Parent Newsletter

September 1, 2023

Note from the Principals

HHES Families:

The start of school is always such an exciting time. This week, was no exception as we welcomed back students and their families to the HHES campus. Our first through fifth grade students were able to jump right into learning as they built connections with their new teachers and friends. Our TK and K teachers have been meeting with students and their families to learn more about how they can best support each learner this year. It has been such joy to have our students back on campus this week!

We want to set up all of our students for a successful school year. In addition to their regular instruction, the HHES staff will focusing on two areas for the first six weeks of school; attendance and kindness. Please see the information below for more information on these two key areas.

We are looking forward to a great school year! Thank you for your support and partnership!

~ Meredith and Michael /

Attendance Matters

Good attendance at school is crucial for student success. Research links regular attendance with improved outcomes for students from reading at grade level to on-time graduation. Conversely, children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.

Chronic absence is defined as two or more absences per month, whether excused or unexcused. Two absences may not seem like much, but over the course of a school year, these absences add up to many hours of lost instruction. In HSD, students have a higher rate of chronic absenteeism than in surrounding districts, our state as a whole, and many parts of our nation (see images below). In the 2021-22 school year, only 64.4% of HHES students regularly attended school.

We want all of our HHES students to attend school regularly so that they can continue to make academic progress and build their social skills. While we want students to stay home when they are sick so that we can keep our community healthy, we want students in class at all other times. We only have 180 school days and we need to make each day count!

You can help us to meet our attendance goals by:

- arriving at school on time at 7:45 a.m. (doors to the commons will open at 7:35 daily)

- scheduling family vacations during school breaks

- scheduling medical appointments after school, when possible

- reminding your student about the importance of regular attendance

Thank you, in advance, HHES families for helping your child to attend school on-time, everyday.

Districts Where Students Missed 30% or More of School in the United States

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Districts Where Students Missed 30% or More of School in Washington

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Kindness at HHES

For the next seven weeks, leading up to Kindness Day on October 18, HHES students will be practicing kindness in our school and community. Each week, we will have a kindness themed spirit day, a kindness challenge, and classroom activities highlighting the importance of kindness at school. Please look for our first kindness weekly flyer to be sent home on September 8.
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HHES Spirit Wear is now for sale. You can purchase spirit wear items here. The final day to purchase spirit wear is September 16. Thank you for supporting PWT and showing your school spirit!

HHES and the PWT (People Working Together) are excited to welcome our youngest learners to HHES. PWT has set up a few special events to help our TK, K, and 1 students and their families get to know their school and classmates. We hope that you will be able to join us for the following events:

BooHoo / WooHoo Breakfast - TK and K Families - September 5

TK and K families are invited to join us in the cafeteria for breakfast after student drop off on the first day of TtK and K classes.

Our PWT is supports the students and staff of HHES and HMS and sponsors many fun events for our Hockinson families. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please stop by one of the PWT tables at the Community Fair, Popsicles on the Playground, or BooHoo breakfast events.

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Upcoming Events

September 4: No School - Labor Day

September 5: First Day of School TK and K

September 11: Read, White, and Blue Spirit Day

September 13: Team Up for Kindness Day - Sports Spirit Day

September 14: Safe Schools Due

September 16: Final Day to Order PWT Spirit Wear

September 17: Constitution and Good Citizenship Day

September 19: Fifth Grade Band Open House / Instrument Rental Night

September 20: Kindness Shines Bright Day - Neon Spirit Day

September 20: MOD Pizza PWT Night

September 25: Fifth Grade Band Starts

September 26: Fall Picture Day

September 27: Tip of the Cap to Kindness Day - Hat Spirit Day

October 2: Custodial Workers' Day - Thank you, Dennis, John, Isabel, and Amador!

October 4: Wild About Kindness Day - Mismatch Spirit Day

October 11: Multiply Kindness Day - Match with Friends Spirit Day

October 13: No School - Teacher in Service Day

October 18: Unity Day - Wear Orange for Kindness

October 20: Make Kindness Comfortable - PJ Spirit Day