5 simple ways to help your child's teacher

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

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Back to School time is exciting for not just kids, but their parents and teachers too!  Amidst the rush and thrill of going school shopping, meeting the teacher and heading off to that first day, consider how you may be able to help your child’s teacher at the start of the year with these 5 fun ideas:

1.  Raise Your Hand -- Whether it’s once a week as a class reader, or once a semester organizing the holiday class party – raise your hand to volunteer and help out in the classroom!  Take your time restraints and own interests into mind when signing up to volunteer, but make the effort and show your child you are engaged with their learning experience.

2.  Fulfill the Greatest Needs – Before you start a collection for pencils and paper, inventory the classroom and speak with your class teacher about what is most needed when it comes to school supplies for the entire classroom.  Perhaps book donations would better benefit the class, or unique items like a recycling bin.  

3.  Coordinate Parent Volunteers – Save the teacher time (and stress) organizing parent volunteers with free online signup sheets by VolunteerSpot.  No more clipboards and reply-all emails; instead, create an online calendar of volunteer needs, invite parents to sign up from their computer or smart phone and rely on automatic Reminders to help everyone remember their commitment!

4.  Add a Little Flavor – Connect with your teacher and see if help is needed decorating bulletin boards, doors, desks and tables.  You can create cut-outs at home with your own children so they too feel like they have contributed to the class when they see their works of art displayed. *Bonus Tip:  Teachers label everything – offer to help write names on desk tags, folders and cubby labels.

5.  Latte anyone?  A sweet surprise every now and then can make all the difference – a latte in the morning or sweet treat for the teacher’s lunchtime is a quick way to show appreciation and bring a smile to their face.

Police called after adults brawl at kindergarten graduation

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

A fight broke out at an elementary school graduation ceremony in New Mexico Wednesday, but no kids were involved.

A scuffle among adults broke out at Dolores Gonzales Elementary School during the kindergarten graduation ceremony.

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A school spokesperson told KRQE that the incident began when two adults sitting in the parents section began fighting. A parent who witnessed the incident told KRQE that instead of helping break up the brawl, more adults joined the fight. Police were called and the ceremony was temporarily suspended until order could be restored.

The graduation ceremony then finished without further incident.

Dozens of seniors barred from graduation ceremonies after ‘dangerous’ prank

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

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Dozens of Middle Georgia high school seniors won’t be able to attend their graduation ceremonies, after they participated in a “dangerous and unsafe” prank, school officials said.  

The 35 Baldwin High School seniors met in the parking lot of the Milledgeville school before classes Thursday, wearing black clothes and white masks, the Macon Telegraph reported.  

The students sprayed water guns and threw water balloons in the cafeteria and nearby hallway, the newspaper reported.  

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Schools Superintendent Noris Price said in a statement the incident “created a very dangerous and unsafe situation.”  

Two other students suffered panic attacks, and paramedics had to be called to help one of them, school spokesman Byron Wellman said.  

The students will still receive their diplomas and any honors they’ve earned, officials said.


Harvard will hold black-only graduation ceremony

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

Black Harvard University students raised money for a separate graduate ceremony in addition to the main ceremony. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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Black graduate students at Harvard University will soon be a part of a first-of-its-kind ceremony.

On May 23, the prestigious university will hold an individual ceremony for black graduate students, according to a report by The Root. The ceremony, which took a year to plan, celebrates “fellowship,” not “segregation,” Michael Huggins, a graduate student who will receive a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School this month, told The Root. 

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“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Huggins told the online publication. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

More than 120 students have registered to partake in the ceremony, which will be held at Holmes Field, near the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students raised more than $27,000 to pay for the ceremony and a reception that will follow. The student body hopes to organize a similar ceremony for black undergraduate students at Harvard next year, Huggins said.

The graduate students still plan to participate in the school’s main ceremony later this month. Last year, Harvard was named the No. 2 best college for African-Americans by Essence and Money magazines.

“This is not about segregation,” Huggins told The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”

‘Choking game’ claims life of New Jersey student

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 3:19 AM

A New Jersey school superintendent said a child recently died from a “choking game,” where students seek euphoria by briefly stopping oxygen from reaching the brain, Fox News reported.

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The victim, whose name and age have not been released, was a student in the Bernards Township School District in central New Jersey. Superintendent Nick Markarian sent a letter to parents earlier this week, encouraging them to talk to their children about the game, Fox News reported.

The game is also known as space monkey, the fainting game, or flatliner. Markarian’s letter said the death was "one of the tragic losses of student life we have experienced this year."

"The early-adolescent brain does not process information in the same manner as an adult brain, and so children in this age group are not able to fully understand the serious consequences," he wrote.

Parents have been cooperative in the wake of the student's death, the district said. A spokeswoman declined to say when exactly the death occurred.

Current statistics on deaths caused by the choking game are unclear, WABC reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the game was responsible for 82 deaths between 1995 and 2007.