Howard Elementary Newsletter

December 1-15, 2021

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS


Main Office.........(920) 662-9700

Attendance.........(920) 662-9732

Fax......................(920) 662-9750


COVID HOTLINE.........920-662-SAFE(7233)

HOWARD CALENDAR

Link to Howard Parent Calendar is here



DECEMBER


9 - Virtual Reading Night

16 - Student Council Meeting

23-31 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break (return Jan. 3)



2021-2022 HSSD At-A-Glance School Year Calendar

Virtual Fall Into Reading Night: December 9, 6-6:30pm

Join the Howard Elementary staff on December 9 to learn strategies to support your reader at home. Also, there will be a brief portion of the meet dedicated to sharing what the Title program at Howard provides to students.

Students Should Dress for the Colder Weather

  • Now that the colder weather and snow have arrived; please make sure your child is dressed for the weather conditions. This includes wearing boots, hat, mittens/gloves (waterproof is best), snow pants and a warm coat.
  • Students will need to have snow pants in order to play in the snow. Otherwise, they will have to play on the blacktop area only if they do not have snow pants on.
  • Students will be going outside every day for recess unless the wind chill factor is below zero degrees.
  • Please label all of your student's outdoor apparel items with your child's name in case they get lost.

HPSA Fundraising with Scrip - Last Minute Holiday Gift Cards for sale December 7th!

Join us December 7th from 5-6pm to buy those last minute holiday gift cards from Scrip! You are welcome to then join us for our HPSA meeting from 6-7pm too. Meet in front of the school by the main doors to purchase the gift cards.


HPSA is excited to announce this new fundraising opportunity beginning with the 2021-22 school year at Howard Elementary. Please see the attached flier for more details and answers to common questions you may have. Orders for physical gift cards will be filled on a quarterly basis. Below is an order form for anyone wanting to order a physical gift card.

Emergency Closings and Delays

In addition to District Social Media, local TV/Radio stations and the District Website, HSSD will also send weather delay and closing updates via text message. To receive texts from HSSD: text the word "yes" or "y" to 67587.

Student Fees & Waiver Information - NOW LIVE

The district fees are now live with the technology insurance fees due December 15th. Visit the Families page to pay student fees. The platform, called RevTrak, may look different than what you are used to. RevTrak works in partnership with PowerSchool.

To Pay Student Fees:

  1. Visit the HSSD Families page and click on RevTrak or visit RevTrak directly.

  2. To log in: first time users create your personal Web Store account to make payments for your student’s PowerSchool Fees. Click "Login" up in top right corner to create your account. Once complete, it will bring you back to the main "tile" screen.

  3. Click on the PowerSchool box.

  4. Log in with your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account.

    • If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, please reach out to your child’s school to set this up or reset your password.

  5. Click on the student’s name to view fees.

  6. Click Add to Cart next to the appropriate fee.

  7. Confirm all items in the cart and click Checkout.

  8. Enter your billing information and click Continue

  9. Click Place Order. Note: Once the payment is processed, the receipt can be viewed or printed. A receipt will also be sent to the email you provided.

The purpose of making the shift to RevTrak is to streamline the cash collecting process. It is also a money-saving opportunity for families and the district. By the end of the school year, most family payments received throughout the District will occur through RevTrak.


If you believe your family qualifies for a fee waiver, please fill out the online application at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application or request a paper copy in any school office. If you have qualified for meal benefits through Direct Certification and have not filled out the waiver form, please fill out the Sharing Information with Other Programs form.

From the School Board

From the School Board
November 2021



Running an Effective and Efficient School Board through Policy Governance®


Since 2005 the Howard-Suamico School Board has leveraged the Policy Governance® Model of board leadership. This model can look and feel quite different from a typical school board, but every HSSD board since 2005 has re-affirmed the usefulness of the model, and worked to refine and improve it over time.


Put simply, Policy Governance® tasks a board with focusing on organizational ENDS (the outcomes the board expects the organization to achieve), rather than MEANS (how we achieve those outcomes). Rather than defining how to achieve the ENDS, the board sets limitations on the acceptable MEANS. This allows the organization’s chief executive (or superintendent in our case) the latitude to achieve the ENDS in any way they see fit – within the boundaries set by the board. This concept is often called “freedom within fences.”


In a school district setting, Policy Governance® allows a board to focus on the most important organizational purposes (ENDS), while delegating the daily operations of the district to the skilled professionals best suited to the job. The board then monitors performance as a measure of how effectively the ENDS have been met, and the degree to which the superintendent has remained within the defined limitations. The board also monitors its own practices and its interactions with the superintendent, and is involved in continuous improvement and refinement of the model to fit the ever-changing needs of a 21st Century school district.


To the outside observer, this governance model may feel like a system in which the superintendent operates independently and with unilateral authority. In reality, the board serves as not only the ultimate governing authority in the district, but an essential link between the residents of the district (called Owners) and the superintendent. The board represents the public’s interests to the superintendent, and holds the superintendent accountable to meet the high standards expected by the district.


“A carefully crafted, conceptually rigorous purpose of governance….forms the heart of board effectiveness.” ~ John Carver, creator of the Policy Governance model


For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District Policy Governance Manual please visit our website at www.hssdschools.org.


For additional information regarding this article, contact school board member Teresa Ford at tereford@hssdschools.org

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT

Please call the school attendance line at 920-662-9732 by 8:30 a.m. If you do not call your child in, the school attendance secretary will contact you inquiring about your child's absence. If your child is not feeling well for any reason, please contact the HSSD Hotline at 662-SAFE (7233). If you contact the hotline due to illness, there is no need to call the school attendance line as the nurse will share your students absence with the school secretary. If you know your student will have an upcoming absence of two or more days, please print and complete this form and return it to school at least one week prior to the planned absence.


PICKING UP YOUR CHILD DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

If you need to pick up your child during the school day (for an appointment for example), please send a note with your child that day which will inform their teacher and the office. If you forget to send a note, please call the office with as much advanced notice as possible that day. This helps the teacher to prepare your student for their departure and minimize the time you may be waiting for your student. When you arrive you can enter the far right door into the vestibule area where there is a desk to sign out your student. If your student will be returning after the appointment, you will do the same sign-in process then we will buzz your student into the building.


DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILD LATE IN THE MORNING

If your child will be arriving late to school in the morning, please be sure to call the attendance line to let us know. When you arrive with your child to school, you can enter the far right door into the vestibule area where there is a desk to sign-in your student. We will then buzz your student into the building and give them a pass to proceed onto their classroom.

COVID-19 PROTOCOL & REMINDERS TO FAMILIES

Covid-19 protocols are constantly evolving but here are a few reminders:


HSSD COVID-19 Hotline

The district COVID-19 Hotline (920-662-7233) will once again be monitored seven days a week during the school year. Please contact the hotline if your student is not feeling well for any reason or to ask questions on behalf of your students and family and to report any COVID-19 pending or confirmed test results.


Did you know? If you call the COVID-19 hotline with questions about a student or staff member staying home due to illness, the contact tracing team will notify the school on your behalf - no need to make a second call to the attendance line.


Feeling Sick?

Please stay home from school if you are feeling sick. Call the COVID-19 hotline, or for a detailed list of major and minor symptoms related to COVID-19 to guide your decision-making, visit the HSSD website COVID-19 hotline and protocols page. The district will no longer be using the Frontline App for daily symptom checks for students or staff.


COVID-19 Positive Cases Notification Updates

New this year, HSSD will be updating the website COVID-19 dashboard daily on weekdays with student and staff COVID-19 case and quarantine data sorted by school. These daily website updates will replace the evening notification emails sent to families and staff last year when there was a COVID-19 case reported in a building. If a student or staff member is determined to be a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case at school, those family and staff notifications will continue to be made directly by phone through our contact tracing team.


Face Coverings Required for Grades K-6

Per the communication on September 17, face coverings are a requirement for HSSD grades K-6.

Update from School Nutrition


In school breakfast and lunch:

All students are eligible to continue receiving no cost breakfast and lunch at school during the 2021-2022 school year. Please know that if your student brings a cold lunch but wants to receive a carton of milk from school, it is considered ala carte and will cost $.40.


Menus:

Menu’s continue to be available on our website at:

https://schools.mealviewer.com/results/howardsuamico


Manage Lunch Accounts:

To make an online payment or to view the transactions on your child(rens) account please create an account at MySchoolBucks link. Cash or check is accepted in an envelope to the

school.


Questions:

Contact Kim Paulson (kimpaul@hssdschools.org) or 920-662-7717 if you have any questions about your child(s) meal account.



SCHOOL MEALS TO GO:


All families enrolled in the school district are eligible! School Meals To-Go are free for all HSSD-enrolled students 18 and under through June 30, 2022. This service is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Families will receive meal bundle bags for the week. Sign up is now required.



  • Curbside Meal Signup: Wednesday's at 12:00 pm and until Friday's at 10:00am for pick up the following Wednesday.
  • Curbside Meal Pickup: Wednesdays at Bay View from 3:30-5:30 p.m.



Click here for more information and sign-up instructions. Please read the form completely as there are updates on how the program works. You will need to submit a separate response for each student you have. You will also need to know each student's student ID number.


  • Pick Up Time Change: Starting November 10 our times have shortened - 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Pick up is now ending a half hour earlier due to evenings getting darker earlier with DayLight Savings. Thank you for accommodating this change as we want to ensure the safety of our families and staff during meal pick up.

  • November Pick Up Dates: November 3, 10 and 17th. Please know that November 17th will be a SPECIAL HOLIDAY meal including Jennie O Turkey Ham, potatoes, apples and cinnamon bread. There will be NO PICK UP on November 24.

  • December Pick Up Dates: December 1 and 8th ONLY. Please know that December 8th will be a SPECIAL HOLIDAY meal including a special Peanut Butter and Jelly themed meal special for kids! There will be NO PICK UP on December 15, 22, 29.

  • January Pick Up Dates will begin Wednesday, January 12 with a sign up window of January 5 at 12pm - January 7 at 10am. There will be NO PICK UP on January 5.

  • Order Form: The weekly order form is open on the HSSD School Nutrition website starting on Wednesday at 12:00 pm, through Friday at 10:00am.

  • Pick-Up Location: Bay View Middle School from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Pick up occurs at Door #8 behind the school. Enter on Woodale Ave. and exit on Cardinal Ln. Pick up will be just inside the double doors.

  • Families must sign up every week on our website for each of your student(s) starting on Wednesdays at 12:00pm until Fridays at 10:00 am. (For example, our first week the form will be open for orders starting: Wednesday, September 1 at 12:00 pm through Friday, September 3 at 10:00 am.)

    • Thank you for your understanding as we strive to serve you the freshest meal possible.

    • Families who do not sign up during that time frame will not be able to participate that week. Our orders are fulfilled based on the number of pre-orders.

    • One order form must be filled out per student.

    • Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email.


"School Meals To-Go" are FREE for all ENROLLED HSSD students. In the past we have been able to support outside HSSD students, younger siblings, and children of the community. Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions to this change. This policy adjustment is due to USDA changes as of September 1, 2021. Thank you for understanding. It has been a pleasure allowing us to serve you.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Jill Stordeur at 920-662-7723 or jillstor@hssdschools.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENUS

CLICK HERE or view below to see the current Howard lunch and breakfast menus

What's Happening in World Cultures Class?

Welcome to World Cultures! We are excited to share updates and information regarding what your child is learning in class. We meet two times per week for thirty minutes, where we study cultures from across the globe! Click the link to read more about what kids are learning in World Cultures class.

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS CORNER

Our HSSD school social work team has created this newsletter and corner to share resources and information from the community with you to support social, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs. This corner will allow you to access resources and services in the community in one location. This newsletter will be updated twice a month so please check back for update.


School Social Workers Corner link



Resource for Parents and Families From Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)

WEAC is hosting a webinar series for parents and families. The first webinar, “Is Your Child Getting Enough Social-Emotional Support?” will occur live on Tuesday November 10th. Please see the link for more information and registration: https://weac.org/event/is-your-child-getting-enough-social-emotional-support/

Howard Parent Student Association (HPSA)

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Tennis Club

JOIN THE BAY PORT TENNIS CLUB THIS WINTER! BOYS & GIRLS (GRADES K-8) - REGISTER HERE FOR TENNIS CLUB! http://bayporttennis.weebly.com/tennis-club.html Join the Bay Port Tennis Club on Saturdays this winter! Whether you are brand new to the sport or have experience playing, joining the club will take your game to the next level! Players will learn the fundamentals of tennis, scoring and court etiquette. All instruction will take place at Four Seasons Tennis club and will be taught by tennis professionals. All practices will be Saturdays at Four Seasons from 1:00-2:30 pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Steve (651-261-7283).

Bay Port DECA Kids Club

Bay Port DECA is sponsoring Kids Club evenings where parents can bring their kids to have some supervised fun and parents can get a night out. Friday dates include October, 8, November 19th, December 10 and January 14 (5-8pm). Scan the QR code in the attached flyer to register.

Packers Festival of Lights

December 11, 2021 - With the holidays just around the corner, the Packers are bringing back the Festival of Lights on December 11th this year at Lambeau Field. As in past years, this free community event will include local choirs, a cookie workshop, face painting, holiday photo opportunities, and a tree lighting, among other activities. It’s a great event for families to enjoy together!

The Giving Tree

This month The Giving Tree is collecting Pancake Mix. Please feel free to send donations with your students to put in the collections bins/carts near the main office of school. Items can also be dropped off during school hours. The Giving Tree appreciates the community support in helping ensure food is not a barrier to a student’s education.

The Community Closet

Open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 2-6pm. The Community Clothes Closet provides gently used clothes for FREE to those who need them. Contact Denise McGinnis if you have questions Denisemcginnis@hotmail.com Phone: (920) 471-3858. https://www.hopeingreenbay.com/community-clothes-closet/

COMMUNITY CORNER

The Howard Suamico School Distrit, partnering with local organizations, features wthis Community page that includes a list of events for families in the villages of Howard, Suamico and the city of Green Bay. Click here to view.