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Helping Your Child Manage Test Anxiety
What Is Test Anxiety? 
Test anxiety is the uneasiness and tension that a child feels before, during or after a test due to uncertainty or fear of failure. Most children experience some level of anxiety during an exam. A little nervousness can actually motivate a child to study and perform well. However, when anxiety interferes with test taking, causing students to “blank out,” have trouble paying attention, and/or limit their ability to think clearly, absorb, retain or recall information, it has become an issue that requires attention.
Physical Signs of Test Anxiety: 
• butterflies in the stomach 
• pain or upset stomach 
• cold, clammy hands. 
• sweaty palms 
• feeling hot or cold 
• headaches 
• nausea 
• feeling faint 
 sleepless nights
Emotional Signs of Test Anxiety:
 • frequent tears or excessive crying 
• feelings of anger and/or helplessness
 • irritability 
• becoming easily frustrated
Suggestions to Help Students Overcome Test Anxiety:
• Make sure your child attends school regularly so that they are exposed to all the schoolwork that will be covered in the exam, and be part of the regular study review sessions provided by the teacher.
 • Doing well on an exam is easier if a student has been consistently completing school assignments, homework, and assigned readings along with participating in regular studying sessions. 
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle – help your children get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, have some personal “down time” and a reasonable amount of social interaction.
• Create and maintain a routine at home that will help children to be well rested during regular school days as well as during the week of testing. 
• Talk with your children and encourage them to do their best. 
• Be well prepared for a test - avoid cramming - help your children develop good study habits and good test taking skills. 
• Help your child develop a positive attitude towards test taking – help them develop a “can do” attitude. 
• Build mental habits that help your child reduce anxiety – by teaching them to take deep breaths to calm themselves when anxiety levels are high.
• Encourage your child to engage in “thought stopping” techniques if you find that they are worrying excessively or comparing themselves to their peers.
What Students Can Do On Exam Day To Help Reduce Anxiety:
• Wear comfortable clothing. • Arrive at the exam early, prepared and focus on doing well.
• Be cautious about talking to other students about the exam material before going into the exam – especially those that have the tendency to generate more anxiety. 
• Think positive thoughts – “I can do this” “ I have prepared well.” 
• Sit in a location in the exam room where you will be least distracted.
• As the papers are being distributed calm yourself by taking some slow, deep, calming breaths. 
• Make sure you carefully read any instructions on the exam. 
• Focus on only the exam. 
• If you feel anxious at any time during the exam, take a few minutes to calm yourself by deep breathing or stretching. 
• If the exam is difficult, don’t panic, just focus on completing what you know, putting in your best effort, and not giving up. 
• When the exam is over – reward yourself with something special.

Students with severe test anxiety may decline in their academic performance, and are more likely to repeat a grade, and will clearly not be performing at their full potential. Test anxiety may also be related to a variety of issues from low self-esteem to general anxiety. It is normal to have some degree of test anxiety, but if the problems persist or the symptoms interfere with school performance, as well as general day-to-day functioning it is time to seek professional help.

Summer reading assignments

posted Aug 11, 2018, 1:07 PM by Paulette Holland

Free School Supplies

posted Aug 11, 2018, 12:59 PM by Paulette Holland   [ updated Aug 11, 2018, 1:02 PM ]

The first day of school in NYC is September 5th, 2018! Does your student need school supplies? Do you have school supplies you want to donate to a family in need? Read the post below to learn about free events where you can pick up or drop off brand-new backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, crayons and all the other supplies that your student will need to succeed this school year – plus enjoy fun, family activities & celebrate the start of the new school year with your community!

Looking for FREE School Supplies in Brooklyn?

NYSoM Back to School Sports & Health Day
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 , 2 – 5 PM
Location: Stockton Playground (662 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206)
Limited supply of free back to school supplies (first come first serve), sports exhibitions by NYC metro area sports teams, health care screenings and much more!… 
For more information, please email

Gwinin Gives Back to School Event
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018 , 1- 6 PM
Location: Herbert Von King Park (670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn 11216)
Free school supplies, games for the whole family, music & more. 
For more information, please contact

Midwood Library Back to School Celebration
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 1 PM – 6 PM
Location: 975 East 16th St. at Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Midwood Library’s annual back to school celebration features food, books for sale, raffles, arts and crafts, handmade items, games and much more!…/carnival-funfair-midwood-lib…
For more information, call (718) 252-0967.

I Will Graduate Back to School Event
Date: Friday, August 24, 2018, 3 PM – 8 PM
Location: 1001 Herkimer Street (corner of Herkimer & Howard Ave.)
Free school supplies, music and entertainment.…
For more information, call (718) 385-3133.

Senator Parker’s Annual Back-To-School Celebration
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12 PM – 5 PM
Location: Paerdegat Park (East 40th St between Farragut Rd & Albany Ave.)
Free back-to-school supplies, food and children’s activities.
For more information, please call 718-629-6401.

Assemblywoman Richardson’s Family Day Event
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2017, 12 PM
Location: 330 Empire Blvd. (between Rogers – Nostrand Avenue)
School supplies, games, food and camaraderie. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
For more information, please call 718-771-3105.

Ocean Avenue Tenants Association School Supply Distribution
Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 10 AM – 7 PM
Location: 1306 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn (Ocean Avenue & Avenue H)
Free books, school supplies & snacks will be distributed.

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Summer Orientation and Open House July 27th, July 29th, and August 3rd

posted Jul 22, 2015, 12:09 PM by SCCS Info

Dear Parents and Students:

This just in!!! Another day has been added . Please respond to which day works best for you. I am looking forward to meeting you .

Please accept this letter as your invitation to attend a Spring Creek Community School (SCCS)

Open House / Orientation on:

Monday July 27, 2015 for new and returning 6th and 7th grade students   ONLY AT 9:00 A.M.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 for new and returning 8th and 9th grade students ONLY AT 9:00 A.M.

Monday August 3, 2015 for new and returning 6th ,7th, 8th and 9th grade students AT 6:00P.M.

The format of our Open House / Orientation will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the Principal, Assistant Principal, Parent Coordinator, Parent Association Committee members and informally meet a lead teacher from your child’s grade from  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  

The goals of our Open house and Orientation are to:

·         Provide  an opportunity for Parents to meet  the SCCS school family

·         Share information about the school curriculum

·         Share information about SCCS Core Values

·         Assist parents with any needs while filling out necessary documents in their welcome packets

·         Set up Parent online NYC Schools account

SCCS school uniform information and samples will be available. . We encourage our Spring Creek Community School students to accompany their parents attending the Open House / Orientation but would discourage them from attending the Open House/ Orientation without their parents.

We look forward to meeting with you. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions prior to our Open House / Orientation.  Also take a moment and visit our school website

Your attendance at our Open house/ Orientation will help us get the school year off to a positive start.  Please respond to the email if you will be in attendance.

Sincerely yours,

Paulette Holland

Parent Coordinator
Spring Creek Community School
1065 Elton Street
Brooklyn, New York

Strong Fathers, Stronger Families

posted May 4, 2015, 2:55 PM by SCCS Info   [ updated May 4, 2015, 2:55 PM ]

Strong Fathers, Stronger Families is a FREE, federally-funded program for fathers. The goal of the program is to help fathers find a job, connect with their children, improve the relationship with their children's mothers, and strengthen the relationship with their partners.

We have permanent full-time positions for fathers.

We provide:
  • MetroCards for workshops and interviews
  • Our FREE services include:
  • Job placement
  • Training opportunities for CDLC
  • Child support case management
  • Support in working with co-parents
  • Tools for building strong relationships
  • Employment services
  • Financial education (budgeting, saving, planning)
  • Tools for positive parenting
  • Health insurance benefit screening
  • Our program graduates are working full-time in the Transit, Manufacturing, and Maintenance sectors.
  • Call 212-994-2737 for more information or respond to this ad via email with your resume and contact information and we'll connect you to one of our program sites in Northern Brooklyn, South Bronx, East Harlem, or Washington Heights.

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