Alta Vista Voyager Connection

An In-Depth Newsletter for Alta Vista Families

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 20: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 23: New Family Orientation at 6 pm (Alta Vista Library)
  • Friday, January 24: 5th Grade Field Trip to the Planetarium
  • January 27-31: College and Career Week
  • Thursday, January 30: Career Day
  • Saturday, February 1: Waco ISD UIL Meet


  • February 3-7: Student Led Conferences
  • Tuesday, February 4: Student Led Conferences Late Night (3:30-7:30)
  • Tuesday, February 11: Transformation Waco Family Bowling Night
  • Tuesday, February 18: 3rd Grade Field Trip the the Jazz Concert

Parent Involvement Opportunities

Alta Visa will be hosting our second New Family Orientation of the school year on Thursday, January 23 from 6:00-7:00. If you are new to Alta Vista in the last year, or you have been at Alta Vista for a while and want to learn more about our school, please mark your calendar! Teachers will also present sessions specific to your child's grade level. Contact Will Ward, Family Support Specialist for more info!

Monthly Reading Challenge

Look out for monthly reading challenge every month. Students can complete the monthly challenge to earn a FREE BOOK!

Decorate a book with 3 reading resolutions. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Read at home ____ times a week.
  • Read ___ minutes a night.
  • Read ___ books a week/month.
  • Read ___ pages a day/week/month.

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How to Respond to Temper Tantrums

We know temper tantrums are tough, especially when you are out in public. Here's a quick video with tips on how to respond when your child is having a temper tantrum.
Dr. Becky Bailey Answers, "What Do I Do If My Child Is Having A Temper Tantrum?"

Math Chat

Check out Mashup Math online or on YouTube. They have create videos for upper grades that explain math concepts like how to solve multiplication word problems.

They also have fun math puzzles like the one shown below. Good luck!

You can find their website here:
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Counseling Connection - Helping Kids Set Goals

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s that time of year again when many adults set New Year’s resolutions. Can children do the same thing? The answer is yes! Here are some tips to help your children be more successful in 2020.

Lead by example. Set a goal for yourself. Model for your children what it takes to reach it. By doing this your will help your children see that even though it’s not always easy to achieve success, it can be done with hard work and determination.

Make sure goals are age appropriate. Older children can handle more challenging goals; for example, reading a chapter book a week or being responsible for making family dinner one night a week. Younger children need simpler goals; for example, reading a picture book a week or setting the table for dinner one night a week.

Make goals meaningful. Talk to your children. Ask them to share what they feel they are good at doing. Ask them to share what they would like to do better. Focus of areas of improvement that matter to your children. They are more likely to works towards a goal if it has meaning.

Set short term and long term goals. Short term goals that are achieved quickly help children know how good it feels to be successful. Then they are more likely to work towards goals that take longer to achieve and are more willing to stick with it even when it gets hard. Short terms goals can be a brief as getting to school on time every day for a week. Long term goals can be as far reaching as aspiring to go to college on day.

Celebrate success. Forgive and forget failures. When your children reach a goal, celebrate! This could be as simple as sharing some positive feedback such as “You did it!” Just as important is to remember that we all make mistakes or “oops.” When this happens talk it through with your children and finds ways to do better next time. Then, forgive and forget. Be ready to move on.

Remember, just like you and me, children can set goals and succeed in 2020! Happy New Year!

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