Parents we need your help! Athey Creek’s Garage Sale is the PTSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and it had to be canceled due to the Coronavirus. Please join us in supporting our online fundraiser so that we can continue to support our parents, teachers & students.
The PTSA will be promoting this online fundraiser so that we can continue to support all these wonderful programs at Athey Creek Middle School:
* Teacher Grants
* Band Instrument Maintenance
* Book fair promotion & OBOB & ORCA
* Donuts with Grown Ups
* Special field trips
* 8th grade celebration
* Pickle balls for wellness
* School dances
* Student store
* Korean exchange program
* Leadership Enrichment program
* Student Scholarships
* Kindness Bars
and much more! …
Every donation no matter big or small will help!
Be Well & Stay Safe
Did you know that the PTSA has started a recycling program at Walmart that directly benefits the PTSA?
You can donate bottles, cans & plastics at Walmart in West Linn?
If you have glass bottles you can use the recycle machine outside and take the ticket to customer service. Just write Athey Creek PTSA on it!
The PTSA The proceeds from these go directly to Athey Creek Middle School PTSA each quarter.
Screen time rules are meant to help families find a balance between media use and a healthy lifestyle. Screens include computers, cellphones, tablets, game consoles and televisions. Research has shown that too much screen time can lead to obesity and language delays in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to create healthy media habits early on and introduce high-quality content for their children. Parents are encouraged to use high-quality media which is educational and productive for kids and limit the use of low-quality screen activities that are non-beneficial.
While there are consequences to too much screen time, establishing guidelines can help ensure children and teens have a healthy balance. Rules from experts on screen time vary, making it difficult for parents to know which rules are best to follow. InMyArea Resource compared screen time rules from 10 experts:
- Sierra Filucci, editorial director of Common Sense Media
- Becky Mansfield, former teacher and child therapist
- Dr. Danelle Fisher, pediatrician
- Dr. Jenny Radesky, developmental behavioral pediatrician
- Dr. Wendy Moyal, M.D., child adolescent psychiatrist
- Kristin Carothers, Ph.D, clinical child psychologist
- Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, Esq., e-safety expert and founder of Digital Parenting Coach
- Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist
- Laine Lipsky, parenting coach
- Dr. Jenny Radesky, pediatrician and professor of pediatrics
Most experts agree: Parents should know what your kids are doing online and have regular conversations about screen time usage.
Some experts also believe: Kids should be encouraged to monitor their own screen time usage.
Most experts recommend monitoring children’s media content. This can be done by watching a show or video together and checking out which apps they use the most. While there are plenty of applications that can help automatically monitor content, having a face-to-face discussion is the best solution. You might find out that what your kids are watching or doing online is more educational than you think. Either way, it’s important to have regular conversations together about healthy and balanced screen time.
Most experts agree: Parents should set a good example for kids.
Some experts also believe: Parents should follow screen time rules they set in place.
Most experts agree that a parent needs to set a good example for their kids, even if it means following the same screen time rules. If a child feels that the parent is always on their phone, for example, the child can pick up conflicting messages. Even babies can pick up screen time behavior from a parent at a very early age.
Some experts suggest making rules that the parents can uphold themselves. By doing so, the child can learn to self-regulate by watching the parents set a good example.
Most experts agree: Children 18 months and younger should avoid the use of screens other than video chatting, children ages 2 to 5 years old should limit screen use to 1 hour per day and children 6 years or older should have consistent limits, as recommended by the AAP. Two hours of screen time usage a day or less is recommended by most experts for children 6 years and older.
Some experts disagree and say:
- Screens should be turned off when not in use, even if it’s just for background noise.
- Parents should allow screen time usage in blocks or ranges of time.
- Parents should encourage kids to monitor their own screen time usage and use monitoring tools to help interrupt themselves.
- Children should be involved in setting screen time rules so you can have a child that can self-regulate with the parents’ help.
- Children should earn their screen time usage with good behavior.
- Parents should share the same screen time rules that work for them.
Most experts refer to the AAP’s recommendations for how much screen time to allow for kids. If a parent must use digital media or television for their children outside of these recommendations, the AAP suggests using high-quality content. Video chatting with a grandparent is one example of a high-quality screen activity because of the connection a child is building with family. Screens should not hinder adequate sleep, physical activity or other behaviors essential to health. Some parents may choose to separate screen time usage into 30 minute blocks or in time frames.
On the contrary, some experts suggest involving the kids to create their own screen time rules. Sierra Filucci is one of the experts that encourage kids to be involved in setting limits. By doing so, children will feel invested in the rules and are more likely to self-regulate. Involving a child also encourages healthy conversation about how they spend their time in front of a screen and healthy self-regulating behaviors on rules that both the parent and child have agreed upon.
Other experts, like Becky Mansfield, suggest making children earn screen time with good behavior, such as finishing their homework or completing chores. This is a highly debated topic and many experts argue that rewarding a child with screen time is the same as rewarding a child with a candy bar, resulting in the child wanting it more. This may lead to the child asking, “If I put my toys away, can I get the iPad?”
Whichever screen time rules you set in place, it’s important to stay consistent. Avoid swinging between extremes such as not allowing screens one day and back to no limits the next day.
Most experts agree: Screens should be turned off or put away during meals.
Dr. Danelle Fisher and experts alike advise against having meals in front of a screen. Having screen-free family meals makes room for having quality discussions with your children with everyone’s undivided attention. Toddlers who are used to having a screen as a distraction while being fed have a much harder time weaning off screens during meals. This change can be done gradually. You may try to have the TV on but on mute at first, or waiting 10 minutes before putting away a screen if it helps children adjust.
Most experts agree: Don’t allow screens after bedtime.
Some experts also believe: Turn off screens one hour before bedtime.
Most experts agree that screens should not be allowed after bed. Experts know this can get increasingly harder to enforce as children reach their teens, making it more important to enforce this rule early on. Dr. Jenny Radesky and other experts also say to remove devices from the bedroom completely or shut down devices an hour before bedtime. Screens emit blue light that suppresses melatonin which can make it harder to fall asleep.
Experts cannot agree and say:
- Screens should be taken away for a period that’s time limited and specific (e.g. 1 day to 1 week).
- Parents should avoid taking away screens as punishment.
- Parents should use other forms of punishment unrelated to screens.
Punishments for when children and teens refuse to get off a screen is one area in which experts have conflicting advice. Some studies have found that rewarding or punishing with screen time enhances the appeal of screen time, and as a result can lead to more screen time usage later.
Other experts, like Dr. Wendy Moyal, recommend taking away screens as a punishment if a child does not comply with screen time rules the parent has enforced. If this is the method you want to go with, try to communicate with the child that it is their decision such as “If you do not put away the phone, you lose privileges tomorrow.” By doing this, you are communicating with your child that not following screen time rules will lead to consequences.
Some experts suggest using other forms of punishments unrelated to screens. For example, asking your child to walk the dog before dinner for a week gets your child moving outdoors and away from screens.
This page is for everyone who feels lost in the digital age. Understanding the internet and TV market is difficult considering how much it changes.
Here you’ll find information on the best ways to get internet and TV that can accommodate to your circumstances, answers to frequently asked questions about internet and TV technology and terminology and simple explanations to some of the most confusing topics related to internet and TV.
Due to the Corona virus we will be cancelling our meeting this month.
Our next PTSA meeting in on Friday, April 10thth at 9:30am in the staff lounge.
Come and find out:
- When we review teacher grants
- How many Kindness bars we sold.
- When our last Middle School dance will be
- January’s Meeting Minutes – ACMS PTSA General Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2020
- February Meeting Minutes – ACMS PTSA General Meeting Minutes – February 14th, 2020
Good afternoon parents,A huge band event is happening next week on Friday, 2/7 – Jazz Cafe!We are looking forward to carrying on the tradition of hosting a Mardi Gras-themed evening of entertainment, socializing, eating, and fundraising for our entire band program. Music is provided by the Jazz Band students while parents, siblings, and friends hang out in the ACMS Commons. It is not like a normal concert – people are encouraged to chat and move around in a cafe-style setting while enjoying desserts and coffee.Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5.00 ($10.00 per family) will get you in the door, a raffle ticket for a VIP concert package (reserved parking and seating at the 3/12 or 6/1 concert), and a bead necklace. Additional raffle tickets are also available at the event OR with pre-purchase – you do not need to be present to win. Buy raffle tickets hereThe event runs from 7-8:30pm and all are welcome! All proceeds support the entire band program (sheet music, instruments, equipment, scholarships, etc).Attached is a flyer – feel free to share with anyone and everyone.Want to help support the event? Use Sign-up Genius to volunteer. We need generous people like you to volunteer to work the event or to donate a dessert item.Have additional questions? Let me know.To recap:1. Come next Friday from 7-8:30pm to Jazz Cafe!
- Wednesday, December 11th – 8:30am-9:30am
- Saturday, December 14th – 10:30am-12pm
Starting January 8th, 2020 – April 15th, 2020 (excluding March 25th for Spring Break)
EVERY Wednesday from 8:30am-9:30am)
Wednesday – January 8th – 8:30am – 9:30am
SATURDAY – January 11th – 10:30am – 12pm
Wednesday – January 15th – 8:30am-9:30am
Wednesday – January 22nd – 8:30am-9:30am
Wednesday – January 29th – 8:30am – 9:30am
Wednesday – February 5th – 8:30am – 9:30am
SATURDAY – February 8th – 10:30am – 12pm
Wednesday – February 12th – 8:30am – 9:30am
Wednesday – February 19th – 8:30am – 9:30am
Wednesday – February 26th – 8:30am – 9:30am
Wednesday – March 4th – 8:30am-9:30am
SATURDAY – March 7th – 10:30am-12pm
Wednesday – March 11th – 8:30am-9:30am
Wednesday – March 18th – 8:30am – 9:30am
- Spring Break – March 23rd-27th – No drop off’s this week
Wednesday, April 1st – 8:30am-9:30am
SATURDAY April 11th – 10:30am-12pm
Wednesday, April 8th – 8:30am-9:30am
Wednesday, April 15th – 8:30am-9:30am
THE HUGE GARAGE SALE -Saturday April 25th (8am-4pm) & Sunday April 26th (9am-1pm)
Did you know that if you shop at smile.amazon.com that you can earn money for Athey Creek Middle School PTSA? Just look up Athey Creek Ms PTSA and every time you shop on Amazon simply go to smile.amazon.com. Everything is the same on this website as the regular site, except that you earn money for Athey Creek Middle School.
Athey Idol is this week! Thursday night starts at 6pm, open dress rehearsal, $5 at the door. Friday night is the big show, starts at 7pm. Avoid lines and buy tickets online at eticketexpress.com.
The kids are working so hard to put on an incredible show to help their music program. There will also be a very special performance by Athey’s own teacher’s choir!! You do not want to miss this!!
Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age
Hosted By: Athey Creek PTSA & Rosemont Ridge PTO
When: Monday, November 4th, 2019 – (6:30-8:30pm)
Where: Athey Creek Middle School Commons
What is Screenagers?
A new documentary film called “Screenagers,” aimed at understanding the impact of our children’s increased connection to digital screens.. While there is no turning back on the digital age, the filmmakers hope the project can serve as a jumping off point for a much-needed conversation.
“Screenagers” is a personal look at how families are coping with kids and screen time and how being connected to devices is affecting relationships and even child development. The film was directed by Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and physician who uses her own experience with her children as the central storyline.
Hello Athey parents & teachers,
Come and join us for our first PTSA meeting:
Date: Friday, Sept. 13th
Location: Staff Lounge just behind the Secretaries desks in the front office
6th graders only on Monday, Augt. 26th
7th & 8th Graders start on Tuesday, Aug. 27th
We know it can be stressful going to a new school, learning where your classes are and figuring out how to open your lockers, this is why Athey Creek Middle School has created the “Sneak Peek”.
We know parents have just as many questions such as where to drop off and pick up students, how to get signed up for the Athey Notes newsletter, how to connect with other parents on Facebook, Instagram, Athey Creek’s PTSA, and much more.
We would like your first experience at Athey Creek to feel welcoming and stress free, that is why The Sneak Peek is designed to ease any anxiety or concerns you might have before starting school.
Please consider us as your extended family and come and join us any time from 12pm – 6pm.
We are having our last PTSA meeting on Wed. June 5th at 9am in the Staff Lounge.
We will be voting on our summer budget, and new PTSA board.
Everyone is welcome!
We are also celebrating Volunteer Appreciation at the same place and time.
Come and drop in for some coffee and doughnuts…
Athey Creek PTSA
Monday, May 13th, 2019
The PTSA voted to fund $24,490.90 in teacher grants! The money we raised from the Garage Sale, grants that were not spent last year and other budgeted funds that were not spent allowed us to fund these grants:
Each teacher had to apply for the grant and the PTSA voted on them. Here is what the PTSA voted for:
*ORCA/OBOB Books, Avid Reader FT, Grandparents Day & Parents & Pastries
* Band Instrument Cleaning & Repairs for 21 Instruments
* Rock Tumbler for learning concepts of weathering and erosion
*Timing Service for Home Track Meets
* Athletic Equipment repairs
* Class Set of High Quality Lab Grade Hot Plate Stirrers
* 60 Graphing Calculators & storage cases for 8th Grade Students
* Golf Unit for Wellness Students
* Track Equipment: Parachutes, running ladders / mini-hurdles
* 16 Chrome Books
* Leadership Enrichment Program
* Independent Reading / Writing Folders
* School Supplies
* Homework Club Snacks
* Career Day Presenter Lunch
These teacher grants not only help our teachers but ultimately benefit our kids!