First Monday in September

That’s right! We’re talking about Labor Day. In preparation for this blog we found a definition which captures the significance of the holiday’s historical significance succinctly. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Keeping Up With the Falcons!

Stay in the know this school year. For the start of school, we wanted to give all our Williams charter school parents and caregivers a handy reference tool. We’ve put together this list of important items to be aware of for a successful school year.

Keeping in Touch With Facebook

Remember parents, Heritage Elementary has a Facebook page. It is another great resource to keep up with what’s going on at school. We post about upcoming events and link to our newsletters and blog posts. These pages also have great school photo albums. So stop by—like the page, check out our snapshots or read some useful articles.

Welcome Back Falcons!

We’re pleased to welcome all our new and returning students and their families to the 2015-2016 school year. We hope it’s gotten off to a wonderful start for all.

The 2015-2016 School Year Has Begun

We know back-to-school can be a busy, stressful time for parents and students, so here is some helpful information and suggestions to make it a little less frantic.

One way to ease the anxiety of transitioning into this school year can be chatting with your child. By encouraging them to talk about their feelings and experiences, and keeping an open line of communication they will be more comfortable sharing with you. This will make them feel like their opinions matter and are important. Plus talking about the things happening at school is a great way to connect with children.

Play it Safe this Summer

We are deep into summertime! This means days of play, entertainment and good BBQ.

All things fun put aside, remember there are obstacles that come with summer that can be avoided. Here are some tips to make your break away from school carefree and joyous.

Summer’s Heating Up! Check Out These 8 Things to Do…On a Budget

Summer break can get expensive; the key word in this sentence is CAN. There are so many ways to keep children’s minds and bodies actively entertained while they are off school for the next few months. And enjoying fun-filled summer break activities does not mean having to empty your wallet.

Starting a New Hobby

There is no better time than summer for your children to take up a new activity to keep their brains busy. Help them think of something they are passionate about and run with it. Is it horses? Take the reins and start horseback riding. Are they into clothes and fashion? Give sewing a try. You could be raising the next big designer!

Pack Plenty of Adventure into your Summer

The first week of summer is glorious. Sleeping in…waking up to days of pure laziness…seeing a friend or two…maybe having an awesome slumber party. Then you call it a day…wake up again and repeat all of this…over and over.

PARENT SURVEY: YOUR VOICE MATTERS

At Heritage Elementary School, we want to make sure every student is provided the best educational opportunities in a safe and friendly school atmosphere. Your satisfaction is important to us. Please take a moment to share your feedback with us by answering a few questions in this parent survey.

Ending the School Year on a Strong Note

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, students are naturally getting excited and impatient for summer to arrive. However, this is when encouraging your child to finish the school year with a positive attitude is a particularly smart idea. Any project or life stage that ends well has a huge effect on how we remember it and how motivated we are to proceed. A student who ends 3rd grade in a strong and positive way will feel more confident and excited about becoming a 4th grader, for instance.

What Parents Need to Know About this Year’s Standardized Testing

Late in 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) as the new statewide standardized testing. The new exam system will be given to 3rd grade through high school students in April and will replace the AIMS test in reading, writing and math.

We wanted to answer some questions that have come up so everyone is aware and on the same page as we adapt to this important change in education.