Monday, November 10, 2014

November News

The month of November continues to be busy at Mitchell.  While we are all working hard to be the best readers we can be, we are also working hard in writing, math, science, and social studies.  This month progress reports will be going home with your child's report card.  Report cards will be sent home with students before the Thanksgiving Beak.  Sometimes these reports can be confusing to read and understand.  I am including a link that talks about reading report cards that may be helpful.

Reading Report Card Link

As we get closer to Thanksgiving you may be thinking of ways to spend more time with your family.  Below is an article about the benefits of eating dinner with your family that may be of interest.  All our lives can get very busy but there are many benefits to eating together as a family, some you probably are aware of but some of the benefits may be new to you. 


THE BENEFITS OF FREQUENT FAMILY MEALS
Sharing frequent family meals can have many positive benefits for children and teens, including enhanced school performance, more healthful eating habits and reduced risk of substance abuse. The following information is from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University .
Children and teens who have frequent family dinners:
• Are at half the risk for substance abuse compared with teens who dine with their families infrequently
• Are less likely to have friends or classmates who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs
• Have lower levels of tension or stress at home
• Are more likely to say that their parents and families are proud of them
• Are likelier to say they can confide in their parents
• Are likelier to get better grades in school
• Are more likely to be emotionally content and have positive peer relationships
• Have more healthful eating habits
• Are at lower risk for thoughts of suicide