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Sunday, December 7, 2014

#TXEDUCHAT







Calling all Tweet Peeps. Help us win!


We would be honored to have your vote naming ‪#‎TXEDUCHAT‬ as the No.1 Twitter Hashtag Chat 2014. 


@TXEDUCHAT was founded by former Homestead teacher, Mr. Tom Kilgore. Congrats Mr. Kilgore for making this professional development experience worthwhile for followers worldwide.


This education focused TwitterChat consistently trends in the top 5 (usually #1) on Sunday evenings. 8:00 PM, CST.


Please vote right away. Click like.
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Sincerely,
Lynn Ford, M.Ed. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Family STEAM Event at Homestead Elementary




Family #STEAM Event @Homestead Elementary



  • When: 12/2/2014, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • What is STEAM? 
  • science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics
  • Please plan to join us for #STEAM Family Event. 
  • Engaging STEAM activities for parents and students. 
  • Your presence supports our students' pursuit of knowledge, skills and awareness of the highly engaging, and useful talents for nurture in these fields of study and work.
  • Together, we can inspire the next generation of innovators.


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Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All-Pro Dad Breakfast_Friday, Nov 7 @ 7 AM



Join in our All Pro Dad's Breakfast Friday, Nov 7 

7:00AM, HES Library

We look forward to seeing Homestead Elementary Mustang Dads, GrandDads, Uncles, StepDads with their student for a quick before school breakfast and a short program of fatherhood and family topics. 

You'll take away great tips and resources to help you be the best Dad that you can be. You'll strengthen the relationship w/ your kids @ the same time. No cost; it's FREE! See you there. Go Mustang Dads and father figure role models!

RSVP at this link:     http://www.allprodad.com/3863 

The important impact the role of a dad plays can never be underestimated. Celebrate the gift of opportunity you have to support the positive emotional, social, and intellectual growth and development of your son or daughter.

For more info email: Sallyc22@aol.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Veteran's Day 2014






Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

9:00 AM 


Community is invited 
to honor 
our 
United States Military 
Veterans 
(current and past)




All grade levels will perform "America the Beautiful" Program to honor our veterans in the gym. 

Bring a United States Military Service honoree with you or honor our vets with your presence. 

Please encourage the veteran/s that you know to join us as we honor our U.S. Military service (active duty, reserves, retired and deceased) who chose to serve to protect our freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  

Please plan to attend. We want our students to see how important our service men and woman are to us with your presence at the ceremony.

Coffee, juice, breakfast muffins served for US Military attendees. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 31 _Readers are Leaders: Storybook Character Dress-Up Day


Oct 31 - Storybook Character Dress-Up Day


1. Reinforce value, fun and rewards of reading and reading well.

2. In effort to provide a positive experience for all Mustangs, please avoid costumes that include violence, gore, death-like, weapons or bloody depictions. Reinforce good, positive, reading fun with your child.

3. Examples: Mummies, pirates, soldiers, vampires and zombies, and the like are acceptable. There are many great children's book titles which include these. However, these should exclude gore, fanged teeth, blood look-a-likes and weapons. Be prepared, call the school in advance if you're uncertain. Also, contact Mrs. Ford or Mr. Perry if you have questions or concerns.

4. Goal: Provide a positive day of learning for even the youngest readers.

5. No full face paint. No masks. No full head covering.

6. Stencils or drawings (whiskers, cat nose, eye patch, etc) on face are acceptable.

7. Full colored (other than natural and more than 25%) hair is acceptable for Oct 31 only.

8. Costumes should be easy to carry on with a full day of learning.

9. Families are always encouraged to include reading and life-long learning into their family lifestyle.

10. Thank you for your ongoing support in making Homestead a great place for children to learn and grow.

11. Readers are leaders! Read to Succeed!

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 31 _Readers are Leaders: Storybook Character Dress-Up Day







October 31 - Storybook Character Dress-up/Costume Day


Guidelines:

1. Reinforce value, fun and rewards of reading and reading well.

2. In effort to provide a positive experience for all Mustangs, please avoid costumes that include violence, gore, death-like, weapons or bloody depictions. Reinforce good, positive, reading fun with your child.

3. Examples: Mummies, pirates, soldiers, vampires and zombies, and the like are acceptable. There are many great children's book titles which include these. However, these should exclude gore, fanged teeth, blood look-a-likes and weapons. Be prepared, call the school in advance if you're uncertain.  Please contact Mrs. Ford or Mr. Perry if you have questions or concerns.

4. Goal: Provide a positive day of learning for even the youngest readers.

5. No full face paint. No masks. No full head covering.

6. Stencils or drawings (whiskers, cat nose, eye patch, etc) on face are acceptable.

7. Full colored (other than natural and more than 25%) hair is acceptable for Oct 31 only.

8. Costumes should be easy to carry on with a full day of learning.

9. Families are always encouraged to include reading and lifelong learning into their family lifestyle.

10. Thank you for your ongoing support in making Homestead a great place for children to learn and grow.

11. Readers are leaders! Read to Succeed!

Thursday, August 14, 2014



iPad Deployment news for incoming 4th graders



Create AppleID

This message is for parents of incoming 4th graders:

Welcome to the new school year. We're looking forward to students returning on Aug 25. 

iPads will be deployed for 4th graders on the 2nd day of school, Tues, Aug 26. 

The following steps must be confirmed for your child to have an iPad issued to him/her.

1. Pay yearly $40 insurance payment in Skyward Family Access found on the LISD website. http://www.lisd.net/ Details for the payment options are outlined in Skyward.

2.  Create an AppleID @ iTunes store w/o credit card. Set up a shared (parent and child) email before creating the iTunes account (Apple ID). An Apple ID can be created at the iTunes store. 

Link to iTunes store http://bit.ly/1uyDdfz

Link to Apple support http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2534

Looking forward to an outstanding year of learning! Go Mustangs!

Sincerely,
Lynn Ford




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Letter to Parents of School-Age Kids with Test-Taking Anxiety






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

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 Mustangs:

1. Show what you know.
2. Do your very best.
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; CATESJ@LISD.NET; HERKIMERD@LISD.NET; PERRYSR@LISD.NET   or your child's teacher

written by Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Twitter: @lynnhillford

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Ongoing Campaign

Homestead Elementary is highlighting Random Acts of Kindness week, Feb 10-16, 2014. This event is organized and lead by our counselor, Mrs. Sally Rodgers. Students attend class with Mrs. Rodgers and work on lessons and activities to learn of the importance of spreading kindness in our world.

Yesterday, I posted on Twitter that my act of kindness was to smile at one extra person daily and I shared this on our school-wide morning announcements. Mrs. Rodgers received a call today from a community member who feels passionate about paying it forward with kindness. It was the donor's wish to pay off any and all negative balances of students at Homestead Elementary who receive a reduced price breakfast and lunch. Many students who receive reduced price meals are still unable to pay for their meals and consistently carry a negative balance.  The children routinely receive a reminder notice with the amount owed, but always receive meals while at school nonetheless.

Within the next few days, each impoverished student who had a negative balance will receive a note that says "Paid in full by a Random Act of Kindness." 

Click here for more info on Random Acts of Kindness