Hopkins Elementary Newsletter
HES HAPPENINGS---SEPTEMBER 2022
Thank you for your patience as we navigated the first 2 weeks of school. As shared in last month's newsletter, this year's theme is "Experience The Magic of Learning." Click on the link below to see some magical moments during our first week.
Each month we will send a HES Happenings Newsletter via email. We ask that you review it as it will contain current events for Hopkins Elementary School.
With Great Hippo Pride,
Social Work Services @ Hopkins Elementary
September is Attendance Awareness Month. This month is utilized to spread awareness of the importance of seat time in the classroom. This is a reminder that students who have 3 unexcused absences in a row or 5 unexcused absences total are considered truant. Please ensure that if your student is out, you send a parent note to school with them on the day they return. If you have questions regarding your student's attendance, please reach out to the Attendance Team at HES! Also, you can learn more about Student Attendance and Truancy at the following link: https://www.richlandone.org/page/3440 . As a parent, you can ensure that your child is successful and well-rounded both in and out of the classroom by prioritizing attendance! I look forward to meeting more of you this school year!
Leeann Solomon, SSW
Mrs. Mitchell (School Counselor)
Math @ Hopkins Elementary
Welcome Back to a Magical Math World at Hopkins Elementary. To start the year, our students from K3 to 5th grade will focus on 'Number Sense.' When a student has number sense, they can:
- be flexible with numbers (10 can be made different ways-5 + 5 or 2 + 3 + 3 + 2)
- visualize numbers in many ways (for 100-picture, 1 dollar (100 cents) or 100 ants or 2 groups of 50 skittles, etc.)
- communicate about numbers (I know 58 is 5 tens and 8 ones because... or 2 quarters are the same as 5 dimes because... )
There are many ways to help your students grow in their number sense. One way is to skip count starting from any number and by any number. You can do this inside, outside, in the car, in a store, etc. Some examples are: (in order from easy to more challenging skills)
- Start at 1 and count by 1's to 10
- Start at 3 and count by 1s to 15
- Start at 10 and count by 10's to 70
- Start at 12 and count by 2's to 24
- Start at 35 and count by 5's to 115
- Start at 255 and count by 10's to 325
- Start at 340 and count by 100's to 1,080
- Start at 2,000 and count by 3's to 2, 033
ELA @ Hopkins Elementary
Reading is Magic.
Did you know that when you open a book, you can travel to many places? Reading is so important, and we want our Hopkins students to read for at least 3o minutes each day. Yes, 30 minutes each day!
You can read in the car,
on the bus,
on the couch,
with a stuffed animal
with a brother or sister
or even in bed.
The more you read, the better you become at reading. The more you read, the more you can travel to magical worlds and meet new friends.
So join us this year as we grow with the Magic of reading.
AVID @ Hopkins Elementary
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Its mission is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” Using AVID Elementary, our students will learn about Note-taking, Organization, and Collaboration Skills—and they will continue to think about their educational path to college/career and beyond. Each month we will share a "strategy of the month" for each of you to implement in your AVID Elementary classrooms.
Strategy of the Month - Student Notebook
All students in grades 3-5 have been provided a "student notebook" by their homeroom teacher. Each student’s notebook (accordion) will contain grade-level essentials to help them build upon their organizational skills. This is one of the systems that will help each of our students adapt to better organizational skills. Each month teachers will be asked to conduct random weekly and/or monthly notebook checks.
The School Improvement Council (SIC) serves as an advisory committee to a school's principal and faculty. Unlike PTOs and other voluntary school organizations, councils are mandated by law to exist in every public school in South Carolina. SICs play a key role in the education of our state's children, bringing together parents, educators, and community stakeholders to work collectively to improve their local schools. Some of the key functions of the SIC include:
- assist in developing and implementing a five-year school improvement plan (school renewal plan);
- monitor and evaluate success in reaching the plan's goals and objectives;
- write an annual report to parents about the progress of the plan; and
- assist the principal in writing the narrative for the School Report Card
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) gives parents and teachers the opportunity to work together to supplement and enrich the educational experience. Hopkins Elementary has been fortunate to have outstanding PTO Officers and members. If you would like to serve as an officer or member of our school's PTO please call 803-783-5541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your interest.
All SIC/PTO meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. The next PTO/SIC meeting will be held virtual on Wednesday, September 7th @ 6:30pm on ZOOM.
- Meeting ID- 805-137-7207
- Password- 210904
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FOUR-WEEK LOOK AHEAD...
September 5-9, 2022
- September 1-30- Attendance Awareness Month
- September 5- Labor Day/NO SCHOOL
- September 8- Annual Title One Meeting/Curriculum, Cookies & Conversation @ 6pm