In March, English Learner students will be taking the ELPAC Summative.
Here are important links to help your student do well on this assessment:
- Mark down test dates on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
- Make sure that your child does all homework and reading assignments to help your child be prepared for the test
- Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test
- Relieve stress about the test by talking about the test with your child
Each Morning Before Testing:
- Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school
- Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast; avoid heavy foods and high sugar foods
- Keep a positive attitude about tests
- Encourage your child to do his/her best
- Praise your child for trying his/her best on the test
- Praise your child when he/she does well on a test or for the hard work in preparing for the test.
- Talk about the ways you child can improve on the next test
- If you child is struggling on his/her tests, talk to your child about those areas and meet with your child's teacher to find out the best way to help your child
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- Kids love to "play with their food". Anything they put together themselves is fun and interesting to them. They like to take food out of one container and dip it into another container and eat it. They also like to spread things on bread or crackers, and to assemble tacos or sandwiches. (Certain spreads, such as cream cheese, make crackers and rice cakes soggy; these are really better when assembled just before eating.) This assembly idea works for Groups 3 and 4 – too complicated for 1 and 2.
- To keep an orange fresh and appealing but make it accessible: slice off a tiny bit at the top and bottom. Then score it down to the zest (like longitude marks on a globe) from flat top to flat bottom. This makes it easy for a child to peel.
- Orange variation: cut it into wagon wheels. Score the orange once from end to end. Turn it and cut into horizontal wheels. Children "open" each wheel at the "rim" by pulling it apart where it was scored and eating it off the rind. They eat it all!
- When sending whole fruit, send along an extra ziplock bag. Most kids can't eat a whole fruit at one sitting. Bagging whatever remains after snack ensures that it won't get too yucky by lunchtime.
- If your child avoids veggies but will eat meat, try grated carrots and/or zucchini in your meat loaf.
- If you are vegetarian or your child avoids meat, remember that rice and beans together form a complete protein. A peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread serves the same purpose.
- To keep those pesky juice boxes from overflowing, find the little triangular tabs at the "shoulders" of the box and pull them out horizontally.
- Children are very sensitive to size, shape and texture of food. For instance, carrot sticks on Monday may seem very different from "matchstick" (julienne) carrots on Tuesday and carrot circles on Wednesday (though they are nutritionally identical). Variety makes food more appetizing for most children. (If, on the other hand, your child is a bit picky, trying different presentations may help you hit on the one way that they will actually eat those darned carrots.)
- Try putting kale or spinach in sandwiches instead of lettuce – so nutritious.
- Buy sipper cups and send juice to school in these. That way you can buy juice in bulk, less expensively. Also, you can see how much juice actually gets drunk, so you can gauge servings accordingly. Remember, when they run out of juice, water is a wonderful thing to drink!
- Don't overlook leftovers. A lot of foods are surprisingly good at room temperature the next day! And humble things like a couple of florets of steamed broccoli can be perked up when tossed in a little olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, or served with a dip.
- Foods that you prepare hot in the morning (such as a grilled cheese sandwich or hot dog in a tortilla) should be wrapped in a couple of paper towels and quickly sealed in aluminum foil. It won't keep them piping hot, but it holds in steam which prevents hardening and drying out. They'll still be warmish by noon.