Summer vacation is quickly wrapping up as students and teachers prepare to return to school on Tuesday, August 7. This school year will be blast at EES. Here are some updates as we head into the new year:
Thanks to a grant from the Albertville City Schools Foundation, the classroom guidance lessons will use the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Program as the classroom guidance curriculum. Click here to learn more about this research-based resource. Again, we say a huge THANK YOU to the ACS Foundation for providing these materials.
Classroom guidance lessons will begin the week of August 13. The lesson topic will be a general introduction to school counseling services and getting to know the school counselor.
Parent Tips for Back to School:
Help your student rise to the challenge of the new school year by:
1) Set a reasonable bedtime and enforce it. Collect phones, tablets, and game devices at bedtime to help students get plenty of sleep.
2) Plan for busy mornings by preparing clothes, backpacks, snacks, and lunches the night before. This will help everyone get to school on time and avoid unnecessary stress.
3) Make sure your student has school supplies, especially those marked as "personal" on the supply list. Students will need to have those items with them each day in each class. If your family needs assistance with school supplies, please contact the counselor for your child's grade (Mrs. Williams for 5th, Mrs. Rains for 6th) or the ACLC (Albertville Community Learning Center) at 256-894-5040.
4) Start (or continue) the habit of checking your child's backpack and/or binder each evening. This helps avoid forgotten papers or homework and lets your child know that his/her schooling is important to you. This can also be an opportunity to talk about the day and share successes and struggles.
5) Let the classroom teacher know of any questions or concerns you have right away. Allow the teacher to address the problem or answer the question. Encourage your child to ask questions to teachers if he/she doesn't understand and to inform teachers of problems in class or with another student. Our teachers want to help, but they cannot read minds. Speak up if you have questions (that goes for students AND parents).
Hopefully these tips will help you and your child thrive during the back-to-school rush and lay the foundation for a successful school year.