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.
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.
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.
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.
Children Books On Race & Inclusion
Why is Nita Upside Down? By Roxana Bouwer, Sarah Bouwer, Emma Hearne
Sometimes, we fear that others won’t accept us because of the things that make us unique – whether we look different to others, think differently, or have other interests. The reality is that everyone of us is different in some way, and that is our strength. This short picture book is a celebration of dark-skinned bodies of all kinds.
In Skin We Are In,
Stressed out? It's Break Time!!
A sincere hand clap goes out to all parents. You have become the teacher, the cheerleader, a full time cook and housekeeper, while still holding down your job.
It's break time! While it might be difficult to take a real break, think of ways you might sneak in a little "me time". A cup of coffee, a glass of lemonade, a crossword puzzle, a little dance, a silly song, things to lift your spirits. If you can't get away for a few minutes, engage the kids in a fun event with you, This could even mean to drop everything and head for the door.
To My Children:
I am blessed to have heard from you all today and everyone was
well and not in trouble. That’s the best
Mother’s Day gift ever. I would like to
thank each of you for allowing me to have such an active part in your life. I literally mean that. I remember entertaining your friends at our
house as that was the place to go for food and fun. Allowing me to be a short order cook. Everyone had to have a different dish for dinner. Going on all those school trips. Especially
the time I went to the Zoo with Chris class.
I had dressed inappropriately for the weather. I guessed that was pay
back for going on that trip. I talked the teacher into allowing me to go on
the trip with the class. I warned her
that if anything happened to any of the kids, I would hold her
responsible. She made room for me on the
bus. We went to the Zoo in Ann Harbor, Michigan. I had on fancy shoes and a light jacket that
day in March. Not so wise a choice. However,
I survived an achy body and bruised feet, but enjoyed the trip. If I had not been
at the Zoo, I would have been the best dressed mom on the trip. However, getting back to exercising: I was the main taxi cab driver for you guys to
school; being PTA president,
participating in the fundraiser, monitoring homework assignments, going to all
those recitals, Tae Kwon Do classes, dance classes, football games, and so on. Then in the summers, we came to North
Carolina, where I inherited my nieces and nephews. We went so many places all
summer long. People thought I operated a
Day Care Center. So you can see
exercising can be more than pumping iron.
I know Moms all over can say, been there, done that! “Happy Me Day” and Happy Mother’s Day to
Think Before You Speak: Words Can
Ugly, fatso, stupid, fag,
nappy, black, nerd, weird, bad, lazy, crybaby, dummy, loser,
moron, sissy, chicken, etc. What do these words have in common? They are small words, with big
implications. They hurt! Children were taught, “Sticks and stones may
break your bones but words will never hurt.” However,
they can surely break hearts. The truth
is, harsh and mean spirited words can be just as deadly to our self esteem as
weapons drawn against us.