Cultivating minds and hearts through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
January 13, 2020
Table of Contents:  
HM Letter
Important Dates
Raffle Winner
MLK March
R&R & Spirit Days
School Communication
Enrollment Offers for 20-21
Parent University Sign-Up
Independent Study Project
Father-Daughter Dance Rescheduled
Community Investment
Spelling Bee
PSO Spirit Night
Lunchroom Sign-Up
Teacher Appreciation Lunch Sign-Up
Yearbook Pictures

Greetings Spartan families,

I wanted to share briefly about the upcoming Independent Study days, January 21-23. This is a great tradition for Great Hearts academies in both states. Across the K-12 grades, students are given various assignments, based on the curriculum, to work on independently. Projects vary across campuses and grade levels: poetry memorization/recitation, building scale models of medieval castles, historical research projects, reading texts for seminar discussions, creating historical timelines, researching countries and animals, etc.

For this year, assignment sheets have gone out, and some of you have already started brainstorming ideas and purchasing any needed materials. This is an exciting time on campus as well, as students are sharing with each other the ideas they have for their projects.

The Independent Study culminates on Friday 1/24, when students will present their projects to their classmates. This year we will be hosting an open house in the MPR for families to come and see their hard work.

The schedule will be as follows:
8:00-8:45: Fifth and Sixth Grade
9:15-10:00: Kindergarten
10:30-11:15: First Grade
11:45-12:30: Fourth Grade
1:00-1:45: Third Grade
2:15-3:00: Second Grade

Please encourage your students to do their best, and allow them the pleasure of completing a challenging project on their own. We appreciate all the moral support and guidance you will offer, but as tempting as it is, please don’t complete the project for them.

Thank you all for your continued support of the academy, and I look forward to you seeing your students grow through this assignment and show pride in their good work.

Best wishes,
Matthew Vlahovich

Reminder! Clubs for 3rd Quarter Open today at noon!
  • Tuesday, January 14 - Spirit Night at Willie's
  • Wednesday, January 15 - Enrollment Offers for new families for 20-21 school year
  • Friday, January 17, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM at Panera Bread, Spartan Fiesta Mtg, All are Welcome!
  • Monday, January 20 - No School, MLK, Jr. Holiday, MLK March
  • Tuesday, January 21-Thursday, January 23 - No School, Independent Study
  • Tuesday, January 21, 6:00 PM - Love & Logic Training for Parents
  • Friday, January 24 - Independent Study Presentation Day
  • Thursday, January 16, 4:30 PM - School wide spelling bee for class winners
  • Saturday, February 22, 6:00-8:00 PM, Father-Daughter Dance - (Date Change)
  • April 1 - Last day to purchase yearbooks

Thank you to our GHWH families! You are all wonderful and prizes will be distributed this week! The parking space raffle winner is ticket number 042845 ! Please contact Johanna Garcia to claim your prize and register your car!
On Monday, January 20, 2020, you and your family are invited to be part of our Great Hearts Texas group at the largest MLK march in the United States. Learn more:

In 2019, the Great Hearts Monte Vista PSO teamed up with groups from Northern Oaks and Western Hills; this year, we are welcoming Forest Heights and future Live Oak families as well. (Smaller groups of Monte Vista families marched together in 2016 and 2018.) Wear a spirit shirt and help carry a banner!

RSVP to attend with our Great Hearts group here: MLK March 2020 Great Hearts Sign-Up

Have questions? Reach out to Inga Cotton by text at 210-725-1029 or email .

Friday, February 14
Friday, March 6
Thursday, April 9
Friday, May 22
Text Messaging Service:
If you haven't already, please text  "Y" or "Yes" to 67587   (from your cellphone) to
opt in to the Great Hearts text messaging service.

Campus Newsletters:
If you know someone who is not receiving our weekly campus newsletter, please email Johanna Garcia and request to be added.

Classroom Newsletters:
If you are not receiving your scholar's classroom weekly newsletter, please email your child's teacher and request to be added.
Attention Families! Offers for New Scholars will roll out starting January 15th , 2020. Please keep a close eye on your parent portal as well as your inbox/spam folder as we move through the first round of offers. Please be aware that this applies ONLY to new scholars. Current students will complete re-enrollment in the Spring.
Love & Logic Parent Training

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Free to attend

Register  here  !

  • Are you struggling with your relationship with your strong-willed kid?

  • Do you find yourself getting hooked into arguing?
  • Are you ready to have a more peaceful home and a better relationship
(See schedule in Headmaster Vlahovich's letter above)

Students will receive their Independent Study Project this week. Great Heats Western Hills has set aside 3 days (following the Martin Luther King, Jr. observance day) for students to work on this project. It is important that parents do not do the project, rather allow the student to take the reins and parents offer supervision as needed.  Independent Study projects count for a  major test   grade. Students are required to present their project on Friday, January 24. This cannot be rescheduled.
Save the Date! Rescheduled to:
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Keep an eye out for email communication.
Buy your yearbook today! $25.
Click  here  to purchase!

 Yearbook sales will be  pre-sale online only ! Hurry and purchase your copy today! Yearbooks will be delivered to your child the last week of school. Deadline to order a yearbook is April 1st. Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.
Thank you to all our families who came out and enjoyed our Mother & Son, "Boots & Belles" . WE raised $2,445.00 for Community Investment and will go directly to supporting your child's classrooms! A special thank you to Spartan parent, Sarah Gomez, owner of Persimmon & Sage Photography, who donated her time and talent with the GHWH community and provided professional photographs.
Congratulations to all our scholars who have won their classroom spelling bee! Parents of scholars who have advanced to the next level, are invited to attend the school wide spelling bee on Thursday, January 16th at 4:30 PM in the MPR. Here is the link to the next list of words!
Spirit Night at Willie's!
Tuesday, January 14
4-10 PM
8739 TX-151, San Antonio, TX 78245
A portion of food & drinks (including alcoholic)
will go to GHWH PSO.

Lunch Committee : January & February Lunch Volunteer Sign-Up : Volunteer Sign-Up

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon this Friday, January 17!
The theme for this month's teacher appreciation luncheon is " Soup-er Bowl ". Please consider signing up to bring a soup for our wonderful teachers.
The sign-up link is here .

Fiesta Committee : Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM at Panera Bread, Spartan Fiesta Mtg, All are Welcome!
We NEED you!
We NEED your Pictures!
We NEED your time!

The yearbook committee is in need of 1-2 parents from EACH grade to help pick out pictures for the grade level picture pages. If you're willing to provide your time (which can be done from your home or your office), please email .
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