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! - ! ---- Thursday, August 8, 201 Kimball kindergarten schools will hire a teacher and add In last week's Tri-County News a third section. The'schools may we reported that the KimballArea hire a long-term substitute kin- School Board approved addingderg'arten teacher in anticipation a third section of kindergarten of 54 (or more) full-time kinder- and hiring a new long-term sub- garten students, with the under- stitute'teacher for that section, standing that the hire maybe can- What the board actually did was celled if there are not enough stu- pre-approve adding the section dents. and teacher IF student numbers Resource Guide are sufficient. Waiting until the Jill Perler "Slices of Life" Consistently consistent Consistency in parenting is key had not been present prior to our to success. Every mom worth her garden visit. After further investi- Pop-Tarts knows this. But, if we gation, the splotch was positively are being honest (and isn't that identified as none other than As anticipated, there are a few always the best policy?) consis- melting strawberry ice Cream. Aug. 21 meeting to hire a new changes and omissions to this tency in parenting is consistently I found our snacking son in teacher would be too late. As of year's Tri-County Resource Guide. difficult to achieve with any sort another room, with the suspicious the July 17 board meeting, how- We plan to print a cut-out page- of, well, consistency, smell of strawberries lingering on ever, there were 54 kindergart- sized list of corrections and addi- Today I am earning my consis- his breath. I made a polite request, hers anticipated for 2013-14, but 12 tions for the Guide in next week's tency badge - or I'm going to die "Hand over the ice cream," had not yet paid their deposit for all-day every-day kindergarten (which was due in April). If there are 54 registered, paid, all-day every-day kindergar- ten students for 2013-14, then the Tri-County News which is going trying. The situation involves the whereby he produced a small bowl D-word: discipline, and guiky frown. Contrary to popular kid-think, I thought about exiling him parents do not enjoy discipline, to another country or maybe Most of us dread it because dis- grounding him until high school, cipline most often involves con- but I remembered about fol- sistency, which can be difficult low-through. And consistency. to achieve and as tricky as mak- And being a pushover. So I said ing good gravy. Despite diligent (calmly), "I told you if you broke whisking and constant stirring, a rule you'd 10sevideo games. :No my gravy almost always ends up playing tomorrow." I felt strong a little lumpy. I am lacking consis- resolve in my words. Sort of like tency, in everything from gravy to was being a good parent. Which I child rearing, am. I think. Maybe. Like a good swing of a tennis Trouble is, today is tomorrow racket or golf club, it's all about and I'm dealing with an immedi- the follow-through. I've never ate need for consistency. It's time been what you'd describe as ath- for diligence and good parenting letic and find this aspect chal- skills- not to mention willpower. lenging, to say the least. Oh, I start This is definitely not the time to be out strong. When it comes to dis- pushed over, no matter how wee- cipline, I enter the ring with both bly and wobbly mylegs (or resolve) arms swinging: "You broke the might feel. rules and are now banned fromTV It's 9 a.m. Only 9 a.m. My son's until you turn 18, mister!" asked twice already if he can play Trouble is, statements like video games, Claims he didn't this are hard to implement when understand the crime of ice cream your child is 10. Discipline last- equated to lost screen time. He's ing upwards of a decade demands begging the warden for leniency a level of consistency I just can't and the warden is wavering. He's muster - and forces me to recon- gurrently sitting on the couch sider my strategy and redefine the attempting to appear extremely punishment, bored. He's doing a convincing In other words, I cave. job. I love him. He is cute. My husband pointed this out I stick to my guns, but am feel- recently during a lively discussion ing weak. What mom hasn't been where terms like chaos and push~ tempted to rescue her child from over were tossed about. I was the boredom, bad choices, bad grades, one being called a pushover, and bad.friends, bad hair or bad any- have to admit he was right. It's all thing? But if I do (and I might) I about my follow-fhrough, which, will eliminate the opportunity if followed through would result for him to learn from this expert- in the desired outcome of consis- ence. In the end, that is what con- tency. Sort of like whisking a good sistency is all about. We help our batch of gravy, children learn from their trials My current situation started and successes. We watch as they yesterday when son number three grow into he.althy and mature wanted a dish of ice cream - 30 adults who know enough not to minutes before supper. M~ hus- spoiltheirsupperwithadishofice band and I told him to wait. A cream. It's allI can hope for atthis united front is another key aspect very (weak) moment. to top-notch parenting. Five min- After that, the rest is just gravy. utes later, the adults in the fam- Jill Pertler is an award-winning ily went outside to check the gar- syndicated columnist, playwright den. We were briefand returned to and author of "The Do-It-Your- the kitchen within a few minutes, selfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" Upon entering, we noticed a mys- You can read more columns at the terious splotch on the counter that Slices of Life page on Facebook. out to all addresses in the area. If you have something that has changed or was left out of the Guide, please contact us ASAP to be included in the correction page. Mark Messman Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools 2 Update EV-WSchooI-Community, accommodating the additional It's been a summer of fun, and contractors and typical mess that I hope you've enjoyed time with comes with construction. your family and friends. I'm con- In closing, be sure to make note fident that you're aware this letter of the following dates and mark is a quick reminder that we'll be your calendar for: back in session soon. I anticipate a MSHSL Activities/Practice on lot of excitement and optimism as August 12 we begin our 2013-14 school year Staffln-Service on Aug. 26-29 together. Open House on Aug. 28 at Summer has been busywith the6 p.m. usual daily operations, manage- First Day of School on Sept. 3 ment, and training that take place I wish you the best as you wrap at the district level. We've con- up yoursummerplans. Enjoy your tinued to upgrade our facilities, break, and I look forward to work- implement an electronic Board- ing with you in the near future.. book, made significant progress Weekly Tip Box: Parent Pop on our strategic plan, investigate Quiz (taken directly from Parade PLCs, and initiate the negotiations Magazine, Bruce Feller. Feb. 17, process with certified staff and 2013) transportation contractors. 1) Children are expected to Your administrative team is learn (a) 500 (b) 1,500 or (c) 3,000 excited for your return, and we words during grades 3 through look forward to serving our stu- 12.--answer c dents and school-community 2) When a team of psycholo- t0gether.Ascommunitymembers,gists measured children's resil- parents and educators, we share a ience they found that the kids who common goal that guides all of our --were best able to handle stress; ,. decision-making to uphold our (a) ate the same breakfast every students as the top priority. We've day; (b) knew the most about their all experienced various levels of family's history (c) played team personal and professional suc- sports (d) attended regular reli- cesses, and have established stan- gious services-- answer b dards for student achievement. As 3) What do surveys show that we return, it's important that we childrenwantmostfromtheirpar- raise our level of expectation for ents? (a) to spend time with them each other, our students, and our (b) for the parents to be less tired school community. Join me, as we and stressed (c) a bigger allow- welcome our students to ... ance--answer b Th~ most challenging and 4) Eating dinner together as a rewarding school year they've yet family has been shown to bene- to experience' fit children, but at least a third of Professional staff that are Americans rarely do so:Which of trained to successfully engage stu- these alternatives can offer the dents same benefits? (a) eating break- . Instruction of 21st century fast together (b) having a bedtime skills and developing the World's snack as a family (c) scheduling a Best Workforce once-a-week Sunday supper (d) A positive learning environ- all of the above--answer d ment and healthy school culture 5) To encourage conversa- A school system that will exer- tion and draw your family closer, else fiscal responsibility with a arrange your living room seating focus on student achievementin a: (a) U shape (b) circle (c) L Be sure to commend our build- shape--answer b ings/grounds, custodial, and6) When siblings between the cleaning crews for the energy ages of 3 and 7, are together, how they've put into the facility. It's manytimesperhourdotheyfight? been a difficult summer work- (a) one to two; (b) two to three; (c) ing with modified schedules, and three to four--answer c POSTMASTER: Send address changes to "the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. 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