Alta Vista Voyager Connection
An In-Depth Newsletter for Alta Vista Families
November 6-10: Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Tuesday, November 7: "We Are Family" District Parent Involvement Event at University High School, 6:00-7:00 pm
Friday, November 10: Baylor Basketball Game Field Trip for Grades 3-5
Wednesday, November 15: Due Date for Pack of Hope Drive & November Reading Challenge
Thursday, November 16: Thanksgiving Lunch
Friday, November 17: House Party Celebrations & Early Release
November 20-24: Thanksgiving Holiday~No School
November 28-29: Dental Clinic
Pack of Hope Drive
Monthly Book Challenge
Complete the turkey feather by writing about a book that you are thankful for. Decorate the feather and turn it in to Ms. Abel by Wednesday, November 15. You can pick up a copy of the turkey feather in the office if you lost your first one. Each student that completes our November reading challenge by the due date will receive a FREE book (while supplies last)!
Check out Mrs. Helton's video for more details!
Parent Involvement Opportunities
We would love to have your help at Thanksgiving lunch (November 16) by serving food to our families. If you are interested in volunteering for 30 minutes (or more), please call Mrs. Helton at 662-3050.
We hope you will join us for "We are Family" District Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, November 7 at University High School from 6:00-7:00 pm. We will have lots of great strategies for supporting your students at home with reading!
Mayborn Family Memberships
Conscious Discipline Tips
Feelings can often be overwhelming to everyone, especially elementary age children. Here's some tips to help you manage your child's feelings during times of upset.
Step 1: I am.
Acknowledge the upset. Say, "I see you're upset. Something must have happened."
Step 2: I calm.
Encourage your child to take calming breathes. Try a S.T.A.R. - Stop, Take a deep breathe And Relax.
Step 3: I am.
Identify specific feeling by name; for example, angry, sad or scared. Help your child say, "I feel angry ... (sad, scared)." Remind children it's okay to have these feelings and that they can handle these feeling because feelings are just are part of us. If your child feels scared, remind them that they are safe. If your child feels sad, remind them that they are loved. If your child feels angry, remind them that they are both safe and loved.
Step 4: I chose.
Engage your child in an activity of choice; for example, read to them or go outside and play catch. This gives your child a chance to self regulate and to get their brain back in an excutive state where they can problem solve.
Step 5: I solve.
Work with your child to figure out what caused the upset. Work together to make a plan on how to solve the problem.
Follow these steps and you and your child will be on the way to successful self regulation. Want to know more? Check out the Parent section the the Conscious Discipline website here: https://consciousdiscipline.com/about/parents/
ALTA VISTA THANKSGIVING LUNCH SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 16, 2017
November's character trait is responsibility, which is defined as "taking ownership of what you say, what you do and what is expected of you". Students will be taking a closer look at Alta Vista's school motto and identifying four areas where they can demonstrate responsibility: 1. self care / home , 2. school , 3. community and 4. the world. Encourage your child to develop the skill of being responsible by giving them age appropriate self care steps; for example, brushing their teeth and chores; for example, picking up their toys. Encourage them to be responsible at school by being safe and ready to learn. Encourage them to be responsible in the community by donating to local agencies like Packs of Hope or picking up trash in the park. Encourage them to take care of our world by recycling. By doing these things, you can help your child learn responsibility.