A year to remember...
Wow...2020 is shaping up to be one for the history books for sure. Words can't express the value we have all put in your input, communication, questions, and more so that we could make the experience your child had during this time at least a little more manageable. Our teachers continued to work through this adversity with students at the forefront of all their decisions. The collaboration and communicate that we had with our professional staff has truly had a tremendous effect on many. It takes a village and Haymarket is top-notch!
Over the next two weeks, teachers will be coming in systematically through a detailed plan to ensure that everyone is safe while they are packing up their rooms. I assure you that we are keeping them safe during this challenging time. They are packing up student belongings and getting their room prepped for a full, deep summer clean! We are also working through the collaborative class placement process. While we prefer to do this in person, we have found secure and effective ways to do this virtually this year. I applaud our teachers' efforts for learning a new way of doing things in the realm of class placement, a VERY important and reflective process. We look forward to seeing our students' faces with their new teacher come August!
Speaking of August, we don't know either! You best source of updated information will come from PWCS Central Office staff. When decisions are made that we can share, we will certainly ensure that you get that information. I highly encourage you to follow PWCS on Twitter as that tends to have the most updated information and fastest (works for snow days too!). You can also follow @haymarketcubs as well.
We truly hope that you all have a safe and healthy summer. Please spread the word about important information below, like supply pick up and the section entitled Student Membership versus Attendance.
Mr. Baldwin and Mrs. Gazda
Picking up/dropping off materials
Dear Parents of our AMAZING Cubs,
Please read this in its entirety as there is a lot of information and guidance for picking up and dropping off materials…
After further guidance from Dr. Walts at the School Board meeting, we have devised a plan for you all to come pick up student materials that were left at school upon our closure on March 13th. Our teachers will be working hard to bag up all your child’s items. When you arrive at HMES at your designated time listed below, please pull into the bus loop.
You will notice that there will be specific locations/tables to drop off items such as library books and other classroom “owned” materials (like textbooks, guided reading books, classroom library books, strings instruments, patrol belts, etc.). IMPORTANT: please put CLASSROOM items in a bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher name.
We will not be collecting laptops from anyone EXCEPT 5th graders at this time (more guidance for 5th grade families coming soon).
After dropping those items off in the designated areas, you will proceed to the front of the building. STAY IN YOUR CAR AT THIS POINT! Simply tell a staff member your child’s name and teacher and they will get your child’s items from inside. They will then put the bagged items on the seat in your car to limit close contact.
Any materials not picked up will be delivered to your child’s teacher in August at which time they can bring them home or leave at school depending on the new grade level’s supply list.
Pick Up/Drop Off Times:
Tuesday, June 9th
- 9:00am-11:00am – Kindergarten
- 11:30am-1:30pm – 1st grade
- 2:00pm-4:00pm – Mr. Bartruff, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Peeple, Mrs. Graham
Wednesday, June 10th
- 9:00am-11:00am – 2nd grade
- 11:30am-1:30pm – 3rd grade
- 2:00pm-4:00pm – 4th grade
Thursday, June 11th
- 1:00pm-4:00pm – 5th grade
- More details were included in an email that came out today
If you have multiple children in multiple grades, come when it works for you, but please know that classroom teachers will be helping with distribution only during their grade level assigned times. This would be a great time to wave goodbye until next year! Thank you for your patience when you arrive and for working with us as we close out the year during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing you!
5th Grade Promotion
Our teachers have been working hard on a virtual 5th grade promotion video that will be sent to 5th grade families on Wednesday, June 10th. I am super proud of everyone who worked together to make the most of our situation and create this awesome experience for our rising 6th grade students! This is not a live event, so our families will be able to view this at their leisure.
The next day, Thursday the 11th, will be the time that 5th grade students will be able to come pick up their certificates, awards, medals, and school supplies. It will also be a time to drop off library books, strings instruments, patrol belts, borrowed laptops, and other HMES or classroom owned materials.
There will be more details that come out regarding how this will work to ensure we are following general safety and social distancing guidelines. If you are unable to come that day, envelopes will be mailed the following day include all certificates and awards.
Student Membership versus Attendance
Also, in order to have access to resources come fall IF there is a change in our normal routine of opening the building for instruction you will need to have your child enrolled. Our online resources, IF we have to go virtual for some or all of our learning, will be make available through our new learning platform called Canvas. More to come on that over the summer and into the beginning of next school year.
Choice Boards Will Stay On Our Website
As the school year is coming to a close and we reflect on current events in the country, we'd like to review some of the wonderful books we have read throughout the school year and introduce your children to some news ones. Your School Counselors have put together a list of several stories which highlight Acceptance, Tolerance, Diversity, and Inclusiveness. These Read Alouds can be found next to our Distance Learning Remote Guidance Lessons HERE.
Here is another link that you may find interesting during this challenging time in our history -
As always, we are here to help with anything. You can find our contact information on our Guidance page HERE.
A message from the Haymarket/Gainesville Public Library
I’m Aaren Cravaritis, Youth Services Librarian at Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. While our doors may be closed, we still have a lot to offer our area school-aged children!
Our Summer Reading Program will begin on June 15th and ends on August 15th.
Here is a direct link for parents/guardians to register their children: https://pwcgov.beanstack.org/reader365
1. Register with Beanstack as a reader online or on the Beanstack Tracker app on your mobile devices.
2. Read and log books and activities.
3. Earn badges and incentives.
Our online summer reading program gives all our readers a place to remotely keep track of their reading. We will still be awarding prizes to our readers that can be redeemed when the library reopens.
We’re also very excited to offer our collection of virtual programs for ALL ages! Our live programs and recorded videos are posted every day on our Facebook page and YouTube channel! Everything from story times, experiments, book clubs to cooking!
Check them out here:
You can also look at our Events calendar on our Prince William Public Library website to see more about each program, their dates and times: https://pwcgov.libnet.info/events
*Some live events require registration.
We hope you will encourage your students to take advantage of our Digital Library that provides free access to audio books, eBooks, movies, digital magazines and more! We also have free resources for research and homework help.
Please call us if you have any questions or reach out to me or Kaitlyn Seastead at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you and your students walking through our doors again!
Here are some resources shared with us by the PW Library System:
ACCESS VIDEO ON DEMAND JUST FOR KIDS: Thousands of Educational Videos for Kids, from PBS, Jim Henson & Company, Reading Rainbow, and more! Use the “Browse Standards” link to search by Virginia Standards of Learning and supplement the curriculum! *Must use 14-digit library card number to access
EARLY WORLD OF LEARNING: Aimed at pre-readers and emerging readers. Interactive storybooks, games and videos to help learn phonetics and more. *Must use 14-digit library card number to access
KIDS INFOBITS: This database is for students in kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate graphic interface with easy to use subject access to topics like sports, people, arts, science and more.
PRONUNCIATOR: An online language-learning resource that is a fun and free way to learn any of 163 languages with personalized courses, movies, music, and more! Patrons who speak a language other than English can select from nearly 50 different languages as their “base” language. Includes new COVID-19 language course in 101 languages. *Must use 14-digit library card number to create account
ROCKET LANGUAGES: A language-learning product featuring lessons in over a dozen languages, as well as an ESL component. *Must use 14-digit library card number to create account
SCHOLASTIC GO!: Several different Scholastic online resource into one cross-referenced site. Encyclopedia articles, educational videos, science fair projects, and more. *Must use 14-digit library card number to access
TODAY'S SCIENCE: Science news written especially for students. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 15-year back-file, Today's Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology. *Must use 14-digit library card number to access
TUMBLEBOOKLIBRARY: Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! *Must use 14-digit library card number to access
THE WORLD ALMANAC FOR KIDS ONLINE: Presents resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills from a trusted source. Includes teacher resources such as lesson plans, graphic organizers, and printable handouts. * Must use a valid email address to create account