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Dear Smithfield Tutors,

We appreciate your dedication to your students during this busy holiday season. Read below for tutor resources and other fun announcements, including details on Heart's Holiday Family Event!
Important Logistics
 
Heart Holiday Family Event - Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 12th from 8:00-8:30 AM in the cafeteria to meet your students' families, play games that they can take home, enjoy light refreshments, and celebrate students’ progress.  Click here to RSVP. If you would like to help with the event, please let me know!

Monday, December 23 to Friday, January 3 - Winter Break – NO SCHOOL,  NO TUTORING. Tutoring resumes Monday, January 6!

Please make note of all CMS holidays and teacher workdays using the calendar here. If your tutoring time falls on a holiday, I can help you reschedule for a different day that week, if your schedule permits. Thank you for your flexibility during these busy seasons!
Tutor Tip: Practice Makes Perfect!
 
Practicing math skills at home helps student success! At the Holiday Family Event, students will receive a Winter Break package that includes math games and the holiday card you made. Please spend 5 minutes at the end of your tutoring sessions during the weeks of  Dec. 9th & 16th making sure your students know the card games well enough to play them at home with their family, siblings and friends. Focus on the activities corresponding to your student’s current notebook level. (Game directions and some example videos can be found here and will be provided at tutoring.)

No Gifts Necessary: Remember, your presence is their present. Heart will provide a math-oriented holiday gift for each student at the family event. If you wish to present your student with a gift, please discuss recommendations and best practices with your program coordinator.
Tutor/Student Spotlight
Building Skills and Confidence!
 
One of our Rama Road students has worked so hard this year with her tutors, boosting not only her math skills but her confidence as well! Her teacher says this student is usually pretty quiet, but that she raised her hand for the first time in class the other day to answer a question – so exciting! We are so proud of her!!
 
Community Updates 

HeartThrob 2019 is Friday, February 7th! This is a fun event hosted and planned by Heart Tutoring young professionals. Tickets will go on sale in January 2020. Learn more and sign up here to be notified when tickets are available. Contact Ashley Kaiser right away if you know of a business that would be willing to participate as an event sponsor ($500 - $5,000). More details can be found here.

Heart Tutoring is adding key positions in early 2020 for volunteer outreach and fundraising. Please spread the word to your networks and/or apply.
December 3rd is Giving Tuesday, the largest global giving day of the year! Participate here! To further encourage tutor giving, an anonymous donor is matching new tutor gifts up to $10,000 received through tomorrow, December 3rd.
We know the holidays are busy, and we are grateful that you make tutoring a priority each week. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Dena Hurst
dena.hurst@hearttutoring.org
704-968-0421
For more tutor resources, subscribe to the Deeper Dive Newsletter (focused on math content and student support - see the latest newsletter here!), or check out our Current Volunteers Page
Tutors Still Needed!
Nearly 100 students across Charlotte are still waiting to be paired with a tutor! If you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a Heart Tutor, encourage them to sign up here!
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