Huggins Paw Print
LEVELING UP IN 2020
Three more sleeps until we get to welcome our Hounds back to school for on-campus or virtual instruction! We could not be more excited to kick off the 20-21 school year and LEVEL UP learning for our students!
I want to take time to express my gratitude for the support our community has provided to us as we prepare for the upcoming school year. As local businesses have donated meals, parents have donated supplies, and people have gone the extra mile to support the school system...I can't help but be overcome with joy as I witness a community rally together for kids!
Please be sure to check out our video explaining first day procedures for our on-campus students. There is also very important information about the car rider line. Please remember that if you will be picking up your child from school in the car line, you MUST have a car tag. If you have a student that is riding the bus home and is in kindergarten, you must present the BLUE CARD that was provided in the Drive-Thru bags.
It is essential that all students arrive to school on Monday with a face mask. They should also have an additional mask in their backpack to serve as a backup. All students will be required to wear a face covering in common areas of the building. You received a Huggins Hound lanyard in your Drive-Thru bag that students can clip their masks to as needed. Additionally, please be sure that your child comes to school with their Smart Tag Lanyard every day. This tag will serve multiple purposes, including purchasing lunch and assigning Hound Bucks (more information coming soon - stay tuned!) We understand that some on-campus students may not have received their Smart Tag yet. The teachers will have their lanyards waiting for them on the first day. Our virtual students will receive their Smart Tag at a later date.
Please rest assured that we have been working around the clock to ensure we are ready for Monday. Our virtual teachers are stepping out of traditional learning environments while expanding their professional capacity as on-line educators. There is a growth mindset that is undeniable and a willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students through whatever learning platform is chosen.
As you know, there is a need for a home-school connection now more than ever. We will continuously monitor and adjust our processes as needed. We hope to partner with every parent to create what we believe can be an exceptional school year!
First Day of School Procedures - Don't forget to share the video below with your student!
During the Drive-Thru pick up, you will find six colored dot labels with your child's name and teacher name. We are asking that for the first six days of school, you place a label on the front of their shirt. These labels will be custom created to help us determine where your child's classroom is located in the building. For instance, we have 5 colored instructional pods in the building and three grade levels in the portables. If your student is a kindergartner and his/her teacher is located in the yellow pod, he/she will receive six yellow stickers with their name and teacher's name. We will be assigning colors for grade levels in 3rd-5th as their classrooms are in the portables.
Our doors will open on Monday, August 24th at 7:00am. Staff Members will be stationed throughout the building to assist students as they head to the teachers' classrooms. If your child rides the bus/daycare van, they will be unloaded from the bus porch, and students will be guided through the gym to classrooms. If your child will be coming by car, all parents will utilize the car rider line. Parents will not be permitted to park and walk their child to the door. This year, we are asking students to open the car doors themselves if possible to exit the vehicle to minimize staff members exposure to multiple car doors. Of course we will have staff stationed down the car rider line to help as needed! If students are in third - fifth grade, they will be able to head to the portables from the front access gate (minimizing the number of people in the hallways). All kinder-second students will enter through the front doors. We will have balloons hanging by color to create a "path" leading students to their color pod. The students will follow the path to their designated pod and into their teacher's classroom. As I mentioned before, we will have staff stationed throughout the building and extra support out front for our friends that might be feeling nervous or needing a little extra guidance.
We are asking all parents to be patient in the drop off line as we expect the line to move more slowly than in previous years. We will not count tardies the first week of school as long as we still have cars in line. Please help us out by having your child ready to exit the car. For our little ones, you may want to practice how to unbuckle, put on backpacks, put on their masks, and open the car door. All students will need to exit the car on the passenger side.
This process is going to be a combined effort between parents and school staff. Please talk to your students about what to expect the first day and how the process will work. Have them practice the steps and provide reassurance that they will be okay and that there will be people there to help. Let them know how excited we are to see them and how much their teacher already loves them! We know this is less than ideal...but rest assured that your child will be greeted by an eager staff that is ready to welcome them to the 20-21 school year with open arms!
Important information for arrival and dismissal!
Is your child engaging in virtual instruction? You don't want to miss this!
NEED INTERNET ACCESS? CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION
An Important Message from our Counselors! (UPDATED)
We are looking forward to seeing our Hounds next week, whether it’s in person or online! We will be giving everyone a bit of time to get settled into new routines before we start guidance lessons with all students, small groups, and checking in with Hounds individually. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen everyone and we know the last few months have had ups and downs. If you have concerns about your child, please complete this form to help us know about your needs and better understand how we can offer support to your student. We can meet with students on campus and virtually. Remember we are here to work with you and your child as we all navigate this strange new normal in addition to all the regular events of life.
Mrs. Evans & Mrs. Reddy
“Hi! Welcome to Kindergarten! I’m your teacher❤️💙, I’m so happy you are in my class! 😁 Look at my cool face shield!! Do I look like an astronaut? 👩🏻🚀 Maybe you’ll get an astronaut helmet too!”
Maybe you’ve seen this post by kindergarten teacher, Dana Stephenson Kimmell, circulating on social media. Isn’t her excitement contagious?! It makes us want to go to kindergarten with her! At Huggins, we are doing everything we can to get ready for our Hounds to return to school in a safe, positive environment, just like we do every year. We would LOVE your help in making sure our Hounds have positive, open attitudes about this new and different school year, whether they are learning in person or virtually. In the same way that our positive attitudes are contagious, our worries and negative attitudes are also contagious. How our Hounds handle new situations is largely dependent on the examples they see – that means teachers and parents! Think about how you are talking about returning to school when your Hounds are listening. Even if they aren’t part of the conversation, they are listening and internalizing your attitudes. Below are just a few things that might be strange this year and some ways you can help calm their fears and encourage them to look for the positives. How many cool things can you come up with for the way you are returning to school?
Masks – It’s hard to tell when someone is smiling with a mask on, but we just have to change where we are looking. Along with our mouths, we also use our eyes to smile. Practice putting on your mask and smiling with your eyes. Do it in front of a mirror, with each other, with friends.
Social Distancing – While some things will be more spread out, some social distancing has always happened in school. We will have our own space and won’t have to worry about someone wiggling the desk right next to us. We get to have our own supplies and hang on to them!
Sitting in front of the computer “all day” – You won’t be glued to the computer! Your schedule will be flexible. There will be some time that you have to be online with your teacher/class. And there will be lots of time that you get to do your work at your own pace. Maybe you get to play with your dog at recess, or do math with your cat on your lap. Plus, you get a stinky feet pass every day!
As Ms. Kimmell said in her post, there are so many ways we are preparing for your kids to return to us. There are some new things, but there are also countless things we do every year to keep your kiddos safe. We are prepared to approach this year and all the change it will bring with positive attitudes and humor. We hope you will do the same!
Face Coverings (Updated)
Students are required to bring two dress code approved masks/face coverings daily. One will be worn, and one additional mask/face covering will be brought in a sealed/ziploc bag. Labeling of the masks with a student name is suggested.
Mask questions we have received:
Can my child wear a face shield? Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.
Can my child wear a neck gaiter/buff? Yes, these are also approved.
Does the mask have to be a Huggins uniform color? No. Masks may be any color or design. However, no inappropriate language or images will be allowed.
***Please note that BSN Sports has graciously donated Huggins Hounds lanyards that will be given to students on the first day of school. Students will be able to use these lanyard to attach their masks so that they do not get lost.
Please click below for more information regarding face coverings.
Huggins Dress Code
Students can wear Huggins Spirit Wear or solid colored polos in red, white, navy, light blue or black any day of the week. Bottoms must be denim (no embellishments or tears), khaki, black, or navy blue athletic shorts, slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or a dress. A few days of the week have themes but students are not required to participate.
Monday - Leveling Up in 2020! Students are encouraged to wear a shirt/dress coordinating to our video game theme.
Thursday - Students can support Roberts Middle School, Leaman JH and Fulshear HS by wearing purple.
Friday - Huggins Spirit Day!