HALLSVILLE HAWKS UPDATE 8/22/19
Hallsville Elementary School September 2019 Newsletter
Hallsville Elementary School
September 2019 Newsletter
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The staff and I are very excited about this year and are truly happy to see everyone back from summer break, along with new faces. I look forward to the year as we continue to create the school-family partnership that makes Hallsville School such a wonderful learning environment where your child will grow academically as well as socially.
Things to Remember: (Very Important)
Open House: There will be an Open House on Thursday, September 26th (6 -7 p.m.)
Arrival: The doors will be open @ 8:15 a.m. for breakfast only. Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:15 a.m. for his/her safety as there is no supervision. If your child does not get breakfast, please drop him/her off no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The doors open @ 8:30 a.m for those students not getting breakfast. To ensure the safety of all children, no cars are permitted in the playground, except for staff. This will provide more parking for parents.
Parent Email Address: Please provide your email address to the emergency contact sheet that will go home the first day of school. Hallsville is attempting to go paperless. I will be sending out Principal newsletters, reminders of upcoming events, etc. through email. This will allow you to have access to this information at all times and will save on paper at the school. If you do not have an email account, please consider creating one. We will also provide paper versions to families that do not have an email account. This change will be easier for you to access school information quickly and eliminate “my child did not bring that paper home” problem.
Tardy/Absent: As we all adjust to getting back into the routine of school, please remember that getting to school on time is very, very important to the success of your child. Starting off the day right allows him/her to be fully present for learning and growth. If your child arrives after 8:45 a.m., he/she is tardy. Please walk your child into the office to sign him/her in.
***If your child will be absent, please call 624-6332, dial ext. 10, before 7:45 a.m.. State your child’s full name, teacher’s name, and reason for absence. You may call at anytime before 7:45 a.m. as it will go directly to voicemail.
Dismissal: Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m. The safety of each and every child is our greatest priority. To ensure the safety of all children, no cars are permitted in the bus lane in front of the school during 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Please refrain from picking up your child in the office 5-10 minutes early. The children will be walked out the front doors by their teacher @ 2:50 p.m. The teacher will walk all students in grades 1-5 to a designated area on the playground before dismissing them to a parent/guardian. Eye contact must be made. Grade K will be dismissed @ 2:45 p.m. at the gym playground doors.
Visitors: All visitors must enter through the main doors on Jewett and check in at the office. (Please press the small silver button on the white box to the right of the main doors to be let in).
Emergency Contact Information: It is imperative that your child’s Emergency Contact and dismissal information are accurate and up-to-date throughout the school year. Please notify the school, in writing, for any of the following changes: phone numbers, address, or emergency contact people. It is very important to your child’s safety that this information is updated when changes occur. Thank you in advance for your help with this.
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on school property during school hours for the safety of all children. This is a district policy for all dogs regardless of size of dog. This does not include service dogs.
Change of dismissal: For the safety of your child, please do not call the office during the day to change the way your child is going home. It is extremely important to write a note and send it to school in the morning with your child. It is imperative that you adhere to this procedure so your child gets home safely. Please send a note in and not call the office when there is a change in dismissal. If you must call during the day, please do so before 2 p.m. This will allow Mrs. Archard enough time to contact teacher and adjust rosters.
City Year: Hallsville has one City Year Americorp member in each grade 3-5 classroom. Hallsville is lucky and excited to have City Year members again this school year. The members are outstanding individuals who are eager to support every child in their assigned classroom. Thank you City Year!
School Picture Day: We have scheduled Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, for School Picture Day. Please do not dress your child in green that day. Every child will be photographed so we will have an updated picture for his/her school records. Classroom group pictures will be taken. An envelope will come home next week.
SchoolMessenger: To make sure you are receiving Manchester School District notifications in ways that work best for you please go to the Manchester School District website. (www.mansd.org) to create an SchoolMessenger app account to set notification preferences. At the top there is a link called “Create a SchoolMessenger app account to set notification preferences”. Sign up for the FREE SchoolMessenger App to set your communication preferences to receive calls, emails, and/or text messages. You decide what way works best for you. You will receive district notifications throughout the school year. PLEASE KNOW, you must have an email account that matches with the email account you provide on the Emergency Contact sheet you received on the first day of school. Please be sure to complete the email section of the sheet.
Popcorn will begin in October.
A FUNDrive is a simple and profitable way for your Hallsville to raise funds. With a FUNDrive, we make it super easy. You collect stuff from family and friends, then collect money for your cause when we buy from you. Savers accept gently-used clothing, linens, jewelry, shoes, accessories (such as belts and purses), and small household goods. There will be more information on this next week. Please don’t bring anything to the school at this time.
Lastly, Hallsville lost a great teacher over the summer. Ms. Window passed away in July and will always be remembered at Hallsville for her amazing dedication to the students. Our guidance counselor is prepared if there are any students who need to talk about this. So please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Seitz with any questions of concerns..
Mr. MacDonald, Principal
Mrs. Auger, Assistant Principal
Mrs Allaire, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Archard, Secretary
Hallsville Elementary School October 2019 Newsletter
Happy Fall! We have had a great start to the school year with lots of exciting things happening.
Parent AM drop off: I am hoping to have the new parent drop off completed by the end of October. This will eliminate dropping students off in the street and brings the drop off area on to school grounds. More information to come.
Fundraising: Thanks to last year’s fundraising efforts we were able to purchase the following items for the start of the school year: New computer lab, Scholastic News K-5, Hallsville Pride T-Shirts, 2 basketball hoops & new playground equipment, a library TV , additional math, writing & reading supplements and more.
READY Math: Hallsville will be piloting the READY Math program this year. More details to follow.
Hallsville Pride Day: I am in the process of purchasing the Hallsville Pride Shirts. These are given to all students to wear on Fridays to show our school pride.
SNHU Greek Life In-Service Day: We will have 2 inservice day. The first will be in December and it will be a library makeover. The second with be in April. 130 SNHU students volunteer for Hallsville!
City Year: These are the young adults that wear the red jackets. They are an amazing asset to the school who work with our grades 3-5 students. They also volunteer to go or do anything for the success of Hallsville. They are truly extraordinary young adults.
Hallsville Basketball: Information will be going home regarding this next week.
Iready: The fall diagnostic is done and we will now start looking at the data to drive instruction. A detailed summary will be at parent conferences.
Computer Labs: This year we were able to create 2 computer labs. During the summer we purchased 300 new Chromebooks. City Year will be decorating both labs. The lab’s primary goal is to run the Iready program for grades 1-5. Every class, grades 1-5, go on the Iready program for 40 minutes daily.
Girls on the Run: We will be participating in Girls on the Run. It is a program that is based on empowering girls, while training to run a 5K. I will be starting the program early, as it does take a lot to run a 5K. This will start in November as a walking club with myself and a few volunteers.
5th grade Gold Club: This is a club where our 5th grade students show respect, responsibility, safety, and honesty. They are positive role models to the school. Students that are in Gold Club receive extra recess on Fridays, special treats, guest speakers, prizes, field trips, and so on throughout the course of the year. They need to be in good standing in Gold Club at the time of the event to participate.
Savers FUNDrive: Mark your calendar for the Hallsville FUNDrive! Clean out your closet and help Hallsville at the same time. By donating gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linens, & small household items (no furniture), you can help raise funds for upcoming field trips. Start gathering up your donations today and on 10/17 we will collect all items. More info to come on collection process.
Popcorn: Popcorn will begin the week of 10/20. An order form will go home next week.
Parent & Teacher Conferences:
Conferences on Thursday, October 24, will be between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.
Conferences on Friday, October 25, will be from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. EARLY RELEASE @ 11:15
Please make every effort to meet with your child’s teacher during the 15-minute time slot assigned.
Halloween Parade: This will be on Thursday, October 31st at 2 PM. Parents are more than welcome to come watch the students as they parade around the block. We will let you know more SOOOOON!
Arrival: The doors will be open @ 8:15 a.m. for breakfast only. Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:15 a.m. for his/her safety as there is no supervision. If your child does not get breakfast, please drop him/her off no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The doors open @ 8:30 a.m for those students not getting breakfast. To ensure the safety, no cars are permitted in the playground except for staff.
Tardy/Absent: If your child arrives after 8:45 a.m., he/she is tardy. Please walk your child into the office to sign him/her in.***If your child will be absent, please call 624-6332, dial ext. 10, before 7:45 a.m.. State your child’s full name, teacher’s name, and reason for absence. You may call at anytime before 7:45 a.m. as it will go directly to voicemail.
Parent Email Address: Please provide your email address if you have not already so Hallsville can go paperless. I will be sending out Principal newsletters, reminders of upcoming events, etc. through email. This will allow you to have access to this information at all times and will save on paper at our school. If you do not have an email account, please consider creating one. We will also provide paper versions to families that do not have an email account.
Mr. MacDonald, Mrs. Auger, Mrs Allaire, & Mrs. Archard