Our first Helen Ruffin practice was very fun. We introduced ourselves to each other, learned how to write good questions, discussed expectations, and how to make it onto the competition team. We will not have practice this week. Use this time to read Roller Girl and Fish in a Tree. Please write questions for Roller Girl and email them to Mrs. Kelley by September 6. If you have read other books, you should also start writing questions for them and submit them as well. Remember, your spot on the competition team will be determined by how many points you have at the end of October. You earn points by coming to practice, taking AR tests (and scoring at least 80% on them), writing questions, and scoring points in drills during practice. Currently we have 12 members of the team and we are only allowed to take 10 to the competition. Those who do the work and practice will have the greatest chance to make the team.
Thank you to Mrs. Dickerson for providing snacks on Wednesday. I sent home a snack schedule last Wednesday. The Ameraults should bring snacks next time, September 7.
If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Kelley know. We're looking forward to having a great team. These are some serious readers!!! Check the media center blog for weekly updates for the Reading Bowl team.
Here are the books that will be read this year for our reading bowl team.
Applegate, Katherine, Crenshaw. Beasley, Cassie. Circus Mirandus. Benjamin, Ali. The Thing about Jellyfish. Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss. The Book Scavenger. Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War that Saved My Life. Draper, Sharon. Stella by Starlight. Gephart, Donna. Death by Toilet Paper. Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree. Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. John, Jory & Barnett, Mac. The Terrible Two Jones, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Kadohata, Cynthia. Half a World Away. Korman, Gordon. Masterminds. Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. Pinkney, Andrea Davis. The Red Pencil
Your child received a screen name and password to log in reading minutes in the Scholastic Reading Challenge this summer. Click below for information about our Summer Reading Challenge and then click the link below that for the login page. NOTE: The login page will only work in Google Chrome.
Our great media center mural painted by Scott McIntyre back in 2007 is a tribute to students who have attended Shallowford Falls. Students who were here then paid $20 to have their names hidden in the mural as a lasting gift to the school and to leave their name behind as a momento. We would like to offer that opportunity to any student who would like to have his or her name added to the mural. What a great gift to a graduating fifth grader! Just send in cash or a check (made out toShallowford Falls) to the media center using the form below showing us how you'd like the name to appear on the mural.
Would you like to recognize your child's birthday by donating a book to our media center? Fill out the form below and send in a check for $10. A few weeks before your child's birthday, we'll bring him/her to the media center to pick out a book from a selection of brand new books from a recent book order. We'll place a Birthday Book Club bookplate inside the front cover honoring your child on his/her birthday. Then, your child will be given the opportunity to present his/her new book to the media center on our local Fox5 Shallowford Falls morning broadcast. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books and materials for our media center. We appreciate all you do to support our program.
Let's face it: We have all played on our phone while with our kids. Whether it's a quick text or a social media post, it can be difficult put the electronics down. I'm guilty of it, and most parents are guilty of it. But in reality, our email and Facebook can wait – especially if it means setting a good example for our children and protecting their health, since increased screen time is associated with higher rates of childhood obesity, behavior problems, ADHD, poor sleep quality, poor physical activity and poor school performance.
Multiple studies have shown that as parents increase their screen time (whether it be smart phones, TV, computers, video games), their children do the same. Our children are constantly learning from us and following in our footsteps. When we focus on a screen instead of our child, we are sending a message that says, "My phone or the TV is more interesting than you." Parents in my office often ask me why kids are so interested in our smartphones and tablets, and it's because from the day they're born, they see us glued to these devices. In turn, children are fascinated by electronics and want to use them, too.
In addition, a recent studyfound that as parents increased usage of electronic devices while sitting at a playground with their children, the children were more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Although the study wasn't able to dissect why children were more risky, it may be because the kids were trying to get a parent's attention. This is definitely something to think about!
In my office, I've met with some parents who are worse than their teenagers when it comes to electronic media. They refuse to stop playing video games or scrolling through social media during medical visits. Often times, I have to repeatedly ask the parent to put the phone away.
It's time that we set an example for our children and put down the devices. Here are some tips that will help you and your kids slowly unplug:
Remove the TV from the bedroom. Take the TV out of your room and your child's room. Screen time at bedtime has been shown to influence sleep patterns and lead to less sleep and increased behavior problems.
Ban electronics from the dinner table. Make mealtime an electronics-free zone – no TV, no smartphone, no tablet on the table. Eating with screens on makes you more likely to consume more calories and less likely to have a conversation with your child. Take the time to find out what happened in your child's day instead of reading posts about what's happening in other people's lives.
Put limitations on screen time. Limit as much screen time as possible – ideally no more than one hour per day. The more our children use electronics, the less physical activity they do. Fight the boredom by making a list of things to do to keep the kids occupied.
Set aside play time. Show your child he or she is more important than the screen, and do things the old-fashioned way. Play with your kids, and let their imaginations run wild. Take them to the park, a museum or help them build a fort in the living room.
Get interactive with your children. There are times when screens are OK, but if you're going to use electronics, use them together as a family in an interactive way.
This summer, make a resolution to unplug as much as possible. By doing so, you'll not only create more memories with your children, you'll also help improve your family's well-being.