Robert Hunter Report
Jan. 24, 2021
Jan. 24, 2021
Dear Robert Hunter families,
We are continuing to work together as a community to brainstorm ideas for school connectedness activities. Thank you to all of our creative families and teachers for your ongoing ideas to create a positive and engaging school experience for our students in spite of the challenges.
This month, we kicked off our 2021 buddy program at RH. Students were partnered together with another class and got to know each other via Zoom. We will continue to have buddy activities each month, as we continue to look for opportunities to help our students feel connected to each other.
Check out this newsletter for more whole school activities coming up. These are certainly difficult times, but we are so thankful for our strong, connected community!
Mrs. Glaab and Mrs. Braynor
This week's calendar:
Cohort A Blue Week, Cohort B White Week
Jan. 25- Dream of Kindness - Pajama Day
Jan.26- Peace Love and Kindness - Dress Like a Hippie, Early Dismissal- Staff Professional Development (No Zoom Classes after 1:20)
Jan 27- Shine Bright and Be Kind - Wear Neon Colors
Jan. 28- Crazy for Kindness - Wear Crazy Hair or a Hat, Material Pick-Up opens at 9:00
Jan. 29- Team Kindness - Wear your favorite team uniform, Meal-Pick up 1:30-3:00, Material Pick-up ends at 4:00
Hybrid Student Reminders
As a safety precaution, our water fountains are not in use. Please ensure you send children to school with water bottles. Also, we try to have children go outside daily for mask breaks and physical activity. Children should be dressed appropriately for cold weather.
New Procedure for Material Pick-Up
For students that are learning virtually, if teachers reach out to you with directions for material pick-up, it is essential that materials are picked up for your children. In an effort to help ensure you have the ability to pick up materials, we are extending our pick-up window from Thursday 9:00am through Friday at 4:00pm. Material bins will be left out in the evening to provide extended hours for families to pick up materials. Please reach out to us if there is another reason why you are not able to pick up materials, so that we can work together and ensure that your child has the materials that he/she needs for school.
Great Kindness Challenge
Next week, we will celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge. Of course, we always value and teach about kindness at Robert Hunter, but next week, we are highlighting what we can do to be kind and challenging our students to do extra acts of kindness. Mrs. Fontanez will be teaching lessons focused on kindness in Counselor Corner. We encourage you to use the following checklist with your children at home:Great Kindness Challenge Checklsit
We will also be celebrating with a district kindness spirit week. Check out the flyer below to see the theme for each day.
Whole School Kindness Project
Igloo Family Challenge
Mrs. Cinquemani has planned an exciting challenge for RH families! Please see the information below! The flyer is also available on Virtual Backpack. We hope many RH families participate!
We are excited to announce our new Mindfulness Program and Parent Outreach at Robert Hunter led by Mindfulness teacher, Heather Van Fleet. We are excited to welcome back Heather Van Fleet to Robert Hunter. Ms. Van Fleet has a wealth of background and training with mindfulness practices. Ms. Van Fleet will provide mindfulness for students and staff, beginning with our ESL student population. We will also be extending mindfulness for the whole school population- more information is coming soon!
Mindfulness is a scientifically-based approach to developing focused attention and emotional regulation. Mindfulness means paying attention in the present moment to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, or surrounding environment. It also includes the intentional nurturing of positive states of mind such as empathy and kindness. Studies find that learning mindfulness benefits students in terms of improved attention, emotion regulation, behavior in school, empathy and understanding of others, social skills, test anxiety, and stress.
Ms. Van Fleet is also providing mindfulness sessions and support for our Robert Hunter staff members. We thank Ms. Van Fleet for supporting the well-being of our amazing teachers and staff!
Kindergarten Round Up
If you have a child turning 5 on or before October 1, 2021 the portal for parents to fill out “pre” registration will open on February 8th. At that time you can enter the preliminary information, after which you will be provided a link to download the PDF of our registration packet. It is that PDF that you will fill out and bring to the school the week of Feb 22-25th between 9-3:30pm. There will be a table outside to drop off the packet of materials.
PTO Updates and Reminders
Save the date! February PTO Meeting- Thursday February 18th, 7pm