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Suggestions for a Successful 2020-2021 School Year

We asked the HCA staff to share their thoughts and suggestions with you for a successful school year. Here are some great tips for you to implement with your students and family!

1. This is an excellent resource for families to help their children retain and understand the content they read in school or at home: “How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading” – Click HEREMr. Alberto Altamiranda

2. As parents and teachers, we only have a short time span to influence the hearts and lives of our children. Treasure every moment you have with them as you point them to God. They will be more affected by the way you live than the words you say. I am reminded of a sentence I teach my class: YOUR WALK (life) TALKS AND YOUR TALK TALKS, BUT YOUR WALK (life) TALKS LOUDER THAN YOUR TALK TALKS.  Mrs. Martha Canott

3. Routine and structure are vital for your student to be successful. They help your child to be confident and independent while developing healthy lifelong habits. They also give security and peace during challenging times of stress. Both online and on-campus students should have specific routines in order to reach their full potential. Creating an environment for success involves two important steps:

First, develop a routine for the time, location, and format in which school work will be completed. For example, a student could have an afternoon routine of arriving home from school, washing hands and changing clothes, having a snack, and then sitting down to complete all homework. An online student could have the morning routine of waking up in time to have a time of prayer, eat a healthy breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed in school uniform, and be logged on and ready before the start of class.

Second, be sure your student is organized. Have a designated workspace where all needed supplies for school will be kept. Make this place easily accessible and free from distractions. Mrs. Leslie Shein

4. Take a deep breath or two, and then remember that you are not alone. There are thousands of others dealing with the same frustrations. It will get better. As my mom used to say, “This too will pass.” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 Mrs. Debbie Kemper

5. Suggestions in list form!
* Pray with your kids.
* Live by God’s priorities.
* Treat your family like the time spent together is your priority.
* Love your spouse. Your kids will eat it up, and they will follow your example.
* Don’t over-schedule your life or your kids. Eat meals together.
* Expect students to study in a public place of the house.
* Monitor social media – who pays for the phone anyway?
* No TV, games, phones, or computers in the bedroom.
* Hug your kids as many times as you eat per day, snacks included!
* If you do all these, school will fall into place. Mr. Larry Smith

6. This suggestion is for parents with younger kids using technology, but who are still too young to make wise choices. Be sure that the device they are using for school purposes does not have any apps that distract them. Keep only the apps which your child’s teacher is using for learning purposes, and delete or turn off everything else. –Mrs. Telma DaSilva

7. We are in a strange time, but try to always look for someone you can encourage and uplift – and cheer on your children as they do the same. My son is in 5th grade and is not a fan of the masks. He was complaining last week about being on morning safety patrol, because he sweats so much with the mask on and gets mosquito bites being outside so early. I was able to share with him that he can be one of the first to say “Good Morning” to a student who may be having a rough morning. He can be one of the first to say “Hi” to a parent in car line after school as well; maybe that parent had a bad day at home/work, and he can make them smile. He loves to make people laugh, and I told him he can be an encouragement to someone possibly without even knowing it! Mrs. Lauren Massaro


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