This Week’s News

Daylight Saving time ends this weekend, so don’t forget to set your clocks back (fall back) one hour on Sunday.  With the end of daylight savings just around the corner, it is important to remember the importance of a good night’s sleep.  This week’s Tip of the Week is about the amount of sleep students need per night based on their ages.

Healthy for Life Tip of the Week:  Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Maintaining healthy sleep habits are important for children and teens to achieve and promote optimal growth and development. Research indicates that sleep deprivation is associated with mood changes, behavioral problems, difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, decreased academic and athletic performance.

Check out the table below to determine if you/your child is getting the suggested amount of sleep each night.

Age Suggested Sleep Hours/day
3-6 10 ¾ to 12
7-12 10 to11
12-18 8 ¼ to 9 ½


Night owls beware:  Burning the midnight oil may lead to weight gain.  Research from the University of South Australia shows a link between lack of sleep and weight gain in teenagers.  In a study of more than 4,000 kids, aged 9-18, researchers found that overweight teenagers had an average of 20 minutes less sleep than underweight teenagers.  That number extends to a full hour on the weekends.  To make sure you get a good night’s sleep experts recommend you go to bed at the same time each night, no caffeine after 7 PM and turn off your computer, cell phones and TVs before you hit the sack.

This Week’s News

The Scare Skool sixth grade fund-raising event was a phenomenal event, both as a way to raise funds and as an enjoyable event for the school community.  A gigantic thank you goes out to the event coordinators and to all of the parents and students who worked  so hard to make this event such a success!

Since Friday is Halloween, this is another reminder that on Halloween, students may wear costumes for the entire day.  Students, please remember that costumes must be school-appropriate, which means that there may be no blood and gore, no weapons, nothing indicating violence, and that tasteful attire is required. Masks will be allowed only for the Halloween parade.  Because parents have worked so hard on the Scare Skool fundraiser, the sixth grade teachers are “catering” the Halloween party for students.  It will be a low-key event, but will also provide some sweet opportunities to practice mathematical concepts related to data and statistics.

This Week’s News

This is just a reminder that next few weeks will be busy for sixth graders and their families.  Tomorrow, October 18th, is the day when families will turn the Science Lab into a Spooky and Spectacular Haunted House.  Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue till the task is completed.  If you would like to help, please contact Ms. Googins, who will direct your volunteer work.  The Haunted House sixth grade fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, October 23rd, and on Friday, October 24th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Parents, thank you in advance for all of your hard work to make this a fun and lucrative event.

Additionally, the testing season is upon us.  Next week, students will have their first district-wide writing assessment, where they will write an essay in response to a prompt.  The following week, students will complete their English/Language Arts and Math benchmarks to assess their mastery of sixth grade content thus far.  The Math benchmark will focus on data and statistics, and the English/Language Arts benchmark will focus on elements of fiction, vocabulary, drawing inferences based on textual evidence, combining sentences, subject-verb agreement, and proper pronoun usage.

Furthermore, Thursday, October 23rd through Friday, October 31st has been designated National Red Ribbon Week. Recently, the student council met to plan activities to recognize Red Ribbon Week and to encourage age-appropriate healthy choices. Information about Red Ribbon Week 2014 and this year’s theme, “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free,” can be found here. In addition to decorating the school, the student council will be promoting  the following “Healthy Me Spirit Days” during Red Ribbon Week:

Thursday, 10/23, Sports Day, wear your favorite sports team/fitness gear
Friday, 10/24, Make a Pledge Day
Tuesday, 10/28, Wear Red Rally Day
Thursday, 10/30, Sock It to Bullying, wear crazy socks to support a bully-free environment
Friday, 10/31 Halloween, wear your school-appropriate costume

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