The Superstar Special

Newsletter for the C.L. Smith Elementary Superstars

October 2015

From the Principal:

October is an exciting month at school. Teachers have gotten to know their new classes and students are settling into their new routines. This is the month when a lot of new learning takes place in the classroom. Our PTA is also working hard on the carnival which is a wonderful family event held on Saturday, October 17 from noon to 3:00 pm. stop by between or after morning errands and/or Saturday sports events and enjoy some good family fun!

As students settle into the school year, homework can become an issue. here are some helpful tips on helping your child with homework:

  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
  • Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
  • Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
  • When your child does homework, you do homework. Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
  • When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.
  • When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it. Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.
  • If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away. Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
  • Stay informed. Talk with your child‘s teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child‘s class rules are.
  • Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework. Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

This tips were taken from a post called "Homework Tips for Parents" published by the U.S Department of Education, for more tips and ideas go to:

Please don't hesitate to contact us should you ever have any issues or concerns. We are all here to support the success of every Superstar student on campus!

Joyce Hansen


Bits and Pieces

School Site Council Ballot: We had our first SSC meeting on September 24 and established a ballot for new parent members to the council. The following parents would like to serve on Site Council for the next two years:

Erin Helfman (parent of a 1st grader and Kindergartner)

Paola Alvarado (parent of a preschooler and second grader)

Hallie Fraysier (parent of a 5th grader)

Cari Shaw (parent of a 3rd grader)

We will be voting in our new parent members at our next meeting on October 14 at 3:00 pm. All are invited to attend.


Welcome Fall! With the new school year in full swing, there are exciting things happening around campus and with PTA!

Calendar of Events

October 6

PTA Meeting, 6PM in the Staff Lounge

October 9

Tea with Joyce, 8:30am in the Staff Lounge

Genevieve’s Wrapping Sales Ends

October 17


October 20th

Song of the Oak/El Canto del Roble

Starts promptly at 10:40am

Special bilingual presentation by PCPA Outreach. All are welcome!!

Please take note that the Fall Carnival will be on a SATURDAY this year! Join us from 12-3pm for some good old fashioned family fun! There will be some exciting new things this year at the Carnival that you won’t want to miss. We will be selling Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, along with Pozole! The fun includes a pumpkin patch with prizes, a Bake Sale benefiting 6th Grade Camp and the CUPCAKE WALK is back by popular demand!

You may have noticed a sign-up sheet outside your children’s classroom doors. We are asking for volunteers to work a one hour shift in order to make the Carnival a success! We can’t do it without you!

Your children are welcome to join you at the booth and it’s a great way to get involved! We thank you in advance!

Have a question for Joyce Hansen that you would like answered? Want to get to know her better?

Come by the Staff Lounge on October 9th, right after drop-off and join us for Tea with Joyce! Light refreshments will be served. This is an open forum where you are welcomed to join the conversation.

Please consider attending our next PTA Meeting, children are welcome with a quiet activity!