Dear SLM Parents,
It's the third week of school and I am finally falling into the rhythm of the school year; it sure can be difficult to give up those last few days of summer! Speaking of getting into the rhythm of things, I ran into a former SLM student yesterday at the gym. She commented on how she is going to try very hard to stay committed to working out daily this year; I told her that was one of my goals, too. Both of us laughed uneasily knowing that our enthusiasm today may evaporate when the mornings are dark and cold.
I witness the same enthusiasm in our students of wanting to perform well at the start of every new year. They are excited about school and eager to work hard and get high marks. Some students maintain this energy throughout the year, while others’ start to wane by late October and early November, if not sooner. Let’s face it, work, any work, school or otherwise, can be tedious. It takes effort and commitment to perform to the best of one’s ability and when that hard work pays off, it’s exhilarating and well worth the time and dedication. So what can parents do to help their students succeed? Here are some tips gathered from teachers and parents over the years:
Create a routine for homework assignments; choose a time and create a space in your home to complete work.
Chunk homework assignments; have your child spend 15 minutes on the assignment and then take a 5 minute break. Then another 15 minutes with a 5 minute break, etc. (This is especially helpful with an easily distracted or easily frustrated child.)
Monitor homework; check School Speak daily to view assignments and due dates.
Review your child’s homework.
Praise your child often for staying focused, completing an assignment, staying positive about school, etc.
If you have your own work to complete, join your child and work side-by-side.
When the child has completed their homework provide a fun activity for them. Perhaps dangle that as an incentive to complete the assignment.
Maybe you have other strategies that you’d like to share. If so, email them to me and I’ll add them to the next principal’s message. In any case, parents, hang in there. We, the faculty, staff and I know you are busy, too, and appreciate your efforts in ensuring your child is on track.
Here are some important dates coming up this month:
September 11th @ 6 PM in the Parish Hall/Church
Back to School Night for Grades TK - 5
(Join us to learn about important aspects of the school year, the general outline of your child’s classes and to meet the teachers.)
September 12th @ 6 PM in the Parish Hall/Church
Back to School Night for Grades 6 - 8
September 15th @ 9 AM in the Parish Hall/Church
Catechetical Sunday -- Join us for the 9 AM Mass where the teachers will receive a blessing.
September 18th from 8 AM to 3 PM
Student Picture Day (Please wear regular day, non-PE uniforms)
No School due to Faculty In-Service Day
SLM 41st ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Parents, please join us for the 41st Annual SLM Charity Golf Tournament to be held at Los Verdes Golf Course on October 4, 2019. The funds generated from this tournament are donated to St. Lawrence Martyr School. For more information and to register for the tournament, please click on this link: https://www.slmgolftournament.com/ .
Sunday Gospel Reading - Luke 15:1-32.
This coming Sunday’s reading contains three parables - The Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Parable of the Lost Coin, and most notably, The Parable of the Lost Son. Each of these parables speaks of the great love God has for us. There is nothing we can do that can separate us from his love. God is ever merciful and generous. What’s more is that he calls us to emulate him in his love, mercy and generosity toward each other.
Here’s a link to Loyola Press for a short reflection on this reading and a family activity that you can do with your kids to bring home the message: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/fourth-sunday-of-lent-cycle-c-sunday-connection
Have a fantastic week and I look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night!
Mrs. Diane Kaiser