May 17, 2020
At Highcroft, we help learners grow in a safe, caring community where ALL are valued and supported to become leaders.
- May 18: Spirit Day - Hat Day
- May 19: Spirit Day - American Day, Wear Red, White & Blue
- May 19: Wave Parade, Front Parking Lot, 12:00 Noon
- May 20: Spirit Day - Summer/Beach Day
- May 21: Last Day of School
- May 21: School Spirit Day: Wear Your Highcroft Spirit Wear
We conclude the school year sharing Habit #8. Yes, there is an additional 8th habit for which Stephen Convey dedicated an entire book to explain. One of the significant points of Covey's work is that in today's day and age, working together has become more valuable than competing with one another. Habit #8 – Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs shares with us how we can set up ourselves and others for success in school and the working world. To find your voice means to engage in work or activities that genuinely tap your talents and kindle your passions. Covey shares that criticism, complaining, comparing, competing, and contending are five behaviors that inhibit us from greatness. We counteract these behaviors with three innate gifts; the freedom to choose, nature principles like respect, integrity, and kindness, and our four intelligences - mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. These behaviors support us in discovering our voice.
Habit #8 - Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs encourages us to identify those things which we are good at and like doing. When we find our voice, then we are charged with channeling it in the most expressive way possible. We should be proud of our ability, but should not boast. Instead, we should use our expertise to help and inspire others. You can encourage Habit 8 at home by hosting a family talent show or having your child teach you or a sibling something at which they are an expert. You might also consider reading books to help reinforce this habit: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Hip Hip Hooray for Annie McRae by Brad Wilcox, and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
In partnership, and be well!
Dr. Cartelia Lucas
Congratulations Are In Order
Congratulations to Cathy Hubert on passing the Nationally Certified School Nurse exam and becoming a nationally certified school nurse! What an impressive accomplishment!
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Nurse Hubert, BSN, RN
Happy Spring Highcroft Ridge Redhawks!
Finally, it is starting to warm up outside! I hope you all are enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. I can’t believe the school year is coming to an end. I have certainly missed you these last 2 months but it has been great to see some of you online in class meetings!
I am looking forward to the next school year and seeing you all again! Parkway Nurses are ready to be back in school to learn. Keep your eyes out for information from me all summer long on any new developments. I will keep you posted on new Health Services guidelines and Immunization Requirements.
It is suggested that all students entering Kindergarten and 3rd grade have a new physical exam on record at the beginning of the school year as well as a new Action Plan if your student has Asthma, Allergies or a Seizure Disorder. I have included the links to these forms below. It is important to have updated plans every year due to the fact that children are constantly growing and gaining weight and medication requirements change from year to year. I am also attaching the Medication Authorization Form that is needed for each medication that will be administered at school. This form needs to be signed by both the parent and physician to give permission for me to give any prescribed medicine to your child.
If you have any questions about any of these forms, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at email@example.com
I hope you all are doing well and managing through these crazy times. I am sharing this link to a children’s book written by parents who are doctors that helps explain COVID-19 to children. I think it does a good job of explaining viruses and herd immunity. And I hope it is helpful information for you.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I hope to see you all soon!
Know that I miss you and can’t wait to see you again!
Love to all,
Cindy Beeler Grades K,1,2,4 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scharma Banks Grades 3,5 email@example.com
We are so excited for the chance to see Highcroft students next week as we bring this year to a close. We know that our year end does not look like our typical closures. However, it is very important that we celebrate the accomplishments our children have had this year. If you would like additional ideas for year end celebrations, please contact us.
Coping Tool for Children
We are providing an activity to express feelings during this time. Here is a video to show an activity to make a Covid Time Capsule. If you’d like printables to use to do this activity you can click here. Time Capsule
Guidance for Parents
As we end the school year it is important that children have some sort of closure. This article about End of the Year Closure is a good read about this topic. "Helping children and students gain some type of closure is paramount no matter what age or grade. Completion of a school year signifies accomplishment, maturing and a personal sense of pride as each child has earned the ability to progress to the next grade." - Melanie Ross, PhD
Another important point to make when discussing the unknown with our children is to be honest in saying that things will most likely never look the same. There will be a new normal we can embrace. Everything we teach about being flexible is most important right now.
911/Take your child to the ER
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Behavioral Health Response Crisis Line: 1-800-811-4760
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery: 314-768-3201
Salvation Army: 211 (mortgage, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, etc.)
Mrs. Maxvill & Mr. Meinershagen
Highcroft Students and Parents,
We hope students and their families participated in the Virtual Field Day that was scheduled for May 11-13. Hopefully these events provided families the opportunity to be challenged and to compete against one another.
As we wind down the 2019/20 school year and look forward to the 2020/21, I want to take this time to thank my teaching partner for the past 19 years, Mrs. Melanie Maxvill. Mrs. Maxvill has spent the past 34 years caring for and teaching students at Highcroft Ridge Elementary. She will be retiring at the end of this school year and will be missed more than she knows. I have been very lucky to work side by side with her and even luckier to call her my friend.
Please know that we wish everyone a safe and healthy summer break. Feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns.
We miss all of you!
May Acts of Kindness Calendar
Spirit Week - Planned By Our Spirit Leaders
A Virtual Gotcha is used to recognize students when they display our ROSE Values. Please consider submitting a Virtual Gotcha for your child to be recognized.
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