Haymarket Happenings

April 2021

Please our newsletter in its entirety as there is a great deal of information such as SOL testing, Kindergarten registration, and much more! Thank you!
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HMES Parent Survey

Below is a link to an important survey for you as parents. The purpose of this survey, which will only take about 5-10 minutes depending on your level of detail, is to provide us at Haymarket Elementary School with valuable feedback as we continue to work hard through this unprecedented school year. We will use this data, along with the division-wide survey results, to reflect on and build upon our already successful school. We are always in a continuous improvement mindset, so this information truly helps guide our collaborative decision making! The survey is open through Sunday, April 11th.

Click HERE to complete the survey if you haven't completed it already.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees. While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.

During the month of April, we celebrate our students with autism for their perseverance and uniqueness that makes them who they are. We also celebrate our teachers and parents who work SO hard to help them be successful in their daily lives.

Here are some interesting facts and statistics from the Autism Society:


  • About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. (CDC, 2014)
  • Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 54 births. (CDC, 2020)
  • More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. (Buescher et al., 2014)
  • Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). (CDC, 2014) Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. (CDC, 2020)
  • Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010. (Based on biennial numbers from the CDC)


  • 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. (Shattuck et al., 2012)
  • It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism. (Lavelle et al., 2014) (The average cost of educating a student is about $12,000 – NCES, 2014)

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April is Month of the Military Child

The Month of the Military Child in April recognizes the unique challenges children in military families face. They face continually changing circumstances and often both parents enlist active duty or reserve meaning at any given time their primary caregivers can be deployed.

Depending on the size of their family, where they are stationed and how long they live the military life, a military child becomes adaptable. They may see much of the country and sometimes the world. Military life impacts every member of the family, right down to the youngest member. They sacrifice close relationships, sometimes even with immediate family members due to the distances they live and the number of times they transfer.

They endure deployments just like the parent who stays behind with them. The month of the Military Child recognizes the sacrifices and the courage of these young Americans.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3rd, 8am to Friday, May 7th, 4pm

15500 Learning Lane

More information coming soon...we are always looking for donations to shower our teachers with gratitude. Contact me if you would like to donate to our weekly raffles or to Teacher Appreciation week as a whole! baldwisl@pwcs.edu

Updated Daily Home Screening

To align with updated VDH guidelines, PWCS has developed a new daily health screening for students. Parents, please monitor your child closely for any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Always err on the side of caution and please continue to keep us in the loop with any sicknesses or exposures. There is nothing you need to sign or do for us on a daily basis.

Also found here: https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=43888626

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PTO Sponsoried Virtual BINGO!

Coming soon! Be on the lookout for more information. Scheduled date is Friday, April 16th at 7:00pm. Stay tuned!!

What types of questions do you ask your child?

It is often easy to ask our student simple, right there questions when discussing thier understanding of content and reading. But what is really going to ramp up our students' thinking and success is to add in higher level questions. For students, posing their own questions is a first step towards filling their knowledge gaps and resolving puzzlement. The process of asking questions allows them to articulate their current understanding of a topic, to make connections with other ideas, and also to become aware of what they do or do not know. For example, we always encourage you to ask how you child's day went, but take it a step further and use the chart below to pull more out of him or her! Ask them other questions like, "How might you make tomorrow even better?" or "what would you do different tomorrow to continue to be successful?" Effective questions do a lot for our students:

  • Encourages students to engage with their work and each other.
  • Helps students to think out loud.
  • Facilitates learning through active discussion.
  • Empowers students to feel confident about their ideas.

What can you do to strengthen your communication with your child and become more engaged in their thinking? Start by using the question stems below! Our teachers are using them everyday, all day!

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Kindergarten Registration

Online kindergarten registration is open and accepting registrations for both the current 2020-21 and upcoming 2021-22 school year. Registration for the 2021-22 school year will run through April 23, 2021. Families moving into Prince William County will be able to register their kindergarten student online after this deadline date.

Parents whose students are currently enrolled in any PWCS preschool program (preschool or special education) do not need to complete the online kindergarten registration process. Instead they should contact the registrar for the school where their student will attend for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.


SOL Information

More information will be coming soon for Haymarket specific SOL information in the near future. In the meantime, our SOL schedule is below. You can also click HERE for SOL Questions and Answers on the PWCS website.

A couple other notes:

  • Virtual students will take their tests in person on the Mondays designated. All mitigations strategies will be strictly adhered to.
  • Opt-out options will be available to parents.
  • SOLs tests for in-person students will start promptly at 10:00am after the second wave of buses arrives. Please ensure your child has had a hearty, healthy breakfast!
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Summer School

The elementary school three-week academic remedial program available to students in Grades K-4. This program provides opportunities to improve basic skills through interactive and engaging activities. Teachers use individual and small group instruction. Students will receive instruction in daily writing, language arts, mathematics and receive a social -emotional component. All current fifth-grade students will attend the central middle school program at the location that hosts their home (neighborhood) school. Placement is determined by the grade in which the student is enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

The program runs from July 12, 2021 - July 30, 2021 and is from 9:00am-12:30pm. This year our students will attend Summer School at Buckland Mills ES.

Below Are The Criteria For Students To Receive Tuition-Free An Academic Summer Program:

  • Any student who performs below grade level in reading or math. Students are below grade level if they have not mastered minimum proficiency on the Standards of Learning (SOL), PALS, DRA, or any other standardized assessment.
  • The building principal or designee may recommend any student for summer school who he/she believes is at risk of school failure and will benefit from the intensive summer program.
  • Any student who receives special education services, who performs below grade level, and who follows the SOL curriculum. These students require minimal to no support and will be served in an inclusive setting.
  • Students who are only receiving speech services are not eligible for tuition-free summer school unless they meet other qualifying criteria.
  • Any student receiving ESOL services, regardless of the proficiency level. This includes ELL proficiency Levels 1-6.

For more information, check the PWCS Summer School Information site HERE.

Counselors' Corner

Welcome April! As always, Mrs. Schenck, Mrs. Criser, and Ms. Scott are always happy to speak with your child/children! Check out office hours Tuesday-Thursday from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm via Canvas (HMES Counseling course). Select Zoom on the left column!

We love seeing your child/children during our Encore lessons and popping into their classes in the room and on zoom!

Are you interested in sharing your Career or Hobby with Haymarket Students? Your School Counselors are looking for you! As part of the comprehensive school counseling program at HMES, each year there is a focus on the career readiness and development for our students. We are looking to bring a Virtual Career Day/Segments this year. We have some fantastic student Safety Patrols and SCA members who would love to conduct a brief 5-minute interview with parents and community members about their career, jobs, or hobbies. If you are interested, please e-mail Mrs. Schenck (hudspern@pwcs.edu) and Mrs. Criser (crisersw@pwcs.edu) and we will schedule a time for your Career Interview. Thank you for helping to make our Virtual Career Day a success!

April 22nd, 2021 is Earth Day! Be sure to get outside and explore!

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