Education Director's Newsletter

December 2020

Gratitude

We have so many things to be grateful for at Hayden Canyon Charter. We feel so blessed to have been able to start our first school year in a beautiful new building, with an amazing staff, and the greatest students ever! Each month we like to give gratitude to those individuals that have made a difference. This month, we'd like to thank:


  • Coeur d'Alene Tractor for giving us a huge discount on a battery powered snowblower; allowing us to keep our sidewalks safe for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Our morning and afternoon parking lot volunteers; we appreciate you standing out in the cold to ensure that drop-off and pick-up is safe, quick, and organized.
  • Our lunch heroes and hiking heroes for helping out and supporting our teachers and students.

...and thank you Kindergarten families for creating family "feathers" for our turkey. It turned out amazing!

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Academic News

It's hard to believe that we are at the end of our first quarter of school. If you haven't already received a video of your child presenting their module 1 project, you should receive it by Monday December 7 (These will be sent using our Class Dojo app). These are fabulous and we can't wait for you to see them!


1st quarter progress reports will be sent home on Monday December 7. Our progress reports are mastery based, showing each student's progress towards grade level standards.


Progress reports will be placed in a manilla envelope with a parent signature label attached ,and will be given to your child at the end of the day. Please sign the label and return the envelope with your child for next quarter's progress report. You may keep your child's report. Should your child not bring their progress report home, please contact the office for a copy. If you have ANY questions regarding your child's grades or understanding mastery based grading, do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher. We will have an explanatory letter included with the progress report describing what how to interpret mastery based grading and what it mean for your child.


With the first quarter under our belts and student assessments completed, we are ready to begin flexing into differentiated groups. These groups will allow your child to learn at his/her level in ELA and Math. These groups will focus on targeted intervention, at grade level, and accelerated learning. We want to assure you that students will remain in their cohorts for the most part; however, in cases where students flex in with students from other grade levels, we will do our part to sanitize learning areas and continue masking to minimize chances of Covid-19 transmission. With this flexing, student groups will be smaller allowing for a greater opportunity for challenging students, providing needed supports, and increased student success.

A Time for Giving

We are currently working on putting together a Giving Tree for children in need. Children's Village has supplied us with a list of children in need. If you have any additional recommendations, please contact our school counselor, Jen Fries at jfries@haydencanyoncharter.org.


Ornaments labeled with a child's age and item needed will be available on our tree beginning Monday December 7. Please wrap gift items and attach the chosen ornament to the gift so we know who the gift is for. We are asking that gifts are donated by December14, so we can get them delivered to Children's Village.

Expeditionary Learning in Winter

We want to remind everyone that we will be hiking, and exploring in the snow. Students will be learning about the snow's water content, the weather, snowflakes, and so much more! Please make sure your child wears, or brings a pair of warm snow boots, coat, gloves and beanies for those cold Winter days.

Snow Days

As we enter the snowy season, please make sure that you have signed up to receive text messages through our School Messenger system. We will contact everyone should there be a snow day by 5:00 AM via phone calls, emails, and text messages. If your phone number has changed, please make sure to update it in the school office!

Reminders

  • Many of our students are leaving their masks at home and we are quickly depleting our supply of disposable masks. We have ordered more; however, it would be very helpful if students bring their own mask.
  • Wash masks regularly, we are beginning to see some masks that need cleaning.
  • Please help us keep morning drop off traffic from backing up. When dropping students off in the morning, please pull forward as far as possible before unloading students.
  • When parking and walking up to drop off or pick up your students, please use the crosswalk. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible.


Thank You!

Parent Crew News

Classroom Climb Playground Fundraiser

Our Classroom Climb Playground Fundraiser is in full swing, having raised more than $7,500 so far! We're getting closer to our $15,000 goal and need everyone's help. A huge thank you to all who have fundraised so far - we greatly appreciate you! To see our fundraising progress and register your student(s) if you haven't done so yet, please visit bit.ly/classroomclimb.


HCC Foundation/Parent Crew

Looking for HCC Foundation Board Members

HCC's Foundation is still looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors. In this role - requiring only 2 to 5 hours of commitment a month on average - you'll be an integral part of HCC's continued growth. If interesting in learning more or applying for a position, please email HaydenCanyonCharterFoundation@gmail.com.


Parent Crew

Parent Crew meets virtually the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM, with the next meeting being on Monday, December 14. Parent Crew welcomes all parents to join. If you want to be notified about future meetings and volunteer opportunities, please email Parent Crew at HCCParentCrew@gmail.com and/or join them on Facebook in the HCC Parent Crew group.

Calendar of Events

Dec. 2: Board Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Dec. 7: Report Cards sent home/2nd Quarter Begins, Giving Tree community service project begins

Dec. 10: Ugly Sweater Day and contest

Dec. 14: Parent Crew Zoom Meeting, Giving Tree donations due.

Dec. 17: Pajama Day

Dec. 18-Jan.3: Winter Break

Jan. 4: School Resumes