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Principal’s Message – October 9, 2019

Dear HMSA Families,

We have had a great start to October! We are looking forward to seeing families at conferences this week. Students have been working hard to make conferences meaningful for you by sharing their progress and goals. We also had our October Whole School Assembly and celebrated the great ways we are being Champions Together.

Our pictures feature Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students that are learning to code in the library as part of our Creation Studio experience!  Students are coding Dash and Dot robots using their iPads.  In the recent weeks, these primary students learned about how to write a “recipe” or algorithm for Dash to move, flash its lights and make fun sounds.  They are super excited to be working in small groups to program their own Dash robot.

Hoover Hawk
Here is the link to this week’s Hawk:
http://hoover.sd54.org/hmsa-hawk-10-04-19/

Clubs
Thank you for completing the online club registration. Confirmation emails will be sent home by Friday, October 11th.

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 school year.  Teachers will also be sharing their insights and establishing areas of focus in which we can collaborate with you. If you are unable to make your conference, please contact the office at 847.357.5800 to reschedule.

Mrs. Franz, our gifted teacher, is also available to meet with you during conferences. She has fifteen-minute appointments available on Thursday and Friday. If you would like to meet with her, please email her

Please remember that our school day will be adjusted to accommodate these conferences.  

  • Thursday, October 10th: 11:40am Dismissal /Conferences in the afternoon and evening
  • Friday, October 11th: No School/Conferences in the morning
  • Monday, October 14th: No School 

3th-6th Grade Parents/Guardians
District 54 has launched a new Social-Emotional Learning Survey this year to provide insight into the social-emotional growth of our students.

We are asking all students in grades 3-6, their parents/guardians and their classroom teachers to respond to the survey to provide their unique perspective. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth.

You should have received an email from Laura Rosenblum on Monday, September 30 containing survey access and directions. (My apologies to our kindergarten to second grade families who also received the email but no link. The survey is currently only available for third through sixth graders. Please just delete the email as it is not necessary for you to complete the survey at this time.) Third through sixth grade families please complete the survey on your own before conferences if possible. We want to make it possible for all families to complete it. If you are not able to complete it before Thursday, we will have Chromebooks available for you to use so you can complete the survey following your child’s conference. Our goal is to have 100% of families complete the survey. 

Digital Learning Student Portfolios Now Available for Parents of K-4 Students using Seesaw
You can now be connected to your child’s Seesaw Class using the Seesaw Family app available on iOS, Android, and Kindle. To connect, please use the handout that is being sent home with your child today, October 4. Once you’re connected, you can view posts made by your child and you’ll be able to “like” or comment. All comments made by parents will be posted once they are approved by classroom teachers. This is a great way for you to be a part of your child’s learning and to see what he/she is doing in class! For more information on the Seesaw app and for directions on how to get connected, please click one of these links:

http://bit.ly/sd54seesawfamilyinfo-2

http://bit.ly/sd54seesawfamilyinfo-SPANISH-3

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