Fantastic Rainbow Fish Newsletter

October 28, 2013

Newsletter Introduction

Dear Parents,

This week’s newsletter is full of important information about events happening this week and next week. In the spirit of Halloween (and to make it twice as fun to learn about all of the exciting happenings your child is participating in), we are submitting a 'special edition' newsletter! We hope you enjoy the fun colors and pictures, and please do not hesitate to ask if you need any further clarification.

Your partners in education,

Jane Hray and Karen Hedgecock

Pink Socks/Shirt Day!

The Lower School will be going PINK on Wed. October 30th! Students may wear a pink t-shirt and/or pink socks/leggings to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Chapel, we will pray in memory and honor of those who have battled this disease. Please note that all other dress code rules apply.


The Fantastic Rainbow Fish are brimming with excitement about Halloween! Thursday is sure to be a fun and memorable day, and we appreciate your help to make it as smooth as possible. Here are some important things to consider:
  1. Please send your child to school in regular uniform attire Thursday morning. Costumes should be brought to school in a bag. We will change into costumes after music - around 1:30/1:45.
  2. We ask that costume accessories such as wigs, face paint, blood/gore, and weapons, etc. stay at home.
  3. The Lower School Costume Parade will begin at 2:30pm. Please bring your cameras!

Conference Day - Friday, Nov. 1st (no school for students)

Conference Day is this Friday, November 1st. Drop-in childcare will be available for Heathwood students during their parent conference. A $5.00 donation per child is requested for this service, and proceeds will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Drop-in Care will be held in the Lower School Music Room from 8:00am-3:30pm and is for short stays.

If your child needs full-day care, please contact Valerie Moore ( for a spot in Afternoon Express.

Reminders about Conference Times will be sent early this week. Additionally, you can view the schedule on our class webpage.


Fourth grade kicks off its 25th Annual UNICEF drive this week! Your child will bring home a UNICEF collection box later in the week to collect money in. If you are interested in learning more about UNICEF, we encourage you to visit their website for more information. Thank you for supporting the 4th graders in what has become an inspiring Lower School tradition.

Baby Johnson Gender Reveal Party

We have exciting news among the first grade team members! Mrs. Johnson, the lead teacher of the Talented Turtles, is expecting a baby! The Fantastic Rainbow Fish are equally excited for their peer, LeeAnn Johnson, who is going to be a big sister!

To celebrate, we will have "Baby Johnson Day" on Tuesday, November 5th. Our day will be filled with integrated activities based around Baby Johnson. In math, we will make gender predictions, graph data results, and analyze trends. We will write friendly letters to welcome Baby Johnson into the Heathwood community during our writing lesson. Finally, the entire first grade will gather together for a Baby Gender Reveal Party and celebrate Baby Johnson together. It is sure to be a fun, memorable day for the Rainbow Fish and Talented Turtles.

Congratulations to the Johnson family!

Guest Author Visit - November 6th

Author Eric Litwin (author of four very popular books from the Pete the Cat series) will be at Heathwood on Wednesday, November 6th. Orders are being taken for autographed copies of the books. Please return order forms by Friday, November 1st.

Pictures from last week

Joke of the Week:

Question: What runs around a cemetery but doesn't move?

Answer: A Fence!


There was SO much to share with you this week, so please do not hesitate to seek further clarification as you need it. You can contact me any time via email or phone. Have a great week! ~ Jane