HES Parent News

March 1, 2021

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Lunch Application for 2021-2022 School Year

Dear HES Families, at this time free breakfast and lunch for all students will be ending at the end of this school year in May 2021.

In order for your child to get free/reduced breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year, we encourage everyone to go ahead and complete an application. These lunch applications need to be completed now in order to get accounts updated and current. Otherwise, you may have to pay for breakfast and lunch next year if applications are not processed in a timely manner. Even if you completed an application during this school year for free/reduced lunch, a new application will be necessary when school starts in August as old accounts will expire. We are just trying to be proactive in assisting families so that this is taken care of and fees are not being accrued for payment next year.

If you need a paper application, please let your child’s teacher or the front office know and one will be sent home. Otherwise, the online application option is the best way and will be processed much faster. Thank you for helping to ensure your child's breakfast and lunch is taken care of for the 21-22 school year. Here is the link to the online application.


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HES is celebrating March as National Reading Month by having Dr. Seuss Spirit Week during March 1st-5th. During this week, we will be decorating the school, conducting classroom games and activities, as well as dressing up each day.

Flyers were sent home to let families know how students can dress for each day. It is also posted below. Be sure to check the school website to see photos of our students enjoying the fun.

Our annual Literacy Night will be virtual this year. Please look for information to come home in April.

Dr. Seuss Spirit Week (March 1st-5th)

  • March 1st - Mustache Monday (wear a mustache over your mask or decorate your mask)
  • March 2nd - Twisted Tuesday (Mix and Match socks the Seussical way)
  • March 3rd - Wacky Wednesday (Join your class teams meeting with wacky Seuss hair)
  • March 4th - Theodore Thursday (Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character)
  • March 5th - Freaky Friday (Hats on for Dr. Seuss. Wear your favorite Dr. Seuss inspired hat!)
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FREE READING TOOL KITS (VALUED AT $20) - Complete the Virtual Reading Workshop Created by Our Title I Teachers

Don't forget families that our Title I Department has developed a virtual workshop titled, "Reading Takes you Places".

Parents who complete this workshop will receive a free reading tool kit valued at approximately $20.00.

You can access the workshop by using this link.

Reading Takes You Places k-3 copy 5 Final.pptx

Mark Your Calendar!

  • March 1st-5th - Dr. Seuss Read Across America Spirit Week
  • March 1st-5th - Access for ELLS Testing
  • March 14th - Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward)
  • March 15th - End of Grading Period
  • March 17th - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 22nd - Report Cards, CiCi's Night
  • March 25th - Spring Pictures
  • March 29th -April 2nd - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

**April 5 - Teacher Workday

A Reading Challenge

By reading more complex books, your child can learn new words, facts, and ideas. They will also be exposed to more complicated plots and will grow as a reader. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Knowing something about the topic or setting makes a tougher book easier to comprehend. If your youngster is reading a novel set in China, they could talk to someone who has been there or look up the country online (try a children's site like www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
  • Encourage your child to look at a simpler book on the same subject. A picture-book biography about Harriet Tubman may help your youngster better understand a textbook chapter on the civil rights movement. This is just an example.
  • Suggest that your child read complicated material with pencil and paper in hand. They can jot down questions, words to look up, or facts they want to learn more about.
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Read Aloud Favorites for Families

Here are a few stories that parents and children could read together.

  • Biblioburro (Jeanette Winter): A true story from Colombia - What if the library came to your neighborhood on the back of a donkey? This is the true story of a Colombian school teacher's traveling library that brought books to children in remote villages. (Also available in Spanish.)
  • Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin) - When a little boy discovers that dragons like to eat tacos, he decides to host a taco party for them. But a fire-breathing dragon accidentally gets a bite of spicy salsa, look out! A silly story about a dragon party that turns into a disaster.
  • Just a Second (Steve Jenkins) - In just a single second, a bumblebee flaps its wings 100 times and the earth travels 18 1/2 miles. This non-fiction book will help your child think about time in fascinating ways. They will also discover different methods of measuring time.
  • Bedtime Is Canceled (Cece Meng) - Maggie and her brother write their parents an official looking note: "Bedtime is canceled." Somehow, the note blows out the window, lands in a newspaper office, and ends up as a headline. Soon, bedtime really is canceled, and exhausted children quickly discover the importance of sleep.
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Order Yearbooks Online

All school yearbooks will be sold directly online this year!

1) Visit strawbridge.net, click the "Order Pictures and Yearbooks" button. Enter the Online Code.

2) Enter your name and email and click "Access Yearbook".

3) Enter your student's information and click "Submit Details".

4) Select your product and quantity. Click "View Cart" to proceed to checkout.

Yearbook Price -$20.00

Yearbook Price Deadline - April 16, 2021

Online Code is: FMYB102047 *(These are zeroes and not the letter O)

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Leader In Me Update - From the Desk of Mrs. Hartley in Community Leadership Class

Our habit of focus for the month of March is Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. This habit has 2 parts: listening and speaking. Habit 5 teaches us to listen before we speak. It teaches us to not interrupt, to wait patiently for our turn to speak, not to blurt out, and to try to understand other people's ideas and feelings even if they are different from our own. Habit 5 also emphasizes the importance of speaking clearly and being honest. Good leaders want to be understood. They should work hard to present their ideas clearly and honest. Honesty is the gateway to effective communication.

With Habit 5, we learn how to be an attentive listener and listen with our whole bodies: our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. Below are some "Family Talk" questions to use as a guide to sit down with your child and listen to one another (with your eyes, ears, and hearts).

Have fun!

1. Tell me the five best things about you.

2. What are the qualities that make a good friend?

3. If you could tell me to never serve two vegetables again, which two would you choose?

4. Who was the best teacher you ever had? Tell me why.

5. Which one of your friends is the funniest? Why?

6. If you could arrange it, what time would I come home from work? Then, what would we do together?

7. If you could change three things about yourself, what would they be?

8. If you could keep your room any way you wanted, how would it look?

9. Tell me who you think the three greatest musicians (or songs) are and why?

Also, we will be hosting our 2nd Community Service project through Community Leadership. We will be collecting donations for the Onslow County Animal Shelter through March 2, 2021.

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Leader in Me Service Learning Project - Animal Shelter Drive Will End March 2, 2021

Don't forget that HES is hosting a benefit drive for the Onslow County Animal Shelter until March 2nd. The following donations will be accepted:

· Dog and Cat treats (no cat nip)

· Training Treats

· Dog and Cat Pill Pocket Treats (no cheese flavor)

· Purina Pro Plan canned dog, cat, kitten, and puppy food

· Purina Kitten and Puppy Chow

· Cat and Dog Toys

· Tennis and Squeaky Balls

· Collars and Leashes

· Dog Shampoo (no lavender scent)

· Puppy Pads

· Scoopable Cat Litter

· Dog Waste Bags

· Brushes

As a Leader in Me school, HES wants our students to participate and understand the importance of giving back to our community. The 7 habits teach us to be responsible and caring, even to our 4-legged friends! By synergizing, we can help make a difference!

*The shelter cannot accept open bags of food, rawhide treats, and bones.

**Donations will be collected outside room 510, Community Leaders

Kids Heart Challenge Update

Thank you to everyone for their support and generous donations for our service learning fundraiser, Kids Heart Challenge. As a school, we raised $8,930.33! We could not have done this without all of your support!
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