Sharing a Meal Around the Table

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Recently my husband and I were eating dinner together and we found ourselves needing to set perimeters for cell phones at the table.  As we were discussing this topic, we were also talking about how different family meals have become even since we were kids.  It seems like we are all so busy that it is a challenge to find multiple nights a week to sit down and eat dinner together.

Did you grow up eating together as a family?  Check out these interesting statistics I read recently from The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

“Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (5 to 7 per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than 3 per week) are almost 4 times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; 2 ½ times likelier to use marijuana; and almost 4 times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future, according to The Importance of Family Dinners VII, a new report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia).”  It goes on to say, “Parental engagement in children’s lives is key to raising health, drug-free kids and one of the simplest acts of parental engagement is sitting down to the family dinner.”  (If you want to read the entire report, you can find it here.) 

According to the study, the transformation isn’t so much about the food as it is about the quality of time spent together.  Spending this kind of time together increases connectedness to each other, improves the quality of relationships, and improves communication.  Including honest conversations about life issues also plays an important role in these statistics.  Kids need to know that parents disapprove of drug and alcohol abuse and what to do if they ever find themselves in a situation where they are facing a difficult decision.

This week set a goal to share some time together as a family around the table.

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the BGHS English Academic Team on their tie for fourth place at the state competition.  The team put in lots of time in effort to prepare for the competitions and we are so proud of your accomplishments!

Congratulations to Destiny Billings on having her poster chosen to be used during Red Ribbon Week.  You can read more about this honor and even see a picture in the article in the Times!

We had many students from BGHS inducted into the Porter County Technology Honor Society on May 6, 2014.  Please join me in congratulating Kristen Buth, Bradley Kaminsky, Nicole Malouhos, Stephanie Montreuil, Tyler Pelfrey, Jeremy Personius, Thomas Schafer, Marissa Scott, Kennedy Starcevich, and Quintin Striker.


Important Dates:

  • Now-May 30, 2014:  PTSC will be accepting applications for transfer students for the 2014-2015 school year until May 30, 2014.  There are openings in every grade level.  Please contact Linda Dusek at 219-477-4933 ext. 1000 if you are interested in applying and share this information with those you know who may be interested.
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • May 17, 2014:  The National Honor Society is raising funds for charity by hosting a spring plant sale.
    WHERE: Boone Grove High School’s east parking lot.
    WHEN: Saturday, May 17th, 8-12 (noon).
    OFFERING: tomatoes, gallon tomatoes, herbs, scented geraniums, and pinto geraniums.
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • May 24, 2014:  The 7th annual Kent’s Run at 8:00am. If you would like to participate, please for a link to online registration. If you would like to volunteer, please email Volunteers are needed for parking, course management, packet pick up, the water station, and assistance at the pancake breakfast. All volunteers will receive a Kent’s Run Event Staff t-shirt and free pancakes.
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.

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