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Week of February 19, 2024- Intersession Week
Every Friday- Ice Cream and Cookie Sales in cafeteria- students must have money in their account to purchase. $1.25 for ice cream, $0.75 for cookies
February 19-23- No School for Students- Intersession Week
Friday, March 1- Online Registration Opens for 4k and 5k for 2024-2025
March 4-8 Read Across America Week
Tuesday, March 5- Wake Up and Read for 5k, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 7:15-8:00 am
Tuesday, March 5- Multi-Lingual Family Registration Night with translation services on-site
Wednesday, March 6- Wake Up and Read for PSS, 4k, 2nd grade, 1st grade, 7:15-8:00 am
Monday, March 11- 4k and 5k screening appointments during school day
Tuesday, March 12- 3rd Grade music performance in the auditorium at 8:15 am
Tuesday, March-12- extended hours for 4k and 5k screening appointments
Friday, March 22- No School for Students- Teacher Work Day
Tuesday, March 26- 2nd Grade music performance in the auditorium at 8:15 am
April 1-5- No School- Spring Break
Monday, May 27- No School- Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 30- Half Day- Last Day for Students, Dismiss at 11:30 am
Reminder- February Intersession- Next Week
Remember that our district adopted a Modified Balanced Calendar for this school year. Our second intersession week will be February 19-23. There will be no school for students.
4k and 5k Registration for 2024-2025
It is almost time for students to register for 4k and 5k for the 2024-2025 school year! Please read the details on the flyer above. Note that the first step for registering is to complete the online registration process. The next step is to sign up for a screening appointment. You may click on the link below to sign up for a screening appointment, or you may call the school if you need assistance.
Reading At Home Matters!
Reading with elementary children at home is incredibly important for their overall development. It helps to foster a love for reading from an early age, which can lead to improved literacy skills and academic success in the future. Reading together also provides an opportunity for bonding and quality time with your child. Additionally, it expands their vocabulary, enhances their imagination, and boosts their cognitive development. By engaging in reading activities at home, parents can play a vital role in nurturing a lifelong passion for learning in their children.
Parents can make reading enjoyable for young children by incorporating fun and interactive activities into the reading experience. Here are a few ideas to make reading more engaging for young children:
1. Set aside dedicated reading time: Establish a regular reading routine at home, such as reading together before bedtime or during weekend mornings.
2. Choose age-appropriate and interesting books that capture the child's attention. Look for books with colorful illustrations, funny characters, or interactive elements like lift-the-flap or touch-and-feel books.
3. Create a cozy and comfortable reading environment, such as a special reading nook with soft pillows and blankets. Making the space inviting can make reading time feel like a special and enjoyable experience.
4. Use expressive and animated voices while reading to bring the characters and story to life. Encourage children to join in by making sound effects or repeating phrases.
5. For older students, choose a chapter book to read together. You can take turns reading a page or chapter, or both read your own copy and get together to discuss what happened.
6. Discuss the books: Talk about the stories, characters, and themes in the books you read together. This helps children develop comprehension skills and critical thinking.
By making reading a fun and interactive experience, parents can help young children develop a love for books and reading that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Do You Need Health Services? Try Affinity Health Clinic
Affinity Health Center, located in the York Family Resource Center (York One Academy), is a local community health facility in York, SC offering affordable, accessible primary care services for all families, no matter your income. Whether you’re covered by Medicaid, Medicare, are uninsured, or simply unable to afford expensive co-pays, this community health center and satellite office in York are here to help. If you need to see a doctor, the caring staff will work to find payment options that will meet your needs.
Services offered are: well checks, sick visits, vaccines, primary care, and sports physicals (sports physicals have a $10 flat rate). Mental Health Services are also available. The clinic is open year-round.
Where: Mondays @ York Middle
Tuesdays @ The Family Resource Center in York
Services - York - Affinity Health Center
Health Center in York, SC Affinity Health Center, located in the York Family Resource Center (York One Academy), is a local community health facility in York, SC offering affordable, accessible primary care services for all families, no matter your income.
Rent the Spirit Rock
Or, you can use the direct link:
Our Spirit Rock is located in front of our school near the flagpole. Families may rent the rock for $6 per day (3 day maximum) to recognize birthdays, accomplishments, celebrations, well-wishes or congratulatory messages.
*All funds collected go to the HCJ PTO.
PTO and SIC
We need you for our HCJ PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization)! This group helps with fundraising, special events, and teacher appreciation.
We also need volunteers for our School Improvement Council (SIC)! This group of parents, teachers, and community members works toward school improvement goals. Our next SIC meeting will be Wed. March 13 at 7:20 am in the HCJ conference room.
If you are interested in serving as a member of either group, please email Mrs. Sandifer at email@example.com.
Every Moment, Every Day
Students may be dropped off as early as 7:15 am. The tardy bell rings at 7:45 am, and direct instruction begins promptly. Please have your child at school by 7:40 am so that your child will not miss instruction. If your child wants to eat breakfast, then please get them to school by 7:30 in order to allow time for breakfast. We don't want to waste a second of instructional time. We also continue instruction until dismissal time. Early dismissals mean that your child is missing valuable instructional time. Please help us make the most of every day by having your child arrive on time and stay until the end of the day.
Attendance is extremely important in order for your child to get the most out of his/her school experience. Please avoid absences unless your child is sick. If your child is absent, his/her teacher will reach out to you via Remind. Finding out the reason for the absence helps the teacher know how to best plan to work with your child to make up for lost instructional time.