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Holland's Primary and Elementary Newsletter - January 2016

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Points to Ponder for Parents

Teach the Importance Of Treating Others With Respect
Having school friends contributes to a child’s positive feelings about school. To help your child make friends, show them the qualities that make it possible to attract and keep friends. Model the qualities of being kind to others, not gossiping, and being available when your friends need help. Also teach your child to:

  • Be polite. Say, "Excuse me," "I’m sorry," "Please" and "Thank you."

  • Listen to what others have to say.

  • Be a good sport. It is important to look out for the welfare of the entire team.

  • Be assertive. Stand up for what’s right, without being aggressive.

  • Spend some time alone. Kids who enjoy their own company don’t always need to be the center of attention.

  • Be friendly. Smile at classmates and say, "Hi."

Focusing on Strengths Calms Anxiety

Even the most capable children sometimes complain, "I don’t get this," or "I’ll never get this! I’m stupid!" If you let this go on, your child will think he can’t do well, so he won’t even try. Here’s how to get your child back on track:
  • Focus on his strengths. Don’t emphasize failures.

  • Talk about how he’s improved—not about what he’s done wrong or forgot.

  • Challenge negative talk. Remind him of past successes.

  • Put setbacks into perspective. "Yes, you got a bad grade. But you gave it a good try. Let’s talk about things that you can do to improve."

  • Avoid comparing him to siblings.

  • Be a booster. Never say, "Stop complaining and get to work." Admit the work might be hard. But note he’s done hard work like this before and triumphed.

  • Show your interest in what he’s learning. Ask to see his work.

  • Listen attentively to what he says about schoolwork without judging or arguing. If you have a concern, be sure to share it with his teacher.

Use Pockets of Time to Boost Learning
If you have five extra minutes during the day, you can use that time to help your child learn. Here’s what teachers recommend:

  • Boost creativity. Ask your child questions that get her thinking. "What if the sun came up at night?" "What if we had eyes in the back of our head?"

  • Ask your child’s opinion. Find out what her favorite subject, book or song is. Have her explain why.
  • Be a storyteller. Don’t just tell fantasy tales. Fill your stories with information about the real world.

  • Tell your child you love her. Children need to feel loved and accepted to take the risks necessary to learn.

  • Review basic life skills: Have your child practice tying shoes or counting the change in your wallet.

  • Explore the world together. Encourage your child to look, touch and ask questions.

  • Ask your child to tell you what she finds interesting. Listen attentively to what she says.



Kindergarten class on the 100th day of school!
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First Grade

  • Please be sure to listen to your child read their book bag to you EVERY night. Even if your child attends ACE, they still need to read to you. ACE does not listen to them read.

  • First graders need to practice counting up to 120. They need to practice counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They also need to practice writing these numbers. (Call out random numbers from 1-120 for them to write)

  • Please work on shoe tying at home.

High School FCCLA teaching about using "please" and "thank you".

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Varsity Basketball Players Reading With Students

During basketball season, the varsity basketball team takes time out of their Fridays to read to the first graders.

Scientist of the Week!

Students get the chance to be the "Scientist of the Week". If they are selected, they do an experiment for the first grade class and then answer questions their friends might have.

100th Day of School!

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Learning Is Fun In First Grade!


Third Grade

  • Parents may help their child at home learn their reading vocabulary words by downloading the app Quizlet. This is a fun way to practice learning the vocabulary words.
  • Istation Home is ready to use and assignments have been assigned on skills covered in class. This is great at home practice. Parents will need to follow the instructions to install and then use the students username and password.

100 Point AR Trip

We are proud of all the 3rd graders that made the 100 point AR trip.

Erin Breit, Lilly Brown, Elysha Gonzalez-Carranza, Ryleigh Hand, Jason Jeske, Christian Michalek, Jayden Monfort, Addie Schiller, Noah Schultze, and Brooke Tubbs.

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Fourth Grade Fabulous

Fourth graders having a great time at their Marble Jar Party!


Healthy Kids, Pale Kids...Sick Kids, Well Kids!!


Clinic Schedule
  • Thursday, February 25th - 9 am to 11 am

Please call 657-2839 for an appointment. You need to book your appointment BEFORE the day you are wanting to be seen.


The Texas Dental Hygienists' Association is providing free sealants for children who are ages 7 - 17 and accompanied by an adult. This service will be provided on Saturday, February 27th, from 9 am to 1 pm. It will be located at the Jean and Ralph Wilson Dental Hygiene Clinic, Temple College - East Campus, Health Science Center. For more information, you may call 254-298-8688.

Feed My Sheep Clinic has a free children's walk-in clinic on certain Saturdays. They do sick child visits, vaccinations, hearing screening, vision screening, and dental screening. They are open from 10 am to 12 pm, and sign up's begin at 9:30 am. Upcoming dates are:
  • February 6th
  • March 5th
  • March 19th
  • April 9th
  • May 7th
  • May 28th

Their contact information is:

613 South 3rd Street

Temple, TX 76504



Look who has lost a tooth!!


Other Important Dates

  • February 4th to February 13th - Bell County Youth Fair
  • Monday, February 8th - School Holiday
  • Friday, February 19th - Last Day of 4th Six Weeks
  • Monday, February 22nd - Teacher Work Day, No School for Students
  • March 7th to March 11th - Public School Week
  • Sunday, March 13th - Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 14th to March 18th - Spring Break
  • Thursday, March 24th - Spring Pictures
  • Tuesday, March 29th - 4th Grade Writing STAAR / 5th Grade Math STAAR
  • Wednesday, March 30th - 5th Grade Reading STAAR
  • Monday, May 9th - 3rd Grade & 4th Grade Math STAAR
  • Tuesday, May 10th - 3rd Grade & 4th Grade Reading STAAR
  • Wednesday, May 11th - 5th Grade Science STAAR