We welcome Father Omar, Mary Stocco, MaryKay Hinnenkamp, Maria Ambriz, Viri Moralez and Courtney Gould to our staff!
These are listed under ‘parent resources’ drop down and you can find them in your teacher’s blog (bottom right hand corner of the web site.
The May 2014 Issue of Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine shares this intriguing, but perhaps not surprising, research…
Love builds a bigger brain
Cuddling causes the hippocampus-the area responible for learning-to grow as much as 10%, a recent study found. A larger brain means more neural connections, so your kid picks up and recalls new information faster!
Hugs improve social skills
Snuggling releases oxytocin, the love hormone. In addition to its ability to fast-track bonding, this hormone helps kids feel happier, more socialable, and more cooperative–qualities that will give them a leg up when it comes to making and keeping friends.
Affection boosts immunity
Hugs increase endorphins, which jump-start a kid’s immune system, making it produce more (and stronger) infection-fighting natural killer cells. Keep this in mind the next time your child is overwhelmed, because cortisol weakens these cells.
(retrieved from p. 28, “Parent & Child”, Scholastic, May 2014 Issue)
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.