Husky Update

February 2022

Hello HMS Families!

We hope this edition of our newsletter finds you and your family doing well. This version of the Husky Update has important information related to the most recent COVID-19 updates from the LACDPH, testing kits, The Great Kindness Challenge, The music program Chipotle fundraiser, our school calendar, and a few other important topics.

Please see the postings below for more information and thank you for reading!

Testing kits were sent home with students on Thursday, 1/20

The school district has worked with the California Department of Public Health to distribute a set of (2) rapid tests to each and every Hollencrest student. These rapid tests were distributed to students this past Thursday. This one-time, optional test kit can be used when a parent or guardian would like to screen for the presence of COVID 19. Should your student test positive, please notify the school site immediately. If your student was absent this past Thursday 1/20, please have them stop by the office so that we can distribute their kit to them.

Additionally, all students are now required to wear surgical masks when in school. If a student forgets their mask or if a strap breaks, we have additional masks available for them in the front office.

Did you forget to order pictures at registration? There is still time...

School pictures taken this fall can still be ordered through our photography vendor, PSS Imaging. All you need is your student's six-digit ID number and a valid email address to register. Please access the link below and click on submit to begin the process.

CLICK HERE to access the link

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No School Monday, February 14th (Valentine's Day)

There will be no school on Monday 2/14/2022 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. We hope all students enjoy the three-day Valentine's weekend!

Thank you!

No School Monday, February 21st - Washington's Birthday

There will be no school on Monday 2/21/2022 in observance of Washington's Birthday. We hope all students enjoy the three-day weekend.

HMS Music Program Chipotle Fundraiser 2/9/2022 @Barranca Avenue location, Eastland Shopping Center

In queso you haven't heard, our Music Program Chipotle fundraiser is ALMOST HERE!!!

Make sure you show the fundraising flyer (hard copy or on your phone, pictured to the left), and be sure to tell the cashier at checkout that you are part of the fundraiser before paying in-store for take-out.

The fundraiser will run from 4-8 PM

If ordering online, use code 3E8PA66 at checkout to ensure that all proceeds are directed to Hollencrest Middle School Music Program.

Please do not send your student to school if you can answer yes to any of the following:

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Contacting teachers using Schoolloop and ParentSquare

It's hard to believe that the first semester has come and gone. As we start Semester 2, we want families to make sure that if you have questions or need clarification regarding an assignment or your student's progress, the sooner we can get in contact, the better. There are a few different ways to accomplish this.

The most common tool for many families to track assignments, grades, and contact teachers is through Schoolloop. Schoolloop allows you to view the complete roster of teachers and assignments for your student's classes with quick-link shortcuts for sending an email, or "loopmail" as it is called in Schoolloop. If you already have an account, great! If you don't, you can create one in about one minute by following this link. CLICK HERE.

The next most common platform we have is ParentSquare. ParentSquare is our direct messaging platform which we use to keep in contact with families and make them aware of upcoming events and to help them stay current on all things Hollencrest. This is also the secure platform by which we will be sending our paperless reports cards. All parents receive ParentSquare notifications, but only registered parents will have access to advanced features such as direct messaging to teachers and access to secure documents such as report cards. A walkthrough to messaging in ParentSquare can be found HERE. If you have not registered, you can complete your registration using this link. CLICK HERE. Some of our teachers have also set up office hours and meeting availability through ParentSquare, so please be sure to register as soon as possible.

If you would prefer to virtually sit down with your student's teacher, our counseling team can help coordinate a meeting for you. Both of our counselors can be reached by accessing the "Counseling Corner" portion of our HMS website.