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From our School Counselor:
Our Character Development Lessons this month will empathize the following:
Work together on projects that show generosity as a family. Volunteer your time and resources to help others and discuss what you are doing and why you are doing it with your chil- dren. Senior centers, food kitchens and homeless shelters always welcome extra hands. When children grow up in a fam- ily where kindness is a way of life, they experience the im- portance as well as the joy of giving to others and develop a generous character. As they mature, they will begin to give back the kindness that they have observed and participated in with you. They will give as an expression of themselves with- out the goal of personal gain. Ideas that can encourage the character trait of kindness follow:
Try to find some reason to say “thank you” to your child each day. Let them know you appreciate their work even if it is their assigned chore.
If your child complains about what they do not have, ask them what they do have to be thankful for.
Insist that your child write thank you notes for gifts they receive. Buy them their own stationary and stamps that re- flect their personality.
Be the first to suggest a random act of kindness when you see the opportunity.
Participate in food drives and donate clothes and toys to charitable projects.
Establish a “family meeting” time once a week; perhaps over dinner on a special night. Keep a basket on the table all week for members of the family to write kind acts or words sent their way or that they tried to do for someone. Review the basket and thank each other during the family meeting. The slips of paper in the basket can be simple things that show a kind spirit and might say something like:
I washed the dishes when it was not my turn.
I called my sick aunt.
I helped a friend who fell on her bike.
I made a point to smile at a person I passed by who looked sad and angry.
I opened the door for someone and let them enter first.
I offered to carry a package or book for someone who was overloaded.
Mom made my favorite dinner.
My brother washed the car without being asked.
Plan family projects to show kindness to others.
Keep recycling bins in your garage to be kind to the environ- ment.
Talk with your children about being kind to animals. Take a stray animal to a shelter. Discuss that we show kindness by giving the proper care required for an animal (food, water, exercise, vaccinations).
From our School Nurse:
Fireworks Safety: Fireworks can result in severe burns, blindness, scars, and even death. Fireworks that are often thought to be safe, such as sparklers, can reach temperatures above 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can severely burn users and bystanders. Use cautions and follow directions when using any fireworks devices.
Bug Safety: Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. For safe product information go to: www2.epa.gov/insect-repellent. For painful itchy bites try “AfterBite” from Walmart, Walgreens or CVS or try a homemade remedy: 1 tsp aloe vera gel and 4 drops of chamomile essential oil, apply directly over bite area.
Bicycle Safety: Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability in bicycle- related accidents. The goal of the bicycle helmet programs is to increase the use of bicycle helmets, thereby reducing the number of head injuries and deaths caused by bicycle accidents. Make sure that your safety protective equipment fits properly and securely.
Screen: Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection. screen wears off especially if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after you swim or do things that make you sweat. Reapply sunscreen as needed.
Water Safety: Whenever children under age 5 are in or around water, an adult – preferably one who knows how to swim and perform CPR – should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children
Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach. Consider alarms on the gate to alert you when someone opens the gate. Consider surface wave or underwater alarms as an added layer of protection.-For a more comprehensive list on water safety please go to: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Sun-and-Water-Safety-Tips.
Immunizations: All incoming 6th graders must have updated immunizations for the school year 2017: If you are opposed to immunizations, or you are not certain what to do please watch the NOVA series on PBS (Ch.8) “Vaccines, calling the shots “to help you make an informed decision. You’ll receive an email from the school health office indicating which 6th graders must have their immunizations up to date on or before October 30th 2017 .
Issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health. The U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings beginning January 2017 – April 2018 for the following countries: Mali, Chad, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria and Iran. For complete up-to-date details in travel please visit: www.travel.state.gov.
5 Tips for Healthy Eating During a Summer Ramadan
Eat Real Food, Not Processed and Junk Foods
Junk foods like chips, candies, and more are basically void of nutrients and should not be used as a side dish. Instead, shop for locally produced fruits and veggies
Avoid “White” Foods
White breads are made from white flour, which is processed and stripped of the nutrition that should be in bread and the same goes for rice and even the type of sugar you use. Instead, choose breads from whole grains and organic brown rice
Know the Foods That Hydrate Your Body
A great way to break the fast is to enjoy your favorite dates, of course, but also consider having coconut water, or making smoothies, coolers and fruity drinks which are super-hydrating.
Avoid Fried & Sugary Foods
Fried foods are heavy in oil and that makes them harder to digest, especially when they’re the first foods to be eaten after a long fast.
Also, use real honey or natural raw cane sugar (turbinado) in your recipes, or eat fruits that are a bit more on the sweet side to satisfy the craving
Go Easy on the Carbs
Carbohydrates are converted into sugars and can eventually take their toll on your body way after you’ve finished eating.
Have a safe and healthy summer. Ramadan Mubarak!!!
National Honor Society Update
Alhamdulilah is all we can say for all the great opportunities we had this year to service our school and community through NHS. We were able to accomplish and carry out many of our project ideas. The NHS office members this year were Noor Basharat as president, Fatma Abid as vice president, Iram Hussain as treasurer, and Madeeha Sadaat as secretary. As NHS, we visited the Helping Hand warehouse two times to organize and package clothes for refugees around the world. We also sold Jamba Juice and Kripee Kreme fundraiser cards to contribute to the school umrah trip funds and for NHS. With some of that money, we purchased two new vacuums for our school masjid and used it to vacuum the masjid every day. We also bought two new microwaves for the students and teachers. In addition, we started a program that rewards exemplary student by giving them chocolate for good behavior. Lastly, we wanted to show our appreciation for the teachers by gifting them with a rose and card. All of this would not be possible without the dedication of Ms. Fozia, our advisor, and the support of Ms. Samah, our principal.
THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE SCHOOL YEAR! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN AUGUST!
BY: HANA KHORCHID