Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 021216 Contents THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 12, 2016
by Shelley M.
get questions from
parents about how
to stay involved in
their child's school.
Families are busy,
but there are many
different ways you
can get involved in your child's education.
No matter how little or how much time
you have, there are many ways you can
positively impact your child's education
at school and at home. Remember, when
families get involved and stay involved,
all students achieve at higher levels. Here
are some tips to help you stay involved:
• Show your child that you care. Have
a conversation with your child about
school and homework regularly. Ask
specific questions that inform you about
your child's day. Know what classes your
child is taking, who your child's friends
are, and other essential information.
• Keep in touch with the school. Get
to know your child's teachers, principal,
counselors and school's parent
involvement coordinator. Make it a point
to stay in contact with them throughout
the school year.
• Express high educational
expectations. Encourage your child to
take challenging courses and monitor
your child's academic performance
(homework, grades and test scores)
throughout the year. Emphasize effort
• Attend school meetings, functions
and events. Make time to attend parent-
teacher conferences, parent fairs,
curriculum nights, award ceremonies and
other school events. Your attendance and
support matters to your child.
• Seek out information. Request a
meeting with your child's teacher
regarding any aspect of your child's
education. If you have other questions,
ask the school by calling or sending a
note so they can link you with the
appropriate person who can respond to
• Be an active part of school
committees. Participate in parent or
school leadership organizations. Ask your
school about the Parent Teacher
Association or Parent Teacher
Organization, school council, parent
advisory committee or other parent
organizations and then join one.
• Make school important. Talk
positively about school with your child.
Send your child prepared for school each
day with pens, pencils, notebooks and
homework completed. Make school a
priority by ensuring they are at school
every day and arrive on time.
• Be seen at school. Arrange a visit to
your child's classroom, have lunch with
your child at school, or visit the Parent
Center. Your presence matters and shows
the school that you are invested in your
• Be informed and responsive. Ask,
collect, read and respond, if needed, to all
information (school policies, field trip
information, student handbook, etc.) That
is sent from your child's school or
teacher. If you need to receive
information in a language other than
English, call or visit the school.
• Visit your school's website. Access all
kinds of information, including
homework, assignments, class schedules,
lesson plans, test dates and grades on
your child's school website. If you don't
know your school's website, ask your
child's teacher or the school.
• Provide a rich learning environment
at home. Make time for meaningful
dinner conversations, trips, games,
reading time, family sports and daily
routines. Activities like these will
contribute to your child's academic
achievement at school.
• Drop in on after school or
extracurricular activities. Pick your child
up from after-school activities or stop by
a few minutes early to watch your child in
action, if you are unavailable during the
school day. It is also important to know
your child's after-school teacher, instructor
Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at
Florida SouthWestern State College,
where she teaches psychology and
education courses. She is also a
nationally certified school psychologist
and consultant for School Consultation
Services, a private educational
consulting company. Questions for
publication may be addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Not all questions
submitted can be addressed through
Local instructor Becky Lang holds
Yoga on the Beach every Saturday
during the month of February from
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The class is held on
Fort Myers Beach just north of the pier
in front of the Edison Beach Hotel.
It is a Level 1 flow, suitable for most
people. No pre-registration required.
Arrive at the beach a little before 8:30
a.m. with your yoga mat, sunscreen and
water. Hourly parking is available nearby
in the Times Square area. Suggested
donation is $10.
For more information, contact Lang at
791-6538 or at email@example.com.
To learn more about Becky Lang, visit
Instructor Becky Lang holds Yoga on the
Beach classes every Saturday in February
Boston's David Ortiz Has Earned Our
Applause In His Final Spring Training
by Ed Frank
Whether you're a Red Sox or Twins baseball fan, you've
got to tip your hat to 40-year-old David Ortiz whose
remarkable career comes to a close in 2016 along
with his final spring training in Fort Myers, where he has been
a fan favorite for 20 years, six with Minnesota and 14 with
It would take volumes to list his accomplishments and records.
In fact, the Red Sox Media Guide devotes 15 pages in small type
to chronicle the achievements of this amazing athlete who has
been the face of the Red Sox for more than a decade.
And perhaps even more importantly, his devotion to myriad
charitable endeavors in Boston and his native Dominican Republic are never ending.
If you're a Twins fan, you regret to this day that Minnesota released him prior to
the 2003 season in a move that Twins general manager Terry Ryan admits was one of
his biggest mistakes in his otherwise successful and long tenure with the Twins.
The Red Sox grabbed him a month later for a base salary of $1.25 million and, as
the old saying goes, "the rest is history."
Ortiz sparked Boston to three World Series Championships including that never-to-
be-forgotten 2013 Series win when he hit .688 (11 for 16) and drove in six runs to
earn the MVP Award. He also has been selected an All-Star nine times with the Red
In an interview recently with Major League baseball writer Rhett Bollinger, the
Twins' Ryan discussed the regretful dumping of Ortiz.
"There's no hiding that one," Ryan said. I'm not running from it. I'm proud of what
David has done. Obviously it was a mistake. The guy has been a great representative
of the Boston Red Sox and major league baseball for a long time. And it's Boston's
gain and Minnesota's loss. And I take full responsibility."
That's about as candid as one can be, and it's a credit to Ryan for admitting the
In his tenure with the Twins, Big Papi's best season was 2002 when he hit .272
with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 125 games. But, as Ryan explained, Minnesota was
financially strapped in those days and through arbitration, Ortiz probably would have
received $2 million the next season.
He stressed, however, that money
wasn't the sole reason for letting him go.
"It was just a bad error in judgment of a
guy's talent," Ryan said in the interview.
Some might wonder why Ortiz has
decided to bow out after the upcoming sea-
son. Last year, he hit a respectable .273
as the designated hitter while blasting 37
home runs and driving in 108 runs.
His career average is .284 with 503
home runs and 1,041 RBIs.
Ortiz has signed a one-year deal with
the Red Sox for 2016 at a salary of $15.8
Big Papi will be center stage in 2016 as
he makes his final appearances city-by-city.
Along that way, he'll probably surpass
some of the biggest names on the all-time
home run list with each homer he records
-- names such as Eddie Murray, Gary
Sheffield, Mel Ott, Ernie Banks and even
the Red Sox-famed Ted Williams who hit
521 home runs.
For nearly two decades, Big Papi Ortiz
has played the game the way it should be
played. And off the field, with his countless
good work, he has been a credit to baseball.
He deserves our standing ovations here during the next six weeks in this his last
spring training in Fort Myers.
photo courtesy of Boston Red Sox
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