Newsletter Nov 2017 HTML5

It is hard to believe we have already finished the first quarter. As we move into November, the weather is starting to change and we will see an uptick in stu- dents being ill. If your child is running a high grade fever, please keep them home until the fever has come down. If you do keep your child home, please call into the high school office to let the school know. The staff posts their lesson plans on the website. When you get to the site, click on schools then high school. The link is below the picture. I would like to thank the parents that attended our Parent/Teacher conferences on Oct. 2 and 5. For those of you who could not make it, please take the time to talk with your child’s teachers. It only takes a moment and it demonstrates to your child their edu- cation is important to you. I would like to congratulate Nancy Isebrand as being named the 2017 Iowa Student Council Adviser of the Year. Thank you for all your time and dedica- tion working with our student council. Also, the Big Red Band, under the direction of Curt Ohrlund placed 1st in the Dutchman Field Championships. The flag corps also placed 1st and the band was awarded the Spirit Award. The band also earned a Division 1 rating at State Marching Band. Hopefully you have had a chance to talk with your child’s teachers through email, on the phone, or in person. If not, please take the time to contact them, especially if you have a concern about how your child is doing. I have asked the teachers to do the same. Also, feel free to contact Mr. Utesch or myself if something comes up. Sincerely, Mark Iverson High School Principal’s Corner Recent events with the Las Vegas shootings have been on the minds of many adults. As an adult, it may be difficult for us to process. Imagine what this must seem like to our young children who might feel helpless against many dangers. Some children may be asking questions that are dif- ficult to answer. Experts recommend we keep our answers focused on the positive side, sending the message that bad things may hap- pen, but there will always be good people out there helping. Sending your child that message fosters resilience and teaches your kids they’re able to cope with whatever bad things come their way in life. We can’t always prevent things from happening, but we can be strong and work through difficult times. You know your child best, and you’ll have a good idea of how much information your child is ready to hear. • Watching news footage can be very disturbing to young children so it’s important to keep it off when they’re around. If a story comes on while your child is in the room calmly turn the channel or say, “I think I want to watch something else,” and turn the channel. If you panic, you may increase your child’s anxiety. •  Say something like, "A bad person decided to hurt other people." For young children, this may be all the information they need. Older children are likely to ask more questions. It’s OK to say you don’t know all the answers. • . Talk about how police officers and other officials are helping. Spend more time talking about the good work people are doing, rather than the horrific event. This can help reduce your child's anxiety. •  Talk about how people are helping families who had a loved one who got hurt. Look for specific ways people are pitching in to help. This can show your child that most people are good and helpful. • Discuss how they can take positive action in the wake of a tragic event. Writing a thank you note to a police officer or donating allowance money to oth- ers who are in need can give kids a sense of a little bit of control when they feel helpless. •  Even if you suspect a certain motive, be careful what you say. Your thoughts could leave a lasting impression on your child. • . If you say the shooter likely had a mental illness, be careful to point out that the vast majority of people with mental illnesses don't commit violent crimes. You don't want to teach your kids that people with mental health problems are all bad or should be feared. •  Your child may need time to pro- cess the information. He/she may come to you several days later with follow-up questions, or you might notice he/she acts out more shooting scenes in his/her play. Turn these times into teach- able moments. (Adapted from “What Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” by Amy Morin) Elementary Guidance Counselors’- Kari Kopperud and Wendy Weaver Elementary Counselors’ Corner