1st Day Testing – Day 3 – Monday, April 23rd
2nd Day Testing – Day 4 – Tuesday, April 24th
3rd Day Testing – Day 5 – Wednesday, April 25th
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.
- 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.
- During these final months of school, keep a close watch on your child'sprogress;make sure that they know that your interest has not waned.
- 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.
We look forward to your continued participation in our classroom and school activities, as always, we look forward to you visiting our school. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Pamela Albert Devine