Haymarket Happenings

December 2019

Our Vision:
Haymarket Cubs climbing towards excellence in all that we do.

Our Mission:
Building relationships with our school community in order to empower and engage our students to:
- meet high expectations
- think creatively and critically
- be responsible, caring, and respectful people of good character

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Tuesday, December 3rd - Parent Advisory Council 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 4th - PJ Day

Wednesday, December 4th - Family Book Fair Night 6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday, December 6th - SCA Sponsored Hay Day

Thursday, December 12th - Elf, Jr. 7pm

Friday, December 13th - Elf, Jr. 7pm

Saturday, December 14th - Elf, Jr. 2:30pm

Tuesday, December 17th - PTO Meeting 6:30pm

Tuesday, December 17th - Winter Chorus Concert 7:00pm

Book Fair this week

Dear Parents,

The Book Fair is here! We are so excited to share all of the wonderful books that are available for purchase. We need your help. If you are able to volunteer at the Book Fair to assist students with finding books and or counting change please click on the link below and sign up for a day and time slot that works best for you. Thank you in advance for your support!


Book Fair Flyers came home on Monday. Please see the schedule attached to the flyer for more details about our Book Fair. Wednesday, Dec. 4th we will have pajama day during the school day. Don't miss our Family Night Wednesday 6-8 pm. Hope to see you there!

Ryane Zenoniani


Haymarket Elementary School


PTO Food Drive

It's going on this week! Send those items in so we can share with our less fortunate friends in our area.

Parent Advisory Council

Once a month, except for January, our Advisory Council gathers for the purpose of advising administration on items like the budget, implementation of programs, evaluation/modifications of the Continuous Improvement Plan. The bylaws were updated last spring to include representations from our neighborhoods and they are looking at adding members to be a part of this important parent group. Meetings are typically the first Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30pm. Childcare is available for school-aged children until 7:30pm (when meetings are scheduled to end). There is a time in the agenda for citizens' time.

You can find more information about previous meetings, contact information, etc. through this link: https://haymarketes.pwcs.edu/parent_engagement/advisory_council



Our PTO needs you! They meet once a month (typically the third Tuesday of each month) and discuss events for the HMES students and community, fundraising efforts, and more! While your presence at the meetings is awesome, you don't always need to be there to help out. For more information on how you can help, please contact the PTO using the email address below.


Elf, Jr. The Musical coming soon!

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It’s December... time for Elf The Musical JR. at Haymarket Elementary! The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Show Times:

Thursday, December 12th - 7pm

Friday, December 13th - 7pm

Saturday, December 14th - 2:30pm

Effective Questioning During Reading

As you read with your child each evening, think about the questions you are asking before, during and after reading. Are they basic questions or questions that require more in-depth thinking? The chart below will help you devise those questions to get your child thinking more! Green question stems tend to be the most basic, followed by yellow and blue questions. The red questions are the HOT questions (Higher Order Thinking)! They help students make connections and think differently and deeper!
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Lost and Found

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There are a lot of items in our Lost and Found (located in the hallway near the Auxiliary Gym). If your child is missing any items, please find time to come to school between 8:30am and 4:45pm to look through the pile. ALL ITEMS STILL HERE AT WINTER BREAK WILL BE DONATED TO THOSE IN NEED.

Encore News

Did you know...our Haymarket Encore team has a common system in their classrooms to track expectations? It is based on a 5 point system and at the end of the quarter all points are totaled to see the classes outcome. The classes with the highest points in each grade level will be rewarded with a " extra encore period" and planning time for their teacher. Furthermore, in each individual encore, one class from each grade level will receive a "special day" and be able to experience a time of extra activities outside of the normal curriculum.

Guidance at a Glance

Our classroom guidance lessons are in full swing! Kindergarten, first and second graders have been learning about and practicing self-control skills, following the rules, and the differences between big problems and small problems. Third, fourth and fifth graders have been learning about growth mindset and the power of YET. Fifth graders have also been learning in detail about our amazing and complex brains, and the different parts of the brain that impact our feelings and decisions.

As we head into the holiday season, we want to equip families with some practical tips for helping your students manage stress or anxiety during what can be a very different and busy few weeks. There are many things to look forward to about the holiday break, but the change in routine can significantly affect children. The following tips can benefit both parents and students alike!

  1. Manage your own stress. Take care of yourself by getting enough rest and setting aside time to care for yourself.
  2. As much as possible, keep routines the same. This is particularly true for sleep and mealtimes.
  3. Manage expectations—whether that be gift-giving, family gatherings, or exciting activities, let children know a reasonable level of information about what they can expect. This may be particularly key if your family holidays this year look different from last year.

  4. Keep kids active, whether indoors or outdoors!

  5. Spend some time together as a family. This can be hard in the midst of visits to extended family or friends and holiday gatherings but can help reassure children of stability.

  6. Build some family holiday traditions or continue traditions you’ve done before.

  7. Choose something to do as a family that helps others. Baking cookies for neighbors, donating toys for a toy drive, or simply writing encouraging notes to other family or friends helps keep the perspective on the holidays beyond presents and parties.

Kindergarten Registration Dates

Thursday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 16th

Only those students turning 5 on or before September 30, 2020 can be registered for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Make your calendars! Times to be determined at a later date.

School Board Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar

The Prince William County School Board approved the 2020-21 calendar on October 16, 2019 to adopt a school calendar that begins with the first day of school on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 and ends with the last day of school on June 11, 2021. The calendar includes two full weeks at Winter Break.

Follow this link for more information:


Right to Special Programs/Services

This notice is intended to inform the community of a student’s right to a free, appropriate public education and the availability of programs and services, including a special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) are federal laws that give the School Division certain responsibilities with respect to providing such educational programs to students with disabilities. Under the IDEA and Section 504, the School Division has the responsibility to actively and continuously identify, locate, and evaluate those children, infant to age 21, living in Prince William County who may be in need of special education and/or related services, or adaptations or accommodations to regular education services.

These laws also require the School Division to:

• Refer for possible evaluation any student of school age living in the School Division who a school staff member suspects may be disabled.

• Provide appropriate educational and school‐related opportunities to students with disabilities in an inclusive setting to the maximum extent appropriate.

• Provide notice of the availability of services and types and location of services to nearby private schools, pediatricians, and the Health Department.

• Provide parents/guardians of students with disabilities with notice of their rights annually, and prior to their student’s evaluation and placement, or any significant change in their student’s placement.

• Develop and implement procedural safeguards with respect to actions regarding the identification, evaluation, and placement of students with disabilities.

• Provide procedures for the reporting, investigation, and resolution of student complaints of discrimination or harassment based upon disability, which were revised by the School Division in April of 2016 and are contained in Regulation 738-1, “Complaint Procedures for Student Claims of Discrimination or Harassment.”

• Provide written notice of the School Division’s procedural safeguards to parents or guardians.

If you suspect that your student may have a disability affecting your student’s development or academic performance, or may have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, please contact the Director of Special Education at 703.791.7287 for further information.