We’ve sunk to a new low. It’s a fashion faux pas of the dire, denim variety. I’m referring to jeans – waistbands in particular.
Remember when pants used to sit at your waist, not three inches below? Now, we wear low-rise, which is designer secret code for ugly-butt, muffin-top. Low rise is nothing new. They’ve been around for years, and quite frankly the trend is making me cranky. Let the low-rise fad fade, please.
For those that subscribe to Arvig for your personal internet and phone services, please consider naming the Eden
Valley-Watkins School District as the future recipient of financial grants and donations that become available. Arvig customers can connect to the following address to complete the process: http://arvig.com/residential/internet/school-partnership/
Thanks to Arvig, our communities, and families for the ongoing educational support!
Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary Schools will be holding
Kindergarten Roundup Monday, March 3, at the following times;
• 10-11 a.m. - Watkins Elementary
• 7-8 p.m. – Eden Valley Elementary
The roundup will include an informational session with the parents and a get-acquainted session for the children. If you are on our census list, you should receive a letter from the elementary office explaining kindergarten roundup in greater detail. If you have not received a letter or have any questions regarding kindergarten roundup, please call the elementary office at 453-6455 ext. 2134.
Tips for Tots and TV
According to research by the Journal of Pediatrics, DVDs do not actually help babies learn.
In similar studies conducted by the American Academy of
Pediatrics and the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine on DVDs and language, research suggests that babies learn language better by interacting with live speakers than by passively listening to language coming from a TV or DVD. In summary, time spent watching TV and DVDs could be better spent learning and first-hand engagement with other people.
Senior of the Week
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Cody Asfeld, son of Tom and LaRae. Cody is actively involved in the German Club, Knowledge Bowl, and the National Honor Society. Cody continues to set high standards for himself and is enrolled in numerous college level courses. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!
I wanted a kayak. It was a simple request I repeated repeatedly. I talked about how we would go kayaking this summer on the lake. We’d have a blast making family memories while building our triceps and getting a tan. I communicated as clearly as I could, in English, which is the language they speak. I wanted a kayak.
They got me a blender.
There was a reason for their actions. They like smoothies. And, despite the allure of a sleek kayak cutting through the cool, clear water, it was a distant vision. In my climate zone, you can’t kayak in the winter. You have to wait until summer. Smoothies are available all times of the year – for those with the machinery to make them. Months of waiting for warm weather or immediate gratification: the choice was obvious.
Make-up dates and instruction time
State statute mandates that independent school districts provide 425 hours of instruction for kindergarteners, 935 hours for first through sixth grade and 1,020 hours for seventh through 12th grade. There must also be a minimum of 165 days of instruction for first through 11th grade, unless a four-day-per-week schedule has been approved by the commissioner of education.
Go green! Reduce, reuse, recycle! Be kind to Mother Earth. Protect our planet. The taglines promoting ecologically correct behaviors are as vast as our earnest plans to follow them.
We want to do what’s right, even if it takes a little more effort, so we bring our cloth tote bags to the grocery store and put our cardboard, metal and plastic into the recycling bin each week. We are doing our part.
Despite well-intentioned efforts to be green, we’ve become a throwaway society. I think many of us could learn a lesson or two from our parents and grandparents, who practiced green behaviors more out of necessity than political correctness.