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.
Etiquette: Zoom meetings
As we turn to video conferencing more, there
are some ground rules and etiquette we should adhere to.
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
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?
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:
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.
Get Home Safely: 10 Rules
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
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
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?
- Surround yourself with a diverse group of people. This will help you develop a world view.
- Be careful that your circle of friend do not do you any harm.
- Find yourself a mentor and learn from them.
- Reach for attainable goals.
- Be patient. Your goals can take a while to achieve.
- There are no short cuts in the game called life.
- To find yourself, you must have a goal and a plan.
- Mistakes reminds us that we are trying.
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.
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.
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.