Parents and educators can sometimes underestimate children's anxiety over the dawn of a new school year. Many students feel nervous when wondering if their teachers will be nice or if they will make new friends. These worries may be compounded by the return to routine and the end of an enjoyable period of rest and relaxation.
Elementary school students were asked about what they were most nervous about for the return to school. Homework, tests, competition, greater expectations, grades, and making new friends topped the list of fears.
To help students transition to the classroom with fewer worries, teachers and parents may want to initiate ice breakers and other stress-reducing interactions. Here are some ideas.
Many schools will give out classroom assignments a few days before the first day of school. Parents can investigate who is in their child's homeroom and initiate contact with the parents of one or more of those students. Collectively, parents can make a buddy plan for students to arrive to school together and enter the classroom as a team. Coordinate clothing colors or have students wear another unifying symbol. This may allay fears and make the first day of school more fun.
Students may worry about teachers mispronouncing their names or using a full name instead of a nickname. Rather than a traditional roll call, teachers can encourage students to introduce themselves to classmates, using their preferential name and including a brief synopsis of their interests and what makes them unique.
Teachers also can initiate other ice-breakers by giving students a sheet with various questions, which students then have to complete by asking around among the other students. For example, "Who has a pet fish?" or "Find someone who has blue eyes."
The first day of school can be difficult for some children. Fun activities and some extra effort from parents and teachers can make the return to the classroom less stressful.
Students may need some time to adjust at the beginning of a new school year. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and it might be unfair to expect kids to seamlessly slip back into their more regimented lives as students.
While some early school year sluggishness might be normal, that should wear off pretty quickly. If not, and students appear to be struggling to get motivated for their schoolwork, parents can try various strategies that should help reignite youngsters' passions for learning.
Make your home more school-friendly. Summer is a relaxing time of year when parents have a tendency to relax rules around the house. But come the school year, parents must make sure their homes are as conducive to studying as possible. Resist the urge to turn the television on each night, so students are not distracted from their studies. Keep the home quiet, so students are motivated to focus on their studies.
Encourage participation in extracurricular activities. Various studies have examined the relationship between extracurricular activities and academic performance. A 2002 study published in the journal, Sociology of Education found that participation in extracurricular activities is associated with improved grade point average, increased college attendance and reduced absenteeism. The link between participation in extracurricular activities and improved academic performance is still in need of study, but such participation may help children acclimate to the structure of the school year more quickly than they might if they do not participate in such activities.
Encourage curious youngsters. Kids are curious, and fostering that curiosity can be a great way for parents to get their kids excited about learning. Whether it's during the school year and part of their curriculum or on summer break, encourage kids to engage in subjects that interest them. As kids learn more about the topics and subjects that interest them, they may develop a passion for learning that they can then take with them to the classroom.
Motivating kids to be excited about their schoolwork at the dawn of a new school year can sometimes be difficult. But parents can employ various strategies that can help their children readjust to life in the classroom and motivate them to perform to the best of their abilities.
DURHAM: The 16th Annual Police Chief for a Day essay contest, doesn’t start until September, but essays can be entered now.
Students entering into Grade 5 this fall, are invited to enter the essay contest now, to become Durham Regional Police Service’s Chief for a Day. The theme of the essay contest is entitled “What would you do if you were the Chief of Police for a day?”, and is limited to 500 words.
In the fall, the top Grade 5 finalists from various school boards across Durham Region, will be picked up at their schools by police cruisers, and escorted to Durham Regional Police Services’ headquarters. They will then read their winning essays to a community panel of judges, including Chief Paul Martin, members of the Police Services Board, and members of the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night (PADAN) Committee.
The winner will serve as Chief for a Day, on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018, and will be a guest of honour at the 15th Annual PADAN, on October 25th, 2018, at Deer Creek in Ajax.
All submissions must include the name of the student submitting the essay, the name and city of the school they are attending, and the name of the School Board.
All essays for consideration are due on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018, and are to be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Fair will have an exciting new addition to its list of activities this year, hosting its first presentation of a Lumberjack Show. This event will be featured on Saturday, September 1st, and there will be three, half hour shows, presented between noon and 5 p.m.
This fun-filled and fast paced show consists of 2 American Lumberjacks competing against 2 Canadian Lumberjacks, in activities such as: chainsaw racing, speed sawing, standing block chop, axe throwing, fire building, and chainsaw carving. The event will be hosted by an MC and includes: jokes, music, and audience participation.
Although this is an entertainment event, Lumberjacks have a rich history in North American culture, dating back to the 1800’s, when the logging industry depended on these men to provide wood to many emerging commercial industries of the time.
The term “Lumberjack” refers to the era predating 1945, and before the use of modern technological advances and industrial equipment that began the mass harvesting of trees. Lumberjacks in the 19th and early 20th century used only hand tools, and the job was back breaking and dangerous, providing minimal pay and bleak camp living conditions. However, as a result of this, history views these brave men (and women) of an earlier era, with great respect, for their contributions to North America’s economic growth, and celebrates them for their virtues of strength, endurance, bravery, and fortitude.
Modern - day Lumberjacks are now referred to as Loggers, and use chain saws and heavy industrial forestry vehicles to cut trees. However, the job is still considered a rugged and sometimes dangerous occupation. Some facts about our current national lumber industry, from Natural Resources Canada: Canada has 347 million hectares of forest land; Canada’s forests account for 9% of the world’s forest cover, and 40% of the world’s forests certified as being sustainably managed.
In 2015, direct employment in the Canadian forest industry, as measured by Statistics Canada’s System of National Accounts, increased from 2014 levels by 1.5%, to 201,645 jobs.
By value, Canada is the world’s leading exporter of softwood lumber and newsprint. The forest industry contributed $22.1 billion to nominal gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015. The United States is by far the largest buyer of Canadian forest products.
Less than 0.3% of Canada’s forests are harvested annually. Less than 0.02% of Canada’s forests are deforested each year. 100% of forests harvested on Canada’s public land must be successfully regenerated.
SCUGOG: The race is based on the Toughest Mudder, a series of team-based races, where competitors work together to overcome obstacles in the mud and reach the finish line.
The course will feature six obstacles over the span of a one kilometer track. Teams of four will race using ankle timers to determine the fastest teams.
Bonnie Cohoon, Tough Udder organizer, is eager to bring the race to the Port Perry Fair for the second year.
“The fair board and I are very excited about the event. It's new, fun, and will bring family members out to support the teams,” she said.
This year there are six categories.
A team must consist of four people in the following categories: Male team 18 years and older, Female team 18 years and older, Co-ed team 18 years and older, Family team with a minium age of 12 years, Children's team with a minimum age of 12 years and a maximum of 17 years.
All participants must sign a waiver and anyone between 12 and 17 years of age must have a guardian sign a waiver on their behalf.
All proceeds will go to the Port Perry Fair.
Registration fees for teams are $25.00 per person, $100.00 per team of four if you register between August 2nd and the day of the race.
New this year is an individual category. Individuals are $20.00/person if registered by August 1st, and $25.00/per person if registered from August 2nd until day of the race.
To register online visit www.toughudder.ca and sign up. If anyone has any questions they can contact Bonnie at this email address: email@example.com.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Since it debuted in 2014, the Extreme Rodeo has become a staple of the entertainment at the Port Perry Fair.
The event is put on by Rawhide Rodeo. Company. Owner B.J. Prince told The Standard the event was originally planned to only run one year at the fair.
“Every year the event has grown. We had originally planned it to be a highlight event for one year, but now it has become a staple,” he said. “In 2014, there was just bull riding, and it has grown to being a full Ontario sanctioned event now.”
This year’s rodeo will feature such events as bull riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, junior steer riding, cowgirl breakaway roping among others.
Mr. Prince explained this event gives some people a “unique opportunity to experience rodeo for the first time.”
The Extreme Rodeo will be held on the last day of the fair, Monday, September 3rd, and will be held at 11:45 a.m. The Port Perry Fair will run from Saturday, September 1st until Monday, September 3rd. The Port Perry Fairgrounds are located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd, Port Perry.
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: After a few years hiatus, the board of the Port Perry Fair has decided to bring back one of its most treasured events, a definite crowd pleaser. Organizers Paul Puckrin and his daughter Julie are thrilled to announce the Port Perry Pet Show has returned. This year it will take place on Monday, September 3rd, at the Entertainment Shelter. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the Pet Show begins at 10:00 a.m. All kinds of pets are welcome! Each pet must be accompanied by a child aged 12 or under, and an adult, and be on a leash, or in a cage.
Julie Puckrin said, “When I was growing up I always loved this show, so I am so glad to be working with my dad to make it happen again. It's so much fun, and gives the kids a chance to show off their pets.”
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category.
1st Place: $15, 2nd Place: $10, 3rd Place: $5
1. Best Costume
2. Best Trick
A trick of your choosing - show off your pet’s talent!
3. Most Looks Like Owner
Props and costumes permitted - get creative!
4. Most Unusual Pet
Any and all varieties of pets are welcome!
5. Least Obedient Pet
Show us how your pet won’t walk on a leash, won’t sit, won’t come out of their shell... whatever safely shows that your pet has a mind of their own when it comes to commands.
6. Best Pet - for Owners ages 10-12.
Young owners should come prepared to share a brief story about their pet, and why they think that story shows that their pet is the best pet! Stories can be funny, heart warming, silly, whatever moment or memory you think shows that your pet is the very best.
7. Best Pet - for Owners ages 5 years old and under
8. Best Pet - for Owners 6-9 years old
For any further inquiries or questions, please call Fair Board Secretary Bonnie Lebovic, at (905)985-0962.
Very special thanks to the sponsor of this event, Oakridge Plumbing Ltd.
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: An anonymous donor is offering $1000 to the best Buttertart Baker that Port Perry can find. Unfortunately, for all the ladies who love to bake, they aren’t included.
This event, at the Port Perry Fair this year, is only for men. Brent Herrington of Herrington’s Quality Butchers has been given the task to hone his taste buds and select the best of the bunch.
Brent stated, “I’m not sure why the Fair Board picked me to be the judge, but I’m sure glad they did! I love buttertarts, and I can’t wait to try all the samples.”
When asked if he would like to sell the winner’s buttertarts at his shop, Brent just laughed. “As much as I love sweets, I’ll leave that to the bakeries, and just stick with the protein.”
Rules for the contest are as follows:
There will be a first prize only, winner takes all! 2 runner ups will be announced.
•First prize tarts will become the property of the sponsor. Tarts served to everyone after the winner is announced.
•Previous winners of the “Men’s Only” contest are not eligible to enter.
•Amateur bakers only.
•No tart crust or fillings mixes-must be made from “scratch”.
•Any size - i.e, can be round, square, rectangular or any creative shape.
•Entry fee into the contest is your entry into the fair grounds on Sunday, September 2nd.
•Age - male only - ages 10 and up.
•There will be tags to fill out at the entertainment centre.
•Judging is at 12 p.m. on Sunday. No pre-registration required.
In 1853 the Township of Reach created the United Township of Reach and Scugog Agricultural Society with our first fair held in Prince Albert on March 8th.
From the 1850's to 1860’s, the fair grounds were held on farmland loaned or leased to the fair board, located on Curts’ property, where Vos’ Independent Grocer now stands. In 1870’s the property next to the Paxton Tate Foundry, currently West Shore Village, was home to the fair. However, after the catastrophic downtown fire, the board decided to move the fair out of the downtown core. The present day 23 acre site of the Port Perry fair grounds was purchased from CC Kellett, and was known as the Central Ontario Fairgrounds.
A half mile track was built on the site, and was known as the ‘finest facility outside Toronto’. The main building was called the Crystal Palace. Unfortunately this structure burnt to the ground in 1904, and was replaced with a large barn.
Not long after that the first baseball diamond was built on the grounds.
In 1930, the Craft Building was added. Renovations in 1999 added a ramp to the building.
1940 saw the addition of the Junior Fair Division.
In 1976 the Christie building was added, and named in honour of Grant Christie, past Fair President in 1929.
In the 1990’s the horse barns were torn down and the entertainment shelter was added.
The Port Perry Fair continues to grow and promote agriculture to the many people who attend our event each year. Agriculture is the foundation of our community.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Enbridge has released updates for Fenelon Falls on the community expansion project, funded by the 2017 Natural Gas Grant Program. See below, for a list of completed areas, and locations crew members will be working in over the next few weeks.
Now complete, Hwy 121 from Rancher’s Rd. to East of 533 Country Rd. 121
East of Cambray towards Killarney Bay Rd., a crew is expected to pass Killarney Bay Rd. and move towards Hwy 35 by September 2018.
North St., Helen St., and King St., drilling will take place near Canadian Tire by the end of August 2018. This location is expected to be complete by mid-September 2018.
A crew is currently working on Hwy 35 and will be starting on Hwy 121.This location is expected to be complete by mid-September 2018.
Drivers are reminded to take care when travelling near the construction areas.
For more information, please contact Tanya Bruckmueller, Enbridge Gas Distribution, at 1-855-844-5112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.