Parent Resources

Parent Resources

handParenting is tough.  We understand.
This page is dedicated to providing advice and support in parenting the children in Northview.

 

TOPIC:  HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

Northview Public Schools partners with Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities to provide consultative nursing services, as well as “on call” services.  Contact your child’s building office for nursing services.

TOPIC:  M-STEP

Each year, 3rd through 8th grade public school students take M-STEP assessments in English language arts and mathematics. Additionally, students in 4th, 7th, and 11th grade take M-STEP tests in science while 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students are assessed in social studies.

M-STEP assessments are designed to measure students’ proficiency with regard to Michigan Academic Standards in each grade level.  Here are two parent resources to provide additional information.

Parent Report Video

How to Read Your Child’s Score Report

TOPIC:  STARTING BACK TO SCHOOL

A new school year. The joy of reuniting with friends.  The thrill and fear of a new grade, building, and teacher.  For students, parents, and educators, it is a season of change that affords us the opportunity to grow.  For many, despite earlier curfews and a cut in social and technology freedoms, we are rejuvenated and ready to resume progress with academic and athletic goals. Many of us will experience a mixture of anxiety and nervous excitement as the new school year approaches. Though the start to a new school year can be quite challenging, most individuals are able to transition to a new normal within a few weeks.  For others, the fear and dread of being away from home, mastering with new routines, and having to be more social leads to a spike in anxiety which is displayed in numerous ways including: acting out behaviors, poor sleep, and feelings of hopelessness that are often observed for weeks after school has started. This flurry of emotions and increased anxiety is typical and temporary for most of us, but those with lingering behaviors should be given added attention and support, especially if and when they interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in school.

 

As our community prepares for a new school year, it is important for families to prepare students for the transition from summer to school.  A good place to start with children and teenagers is to have a short discussion about what is coming up.  Identify expectations.   Label emotions. Help them to formulate goals.  Normalize their concerns and anxieties.  Help younger ones establish new routines.  Support teenagers as they re-establish healthy, appropriate, and balanced boundaries for academics, social interaction, and sports.  You may not have all of the answers.  That’s okay.  The most important thing is for us to be present in the lives of our children.  Below are some resources that may assist you as your family prepares for the upcoming school year.

• 16 Ways to Prep for School

• Beat the Back to School Power Struggle

• What Kids Are Worried About

• Back to School Anxiety in Teens

If school anxiety persists beyond the first month of school, it may be a good idea to consult with your school social worker or counselor to ensure your son or daughter is best supported.  Northview is passionate about the well being of students and is eager to help families with this transition so that our students can focus on maximizing their potential inside and outside of the classroom.

 

 

TOPIC:  VIOLENCE

The recent attacks in France, the United States and all over the world are front and center in the news and therefore likely to have an impact on children.  While our instincts are often to shield children from the dangers and violence around us, children may be better served by adults who talk to them about what is happening.

Here are some resources that can help:

American Psychological Association has a number of useful resources, including:


Common Sense Media
: How to explain the news to our kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics: (HealthyChildren.org): How to Support Your Child’s Resilience in a Time of Crisis

 

 

TOPIC: LOSS & GRIEF

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss.  How much kids understand about death depends on their age, experiences and each individual child.  Here are some resources to help you guide a grieving child.
Ele’s Place specializes in assisting children and families through this process. Ele’s Place can be reached at: 616-301-1605 or www.elesplace.org

Gilda’s Club (1-800-325-1419) provides cancer support and grief/loss support for all ages.

St. Mark’s Church (134 Division Avenue N.) works with CompassionateFriends.org to offer a grief and loss group for parents and family members.  Contact Connie at 616-430-0905.  The compassionatefriends.org website also has numerous resources to help with grief.

Bereaved Parents of the USA provides a variety of supports for families impacted by loss of a child, though the nearest sponsored support group is in Utica, Michigan.  The website is: http://bereavedparentsusa.org/
Grieving the Loss of a Child is an article that may be helpful for families to read and refer to as they process the loss.
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health has a variety of counseling supports that include individual, family, and group therapy centered on topics of grief and loss.  The website is pinerest.org and the central access number is 616-455-9200.
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