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					        Keeping in Touch                     Listening: Seek first to understand, then
                                             to be understood.
          Principal's Newsletter
                   from                      “We all want to be heard, to be understood.
    College Hill Fundamental Academy         There’s nothing more frustrating than trying
        Glenda Bauer, Principal              to get a point across to people, but they miss
             March, 2003                     what we are trying to say. The key to
                                             effective communication lies with our ears,
                                             not our mouths. For example, our words
The mission of College Hill Fundamental      only account for about 7% of
Academy is to educate all students to        communication. When we seek first to
meet their full potential by giving them     understand, we not only gain the other
the tools they need to carve out their       person’s perspective, but we gain their full
own destiny.                                 attention to listen to use later. When people
                                             feel understood, they are a lot more
                                             receptive to trying to understand others. The
                                             key to real influence is in the ears. Two
Future Dates:                                ears, one mouth; think about it.”
March 3 – Testing Grades 2-6
          Instructional Leadership Team      An excerpt from the “In The Family”
          meeting, 2: 15 pm                  newsletter by Premier, A School Specialty
March 4 – Student Of the Month,
          Grades 3-6 8:00 am                 Deployment Issues:
          K-2-        8:45 am                American School Counselor Association has
              Parents welcome!               pulled together some resources about how to
                                             help kids deal with the deployment of a
March 7 – Mid-Terms go home                  loved one. Following is some general
                                             information to share with your students,
March 13- Field Trip- Kdg. to Shrine         parents, school personnel and community.
         Circus, 8:45 am                     Also, these Web sites and resources may
                                             also be helpful.
March 17 – Instructional Leadership Team
          meeting, 2: 15 pm                  Understanding Reactions to Separation in
                                             Children: Emotional responses vary in
March 18 – PTA Board Meeting at 7:30 pm      nature and severity from child to child.
          Field Trip-Kdg to Parky’s Farm     Nonetheless, there are some common ways
          Field Trip – Gr. 5 & 6 to          in how children feel when their lives are
          Convention Center-Waterfest        impacted by acts of terrorism.
          8:00 am
                                             Fear: Fear may be the main reaction, fear
March 19 – School House Symphony, 12:15      for the safety of you and your family as well
          pm                                 as those involved. A child’s picture of
          Field Trip – Kdg to Parky’s Farm   deployment and war may include a bomb
                                             dropped on their home. Their worries may
March 24-Principal’s Staff Meeting, 2:00     seem unreasonable, but to them, they are
          pm                                 quite possible. Children will hear rumors at
                                             school and may let their imaginations run
March 26 – Field Trip – Room 9 to Library    wild. They may think the worse, however
                                             unrealistic it may be. Other fears may be
March 27 – Field Trip- Room 8 to Newport     experienced as a result of media coverage
          Aquarium 9:30 – 12:45 pm           (radio, television, newspapers).
Loss of control: Military actions are                Control the environment of your home.
something over which children have no                 Limit the exposure your children (up to
control. Lack of control can be                       third grade) have to TV or overhearing
overwhelming and confusing. Children may              discussions with your spouse or friends,
grasp at any control which they can have.             especially if your child exhibits signs of
                                                      high anxiety levels, such as crying,
Anger: Anger is not an unusual reaction.              nightmares, asking the same questions
Unfortunately, anger is often expressed to            repeatedly and general overall
those with whom children are most secure.             anxiousness.
Children may be angry at people in other
countries. Children should be allowed to             Allow for dialogue. Ask your children
express their feelings during this time.              what they’re thinking or feeling about
                                                      the situation and why. Do more
Loss of Stability: Deployment interrupts the          listening than talking.
natural order of things. It is very unsettling.
Stability is gone, and this is very                  When discussing the situation, stick to
threatening.                                          the facts. Dispel rumors. Stress the
                                                      seriousness of the situation without
Tips for Parents:                                     increasing their fears, so that children
                                                      don’t make light of it.
   Keep routines as normal as possible
                                                     Reassure your children of your
   Be honest                                         commitment to their safety, as well as
                                                      the commitment of other significant
   Acknowledge feelings                              people (teachers, relatives, friends) who
                                                      can help care for them.
   Take stock of your attitude
                                                     Don’t project your fears onto your
   Pursue new interests and hobbies-keep             children. Children will reflect your level
    busy                                              of anxiety. Monitor and regulate your
                                                      level of anxiety and feelings.
   Help children communicate with the                Remember, your children will absorb
    loved one who is away-letters, e-mails,           what they are exposed to in their
    pictures                                          surroundings.

   Keep a sense of humor                            Be aware of your children’s non-spoken
                                                      language, such as facial expressions,
   Be flexible                                       eyes, mood, tone and overall behavior.
                                                      What they don’t say is as important as
   Find someone to talk to                           what they do say.

                                                     Counselors and teachers are willing and
                                                      ready to help your children. Keep the
                                                      lines of communication open.
                                                          College Hill Fundamental
                                                  Academy Hit by Soccer Fever!

                                                    Many of our children competed in the Fall
                                                  SAY Soccer season leagues. Several of the
                                                  teams, because of their winning records,
                                                  advanced to the SAY Soccer City and State
150 ways to Show Kids You Care                    Championships. Our school champions are:
1. Stay with them when they’re afraid.            Boys Kickers Team (10-11 year olds): “The
2. Invite them over for juice                     College Hill All Stars”: Benson Browne,
3. Suggest better behaviors when they act         Moses Dobbs, Joel Evans, Dylan St. Pierre.
    out.                                          City Championship Qualifiers
4. Feed them when they’re hungry
5. Delight in their discoveries.                  Girls Passers Team (6-7 year olds): “The
6. Share their excitement.                        Red Roses”: Kenya Hogan, Sidney Davis,
7. Send them a letter or postcard.                Kayla Moore, Khalia Young,
8. Follow them when they lead.                    City Championship Qualifiers
9. Notice when they’re absent.
10. Call them to say hello.                       Boys Passers Team (6-7 year olds): “The
11. Hide surprises for them to find.              White Tigers”: Carson Browne, Alex
12. Give them space when they need it.            Bullock, Sabir Grimes, City Championship,
13. Contribute to their collections.              State Semi-finalists
14. Discuss their dreams and nightmares.
15. Laugh at their jokes.                         Congratulations to our players! See you on
16. Be relaxed.                                   the field!
17. Kneel, squat, or sit so you’re at their eye                       Mrs. Debbie Browne
18. Answer their questions.
19. Tell them how terrific they are.
20. Create a tradition with them and keep it.
21. Learn what they have to teach.                Comments/Questions?__________
22. Use your ears more than your mouth.           ____________________________
23. Make yourself available.                      ____________________________
24. Show up at their concerts, games, and         ____________________________
    events.                                       ________________________________
25. Find a common interest.                       ________________________
Watch for the next 25 ways in our April                       (parent/guardian signature)
edition.                                          3/03

                                                  Glenda Bauer, Principal

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