Rain, rain go away come again some other day . . .
The rain clouds didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the students, staff and families at the Middletown Public Schools today as each school had something to celebrate on this first day of the 2012-13 school year.
Teachers and administrators were sure to remind families as they dropped off their children this morning of the following important tips to help make the school year a successful one:
1. Get a good night's sleep ~ studies show that a rested brain is a productive brain. Regular bedtimes and waking times help students to function with energy and enthusiasm throughout the day.
2. Utilize your backpack and planners as communication tools ~ parents and students alike should be using these tools on a daily basis to keep track of homework, important dates and messages to and from school. In addition, parents should be sure to make sure they are a part of their schools e-mail list for regular communication.
3. Be on time for school ~ every minute of instruction time is precious. Be on time and ensure that your child does not miss a thing. Be on time and be present, it's the law!
4. Take time for good nutrition ~ a good breakfast, a nutritious snack and lunch are a must have to help feed the brain as well as the body.
5. Read, read, read ~ almost everything a student does as they engage in the activity of learning is tied to literacy. Read to your child, read with your child, let your child catch you reading and then, of course, make sure that there is a place in your home that is conducive to reading for our student.
6. Exercise your body as well as your mind ~ take the opportunity to get out and play, take a walk or ride a bike. A fit body is a happy body.
7. When in doubt, ask ~ there is no such thing as a dumb question. In fact, the worst question is the question not asked. Be sure to contact your teacher or a staff member for any questions you may have about just about anything.
If today was any indication of what the rest of the year will be like, the 2012-13 school year is going to be a great year.