Elementary School Information
We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.
A Message From Our Principal
Dear Elementary Families,
I think it is healthy to reflect and question ourselves at the start of each year. What are my goals? Have I met them and do I need others? Where am I going and how best do I get there? Part of those questions could also be around why you chose to be a part of University Schools. I think a lot of parents and students chose the school for safety reasons and high learning standards. Some chose to be Bulldogs because of our specials, because of a neighbor’s recommendation, or maybe a relative may have attended. Whatever the reason, we are glad you chose to be a part of our school system.
You see, a long time ago, my parents also chose to send me to the old Lab School on the campus of UNC (now University Schools). They liked the location, which was just a few blocks from our home by UNC. They liked the size and availability of activities, innovative teachers, and high academic standards. But, if I had to say the biggest reason my parents sent my siblings and me to University, I would have to say it was for the like-minded students and parents who also attended. My parents’ theory was that if they surround their kids with great teachers and like-minded people who valued hard work, were respectful, empathetic, and had a passion to succeed, then we wouldn’t be around kids who were at school for other reasons. Like all of you, they wanted us to be around teachers who had some autonomy to experiment with new and innovative ideas and more simplistically, kids who were there to learn. All these years later, I have to say it made a huge difference for me to be around those types of peers. The kids I was surrounded by were smart, worked hard, believed in academic risk-taking, and innovation all the while pushing me to be a better person and student. Coming out of the Lab School system back then it was never if we were going to college but where and for how many degrees.
I am proud to say that tradition continues here at University Schools as our high school graduation rate in any given year is around 97% or higher (last year we were at 100%). A majority (84%) of our students go on to two or four-year colleges, and our students last year earned over $1,000,000 of scholarships. Those are the types of kids we have here, and I am glad yours are among them.
Life is full of distractions. Whether it is just a busy schedule or extracurricular activities, electronics, family time, or even a favorite television show, these activities can keep students from getting the rest they need to be successful at school. Sleep deprivation is a serious yet often overlooked problem for today’s students. By following a few simple suggestions, parents can help their children get the sleep they need to be successful students.
Beginning at an early age, parents can help their child create healthy sleeping habits and routines that will continue throughout his/her lifetime. Making sure that a child has a consistent sleep schedule is extremely important. A child’s bedtime and wake up time should be around the same time whether or not it is a school night. Having a consistent wake up time allows the body to build up adequate sleep pressure by the evening to help a child fall asleep quickly and at an appropriate time at night.
Another way to create a healthy sleeping habit is to create an atmosphere conducive to sleeping. A child’s bedroom should be a place of relaxation and quiet. His or her bedroom should also be a place of positive feelings. It is strongly encouraged not to use the bedroom as a place of punishment or confinement but rather a place of encouragement, positive feelings, and security. The child may need a small nightlight or even a blanket or a stuffed animal to give him/her that sense of security, but a television should never be in a child’s bedroom. Additionally, the use of such simple elements as color choices, the temperature, or comfortable bedding can create a relaxing atmosphere.
There are several signs that children may exhibit if they are not getting an efficient amount of sleep. Parents need to be aware of their child’s mood; sleep deprivation can cause a child to be irritable, moody, and even cranky. Because the child is not getting enough sleep, he or she may not be able to control his/her mood, leading to frustration or becoming upset more quickly and easily. Other behavior, such as noncompliance and hyperactivity may also be an indicator of sleep deprivation. Not only will a child’s mood and behavior be affected by inefficient sleep, but his cognitive ability will also be affected. A child who is sleep deprived will have increased difficulty with his attention, memory, and creativity; all of which are important aspects of being successful at school.
Being a child is truly a fun and exciting time; it is also a time of learning and creating life-long habits. Parents have the ability to help their child develop healthy sleeping habits that will aid them during their school and professional careers. By being aware of their child’s sleeping atmosphere and the behaviors their child is exhibiting, parents can help their children avoid sleep deprivation and be successful students.