed anymore. It makes a person wonder if many Supreme Court justices are so uninformed or isolated from American realities they’ve become blind to injustices. Were they not aware of all the votingsuppression efforts, such as in Ohio and Florida, in the last presidential election? They should have known when the cat’s away, the mice will play. And, sure enough, just days after that lamentable court decision, Republicans throughout the country were and are busily erecting barriers to full voter participation. It sounds hollower all the time when they claim they are fighting for election integrity in their insistence on photo IDs, but they have yet to prove any cases of serious voter fraud, and the reason they cannot provide proof is there is no voter fraud to speak of, period. And it’s not just voter ID laws they’re passing. They’re also busy as termites canceling early-voter days, changing polling places and making voting inconvenient if not virtually impossible for three major groups of people: the elderly who are poor, the young (especially college students) and ethnic minorities. Those groups (surprise, surprise) are the very ones who generally tend to vote for Democrats. Recently, the great Gen. Colin Powell, who is a long-time loyal Republican, made a public statement condemning these voter-suppression efforts. He’s aware of how such efforts will hurt, not enhance, his Republican Party. He also knows such efforts will backfire, just as they did in the last election. In that respect, voter suppressors are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. If Republicans want to curry favor with the elderly, the young and ethnic minorities, making it ever harder for them to vote is not the way to do it. Some members of the U.S. Congress are considering reviving the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and putting enforcement teeth back into it once again. Encourage your representatives to do just that because if it isn’t done in time for the next presidential election, these voting-suppression efforts will make a mockery of democracy, and all electoral trust and integrity (the very foundation of our society) will be thrown to the winds.
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Has there been racial progress? Yes, but . . . Fifty years ago, during the great “March for Jobs and Freedom” in Washington, D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely implied in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech that granting Afro-Americans full access to the American Dream would not only revitalize the “dream” but would strengthen America economically, socially and culturally. It’s a lesson some mean-spirited divisionists, sadly, have yet to learn. That particular march on Washington focused, rightly so, on the long-overdue need for black rights in all areas of living. It led to a series of landmark legislative bills in the following years. What the great march did not focus upon were women’s rights (more or less off the radar), LGBT rights (almost unheard of back then) and other rights: the right to health-care access, the right to clean air and safe foods and drugs, the right to a living wage. Still, even though those issues weren’t mentioned in that amazing gathering in the nation’s capital, the event was a watershed and an inspiration for all kinds of rights movements ever since. Has the United States made progress since August 1963? Only a fool would say no. Great strides have been made: the major Civil Rights legislation under President Lyndon B. Johnson; the integration of schools and public facilities; expanded opportunities for African-Americans in entertainment, art, industries, sports, research institutes, academia, housing, politics and more. In the early 1960s, to use the most obvious ex-
Dennis Dalman Editor amples, the number of TV shows with black entertainers could be counted on one hand: Nat King Cole and Diahann Carroll with shows of their own, although there were sometimes guest appearances by greats like Johnny Mathis, Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Little Stevie Wonder and Motown singing groups. It was the same in the movies, with black stars being rarities. Up to 1964, there were only two African-American Oscar winners: Hattie McDaniels as best-supporting actress in 1939 as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind; and Sidney Poitier as best actor in 1963 for Lilies of the Field. Since then, many more blacks have been nominated and a good many have won: Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whittaker, Halle Berry, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Hudson and more. Others have won in nonacting categories. One could argue, what do Oscar wins have to do with racial progress? Well, for one thing, while not a be-all indicator, they do show an increasing acceptance and admiration for genuine talent and a widespread willingness of mass audiences to embrace blacks and the black experience on the screen. Ask any black person, and he or
she will tell you there is a long way to go toward the goal of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great ‘Dream” speech. And, of course, they are correct. There is not only a long way to go, but just as concerning are the steps taken in recent years to roll back the progress that has been made in that long and painful 50 years of struggle. Some of the battles fought so courageously with sweat, blood and tears have to be fought all over again. Such battles include opposing the blatant efforts at voter suppression largely against blacks (see editorial on this page); an all-out assault in some states against women’s reproductive rights; efforts and successes at trouncing collective-bargaining rights for public employees; a Supreme Court decision proclaiming “corporations are people too” and thus allowing them to hugely influence electoral outcomes by funneling money anonymously; and an alarming trend in which a tiny percentage of rich Americans control more and more of the wealth in the country, which is eroding the American Dream for an increasing number of people. The great strides made in 50 years, we are beginning to realize with increasing dread, are – alas! – reversible, given the current mean-spirited partisan winds of change. It’s comforting to believe this kind of politically-motivated regression will not long succeed, that human-rights progress cannot ultimately be stopped. However, history is rife with such unjust reversals. And that is why the struggle must continue in perpetuity.
Domestic violence calls for a community response Domestic violence affects everyone in our communities. According to one study, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Another study indicated one in 14 men has been physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date at some point in his life as well. If you are Native American or African-American, the numbers are even higher. More than 3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year. Research shows witnessing family violence can have serious negative effects on a child’s development. Children exposed to violence often suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and they are at greater risk of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu. In addition to the physical and psychological toll this violence takes, there is a financial toll as well. Intimate-partner violence costs society more than $5.8 billion each year – $4.1 billion for direct medical and mental-health services alone. In my former jobs, I saw domestic violence from many angles. As a lawyer with legal services, I represented victims of domestic abuse. I learned how the court system can be used to help victims of domestic violence get away from their abusers by pursuing criminal charges, obtaining orders
Sarah Hennesy District Court Judge for protection, fighting for custody of children, even changing victims’ names to stay safe from their abusers. As a public defender, I worked with those charged with having committed domestic-abuse crimes. I saw how domestic violence is often a multigenerational problem, seeing firsthand child victims of abuse grow into perpetrators of violence themselves. Most importantly, however, I learned the critical need for judges who hold first and foremost their duty to apply the law impartially and to uphold the Constitution, understanding there is no exception to due process of law simply because the accused is charged with domestic violence. As a judge, I see people in my courtroom every day whose lives and families are being torn apart by domestic violence. Many come to court expecting judges to solve the problem. Judges make decisions on cases that involve domestic violence, such as orders for protection, child-protective services, criminal domestic-abuse cases, and divorce and custody mat-
ters, but it is not the role of the court in these cases to solve the larger social issue of domestic violence; we are bound to apply the laws the legislature has passed to the facts before us. The solution to the domestic-violence problem cannot be found in the courtroom alone; domestic violence is a community problem and it calls for a communitywide solution. Community leaders can help address domestic violence by coordinating communication and cooperation among the various agencies and communitybased organizations – including prosecutors, law enforcement, criminaldefense attorneys, probation, family services, advocacy programs, publicbenefits programs, schools and public-health clinics – in an effort to meet the public safety needs of our communities. Courts can and should be a part of these conversations. Members of the community at large can help by talking about the problem, publicly and privately; by bringing in experts to talk to businesses and community groups; and by reaching out to those who are most directly affected. Strong community partnerships can and should be the cornerstone of our efforts to end domestic violence.
Sarah Hennesy, based in St. Cloud, is a district-court judge for the Seventh Judicial District.
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Tips for Parents of Preschoolers, Kindergartners and Elementary School-Aged Kids
• If you and your child have fallen out of your bedtime routine this summer, get back into a solid routine! • Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. • Accidents happen! Prepare a change of clothes in advance, and bring it with you on the first day of school for your child’s teacher to keep in the classroom. • Connect with other parents and students on the first day back to school. Introduce yourself and your child. Bring a show-andtell item to break the ice, or a snack to share with the class. • Be prepared for tears. Smile, stay positive and maintain a calm demeanor when your child is having a hard time saying goodbye. If you start to panic, your child will pick up on your doubt. • Support early literacy by reading to your child every day. As she grows older, ask that she read to you. • Keep books everywhere–in the car, in the kitchen, and anywhere you spend time. Make special weekend trips to the library to freshen up the collection. • Parents involvement in school is important! Talk to your child’s teacher (or child-care provider) regularly about his educational and social development or, if your schedule permits, volunteer your
time in the classroom or become an active participant in your school’s PTO/PTA. • Preschools and childcare centers often host parent and family activities; attend these as often as possible to help your child begin bonding to the educational system. • Most schools have a standard set of requirements for student immunizations, vision and hearing tests. • Save time on those busy school mornings by preparing your child’s clothes a week ahead of time, already paired. Place a pair of socks, underwear, a shirt, and matching bottoms together in the drawer so that your child can easily grab a stack and go. • Talk with your child about what to expect during an average school day–from lunches and naps to snacks and bathroom breaks. Preparing your child for a new routine will help him cope with any anxiety he may be experiencing. • Prepare your child for socializing in the classroom. Teach her to introduce herself and make friends: “Hi, my name is Sarah; what’s yours?” It’s normal for kids to have some degree of social anxiety. Talk about those fears with your kids. If she’s older, role play various social scenarios with her–from sharing classroom supplies to encounters with older kids.
• If your child is going to be riding the bus to school for the first time, be sure to talk about bus safety. It’s also a good time to reinforce general safety rules–whom he should and shouldn’t talk to, and when he should and shouldn’t get off the school bus (when you or a guardian is not there waiting to pick him up). • Go shopping for school supplies together. Some school teachers will provide specific supply lists for their classes. Shopping from a teacher-supplied list will ensure your child has the right supplies, and could save you a ton of money and time. Have your child help you pack his school backpack the night before the first day of school, and place it near the door. • Support positive study habits early! Create a homework center–a specific area in the house where your child can do homework each evening. Make sure it’s in a quiet place and stocked with enough supplies, such as pencils, erasers, paper, a folder or two, and a calculator. • Pack light–a backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine.
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Tips for Parents of Middle School-Aged Kids
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• Get back into a solid bedtime routine! • Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. • Go back to school shopping together. • Starting middle school can mean a new building, lockers and possibly moving from classroom to classroom for each subject. Pay a visit to your child’s new school. A tour around the new campus can be a simple way to ease the first-day jitters. Encourage your child to keep a small notebook with her where she can jot down reminders such as her locker combination or lunch time. • As much as you may dislike it, middle school is usually the time when fashion becomes important to kids. If you’re not already familiar with your school’s dress code, check your school’s website for a list of do’s and don’ts. Take this opportunity
to set clear guidelines about the type of clothes your pre-teens are permitted to wear, whether or not makeup is allowed, and talk about personal hygiene. Set clear standards with your child about her clothing allowance. • A move to middle or junior high school means more responsibilities. If you find your child needs help managing his new middle school schedule, set up a daily assignment checklist to keep at home and review daily. • At this age kids may pull away and not talk to you as much. This type of middle school behavior can sometimes be influenced by peers or life changes–such as attending a new school. Continue to ask questions and be engaged with your kid. He needs you! • Around ages 11, 12 and 13, shifts occur
in kids’ thinking. Keep them engaged in school and learning. Encourage their curiosity. Many are strongly influenced by friends; so if they have friends who only want to socialize and not learn, emphasize the importance of having friends and working hard to learn. • Because kids this age have strong emotions, they tend to either “love” school or “hate” it. If your child happens to “hate” school, help her identify parts that are more enjoyable–even if they are recess, gym and lunch. • Most kids at this age think there is too much homework in middle school. Emphasize how homework helps kids learn. Do homework with them. Make it fun. Applaud their learning and new knowledge.
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• Your high-school student should be thinking about her future. Will I go to college? Should I try to find a job? What should I do? Listen to her, support her, and have an open mind about the endless possibilities. • If your high-school student has a job, then help him manage his money and time. Help him to create a budget, and have a savings plan. • At this stage, most kids will be getting their driver’s license and many will be driving to school. Take time to help them learn by taking them driving. Be supportive, clear and direct when discussing safety on the road. • When your high-school student gets her driver’s license, have clear rules as to when, how and with whom she drives. Give her clear guidelines. “You will not be texting while driving,” and “Always buckle
up when driving!” Make sure she knows that driving is a great responsibility and privilege. • Help your high-school student manage stress. Find time for the whole family to get physical and let off some steam. • Find time to have dinner together. During dinner, make sure everyone has a chance to share the highlights of their day and how they may do things differently tomorrow. • Your teen may be working hard to balance extra-curricular activities and school activities this year. Help your teen become a master time manager by standing your ground and enforcing at-home chores and family responsibilities. • Remind your child that although ACT and SAT results are important to postsecondary schools, achievement as a well-rounded student counts just as much. Students’ GPAs, extracurricular
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