Howard Elementary Newsletter
June 1-7, 2022
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Main Office.........(920) 662-9700
Field Day - June 3
Important Information from School Nutrition
FREE MEALS TO END JUNE 12, 2022
Starting June 13, families must pay for meals. If you are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals and have not yet completed an application for this school year (2021-22), please apply here. This will allow your child to receive free and reduced meals from June 13-30, 2022.
You will need to re-apply for the 2022-23 school year, beginning July 1, 2022.
If your child is attending Husky Academy at Howard Elementary, their medication can remain here at school until Husky Academy is complete.
If your child is attending summer school at Bayport high school, parents will need to pick up the medication from Howard before June 9th and bring the medication to Bayport.
Yearbooks for Sale
Chuck E Cheese Howard Fundraiser - Thursday, June 9
2022-2023 Howard School Supply List
If you would like to eat a school meal with your student, the cost of an adult meal is $4.65. Adults can choose to pay using their student's My SchoolBucks account or cash. If using your students account please be sure there are funds in the account. If you are using cash, please bring the exact amount as no change will be provided (if you do not have the exact cash, the change will be deposited into your students My SchoolBucks account).
Please use this link to create an account for your student if you have not done so already. This account will also be needed next school year to fund your student's school lunches. Please notify the school office by 9am if you would like to eat a school meal with your child that day.
Please contact the office if you need to find out when your student eats lunch or if you have any other questions.
Field Trip Chaperones & Volunteer Opportunities
As we head into spring, we are preparing for our grade level field trips that may need chaperones and other possible parent volunteer opportunities.
- Anyone interested in volunteering must go through the approval process that includes a background check.
- More detailed information will be shared by your student's classroom teacher regarding the details of the field trips but we encourage you to begin this process now.
- If you think you may already be approved but are unsure, please contact Michelle Derousseau in our office at email@example.com to look up your information.
- This process only needs to be completed once by an individual while your child(ren) are in the district.
- Apply Early! This process can take up to a month to complete while we wait for the results of the background check from our 3rd party vendor.
Below is PDF with instructions with screenshots of each step of the application process.
The link below is where you'll find the information on how to set up your HSSD volunteer profile and begin this process. https://www.hssdschools.org/community/vip
1. Once you follow the link, scroll down to where it says "Get Involved" under the Volunteer Login section. Click on that and more instructions will appear.
2. Click on "Create a volunteer profile". Once you do so, another window should open up to a new website.
3. Once there, you will see "Keyword" with a search box next to it. In that search box, type the word "Howard" and hit enter. Scroll down and you will see the names of all of the schools in the district.
4. Click on Howard Elementary School and you will be brought to the Howard Elementary Volunteer Page.
5. On the right hand side of the screen there is a "Fill in an application" button, click that.
6. On the next screen, begin entering your information under "I am new to MyImpactpage.com and follow the steps to complete the application.
Shortly after you complete your application, you will receive an email from Kim Decur (HSSD Volunteer Coordinator) that includes the necessary information to begin the background check process. If you do not see that email within 24 hours, check your SPAM folder as it may have ended up there. If you still do not see the email, send a message to Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will look into that for you.
HPSA Fundraising with Scrip
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.
Watch the video to learn What Scrip is and how it works
Watch this video on How to download and use the RaiseRight App to purchase and use electronic gift cards via your smart phone.
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:
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.
Click on the PowerSchool box.
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.
Click on the student’s name to view fees.
Click Add to Cart next to the appropriate fee.
Confirm all items in the cart and click Checkout.
Enter your billing information and click Continue
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
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE BOARD
A student representative’s role includes voicing students’ viewpoints, concerns, and experiences to the Board of Education. The student representative not only allows board members to gain perspective into a student’s time at school by connecting authored policy to the impact on students, but also furthers student engagement in district issues by strengthening the link between school administration and the student body. This position is critical for board members to maintain a successful understanding of students’ needs and even more so during times of uncertainty. From tackling issues associated with district funding to finding solutions that allowed students to continue school during the Covid-19 pandemic, I, Rohan Gala, feel honored to have served as a student representative on the Howard-Suamico School District’s Board of Education for two years.
Being appointed in 2020 and serving my first term during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was the first of many learning experiences. During this time, the Board of Education pivoted from the traditional school day to a hybrid model that allowed students to attend in-person classes while also limiting the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus. This experience taught me the importance of accurate statistical figures that quantify problems but also provide support for solutions. The use of credible sources provided the underlying foundation for discussions regarding the effects of Covid-19 while also considering the social and emotional health of students through parent testimonials. This intersection between statistical data and anecdotal information allowed us to balance an in-person learning environment while also reducing Covid-19 cases. By listening to board members discuss possible ways to contain the spread of Covid-19 while simultaneously enacting policy that served the best interest of students and teachers, I was able to observe the dedication and diligence the Howard-Suamico School District has when dealing with complex issues.
Another prominent issue the Howard-Suamico School District manages is funding school improvements. The HSSD Board of Education assembled a referendum task force which I was lucky to be a part of to address issues associated with aging school buildings. By collectively tackling concerns, members of this task force were able to create a successful proposal that funded capital improvements within the district while limiting the financial burden on community members. This referendum process not only reinforced my belief that community members and community involvement is an essential pillar in creating a quality education system but also showed me the importance of understanding the impact of my actions.
Overall, my position as the student representative has given me a tremendous opportunity to expand my qualities as a leader and learn more about the educational system that has given me so much. Seeing the positive changes occurring within the district due to the actions of board members and district administration empowers me to look at my future and realize the potential impact I can have on my community.
Lastly, I want to express my deepest gratitude for this incredible opportunity to serve as the student representative to the Howard-Suamico Board of Education. My two year term has helped shape my future plans and has taught me invaluable lessons. I would like to thank all board members for their guidance as I transitioned into the role of student representative and for always having answers to any of my questions. I would also like to thank Mr. Brian Nicol, the HSSD Director of Communications, for his tips on how to communicate effectively in an interview setting. Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Damian LaCroix, Superintendent, for offering me incredible opportunities to expand my communication skills and always helping operationalize my community impact ideas.
For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District, please visit our website at www.hssdschools.org or for additional information regarding this article, contact school board student representative Rohan Gala, email@example.com.
For additional information regarding this article, contact school board member Teresa Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Update from School Nutrition
In school breakfast and lunch:
Starting June 13th families must pay for meals. If you have not filled out an application this school year please do so with this link otherwise please deposit money into your MySchoolBucks account for summer school breakfast or lunch meals. For detailed information please click the link or contact our School Nutrition office at
Menu’s continue to be available on our website at:
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
Contact Kim Paulson (email@example.com) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
LUNCH & BREAKFAST MENUS
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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.
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/
The Giving Tree
Did you know The Giving Tree collects food when school is out of session? We are so lucky to have four community drop off sites you can utilize during the summer and throughout the school year! Please think of us as you are at the grocery store and drop off at one of these great community partners:
design a la mode
Village of Suamico offices
Papa Murphy's on Lineville
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/