Hometown School Newsletter

August 31, 2021

Bencik's Buzz

Our students have settled in and continue to show how much knowledge they have. We began the week taking our MAP tests to show off that knowledge. For those students who missed taking the test, we will be doing make-ups throughout the next week. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the PTA meeting on Thursday this week. Please come and learn about ways to support our students. There are so many fun activities that will be coming up within the week. Please make sure you read the newsletter to find out the dates. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me to discuss.


Tomorrow is our first last start of the year. Our students will start at 9:30am tomorrow. Please plan accordingly!


We ask for your patience with the buses. We know that our 108 has been extremely late in the morning. At this time, we are experiencing a driver shortage and this route will continue to be late. We are suggesting in the morning students should be driven until they can find another driver. The routes in the afternoon have seemed to move to a more normal time frame. We will continue to keep our families updated. A flyer is attached if you know of anyone looking for work.


NO CARS will be allowed in the school parking lots during arrival and dismissal times. Families with parking passes should only use the front lot. Students are expected to report to their designated doors for drop off. Please note we follow all traffic signs and symbols in the community. Please do not park on any yellow painted areas in the community or run the stop signs. Our police officers will begin to issue tickets moving forward. We are trying to keep our students safe.

Quarantining Students

If your child has any signs or symptoms of not feeling well, we encourage you to keep them home and monitor the case. As students are testing positive for covid please notify the school, we are looking at cases individually and contact tracing accordingly. In the event your child will need to quarantine, the school will reach out. Per the guidelines, students will need to quarantine if they are directly exposed without a mask, for more than fifteen minutes within a six foot distance.

PTA Information

PTA Meeting - Thur. Sept 2nd at 6pm

This will be our first meeting of the year. Everyone is welcome. Childcare will be available for those who need to bring you children. We will be discussing upcoming events and will have volunteer opportunities. Come and see what the PTA is all about. We hope to see you there.

Ice Cream Friday - Starting Friday, Sept 3rd (during lunchtime)

Every Friday throughout the school year, the PTA will be selling Vanilla Ice Cream Cups for $1.00 at lunch. Students can bring money in their lunch box or in an envelope marked with their name.

Book Fair - Sept 7th - 9th (during school hours)

Each class will visit the Book Fair with their teacher. If you would like to send money with your child you can send it in an envelope marked "Book Fair" with their name on it.

We are still looking for volunteers to help the children shop. To sign up to volunteer, click the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4eafaa2aa6ff2-fall

Family Game Night - Wed. Sept 8th at 6pm

Come and enjoy a night of games with your family. Bring your favorite game or play one of the games provided. This is a FREE EVENT to all Hometown families. Book Fair will be open for families who would like to shop. To attend, you must RSVP by Tuesday, Sept 7th. Click the link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/QWmkmDvsvZYBV7FR8

Room Rep Sign Up

Are you interested in helping out during your child's class parties this year? We have 3 class parties throughout the year - Halloween (Oct. 29th), Holiday (Dec. 22nd) and Friendship (Feb 11th). If you would like to sign up to help, click the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4EAFAA2AA6FF2-room1

If you ever have any questions, please reach out to us on Facebook or at D123HometownPTA@gmail.com

Book Fair

Please see the attached Book Fair Flyer for families. There should be a hard copy in your child's folder. Start saving those coins to purchase a good book to read.

Membership Contest

Please see the flyer for PTA Membership! We would love to have as many as possible join. Popcorn parties are the best! Help your child earn the popcorn party by joining PTA.

Room Rep Sign Up

The room rep sign up form is attached below. Please consider being a rep for your child's room.

Game Night

Please see the flyer to join us for Game night!

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Kayla Fritz

Meet Our Staff

Every week we will shine a spotlight on one of our own amazing staff members. This week, we start with one of our newest additions to our Hometown family, CASE teacher Ms. Fritz.

Welcome to Hometown, Ms. Fritz!

*How long and what grades have you taught?*

"I have taught middle school resource for 6 months. This is my first full year teaching."

*If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?*

"I would like to go to Hawaii for the scenery and weather."

*What is the best thing about working at Hometown?*

"The best thing about Hometown is the students and that the staff are so friendly and easy to collaborate with."

*What is your favorite food?*

"My favorite foods are pizza and Ice cream.*

*Who is someone you admire and why?*

"People I admire are my parents. They have been a great example and lead me to this profession."

If you see Ms. Fritz around our school, make sure you welcome her to our Hometown team!

Picture Day

Picture Day will be next week, Wednesday, September 8th. Please see the attached flyer. A hard copy will be coming home in your child's back pack today.

Live Like Abby

Live Like Abby will have a tent at Fall on the Green September 11th and 12th. Please consider attending to support a good cause. All proceeds will be going to research for pediatric brain cancer and two other charities.

5th Annual World Vision 6K

Saturday, September 18th will be our annual 6K Run/Walk at OLHMS. Please see the flyer for details.

School Fees

Please submit your school fees as soon as possible. Invoices have been sent home. Fees can be paid online through Skyward or in the office.

Family Engagement Activities

Please view the attached document for our spotlight family engagement activities. We are offering something each month for families to get involved in and celebrate one another.