Are you getting enough sleep?

As we begin to settle into school routines it is important to make sure that students are getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can affect your child’s performance in school. The following article explains what can happen if your child is not getting enough sleep.

Lack of Sleep Can Affect Children’s Performance in School:

Parents know a sleep-deprived kid is a cranky kid, but lack of sleep can also have a negative impact on your child’s health and performance in school. Pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner explains why it is important to get your kids to bed on time to ensure they get the sleep their minds and bodies need.

Jun 4, 2018
Interview Transcript
Dr. Gellner: We all know that not getting enough sleep can make our kids cranky, but what other problems can it cause? I’ll discuss a few of those on today’s Scope. I’m Dr. Cindy Gellner.

Dr. Gellner: There are a lot of reasons why kids aren’t getting enough sleep these days — staying up late to watch TV or play video games, being on social media till all hours of the night, needing to stay up to finish homework or do extracurricular activities. This isn’t a good thing though. For one, not getting enough sleep can actually affect a child’s immune system by decreasing the cells which help us fight infections and increasing the cells that create inflammation.
Your child’s body won’t be able to respond to colds or bacterial infections as easily as they could if they get a cold. It will be harder for the body’s immune system to get rid of any infection. When a child sleeps, they get better fever response. This is why fevers seem to be higher at night. Fevers are one sign that the body is trying to fight off an infection. And if a child is sleep-deprived, their fever reaction isn’t primed and they can’t fight off an infection as good as they could if they were well rested.
Lack of sleep can also have a negative effect on how a child learns. Overtired kids work more slowly because it’s hard for them to remember what the teacher just told them or what they just read. Their brains have a harder time focusing, even interfering with the formation and recall of long-term memories. When kids are sleep-deprived their brains actually lapse into sleep-like brainwave patterns, which is why tired kids space out during class.
They’re more distracted, they may make more careless errors, and they have a hard time focusing on class assignments and tests. And don’t forget how kids become moody and impulsive when they’re tired. They’re more likely to lose their temper causing them to make poor choices and then sit in the principal’s office rather than the classroom.
Finally, with childhood obesity being a major concern in society right now, we’re finding that kids who sleep less than they should also are more likely to be overweight. This has to do with hormone levels and their effect on hunger. Tired children may tend to eat more because of an increase in the hormone that causes hunger and a decrease in the hormone which reduces hunger.
So when your child argues with you about staying up late, especially on a school night, remember these things and they will help you stand your ground and send them to bed at a reasonable time to get good sleep. If your child has a medical problem which prevents them from getting restful sleep, then it’s time to schedule an appointment to discuss these concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

Article courtesy of: University of Utah Health

The chart below lists by age group the amount of sleep that individuals need.

How much sleep you need changes as you age.
Age Group Recommended Hours of Sleep Per Day
Newborn 0–3 months 14–17 hours (National Sleep Foundation)
No recommendation (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)
Infant 4–12 months 12–16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Toddler 1–2 years 11–14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Preschool 3–5 years 10–13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
School Age 6–12 years 9–12 hours per 24 hours
Teen 13–18 years 8–10 hours per 24 hours
Adult 18–60 years 7 or more hours per night
61–64 years 7–9 hours
65 years and older 7–8 hours

**Information provided by the CDC**


Social Media Presentation

Learn About the Effects of

Screen Time and Social


The PTSA is proud to support this social media event to help students and parents learn about the effects of screen time/social media usage, and provide tips on how to devise a sensible and realistic family plan.

A youth night will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Northstar Church. Ages 11-18 and parents are welcome.

There will also be a parent education night at 7 p.m. held at Allatoona High School Auditorium.

Project Backpack

What is project backpack? Project backpack is a needs based food donation program provided by Due West Methodist Church. This program is designed to offer food to our students whose families have difficulty providing food on the weekends. Backpacks of food for the weekend are distributed here at school on Fridays?

Project backpack forms for the 2019-2020 school year are coming home on Monday August 12, 2019.  Forms are due August 16, 2019.

** Only complete and return this form if your family is in need**

**Food distribution will start Friday September 6, 2019**

Welcome Back!

School Counseling Information:

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.   Our contact information is as follows:


Sydnie Jones: Grades: 1,3,5 /email:

Chris Wilson:Grades K,2,4/

Phone: 770-975-6655

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Momo Challenge

Listed below is an article regarding the Momo Challenge.  Several students have spoken to the counselor’s today regarding this issue.  Please read the attached article reagrding this challenge.

Key points to remember:

  1. Let your child know that they are safe
  2. Let your child know that they should not follow along with the suggestions in the Momo Challenge
  3. Monitor your child’s social media, (especially You Tube), where this video is showing
  4. Let your children know that they can speak to you about things that make them feel uncomfortable

Counselor Referrals

We have seen a significant rise in the number of students from all grade levels  being referred to the counselor’s office for inappropriate language. The one common factor that we are seeing in each case is Social Media. Students share that they are watching videos on You Tube and repeating the information in school.  In some cases students are watching videos and inappropriate ads are popping up.


What you can do as a parent/guardian:

  • Talk to your child about what they are watching on social media
  • Take time to sit with your child and watch an ENTIRE episode of what your child is watching.  Many times the inappropriate content is embedded 15 to twenty minutes into the episode. ( including YouTube kids)
  • Encourage your child to speak with you if they see or hear anything that makes them feel uncomfortable
  • Let your  child know that they can talk with school staff if they have viewed inappropriate content and are concerned about what they have seen and do not know who they can talk to.


Social Media Presentation

Frey Elementary School Counselors Present:

*************************** *  *Social Media and Children***********************************

Presenter: Lisa Ellerbee, Frey Parent and head of Social ‘Bee” Media Safety and Security

Did you know that your child can use snapchat to send messages that automatically disappear?

Did you know that your child can be bullied through Musically?

Did you know that you have to be 13 years old to have an account on Instagram or Musically?

Did you know that there are such things as hidden apps that your child could be using?

Please plan to attend the social media presentation on Jan. 22nd at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.  This is an interactive presentation. Please plan on bringing your cell phone as well as your child’s phone.


Frey Angel Tree Gift Return December 19, 2018

If you pulled an ornament off of the Angel Tree, gifts are now due.  Please bring all gifts to the front office by Wednesday December 19, 2018.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sydnie Jones/ Chris Wilson – 770-975-6655