Alta Vista Voyager Connection

An In-Depth Newsletter for Alta Vista Families

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Tech Survey

During this time as Waco ISD makes plans to possibly extend at home learning, Dr. Kinacannon has asked everyone to fill out following survey to determine family's technology needs. Please click the link to fill out the short survey! wacoisd.org/techsurvey
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Parent Involvement Opportunities

During this time of social distancing there are plenty of ways (in many ways it might feel like too many ways) to connect with your kids! We want you to be able to connect with the larger AVE community and the best way to do that is on Facebook. Please check out our daily challenges and post pictures of your kids completing them with #WacoISDReads!

Meal Sites

Waco ISD is providing meal sites during the time of closure for your family. Some of the sites likely accessible to Alta Vista students are at River City Church (3015 N Robinson Drive) and Kendrick Elementary (1801 Kendrick Lane). There is also a mobile drop off site at Waco Apartments daily from 12:20-12:45. Follow this link and check out our Facebook Page to get the most updated info on WISD meal sites. https://www.wacoisd.org/Page/10749


Also, check out the Transformation Waco website for a frequently updated list of resources during school closures. https://www.wacoisd.org/domain/7409

Teaching Perseverance

Perseverance was Alta Vista's character trait for March. Perseverance is continued effort in the face of difficulty or delayed success. The movie Finding Nemo has lots of great examples of perseverance or grit! Consider watching the movie as a family and talking about the challenges the characters faced and how they didn't give up when things were hard. Feel free to post on Facebook with #BetterTogether and tagging Alta Vista Elementary to let us know you are watching!
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Writing Activity

Check out Mrs. Helton showing us a fun writing activity you can do with your families! As always show us pictures of you learning at home by tagging Alta Vista Elementary and #WacoISDReads.
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Math Chat

We forget that geometry is also a part of math! This link is a great extra to use while at home with your kiddos! While shapes seem like an easy concept, there is SO MUCH VOCABULARY that students have to learn. Here are some videos from Numberock to help your students master their geometry vocabulary.
https://youtu.be/ZnZYK83utu0
https://youtu.be/NVuMULQjb3o

We are here to help!

Please let us know how we can help during this time. Follow this link our scan the QR code for and fill out the form. Also, feel free to contact Mr. Ward, Family Support Specialist at will.ward@wacoisd.org directly.
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Why can't I go to school?

It can be hard to understand the situation with COVID-19 as an adult and even more so for children. The links below provided by Conscious Discipline can help you have conversations with your child during these days.


DIY Stress Balls

You might not think of stress balls as a kid thing, but let me tell you, they are. These super cool squishy balls are perfect for fidgeters, children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety and probably every child we know...especially in the throws of self isolation and the anxiety it brings! They stretch, they squeeze, they are so much fun. Make Stress Balls Kids Will Love with this easy DIY Idea. It only takes a few simple supplies and you’ll have your own DIY stress balls. Enjoy!


What’s Needed

  • Balloons
  • ½ cup Flour (per balloon, approx.)
  • Empty Water Bottle, dry
  • Funnel

Directions

1. Put funnel into the water bottle, and pour flour through it.

2. Stretch the balloon around the opening of the water bottle.

3. Turn water bottle upside down and gently squeeze the flour into the balloon. Make sure to use some pressure because the air helps the balloon open up so the flour can all go in.

4. After the flour is all in, pinch the balloon and release it from the bottle.

5. The balloon should have a snug fit to the flour inside it. Just make sure there isn’t any extra air the balloon.

6. Tie the balloon and wipe away any excess flour from the outside.

7. All ready to squeeze away stress and have fun!

P.S. If you find your child has poked a hole in one or a little bit of flour is seeping out through the hole, cover it with another balloon and you are good to go.


To see the directions with pictures, visit https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/make-stress-balls-kids-will-love/

Self Care is Important!

It is always important with the fast pace of raising kids and living life to take some time to care for yourself as a parent as well as for your family to pause and rest together. The anxiety and stress that these uncertain times can bring still require self care! Check out the graphic below with some self care ideas. Look for a post on Facebook this month where we will invite you to share pictures of your family practicing self care during this time!
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Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words!

Don't forget to check out the pictures of all the great things happening at Alta Vista. We are updating this page regularly with smiling faces from around the school.


Check out our school photos here: https://www.wacoisd.org/Page/9318

Follow Us!

Make sure you are following us on Facebook for the latest news! Click here: https://www.facebook.com/AltaVistaElem/


You can also read more about what's happening and view pictures on our campus website at http://altavista.wacoisd.org