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Help Your Child Set Goals and Achieve Them

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In school, we often use the term goals with your children. How can we help our students set realistic goals and stick to them? Consider these ideas you can also support at home:

1.      Make the goal specific. The target needs to be very clear for your child. Help him/her clearly articulate what it is they want to achieve. Instead of a goal to get better at reading, the goal could be to better understand what is being read.

2.      Set a short timeframe. Many goals fail because the time frame is too long. Set small, specific timeframes (2-3 weeks) that can be more easily monitored.

3.      Make a plan. Help your child figure out actions they can take to reach their goal. How will you better understand what you are reading? Will you write a summary after a certain number of pages? Will you ask questions as you read?

4.      Adjust the goal. There is nothing wrong with your child adjusting his/her goals. Adjusting will be more successful than quitting.

5.      Celebrate. Celebrate the small successes like sticking to the goal’s steps. There is something about acknowledging progress, even small progress, that propels us to keep at it and work toward the next small step along the road of attaining a goal.

The Importance of Parent/Teacher Collaboration

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         Parents and teachers share the same goals for children and students; they want each individual to do their best. This will happen when parents and teachers work together. This can happen in a number of ways.

·         Keeping lines of communication open between parents and teachers

·         Parents help by setting aside time for schoolwork at home

·         Teachers can send newsletters, create blogs, make phone calls and send report cards

·         Parents can attend parent/teacher conferences to make sure that parents, teachers and students are all on the same page

·         Parents can volunteer in the classroom or building

·         Parents can help the teacher by letting them know about things happening at home

·         Teachers and parents can work as a team to provide the best for students

Make Your Time Count at Rock Creek

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Being on time and having great attendance is extremely important in making the most out of your education. Here are some tips on how to make your time in Rock Creek the best it can be: 

· Being on time sets each student up for success 

· Helping your child be on time shows them that you care about his/her learning 

· Learning begins when the bell rings 

· Your child could miss out on important information even if they are five to ten minutes late 

· English and Math are usually taught in the morning 

· Being on time helps keep your child from falling behind · Being on time is an important life lesson

Three Keys to Success

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The Rock Creek faculty and staff regularly emphasize three keys to succeeding throughout school: attendance, work ethic and extra participation. Students who show up on time, work hard and get involved will certainly get the most out of their middle school and high school years. This is not to say that they will not face challenges. School should be challenging to adequately prepare students for life after graduation. Students who work on these three keys, however, will find the strength within and the resources around them necessary to achieve in the face of obstacles. These keys not only help students find academic success but lifelong fulfillment as well.

Be Prepared for the First Day of School

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1. Shop from the teacher’s supply list

2. Sharpen all of the Pencils

3. Turn in forms on time

4. Return to a school bedtime routine

5. Prep for lunchtime by practicing how to open items in lunches 6. Labels all of your child’s things

7. Keep reading at home each day

8. Remind your kids that you expect their best, but that doesn’t mean perfection. Students learn from mistakes that are made, so bring on the mistakes 

10 Social Manners for Children

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As we raise kids in this digital age, it seems as though manners can fall by the wayside. Here is a helpful list that can help serve as a reminder of what manners might be most important as children grow up. 

  1. Say “Please” when asking
  2. Say “Thank you” when receiving
  3. Say “Excuse me” after bumping into someone
  4. Put down your electronics when someone enters the room
  5. Look people in the eye when speaking
  6. Let others finish before you speak
  7. Shake hands firmly
  8. Say “Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir” when talking to grownups
  9. Greet people with “Hi” and “How are you?”
  10. Open Doors for others

10 Great Summer Read Alouds

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10 Great Summer Read Alouds 

Reading out loud to your child can not only be a great way to bond, but it can be a great way for your child to learn to read, or hold on to those skills they learned this past year and avoid the summer slide. Here are some great books that your child might enjoy. 

  1. Holes By: Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
  2. Charlotte’s Web By: E. B. White (Ages 8+)
  3. The Secret Garden By:  (Ages 7+)
  4. James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
  5. The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
  6. The Harry Potter Series (Ages 9+)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By: Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie By: Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
  9. The Boxcar Children By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
  10. Where the Sidewalk Ends By: Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)

Enrollment Info for 2019-2020 School Year

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Enrollment for the upcoming 2019-20 school year is going on now. Secure your child’s place in our tuition-free charter school now, and not only move with us into our new facility, but enjoy the following advantages for your kindergarten to 12th grade student: 

• Small Class Sizes without Overcrowding 

• Tuition-Free Education • 100% College Acceptance 

• Advanced and Honors Classes 

• 31 Seniors Received $2.8+ Million in Scholarships 

• Earn STGEC Credit from Ivy Tech • Project Lead the Way 

• ACT/SAT Prep Classes 

• 21st Century Scholars 

• Dual Credit Classes 

• Sports for All Grades 

• James Holt & Eli Lilly Scholars 

• Academic & Athletic Scholarships 

• Character Counts Programs 

• Community Service 

• Brand New Campus Coming Soon!

If you would like to come grow with us, contact us today for a campus tour and get the enrollment process started! 

Rock Creek Community Academy 11525 Hwy 31 Sellersburg, IN 47172 Call : 812.246.9271 Email : [email protected]Apply online today at http://rccasi.org

10 Great Summer Read Alouds

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Reading out loud to your child can not only be a great way to bond, but it can be a great way for your child to learn to read, or hold on to those skills they learned this past year and avoid the summer slide. Here are some great books that your child might enjoy.

  1. Holes By: Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
  2. Charlotte’s Web By: E. B. White (Ages 8+)
  3. The Secret Garden By:  (Ages 7+)
  4. James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
  5. The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
  6. The Harry Potter Series (Ages 9+)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By: Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie By: Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
  9. The Boxcar Children By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
  10. Where the Sidewalk Ends By: Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)
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