That’s right! We’re talking about Labor Day. In preparation for this blog we found a definition which captures the significance of the holiday’s historical significance succinctly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Remember parents, Heritage Elementary has a Facebook page. It is another great resource to keep up with what’s going on at school. We post about upcoming events and link to our newsletters and blog posts. These pages also have great school photo albums. So stop by—like the page, check out our snapshots or read some useful articles.
We know back-to-school can be a busy, stressful time for parents and students, so here is some helpful information and suggestions to make it a little less frantic.
One way to ease the anxiety of transitioning into this school year can be chatting with your child. By encouraging them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and keeping an open line of communication they will be more comfortable sharing with you. This will make them feel like their opinions matter and are important. Plus talking about the things happening at school is a great way to connect with children.
There is no better time than summer for your children to take up a new activity to keep their brains busy. Help them think of something they are passionate about and run with it. Is it horses? Take the reins and start horseback riding. Are they into clothes and fashion? Give sewing a try. You could be raising the next big designer!
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, students are naturally getting excited and impatient for summer to arrive. However, this is when encouraging your child to finish the school year with a positive attitude is a particularly smart idea. Any project or life stage that ends well has a huge effect on how we remember it and how motivated we are to proceed. A student who ends 3rd grade in a strong and positive way will feel more confident and excited about becoming a 4th grader, for instance.
Late in 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) as the new statewide standardized testing. The new exam system will be given to 3rd grade through high school students in April and will replace the AIMS test in reading, writing and math.
We wanted to answer some questions that have come up so everyone is aware and on the same page as we adapt to this important change in education.