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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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Homestead Happenings 4 NOV 2016

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


Save this handy link for looking back at  past news updates

All-Pro Dad --- Friday, November 4; 7:00 AM- Bring kids for donuts, juice, coffee and 30-min program. RSVP for All-Pro Dad on this link RSVP All Pro Dad  
Topic:  words (using words in positive, powerful way to build confidence and security to last a lifetime).



Early voting info - today - Nov 4   hours, locations on this link      http://bit.ly/2edwAgJ 

Vote, Tuesday, November 8 - Homestead Elem is polling location. Please be aware of likelihood extra traffic that day. All drop off and pick up lanes will be in operation as usual. Students arriving at the front will be escorted safely to the cafeteria entrance. This is to accommodate voters at the front doors. Thank you in advance your patience and support for safety as we share our school on this important day. #LetFreedomReign




Mock Presidential election, Tuesday, November 8 - Students K-5th will have the opportunity to participate in a mock election supporting TEKS social studies curriculum, citizenship and America's free and democratic process. Ballot for student's will list candidates who appear on the official ballot in Texas:  Clinton, Johnson, Stein, Trump. Please discuss the importance of each citizen exercising their right to vote in our free nation with your child. Voting results of Homestead's student body will be posted on social media. At the end of the day, students will be urged to join their family in watching the election returns as we, the United States, elect the next president.

Wear America's colors, Friday, Nov 11 - BLUE (kindergarten & 1st grade);  WHITE (2nd & 4th grade); RED (3rd & 5th grade). Wearing the assigned color shirt will help create patriotic optics for our Veteran's Day presentation.


Veteran's Day ceremony. Friday, Nov 11; 9:00 AM. Veteran's, first responders and law enforcement officers, including border patrol are invited to this special event to honor each of them for their sacrifice and service. We appreciate our families and community for helping the Homestead staff to show honor and appreciation for these folks who risk it all daily to protect us.




Wear BROWN; Wed, Nov 16 - help kindergartners learn colors.


Think College - Thursday, Nov 17 - encourage college and career readiness; wear favorite college shirt.



Thanksgiving holidays - November 21-25. Classes resume Nov 28.




Join PTA - http://bit.ly/2dfyJEi   Classes with 100% of parent membership wins ice cream party.  @ least one member per student required for winning ice cream party. 




Yearbook order http://bit.ly/1iESCVi




Monday, October 24, 2016

NEHS Induction 2016



National Elementary Honor Society Induction, Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 PM, cafeteria. Grades 4 and 5.



Red Ribbon week, October 24-28, 2016  
Mon, 24 -- wear Star Wars shirt, "I am a star in the war on drugs."
Tues, 25-- wear orange shirt, "Orange you glad to be drug free."
Wed, 26-- crazy hair, "Hairs to drug-free living."
Thur, 27-- wear shirt backwards, "Turn my back on drugs."
Fri, 28-- favorite team sports shirt/jersey, "Team up against drugs."
Mon, 31-- storybook character ....keep reading for more info


Pumpkin Decorating Contest - October 24-31, 2016



  

Guidelines:
  1. no carved pumpkins - fake or whole, real pumpkins only please. Plastic and real pumpkins are acceptable. Plastic or whole, non-carved pumpkins are necessary because a carved pumpkin will deteriorate in the library display. 
  2. Decorate pumpkins with costumes, paints, markers, adhere attachments (yarn, ribbon, buttons, foam, eyes, etc) 
  3. Creativity is your friend. 
  4. Theme - storybook character pumpkins
  5. Participation is voluntarily.
  6. Add child's name and teacher with masking tape or Sharpie marker on the bottom (out of view).
  7. Email Librarian Seigler for more information: seiglerd@lisd.net

United Way giving campaign. Oct 17-31. Please see this link for information on the organizations who benefit under the "Who we help" tab   United Way





Storybook Character Parade.  Monday, October 31 - Dress as book character and bring book for parade. Skeletons, ogres, mummies, monsters, vampires, etc., are acceptable if associated with storybook.  Face masks/coverings, blood, gore, weapons are NOT allowed. The idea is to support reading and literacy is a positive, fun way.  Unfortunately, dressing as a clown this year is not advised due to recent upset of many children throughout the U.S with the creepy clown nonsense. These knuckleheads ruin the fun of a good clown for this season. Thank you for your understanding and support on this. 




All-Pro Dad --- Friday, November 4; 7:00 AM- Bring kids for donuts, juice, coffee and 30-min program. RSVP for All-Pro Dad on this link  All-Pro Dad     Topic:  words (using words in positive, powerful way to build confidence and security to last a lifetime).


Early voting info - Oct 4 - Nov 4         Voting hours and location




Vote, Tuesday, November 8 - Homestead Elem is polling location. Please be aware of likelihood extra traffic that day.


Mock Presidential election, Tuesday, November 8 - Students K-5th will have the opportunity to participate in a mock election supporting TEKS social studies curriculum, citizenship and America's free and democratic process. Ballot for student's will list candidates who appear on the official ballot in Texas:  Clinton, Johnson, Stein, Trump. Please discuss the importance of each citizen exercising their right to vote in our free nation with your child. Voting results of Homestead's student body will be posted on social media. As the school day closes, students will be urged to join their family in watching the election returns as we, the United States, elect the next president.




Veteran's Day ceremony. Friday, Nov 11; 9:00 AMVeteran's, first responders and law enforcement officers, including border patrol, are invited to this special event to honor each of them for their sacrifice and service. We appreciate our families and community for helping the Homestead staff to model and show honor for these folks who risk it all daily to protect us.

Join PTA - Join Homestead PTA  Classes with 100% of parent membership (@ least one member per student) wins ice cream party.







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Thank you for your ongoing support of excellence at Homestead Elementary. We appreciate the great care you take in helping us make this a great school for kids to learn and grow. 
Sincerely,


Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Long Days of Summer to Teach Someone to Read










Teach Someone to Teach Someone to Read

If you know the alphabet (written and verbal letter sounds and letter recognition), you can share this life-changing and empowering gift with someone. 

Take advantage of the long days of summer to read, encourage reading and teach another person to read. Start with the alphabet. Share your success with another. 

Local libraries are available online too. Carrollton Library


Adult literacy in Texas
Literacy Texas - Every Texan deserves to read


Connect to promote literacy today.  Share the gift of literacy. 

This important gift is likely to have a life-long, positive impact of the fortunate recipient of your gift.





Long Days of Summer to Teach Someone to Read










Teach Someone to Teach Someone to Read

If you know the alphabet (written and verbal letter sounds and letter recognition), you can share this life-changing and empowering gift with someone. 

Take advantage of the long days of summer to read, encourage reading and teach another person to read. Start with the alphabet. Share your success with another. 

Local libraries are available online too. Carrollton Library


Adult literacy in Texas
Literacy Texas - Every Texan deserves to read


Connect to promote literacy today.  Share the gift of literacy. 

This important gift is likely to have a life-long, positive impact of the fortunate recipient of your gift.





Monday, April 18, 2016

HOMESTEAD ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE
SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Please follow the steps below before Tuesday, May 3rd to ensure your student is enrolled for next school year.  There will be NO paper enrollment cards sent home.

·      If you have moved during this school year, please contact the school to change your address. This is not an area that you can change online. You will need to provide a new proof-of-residence (current water, gas or electric bill) to update your address.

·      Login to Skyward Family Access  and verify all phone numbers. 
    VERY IMPORTANT:  Add and/or update emergency contacts.  This is so we may verify who is authorized to pick up your student. 

·      IF YOU MOVED/OR ARE MOVING or WILL NOT BE RETURNING to Homestead next school year, please contact the school office.             
     Phone:  469-713-5181 or email: greena@lisd.net

·      Specific requests for a teacher are not possible.  To avoid a particular placement that you feel is not a good fit for your child, simply put that request in writing to Mr. Perry and mail it to Homestead Elementary, 1830 East Branch Hollow Drive, Carrollton, TX  75007 by Monday, May 2, 2016.

Only one non-request will be honored.


Homestead Happenings

April 2016



No school Friday, April 22 -- Due to bad weather day built into calendar in case we needed a make-up day.

Order school supplies online To order use school code HOM025 (3 letters followed by 3 numbers)

Book Fair Family Night - April 19; 6:00 - 7:30 PM; Library.

PTA Meeting - April 19; 6:00 PM; cafeteria.

2nd Grade performance - April 19; 6:00 PM; cafeteria.

Drop-off and pick up reminders:  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support of safety. Pull forward to the Mustang Stripe to the extent possible while maintaining the utmost of safety. Park in the lot if you need to exit your vehicle during peak times please. 

Dress Code --  Only 7 weeks left and school and spring/summer clothes are in order. However, please check for modesty and coverage. A complete copy of dress code expectation is linked here Student Handbook link

Tie-dye Tuesday, April 19 - Wear favorite tie-dye apparel to school in support of our peace-out Book Fair! #ReadersAreLeaders

Box Tops for Education -- Turn in by May 20. Thank you for sharing these tiny little, greatly worthwhile pieces with our school. Box Top products

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Connect, follow and learn with us!

Go Mustangs! 

As always, thank you for your ongoing partnership for excellence for your child at Homestead Elementary.
Sincerely,
Lynn Ford, Assistant Principal