Wednesday Reminder
September 17, 2014 


ANNUAL RIDER PRIDE DAY – Mark your calendars to come out and celebrate Rider Pride with us on September 27th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be school displays, health screenings, children’s activities, community information and demonstrations, student performances by band, chorus, cheerleader, dance teams, petting zoo, and greenhouse demonstrations. There will be an inflatable bouncer and slides, food and drink, and door prizes! So, come out and enjoy the fun.

(Welch Chorus will perform 11:15 a.m. – Welch Kindergarten will perform at 11:45 a.m.)

From Mrs. Yencer, ALT…

Your child’s social life…YES they have one! As kids grow, the ground rules of friendships develop and change. Learning these “laws” can help us understand and support our children’s social lives so we can be there when they need us.

1. Friendship begins at babyhood. A child’s first best friends are usually his parents. Around age three, children become able to play with each other and form deeper friendships, although parallel play still continues. By age eight, friends take up a lot of children’s interests and energy. It doesn’t mean your children don’t love you, but it does mean you have diminished in your stature as top friend.

2. Friendship is the gold of childhood. Kids discover it themselves, and it’s incredibly precious. Other things in life are imposed — school, bedtime, what’s for dinner — but friends are something kids choose for themselves.

3. Children maintain limited numbers of friends. Kids generally have from one – ten “important” friends at a time, with an average of about five. And not all of these friendships will last, even when the parents are best friends.

4. Each child has his own friendship temperament. Your child may be naturally shy, naturally outgoing, or even naturally bossy. Your child may like trios, large groups or being one-on-one. And your child may have a very different friendship temperament than you.

5. Conflicts with close friends are inevitable. Tensions arise at every age and stage, but the ability to resolve conflicts independently develops as kids get older.

6. Trios can truly be trying. It is a big developmental step to move from playing with one friend to playing with two friends at the same time. Often, there’s an odd person out, so like the uneven legs of a stool, a trio sometimes tips over into conflict and disappointment

7. Most children prefer to play with kids of the same gender in school. Once kids enter preschool, many prefer friends of the same sex. However, outside of school, many kids maintain opposite sex friendships. “It’s important to encourage friendships with kids of the opposite sex.

8. By age ten or eleven, boys and girls become interested in each other. As kids begin puberty, platonic boy-girl friendships begin to form. Socializing often occurs in groups rather than one-on-one.

9. Many children experiment with social power. By the time kids are four or five years old, many discover that excluding or teasing someone makes them feel powerful and they find this exciting. Kids also test their powers to see how effective they are.

Children care about being popular, but friendship rules. “From about 2nd grade through high school, being popular becomes important to many children. While not being in the “in crowd” might seem devastating, encourage your child to simply make good friends. Retrieved


09/17/14 – Volunteer Orientation – 3:30 p.m.

09/18/14 – Kindergarten Snack and Share (Passport Program) – 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

09/23/14 – Volunteer Orientation – 4:00 p.m.

09/23/14 – MRE (Math, Reading, and Eating – Passport Program) - 6:00 p.m.

09/26/14 – Teacher In-Service – Schools Closed

09/26/14 – Homecoming Parade – 6:00 p.m.

9/27/14 – Rider Pride Day – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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