Monthly Newsletter

Welcome back! This year I will be at Blumfield on Monday, Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday. I will be at Seymour on Tuesday afternoons and Friday. My time will be spent conducting special education assessments, conducting individual and small group counseling, consulting with teachers, and planning academic and behavioral interventions for students.

Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your children.  You may also email me at the address below.  I look forward to working with you and your children!  

Check out the parent resource center by the main-office.  I will post information on various topics there throughout the year!  

Having a good start to the school year can influence your child’s attitude, performance, and confidence both socially and academically.  The transition from summer vacation to the school schedule can be difficult for both parents and children.  You can help your children manage this transition by planning ahead, being realistic, and maintaining a positive attitude!

Here are a few tips to get back to school on the right foot:

-Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines.  Include pre-bedtime routines and chores if these were suspended during the summer.  

-Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.  All children need at least 8 hours of sleep per night, with younger children needing more.  If they are deprived of this sleep, it affects all areas of their life including their physical and mental well-being.

-Designate a clear place to do homework.  Older children may have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house.  Younger children usually need an area set aside in the family room or kitchen to facilitate adult monitoring, supervision, and encouragement.  If possible, keep supplies that a child may need while doing homework in that area (for example, pencils, paper, etc.)

-Do homework every night.  Even if your child has no homework, you should review spelling words and read every night.  Spend 15-20 minutes doing these activities and you will get your child in a routine and also improve their reading and spelling.  

-Leave plenty of time in the morning.  Make sure your child has enough time to get up, eat breakfast, and get to school.  Getting to school on time makes the whole day go smoother!

Staci Raddish, Ed.S,

Certified School Psychologist
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