Smiles around the Middle School are contagious! As I shared at Back to School Night, we continue to build the MS culture, and this is evidenced by a community growing stronger in our ability to demonstrate respect, caring, perseverance, empathy, and self-awareness. I am incredibly proud of the MS students - they have begun the school year as a cohesive group, moving toward the same goals.

I would like to personally invite you to this week’s Thursday parent workshop: Math Instruction in the 21st Century: Adding Parents to the Equation with Dr. Hilary Kreisberg, 3:30 p.m., in the ES Art Room. Hilary arrived last week and is providing valuable professional development to our Math team. 

A very big thank you to our MS parent representatives! This is the group who manages the official MS WhatsApp groups and serves as a liaison between the parent community and the school. We are still in need of one more Grade 7 parent rep. Please let me know if you would like to take on this important role!

After school activities and sports have begun! Students are aware that they need to go directly to their activity/sport after school, and to their bus/car at 4:10pm. Please note that MS students are not allowed to be on campus after 3:15pm if they are not in a supervised activity. Waiting for a sibling is not a supervised activity. Please chat with me if you have any questions.

Counselor’s Corner
As students enter Middle School and adolescence, they have more opportunities and freedom to choose the things that matter most to them: music, clothes, friends, etc. They also are beginning to make personal decisions about their health and their bodies. Deciding how much and what quality of food, sleep and physical activity they get is important. Here at AC we've noted that some of our students are choosing to spend a majority of their 35 minutes of lunch time up on the fields and playgrounds. Although this is important for their socializing and physical activity, there is a healthy balance that can be found between play time and eating time. We as a faculty are encouraging students to choose to eat lunch before heading off to the swings or soccer fields.   

The Middle School years are a great time to promote your child's development of healthy habits and decision making skills. When it comes to helping children establish healthy eating habits, parents play a critical role, through modeling healthy habits as well as having genuine conversations with their children about making healthy food choices. Here are a few ways to facilitate those conversations:

- involve kids in creating the grocery list and/or the food buying process 
- allow kids to help out with cooking in the kitchen
- go through Skyward cafeteria purchases together to identify and explore the foods they are choosing at break and lunch

As students are taking the MAP test this week, conversations can naturally come up between you and your children regarding healthy decisions about food and sleep. For more information about healthy eating habits during adolescence, visit this article.

I look forward to receiving you in the Middle School - please drop by and say hello anytime.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."
 

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