Halloween Parade – This Friday, October 28, 2011@ 8:15 a.m.
We are planning our annual Halloween parade to begin tomorrow @ 8:15 a.m. In order to make the day enjoyable for all, pleaseremember the following:
Bring your children dressed in their costumes over their regular clothes. When theparade is over, the students will return to their classrooms. Please send a bag withyour child’s name on it so that he/she can put their costume away after the parade.• Costumes should be comfortable, easy to walk in, and should not hamper vision.They should be in good taste and not violent in nature.• Please remember that toy guns, swords, knives, and martial arts weapons are notallowed. Rollerblades, skates, skateboards, scooters, and bicycles are not permittedon campus.
Our Halloween parade is always a time for fun and enjoyment and we hope thatyou, our parents, can join us!
Red Ribbon Week - 10/24/11 - 10/28/11
Students, parentsand staff werewelcomed on Monday by a long string of pennants and ribbons around campus proclaiming Red Ribbon Week.The pennants and the ribbons kicked off a weekof activities that emphasized a commitment to a drug-free and healthy life style. Many thanks toour PTA and in particular, Red Week Chairperson, Chanchal Sahai, for all of the hard work encouraging our students to make healthy choices intheir lives. Among other things, our students and staff had theopportunity to wear red ribbons and learn the Red Ribbon Pledge. In addition,
Garden Gate’s curriculum addresses refusal skills and drug, alcohol, and tobacco awareness. You can support our curriculum through discussionsat home on your values. A strong value system can empower students to make educated decisions rather than simply being influenced by peer pressure.
When and Why Do Children Feel Stress?
By Sabine Hack, M.D.NYU Child Study Center
Excerpted from education.comChildren feel stress long before they grow up. Many children have to cope with family conflict, divorce and constant changes in schools,neighborhoods, child car e arrangements, peer pressure, and sometimes, even violence in their homes or communities. The impact of a stressor depends on a child'spersonality, maturity, and style of coping. It is not always obvious, however, when children are feeling overtaxed. Childrenoften have difficulty describing exactly how they feel. Instead of saying "I feel overwhelmed" they might say, "my stomach hurts." When somechildren are stressed they cry, become aggressive, talk back or become irritable. Others may behave well but become nervous, fearful, or panicky.Stress can affect children's physical healthas well.Asthma, hay fever, migraine headache and gastrointestinal illnesses like colitis, irritable bowel
syndrome and peptic ulcers can be exacerbated by stressful situations.
What can parents do?
Parents can help their children learn to keep the harmful effects of stress at a minimum.
Parents should monitor their own stress levels. In studies on families who have experiencedtraumaticcircumstances such asearthquakesor war, the best predictor of children'scopingis how well their parents cope. Parents need to be particularly aware of when
their own stress levels contribute tomarital conflict. Frequent fighting between parents is unsettling for children.
Keepcommunicationlines open. Kids feel better about themselves when they have a good relationship with their parents.
Children who do not have closefriendshipsare at risk for developing stress- related difficulties; parents should encouragefriendshipsby
scheduling play dates, sleepovers, and other fun activities.
Parents need to shape daily schedules with their child'stemperamentin mind. Although children thrive in familiar, predictableenvironments with established routines and clear safe boundaries, their tolerance for stimulation varies.
No matter how busy their schedule, children of all ages need time to play and relax. Children use play
o learn about their world, exploreideas and soothe themselves.
Do you wonder how to connect better with your children? Do you wonder what matters to them, and how you can assist them togrow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens? I encourage you to try a "propeller" - a question intended to sparkconversations with your children. Try it around the dinner table tonight!
This week's propeller: What would you like other family members to teach you?