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.

This Spring, Go Pitch a Tent!

We live in a beautiful area of Arizona. The Coconino National Forest is right in our own backyard. Among the trees and wonderful landscape lies the perfect place to plan a staycation. Get outside and see what lessons the great outdoors has planned for you. From setting up camp (teaches teamwork!), to making a fire (teaches science!), to hiking (learn about exercise!) there are so many things you can take in from a simple camping adventure.

Practicing Patience as a Virtue

Everyone has to wait. Whether it’s waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting on the sidelines at a sibling’s soccer game, waiting in the lobby for dance or karate class, or waiting to be picked up by the bus or carpool for school, life just has a lot of waiting.

This teaches all of us that patience is a skill that inevitably has to be learned. It can be one of the hardest skills to learn, but it is truly one of life’s lessons that cannot be avoided. Most of us are taught that patience is a virtue, but most of us are never taught why.

A Good Time to Set Goals for the New Year

Sometimes New Year resolutions seem silly. People don’t keep them and then make jokes about not being able to stick to their resolve.

But one of the things we teach our students at Heritage is the importance of setting goals and then taking the steps necessary to meet them. That is essentially what a resolution is: a goal for a brand new year.

Why We Have a Dress Code

When you think about it, most (if not all) schools have a dress code. In many schools it is just a long list of what NOT to wear. But such lists can be hard to interpret and labor-intensive to enforce.

Here are some good reasons that we have standardized school clothing: