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5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

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1. Your kids can do much more than you think they can do. The next time your child tells you they can’t do something, step back and wait.

2. It’s not healthy to give your child constant feedback. It’s vital that children develop their own internal locus of approval and honest self-assessment.

3. We promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home if you promise not to believe everything your child says happens in our classrooms.

4. You children learn and act according to what you do, not what you say. You are your child’s first and best teacher, and they learn more from your actions rather than your words. When you tell your child that it’s rude to text during conversations or meals, yet you continue to read your email while pretending to give him your full attention, you are teaching him to distrust your words and your intent, while reinforcing the very behavior you seek to modify.

5. Teach your children that mistakes aren’t signs of weakness but a vital part of growth and learning. It’s what they do after they fail that matters. Help them see failure as part of the process, and the importance of learning how to begin again.

(Jessica Lahey, “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” – to be published in 2015 by HarperCollins)

 

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Registration open for summer camps at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

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Summer is coming and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church has camps and activities available for children. With 28 options to choose from, there is something for every age and interest. Offerings include sports, worship, arts and general “kids fun” activities. Camp listings, details and registration can be found at johnsonferry.org

 

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Free garden expo and plant sale upcoming at Jim Miller Park

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County will host a garden expo and plant sale April 25-26 at Jim Miller Park. The event will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridayand 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. There will be plants for sun and shade, specialty plants, flowering perennials, artisan soaps, garden art and sculptures, rain barrels, herbs and children’s activities on Saturday. There will be free admission and the event will be held in the Equestrian Center, 2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta.

The 12th annual “Through the Garden Gate” Garden Tour is set for 10 a.m-5 p.m., Saturday, May 10. Participants will enjoy exploring five private gardens and the McFarlane Nature Park. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For more information, call 770-528-4070 or visitcobbmastergardeners.com.

 

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Now open in East Cobb: Which Wich?!

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Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches is now open in East Cobb! An innovative yet simple concept that focuses on the “wich,” a customizable sandwich available in more than 50 varieties. The restaurant’s unique concept allows you to create your own “wich”. You simply choose a bag of the meat you want, grab a red Sharpie® and mark up the pre-printed menu on the sandwich bag. You choose the bread, cheese, spreads, and veggies. Your wich is prepared just the way you want it and delivered in your personalized sandwich bag.

For those who want something more low cal, Which Wich offers lettuce wraps and salads. Originally out of Dallas, Texas, there are currently over 200 Which Wich restaurants in the U.S., 12 of which are in the Atlanta area. This will be the first location in Cobb County.

Which Wich, 1401 Johnson Ferry Road 30062 770-321-9424  whichwich.com

 

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Advance Voting begins next week

Advance Voting for the May 20 General Primary will be available beginning Monday, April 28, at the Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Voting will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 28-May 16, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 10. Additional satellite voting locations will open in May. Any voter in Cobb County may vote at any of the advance locations and no “reason” is required.

A sample ballot is available online. To view the ballot, visit http://www.cobbelections.org/SampleBallot.php.

 

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*It’s Where in the World Wednesday!* Play to WIN an I Heart East Cobb t-shirt!

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Video of the Week: East Cobb’s New Horizons Band performing at Glover Park

Flashback to 2011 when East Cobb’s New Horizons Band performed at Peachtree Presbyterian Church’s annual American Pop Music Celebration. Catch the New Horizons Band on May 1 at the first Brown Bag Concert of the season on the Marietta Square , Glover Park. The FREE concert begins at noon. Bring your brown bag lunch and hear a variety of old favorites performed by this premier concert band.  For more info about the band, please see www.ecnhb.com.

 

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Happy Birthday Ivy Lane! Celebrate with savings!

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Stop by The Ivy Lane Boutique April 21-26 to save at their First Birthday Celebration Sale! Daily deals and discounts of 10%, 15% and 30% throughout the week. Two lucky shoppers will win $100 shopping sprees at Ivy Lane!

Ivy Lane is located in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center at 3605 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta/East Cobb.

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Retired teacher seeks families to host French students this summer

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Former Lassiter teacher Linda Farmer sits at her dining room table in Marietta with applications from French foreign exchange students. Farmer is coordinator for the program that brings the students to the area and is looking for 25 host families.
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Cobb families can get a taste of European life by volunteering to host French exchange students this summer.

Linda Farmer, a retired Lassiter High School teacher, is looking for about 25 families in the Atlanta area to host the students, who range in age from 14 to 19, from July 8 to July 28. All students have studied English.

“They want to see what American life is like,” Farmer said. “They see so many television shows and movies.”

There is no formal exchange of French and American students, she said, but many host families become inspired to travel to France and learn just as much about French culture from their student as the student learns in America.

“So, many of the Americans, either the teens or the whole family, will visit the French family in an informal way,” Farmer said.

Host families are compensated for room and board at the end of the program, Farmer said, and all students come with ample spending money for expenses outside of the home.

Excursions take the students on sightseeing trips once a week while they are in the area.

Families begin communicating before the students arrive, Farmer said, to make sure both the American and French families are comfortable with the assignment. Host families are also given a profile of the student they will host, including family photos, hobbies and a letter written to their American family.

No French language skills are needed to become a host family. Empty nesters and retired couples are welcome to host students, but Farmer said families with children are desired.

“It really gives the American family an international dimension to their lives,” Farmer said. “They now have a son or daughter in France.”

If you are interested in hosting a French exchange student from July 8 to July 28, contact Linda Farmer at lgfarmer@aol.com or (770) 973-2452.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Nikki Wiley, April 20, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Retired teacher seeks families to host French students this summer)
 

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Residents can participate in emergency preparedness training

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Cobb County will hold its Community Emergency Response Team training for three sessions on Saturdays in June and registration is available now. The CERT program trains people to be better prepared for emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers at a disaster site.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. The classes will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 7, 14 and 21, at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center. Members must attend all sessions to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The class size is limited, so if you would like to register for the program, contact Kimberly Schneider atkimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or 770-499-4567.

 

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