December 4, 2018
December is here, and with
it comes the hustle and bustle of the season; the holiday parties,
plays, concerts (see below for our own Winter Concert Schedule) and
festive family gatherings that can leave us exhilarated, uplifted and
often, exhausted! Whether you are staying home this year or traveling
over the river and through the woods, take time to remember the little
things - the important things - and take a deep breath before you wrap
that first gift or hang your first light.
Galloway Schools’ Winter Concerts
Arthur Rann Elementary - December 6,
2018 - 7:00pm
- December 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Reeds Road Elementary - December 13,
2018 - 6:30pm
Roland Rogers Elementary - December
17, 2018 - 6:30pm
Smithville Elementary - December 18,
2018 - 7:00pm
Ten Steps to a
Less Stressful Holiday
Instead of stressing, follow
these tips to lighten the load this season. If mom and dad are happy,
the entire family can follow suit.
Read the entire article here.
your family's input.
holidays at home this year.
the urge to be Martha Stewart.
choosy about Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa cards
the wish list.
shop 'til you drop!
of Santa's helpers.
yourself a time out.
If you're still
feeling stressed, remember these tips from the American Psychological
Take time for yourself
- You may feel pressured to be everything to everyone. But remember that
you're only one person and can only accomplish certain things. Sometimes
self-care is the best thing you can do - others will benefit when you're
feeling less stressed. Reflect on aspects of your life that give you
joy; go for a long walk; get a massage; or take time to listen to your
favorite music or read a new book. All of us need some time to recharge
our batteries. Be mindful and focus on the present rather than dwell on
the past or worry about the future.
- Find a local charity, such as a soup kitchen or a shelter that needs
volunteers and offer to help. Alternatively, participate in a community
giving tree program or an adopt-a-family program. Helping others may
lift your mood and help you put your own struggles in perspective.
- No Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other holiday celebration is
perfect. View inevitable missteps as opportunities to exercise your
flexibility and resilience. A lopsided tree or a burned brisket won't
ruin your holiday - it will create a family memory. If your children's
wish list is outside your budget, talk to them about realistic
expectations and remind them that the holidays aren't about expensive
The barrage of holiday advertising can make you forget what the holiday
season is really about. If your holiday expense list is running longer
than your monthly budget, scale back and remind yourself that what
matters most is loved ones, not store-bought presents, elaborate
decorations or gourmet food.
Let your family know that holidays are times to express gratitude,
appreciation and give thanks for what you all have, including each
other. If there is worry about heated disagreements or negative
conversations, focus on what you and your family have in common.
Families might even plan activities they can do together that foster
good fun and laughter, like playing a family game or looking through old
- Talk about your worries and concerns with close friends and family.
Getting things out in the open can help you navigate your feelings and
work toward a solution.
If your holiday plans
take you outside, follow these tips from the American Academy of
Pediatrics to avoid exposure accidents and other hazards (read
the full article here).
the Signs of Hypothermia
the National Institute of Health, anyone who spends extended periods
outside in cold winter temperatures is at risk for hypothermia.
Hypothermia can happen when your body temperature drops from its usual
98.6 degrees. It is a medical emergency if a person's temperature is 95
degrees or less.
In addition to the lowered temperature, someone experiencing hypothermia
may have the following symptoms:
- Clumsiness and stumbling
pulse and slow breathing
outdoors to participate in wintertime activities, whether you'll be
hiking, skiing, shoveling snow from your driveway, or any other outdoor
activity, make sure that you dress warmly. It's wise to dress in layers
when you'll be exerting yourself in frigid temperatures so that you can
start out properly insulated and then shed layers as your body
temperature starts to rise as a result of your level of activity.
Caution on Frozen Lakes and Rivers
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, it can be very difficult
to tell whether ice is solid just from looking at it. The color or
thickness of the ice will not necessarily tell you how much weight it
can support. In general, new ice, which has formed in the last couple of
weeks, is stronger than ice that has been there for months. Ice on
moving water, such as rivers, is generally weaker than ice on lakes.
Always consult your local DNR about ice safety before heading out on the
lake for ice fishing, ice skating, or other sports.
Skiing and snowboarding
can be enjoyable winter pastimes, but you still need to keep personal
safety in mind when you venture out onto the slopes. Wearing a helmet
will help to prevent head injuries. If you don't own the right
equipment, rent it from the ski resort.
Many winter sports require specific equipment. Make sure that your
equipment is in good condition and properly maintained. It's also
important to make sure that sized items, such as snow ski boots and ice
skates, are properly fitted. Because children grow so rapidly, there's a
good chance they'll need a larger size each season.
Taking breaks at
regular intervals is a good idea when you are enjoying the great
outdoors in the winter. Go inside to warm up and get a snack and
something to drink. While it may tempting to go on one more run as the
day winds down, a safer choice may be not to push yourself if you are
Someone About Your Plans
Before you head out in
the snow, tell someone where you are going and what time you will be
coming back. That way, if you are overdue, someone can alert authorities
to start searching for you. It's also important to stay on well-marked
trails. Take a trail map with you and keep track of where you are while
snowmobiling or skiing.
May your holidays be
merry and bright! Enjoy Winter Break from December 24 - January 1
(remember there's an early dismissal day on Friday, December 21) and
we'll see you back on Wednesday, January 2, 2019!
Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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