Not only is spring in the air related to the weather, we are starting to see spring in the air with some of our students. It is difficult to maintain focus as the days get longer, the temperatures get warmer, and spring activity levels pick up. It is important that we remember to put forth our Alpine BEST and finish strong as we think about returning from Spring Break. Our upper elementary students will be taking the State M-STEP and all students will continue to work toward becoming stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, artists, citizens, etc. We appreciate your support at home by emphasizing the expectation to finish strong. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or our school office. I hope everyone has an enjoyable spring break and continues to stay safe!
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Spring break is approaching and so is nicer weather. If your children are like mine, you may be finding yourself having to encourage them to put down their technology and get outside. With that in mind, I read this recently and felt it valuable to hear as a parent myself and thought I would share.
One of the aspects of our current fast-paced, technology-driven society is the fear of being left out (shortened to FOMO - fear of missing out - by a November 9, 2020 post by SmartSocial). According to SmartSocial, FOMO can be an actual emotion that is sometimes exploited by app developers. It plays on our need to constantly be “in the know” and to have information before anyone else. We wouldn’t want to be left out would we? This fear leads to frequent checking of media and notifications.
Within the post entitled FOMO: 10 Tips to Combat the Fear of Missing Out, the author compiled the following actions to combat this feeling (not all 10 are shared here):
Take technology breaks. Help your child schedule technology breaks when they can be active participants in other activities.
Teach children that social media is often an edited showreel. Social media can create a false impression that amazing things are happening all the time to everyone you are connected to. Most people don’t like to post the bad days or the reality of daily life. For children, this can skew what they think about reality.
Establish rules about where devices are not welcome. Where you allow your children to use devices is important as use can impact sleep and emotional well-being. Keep use “in the open” to increase accountability and supervision.
Help your child create purpose and build their confidence in who they are. The online world often promotes perfection, superficiality, popularity, conformity, and external validation. This is a HUGE trap as children develop through adolescence. Reiterate your child’s inherent value as a person.
Acknowledge their skills and strengths. We need to help them develop a true understanding of who they are, the knowledge that they are accepted by us, and an eye to discern reality from facade. Those three goals are big enough.
Your Partner in Education,
Jason SnyderREAD MORE
I hope everyone enjoyed the extended weekend with the snow day that occurred last Friday. For the past two weeks, we have opened up our playground by removing classroom zones to allow students from the same grade to play together when outside. It has gone well and it has been wonderful seeing students reconnect more with friends they have not had the opportunity to play with. This week we have transitioned to allowing Art to be held in our art room and library being held in the library for all grades (while maintaining precautionary measures). Next week we plan to transition Music and Spanish back into their respective classrooms. These small changes will continue to support the mental health of our student population. Since the return from break in January we have not had any new cases of COVID-19 to report. This past week students in grades Pre-Kindergarten (K Knights) through fourth grade listened to “Kidz Have Rights” presentations in their classrooms virtually. These presentations help students understand how to protect themselves from unwanted touch and what to do if they feel unsafe and who some safe adults may be to help them. In addition, this past week we had a visit from the Mobile Dentists. If you had planned for your child to receive this service and it did not occur, please let us know. Please don’t forget that there will be no school next week Monday and Tuesday due to mid-winter break. Students will return to school on Wednesday, February 17.
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