It is time to wear warm jackets, hats, mittens, boots
and snow pants.Unless
a student has orders from a doctor, they will go outside every day for recess
unless it is raining or the outside air temperature is less than 0º
or the wind chill is below 0º. Exercise and physical activity helps children
release their muscle tension after several hours in school and contributes to
overall wellness, including cardiovascular and muscular strength and
endurance. Recess also provides an opportunity
for students to play and relax outdoors and to
Make sure that
your child receives the sibling enrollment priority they are entitled to at
ISLA. Submit an online student
application for the sibling of a currently enrolled student by the sibling
enrollment deadline of February 14,, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Any student applications for a sibling
received after the deadline will follow regular enrollment processes.
End of Day Changes
The end of
day is very busy at ISLA. Getting over
300 students where they need to be can be a daunting task. You can help us with this by calling in any
end of day changes by 2:45 pm. This will
help us be able to accommodate your request.
activities will be ending soon. Here is
a break-down of when each activity will end:
Wednesday, December 14—Young Rembrandts
and Soccer Thursday, December 15—Handcrafts, Chess
and Minecraft (Grade 6) Monday, December 19—Minecraft (Grades 4-5)
and Zumba Tuesday, December 20—Google CS
Registration for winter extra-curricular
activities will come out next week. They
will start January 9th.
Lunch ordering for January will open Monday, December 12th
and close on Tuesday, December 20th.
This will allow families to order before the hustle and bustle of the
holidays. Reminders will be sent out as
usual and orders will not be honored after December 20th.
Thank you, Jen Jouppi, ISLA
Late book notices are going to be sent home soon. We would appreciate it if everyone could look
for missing books and return them promptly to ISLA. If you are unable to find them, please pay
the book fine via cash or check made out to ISLA.
The holidays can be a highly stressful time for many
families. Whether you are hosting a holiday party at your home, organizing
travel with children, and/or trying to balance your everyday routine with
additional holiday activities; it’s helpful to prioritize your time,
commitments, and family activities to help contribute to stress reduction.
Some simple stress-reducing strategies can make a difference
to help ensure quality family time this holiday season:
a heart-filled holiday. You can do
this one at the dinner table. Have everyone in the family close their eyes,
focus on their heart, and imagine what kind of holiday will bring joy into
their heart. Then share your ideas around the table. This helps kids feel
listened to, cared for, and included.
gift of calmness. Ancient wisdom and
modern research point to the calming effects and health benefits of slow, deep
breathing. Make a regular practice of taking 1 to 5 minutes each day of doing
relaxing “balloon breathing.” Breathe in
to a count of 3, imagining there is a balloon filling up with air, and then
slowly blow out to the same count. It’ll center and rebalance every family
member to face the joys as well as the inevitable disappointments of the
distress a voice. If this is your
child’s first holiday without a loved one—grandpa passed away, or big sister is
away serving in the military—younger family members may feel a deep sense of
loss. Give her paper and markers, and ask her to draw whatever is making her
sad or mad. Then ask her what the picture wants to say out loud. Often, letting
the emotion “speak” makes the child feel better—and gives the parent a way to
understand what’s going on.
sweet. Kids (and adults!) can get
all pent up during the holiday time. Surprise little ones by clearing the
furniture out of the center of the room, turning on some fun music, and dancing
vigorously for 10 minutes. Or bundle up the family and take a wintery walk
while playing “I Spy.” Exercise releases feel-good chemicals and is one of the
fastest ways to chase away holiday blahs and instill a sense of togetherness.
negativity, light up hope. Create a
family ritual of hope. Have two candles for each family member; one lit, one
not. Have each imagine what they’d like to let go of—what no longer serves
them. For example, say, “I’m going to toss this out (anger, worry, perfection,
meanness to my sister) when I blow this candle out.” Then light a new candle
and share, “I hope to bring in (kindness, faith, keeping my room clean) as I
light this candle. Let go of the old and bring in the new.
grateful for those you live with.
Avoid some of the little and big jealousies that crop up from comparing
who has a bigger present or counting how many gifts each one has. You can start
early in the holiday season with little gifts or small tokens of appreciation
for each family member. Take the whole month of December (or start at Thanksgiving)
and every day have each person share something they appreciate about another.
Make a running list and post it on the fridge or in the family room to remind
each other when the stresses build that you really do care about and love each
the joy around. The time-honored tradition of helping others can shift
priorities. If kids or teens are moping around or showing signs of stress, take
them to the local soup kitchen to serve meals. Visit a nursing home with
hand-made cards. Helping others give kids a feeling of more control and a sense
of being both useful and appreciated.
activitiesthat you can do together
as a family AND are fun. Perhaps baking cookies with your children doesn’t
end up to be the fun activity you thought it would be. It’s okay to purchase
cookies rather than cause your family more stress. If certain activities don’t
go well, try something different next year. Don’t repeat it just because you
hope it will be fun.
time for yourself. One of the
biggest things you can do for your family is to take care of yourself. Whether
it is exercising, meditating, reading a book, enjoying coffee with a friend, or
simply going to bed at a reasonable time, it’s important to de-stress yourself
during the holidays.
things in perspective. On the whole,
the holiday season is short. We can ask ourselves, what’s the worst thing that
could happen this holiday? Our greatest fears may not happen and, if they do,
we can tap our strengths and the help of others to manage them. There will be
more time after the holidays to follow up or do things that we didn’t have time
for during the holidays. Maybe save some of those fun activities for later in
the season when winter seems to never end!
Learning to manage and prioritize your time, commitments,
and family activities can reduce stress, allowing you to enjoy your holidays
and focus your energies on the things that matter most to you and your family.