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8 The Sun, Wednesday, August 31, 1994 .::::~:::~:~:~.:.~. ~ ~:,:.~:.:.:.x.:., .,~:~-:.~. ~, . =========================================================.:: By George Robertson E-~tor, The Sun With big grins from summer- weary mothers and a few tears from vacation-loving students, Sheridan schools reopened Monday without a hitch. First-day enrollment was up slightly at Faulconer Elementary School with 264 students in kinder- garten through 3rd grade. That corn- pares to 260 students last year. Enrollment was down sharply, however, at Chapman School with only 311 students in 4th through 8th grades compared to 351 last year. The high school's enrollment was down slightly despite a big fresh- men class. Enrollment on first day totalled 225 compared to 227 last year. Fifty-two students, about half of them new to the Sheridan district, are enrolled in a Japanese immer- sion program that is being held in the former Sheridan Methodist Church parsonage on North Bridge Street. A teacher from Japan will arrive in Sheridan by the middle of September to begin teaching stu- dents Japanese. Two other teachers will instruct students in math and the humanities. Doug Miller, Faulconer principal and acting superintendent until LeRoy Key returns in September from an Army tour in South Korea, said Tuesday opening day went smoothly. Miller said Chapman's new prin- cipal, AI Wells, told him he was pleased with the quality of the students he met on opening day and was impressed with their attitudes. He got similar positive reports from Craig Prough, high school principal, and Faulconer staff. Here's a breakdown of enrollment by school: Faulconer: 264 total. 61 kinder- Erica and Adam Meyer, at left, weigh their cylinder structure to make sure it doesn't go over 15 grams limit as part of last year's Odyssey of the Mind team at Willamina Middle School. Team competed in state finals last year.---Photo by Corinne Marshall. important Child-centered approach helps youngsters learn Learning to discipline children is one of the greatest challenges faced by families, says Miriam Lowrie, OSU Extension/4-H Youth Agent. Sue Doescher, Oregon State Univer- sity Extension child development specialist, has these suggestions. Children have a right to guidance that provides protection, security, health and well being, while pro- moting growth and development. Parents may find the challenge eas- ier if they view discipline as "man- aging and guiding and not reward and punishment". gareth, 51 in lst4 41 in lst/2nd ~ Aehild-centerd app .r~.ch to pro- blend, 42 in 2nd an'd 67 fn 3rd.~ * mote the development" of serf" control is suggested. Focus on posi- tive behaviors. Clarify acceptable behaviors and the consequences for exhibiting undesirable behaviors in ways that the child understands. Follow through with consequences when appropriate. Children need help in handling negative feelings in appropriate ways. Parents can model appropriate behavior, such as sharing with others, talking about, naming and expressing their feelings and venting frustrations in acceptable ways. Space outdoors to run and yell, or cahning music to quiet down helps reduce stress and tension. If parents modify the child's envi- ronment through "indirect guid- ance," many confrontations can be avoided. The environment can be too stimulating, with too much to do, see or touch. Other times it may not be rich enough to hold a child's attention. Adjustments to activities, rooms and people can reduce prob- lems in the long run. The problem-solving approach can help guide a child's behavior as well. Encourage a child to be part of the solution. Children can help solve their own problems by identi- fying what they can say or do to make a bad situation better. It's important that inappropriate behavior be labeled so that the children know that parents disap- prove of the behavior arid not the child. Chapman: 311 total. 57 in 4th, 64 in 5th, 59 in 6th, 76 in 7th and 55 in 8th. High school: 225 total. 71 in 9th, 57 in 10th, 48 in 1 lth and 49 in 12th. Japanese immersion program: 52 total. 10 in 4th, 4 in 5th, 10 in 6th, 4 in 7th, 4 in 8th, 6 in 9th, 6 in 10th, 6 in llth and 2 in 12th. Lowrie suggests channeling fam- ily interests, time and energies into productive activities. Through 4-H Family Clubs, parents and children can work together on positive life skills. The time that thmilies spend together working on projects becomes very valuable in the growth and development of the individuals and their bond as a family. For more information on 4-H Family Clubs and other 4-H pro- grams, contact the Polk County Office of the OSU Extension Ser- vice, 623-8395. New hours for Grand Ronde school Grand Ronde Elementary School will operate under a new schedule when school starts next Tuesday. The school grounds will open at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast at 8:40. Classes will begin at 9 a.m. with lunch from 11:25 to 12:20. Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be dismissed at 3 p.m. while students in 3rd through 5th grade will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Registration for new students will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the school. Class lists will be posted on the front door at 3 p.m. Sept. 2. Supply lists may be picked up at the school and are also posted on the front door. Willamina schools to open Tuesday Students in the Willamina school district got an extra week of summer vacation but schools will reopen on Tuesday. You can call the four schools for student registration information. The numbers are: Grand Ronde: 879-5210. Wiilamina Elementary School: 876-2374. Willamina Middle School: 876- 2545. Willamina High School: 876- 9122. Amanda Marsh, a kindergarten student last year at Faulconer Elementary School, makes Christmas cookies in Julia Evans's class.---Photo by Corinne Marshall. Area residents have a chance to learn more about other cultures through Linfield College's host family program for international students. Students from 30 different coun- tries currently attend Linfield, according to Sandy Soohoo-Refaei of International Programs. The countries represented include France, Japan, England, Malaysia, People's Republic of China and United Arab Emirates. Many of those students who study here would like to expand their educa- tional experience to learn more about American culture, politics, economics and environment. Host families can provide that opportu- nity as well as learn about different cultures from around the world. "Hosting an international student can be a rewarding experience," she added. "The rewards come from expanding your understanding of the world to discovering a new friend. Often the relationship continues to grow after the student returns home." For more information, contact Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, International Programs Office, Linfield College, 434-2502. Reward their efforts By Tony Biglan "Tall oaks from little acorns grow" might be a good thing to remember when thinking about rais- ing kids. Competent and happy children get that way when parents and teachers teach them in little steps. Unhappy, whiny, and unsure children often get that way because adults expect too much of them at once. Children aren't little adults. They don't understand nearly as much as we sometimes think. Yet sometimes, parents give them pretty compli- cated instructions. Take a little thing like learning to get dressed. It might seem simple, but that's because you already know how to do it. Depending on what your child is going to wear, it could involve as many as 20 steps. Just pulling a jersey over your head involves four or five steps. First, you have to get it in the right position so that the label will be in the back. Then you have to put your arms into it. Then you have to either put your arms through the holes and pull it over your head or pull it over your head and put your arms through the holes. (Which do you do?) Then, you have to pull it down. It may seem simple, but that is because you have done it almost every day since you were four or five. Each of these steps will take some practice for a newcomer. If your child is learning it, you may need to teach just one step at a time. It might take a while to learn the whole sequence. Treat learning a single step as a big success. I don't want to give the wrong impression. I can get really fru- strated trying to get my kids out tic door, especially when we are likely to be late for school. But getting them upset about it will only male them more distressed and distracted the next time you try to start morning routine. How much should you expect d your child? Probably less than you do. You might simply observe what your child actually does and take it from there. For example, you maY want your children to do an hour d homework at a time but they work for no more than 10 minutes Then consider that as your starting point. Lots of praise for spending IMt much time on homework c# increase your child's ability to do Help them with it when they get stuck so that they will be sure to have a successful experience with it. Between your warm support their success with it, their ability to work on school work for longa periods of time will increase. It takes some work to notice appreciate the little tiny successeS, but it can be done. If we do noti them and reward those little effortS, those little acorns will have a betta chance at becoming the tall oaks expect. Biglan is a psychologist who works at Oregon Research Institug in Eugene. Cl~ri~ Flut Trombone Choic~ Often, though, parents make the mistake of thinking that they can simply teach the child once and they will remember it. Worse still, they get angtyifthe child doesn't do it Or does it wrong. )in the Band! 10o% Make sure your chiM's eyes are ready for the classroom. Frames & Lenses *other specials excluded Also available: Special packages with Comprehensive Eye Exalt. 9/24/94 p can ue...or m: There are children in this commu- nity who can't afford the crayons to make this colorful scene. Your donations to the school supply drive will send them back to school with the right tools. Items most needed are: backpacks binders colored pencils crayons erasers ~ue sticks leenex notebooks ~--'~ 5EMD T WITH [ i -\ ,al~r., ~ 5UB5CMIPT I r~ PeeChees I /J| penc,s i ,, Dells I In rulers Don't leave home without your local newspaper! 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