Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety from time to time, and children are no different. But when is it a problem? The Ball-Chatham School District will be hosting a parenting program at 6:30 p.m., October 14 at Chatham Elementary School for parents of students K-5 that will address:
- The most common types of anxiety in children
- Signs and symptoms
- How to help your child cope
- How school can help
Childcare will be provided. Click here to download the registration form.
The Ball-Chatham School District will be hosting an internet safety seminar, "What's Your Child's Digital Footprint?" beginning at 7 p.m., October 1 at Glenwood High School. The keynote speaker is an Internet Safety Specialist from the Attorney General's Office. The seminar will focus on how today's youth have integrated the use of digital devices into their lives and utilize social media to communicate. Technology integration that encourages social interaction and self-expression presents new opportunities for youth, while at the same time challenging parents and teachers as we work together to keep them safe and healthy. Though the seminar is for parents, free childcare will be provided by the GHS Student Council. Click here for informational flyer and RSVP details.
The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is hosting its 7th annual 5K Run/Walk event to raise money for education initiatives within the Ball-Chatham School District on November 15th. Again this year, there will be a 1 mile run, the Titan Trot, for younger runners. Over the past six years, money raised from the Titan Trek event has helped purchase interactive whiteboard systems and/or components, valued at over $2,500 each. These were distributed to every designated K-8th grade classroom in the district. Further, multiple systems were funded by the Foundation and installed in high school classrooms. Last year the foundation awarded $35,700 for the purchase of Chromebooks. Monies raised will still support District technology enhancements, and learning opportunities that are available outside the classroom through foundation "Beyond the Walls" grant applications. Major sponsors for this year's event are:
- Download the Titan Trek Registration form here or register online at timingiseverything.com Titan Trek Route Map
It IS as fun as it sounds! Titan Treehouse is a treat earned by students that model appropriate behavior at school. Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior earns the chance to be entered into the raffle and each week teachers randomly select a child’s name from a raffle.
Reasons to Get Involved:
*Being present at school provides a chance for you to get to know CES faculty and staff. While at a Titan Treehouse activity you’ll spend time with the students who are at school with your child. Build familiarity with the people and places that make up your child’s day.
*The calendar is flexible. This is a year-round experience so there are open dates to fit in a time that works for you.
*If you like school parties, you will be a perfect fit for Titan Treehouse. It’s as much fun as a classroom party but much easier! Very little to coordinate and it’s a quick obligation.
*It’s influential and meaningful for the students. Kids love to be highlighted and time with a special guest is a real treat. You will be generously paid in smiles for your time!
How it Works:
*Parents plan and run 15-minute just-for-fun activities.
*Titan Treehouse will be generally be on Thursday afternoons at 1:50.
*Sessions alternate grade levels every other week; k-2 and 3-4. This will keep the groups smaller each week: no more than 30 kids for K-2, and 20 kids for 3-4.
What to Expect:
*Anyone with a background check on file can help. All students are involved in PBIS. This is a school-community reward and we want all students and families to understand that Titan Treehouse is a possibility for them.
*The kids love these activities! It’s a treat for them, but also a great time for the parents.
*You can choose the activity! (But feel free to work with the PBIS team for suggestions, if you need them.) Go for inexpensive & easy activities (sidewalk chalk, basketball shoot-out, freeze dance, window decorating…) based on your interests. Some of the most enriching experiences emerge from parents sharing what they love with our kids. We do ask that you gather needed supplies, however, if you need assistance with materials please let us know.
*On your Titan Treehouse day, pop into the office and sign in. Depending on activity needs and space availability, you’ll be directed to where you need to go. Everyone at school supports PBIS so you’ll be a welcome guest.
Ask your student(s):
Have you ever been to the Titan Treehouse?
What are some activities you like to do at the Titan Treehouse or would like to do?
New Adult Lunch Procedure
We look forward to students bringing guests to lunch at CE and want to make you aware of our new payment procedure. All adult lunches will need to be paid in cash or check at the time of purchase. Adults may not charge lunch on their child’s account.
Parent to Parent: Recess
Although the New Year has brought many snow days and frigid temperatures, we are finally looking forward to warmer temperatures. With this comes the return of outside recess! We thank you for continuing to dress your children appropriately for outside recess, as the air and winds can still be brisk in our open surroundings.
Participation in fun activities on the playground during school is extremely important for our children’s health and wellbeing. It provides an opportunity for their minds to rest and bodies to exercise. Our children need to be reminded that it is as important to be respectful, responsible, and safe on the playground as in the school building. Appropriate language, behavior, and attitudes must peacefully transition from the classroom to the playground, with a particular emphasis on inclusion of others & sharing equipment and play objects. It is okay to have fun however competition that hurts others feelings by actions or words isn’t appropriate.
These values shouldn’t be forgotten at public playgrounds and other mutual recreational spaces. Encourage your children to maintain a respectful, responsible, and safe stance while playing with friends and siblings. Children need consistency to reinforce that they are responsible for good choices, regardless of the setting or atmosphere.
Ask your student(s):
What are some ways of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe at recess?
What should you wear out to recess and why?
Why do you need to follow directions while out at recess?
What are the names of the recess monitors?
What do you enjoy about recess?