Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 346 School Websites Most school districts have websites with links to the schools in their district. School websites contain calendar information, school news, and classroom web pages. Many of these sites also provide teacher contact information. Some classroom web pages provide links where you can check grades, confirm homework assignments, and obtain information on classroom projects. Visiting your school’s website is a great way to keep up with what’s going on at your school. Activities In the upper elementary grades, there may be clubs, organizations, and special groups that stu- dents can join. For example, students may have the opportunity to be in chorus, band or orchestra, play a sport, or be a member of the safety patrol or student council. Community centers and local organizations also offer music and sports programs, outdoor activities, art classes, and educational programs. Studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities enjoy school more and do better academically. Encourage your child to participate in one or two activities. Your child will make new friends, gain new skills, and have fun in the process. It’s good for students to be involved in activities; however, some students have too many scheduled activities. These students are often stressed out and they’re not enjoying school or their activities as much as they should. Quality is much more important than quantity.” Kathi Miller, counselor While group activities are important, it’s also important for children to have activities they enjoy doing by themselves. During the next few years, encourage your child to develop some personal hobbies. Help your child learn how to cook, play an instrument, juggle, make jewelry, take pictures, garden, knit, build something, or make a web page.