Opening a backpack, looking into a locker or desk can be a frightening experience. Crumpled assignments and tests, school announcements from two months ago, missing keys or other items – it's a mess! Many people think of organizational skills as the ability to keep things in order. However, people also use those same skills to keep their thoughts in order so they can retrieve information and use it effectively.
Children who have weak organizational skills also struggle with handling information in an effective and logical way. They will often have difficulty setting priorities, making plans, sticking to a task, and getting things done. These skills become increasingly important as they move through different grade levels.
The good news is that organizational skills can be learned. Children with strong organizational skills can often follow directions without even thinking about it. They have the learned skills to come up with a plan and follow through to get things done. These skills remove a lot of anxiety from learning at school. Tools like checklists, planners, and regular 'backpack makeovers' can help them get more organized.
Weak organizational skills make learning harder (but not impossible) and increase stress and anxiety. It also can affect their attitude toward school. As they move up in grades and their responsibility to be independently organized increases, the less likely they will enjoy their learning at school, regardless of how motivating, and engaging their lessons are – or how charismatic the teacher is.
Let's work together in helping our children learn about being organized. Organized is the “O” in ROARS and JUNIPER RIDGE ROARS!
Please note, we are missing many of our school jerseys. If your son/daughter has played school sports, or participated in any running events, could you please have them return jerseys to the school.
Class & School Photos
Class photos and a school-wide panoramic photo will be taken on Monday, April 10th. All students will receive a free copy of their class photo.
Juniper is a Bully Free Zone!
On February 22nd, JRES staff and students wore pink to show that we stand up to bullies! Students heard announcements about acceptance, love, caring and celebrating diversity. Together we can make sure that kindness and love are stronger than intolerance and hate. Remember to be a buddy, not a bully!
Thank you to all of our Parent Coaches/Volunteers and Teaching Staff for your support in a very successful 2017 basketball season. All five of our teams had strong seasons of growth and learning. Thank you as well to our score keeping volunteers who did a fantastic job keeping our games on track this season. Finally, thank you to our players who were exceptional representatives of Juniper Ridge.