Make sure your child is not hungry-High protein meals are recommended.
Students should prepare by reviewing learning in the academic areas to be tested.
Students should come to the MEAP tests relaxed.
Avoid scheduling medical, dental, or other appointments on MEAP days.
Keeping Parents in the Know……
Research shows that when parents become involved in their children’s schoolwork, children do better in school. One way you can get involved is by helping your child with homework. It will benefit both your child’s school work and self-esteem. Here are some tips to help with homework:
- Keep in touch with the teacher/teachers to be fully aware of the quantity and the quality of the homework turned in.
- Set a schedule, including both a beginning and ending time. Most kids need some time to unwind after school before they tackle their homework. Doing it too close to bedtime may make it difficult due to fatigue. Fridays are usually the best day for homework that must be completed over the weekend. Assignments are still fresh and last minute panic rushes are avoided.
- Encourage your child to divide the homework assignment into "what I can do myself" and "what I need help with." You should only help with the part of the homework your child cannot do independently.
- Hold off watching TV and other fun activities until all homework is completed.
- Provide a study center for your child with adequate light and few distractions. If your child can concentrate better with music, provide that help. Also a dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should be readily available.
- Use direct praise for doing the homework and even more for accomplishment.
- Be available when your child is doing homework so that you can answer questions and support as needed.
- Look over the homework when it is completed. Do not correct it unless you have checked with the teacher. Seeing the pattern of errors is often helpful to a teacher.
- Study groups are often a good strategy. Your child may benefit from studying with one or two classmates. Make sure they are using the time to study.
- Allow bathroom, drink and/or snack breaks, but insist on completion of tasks.
Links for Parents
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PBS Parent Newsletter Positive Behavior Support
Initiative at Albert Einstein Elementary School
What is Positive Behavior Support (PBS)? Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is not a specific model or program, but a compilation of effective practices, interventions and system strategies.
PBS is a continuum of support for all students within a school in areas including the classroom and non classroom settings (i.e. hallways, restrooms).
- PBS establishes a clear set of positively stated behavioral expectations school wide.
- PBS is data driven.
- PBS shifts from a reactive approach to one that is proactive and positive.
- PBS builds a school environment where team building and problem-solving skills are taught, reinforced and expected.
- PBS teaches students expectations in all areas of the building by modeling these expectations.
Why implement Positive Behavior Support? Historically, school’s attempts to respond to increasing behavior problems have been reactive (i.e. verbal reprimands, out of school suspensions, in-school detention). There has been an over reliance on reactive management practices. Reduction or removals of the problem behavior are temporary and problem behaviors typically reoccur, sometimes at higher rates and at more intensive levels.
Who implements Positive Behavior Support? A school wide leadership or behavior support team to guide and direct the PBS process. The commitment from Einstein is:
- To work for and with all students, since every child entering school needs behavior support.
- To integrate academic and behavioral success for all students.
- To emphasize prevention in establishing and maintaining safe and supportive school climates.
- To build a school environment where team building and problem solving skills are expected, taught and r einforced.
Are there incentives for students? Students receive a PBS ticket for each time they demonstrate the PBS way. The ticket is turned into the main office, where 20 tickets are drawn each week and a prize is given out. As students accumulate more tickets, bigger prizes are awarded to them. This incentive program lasts the entire school year.
What about staff? In addition to students receiving rewards for demonstrating their positive behaviors, staff also are rewarded for their use of PBIS language and enforcement of PBIS rules.