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December 2019

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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood!

Habit 5 is one of the most important habits when communicating with others. It is about listening not only with your ears, but with your eyes as well. What is the person really saying when they are talking to you? What is their body language saying? What are their words saying? Knowing all of these components in their message will help you respond appropriately and allow you to express your thoughts and feelings on the subject effectively.

How have you or your leader practiced Habit 5 at home? Respond to mandi.mcbain@tlca-ar.com with your answer, Leader's name and grade level and they will receive a crazy sock pass to use this Friday!

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Four Tips to Help Your Child Succeed at School



Parents, families, educators and communities—there’s no better partnership to assure that all students, pre-K to high school, have the support and resources they need to succeed in school and life.

The research shows that students tend to earn higher grades, have better attendance, are more motivated and less likely to drop out when their families are involved in their education.

Here are four tips for what parents can do outside the classroom to help their child succeed:

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning and schoolwork. Establish a daily routine of mealtimes with time for homework, chores and bedtime.
  2. Reinforce learning at home and show your child the skills they’re learning are applicable to everyday life. For example, if your child is learning about measurements, solicit help with a recipe.
  3. Model the habits of a lifelong learner. Let your child see you reading, writing and using technology.
  4. Become an advocate. Sign up to speak to the school board about resources your child’s school and schools in general need to be successful.
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College Colors Day

The first Monday of each month is College Colors Day at TLCA. This Monday, December 2nd we will have our College Color Day. Students may wear college shirts/college colors with their khaki pants. Can't wait to see what colleges will be represented this month at TLCA!
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Jeans Day $3

On Tuesday, December 3rd, Leaders may wear jeans and TLCA spirit shirt for $3.00. Funds raised will go to build our campus activity fund. Students may bring their money to participate on Tuesday!
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Progress Reports

We are already halfway through the 3rd 6 weeks! Progress Reports will come home on Wednesday, December 4th for students with a 75 or below in a course. Please contact your Leader's teacher with any questions, academic concerns, or to learn how you can help your Leader at home. Cheryl Springer can get you the link for parent portal if you are interested. You can monitor their grades and attendance in the portal all year. Contact cheryl.springer@tlca-ar.com to get your personalized link!
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Student Holiday

Monday, December 9th is a holiday for students and a staff workday. Please make alternate arrangements for your children that day!
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December 10th-Picture Retake

We will have picture makeup and retakes on Tuesday, December 10th! Bring your best smile!
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Spirit Day at El Polo Loco on December 13th!

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Holiday DRESS UP DAYS

We are getting in the Spirit of the Season! We will have special dress up days the last 3 1/2 days of school!


Monday the 16th: Deck the Halls...wear Red and Green or a Christmas shirt

Tuesday the 17th: Christmas Vacation...wear tacky Christmas sweater or shirt

Wednesday the 18th: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...wear bells, hats, antlers, noses, etc.

Thursday the 19th: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas....wear pajamas!

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Winter Music Program

On Tuesday, December 17th we will have our Christmas Program for our Elementary students! They have been practicing so very hard for this and your attendance will mean so much to them! Come out for a night of singing by our littlest Eagles and be serenaded by our 3-5th grade recorders!

K-2 5:30-6:30

3-5th 6:45-7:45

K-3 Auditorium

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Christmas Parties

Thursday, December 19th is not only Mrs. Morrison's birthday and Early Dismissal, but it is also when we will have our campus Christmas parties. Please contact your Leader's teacher to see how you can help or volunteer! As always, you are welcome to join us!

Winter Break Starts Soon! December 19th at 12:00

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What's your favorite thing about Winter Break?

After we get out on December 19th at NOON, I believe some of the best times I have with family and friends during Winter Break is sitting down watching a great holiday movie or listening to our favorite Christmas carols. Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite songs because it was one of my favorites when I sang in my HS Choir. I have great memories of that time and love to be silly and sing it to my children during the holidays. My favorite movie is Elf which my children and I adore! We also like to get out and explore our wonderful community! I am providing a links with Free things to do in DFW!

What are your favorite things to do with your family and friends over the break? Contact mandi.mcbain@tlca-ar.com and let me know. Your leader will receive a special candy cane from me! I can't wait to hear your favorites!

Littlest Wiseman Fort Worth

Get your Free tickets Now! Tickets are on Saturday and Sundays as well as a few days during the week!

Original Carol of the bells song 🎄

Tell us what you think!

We are trying our best to meet the needs of your family and our community, but we know there is always room for growth! How can we greater meet the needs of your family? What have we done well and where do we have room to grow? What suggestions do you have for us? Please email mandi.mcbain@tlca-ar.com with your thoughts and they will be shared with administration. If you believe we are doing a tremendous job, please leave us your reviews on Facebook and on Google reviews (the pictures are will connect to our link). In addition, the best way to spread the word is to speak to your friends and family and share your experience with them.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to my children has been a cherished tradition since my children were small. This year, I am going live on Facebook to share our tradition with you! We will go live at 8 p.m. just in time to get into bed so visions of sugarplums can dance in their heads! I can't wait to have you join us!
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Positive Shout Outs!

What's for Lunch?

Lunch time is one of my favorite times of the day! Look below for our December lunch menu!
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Stay Connected

If there has been a change in your phone number, address, or email address or you wish to be connected through our Parent Portal, please email cheryl.springer@tlca-ar.com. You can connect and inform your Leader's teacher over Dojo as well!

December Calendar of Events

  • 2nd: College Shirt/Colors Day- Khaki pants

  • 3rd: Kona Ice and Bear Factory for Fundraiser winners and those with Parent forms 1:30pm

  • 3rd: Jean Day (Students pay $3 to wear jeans and spirit shirt)

  • 4th: Progress Reports

  • 9th: Student Holiday (Staff Development)

  • 10th: Picture Retake Day

  • 13th: El Pollo Loco @ 2125 N Hwy 360

  • 16th-19th: Holiday Themed Dress Up Days

  • 17th: K-5 Christmas Programs (K-2 5:30-6:30, 3-5th 6:45-7:45)

  • 19th: Early Release 12pm/Christmas Parties

  • 20th: -Jan 6th- Student HOLIDAY

  • 24th: TLCA Arlington Facebook Live-’Twas the Night Before Christmas 8 p.m.