The Paw Print
    Middle/High School Newsletter
    Friday, January 14, 2022


    Dates to Remember

    • Monday, January 17 - School Closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Friday, January 28 - End of Marking Period 2
    • Monday, January 31 - Superintendent Conference Day

    Terrific Tigers

    • Congratulations to the Young Writers 100 Word Contest Winners: Gracie Boccia, Caroline Beecher, Lily Slayton, Bradyn Crawford, Chase Mummey, Mia Hughes, Bella Tyner, Emily Olin, Sydney Morrell, Olivia Watt, Bailey Owens, Lucas Burgett, Khloe Goodrich, Trevon Knowlton, Maddy Cartwright, Isaac Strauss, Adam Gardner, Riley Stowe, Rosa Hernandez, and Haley Vosburg

    A Message from Mrs. Buisch

    So what is getting in the way of our children developing self control?  One of the culprits is a common theme here…technology.  If our children’s brains are moving constantly from one app or game to another and then hopping to their Google Classroom and email, there is less of a chance they will finish one task before heading to the next.  When we ask our brains to take on multiple tasks, our concentration lessens and our performance lowers.  

    The second culprit stealing our children’s self control is a lack of consistent sleep schedules.  Less sleep equals weaker attention and memory and greater difficulty with decision making.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics children ages 6-12 need 9-12 hours of sleep per day and children ages 13-18 should have 8-10 hours per day. 

    The last and maybe most important culprit to try and tame is a decreased amount of child directed play.  Play is one of the best ways for children to learn self control. (Borba, Chapter 3, page 114)  Other skills such as following directions, attending to a task, making decisions and interacting with others are also cultivated when children play.  

    Challenge of the week: Tune into:

    • your child’s ability to finish a task before starting another 

    • how much sleep your child gets each night

    • the amount of play time your child has each day

    The Importance of Sleep 

    After School Program

    Families: Thank you for your flexibility and patience with the transition we made this week in regards to the After School Program. We've got a little ways to go, but the strides we made this week have already been beneficial and helped our district-wide communications greatly, so thank you!

    As we move on, please plan to sign your child (K-6) up for The Commons after school next week using this Google Form (CLICK HERE). Students in grades 7-12 can complete this form for themselves. Students NOT signed up will not be able to stay after in The Commons.

    Please also sign your child (K-6) up for the month's scheduled enrichment activities using this Google Form (CLICK HERE). Students in grades 7-12 can also complete this form for themselves. Depending on the capacity for any given activity, students NOT signed up ahead of time may not be able to participate.

    * Students staying after in The Commons and utilizing the Late Bus will be dropped off between 5:05-6:15PM. Parents of K-2 students need to be visible at drop-off.

    Reach out to our Director of Special Programs, Mr. Cody Delles, at (607) 566-2221 (*1161) or cdelles@avocacsd.org with any questions you have!

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

    On Monday, January 17th, school is closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As the school is closed, the Commons will not be open on this day for student help. 


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