EHES Back to School!

We had a great start to the school year!

Here are some helpful ideas from The Parent Institute for school success:

Daily routines lead to school success!

Children thrive on routines. The beginning of the school year is an opportunity for routines to make a big difference in your child’s school success.

A regular schedule—such as going to sleep, waking up and studying at the same time each day—makes all the tasks easier and results in fewer power struggles. More importantly, it leads to self-discipline and sets a standard for daily learning.

Enforce basic rules at home and at school!

Teachers can’t teach if they have to take time out to discipline students. Parents can help by expecting their child to follow five basic rules at home and at school:

1. Show respect for others and their possessions.

2. Keep your hands to yourself.

3. Use acceptable language.

4. Follow directions.

5. Listen when others are talking.

Responsible habits promote success!

Building strong muscles works like this: the more reps, the stronger the muscles. Building responsibility is a lot like building muscles. The more your child acts in a responsible way, the more likely he/she will do so again. And the responsible behavior he/she learns at home will show up at school.

Here are some ways you can help. Give your child the responsibility for:

  • Getting ready for school in the morning. A simple way to start is by having an alarm clock set and lay out clothes the night before. • Taking charge of schoolwork. Establishing a regular homework time will make this easier.
  • Making sure belongings and homework get back and forth to school each day. Pack his/her book bag and place it by the door at night.

Don’t rush in to rescue your child. Accepting the consequences for neglecting a responsibility will make him/her more responsible in the future.

Instill good character!

Students with positive character traits get along with others and do better in school. So how can you help your child develop those traits?

When you instill your family’s values in your child, you’re helping with the development of characteristics that are important to you—and your child’s school. You can help by:

  • Modeling the kind and courteous behavior you expect.
  • Noticing your child’s kind words and actions. “That was such a nice thing for you to say!”
  • Encouraging your child to set an example for siblings, friends and classmates.

–Firm, Fair & Consistent, Guiding Students for School Success, Publisher: John H. Wherry, Ed.D.

Community Connections

Shelby County Drug Free Coalition


Coalition Web Address:


Family Connection, Inc.

2 Walker Run

Alabaster, AL 35007

Phone: 205-663-6301 x 234

Cell: 205-746-0587



Divorce Support Group (Parents & Children)

Coping with Divorce

Please see info below for support group resource for divorced parents and children ages 5-12.  This is a 13 week long program that only cost $20 (for workbook)  There will be another session starting in January.

Divorce Support

Sunday, August 23rd @ 1:30 PM
Divorce is not the end, but an event in your life. DC4K is a new beginning for Kids of Divorce, a way to help them talk about their fear and apprehension, heal and look forward to their future.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
If you haven’t yet registered, register at the link below. Meetings are held in the Student Center downstairs.

Save your spot for DivorceCare/DC4K. Register Now
Parents:  Divorce Care Group

Sunday, August 23 @ 1:30 PM
At DivorceCare you will become part of a small support group of people who are also experiencing separation and divorce. You’ll meet others who understand what you are feeling and who will be able to offer you encouragement. You’ll also have a chance to talk about the information presented during the DivorceCare seminar. Many participants say these support groups are the most helpful part of the program. However, if you are apprehensive about talking, your are not required to participate.  You can just sit back and listen. When you are comfortable and feel ready to participate you are welcome to speak up as you feel the need.

Children: DC4K Group

Sunday, August 23 @ 1:30 PM
During DC4K your children become involved in a fun, caring group with weekly session topics helping children learn how to deal with the devastation of divorce and helps turn their sadness to hope and their anger to joy.
Each session is filled with motivating and exciting activities. Games, crafts, role playing, discussion times, journaling, and Activity Books help your children process the divorce and move forward in their lives. Music CDs, snacks, read aloud stories, and exercises, teach your children to relax. The Kids Like Me and Stories from the video dramas present stories of children just like your children, who are experiencing divorce-related problems and have found help and encouragement.

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Our mailing address is:


4733 Valleydale Rd

B’ham, AL 35242