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Rock The Test Spirit Week

Dear Parents,

As we all know the NJSLA test is coming up and our kids are ready. Their teachers have been preparing them, working with them on the content of the test. Now it is time to get them pumped up but at the same time relaxed for it. They need to know that they got this! We will be having a short spirit week just for the third, fourth and fifth graders leading up to the test.  Please encourage your child to do their best yet not to stress about it. Please make sure they get a good night's sleep before it and eat a good breakfast before they come to school. Also please have them arrive on time. All these things provide your child with a cool, calm sense of positivity that helps get them through it.

Our third graders will test the week of May 2nd and our fourth and fifth graders will test the week of the 9th.  Fifth graders will take the Science portion of the test on May 16th.

Below is a list of the Spirit Days”.  If you have any questions about NJSLA please don’t hesitate to call. (973-263-7075  ext. 1205)

As always home and school working together makes our children succeed.

Donna O’Donnell                                       Christopher Waack

School Counselor Principal

Intervale School Intervale School


Rock The Test Spirit Week

Wednesday, April 27th – We are all in this together.  Wear your Intervale or blue shirt.
Thursday, April 28th- We Got Game, So Bring It On! Wear your favorite team or game shirt, hat, and/or sweats.

Friday, April 29th – Rested, Relaxed and Ready for the Test. Jam out with your Jammies.  No slippers please!

Here are two websites that may answer questions you have regarding testing in general.    

State of New Jersey: Department of Education website on New Jersey Assessments

A website which gives parents information

Social Emotional Learning at Home

Ways parents can incorporate social emotional learning while watching TV shows and movies with their kids.

While it is important not to spend all day in front of the television or a tablet, a little screen time isn’t bad AND parents can do some social emotional learning while they watch together!  Here are some questions parents can talk about.

  1. What were some of the choices that the characters made? Which were good choices? Which were bad choices?
  2. How do the characters feel? How can you tell what their feelings are?
  3. Which characters were friends? How did they show friendship to each other?
  4. Did any of the characters get really upset? What did they do to take care of or cope with their feelings?
  5. Did the characters change at all during the show? Why do you think the change happened?
  6. What would you do differently if you were one of the characters?

The Importance of

During These Crazy Times

Studies show that humor has the power to reduce fear and anxiety and help us manage disappointments.  This pretty much sums up what this pandemic has us all feeling. Teachers are stressed, parents are stressed, and students are stressed.  We can let the things that we can’t control make us feel terrible or… we can laugh.  We are not laughing at the seriousness of COVID-19 or the lives that have been impacted by this terrible virus, but at all the wild experiences we have had over the past year. Toilet paper shortages, crazy mask faces and teaching grandparents how to ZOOM are all part of this unforgettable year. The words social distancing and quarantining became part of our everyday language and we have a new appreciation for washing our hands.

Psychologist and author Brian King states that laughter provides relief when times are tough, improves our mood, and helps the body calm down. King tells us that the “primary benefit we receive from laughing is lower levels of stress hormones.”  

Laughter helps us build resilience and releases endorphins which are the body’s “feel good” hormones.  We can find laughter so easily these days.  There are books, sitcoms and movies, podcasts and of course, social media.  With all the family time that the pandemic has provided us with, there is definitely laughter to be found in our children, pets and all the fun times shared by loved ones. So when you feel like you have just about reached your boiling point, take a deep breath and just start laughing. It won’t change the situation but it will certainly make you feel a little bit better.

Additional Resources

How humor can help you during the pandemic

Is it OK to laugh during a pandemic?

How humor can ease the stress of COVID-19

Humor in the time of COVID

Tips to Stay Positive

50 Questions to Ask Your Kids



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