Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at EMS!
As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. It has been shown that when parents and families are involved in their children’s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. There are many ways that you can support your child’s learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some suggestions to get you started!
- Meet your child’s teacher. Parent Nights and Parent Workshops are critical in establishing a positive relationship with your child’s teacher and administration.
- Support your child academically. Find out how your child is doing before reports in December.
- Make sure that your child completes his/her homework on time . Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day.
- Encourage active learning. Children need active learning, as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests.
- Talk with your child !!!
Now that school is in session – How Much Sleep Do Students Need?
Regularly not getting enough sleep leads to sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a child’s life, including reduced academic performance at school. As students grow, their need for sleep gradually reduces. A good rule of thumb is “10 for 10″—10 hours of sleep for 10-year-olds. Younger children need more, and older children need less—except during puberty, when they typically need 9–10 hours. Adolescents (13-16 yrs. old) who are growing rapidly or participating in sports may need even more sleep time. We have noticed that many EMS students of all ages do not get enough sleep, but Secondary students in general tend to be more sleep deprived than our younger children.
Here at EMS we have noticed that an overtired child in school often has trouble focusing and paying attention in class. He/she also becomes forgetful and makes silly mistakes. Therefore, improving your child’s sleep is of great concern to us as educators. It is the lowest-cost approach to improving student learning across all year levels.
Here are a few ideas for parents to try at home:
- Homework should be done early (within 2 hours of coming home from school) and there should be plenty of lead time for large school projects that require more focus/time to complete.
- Make sure your child has a healthy dinner (no caffeinated soda). A few ideas for pre-bed snacks are: whole wheat toast and cheese, bagel and peanut butter, oatmeal with bananas, or yogurt and low-sugar granola.
- Create a route where your child engages in a restful activity before bedtime. Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed or reading a book/ sketching a drawing in bed may help them de-stress and unwind.
- Keep the room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid children watching television right before bed.
- Have the same bedtime routine every night (children like consistence)
Director of Curriculum