Forest Heights Family

December 2015

Winter Break: 12/19 - 1/3

Cardinals S.O.A.R.

Did you know we SOAR everyday as Cardinals?


SOAR stands for:


· Safe

· Organized

· Accountable

· Respectful


Help us remind our young Cardinals to SOAR everyday in school and at home.

Holiday Music Concert - K - 3

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 6pm

Forest Heights Elementary School, Gastonia, NC, United States

Gastonia, NC

Come ring in the holidays Cardinal-style with sounds of the season by our K - 3 students!

Elementary Student Math Handbook Parent Info

As a parent or caregiver, you are your child's first mathematics teacher. In fact, you have probably been doing math together since your child was very young. Counting pictures on a page and singing songs helped your child learn about numbers and counting. Building with objects such as blocks and cardboard boxes exposed your child to geometric ideas such as shape, size and symmetry. Chores such as putting away the dishes and sorting laundry engaged your child in sorting and categorizing, which are important features of data analysis.


Once your child enters school, it is important to continue to support their growing understanding of mathematics. There are many different ways to help your child learn and appreciate mathematics, even if math was not your favorite subject in school. You can help your child by:

  • believing that s/he can successfully learn mathematics
  • sharing how you use mathematics everyday
  • playing games that make learning fun and important
  • solving problems together and exploring different ways to solve the same problems
  • asking your child questions as s/he solves problems
  • examining why solutions are correct and incorrect
  • knowing how Investigations helps your child learn mathematics
  • supporting your child as s/he completes homework assignments


Your child will be receiving a Student Math Handbook to take home for reference while doing homework and playing math games with their families, and/or as a reference for families to better understand the work your child is doing in class. The Student Math Handbook offers a valuable reference to the math words and ideas introduced in class as well as game directions for the games being played.


The expectation for the Math Handbook is the same as any other textbook issued to students at Forest Heights. Students are expected to return the book in good condition at the end of the school year. Joins us in growing strong mathematicians.

Compass Learning

Don’t forget to continue Compass Learning over the Holiday Break. You can also visit our school's website for the link.