HERSHEY NOTES

November 22, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. FIELDS

I don’t tell you enough how thankful I am to be a part of Hershey Elementary! Your support and willingness to work with teachers and staff to provide a meaningful education for your child is a huge part of what makes our school so special. Thanks to you, Hershey has earned an excellent reputation in our community. We look forward to doing everything we can to see that this continues. We are so thankful for each and every one of our Hershey Families!

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!


Thank you for participating in the Hershey Read-A-Thon held November 13-20! We don’t know the total raised at this time; however, we consider it a win-win because our students had fun reading while earning money for our school! A special shout out goes to Kelly Gregory for coordinating this event.


One of the many things the Hershey PTO has done for us was to sponsor our membership to The Leader in Me organization for the 2017-2018 school year. We are extremely thankful for this opportunity! All of 7 Habits have been introduced to your child. We are now showcasing one habit each month:

November: Be Proactive

December: Begin With the End in Mind

January: Put First Things First

February: Think Win-Win

March: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

April: Synergize

May: Sharpen the Saw

We encourage you to discuss these “habits” with your child. I hope you will be impressed by how well he or she can articulate how using the habits make their school day better!

MRS. LEHMAN'S UPDATES AND INFORMATION

Technology Tips from Mrs. Greeley: Think about limits. Consider establishing time frames for kids. This works well for younger kids. Make them put down the device and go outside!


I really like this tip! I know we are super busy this time of year, but just playing a board game with your family is so important! Kids want that personal connection that an electronic device can not do.


VETERANS PROGRAM

Our students and staff honored approximately 80 veterans on November 13. We are very proud of the respect shown to these special men and women. Thank you Mrs. Partlow for leading the presentation.

INtegrate Wellness

It’s the holidays and for most that means eating – lots of eating – followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. To take a healthier approach to what we eat during this holiday season and beyond, try to avoid “mindless eating”. Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. It is eating while distracted (watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones). It’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. The key to mindful eating is awareness. Just by paying more attention to what you eat, you’re more likely to make beneficial changes.

Awareness

When you pay attention to what you’re eating, you can make small changes that make a big difference. Here are some tips toward a more mindful approach:

  • Control portions. Especially during the holidays, know that you’ll have more opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts. You don’t have to deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often.

  • Eat when you’re hungry. Just because the clock says noon doesn’t mean you have to eat. If you’re not hungry, wait until you are – just don’t wait until you’re famished because you might overeat. Also, don’t eat just because the food is available.

  • Plan. Prepare healthy snacks throughout the day. If you tend to get hungry between meals, bring along a 200-calorie, whole grain, high-fiber snack. Fiber keeps you feeling full longer.

  • Slow down. Enjoy each bite and put your fork down while chewing, then take a drink between each bite. This gives your body enough time to trigger your brain that you are satisfied (not necessarily full).

  • Pay attention. Do not eat in front of the TV or computer, or while standing in the kitchen or talking on the phone. When you do these things, you’re more likely to lose track of how much you’ve eaten.

  • Use technology. As we continue to become increasingly distracted by modern technology, our focus on health can fall to the back burner. But we can actually use our smartphones and other electronic devices to help us. There are now apps that manage food records, count calories, help you track what you eat and even provide guidance on healthy food choices at the grocery store and restaurants.”

Keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat, look at it, then identify why you ate it – was it hunger, stress, boredom? Then look for areas you can make adjustments and incorporate healthy changes. “Keeping a food diary is really key to awareness,” Platt said. “Most people are surprised at all they’ve consumed when they review what they’ve eaten.”

PTO

Holiday House - Our annual Holiday House is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5 and Wednesday, Dec. 6 during school hours. Detailed information is attached to this newsletter and will be sent home with students next week.

Watch for a link to volunteer to be posted on the Hershey Facebook page.

Movie Night - Friday, Dec. 15 "Parents Night Out" - extended time 5:30 to 8:30. Pizza Dinner will be served. There will be short Christmas movies and a fun activity.

ATTACHED

Attached to the email that sent this newsletter link to you:


  • Holiday House information
  • Chick-fil-A Dine Out Night flyer

HERSHEY DRIVEWAYS

Friendly Reminder: The west driveway (from 725 E) is reserved for Bus Only traffic from 8:15-9:00 and 3:15-4:00 each day.

E-FLYER

TSC supports "green" efforts and as such to help ensure students receive information about community services or events, flyers from non-profit outside organizations are posted online in a section called E-flyers. All E-Flyers can be accessed from any TSC School website: www.tscschools.com, by clicking the 'students' or 'parents' link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 23 & 24; Thanksgiving Break, no school

Tuesday, Nov. 28; Chick-fil-A Dine Out night; 4-7pm

Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 5 & 6; Holiday House

Friday, Dec. 8; Hershey Notes

Friday, Dec. 15; Movie Night

Friday, Dec. 22; End of 1st Semester

Monday, Dec. 25 - Monday, Jan. 8; Winter Break

Tuesday, Jan. 9 - Students return

HERSHEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Attendance Line - 765-269-8342

Report absences or tardies by 9:00 am

WeTip School Safety Hotline

Report any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students or our staff! Your call to 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463) will allow you to leave your information without identification. Your message will be sent immediately to school officials.