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Principal’s Message – September 27, 2019

Dear HMSA Families,

There are so many highlights and peak moments from this past week. The one I’ll focus on was our Hero Buddies Activity. Each classroom has a buddy classroom. This is to promote positive cross grade relationships among our students. Hero Buddy Classrooms will meet each trimester to do an activity together and sit together each month at our Herbie Hero Assemblies. For our first time together teachers selected activities that would help students get to know one another and focus on teamwork. Mrs. Mershon and Mrs. Prusko’s buddies created a getting to know you Padlet. Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Kaszewicz’s Buddies did a Seesaw activity were they snapped some pictures then filled in their names, favorite foods and activities. Then they spent some time on the playground together. Our sixth graders came back exhausted because the kindergarteners “have so much energy!” Our sixth graders were great leaders as they did an amazing job jumping right in and playing with their new buddies without being prompted. Mrs. Dorszewski and Mrs. Cangelosi’s buddies worked together to solve a puzzle about friendship and teamwork. Hero Buddies is another way we are Champions for Collaboration and Positivity.

Hoover Hawk
Here is the link to this week’s Hawk: http://hoover.sd54.org/hmsa-hawk-09-27-19/

Clubs
We are very excited to offer a variety of clubs this school year. We will be running three different sessions.

  • Session 1: October 15-January 16
  • Session 2: January 20-March 20
  • Session 3: March 30- May 25

Before each session we will send out an email inviting you to a Google Form where you can view the clubs available for your child’s grade level for that session and select the clubs your child is interested in/available to attend. We believe this process will make it possible for more students to participate in clubs. Our goal is for every student to be involved in at least one club this year. Please complete a separate registration for each child.

Some clubs will not be listed on the clubs form because they are by invitation only like our Afterschool Band and Orchestra that meets at the junior high on Tuesdays and Thursdays – you must be in fifth and sixth and in band/orchestra to participate or our TAP program that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to develop the writing skills of our English Language Learners – you must qualify for the program. The clubs listed in the links below are open to all students at that grade level.

Our first session of clubs is now open! Please click on the grade level link below for your child(ren) to view the available clubs and to register. More clubs will be offered during sessions 2 and 3. We can’t wait to start our clubs!

To register for…

Kindergarten Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

First Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

Second Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

Third Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

Fourth Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

Fifth Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

Sixth Grade Session 1 Clubs – Please Click Here

The registration window is open from Saturday, September 28- Friday, October 4.

Conferences
We are looking forward to connecting with parents at our first round of student-led conferences on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11.  Since our conferences are student-led, we ask that students attend so they can share with parents their progress so far this year, as well as goals they have set for the remainder of the 2019-2020.  Teachers will also be sharing their insights and establishing areas of focus in which we can collaborate with you. If you have not signed up for a conference time yet, please contact your child’s teacher. A special conference invitation will be coming home to you on Tuesday, October 1.

 Please remember that our school day schedule is adjusted to accommodate conferences.  Thursday, October 10 will be a half-day of school with a dismissal time of 11:40. There is no school on Friday, October 11 or Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day.

Halloween
Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Thursday, October 31st.  In an effort to help families plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below.

Costumes:
Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.

Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.

Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.

Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.

Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Parties:
Volunteers have offered their time to help run the parties.  Only those on the volunteer list will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in when they arrive and receive an ID sticker. Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.

Parade:
A parade around the school will take start inside the school at 1:15 PM and head outside as soon as we have picked up each classroom. We invite you to come and enjoy the parade and cheer on our students as they parade around the school. We will go out the front entrance toward the  parking lot exit, turn left to go across the sidewalk toward the entrance driveway, turn left into the entrance and walk past the greenhouses to the back of the school, turn left again and enter through the doors by the playground. Please leave the sidewalks clear so our students can stay on the sidewalk.

Festivities Schedule:
12:45-1:15 Students change into costumes
1:15-1:45 All School Parade outside (weather permitting)
1:45-2:45 Classroom Parties

If there is anything we can do to help make this the best year yet for your child, please let us know.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Laura Rosenblum and Mrs. Stephanie Fry