Public Notices

At Pope Valley, we appreciate our involved parents and community members and desire to keep you informed of all that’s happening in our school. On this page, we’ll chronicle school activities and student achievements and publish public announcements. So check back often; we’ll update it regularly.

Surviving Test Stress

Standardized tests are extremely important in your child’s education. Schools use information gained from these tests to guide instruction, and it can be a helpful indicator when grouping students in classes. Educators stress the importance of these tests to students and parents, as school labels are based upon their outcomes.

Every parent wants his/her child to succeed. As testing season rolls around, there are many things you can do as a parent to help your child be successful on his/her assessments.

  • Avoid putting any undue stress on your child. Testing windows are only a few weeks out of the school year. If possible, avoid any major family changes during this time.
  • Make every effort to have your child at school and on time during testing.
  • Please do not send a sick child to school simply for the sake of the test, and do not schedule voluntary doctor or dental appointments during testing weeks. Students always do better on major tests the first time they are given, rather than in a make-up environment.
  • Ensure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test. Enough said.
  • Give your child a quality, low-sugar breakfast on testing days. Even if he/she doesn’t typically eat breakfast, encourage him/her to do so. A sugar-rich breakfast will cause your child’s energy to peak quickly and then crash, leaving him/her tired too soon.

Testing season is just a short blip of the school year, but the results can affect your child for all of the next school year and beyond. Encourage your child to do his/her best and to take his/her time on the tests. Check your child’s backpack or the school website for more information and exact testing dates. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Teaching Children About Money

Green sometimes gets a bad wrap. It is often associated with nausea, envy, and jealousy. On St. Patrick’s Day, if you are not wearing green, you will get pinched! But green also has its positive side. Take cash, for instance. Having a lot of green is definitely a good thing.

Money is a huge part of our society, and there is so much to learn. Children need to be taught to spend wisely, distinguish between wants and needs, and use coupons, ads, and sales. They also need to learn how to save, and budget. Early life experience will prepare them for making financial decisions as adults.

With so much to teach, where do we begin? And how can we help our children to enjoy the process? Learning about money can, and should be, fun. Teaching concepts through games helps children to learn practical skills in a challenging and entertaining environment. The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a list of financial education websites with games for children of all ages. TheMint.org also has compiled information for children about earning, saving, spending, and giving.

Along with games, children need to see money in action. Allowing children to take an active role in figuring and maintaining a household budget will help them to understand the value of money, saving, and using a budget. If they earn money, encourage them to keep their own budget. A child’s budget form is available at womens-finance.com.

Knowledge of money is a necessity. So give green, green knowledge that is.  Help the learning process to be fun and exciting through games and challenges and by giving opportunities to see how money works in real life.

Get Active This Spring

Springtime brings warmer weather, blue skies, and the itch to get outside and play! According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 20 percent of our nation’s youth are overweight, which means that being physically active is more important than ever. Outdoor activities don’t have to be expensive. Here are some great ways to get your kids (and you!) active and on-the-move.

  • Walk to school or work. If you live close enough, save on the gas, and walk or ride your bike to school, work, errands, wherever! Just don’t forget the helmet if you bike.
  • Visit the park. No matter your children’s ages, there is always something to do at the park. Play on the playground, roll around on the grass, or start a pick-up game of kickball or basketball.
  • Walk the dog. The canines in your life are anxious to get moving in the nice weather too!
  • Play a game. Check out this Kid Power website. It has a long list of indoor or outdoor activities to get your family on the move. Try some of these takes on your favorite games.
  • Play inside. For those wet spring days, find an indoor play area. Indoor rock climbing or trampoline facilities are popping up everywhere. Find one close to you.
  • Make a craft. Even if your family doesn’t participate in a physical activity, enjoy some great family time and create a springtime craft. The Highlights website has a list of great ideas.

Most of all, enjoy your family and get active this spring!

Primary Math Facts

Though many schools promote programs devoted to accelerate reading levels and bump up test scores, don’t let your child’s math skills slip! Parents can help students apply math facts, regardless of the task at hand! Here are some things you can do every day at home to help your child flex his/her math muscle.

  • Ask your child how long she thinks it takes to brush her teeth—in both minutes and seconds—then, time her. Not only will she learn the relationship between minutes and seconds, but she will reap the dental health benefits too.
  • Count and sort things around the house. Be creative! Catalog DVDs by genre. Organize shoes by type. Sort clothes by season or according to whom each item belongs. The possibilities are endless!
  • Practice skip-counting when walking to the car or while grocery shopping. Skip-counting is counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc. Young children love it. They can even skip-count the peas on their plates at dinner. It may even make it more fun for them to eat those pesky vegetables.
  • Present your child with simple mathematical challenges. As he helps set the dinner table ask him how many more forks you need if you already have four, and there are six people eating. Making the situation as natural as possible allows children to see that we use math facts in the course of everyday life.
  • When all else fails, online games can add an element of fun to your child’s studies. Primary Games, FunBrain, and Math Playground are great educational resources.

Overall it is important not to overdo it. Provide opportunities to practice math facts as they come naturally. Children often resist persistent drilling of flash cards; however, with clever tact, you can provide the supplemental practice your child needs to make his/her math grades soar!