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Game Day: Saturday, August 20

We will have a special Game Day for our students this coming Saturday, August 20.

Come to your special session where we will be playing a selection of our favorite training games.  You may find one or two that are new to you!

Sessions will meet on the schedule below:

2:00-2:45pm — ages 6-8

3:00-3:30pm — ages 4 & 5

3:45-4:30pm — ages 9-12

This special event is being organized and run by the members of our Leadership Team.  Please register at our school if you plan to participate.

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Game Day Saturday August 20


New Students & Families Orientation Meeting: Friday, August 19

We will be having an Orientation Meeting for new students and their families on Friday, August 19, at 7:00pm.  This meeting should last about 30 minutes.

Open to all new students and families — and especially recommended for Parents.  We will go over the details of the Fundamentals and Tigers programs.  This includes earning achievement stripse and belt rank advancement.

We’ll also discuss the basics of how the Honors Program works, and how students qualify for membership.

You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have.

Please join us for this meeting if you can.  If you’re unable to come, you will find a link to your Video Orientation below:

New Students & Families Orientation Video


1st Achievement Stripe Tests This Week!

We will have 1st Achievement Stripe (Bronze) tests for our Karate Tigers, Fundamentals and Honors students during our lessons this coming week — Monday, August 1 through Sunday, August 7.

Fundamentals and Honors students should attend both your “A” and “B” lessons this week to complete your stripe test.

Karate Tigers students should attend at least one of your lessons this week to complete your stripe test.

Please follow the link below for your information video:

1st Achievement Stripe Video

See you in class!


6 Ways to Keep Kid’s School Skills Sharp Over the Summer!

 

Worried your kids will forget what they learned in school over the summer?  Scholars have been studying the problem for over a century.

When William White, an New York state mathematics professor, set out in the early 1900s to study how much math students remembered over summer vacation, he checked to see how well they would do at the start of the school year on a test like the one they had taken at the end of the previous school year.

Whereas second graders on average got nine out of 70 questions wrong in June, after the summer break on average they got 25 out of 70 wrong on the same test.  But after two weeks of drills, the number of answers the students got wrong dropped to 15.

White’s study — titled “Reviews Before and After Vacation” and published in 1906 — concluded that “that which is least vital is first to be lost.”

White’s study is also one of the first to identify what educators today refer to as “summer learning loss” — which is the negative effect that a long summer break has on students’ ability to remember facts and skills they had learned the previous school year.

Effects on student achievement

Studies of summer loss increased in the 1990s as Congress began to place a bigger emphasis on holding schools accountable for the achievement of all students.

Over the summer, students typically lose the equivalent of about a month’s worth of learning, mostly in the areas of math facts and spelling.  Research has also found that summer learing loss is more severe among students with disabilities, English language learners and students living in poverty.

But researchers’ understanding of summer loss is continually evolving.  For instance, one study found that the students who experienced the biggest losses were the ones who had shown the biggest gains just before the test at the end of the school year.  This raises questions about whether their gains were true gains or just the result of special preparation for the test.

A longer school year?

Some people have argued that summer loss wouldn’t occur if the U.S. had a longer school year or year-round school.  For instance, they point to countries like China, where the school year is 245 days, as opposed to the traditional 180-day school year in the U.S.  China is ranked first in the top 20 nations in terms of student scores in math, science and reading.  The U.S. is ranked No. 25 out of 77 countries and is several points behind Australia, Switzerland, Norway and the Czeck Republic, which are ranked 21 to 24, respectively.

But shorter school years don’t always result in lower test scores.  For instance, students in Ireland outscore American students on math, science and reading by an average of 10 points, according to the Program for International Student Assessment, better known as PISA, yet attend school for only 167 days, or 13 days fewer and in the U.S.

How parents and caregivers can limit summer loss

Some parents take advantage of school-based programs that can help students keep up their academic skills during the summer.  But there are still ways that parents and other caregivers can stave off summer loss that do not involve school.  Here are six:

1. Model what you want to see: first and foremost, never forget that you are a role model.  Children will do what they see the adults around them do.  Summer is the perfect time for you to reduce screen time and increase time reading, writing, taking walks, playing games or having conversations.

2. Visit the library: Children love independence.  One of the best ways to allow children to demonstrate independence is to have them browse the shelves of the local library and select books that they can read independently or for you to read aloud to them.  Participate in story hours if your local library offers the activity.  Establish a habit of visiting the library on a weekly basis or at least several times a month.  These library visits will strengthen a child’s reading skills.

3. Play games during trips: When traveling by car, bus or train, there are games — both word and number — that you can engage in with your children.  For instance, you can play “I Spy with My Little Eye,” estimate the number of fast-food restaurants you’ll pass or even look for all the words that begin with a certain letter.  These activities not only keep children engaged but also incrementally sharpen their skills in a wide range of academic areas such as literacy, numeracy and communication.

4. Encourage your children to keep a summer journal: To get them started, suggest one journal entry of “10 Things I Want to Do Before Summer is Over.”  The list can include activities like watching the sunrise, going an entire day without wearing shoes or seeing how far they an spit a watermelon seed.  To make the journal more interesting, encourage children to fill it with both writing and drawing.

5. Visit landmarks: plan visits to acquaint you and your children with local landmarks.  Document the visit with a journal entry, drawings or photographs and some research on the history of the site.  The excursions can become even more meaningful if you have children do a little research into the landmarks you visit.

6. Plan weekly family picnics: Vary the meals to include breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert.  Let your children plan the menu and cook with you, as well as select the site for the picnics.  Research has found that involving children in the preparation of meals by doing things such as making grocery lists can help improve their reading, writing and math skills.

By  Susan McLeod, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Binghamton University.

Originally published on “The Conversation” under a Creative Commons license.  Please follow the link below to go to the original article:

6 Ways to Keep Kid’s School Skills Sharp Over the Summer:  Susan McLeod


Summer Term Lessons Begin: Tuesday, July 5th

Lessons for our Summer Term begin Tuesday, July 5th!

Our Event Schedule for the Summer Term 2022 is now available.  Please look this over at your convenience to find out about the special events coming up during the Summer Term at Broadway Family Karate.

Please follow the link below for your Event Schedule:

Summer Term 2022 Events

 


School Closed: Monday, July 4th

Just a reminder that our school will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.  No lessons will meet on this day.

We will begin lessons for our Summer Term on Tuesday, July 5th.

Have a happy & safe holiday!


“Catch Up” Week: Monday-Sunday, June 27-July 3

We have our “Catch Up” Week this week — Monday through Sunday, June 27-July 3.

We’ll have special sessions available by appointment during this week.  These will help you get caught up if you have had to miss a few lessons during the past few weeks.

During this week, we will be conducting:

  • Make Up Promotion Exams
  • Student & Family Conferences
  • Private Lessons
  • Introductory Lessons

Please contact our school if you need to schedule one of these.

Regular lessons will not meet during this week.  We will resume our regular lessons on Tuesday, July 5.  We’ll begin lessons for our Summer Term 2022.

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Spring Graduation 2022 Catch-Up Week Flyer


Graduation Ceremonies: Monday-Sunday, June 20-26

Our Graduation Ceremonies for the Spring Term will be during the upcoming week:  Monday through Sunday, June 20-26.

As we have discussed in our lessons together, we will hold our Graduation Ceremonies here at our school.

Graduation will be during your usual class time, but on the day you have selected — either your “A” lesson or your “B” lesson.

At Graduation you’ll perform a short demonstration of a selection of the skills you have learned to earn your new rank.  We will then present your new belt and your certificate of rank.  Please wear your current rank belt and your uniform for your Graduation.

We will video your Graduation, both your skill demonstration and presentation of your new rank.  We’ll make this video available to you a few days afterwards, so that you can share this with friends and family who are out of town, or are unable to attend.

If you haven’t yet completed your Promotion Exam we have special Make Up sessions set aside for you during the upcoming “Catch Up” week (July 27-July 3).  Please contact our school by phone or email at your earliest convenience and we will get you scheduled to make up your Promotion Exam.

Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Spring 2022 Graduation Information Flyer


Promotion Exams This Week: June 13-19

Promotion Exams for our Spring Term are coming up this week, June 13-19 (Monday through Sunday).

Promotion Exams are the tests where our students demonstrate the martial arts skills they have learned during this term, and will earn their advancement to their next belt rank.

The Promotion Exams will take place during normal lesson times throughout this week.

Fundamentals and Honors students should attend both your “A” & “B” lessons to complete your Promotion Exam.  To be eligible to take the exam you should have earned both your Bronze and Silver Achievement Stripes.

Karate Tigers students should attend one of your lessons to complete your Promotion Exam.

Please check with your instructor if you have any questions about the Promotion Exams or Graduation.  Please follow the link below to download your information flyer:

Spring Term 2022 Promotion Exam Info.


Exam Preparation Week: June 6-12

Just a reminder that upcoming is our Exam Preparation Week — Monday through Sunday, June 6-12.

For all our students, we’ll be preparing for our upcoming Promotion Exams.  We’ll be reviewing and practicing all of the skills that you’ll be demonstrating for your Exam next week — so that you can do your very best with all of them.

Be sure to come to both your “A” & “B” lessons this week for a thorough review of your skills.

See you in class!