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Week of April 10th


Hope you're enjoying every moment of this much needed and well-deserved break. My goal is for each of you to return recharged and energized on Monday. Be sure to take full advantage of the final few days of the vacation.


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Update: PARCC

4/8 Update: You will receive a detailed e-mail on Sunday night which includes:

+ device assignments and coverage schedule

+ master schedule with impacted specials

+ refusals

In addition, CST members, 3rd-5th grade teachers and special education teachers will receive proposed student groupings.

Please note this is a first draft for all and there will be changes based on your input.

This information is ready to be shared but I didn't want to burden you with it during the break!

Reminders from last week:

HVRSD has been selected to be a field test site. This adds an additional day of testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

+ April 18th: Staff training (faculty meeting)

+ April 19th: 3rd grade trial run

* tech support will be on site to assist

+ PARCC Dates:

* April 25th: ELA Day 1

* April 26th: ELA Day 2

* April 27th: ELA Day 3

* April 28th: No testing - Take Your Child to Work Day

* April 29th: Field Test

* May 2nd: Math Day 1

* May 3rd: Math Day 2

Friendly reminder: Parents who refuse must submit a written request to me.

Tech Byte from Vikki

Click here for easy directions for using Google Slides to make personalized sticky notes!

May Menu

We are adding two new meals this month, including a lunch which will be prepped and served by our students currently enrolled in the Top Chef Hopewell enrichment class!

+ Top Chef Hopewell proudly presents Homemade grilled chicken and veggie skewers served with roasted seasoned potatoes and fresh fruit slices

+ Homemade rice bowl with rice, grilled chicken and teriyaki sauce served with snap peas and carrots, and strawberries.

The following student favorites will return:

+ Homemade chicken quesadillas with cheese, served with homemade salsa, guacamole and sour cream, along with orange slices

+ Homemade whole wheat flatbread pizza with fresh basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella cheese served with grapes

Vegetarian options are available on 5/4, 5/11 and 5/18. Please be sure to submit your orders online by clicking here. Orders must be submitted by Friday, April 22nd.

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Playground Update

When removing the existing surfacing it was determined that the purple climbing equipment is at the end of its useful life and should be replaced. Adding new equipment would be challenging once the new surfacing is installed. In light of this, we have decided to install several new pieces now for our students to enjoy, including ADA compliant playground equipment accessible to all. As a result, this will delay the anticipated completion of our project to the beginning of June.

We appreciate your continued support and patience. We are confident these changes will make our playground even better for all of our students.

* This will be shared with parents via email on Monday.

A Message from Carlos

+ Beginning Monday, please place your classroom trash can(s) near the door at the end of the day. This will make it easier for Carlos and his team to empty cans.

+ A note to our 4th and 5th grade teachers: Please remove desks from the hallway if they are not being used. Carlos and his team can assist. If desks are being used, please be sure to move them back to classrooms at the end of the day.

Please see Carlos with any questions. Thanks in advance for your help!

PTO Discretionary Funds

Please submit reimbursement requests/receipts by the April 15th deadline noted on the reimbursement form.

Updates from Mr. Suozzo

Please click here for updates regarding annuals and completion of SGOs.

Important Dates: April

4/11 - Grade Level Meetings

4/13 - Principal's Cabinet

4/13 - PTO Meeting

4/15 - Science Fair

4/15 - 3rd Marking Period Ends

4/18 - Faculty Meeting (PARCC Training)

4/19 - 3rd Grade PARCC Dry Run

4/22 - Whole School Meeting Hosted by Grade 4

4/22 - Report Cards Due by 4:00 pm (as per Tony Suozzo's email dated 3/31)

4/25 - PARCC

4/26 - PARCC

4/27 - PARCC

4/28 - Take Your Child to Work Day

4/29 - PARCC

Upcoming Professional Development Days

4/19 - Olivia Wahl (grade 1)

4/20 - Olivia Wahl (kindergarten)

4/21 - Olivia Wahl (grade 2)