Hawk Flock Family News

10/21/21

A Few Quick Notes

Thank you to all those that joined us last week for student-led conferences! We had almost 100% of our student represented and we are trying to catch up with those few who weren't able to make it in. We want to build and maintain those lines of communication so that we can collaborate with all our families throughout the year. Reach out to your student's teacher if you need to set up a make up conference.


In the spirit of keeping the lines of communication open, I have shared a number of links and updates below. I'll keep this short in the hopes that you dig in and read through each of sections below to make sure you are fully up to date with some changes and upcoming events here at Hedden. The first one is a big change for parent pick up and drop off. Please reach out if you have questions.


As always, thank you for sending us such great kids to work with!


Kind regards,


Don Sims

Hedden Elementary Principal


P.S. I encourage you to take a look at our most recent draft of our Hedden Parent Handbook. We ask that you read through at your leisure to get better acquainted with how we operate and our expectations.

^-^ Pick Up & Drop Off Changing ^-^

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(-: Hedden Spirit Week Next Week! ;-)

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*-*- P.T.A. News You Can Use -*-*

Hedden PTA is back up and running thanks to the work of a number of our parents. Thank you to all who contributed to the Scholastic Book Fair and the wonderful staff appreciation meal during conferences. Your support and volunteerism really makes a difference to our community!

Events coming our way:


  1. Books 4 A Buck at recess every other Friday

  2. Friday Treats at recess every other Friday

  3. TRUNK OR TREAT is coming to Hedden Friday, October 29th!

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Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA)

This is a reminder that will be starting our SBA testing next week. Since this is a make-up assessment for last year, we will be assessing 5th graders on standards from the fourth grade and assessing 4th graders on standards from third grade. Our 3rd graders will not be assessed this fall, as they would not have been tested last year when they were second graders.

Again, these assessments are make-ups for those we did not take last year.

We will still have our regularly scheduled SBA this spring and will assess each grade level based on current year standards at that time. For more information you can check out the OSPI website.

;-) HEDDEN SBA TESTING SCHEDULE (-;

3rd Grade Students:

-No SBA testing this fall


4th Grade Students:

-October 28th: Math

-November 3rd: ELA


5th Grade Students:

-October 27th: Math

-November 2nd: ELA


Make Up Sessions:

-November 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th.

NOTE: Classroom Celebrations, Birthdays, etc.

To help prevent allergic reactions, all food brought to school that is meant to be shared is to be store bought and brought to school in the store packaging that clearly shows all ingredients. Homemade food is not allowed. Also, please consider that students will need to mask between bites or sips due to COVID safety protocols. Messy foods and frosting present challenges.


If you are planning to provide treats for your child’s birthday, please coordinate with your child’s teacher prior to the birthday. Treats must be dropped in the office for delivery by staff. Parents and families cannot deliver to classes at this time. Please, NO BALLOONS. Costumes are not allowed at school unless a specific event has been arranged through, or by the school.
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Mark Your Calendars for Events On the Horizon

October 25th

  • Changes to our Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures
  • Please look over the flyer at the top of the newsletter
  • Notice was handed out and will be posted to our website as well


October 29th

  • PTA is hosting Trunk Or Treat at Hedden
  • PARKING IS LIMITED TO 100 SPOTS
  • 5:00 to 6:00 is for Discovery students and families
  • 6:00 to 7:00 is for Hedden students and families


November 11th

  • Veterans Day
  • No School
  • No assemblies this year due to COVID restriction
  • Ms. Keeler and a group of students are working on a presentation to share digitally


November 24th

  • Half Day with dismissal at 12:00


November 25th & 26th

  • No School
  • Thanksgiving Holiday