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Mrs. Barker's January Newsletter
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Andrew Avenue Elementary  School

Mrs. Barker’s Counselor's Corner  

January  Newsletter


This month all grade levels will be participating in the NWEA Map testing for math and language arts.  In addition to this assessment, students take tests to assess their learning on a regular basis.  Each student reacts differently to the demands of tests and assessments. As parents and family members, you can help your child through it!


Test taking tips

Tip #1: Make attendance a priority, especially on days that you know testing will be administered.  Though it's important for your child to be in school as many days as possible, making sure he or she's there when a test is taken helps to ensure they won't lose more learning time because they have to make up a test during school.

Tip #2: Make a note of test days on the calendar -- from spelling quizzes to standardized assessments.. That way both you and your child know what's coming and will be prepared.

Tip #3: Look over your child's homework daily and check for understanding. Subjects often have cumulative tests at the end of units or chapters.  If your child is struggling with something now, it won't be easy for he or she to have time to try again to learn it just before the test.

Tip #4: Avoid pressuring your child and provide him with encouragement. Few children want to fail, and most will try their hardest to do well. Being afraid of your reaction to a bad test grade can increase anxiety, which makes careless mistakes more likely.

Tip #5: Set a reasonable bedtime and stick to it. Many parents underestimate the importance of a rested mind and body. Tired children have difficulty focusing and are easily flustered by challenges.

Tip #6: Make sure your child has enough time to wake up fully before he has to go to school. Just as rest is important, so is having enough time to get his brain engaged and in gear.  If the test is first thing in the morning, he or she can't afford to spend the first hour of school groggy and unfocused.


Tip #7: Provide a high-protein, healthy, low-sugar breakfast for your child. Kids learn better on full stomachs, but if their stomachs are full of sugary, heavy foods that will make them sleepy or slightly queasy, it's not much better than an empty stomach.

Tip #8: Talk to your child about how the test went, what he did well and what he would have done differently. Think of it as a mini-debriefing or brainstorming session. You can talk about test-taking strategies after the fact as easily as beforehand.

Tip #9: Go over the test with your child when he gets it back or when you receive the scores. Together you can look at any mistakes he made and correct them so he knows the information for the next test. After all, just because the test is done doesn't mean he can forget everything he learned!

Please reach out to me with any concerns or questions you may have so we can work together at helping your child be successful!

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Classroom lessons

This month all students will learn 12 amazing test taking strategies to help them remain calm and focused.  Lessons will also help students to feel motivated and excited to show what they have learned!


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Ask your child how Bertha Billingsworth, the main character in this story learned how to be calm and prepared for her tests!


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