Overcoming back-to-school anxiety, preparing for the first day of school
Parents and children are preparing for a new school year - seeing old friends, making new ones and settling back into a daily routine.
"The first day of school can be stressful for children," says Nora Carrillo, child development specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
The following tips are provided by the hospital's General Pediatrics Department:
• Get your children on a wake-up and bedtime routine.
• Make sure your child gets at least eight hours of sleep each night and a healthy breakfast.
• Find out what school supplies and/or uniforms are needed.
• Talk to your kids about school and what to expect.
• If they are anxious or afraid, talk about school as a "special event," let them know what to expect and listen to their fears and concerns.
• Discuss ways to make friends, especially for kids who are special needs or shy.
• Pack healthy snacks and lunches.
• Put your child's name on everything.
• If possible, arrange to take your child to school on the first day.
• Make sure your child gets a back-to-school physical and that immunizations are up to date.
• Fill out all emergency contact and health information forms sent home by the school.
• Be sure that the school nurse and classroom teacher know about all of your child's medical issues, food allergies, risk for bee stings, inhalers and all other medications.
• Make arrangements with the school nurse to administer any medication your child might need.
• Advise the teachers about any conditions that might affect how your child learns. For example, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be seated in the front of the room and a child with a vision problem should sit near the blackboard.
• Parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD should meet with teachers to discuss an individual educational plan and all counselors should be present.
• Be careful that backpacks are not too heavy or consider a rolling backpack to avoid back strain.
Transportation and safety
• Know what time school begins and how your child will get there.
• Be aware of the school's designated drop-off and pick-up areas (point out all landmarks) and discuss these with your child.
• Make sure your child knows his or her parents' name and address.
• Familiarize yourself with regulations on bikes, scooters and other vehicles.
• Review traffic safety, including traffic signs and signals and all crosswalks.
• Go over a safe route with children who are walking or riding a bike. Remind them that it is never OK to a accept rides, candy or invitations from stranger.
CrossRoads has limited openings for upcoming school year
CrossRoads Community School, a K-8 non-denominational, faith-based Christian school and ACSI member, is accepting applications for the 2010/11 school year. The school is located at 2950 W. Ray Road in Chandler at the northeast corner of Ray Road and Loop 101. Limited openings remain in kindergarten through eighth grade classes, and the first day for the 2010 school year is Aug. 10.
Interested applicants can call the school office at (480) 722-1445. The application process includes a family interview, recommendation letters and previous school records.
More information is available at www.crcsonline.com.
Mock ACT/SAT exam at MPHS
The Pride Board at Mountain Pointe High School, along with Revolution Prep, is hosting a mock ACT/SAT exam from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, in Room F144 at the school, 4201 E. Knox Road. The mock exam is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors regardless of where they attend school.
Students will receive an online score report with detailed performance analysis, including personalized feedback on the essay.
The cost is only $10, and proceeds will go to the Pride Board.
Register at www.revolutionprep.com or call 1-877-738-7737. Bring your registration confirmation, no. 2 pencils and a calculator to the exam. Revolution Prep will also have SAT and ACT prep classes on Mountain Pointe's campus this session.
DV Marching Band begins work on 2010 show
Members of the Desert Vista High School Thunder Marching Band have begun work on their 2010 competition show entitled "Transport."
The entire 140+ member band recently traveled to Camp Shadow Pines just outside of Heber for a week of intense rehearsals and marching practice. The first public performance of the show will be at half-time of the first home football game of the season on Friday, Aug. 27.
Over the past several years, the Thunder Marching Band has established a consistent level of excellence in marching competitions and earned an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship this December.
Shop at mall, help MPHS win cash
Shop at Chandler Fashion Center and support Mountain Pointe High School through Aug. 31. Take your receipts to Guest Services (upstairs by the escalator) at the Westcor shopping center during the "Shopping Makes Cents 4 Our Schools" promotion to earn five points per dollar spent. Staff will log your receipts and give them back to you. Receipts must be dated July 26 to Aug. 31. You can also save your receipts and bring them to the school office once school begins and school staff will log them for you.
Mountain Pointe is in competition with its sister schools in the Tempe Union High School District to see who can turn in the most receipts.
When a minimum of 2,500 total points is earned, Mountain Pointe will win at least $250, and as much as $1,500!
For more information, call the "Shopping Makes Cents 4 Our Schools" office at (800) 539-3273.
10-year reunion set for DVHS Class of 2000
Members of the Desert Vista High School Class of 2000 will have their 10-year reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.
For details, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71242050678
or contact J.P. Benedict at (602) 332-5662 or email@example.com.
Upcoming classes at SMCC
South Mountain Community College is offering the following classes starting in August at the Ahwatukee Foothills Center, 10429 S. 51st St., Suite 100. : E-Verify and I-9 Compliance, Speedy French I, Introduction to Personal Computers and Using Windows, How to Write Your Own Book, Become a Mystery Shopper, Real Estate Principles I and II, Speedy German I, Speedy Spanish I (also offered at Desert Vista High School), How to Publish/Promote Your Own Book, Various Business Related Core Courses, Computer Graphics - Adobe Photoshop (class takes place at Mountain Pointe High School), English Humanities Core Transfer Courses, Foreign Language Core Courses, Health Care Spanish I, Introduction to Geology - Lecture and Lab, Mathematics Core Transfer Courses, On-Line Core Transfer Courses, Yoga I, Personal Trainer Certificate, Various Core Courses, World Religions, American Sign Language I Course, Beginning and Intermediate Woodworking Courses (McClintock High School), Pilates a la Yoga, EMT - Basic Emergency Med Tech, First Year Composition Core Transfer Course, Furniture Construction I and II (McClintock High School), Introduction to Cabinetmaking and Advanced Cabinetmaking (McClintock High School), Pilates (also offered at Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center), Speedy Spanish for Educational Settings I, Zumba (Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center), Mixed Media Art, Ballroom Dance (Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center), Basic Techniques & Commands of the Camera, Beginning and Intermediate Line Dancing (Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center), Tai-Chi and Qigong, and Ceramics (Desert Vista High School).
For details, call (602) 243-8393.
OSHA classes now available at GCC
OSHA classes are now available in Arizona through a new partnership between Gateway Community College in Phoenix and the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Classes will begin in August.
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is one of only 26 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers in the entire country. Such centers are the only entities authorized to offer federal OSHA training.
CSUDH conducts OSHA training programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
The first course will be OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, beginning Aug. 21. Other upcoming courses include Hazards and Solutions in Healthcare Facilities (beginning Aug. 23), OSHA Standards for General Industry (Sept. 11), OSHA Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (Sept. 28), the Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry (Oct. 16) and the Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry (Nov. 6).
For further information or to enroll, visit www.csudh.edu/osha/arizona.html, or call (888) 4LA-OSHA (888-452-6742).
W.P. Carey School ranks among best business school values
Because of the recession, everyone's looking for a bargain. When it comes to a college education, the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks among the best values. In a new list, Bloomberg BusinessWeek names the W. P. Carey School among the Top 20 public business schools for "Return on Investment."
The new rankings for undergraduate programs compare the amount of money spent on annual tuition with the median base salary students receive at graduation. Not surprisingly, public schools were much better bargains than private schools overall. However, even among the public schools, the W.P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in the nation. It's the top ranking for any Arizona school and third highest for any public school in the western United States.
Undergraduate students graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business average an impressive $6.54 for every dollar spent on annual tuition.
The W.P. Carey School of Business has received several other recent high rankings, further demonstrating the excellence of the school. The W.P. Carey MBA is ranked among the Top 30 MBA programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The evening MBA program is ranked Top 25 among part-time MBA programs. The school was also just named Top 25 in the world for business school research productivity, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.
CGCC Sun Lakes Center offers east valley residents convenience
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Sun Lakes Center opened in 1997 as a 5,000-square-foot facility designed to serve the needs of mature learners through credit and non-credit classes. Thirteen years later, the facility has more than doubled in size and now serves as the college's hub for workforce development, as well as offering a wide variety of credit courses in math, psychology, English, Spanish, history, accounting and more. The Center also offers more than 400 online classes, covering a wide range of topics from healthcare and fitness to business and professional courses.
CGCC's Sun Lakes Center offers programs in a variety of high-demand fields, such as training to become a Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aid, or Chiropractic Assistant - fields which are poised for growth through 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition to offering high-demand credit courses and workforce development, the Center will remain home to New Adventures in Learning (NAILS), an Institute for Learning in Retirement, which offers classes on an array of topics geared to the interests and talents of participants ranging in age from 45 to 90.
The Sun Lakes Center is at located at 25105 S. Alma School Road (northeast corner of Alma School and Riggs roads) in Sun Lakes.
For more information, visit www.cgc.edu/slc or call (480) 857-5500.
Training provided to convert medical offices to electronic systems
Phoenix College and GateWay Community College (two Maricopa Community Colleges) were recently notified by The Los Rios Community College District in California that they have been named a part of a consortium of 14 colleges to receive a portion of a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is designed to train individuals to provide assistance in the installation and use of computerized health information systems in hospitals and medical offices. The electronic systems are meant to replace traditional paper methods.
A pilot group of 14 GateWay Community College students have completed the program and are looking for paid internships to serve as a bridge between the classroom and practical work experience. Companies currently involved or moving into any aspect of the electronic health records industry are encouraged to consider GateWay students for internships.
For more information on the Systems Analysis for Practice Management Program or how to contact students for internships, call Heidi at (602) 286-8931 or John at (602) 286-8594. For information on the grant or the Health Information Technology program at Phoenix College, call Bonnie at (602) 285-7149.
Sentinel Boosters raffling cruise
Seton Catholic Preparatory High School is sponsoring a Sentinel Booster Club Cruise Raffle, and the winner will receive his or her choice of a Caribbean cruise Jan. 8 to 15, 2011, or an Alaskan cruise Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2011. The cruise is for two people, with airfare to port included.
Chances are $250 each, and only 200 chances will be sold. The drawing will take place Sept. 3 during the Varsity home football game, and the winner does not need to be present to win.
Tickets are available in the Advancement Office or Spirit Store at Seton Catholic Preparatory (1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler) or online at www.setoncatholic.org. Proceeds will support the completion of the stadium complex.
MCC announces 2010/11 Theatre Outback season
The 2010/11 Theatre Outback season at Mesa Community College includes Reynard the Fox, at 10 a.m., 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 2 p.m. Sept. 25; The Taming of the Shrew at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 11; The Crucible at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 3, 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 5; and Almost, Maine at 7:30 p.m. April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 2 p.m. April 24 and 30.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for students and seniors.
For more information, call the box office at (480) 461-7170.
Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office announces Night of Hope fundraiser
Friends and supporters of the Diocese of Phoenix's Catholic Schools will gather for the third annual "Night of Hope, Our Children's Future" fundraising dinner event at 6 p.m. Oct 23 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. All proceeds will benefit the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Endowment Fund.
Besides the proceeds from the cost of a ticket ($100 per person and up), Night of Hope will add to the endowment fund by offering sponsorship opportunities for local businesses the night of the event. Last year the event raised more than $75,000.
For more information, visit www.catholicschoolsphx.org and follow the Night of Hope link.
Learn to write magazine and newspaper stories online
Victoria Hay, a former associate editor of Arizona Highways Magazine and former business editor of Phoenix Magazine, will teach a fully online course in magazine feature writing, English 235, "Magazine Article Writing," Oct. 18 to Dec. 10 at Paradise Valley Community College.
Hay, author of innumerable magazine and newspaper articles, has also published several books, including The Essential Feature and the best-selling Math Magic, coauthored for math whiz Scott Flansburg.
To sign up, go to my.maricopa.edu, or call (602) 787-7000 and register for English 235, Section 58235. For residents of Maricopa County, tuition is $71 per credit hour.
Awaken your employment status with a career in sleep disorders technology
Are you tired of your current career or employment status? Revitalize it and train to become a Polysomnographic Technologist at GateWay Community College in just eight months. Beginning this May, GWCC will offer a new certificate program in Polysomnography Technology (PSG); the only such program in the state of Arizona. The PSG program will train students to monitor and analyze patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and various parasomnias.
For details, contact an advisor at (602) 286-8183 or visit www.gatewaycc.edu/Programs/Polysomnography.
CGCC receives national recognition for community service, named to President's Honor Roll
Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the fourth year in a row to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 732-7030.
SMCC earns continued accreditation
As it celebrates 30 years of helping students to achieve their educational goals, South Mountain Community College has received formal notice from the Higher Learning Commission that it has been granted continued accreditation as an institution of higher education. Official notice was received by the college in a letter issued by the commission on Dec. 16, 2009.
Since the fall of 2006, college faculty and staff have been laying the groundwork for SMCC's successful re-accreditation. Key to this effort was a two-year self-study, through which the college reviewed and assessed its performance and achievements.
For additional information about the college, visit http://southmountaincc.edu.
CGCC offers engineering degree
Created in partnership between Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College, the Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree will enable students to enter the workforce as an entry-level engineering aid upon graduation from the two-year program.
CGCC and GCC worked with local industry, including Honeywell, Avnet, AeroSpec, SRP, ATL Incorporated, Medtronic and Sundt Construction to create a degree program that meets the current employment needs of the engineering industry.
CGCC is located at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.
For more information about this program, contact Bassam Matar at (480) 732-7139.
SMCC offers GED high school equivalency testing
South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering GED testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The GED testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.
For more information, call (602) 243-8188.