Archive for Thursday, August 13, 2009

Five questions: Back to school

Third-graders Sammy Lee and Katie Fulkerson work on a project in January at  Glenwood Ridge Elementary. School is back in session this week in Basehor-Linwood schools. Polly Vader, a counselor at Mill Creek Middle School in Shawnee, gives tips to ease the transition from summer vacation back to school.

Third-graders Sammy Lee and Katie Fulkerson work on a project in January at Glenwood Ridge Elementary. School is back in session this week in Basehor-Linwood schools. Polly Vader, a counselor at Mill Creek Middle School in Shawnee, gives tips to ease the transition from summer vacation back to school.

August 13, 2009

Polly Vader, a counselor at Mill Creek Middle School in Shawnee, gives tips to ease the transition from summer vacation back to school.

Q: What can parents do to prepare their children for the return to school?

A: First and foremost, it is important to have open dialogue with your child about the preparation for school. Discuss any worries, questions, concerns the child may have, and prepare them for things that may be unexpected or new for the upcoming year.

Q: What steps can students take?

A: I think it is important for students to set goals for the school year ahead ... Just knowing what they want to strive for and trying to achieve those goals throughout the year can set the tone for a productive and successful school year.

Q: How can the transition from one grade to the next be eased?

A: As a parent, it is extremely important to be supportive of their concerns, but also help them see the positive in the situation. The students are leaving their comfort zone, and this can cause some anxiety; if they see their parents get worked up or disappointed about not being in classes with their friends or not having certain teachers, this can also cause more stress in the student.

Q: What is the best way for parents to become involved?

A: Have an open dialogue with your child about what is going on at school; know what they are currently studying, ask about projects/assignments, offer your help if needed, and make a connection with their teachers.

Q: What are some common problems faced by students in the first weeks of school?

A: There are a range of common problems/anxieties that students face in the first few weeks of school. These can be socially related or just schedule related ... Will I get to class on time, will I be able to get my locker open, will I have the right supplies, etc.? I encourage students and/or parents to contact the teachers or other staff members with any questions about issues/problems within the first week of school, so they are taken care of quickly and do not become a larger issues down the road.

Comments

Jason Bailey 4 years, 11 months ago

Q: What is the best way for parents to become involved?

The question alone is a sad statement of affairs in our country but the answer just adds icing to the cake. "..offer your help if needed..."

It is the parents' responsibility to educate their children -- it is not big daddy govt and the NEA's job. We have abdicated our responsibility of educating our children since the 50s and we are reaping the results.

Education is seen as "Someone else's" job by most parents today. This is due primarily to an outstanding tactic by the left, increasing selfishness and self-centeredness in parents, and people so busy trying to make ends meet they have no time for the important things in life.

America is so screwed up...it's not even salvageable at this point.

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Jason Bailey 4 years, 11 months ago

I completely missed the name of the counselor...Polly Vader. I can hear the raspy ventilator and James Earl Jones baritone as she speaks the answers in this article.

"What can parents do to prepare their child for a return to school?"

Vader: They must know the power of the Dark side. Have them fully release their anger and their journey towards the Dark side will be complete. We want them alive, no disintegrations.

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