Alta Vista Voyager Connection
An In-Depth Newsletter for Alta Vista Families
- 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
Monthly Reading Challenge
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.
How to Respond to Temper Tantrums
They also have fun math puzzles like the one shown below. Good luck!
You can find their website here: https://mashupmath.com/
Students in Ms. Martinez's 4th grade classroom made ornaments on Grinch day!
Our students in the recorder ensemble worked very hard, even practicing after school!
Showing off their work!
More of Mrs. Martinez's 4th grade students!
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!
Taking a Break
Students were able to take a break for some pizza while practicing hard for the holiday concert.
Some of our Pre-K students are ready for the holiday concert!
Some of our students were able to perform at Waco City Hall.