Happy New Year and Welcome Back Burbank Families! I hope everyone had the time to relax and spend time with their families and loved ones. At Burbank we are ready and eager to make 2019 a year filled with success through hard work and dedication by providing students with daily opportunities to grow and love learning. The hard work is the responsibility of us all – teachers, students, staff, families, and administrators. I know together we can make learning an exciting venture!
January is a great time to reflect on the areas in our live where we felt successful during the past year. It is also a great time to consider how to make changes in areas where we would like to improve. Here are some tips to help students start the New Year off on a positive note.
- Get plenty of sleep. Scientists have found that students who do not get enough sleep have difficulty paying attention in class and do not do as well in school. The recommended amounts of sleep range from about 8½ to 11 hours a night for elementary students.
- Eat healthy. Encourage your child to eat more fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Drink at least 8 (8 oz.) glasses of water every day. Limit the amount of sodas and snack foods you eat.
- Exercise your body and your mind daily. This may include going for walks, jump roping to your child’s favorite song, stretching, and playing fun brain teasers with your child.
- Follow the Golden Rule – Remind your child to treat others (children and adults) the way you would like to be treated.
- Time + Effort = Achievement –Encourage your child to take the time to carefully complete all assignments at school and home; remind them to ask questions when they do not understand a task; demonstrate perseverance (keep trying, even when the work is difficult), and eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary. Make it a goal for your child to do their best at school every day.
- Read, read, read – Success in school depends on a student’s ability to read and understand what they have read. Encourage your child to read a variety of books, including folktales, poetry, biographies, fiction, and more. Have them read to get information, read for fun, and have them read to someone in your family…just read!
- Attend school regularly and on time . The first bell rings at 7:55 am. Any student that enters the building after 8:05 am is considered tardy. The daily announcements begin promptly at 8:05 am and after that teachers begin instructing.
- Write out your Plan for Success. At Burbank we have already gotten our students in the habit of creating their own personal and academic goals. Now, you can create goals with your child that may include getting better grades, making new friends, studying harder, staying out of trouble, etc. It is a great way for you to be involved in your child’s success, as they know you are supporting them.
As always, my door is always open if you have any questions or concerns.
I wish all our Burbank Families a FANTASTIC 2019!!