Archive for August, 2012

We are excited to welcome all of our Henderson International School students back to school. Now that we’re into our second week, here are some tips for parents to help their child get back in the school mode:

  1. Be enthusiastic and interested in the start of school. If you are confident and excited about school, your child will be too. Let your child know that it’s okay to feel nervous, and get them talking about what they are feeling.
  2. Post all calendars of school activities, assignment due dates, sports games, meetings, vacations and lunch menus on the refrigerator or another designated space. Allow your child to cross off tasks and assignments as they are completed.
  3. Get moving! Exercise is a natural stress reliever is a great way to unwind after a busy school day. Set an example to your children that exercise can be both fun and healthy. Exercising with your child will help them see physical activity as an important part of a daily routine.
  4. Don’t let your child become overwhelmed with extracurricular activities. Children and parents can become overwhelmed and overstressed from over committing themselves. Try to properly balance your child’s after-school activities and your own commitments to reduce stress for everyone.
  5. Get involved. Join the PTA and other parent groups. If you are involved, your child can’t help but be engaged as well. Children whose parents are more involved with their education have higher achievement and feel more connected to their school.


The 2nd graders at the Henderson International School didn’t waste any time getting back into the thick of things. This video, taken by violin instructor Gabriel Cadena during the first week of school, shows that these students are ready to have a great year with their violins! We’re looking forward to following their progress throughout the year! Mr. Cadena has been teaching for 7 years and has played the violin for 16 years. He enjoys watching all of his students have fun as they learn their instruments.

Summer’s winding down and reading may be the last thing on your child’s mind. Here are some tips for getting your student back in the scholastic mode:

  1. Make reading a fun, everyday event. Assign a specific time for reading and make it part of your daily routine. Instead of turning on the TV, use reading as a reward after a long day or as a way to wind down.
  2. Make reading a family affair. Set aside a time where you are reading along with your kids.  Show them that reading is not just for a school assignment, it can be done for enjoyment.
  3. Make reading a challenge. Henderson Libraries offer two Children’s Summer Reading programs for ages 0-4 and 5-11. There is also the “Own the Night” Teen Summer Reading program for ages 12-17. Scholastic and PBS also have similar reading challenges.
  4. Sign them up for their own library card. Libraries are where we are made into readers. By signing your child up for a library card, you are allowing them to have responsibility as well as opening their eyes to the world of books. But be careful, once they start reading it can be hard to get them to stop.

For information on how to obtain a library card from the Henderson Library click here. You can also follow the Henderson Library on Twitter at @mypublib.