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Friday, May 4, 2018


Defeat Test-Taking Fear

Unhealthy Stress Related to Assessments

Our staff takes the overall accumulative effect of the entire educational experience very seriously. We are deeply concerned when we learn that students are experiencing unhealthy stress related to assessments.

Foster Pride and Confidence
Our faculty is passionate about emphasizing that students approach testing as a routine part of their learning experience.  We work to foster confidence in students for the assessment process. Encourage your child's pride in all he/she has learned throughout the year. Remember to emphasize the bright side.

Anxiousness Undermines Success
It's always a good habit for test takers to do their very best on a test of any description and we urge students to take tests/assessments seriously.  However, we want to speak cautiously and with the right purpose when saying this to children. Too frequently an unhealthy fear is established that is often difficult to address once rooted.  Unhealthy levels of anxiousness can lead to an unhealthy view of learning and school overall. 

Healthy Outlook
Help us guide your child toward a positive and healthy approach to successful test-taking. Please partner with our staff in approaching assessment with these simple rules. Avoid saying, "you must score a certain score or else bad things will happen for you".  With a positive, calm and nurturing attitude, we can communicate the following to our students:
1. Do your very best.
2. Show what you know and all that you have learned.

Contact us for help
Hopefully, these simple reminders for your child will provide reassurance and confidence for your child. Please contact your child's teacher if we may help or if you have questions. email: FORDL@LISD.NET; RODGERSS@LISD.NET; PERRYSR@LISD.NET




Monday, March 27, 2017



Open Letter to Parents of School-Age Kids Regarding Test-Taking Fears


Assessments are one of the three major components of education and learning. The other two: curriculum and instruction.
 

Unhealthy Stress Related to Assessments

This student-focused writer is alarmed at increasing concerns of stress in children related to test-taking.  Please help me slow the progression of this and even reverse it.

Our goal and desire is that our students and their families reap benefit from the experience of test-taking.  For example, benefits of assessments include:  show progression of skills learned, accountability, interventions needed or level of effectiveness of interventions, just to name a few. 

Our staff takes the overall accumulative effect of the entire educational experience very seriously. We are saddened and deeply concerned when we learn that students are experiencing unhealthy stress related to assessments.

Our faculty is passionate about emphasizing that students approach testing as a routine part of their learning experience.  Our expectations are simple, straight forward and designed to fortify students with confidence for assessment of their learning.


It's always a good habit for test takers to do their very best on a test of any description and we certainly desire that our students take tests/assessments seriously.  However, we want to speak cautiously and with the right purpose when saying this to children. Too frequently for this writer's student-centered comfort, an unhealthy fear is established that is often difficult to untie once rooted.  This trepidation can lead to an undesired and unhealthy view of learning and school overall. Help us guide your child toward a positive and healthy approach to successful test-taking.

Please join our staff in approaching all testing with these simple requirements below. We purposefully and intentionally DO NOT emphasize, "you must score this or else "this (bad stuff) will happen'".  With positive nurture and calm we communicate the following to our students:

Adopt the DSL technique:
1. 
Do your very best.
2. Show what you know.
3. Let it go!

These simple reminders for your child should provide reassurance and confidence for your child. Please contact us if we can help or if you have questions. email: FORDL@LISD.NET; RODGERSS@LISD.NET; HEASTYYOUNGN@LISD.NET; HERKIMERD@LISD.NET; PERRYSR@LISD.NET  ; BRAWNERTM@LISD.NET ; LOVETTL@LISD.NET or your child's teacher


Mayo Clinic - generalized anxiety disorder


written by Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Twitter: @lynnhillford

Sunday, March 19, 2017

#InnovationExpo2017 @homesteades 


The above is an innovation on a longtime favorite --- guacamole, ...this is avocado lime sauce. Can we say, hoo-yah?!


Save the date -- May 25 -- Gallery Walk 


for parents and community to view students creativity, innovations and problem solving expertise. Student's displays will range from the most simple to complex. We at Homestead Elementary urge each student to participate in this opportunity to showcase their ingenuity. 


Contact your child's teacher for more information or the following:
seiglerd@lisd.net  Mrs. Deanna Seigler, Library and Media Specialist
restuccias@lisd.net  Mrs. Susan Restuccia, Gift and Talented Specialist
cyrl@lisd.net   Mrs. Lisa Cyr, Science Discovery Teacher
fordl@lisd.net  Mrs. Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal
perrysr@lisd.net  Mr. Sean Perry, Principal

Homestead Happenings __ MARCH 2017

March 13-17 -- Spring Break (no school)
March 20 -- classes resume
March 20; 3:00-4:30 PM -- FCA
March 20-21 -- Outdoor School (5th grade only).
March 23 -- Think College/Career Thursday - wear favorite college shirt
March 24; 7:15 AM -- Student Council (Science Discovery room).
March 27 -- 3:00-4:30 -- FCA
March 28 -- STAAR (grade 4 Writing; grade 5 Math)
March 29 -- STAAR (grade 5 Reading)
April 3, 3:00-4:00 PM -- FCA
April 10 -- #InnovationExpo2017 application deadline for Kdg - 5th grade.  (paper copy included in Tuesday folder 3/7/2017)

    More info about #InnovationExpo2017  ----->  Slide show created by Science Discovery Teacher, Mrs. Cyr  http://bit.ly/2nb3srs

Application for #InnovationExpo2017 for all students Kdg - 5th grade. 
#InnovationExpo2017 app Kdg-5th grade

April 10, 3:00-4:30 PM – FCA
April 10-13, Book Fair
April 11, Family Night @ Book Fair
April 11, 6:00 PM -- 1st grade performance @ PTA meeting
April 12 -- Talent Show audition
April 19, 8:00 AM -- Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Homestead staff for ALL VOLUNTEERS. Please attend!
April 20 -- Think College/Career Thursday - wear favorite college shirt
April 26 -- School pictures
May 8 -- STAAR, grades 3 - 4, Math; grade 5 Math re-test.
May 9 -- STAAR, grades 3-4, Reading; grade 5 Reading re-test.
May 10 -- STAAR, grade 5 Science.
May 11, 6:00 PM -- Top 25 Talent Show acts performance
May 25 -- #InnovationExpo2017 Gallery Walk. Parents and community invited to view student created innovative items and processes.


Thank you for following us on Twitter @homesteades and liking us on Facebook. Updates to this calendar post will follow.

Your contributions to greatness at Homestead Elementary are always appreciated.

Sincerely,
Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal



Monday, December 12, 2016

Homestead Happenings_ 9 Dec 2016

Homestead Happenings! ....keeping important people (you) informed!



YearbookOrder  Cost increase Dec 16. Order w/ credit/debit card  800-853-1337

InclementWeather alerts for LISD. For most up to date follow us on Homestead ES Twitter or check LISD website. Follow LewisvilleISD Twitter

Dec 9 - ePortfolio checkpoint. Grades 4 and 5 - Ask your student to show you his/her digital portfolio.

Dec 9 - Wear Homestead Mustang shirt (school spirit day)

Dec 13; 6:00 PM - PTA general membership meeting. 4th grade performance. Leadership by Ms. Teri Pipitone.

Dec 15 - Wear favorite college shirt. Raise awareness for college, career readiness, life-long learning and higher education.

Dec 16 - wear Homestead Mustang shirt (school spirit day)

Grade level winter parties. Specific dates/times listed below.

  • Dec 20 -- 12:45pm (2nd grade); 1:30pm (kinder and 3rd grade); 1:50pm (1st grade).
  • Dec 21 --  9:00am (4th grade); 9:30am (5th grade).
  1. Crosswalk - Please guide your child safely to the crosswalk and teach them to not walk or run through the car line. Whew! Your help with modeling this for all helps maintain safety and build a patient, supportive atmosphere for your school. 
  1. Car line etiquette  --- Please help us with this safety expectation. Roll/drive slowly all the way to the "Mustang Stripe" consistently to drop off / pick up your student. This consistent routine promotes safety and an efficient flow of drop off / pick up traffic, especially during inclement weather. Please stay in your vehicle to maintain traffic flow. If you prefer to exit the vehicle, please park in a space in the lot and walk w/ your child through the crosswalk. Model the right way and patience for your fellow Homestead Family of drivers for optimal safety, especially at peak arrival and dismissal times. Help us model and pass along the importance of getting as close to the "Mustang Stripe" as safely possible. Consistent cooperation with this expectation is noticed and appreciated. Go Mustangs! Safety first!

Dec 21 - early dismissal -- 11:45 AM. Sack lunch available @ cafeteria.

Dec 22 - Jan 3 - no school

Jan 4 - classes resume

Jan 27 - 7:00 AM; library - All-Pro Dad breakfast.  Topic: Choices -- new year; new beginning. Make improvements or stay the course?   All-ProDadRSVP

Safety.  Just a few reminders for overall safety....
Arrival and dismissal.  Regular and prompt attendance is encouraged to support optimal learning for your child.
7:15 AM - Breakfast available in the cafeteria. Supervision is provided in the cafeteria for students arriving between 7:15 and 7:35. Arrivals before 7:15 are strongly discouraged due to the absence of proper supervision.
7:35 AM - Go-to-class bell rings
7:45 AM  - Classes begin. Arrivals at 7:46 and after are considered tardy.
3:00 PM - Dismissal for 1st -5th grades. Kindergarten dismisses a few minutes prior to 3:00 PM. 

Thank you for your ongoing partnership in making Homestead a wonderful school for kids to learn, grow and build a great foundation for a lifetime of success. Please contact us with your ideas and concerns to support our overall mission of excellence for kids.
Sincerely,

Lynn Ford

Safety Reminders

Safety Reminders






12/12/2016____Feedback: Fire drill — All occupants exited the building in less than 60 seconds. Precisely 58 seconds. That’s excellent and a terrific improvement.

Things to remember and pass on to students:

  1. Save time by focusing straight toward the exit and staying quiet. 
  2. Avoid covering ears. Keep hands free to quickly push and go at the door. 
  3. Attention younger students…..use your big kid strength to push and go at doors. 
  4. Be responsible for your safety and others by not holding up the line if you stall (freeze and stare) at the door. “Ain’t nobody got time for that." 
  5. #safetymatters 
  6. Students stay quiet during entire drill. 
  7. Students listen for and follow teacher’s instructions at first request. 

Building occupants exceeded expectations of exiting in less than 90 seconds.

Hooyah! Go Mustangs!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Ford