Is Reading Important? It Could Mean a Lifetime of Success

There are hundreds of statistics to reinforce the value of developing good reading habits at an early age. While every parent has probably heard the dire warnings, the development of reading skills is so important, it bears repeating again and again. Good readers have brighter futures than poor readers, and the die is cast as early as fourth grade. Children who are not reading at a proficient level by the fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Opt-Out of Media Participation for Your Child

During enrollment, parents gave permission for their students to appear in various media for interviews, photographs, or news stories. If you would like rescind that permission, we’ll tell you how to opt-out of having your child appear in future media events.

Important Information Regarding Tax Credits

Proposed federal tax regulations may forbid a federal tax deduction for any donations made which also qualify for state tax credits, if the credit is more than 15% of the total donated. Recent changes in federal tax laws, have increased the standard deduction allowed when filing taxes for 2018, which will also reduce the number of taxpayers who will itemize their deductions. The new standard deduction amounts for taxpayers are:

Sign Up For Weekly Taekwondo Classes

Desert Taekwondo will be holding classes at La Paloma Lakeside every Wednesday, 2-3 p.m., from August 29 through December 12. Taekwondo not only enhances a child’s fitness level, but also teaches discipline and respect while building self-esteem.

Wanted: Mad Scientists

Are you mad for science? If so, Join Lakeside’s Mad Scientist Club! From August 28 to December 18, students will meet with Ms. Chambers every Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the MPR. Open to grades 1-4, limited spots available.

Chess Players, It’s Your Move

If you love playing chess, or if you’d like to learn, make the right move and join Lakeside’s Chess Club. From August 27 to December 17, the club will meet every Monday, 4-5 p.m., in Ms. Bell’s classroom. Open to grades 1-8, limited spots available.

Kids and Phones: How to Know When and What to Buy

Does your child have a cell phone? The odds are the answer is “Yes.” Statistics show that 56 percent of children 8-12 have a cell phone. It’s difficult to think of a product or technology, designed for adults, that was so quickly and ubiquitously co-opted by kids. Of course, Mom and Dad have to buy the phones and pay the bills, but cell phones have become a necessity in many kids’ lives.

Everyone Loves Their Parents, Pancakes, and Pajamas

Parents are invited to join their student for a pancake breakfast, courtesy of La Paloma Lakeside, on August 22, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Because it starts early, parents and students can wear pajamas if they wish. Students who participate can stay in their PJs all day, as long as they promise not to fall asleep in class.

Alorica Donates Backpacks and Supplies to Lakeside

Thanks to Yvonne Walker, Alorica’s Operations Manager in Tucson, Lakeside is the proud recipient of 45 new backpacks filled with school supplies. Yvonne’s team at Alorica had a contest to see who could donate the most supplies, and she and her team were happy and excited to be able to help so many kids at the start of a new school year.

Transitioning From Summer to School

As a new academic year begins, students start school with new goals, opportunities, and challenges. After a few months of vacation, it may be difficult for children to get back into school mode. Here are some ways parents can help their kids transition from summer break into the school routine.