Please read this important message from Mrs. Weaver.
Dear New Garden Families,
I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying this festive time of year.
As our students head into a break from school, I want to provide a few suggestions.
Winter vacation gives students a break from coming to school, but it doesn’t need to be a break from learning and growing. By taking a little time to read every day, your children will maintain the skills that they have worked hard to build this fall. Also talking with you is a good way to encourage your child’s curiosity and intellect. I understand that many children would prefer to play video games or watch TV, but research tells us that too much screen time is not good for them. Board games, music, puzzles and time playing outside are good alternatives when it is time to turn off the TV and put the tablet down.
Like all parents, you want the best for your child. You can help him/her be happy and healthy with these tips:
- Make sure your child reads every day, 15 or 20 minutes is enough.
- Limit screen time, no more than 2 hours a day. Encourage children to play other kinds of games and to play with each other.
- Talk to your children; having conversations with parents and other caring adults will help their brains and their self-esteem grow.
One more reminder: I know that many of our students will receive wonderful gifts over the holidays. If you are planning to let your child bring his expensive, new, wonderful toy to school, I urge you to reconsider. It would be terribly sad if something happened to his/her wonderful new thing.
I hope you have a peaceful and joyous time with your family and friends this holiday season.