1. Be realistic and specific. Make sure the goal is reasonable and attainable. For example, the goal of getting an A in math is very broad. Completing math homework every day after school is specific and realistic.
2. A goal is a habit that the child needs to do on a daily basis. Habits take a significant amount of time to develop. The reminder could be in the form of a chart or even an app or alarm on a technology device. I have found that it's ideal if the reminder doesn't come directly from me as the parent. We want the children to take ownership of their goal.
3. Mistakes and failures are to be expected. Discuss this with your child and make adjustments accordingly. This doesn't mean your child quits and gives up on the goal. This is an opportunity to persevere and overcome obstacles. It is also the prime opportunity to discuss if the goal is indeed realistic.
Here are some examples of age appropriate, specific goals to help you get started.
- Feed and water the dog every day after school.
- Read 20 minutes every day after school.
- Brush teeth every night after showering.
- Complete homework every day after school.
- Play outside for one hour every day.
I wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to a wonderful 2016!
Hartman School Counselor
Congratulations to the Jimmy John's Student of the Week Collin Vo!
Lost & Found
Please send shoe boxes to school for a school wide project!
21 Day Healthy Snack Challenge
Wylie ISD is participating in the Medical City Children's Hospital 21-Day Snack Challenge. We are also competing against Rockwall ISD to have the most families sign up and participate in the challenge. Briefly, the challenge is to replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones.
Medical City Children's Hospital has created a cookbook to make healthy snacking in 2016 an easy resolution to keep! The cookbook, packed with fun, yummy, healthy snacks designed by local culinary high school students, aims to build healthy food habits one snack at a time.
However, when a home-cooked meal isn't an option, check out the Medical City Children's Hospital Kids Fit Menus. Part of the Kids Teaching Kids program, our healthy menus are kid-tested and approved and available at many restaurants.
Visit the Kids Teaching Kids website for more information about the Kids Fit Menu and participating restaurants.
And don't forget to register for the challenge between January 11 and 24, 2016. The challenge runs between January 25 and February 14, 2016.
Featured Cool Cat of the Week
Number of years at Hartman: 6
Previous jobs: Pre k teacher, bill collector at doctor's office
Family: Married for 15 years and has 5 kids
What she loves most about Hartman: She loves how the whole school works together to accomplish goals for the children.
Favorite teams: Wylie Pirates football, Texas Rangers, Wylie Elite baseball
Something that most people don't know about her: She plays softball.
Congratulations to Hartman Teacher of the Year Nancy Butler!
3rd & 4th Grade Science Fair
Rock Star Day
Monday, January 11th: 3rd & 4th grade science projects due
Thursday, January 14th: Pops Choir concert 1:45pm & 7-8pm
Thursday, January 14th: PTA general meeting 7pm
Monday, January 18th: No school for students, professional development for staff
Tuesday, January 19th: CTA Honor Choir 2:30pm
Tuesday, January 19th: WISD Science Fair @ WEHS
Wednesday, January 20th: Early release day, Day of Grit
Monday, January 25th: McDonald's Night 5-7pm
Thursday, January 28th: Hartman family engagement night 5-7pm
Friday, January 22nd: 21 Day Challenge Rally 2:00
Friday, February 12th: Valentine's Day parties 1:30
Monday, February 15th: No school for students, professional development for staff
Friday, February 19th: 4th Symphony field trip, 8-11:30am
Friday, February 26th: 80's costume day, pep rally 1:45
February 29th-March 4th: WISD college week