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Mark your calendar for our annual Camp Fair on March 2. Camps from all around the southwest will be here on campus, and you can even win a gift certificate for a free session in Lake Tahoe!

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The Games Have Begun!

December 4th, 2013

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Henderson International School athletes are visiting Florida, Windermere Prep school this week, Dec. 3 – Dec. 7 to complete in the Meritas Games. Students from all over gather to compete in the multi-sport tournament which includes baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Our facilities at our school have prepped our athletes well! We are lucky to have full size football, soccer and baseball fields, a pool and tennis courts for our athletes to excel not only in academics but also in the playing field.

We know our student-athletes will put forth their best effort and we can’t wait to congratulate them on their tournament achievements when they return!

To learn more about the Meritas Games, please visit http://www.meritas.net/games.

The summer’s over!  It has gone way too fast.  Now’s the time to return to school and it’s important to be prepared.  You and your child will need to gather the usual school supplies of paper, pencils and protractors but here are a couple suggestions for supplies that you may not have thought _M1G5699about.

  • Aluminum water bottle – encourages water consumption and environmental awareness by avoiding plastic bottles
  • Backpack on wheels – helps your child navigate their day more easily and avoids back strain
  • Pedometer – makes walking and being active more fun by measuring your child’s steps
  • Bento lunchbox – separates different foods into compartments
  • Hand sanitizer – avoid illness by keeping hands and desks clean

Not only is it very important to have the right supplies, great nutrition is also vital to a great education.  Start the day off right with a healthy breakfast of high fiber grains and lean proteins.  Also make sure that you pack a well-balanced lunch to maintain your child’s good energy and focused attention.  Try mixing up the usual sandwich fare by using pita bread, tortilla and incorporating different ingredients, such as shaved turkey, cucumbers and hummus.  For side items, try baby carrots and edamame instead of chips.  These tasty and fun alternatives will keep your child’s interest and palate engaged.

Here’s to another fantastic school year – let’s make it the best yet!

Sources:

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/back-to-school-health-essentials-83556

http://www.parents.com/kids/education/elementary-school/back-to-school-supplies-prek-kindergarten-first-grade/

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success

Wind Down from Summer Vacation

August 13th, 2013

Summer vacation is great!  It’s wonderful to have time to relax, sleep in and rejuvenate.  At the same time, it’s also exciting to prepare for the new school year.  What activities might we engage before we head back to school?

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The weather is starting to cool off a bit, yet it’s still nice to go for a swim.  Have you visited Wet ‘n’ Wild yet?  It’s newly opened this summer and sure to be a good time, especially for fun with family and friends.  What can be better than water slides, pools and a lazy river?

For some other outdoor activities that are fun and educational, you can check out the Wetlands Park Nature Center in eastern Las Vegas.  It features a beautiful walking trail, educational markers and signage and a beautiful, newly opened visitor’s center.

There are just a few more summertime movies scheduled at the Outdoor Picture Show at the District.  These activities are free to attend, just bring a blanket and get ready to have fun!  The District even provides free popcorn and water.  It’s a good way to relax, enjoy an awesome family movie and appreciate the end of the summer season.

Next stop – the new school year!

Sources:

http://www.wetnwildlasvegas.com/index.htm

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/parks/pages/wetlands-park.aspx

http://lasvegas.about.com/od/familieslifestyles/a/The-Outdoor-Picture-Show.htm

Summer Safety Tips

August 7th, 2013

Most kids like to dive into summer to relax, unwind and have fun. Warm weather brings more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like swimming, 528983_387867777939284_41218770_nboating, hiking, biking and more.  Living in Southern Nevada presents some unique challenges.  The main things we all need to watch out for, especially kids, are sunburn, dehydration and ear infections.  Here are a few tips to keep kids safe:

Sunburn

If your child is going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you need to be sure that he or she applies appropriate sunscreen to any exposed skin. Look for brands that offer a reliable sunblock made specifically for children, which are mild, PABA-free and hypoallergenic. You can purchase sunscreen at any drugstore or grocery store.

Dehydration

Anytime hot weather is involved, there is always the possibility of dehydration. Your child should drink large amounts of fluids, such as ice water, fruit juice and sports drinks whenever spending time outdoors during high temperatures. Freeze pops or popsicles, which are fun for children to eat, are a good way to prevent dehydration as well. If the temperature is sizzling around 100 degrees or higher, then the safest place for your child is indoors in an air conditioned room.

Ear Infections

Who doesn’t want to cool off with a dip in this Las Vegas heat?  But beware of swimmer’s ear, a common risk of swimming during the summertime. Although typical ear infections  involve the middle ear, swimmer’s ear infection can still be just as painful and often require antibiotics. There are ways to prevent swimmer’s ear, like using medicated drops in the ear after swimming to accelerate drying, prevent bacteria proliferating and causing infection.

Bottom line:  Have fun and enjoy your time off.  Just be aware so you can keep having a blast on your summer vacation!

Sources:

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-common-summer-health-risks-children-3398488.html?cat=25

http://www.webmd.com/news/20060530/top-10-summer-health-concerns-for-kids

http://www.cdc.gov/features/KidsSafety/

Helping out in one’s community builds a sense of pride and increases character. Community service increases moral fiber, makes communities better and opens up a world of new experiences for students. It’s something we instill in our students every day, making them more engaged global citizens. But in the summer DSC_0086months and without school, often the importance of community service goes away, lost among a sea of video games, vacations and massive amounts of sleep.

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean the importance of community service goes away. Volunteering at a young age sets life-long paths for students, and there are many great opportunities for community service for kids, even during the summer.

Kids can look into volunteer opportunities with organizations that are close to them. Are your children into pets? Take a look for a rescue shelter in the area that may need some help feeding animals. Or do your children like cooking? Or making things with their hands? There are places where they can go to do these things, from youth-centers to home building projects. And no matter how big or little your children are, organizations like these will be sure to find a great place for them to help!

If your children aren’t sure where to start, maybe there’s an organization that you know of or already volunteer for. Give them a call and see if your kids can join.

Of course there are other ways your kids can help in their community without even going far from home. Many kids will spend their summer mowing lawns, washing their neighbors’ cars or even setting up a lemonade stand to beat the hot summer heat. You can get your kids excited about helping their community by talking to them about how making donations to their favorite charities can make a huge difference in many lives.

However you and your kids decide to help, participating in their community will show kids how everything they do is all part of the bigger picture. Start thinking of some fun ways your kids can get involved and keep the spirit alive, even when they’re not in school!

Keep enjoying your summer!

 

Sources:

http://shorewood-il.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/how-to-volunteer-with-your-kids

http://www.unitedway.org/blog/entry/community-service-for-kids/

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/volunteer.html

Parents’ Day

July 24th, 2013

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. You might even still be using the scented bath Parents Daybubbles or wearing the tie you got on those fantastic days just a few months ago. But it’s the middle of summer, and with the kids home you deserve one more holiday. Fortunately the holiday gods have heard your call, and answered with….

…Parents’ Day!

That’s right, there’s one more day devoted entirely to you, the hard-working, devoted, completely committed parents of the world! Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July every year, it’s a day where you can rest, relax, and focus on you. The holiday was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, and has remained on the book ever since.

As parents it may just be a fantastic excuse for you to take a day to yourselves, but on the national level things are really heating up for Parents’ Day! Every year the Parents’ Day Council promotes the holiday through a wide range of events and activities. They even honor “Parents of the Year” at the local, state and national levels, truly recognizing the hard work that it takes to grow and nurture the next generation of citizens. It’s your work that accomplishes that feat, and we appreciate it!

Of course if you want to get in on the fun, you can help acknowledge the day by celebrating with other parents that you know. Many families celebrate by sending cards and gifts, including flowers and cakes, to the great parents they know, and sometimes even non-parents who play an active role in their children’s lives. From teachers to family friends to grandparents to everyone, it takes a village to raise a child and you know that every person deserves acknowledgement for their hard work.

Parent’s Day is on July 27th this year, so plan ahead and make sure to have a fantastic day! After all, you’ve earned it!

Sources

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/parents-day 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parents’_Day

http://www.parentsday.com/

Summer Activities

July 9th, 2013

Summer time is fantastic, but sometimes it’s hard to find fun things to do with all of that free time. Here are some ideas to keep your kids engaged.facilities.play.lowres

Take your kids to the local playground and help them to make new friends. It is always great for a child’s development to have continuous social contact, especially when school is not in session. Not to mention the social aspect for you, the parents, to be able to socialize and mingle with neighbors in your community.

Get involved with playing ball games, but consider trying something new and different. Have your kids ever played racquetball or badminton? How about lacrosse? Step outside the box and learn something new. You never know what your child will take interest in and that interest could last throughout their high school and college careers.

Take an afternoon and play a few rounds of mini-golf, or have a weekend party at a local laser-tag facility. Having a laser tag party is definitely a great way to spend a hot afternoon indoors. Throughout the summer it’s always great to have get-togethers with your children’s friends and families, and being able to have a varied list of activities to go to will always keep your child busy and excited.

On a hot weekend, you can also take the family out to the brand new water park for a splash-filled day! We live in a very hot community, and water parks are a great place for families and friends to go out for an entire day to enjoy the cool water while escaping the heat. Once you start going, this will definitely be one of your child’s favorite places this summer!

Whatever you do, try to make it fun for everyone! Summer is a great time to try new things and move outside of your comfort zone.

Enjoy!

 

Sources:

http://www.kingputtlv.com/

http://www.laserquest.com/

http://www.wetnwildlasvegas.com/

Independence Day

July 3rd, 2013

We probably all know about the significance of the 4th of July.  It’s the day that our Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  Nowadays, we celebrate with BBQs and going to the lake, enjoying time with our families and friends.   Of courseflag-fireworks fireworks and parades are a big part of the celebrations.

The first celebration of the 4th of July occurred in 1777 when thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, once in the morning and once again in the evening in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Philadelphia celebrated the first modern American 4th of July that we all would find familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, speeches, prayers, music, parades and fireworks.  Ships were decked with red, white and blue.

In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration and it wasn’t until 1791 that we can find the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day.”  In 1820, the first 4th of July celebration was held in Eastport, Maine which remains the largest celebration in the state.

Fast forward to 2013, we are celebrating 237 years as a nation. Continuing the same traditions that Philadelphia first created to celebrate the 4th, with speeches, prayers, music, parades, and most important of all fireworks. Let’s take the time to appreciate the sacrifices our forefathers made, which enjoying the freedoms we are afforded.

Enjoy your summer!

Local Summer Activities!

June 12th, 2013

Summertime affords lots of time to relax and enjoy the heat of the desert.  If you’re looking for activities to stay busy, look no further than Town Square and the District.  They’re nearby and feature shops and tons of fun activities to engage the entire family! Outdoor Movies

Every Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. at Town Square, Storytime in the Square is a fun place to read stories and meet new friends.  On Thursday evenings, get to Town Square early for Movies in the Square.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Just grab a blanket, some goodies, a group of friends and head to Town Square for some great movie offerings.  See the full schedule at the link below.

Every weekend, the District plays movies at their Outdoor Picture show starting at sunset.  Not only are the movies free, but so is the popcorn!  Just bring a picnic blanket and some drinks and be ready to enjoy the evening with your friends and family.  Make sure to arrive early so you can get a good spot.  It fills up fast!  See the full movie schedules for both venues at the links below.

Enjoy your summer off!

Sources:

http://www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com/events-a-programs/details/801-storytime-in-the-square.html

http://vegasfamilyevents.com/town-square-outdoor-movies-2013/

http://vegasfamilyevents.com/outdoor-movies-the-district-2013/