April is looking like another busy month at Point Road School. We have many things happening and you can play an important part in all of our activities. Please see the newsletter for specific dates and times!
Well, it appears that spring will continue to be elusive! Hopefully the sun will eventually overtake the clouds and hopefully things will start to warm up, too! After the cold, windy and snowy March weather, we are all eagerly looking forward to some much needed spring weather!
1st Day Testing – Day 3 – Monday, April 24th
2nd Day Testing – Day 4 – Tuesday, April 25th
3rd Day Testing – Day 5 – Wednesday, April 26th
According to Phyllis Wenig, spring fever may be a result of chemical changes in our brains. In the winter our brains increase the production of melatonin, which makes us sleepier and more docile. When the spring approaches, our brains decrease the production of melatonin, making us less depressed and less inclined toward rest. In other words -- we have more energy to expend. Since learning cannot be put on hold while our brains make this transition, we need to provide a balance of school work and fun. The last few months of school are very important and you, as a parent can play a crucial role in helping your child do his/her best.
Here are some tips to help your children deal with "spring fever":
- Sit down with your children and explain to them that you understand they are eager to be outside, but that the responsibilities of school are still the most important.
- Reorganize your child's schedule to make accommodations for the growing daylight hours. If children were expected to do homework before dinner in the winter and play at night, switch their schedule to allow them to play in the afternoon when the sun is still out.
- Promise them many hours of weekend play outdoors if they remain diligent with their studies. More time outside on the weekend gives them something to look forward to and rewards them for their good work during school hours.
- Talk with your children about consequences if their work begins to slide and then stick to your rules. Spring fever should not be a free pass for children to behave in any other way than what you would expect normally from them.
- If your child is having significant trouble focusing in the spring, do not assume it is ONLY spring fever. Yourchild may be suffering from springtime allergies, which could be causing your child to have specific focusing issues that are more than "spring fever," do not hesitate to call your pediatrician and discuss the changes that you are noticing.
Pamela Albert Devine