Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? There is a wonderful resource to help parents delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone-free, and you can sign even if your child is only in Kindergarten right now.
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike regarding children having a smartphone.
Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge. The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone (exposure to inappropriate content, anxiety surrounding private chatrooms, etc…).
To learn more, please visit www.waituntil8th.org . Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge!
The Today Show
Good Morning America
NPR’s On Point news program
Close to 20,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone-Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge at www.waituntil8th.org.
Thank you for your time!
Brooke Shannon Wait Until 8th Executive Director
(Questions? Concerns? Contact Bell Parent, Alisha Beltramini email@example.com or Glover Parent, Colleen Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org or Coffin Parent, Kate Schmeckpeper email@example.com )
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fun Run! We have raised over $16,000 for Bell School. Thank you for sharing your love of Bell School with family and friends. These funds will be going towards 30 additional iPads, iPads Keyboards, playground supplies, Field Day and the Third Grade Celebration! Here are a few snapshots from the day, thanks to Abby Lewis!
Our popular annual Fun Run is returning for a 4th year on Wednesday, May 22nd (rain date: May 23rd). All students should be bringing home a special flyer this week with more information.
Join us at this lively and fun event and celebrate fitness, school spirit and help raise funds for playground supplies, technology for the classrooms and end of year activities like Field Day and the 3rd Grade Celebration.
Getting sponsored is definitely optional – but the kids enjoy thinking of creative ways to raise money! Plus it’s a great way to increase their motivation to run! To make things even easier this year, we’ve again teamed up with The Get Movin’ Crew to enable each student to create their own simple, private fundraising web page – so getting online donations from friends and family who may live far away – or even close by – should be a breeze! We’ll also be giving out fun prizes for those who make an effort to get sponsors.
All you have to do now is register your student at www.thegetmovincrew.com by Friday, May 15th and set up their private fundraising page. Everyone who registers online will also receive a special Fun Run sweatband!
Check out the information on the Fun Run flyer sent home this week and stay tuned to our email updates over the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need some ideas for the Science Fair? Don’t sweat it, we have ideas for you! Here is a list of questions that you might be interested in trying:
What does mold need to grow?
What do worms like to eat?
What makes it rain?
Which of several products is the most effective? How did you prove it?
Why do we salt icy sidewalks?
What do earthworms like to eat?
What objects sink? What objects float? Why?
When water freezes does it expand or contract?
What kinds of things do magnets attract?
How is static electricity created?
Who do levers make work easier? Find levers that we use every day.
What paper towel is the strongest?
How do you make the color purple?
What detergent makes the most bubbles?
How does water move in plants?
What type of trees live in your backyard?
Here are some good websites to find some fun things to try!
It’s almost time to start thinking about the favorite Bell School event – the Fun Run! We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with the planning of the Fun Run that happens in mid-May. If you are interested in being part of this super fun event, please shoot us an email at email@example.com!