There will be no school Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday November 25th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

How Students can Give Back at the Holidays

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Teaching children about the gift of giving during the holidays can make their holiday mean so much more than in past years. So many children are focused on receiving gifts which can result in the feeling of sadness when it’s all over. Teaching children how to give back to others over the holidays can make their holiday joy last throughout the year. Here are some ways to teach children to give back:

  1. Set up a holiday food drive with a school or a neighborhood
  2. Send holiday cards or gift boxes to those serving in the military
  3. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  4. Adopt a family in need and make them meals and/or gifts
  5. Teach children to show gratitude by sharing things they are thankful for

7 Helpful Online Learning Sites for Kids

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PBS Kids This is a great site for kids of all ages featuring all of your kids’ favorite characters from PBS!

Random House Featuring books, activities, games and more all surrounding your favorite characters from Random House Books! This is a great way to make books come alive for little ones!

Starfall Education This is a great website for learning to read. Starfall takes your kids all the way from ABCs to Learning to Read! There are some fun games and more that surround phonics, sounds and putting sounds together in words! This is great for preschoolers learning to read!

Scholastic Kids There are tons of great videos and games about the environment and science. This is a great website for older children who want to learn about weather, geography and more.

Highlights Kids This site has games, books, crafts and of course hidden pictures.

ABCYa This is another great learning site for kids. There is everything from counting games, to graphing, patterns and more. This site is great for learning early math skills. 

National Geographic Kids  This is a great site for exploring our world and learning all you can about the ocean, animals, geography and more! There is a TON of information on this site and also some great videos, puzzles and quizzes!

So, How was School Today?

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Have you ever asked your child “How was School Today?” only to get an answer such as “fine”, “good” or “bad”? This could be because of how the question is phrased. It is too easy for students to just give a one word answer. Here are a few examples of ways to ask and actually get an answer!

  1. What was the best/worst thing that happened at school today?
  2. Tell me something that made you laugh today?
  3. If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about today?
  4. Tell me one thing you learned today.
  5. Where do you play the most at recess?
  6. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

Join Us for a School Board Meeting

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The Crothersville Community School Corporation School Board is made up of a five member board. The school board meets in the Central Office at 201 South Preston St. on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. unless otherwise advertised.

Help your Child be a Successful Student

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Every parent wants to help their child do their best in school. Here are some tangible things that can be done at home to help foster success at school. 

  • Feed your child a healthy breakfast each morning
  • Make sure they are getting enough sleep each night
  • Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences and ask for specific things to work on at home
  • Support homework expectations
  • Help your child study by providing a quiet place where they can concentrate
  • Know the school rules and let your child know your expectations of them at school

A Growth Mindset

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Some children are born with an inner drive to keep trying over and over when they fail. Most children aren’t, though, and it is up to us to help them see that failing is actually the key to succeeding. 

Teaching our children the word YET is key. They may come to you and say, “I don’t know how to read” or “I can’t ride a two-wheeler” or “I can’t get good grades.” We need to teach them to add the word “yet” to the end of those sentences so they start to realize that these things take time and with the right mindset, they will happen! 

Sit down with your child and list out things that they now do, that at one time they thought were hard. Have them tell you that with practice they learned to do hard things. They are able to do hard things! Using this type of thinking and dialogue around our children will teach them that by trying, failing and learning from their mistakes, they will succeed at doing hard things. 

8 Tips to Keep Kids Germ-Free at School

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Kids love to be close and share everything, even germs. Here are some quick tips to help students reduce the spread of germs at school. 

  1. Wash your Hands– Wash hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the alphabet song once to help with timing.
  2. Don’t Share– Send extra supplies so students can use their own items rather than community items. 
  3. Cover Sneezes and Coughs– Sneeze into the crook of the elbow or into a tissue, not into hands. If a student accidentally sneezes into their hands, remind them to wash their hands right away.
  4. Hands off Your Face– Teach students to keep hands away from their face, out of their nose and out of their mouths. If they accidentally touch these things, remind them to wash their hands right away. 
  5. Skip the Water Fountain– Send a water bottle with students each day so they can avoid the water fountain. If they need to use the water fountain, teach students how to drink without touching their mouth to the spigot.
  6. Eat Fruits and Veggies– A healthy diet can help boost the immune system.
  7. Get Enough Sleep- Sleep helps build the immune system. Follow these guidelines: 
    • Ages 10-17: 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night
    • Ages 5-10: 10 to 11 hours per night
    • Ages 3-5: 11 to 13 hours per night
  8. Stay Home From School when Sick– If a student is sick, they need to stay home until they are well again to avoid spreading illness to others.