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Friday, August 2, 2019- The News - Page 5B 1 for 2019- July 2~31 Staff Devek)pment November I St~ff Development 25-29 Thanksgiv~J Holidays December 19 End of 2ed N~e Weeks 23-31 Chlt~s Hol~ays February 7 Staff Developmeet April 3 Staff Development May 1 Staff Development 25 Memorial Day Ho~iday 28 End of 4th Nine Weeks 29 WOrk Day / Graduation r * C~l~ndarSub~e~:lttoUn~ngla, ] I s I ool ice i~ Valentine% Day 21 End of 4"~- $~x Weeks [3]} ~? ~r~dof l,%L~ Weeks (32( 14 Co~mbus Day <} End o, 5 ~ix Week. (29) 28 ~<; '~':,<,ei !, 0 ~L#%,~ 12 Easter 3unday T " i /i NL %2//,7 /i / ]~ 8 fed of 2',~ .~ix Wee~'4 }0 Molhsr's OcP 22 End of 6~, ~)x Wee~ (29) Eor~/~elease Er~d of 3~ Six Week~ '2O (25) Ec~dy F~eleo~e 25. C~stmas Day l.Sem. Dew (85) Total Studeat Days (174) Total Insir~ctional Min, (78,800) Total Staff C~ys (182) Bar)teed M~n. (&200) ~ MIX W~lh) F x ) v |O~II [12 1511~ 17) 181 t9 ilii~iI Parents and educators can sometimes underes- timate children's anxi- ety over the dawn of a new school year. Many students feel nervous when wondering if their teachers will be nice or if they will make new friends. These worries may be compounded by the return to routine and the end of an enjoyable period of rest and relax- ation. In 2015, CNN polled campers at a summer day camp outside New York City. The campers were elementary school students who were asked about what they were most nervous about for the return to school. Homework, tests, com- petition, greater ex- pectations, grades, and making new friends topped the list of fears. To help students tran- sition to the classroom with fewer worries, teachers and parents may want to initiate ice breakers and other stress-reducing interac- tions. Here are some ideas. Buddy up Many schools will give out classroom as- signments a few doys before the first day of school. Parents can in- vestigate who is in their child's homeroom and initiate contact with the parents of one or more of those students. Collec- tively, parents can make a buddy plan for stu- dents to arrive to school together and enter the classroom as a team. Co- ordinate clothing colors or have students wear another unifying sym- bol. This may allay fears and make the first day of school more fun. School selfie Students can craft "school selfies" on a piece of paper using a smartphone image tem- plate. This selfie illustra- tion will give the class key facts about each student and present an interesting, creative and enjoyable way for stu- dents to get to know one another. Student word search Word searches are en- tertaining and education- al tools that can be put to use in the classroom. Parents or teachers can create word searches munication. Word searches also can be customized for any subject. Therefore, if student names aren't desired, the theme can be classroom items or school terms. Personal introductions Students may worry about teachers mispro- nouncing their names or using a full name instead of a nickname. featuring the first names Rather than a traditional of all the students in the roll call, teachers can class. Children often encourage students to enjoy searching for their introduce themselves to own names, and then classmates, using their they can help others, preferential name and opening up lines of corn- including a brief syn- opsis of their interests and what makes them unique. Teachers also can ini- tiate other ice-breakers by giving students a sheet with various ques- tions, which students then have to complete by asking around among the other students. For example, "Who has a pet fish?" or "Find someone who has blue eyes." The first day of school can be difficult for some children. Fun activities and some extra effort from parents and teach- ers can make the return to the classroom less stressful.