Tiger Tales

Hemmenway Elementary - October 2019

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Upcoming Events

  • October 9 & 10th - Nature Trails for 3rd & 5th grade (half of each grade level will go on one day, the other half will go the next day)
  • October 11th - Author visit for 3rd-5th grade - Phil Bildner
  • October 11th - Coffee with the Principal -7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. (library)
  • October 18th - Author visit for PreK-2nd grade - Susan Stevens Crummel
  • October 21st - 25th - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 22nd - Fall pictures
  • October 23rd - College Day - wear a college shirt
  • October 25th - End of 1st 9 Weeks
  • October 29th - Literacy Night - 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • November 1st - Kinder/LS Field Trip - Dewberry Farms
  • November 1st - Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night
  • November 1st - Coffee with the Principal - 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. (library)
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Fall Pictures

Fall Picture Day is coming!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Flyers will be coming home soon!

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Library Upcoming Events

September 30 - Makerspace @ Tiger Time begins for grades 4-5

October 11 - Phil Bildner Author Visit (grades 3-5)

October 18 - Susan Stevens Crummel Author Visit (grades K-2)

October 21-November 1 Storybook Character Pumpkin Patch

November 1 - Book Character Parade

November 18-22 Fall Book Fair

Students in grades PK-2 visit the library weekly.

Students in grade 3-5 visit the library every other week.

Please remind your child to return their books each time they come to the library.

Adopt a Shelf begins in the library! Students in grades 3-5 can adopt a shelf with a group of friends! Their job is to check on their shelf throughout the week and make sure that it is nice and neat and any books checked in are returned to the shelf. Sign up in the library!

Name That Book for grades 3-5 will begin in November! Students in grade 3-5 are given the opportunity to join a Name That Book team. Students will be responsible as a team for reading from a list of 100 books chosen by CFISD Elementary librarians. One lucky team will earn the right to represent Hemmenway at a district competition on March 31, 2020! Any interested students may pick up a book list from the library!

Tiger Reading Buddies are starting in the Hemmenway library! Classes in grades 3-5 will pair up with classes in grades PK-2 to read with each other! Our older Tigers will become literacy role models for the younger Tigers! Classes will meet once a month in the library to read with each other and talk about literacy!

October Author Visits - Authors Phil Bildner and Susan Stevens Crummel will visit our Hemmenway Tigers in the month of October! A limited number of books are available for purchase through School Cash for autographing! Families can also visit amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or another bookseller of their choice to purchase books for autographing.

-Karen Wetzig, Librarian

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Counselor's Corner

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as counselor to the students here at Hemmenway, my door is always open!

Contact Mrs. Jones at 281 856-9870

Backpack Buddy Program

Backpack Buddy Club

Weekend Food Assistance

Through a partnership with Cy-Hope and The Houston Food Bank. We would like to offer your family the opportunity to participate in the Backpack Buddy Club Program. The program is a way for your family to receive extra food assistance on the weekend if there is a need.

On Fridays, children take home child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food items in a backpack, that is returned empty on Monday.

Please contact the school’s counselor at 281 856-9870 if you are interested.

5th Grade K Level Letters

5th Grade Parents,

This letter will provide you with information regarding upper level (K-Level) classes for your child’s upcoming 6th grade year in middle school. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Jones at 281 856-9870.

Horizons Identification Process

Parents and Guardians,

Please see below the identification process for students in the district's Horizon's (Gifted & Talented program).

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Cell Phone Use in Car Rider Line is prohibited

Parents & Guardians,

For the sake of everyone’s safety, it is imperative that there is no cellphone usage in our school driveway when you are dropping off or picking up your child/children.

Thank you for teaming up with us to keep all students safe.

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Super Family Literacy Night - October 29th

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Moms with H.E.A.R.T

Moms with H.E.A.R.T.

(Helping Educators and Rendering Time)

· Are you a mother or guardian of a Hemmenway student with time on your hands during the day?

· Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to help Hemmenway educators with easy tasks?

We invite you to be a Mom with H.E.A.R.T. and lend your time to the school once a month starting in October 2019 (the last Friday of the month from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.). We will meet in the workroom to partake in various tasks teachers need help with (laminating cut outs, project creations, newsletter inserts etc.). Specific instructions for individual assignments will be given each time the Moms meet. If you are interested, please return the bottom portion to school with your child. An email distribution list will be created and an invite will be sent before each month’s meeting.

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Hi Parents,

Falls is here and so are the Mosquitos!!!.

Please be sure to apply insect repellent to the students everyday.

Please apply "after bite" cream on all bug bites to minimizing itching.

You can find After bite cream at local drug stores.

Do not hesitate to contact the clinic should have any questions.

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Attendance Incentive

We will begin our perfect attendance incentives in October. Students who have perfect attendance will go into a monthly drawing. We will draw one boy and one girl from each grade level (PK-5). The winners will be selected during lunch.

Our first drawing will be on November 4th followed by our second drawing on December 4th. We will also have a bike raffle per semester. We will raffle off one girl’s bike and one boy’s bike on January 22nd for students with perfect attendance for the semester.

Our campus attendance goal is 98%. We hope to see your child here every day!

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Coffee with Dr. Silliman (Monthly Topics)

October - Volunteer Opportunities

November - How to help your child at home

December - All about Title I

January - How to successfully support your child with challenging behaviors

March - STAAR - The state accountability system

April - Counseling at Hemmenway

May - Preventing the academic summer slide

If you would like to attend the October parent coffee, please RSVP using the link below:


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Did you Know?

Did you know that you can still earn money for Hemmenway through the Box Tops for Education program by simply buying participating products?

Please see the attached flyers for details!

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October Social Skill - Problem Solving

During the month of October, we are discussing how it’s okay for people to have different ideas regarding how to solve a problem. Students will be learning that it is fair to listen to everyone’s ideas and work together to choose a solution that makes everyone feel okay. Students will be taught to use the following strategy when they have a problem or disagreement.

· STOP and calm down.

· TALK about each person’s perspective so you understand the problem.

· THINK of possible solutions.

· TRY a solution and see how it works for everyone.

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ESL Classes for Parents (District classes)

Lolligram Fundraiser

Send a Lolligram and help support Hemmenway’s Special Education department!

Join us in spreading kindness across the campus by sending a lollipop ($1.00 each) to your classmates, friends, teachers, administrators, custodians, or anyone else that you appreciate in our Hemmenway family. Parents, you can also send a lolli-gram to your child! Turn in your orders by 10/11/2019. Lolli-grams will be delivered the following week!

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If you are the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the CFISD school where you wish to volunteer, please register with the district by:

  1. Creating a Volunteer Portal Account (receiving your password from donotreply@raptortech.com may take up to 5 business days).
  2. Contacting your school’s Community Engagement liaison for additional volunteer opportunities at your campus.

A record of your volunteer hours is of vital importance to the school where you volunteer and to the district. Please remember to document all your volunteer hours in the Raptor Volunteer Portal. All volunteers who have recorded at least one volunteer hour in the current school year will receive an invitation to the annual VIPS Appreciation Luncheon.

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October Movement Calendars