Patterson Elementary

Parent Blast - September 7, 2021

Two More Days!

We are enjoying meeting all of you during our Welcome Back Conferences! Please read through this newsletter carefully so we can get your first days of school questions answered. If you don't find the answers here, please email me - I am looking forward to seeing all of your children on Thursday at 7:35!

Here to serve,

Jamie Lentz

Principal, Patterson Elementary

Important Dates

  • September 9 - first day of school, all students
  • September 9 - Kinder Connection, kindergarten parents 7:45-8:15 (see below)


We are resuming our daily and weekly schedules with some minor adjustments to arrival.

Students riding the bus will arrive prior to breakfast at 7:20 and will be seated in our cafeteria and/or gym. They can choose to eat free breakfast and wait for the bell at 7:35, then walk to class. All students will sit in their class cohorts.

Students being dropped off for breakfast, may be dropped off in the drive through and walk in to eat breakfast in the cafeteria and/or gym. They will remain seated and wait for the bell at 7:35, then walk to class. Parents need to remain in their cars please.

Students being dropped off but do not need breakfast, may be dropped off in the drive through beginning at 7:30. We will be using the same color-coded arrival procedure as the spring. Students will get out of cars in the drive through and follow the colored dots to their corresponding entrance and walk to class (see image below).

  • Green pod - kindergarten and 1st grade
  • Yellow pod - 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade
  • Blue pod - 4th and 4/5th grade
  • Orange pod - 6th grade

Walkers will come up the east side of the building and say good-byes to adults at the red line on our sidewalk. We will have a staff member there to support.

First bell rings at 7:35

Tardy bell rings at 7:45

Students are released at 2:05 (M/T/TR/F)

Students are released early at 1:35 on Wednesdays

Parent pick-up is through our drive-through. Our K-2 students will begin walking out at 2:03 pm and our 3-6 grade students will begin walking out at 2:05 pm. We encourage our 3-6 grade families to arrive for pick up at 2:08-2:10 pm.

You may pull forward to your child's pod color as marked on the map below.

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Kinder Connection

On the first day of school, we encourage our kindergarten families that are dropping off to come at the end of drop off time, at 7:45 am, to allow for additional time to help your child out of the car. After dropping off, we welcome you to a meet and greet with other kindergarten parents under our covered area at the back of the school until 8:15. This will give you an opportunity to meet and connect with other parents and learn about our Booster Club.

Bus Information

Kindergarten and first grade students that live in our bus zone are being mailed bus number, route and stop information directly from our transportation department.

You can look up bussing information using the myBus website linked below.

We will be using colored zip-ties on backpacks that correspond to your child's bus color (route) or to indicate that they are being picked up. Please leave these on your child's backpack.

Due to capacity restrictions and cleaning schedules, there will be no bus passes this school year.


For the 2021-2022 school year, all students will have access to free breakfast and lunch. Each child will have a meal card that they will carry through the meal line and scan after picking up their meal. We will only be charging for a la carte items (milk).

Due to frequent changes in supply, our menu is subject to change. You can view the weekly planned menu here:

Google Classroom & Chromebooks

This year all students will have a new chromebook checked out to them at the start of the school year. 3rd - 6th grade students will be taking these home daily. Kindergarten - 2nd grade students will be learning how to use their chromebooks at school and working up to taking theirs home.

If your child still has a chromebook from last year, please send it to school to be exchanged for a new one.

Google classrooms will be set up for each classroom and students will continue to have assignments to complete in this platform. It is important for students to learn these technology skills, however Google Classroom will not be our primary source of teaching in the building.

School Supplies - We Need Your Help!

We are asking for your help with school supplies prior to the first day of school.

For K - 2 families, please unpackage individual items (scissors, pencils, gluesticks, etc.) and mark them with your child's name in sharpie if you can. You can drop these off in a large bag marked with your child's name on September 7th or 8th from 8:00 -3:00 outside our main doors.

For 3 - 6 families, please unpackage individual items, mark with your child's name and send them to school on the first day.

Thank you!

School Supplies

Our district school supply list has been updated and is linked below. Our only ask is that you consider a pencil box as a substitute for a pencil pouch. We have learned that most pouches do not hold up well in the classroom. This year we will begin with individual supplies - we will not be sharing or using community supplies.

Anything beyond this list will be covered by our building funds. If you are not able to purchase these items we will provide them and if you email Mrs. Lentz prior to the first day of school, these items will be ready for your child the first day of school.

ParentVue Online Updates

Online Verification opened for all schools and grades on August 6

Parents will use their ParentVUE account to submit updated information for students currently enrolled at a HSD school. Parents will login to their ParentVUE account , open Online Registration, then select the 2021-2022 Verification option. Online Registration is also available in the mobile app version of ParentVUE. Link to Online Verification page on HSD website