Principal's Weekly Message

May 15th, 2016

Hidden Forest is a school where educators care about your child. We are innovative and passionate about helping your child love learning as much as we love teaching. We strive to help your child learn the basics, as well as valuable life lessons such as how to be a leader and how to serve others.

Week in Review

As we approach the end of the year, each week seems busier than the last. This week was particularly eventful with three power outages, followed by multiple air conditioner malfunctions, on Wednesday. Our district electricians and HVAC technicians worked late Wednesday to ensure that we were up and running with no problems on Thursday morning.

Battle of the Books went very well and our students showed off their excellent reading comprehension. We will be cheering on those students who are moving on to district competition.

With 13 days left, I have challenged our faculty and students to make every day count. We can continue to teach, learn, and grow up through the very last day.

The Library Needs Your Used, Unwanted Legos

Give your old Legos a new home at the HF Library! Please consider donating any unwanted Legos to our library. We will be using them for a variety of activities in the library such as Lego building challenges, stop motion movie making, creation centers, and so much more!

One School, One Book is Right Around the Corner!

One School, One Book will begin on this coming Monday, May 16th and run through Friday, May 27th. One School, One Book is a literacy program that promotes reading aloud to children due to the permanent and complex benefits that being read to has on a child’s mind. This year, we will be reading The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling.

Each grade level teacher will read the book to all of their students according to the assigned reading schedule, and in turn, the school as a whole will participate in corresponding activities with this beloved book. Our librarian, Angelique Lackey, has paperback copies available at a cost of $5. If you would like a copy of this book, please send exact cash or a check (made out to Hidden Forest Elementary) in the amount of $5. Please see below for the reading schedule for The Chocolate Touch.

Reading Schedule for The Chocolate Touch

by Patrick Skene Catling (1952)

Week One

Monday, May 16 Chapters 1 and 2

Tuesday, May 17 Chapters 3 and 4

Wednesday, May 18 Chapter 5

Thursday, May 19 Chapter 6

Friday, May 20 Chapter 7

Week Two

Monday, May 23 Chapter 8

Tuesday, May 24 Chapter 9

Wednesday, May 25 Chapter 10

Thursday, May 26 Chapter 11

Friday, May 27 Chapter 12

Habit of the Week: Habit 3 - Put First Things First

Quote of the Week: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden

Home Connection: With summer quickly approaching, the excitement of not having to follow a school routine may be exciting and something you and/or your child are looking forward to having. You may want to consider giving your child some responsibilities to do each day this summer. It could be that every morning they have to make their bed and feed a pet or take out the recycling. It might even be to set aside some time to read for 20-30 minutes each day. Your child has many responsibilities at school and will probably enjoy taking on some responsibilities during the summer at home. Consider sitting down with your child and creating a list of the responsibilities they would like to complete each day. Help them prioritize the list and decide what is most important to do first. Place the list on the refrigerator or someplace important that your child will see daily. Helping your child develop a routine can help them understand and be able to apply “Putting Frist Things First” to other situations at home, school and beyond.