TOPIC: MICHIGAN’S CHILD PROTECTION REGISTRY
The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a parent’s frontline defense in blocking adult-themed content from reaching children and teens on their phones, tablets or other electronic devices. Simply register your child’s cell phone number, email address or Instant Messenger ID at: ProtectMiChild.com
It’s free, easy and secure, and so important. It works to stop messages about alcohol, tobacco, gambling and pornography from reaching your child. This is a service provided by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- How to talk to children about difficult news and tragedies
- The impact of terrorism and disasters on children
- How much news coverage is ok for children?
TOPIC: LOSS & GRIEF
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.