More Than Cheer has a bevy of upcoming events, so use the below links to learn more about how to be a part of our active family!
- Open House: Date TBD. We will update you with further details ASAP!
- Open Gym: October 25. POSTPONED
- Enchanted Princess Evening: November 8. A brand new, regular program with More Than Cheer! Save the date and stay tuned for more details.
- Thanksgiving break: CLOSED November 26-30
- Parents Night Out: December 13. Further details TBA
- Winter break: CLOSED December 22-27
- New Years Eve Lock-In! SAVE THE DATE! Further details TBA
As a reminder: our After School Leadership Academy has two spots left! For more information on the program and how to register, please click here!
Our exciting new location in Sterling and a full array of classes are already available! We currently offer the Performance Team, High School Prep and High School Training programs, Sideline and Rec Competition Teams, Private Lessons and Coaching, and now our new Leaders in Training Program. We look forward to providing you the same full schedule of classes as our current Ashburn location.
Additionally, MTC will be adding classes to both of our locations, so please let us know what additional classes you would be interested in and if you would like to enroll in more of our classes!
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Thank you again for being a part of our family, and we so look forward to bringing more news and offers to you soon.
The More Than Cheer Family
Many of our students have been haunted by the word “Ebola”, unaware of neither the facts nor the myths of this virus. We realize it can be tough to sort through the fear and the confusion, so we offer the following suggestions for tackling this subject.
- Ensure you are informed and release your anxieties. Remember there isn’t an urgent need to sit your family down as there is absolutely no need to panic. Your children will use your social cues, such as expressed anxiety or marked calm, to react to situations. As President Obama said recently “This is not a situation in which, like a flu, that the risks of rapid spread of the disease are imminent. If we do the protocol properly and follow the steps, then the likelihood of widespread Ebola outbreak in this country are very, very low.” The virus cannot be transmitted through the air or by casual contact; infection comes through contact with saliva, vomit, blood or other bodily fluids.
- Ask your child what they already know about Ebola. Younger children -children below 5- or perhaps children being home schooled may have never even heard of Ebola and have no need to be alarmed. Remind your children how important it is that they regularly wash their hands and avoid contact with the bodily fluids (blood, saliva, diarrhea, vomit, etc) of others.
- Educate the fear away. Inform your children that Ebola has been known and studied since 1976. Ebola is rare and very hard to catch. Ebola is only a thriving concern for West Africans because of poverty, lack of information, and health care systems that simply are struggling to cope with the outbreak because of shortages of doctors, nurses, treatment centers and supplies.
- Assure your child that Ebola is not a death sentence. People have recovered from Ebola and we are learning more and more in combating this virus. Assure your child it’s ok to be afraid, but they are by no means at risk or in danger.
- Cold and flu season is upon us, so teach children to not share germs with their classmates and friends. Talk about how important it is to cover your cough and dispose of tissues right away. Remind them that being healthy means getting plenty of sleep, eating nutritious food, drinking lots of water, and being physically active. Reinforce that healthy bodies have strong immune systems that do a better job fighting off infections off all kinds.
- How can we as a community help? Organizations in the United States and around the world have begun sending shipments of supplies to address the lack of adequate medical supplies in Liberia and other African countries. Click here for some encouraging examples to share with your child. They may be interested to know of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg donating $25 million for Ebola efforts, or Bill Gates donating $50 million to support the United Nation’s efforts. You may decide as a family to make a contribution to an organization such as the American Red Cross, orDoctors Without Borders, or the United Nations Foundation, or UNICEF that is targeting efforts to treat and contain Ebola. Your child may wish to donate their allowance one week or dig in the couch cushions, car seats, or the bottom of your purse for loose change to put together with your contribution to support the efforts.Doctors Without Borders also has a Facebook page where they are asking supporters to leave messages of encouragement for their staff working on Ebola treatment in West Africa. This is something that families can do together.
If you’d like to learn more about how to talk with your children about real-life fears or how to teach your child to take charge of their worry in general, you can check out my new book, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: The Revised and Updated Version:Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries and Phobias from Toddlers to Teens and Be Prepared for Life! Harmony Books, 2014.
If you or your kids are interested in learning more, here are some great resources:
CDC Infographics and Factsheets
Map of cases and World map
Washington Post Ebola report (good info for parents)
CNN Student News video from September 4, 2014
Infographic of how contagious Ebola really is
Kid’s Health Article on Ebola (basic facts – good for middle school age)