Learning Academy ends with ice cream social

On Thursday, July 30, students from the K-6 Summer Learning Academy
reflected on their sweet summer with an end-of-term ice cream
celebration. There, 36 students (out of 168) were recognized and
honored for having perfect attendance during the summer term.

The K-6 Summer Learning Academy provides a four week extension
of the learning environment in which to reinforce skills and
concepts taught during the school year.

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Immunizations required to attend school

As summer vacation begins to wind down, now is a good time to make
sure your child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Beginning
Sept. 1, 2015, all children must have record of having received the
immunizations listed below prior to starting school.

New York State health law requires schools to maintain records for
all students and ensure that every child meets the requirements
before starting school. Please contact your child’s physician with
any questions.

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact your physician or your
school nurse:

• Mrs. Linda Shortall, Middle/High School Nurse, Grades 9-12,
(845) 292-5400 ext. 2016

• Mrs. Kathy Zylko, Middle/High School Nurse, Grades 5-8, (845)
292-5400 ext. 2316

• Mrs. Denise Rydell, Elementary School Nurse, Grades K-4, (845)
292-5400 ext. 2508

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Time to go school shopping

As the lazy days of summer dwindle and the first day of school looms
on the horizon, parents everywhere are gearing up for the (often
dreaded) back-to-school supplies shopping trip.

Despite the fact that we know it’s coming each year — in fact,
many elementary schools send home school supply lists with the
year-end report card — we still find ourselves scrambling to get
the various correctly-colored folders, notebooks, pencils, pens
and boxes of tissue our children need.

Ideally, we would hit the early summer sales to get the shopping
out of the way. But if you haven’t started shopping yet, fear not.
There are still ways to ensure your school supply shopping spree
doesn’t make you crazy or break the bank.

Reuse what you can. Sure, our kids like to have shiny new school
supplies each fall. But there are some items that can — and should
— be reused from year to year including scissors, rulers and
binders. As your older children transition to middle school, pass
down supplies to younger siblings.

Buy only what’s on the list — at least for now. Teachers typically
have organizational reasons for requesting specific school
supplies — particularly various colored folders and matching
spiral notebooks. When given a choice, our young students can be
tempted to pick out the notebook with the hip design on front, but
the cost may double that of a plain notebook. Suggest that your
child go with the more economical supplies and perhaps let her
choose one special notebook.

When possible, opt for function over fashion, so to speak. That
superhero folder made of cardboard? Chances are it will be
sporting tears by the end of September, if not before. Consider
purchasing a sturdier plastic folder and let your child dress it
up with stickers.

Shop now for your high schooler’s supplies. It’s tempting to wait
until you know exactly what your child needs before hitting the
supply aisle at your local store. But there’s a good chance
pickings will be slim by the first day of school. Select several
spiral notebooks and binders, and save your receipts in case you
need to return/exchange. If your child knows who their teachers
will be, look for a link to the teachers’ websites on the school’s
web page. Chances are if teachers have a web page, they’ll list
the supplies needed for their specific classes.

Buy in bulk when possible. Stock up on lined paper now, when it’s
on sale. Many stores still have decent sales, so if you’ve been
through a few years of school and find yourself restocking items
midyear, purchase extras now.

Set a total dollar limit for all back-to-school expenses. This
way, if your teen really wants to splurge on a $7 spiral notebook,
he will have to find ways to economize on something else to stay
within budget.

Shop around. All sales are not created equal. The basics can be
found at dollar stores as easily as at higher-end retailers. Don’t
pay more than you have to for generic supplies.

Check for warranties. While these are typically found for
bigger-ticket items, some stores promote satisfaction guaranteed,
so if you’re not happy with the way a particular mechanical pencil
or binder performs, you can return it to the store. As always,
save receipts as that makes it easier to return.

Make back-to-school shopping more enjoyable by involving your
children in the process. You’ll be able to teach them about
looking for a sale and other ways to save money. And, maybe
they’ll get excited about the return to school in the process.

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Liberty welcomes Maurice Greenberg to the Wall of Fame

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame inducted one new member at its annual banquet on Saturday, June 27.

The only inductee this year, Mr. Maurice “Hank” Greenberg was honored for numerous accomplishments as an Army Captain during World War II and as Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Company, Inc., a diversified financial group.

He served in the U. S. Army in Europe during World War II and in the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of Captain. In 2014, Mr. Greenberg was also awarded the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his service during World War II. He is also the recipient of The Bronze Star Medal from the United States.

Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an L.L.B. from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University and Middlebury College.

Unfortunately, Mr. Greenberg was unable to attend his induction. His nominator, Mrs. Nancy Levine, spoke on his behalf.

In addition to the plaque on the Wall of Fame, citations from U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State Senator John Bonacic and New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Mr. Greenberg will also be given a small plaque, a laminated pass that grants free admission to any school event and an official Liberty lapel pin.
After the ceremony, former inductees lingered at the wall, while others hurried to the Van Slyke Gymnasium for the 118th commencement exercises.

“The Wall of Fame Induction ceremony is held on the same day as graduation as a way to show new graduates that their education at Liberty provides a strong foundation to help them make a difference in the world,” said Assistant Superintendent Carol Napolitano.

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LCSD flu clinic Sept. 25

The Liberty Central School District Health Office will hold an
on-site flu clinic for faculty and staff on Friday, September 25 at
the Liberty High School at 3 p.m.

Sign-up sheets and additional information will be handed out on
Thursday, September 3 during the district’s Conference Day.

For more information, please contact Liberty Middle/High School
Nurse Mrs. Linda Shortall at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2016.

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No the signs to avoid heat stress

High school athletes across the state have spent the summer
preparing for rigorous preseason workouts. Most healthy children and
adolescents can safely participate in outdoor sports and other
physical activities in whatever weather summer throws their way. But
as the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat stress from
over-exertion, as well as other heat-related illnesses.

Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to cool itself by
sweating. Several heat-induced illnesses such as heat cramps, heat
exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), heat stress
is usually caused by known risk factors, in addition to hot and
humid weather, including:

•  Poor preparation. This includes not being acclimated to
the heat; not getting enough prehydration (hydration before
exercise); not getting enough sleep and rest before practice; and
being physically out of shape;
•  Insufficient access to fluids;
•  Being overweight or obese;
•  Medications that might decrease exercise heat tolerance
(such as ADHD medications);
•  Recent illness, such as stomach flu or any illness with a
fever;
•  Clothing/uniform that retains too much heat;
•  Excessive physical exertion without enough rest between
intense workout sessions.

Knowing the signs of dehydration can help coaches, parents and
athletes avoid more serious heat-related illnesses. If your child
tires easily and repeatedly during practices and appears
irritable, or his/her performance suddenly declines, dehydration
and/or inadequate calorie intake may be the cause.
Look for these other signs of dehydration:
•  Thirst;
•  Headache;
•  Dizziness;
•  Fatigue or weakness;
•  Urine that is bright yellow in color (urine should be
almost clear);
•  Apathy or lack of energy;
•  Grumpiness;
•  Trouble concentrating;
•  Nausea.

The following are signs of severe dehydration:
•  Dry lips and tongue;
•  Sunken eyes;
•  Brightly colored or dark urine, or urine with a strong
odor;
•  Infrequent urination;
•  Small volume of urine.

The AAP recommends the following for parents, coaches, trainers
and athletes to minimize the potential for heat-related illnesses:
•  Provide and promote drinks, both before and after an
activity, to prevent dehydration;
•  Allow athletes enough time to adjust to the heat and
intensity of workouts;
•  Modify physical activity when it’s too hot;
•  Limit an athlete’s participation if he/she was recently
sick, especially with fever, diarrhea or vomiting;
•  Monitor athletes for signs of heat illness and be prepared
to treat athletes affected by the heat – by calling for emergency
services and rapidly cooling victims of moderate or severe heat
stress.

Proper nourishment is also essential for peak athletic
performance. For more on good nutrition for athletes, check
Colorado State University Extension’s fact sheet.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has
Heat Index Procedures, which you can review at the NYSPHSAA website.

And remember, if you are concerned about a particular team’s
practices, talk to your district’s athletic director. Safety
should always be the priority.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The National Athletic Trainers Association has developed heat
acclimatization guidelines. According to NATA, “The goal of the
acclimatization period is to enhance exercise heat tolerance and
the ability to exercise safely and effectively in warm to hot
conditions.” Although New York is not among the states who have
adopted the guidelines, you can read more about them at the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.

Read more about dehydration signs and symptoms.

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Avoid the “summer slide”

Teachers dread it. Parents lament it. Kids often regret it once
school starts in fall.

It’s the summer slide — that annual dip in educational activity
that causes kids to “lose” some of what they learned during the
school year. Researchers say children may lose two months of
reading achievement, on average, during summer, and teachers can
spend a month of instructional time re-teaching what has been lost
before moving on to something new.

While the slide can affect all academic areas, it’s of greatest
concern with regard to literacy and math skills. Without regular
practice, these skills can diminish over the summer months.
Research indicates this is especially the case in high-poverty
communities.

According to Reading Is Fundamental, the largest children’s
literacy nonprofit in the United States, summer reading loss is
cumulative. By the end of 6th grade, children who do not read over
the summer are two years behind other children, says RIF.

Schools initiate reading challenges, libraries offer reading
programs — yet still, there are students whose motivation to learn
dwindles during the summer.

Spending just 20 minutes a day reading can boost student
achievement — and reading just six books over the summer can
prevent academic loss. Researchers have found that students read
more when they can choose their own books, and 8 out of 10 studies
indicate students who read for fun outperform those who did not.

There’s still time to help your child minimize the slide by
clocking some time with a book. How can you encourage them?

•  Talk to your child about the importance of summer reading.
•  Make reading exciting rather than thinking of it as a
chore.
•  Set aside family reading time when everyone grabs a book
and hangs out together reading.
•  Create a no TV or electronic game time during part of each
day — or turn on close-captioning on your TV so your children can
read along.
•  Join a summer reading program at your local library.
•  Let your child choose his/her own books.
•  Keep a supply of reading materials around the house.
Magazines, comic books, and cookbooks count!
•  Set a regular time to visit the library each week — an
appointment that can’t be missed.
•  Ask your child questions about the books he or she is
reading.
•  Read a book to your child.
•  Listen to your child read to you.
•  Pick a favorite author or series and read all the books.
•  Listen to books on tape while traveling.
•  Model reading.

Developing summer reading habits can build a foundation for future
learning success, so as parents we need to encourage some
summertime page turning. Remember: Just 20 minutes a day can make
a difference. Every minute is worth it.

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LES joins Twitter

Liberty Elementary School is officially on Twitter!

Administrators from Liberty Elementary School will tweet and
updates, highlights, pictures, and other items of interest as they
happen throughout the days at the school.

Follow Liberty Elementary on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/LibertyElemSchl or search for the Twitter
handle: @LibertyElemSchl.

You can also read Liberty Elementary School’s most recent tweets
by clicking on the “Twitter” tab located on the district’s Facebook
page
.

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Avoid summer bullying

The final bell of the school year might seem to signal a reprieve
from schoolyard bullying. But harassing behavior doesn’t keep a
calendar and, sadly, it doesn’t stop where campus borders end.

It seeps into summer. Into parks, malls, community pools, camps
and, of course, online — into social networks and e-mail.

How pervasive is summertime bullying? Consider that the American
Camp Association devotes an entire section of its website to bullying prevention.

“Children at camp can be at-risk for suffering from the
devastating effects of bullying,” Kim Storey, author of “Eyes on
Bullying,” writes on the ACA site. “Some children may leave camp
midway, while others may not return the following season because
of their experiences with bullying.”

In a 2011 survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
found 20 percent of high school students had experienced bullying
in the past year. A 2008-09 study by the National Center for
Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics,
meanwhile, found 28 percent of students in grades six through 12
had experienced bullying.

That’s why parents need to keep a watchful eye — even in these
so-called carefree days of summer — for the tell-tale signs of
bullying (unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed possessions,
headaches, appetite loss or binge-eating, etc.)

Here are some steps parents can take to ensure their kids enjoy a
bully-free break:

– Keep talking. Check in with your children daily about how their
day went and who their friends are (including online friends).
Make sure they know they can come to you if they experience a
problem.

– Make good choices. Choose summertime activities where your
children will be supervised by responsible, trained adults. Also,
try to pair your children with activities they enjoy and are good
at, to help bolster their self-esteem.

– Monitor a child’s time online. Make a point of knowing what
websites your children visit and why. Set ground rules. For
example, let them know you might review their online
communications and activities. Also, consider limiting their
amount of screen time, i.e. on cell phones, computer, etc.

– Talk to your kids about bullying. Explain what it is. Encourage
them to speak to an adult they trust if they are bullied or
witness someone else being bullied.

To read more on this topic, check out: StopBullying.gov, a
website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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Start college visits early

During a busy school year, the college application process can
fall to the bottom of the priority list. Keeping up good grades,
participating in sports and clubs, working, volunteering and doing
all the other things that make a good college applicant can also
make it hard for students to squeeze in college visits.

Every recent high school grad gives the same advice: start early.
Don’t leave it all for senior year. Most students ignore this
advice no matter how many times they hear it, and the time gets
away from them. College visits are the most difficult part of the
college process to fit in to the school year, especially if the
schools in question are far away.

A campus visit early on can save students and parents a lot of
effort and stress. As good as a college may sound on paper – or
online – sometimes a real-world visit can make it clear that it is
not the right fit. That’s something that students want to know
before they waste their valuable time filling out the extra
application or Common App supplement. And it’s something parents
want to know before they waste their money on the application fee,
which may be up to $80.

Visiting a college during the summer has some negatives, but it
also has some major positives. In addition to alleviating some
stress during the school year, a summer college visit can allow
your family more one-on-one time with the tour guide, admissions
department, and faculty members you might want to see, because
most of the students are not around.

There are benefits to meeting with the campus staff in person as
well. For instance, if you’re hoping to get a little more
financial aid, it doesn’t hurt to meet with a financial aid
officer. It really is possible to have financial aid reconsidered. It’s not just a myth.

Other important people to meet on a college tour:
• A member of the faculty in your student’s intended major
department
• An admissions officer
• Students
• Career center representative

It may seem like meeting students in the summer would be
difficult, because the campus is quieter. However, most mid-size
and larger colleges have activities that keep students on campus.
The ones you do meet are usually more likely to have time to
answer all of your questions.

Your tour guide should be a great resource too. Have your child
request one in their major. I found that incredibly helpful. There
are also students who stay on campus to do internships or take
summer classes, and some of them end up getting on-campus jobs.
Visit the library desks or the mail room or even the admissions
office; you’re more than likely to find a student worker with some
spare time to talk.

Other than the number of students and maybe the weather,
everything else at a college is about the same in the summer. It’s
a good time to check out the surrounding community. This can be a
very important aspect of the college experience. As a student, it
is important to enjoy the campus life, but going off campus can
sometimes help change up your day-to-day routine. A great way to
do this is to explore surrounding neighborhoods, towns or cities,
checking out places for dining, theaters, museums, local
libraries, and sports venues. (If you have a campus meal plan,
don’t get in the habit of eating off campus too often or you will
waste that valuable plan!)

It’s a great idea for parents and future college student to
prepare a list of questions to ask before your visit. It also saves a lot of
time if you go over all the different factors of choosing a
college and decide together which ones are most important before
visiting. Distance, social environment and housing may matter for
some students, but not at all for others. There are so many
different elements to consider. Think it through before your
visit.

If you visit some colleges during the summer, you may decide to
see a few again during the school year before making a final
decision. That’s better than rushing through 15 visits during
application season or, even worse, right before you put the
deposit down.

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