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Practice the FIVE

It's School Time! Make it a SAFE Year.

Parents it is time to send your children back to school.  This year is going to be different than ever before. Students will have anxieties about classes, meeting new classmates, additionally this year safety is at the forefront.  Begin talking with your children about hygiene issues.  Of course bathing, fresh clothing, brushing teeth and now doing The Five.  These five behaviors can keep your child safe.  

In school, students practice fire drills.  These exercises help children get out of dangerous environments.  At home, practice The Five:  Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, Don't touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home.

Zoom Etiquette


Etiquette: Zoom meetings

As we turn to video conferencing more, there are some ground rules and etiquette we should adhere to. 
 
Proper dress!
Dress for the job you have, not the job you want.  Do not wear your pajamas.
When you are participating on a Zoom platform, put on professional-looking attire.

Stage your video area.
Keep in mind that people do not just see you, they are also seeing whatever the camera is pointed at behind you. Maybe arrange it so that your camera is not facing towards a pile of unfolded laundry?

It's Okay to Care for Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

July is Mental Health Awareness Month.

We know that there are times when we are just not okay.  Please know that it's normal and it's okay.  We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, reach out to professionals if need be. 
 
Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., states that It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and 

RULES TO TEACH YOUR SON:


RULES TO TEACH YOUR SON:

1. Never shake a man’s hand, sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or don’t play at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

Police & Youth Encounter



Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival 
 
1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.
2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.
4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.

My Life Matter

My Life Matter

You are off to a good start.  Stand boldly, declare your right to life, liberty and pursuing your happiness in a world of challenges. How can this be accomplished?

  1. Surround yourself with a diverse group of people.  This will help you develop a world view.
  2. Be careful that your circle of friend do not do you any harm.
  3. Find yourself a mentor and learn from them.
  4. Reach for attainable goals.
  5. Be patient.  Your goals can take a while to achieve.
  6. There are no short cuts in the game called life.

Keep Moving

Keep Moving 

  • To find yourself, you must have a goal and a plan.

  • Keep moving forward.

  • Mistakes reminds us that we are trying.


Racism and Children of Color

 
Racism and Children of Color
 
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, “Racism is a socially transmitted disease passed down through generations.” racism is a pervasive social issue that plays a large role in the environment, children grow up in, the quality of their schools, the air they breathe, the water they drink.  Thus, Racism affects children physically, economically, emotionally, socially and in so many other ways. Children who grow up in neighborhoods exposed to lead, food, desserts, violence are more likely to engage negatively with the police, experience health issues such as asthma, obesity, childhood cancer and diabetes.

It's happening outside.

Be Healthy, Get Moving.
Grab the kids and take them outside.  Now is the time to get moving.  Run, jump, skate, dance, hike, swim, jog, walk, just do some physical activity. Drink plenty of water and take in the sun.  Make sure you use sunscreen lotion.  Make today a fun, healthy day.

Summer fun with a dose of safety


While school is out for the summer, it can be a great time to prepare your children for school in the fall.  The coming year will be a challenge for parents, teachers and students.  There is just a lot of uncertainty.  Will school open as we know it?  Will there be a schedule shift such as alternate days for half the class, a shorter day, etc.?

Now is the time to prepare your children for a different type of school experience.  Have your children been wearing masks?  If not, let them start wearing mask when they are out.