Robert Hunter Report
October 1, 2023
Dear Robert Hunter Families,
We hope this message finds you well. Fall weather is here, and we welcome the month of October!
This past Friday, 4th grade students in Ms. Pinto/Ms. Dlouhy and Ms. Jaye’s classes led our whole school meeting. They did an amazing job! Leading up to the whole school meeting, we read aloud the book Circles All Around Us to all classes. This book teaches us to widen our circles by including others and getting to know new people. During our whole school meeting, we shared how we can make our own circles bigger this year. We sat in a whole school circle for our meeting, and ended with a whole school wave to show how our “caring ripples out in a million different ways.” Check out the video below!
Students in grades 1-4 have recently completed their NWEA MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing. This assessment provides valuable insights into your child's academic progress and growth throughout the school year. Assessment information will be available in the Genesis Parent Portal soon.
This upcoming week, we celebrate the Week of Respect. During this special week, our students will focus on the importance of being respectful in all they do, both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe that fostering a culture of respect is essential for creating a positive and inclusive learning environment. Throughout the week, teachers will emphasize the values of kindness, empathy, and consideration for one another. We encourage you to continue this conversation at home, reinforcing the importance of respect and empathy in your child's daily life. Your support in promoting these values is invaluable. Together, we can help our students develop the social and emotional skills they need to thrive academically and personally.
Please see the flyers below for spirit days that will take place each day during the Week of Respect.
Jessica Braynor and Lindsay Shirvanian
Snapshots of the Week
Whole School Meeting
The Week Ahead
Mon Oct 2 Day 5
Week of Respect, Respect those around you - Wear blue
Tues Oct 3 Day 6
Week of Respect, Respect your team - Wear sports attire
Wed Oct 4 Day 1
Week of Respect, Respect yourself- Wear your favorite outfit
Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser 4:00-8:00
After school enrichment clubs registration opens
Thurs Oct 5 Day 2
Week of Respect, Respect the environment - Wear green
Fri Oct 6 Day 3
Week of Respect, Respect your community- Wear spiritwear/school colors
Save the Date:
Oct. 7 - Clothing Drive & Swap Event
Oct. 11 - Fall Pictures
Oct. 17 - Early Dismissal, RH Walkathon (rain date Oct. 18th)
Oct. 20- Halloween Family Fun Night
Oct. 31 Halloween Parade (time will be shared soon)
Week of Respect Flyer
Picture Day and Photo Permission
All students will have their pictures taken on October 11. Flyers will be coming home with your children. All students will have their picture taken, and their pictures will be included in the yearbook. If you would prefer that your child’s picture not be included in the yearbook, please email Mrs. Braynor at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you signed off that you did not give permission for photo release on Parent Portal, this does not include the yearbook. You need to email Mrs. Braynor separately if you would prefer that pictures of your child are not included in the yearbook.
A message from Ms. Corfield, Art Teacher:
October is International Inktober Month, a month-long activity that emphasizes drawing every day. People all over the world create simple black and white drawings and post on social media. Here in Robert Hunter we have an Inktober bulletin board. Starting October 2nd, if your child wants to participate, all they have to do is choose a word from the official Inktober 2023 prompt list which is posted on my district website, create a simple black and white drawing of it and hang it on our official bulletin board. They can do as many or as few as they want. The point is to practice--and enjoy--drawing!
Meet Ms. Rowe, our Literacy Coach!
We are thrilled to have Kari Rowe joining us at Robert Hunter as a literacy coach. She will be working with students and teachers to support literacy instruction at our school.
Please watch the video Counselor Corner video message here:
School attendance is critical for children’s success. You may receive a letter from the school regarding your child’s attendance. As a reminder, every 3 late arrivals or early pick-ups counts as one absence. As per our District Code of Conduct, the following steps are taken to support children and families in regards to attendance:
From the PTO:
Picture Day - Wednesday, October 11th
Pre-order your pictures today at https://www.mylifetouch.com with your picture day ID: EVT9XSTF4
A signup for volunteers will be shared soon!
23rd Annual RH Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser - Tuesday, October 17th
Walk-a-thon season is here and fundraising has kicked off! Our "Better Together" walk-a-thon is coming up on October 17th, and we are excited to make this year's event our biggest fundraiser to date. Please visit https://pledgestar.com/roberthunterschool/ now to create a family fundraising page (or view our flyer/pledge sheet HERE), and remember to share with your family and friends!
This event occurs during the school day, and we're excited to offer sign-ups for volunteers to come cheer on the kids as they walk. Click HERE to sign up for a volunteer spot. Please note that for safety reasons only registered volunteers will be able to join the event.
Contact Emily Soonthornchai at email@example.com with any questions.
Holiday Plant Sale - Now through Friday, October 27th
Purchase festive plants and holiday wreaths at https://roberthunterelem.membershiptoolkit.com now through October 27th. Orders can be picked up at J&J landscaping and Garden Center from Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th. Your children can grab some hot chocolate, make s'mores in one of the fire pits, take holiday photos, and play games while you shop. Mention Robert Hunter PTO at checkout and J&J will donate 15% of all additional purchases to Robert Hunter PTO.
Clothing Drive & Swap Event
Saturday, Oct. 7th from 9am-1pm
Donate or swap gently used clothes, shoes, small toys or bikes. All remaining items will be picked up by A&E with proceeds benefiting Robert Hunter PTO.
We could use your help to make this event a success! Please sign up to help organize donations or load the donation truck:
Afterschool Enrichment Program -Registration Wednesday October 4th (8:00am) - 6th (11:59pm)
Our fall after school enrichment program is right around the corner! The PTO will be hosting 4-6 week clubs that will be after school from 3:45-4:45 pm. Sign up/update your Membership Toolkit profile today through https://roberthunterelem.membershiptoolkit.com to be ready to register! Any questions please contact Allison Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chipotle Dine Out Wednesday, October 4th
Dine at Chipotle on October 4th from 4-8pm and 33% of sales will be donated to Robert Hunter PTO. Remember to bring flyer https://www.frsd.k12.nj.us/cms/lib/NJ01001104/Centricity/Domain/474/Chipotle.pdf
Halloween Family Fun Night - Friday, October 20th
Join us in the Robert Hunter gym on October 20th from 6-8pm for some Halloween themed music, crafts and other fun. Stay tuned for more details!