HES Parent News

January 2022

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Kicking Off a New Year!

Happy New Year!.....It's finally 2022! We hope everyone had a great holiday break and that you were able to celebrate with your family and friends.

As we transition to mid-year, it is time when student supplies may need to be replenished, as well as their teacher's classroom supplies.

If you can help to ensure that your child has all needed materials such as pencils and crayons, as well as possibly donating items like hand sanitizer, tissues, or paper to your child's teacher, it would greatly be appreciated. Especially this time of year when tissues and hand sanitizer are used frequently throughout each day.

If you need assistance with any student supplies, please let our social worker, Ms. Laurel Yurick know, or our school counselor, Mrs. Crystal Cox, and they can assist you.

We are looking forward to helping students get back in the routine of things after being out of school for a while, and know that we will get off to a great start for the second semester. Please continue to encourage your child to wear a mask, even though it is not currently a mandate at this time. COVID cases are rising and we will do what we can in order to protect students at school. However, wearing a mask is strongly recommended. We will continue to have students wash their hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer. If your child is sick, please keep them home. Thank you for helping the school prevent spreading any viruses by keeping sick children home.

If you are in a hardship and need assistance with food, please check our Heritage Elementary School's Facebook page as food drives within our community are posted.


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If you or a member of your family test positive for COVID19 or have been identified as being a close contact to someone that is positive, please communicate with your child's teacher and our school nurse as soon as possible. Please do not send your child(ren) to school if you have been sick, they have been sick, if anyone has tested positive in your household or if anyone has been a close contact to someone testing positive.

Communication is important so that we can ensure all students remain safe and healthy at HES. We also communicate with the local health department and the district office to make sure dates for quarantining are accurate and follow the updated CDC guidelines. The CDC guidelines have recently changed and Onslow County Schools will adhere to their requirements.

Thanks for working together as a team!

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Mark Your Calendar

January 4 - Students Report Back to School

January 5-28 - Benchmark Assessments

January 10-14 - NC Check-Ins for 4th and 5th Grade

January 14 - End of Grading Period

January 17 - Holiday

January 18 - Teacher Workday

January 19 - Teacher Workday

January 21 - Class Pictures

January 24 - CiCi's Night

January 26 - Report Cards

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Leader in Me Update

As we celebrate a new year, all our HES leaders are looking at their current goals and setting new ones. HES believes in developing the whole child so we discuss setting academic and personal goals. We set goals by talking about what we want to accomplish, how we want to accomplish it, and developing a realistic timeline. For example, a goal might be: I want to read 105 sight words by practicing for 10 minutes each day until March 2022. A new year is an appropriate time to work towards new goals at school and at home. We have a great selection of leadership books in our school library that your child(ren) are more than welcome to check out. Encourage them to ask Ms. McGowan where these leadership books are.

From the desk of Mrs. Hartley in Community Leadership.....

Thank you to everyone that donated items to be given to the Heritage Nursing Home in Richlands. The residents at the nursing home were very appreciative, and we had so many items that we were able to assist a few other local nursing homes as well! We are thankful to have a school community that joins in and gives back to those in need!

Our habit for the month of January is Habit 3: Put First Things First. This is the habit of personal management as it teaches students to work first, then play. Habit 3 encourages students to do the things they have to do before they do the things they want to do. This habit also teaches students to stay focused and minimize distractions. Students will be learning about “Big Rocks” and “Little Rocks”. Students will learn that “Big Rocks” are their most important priorities, such as family and school and “Little Rocks” are the things they enjoy doing that are less important, such as watching television and playing video games. Ask your student about their “Big and Little Rocks”!

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CKLA PowerPoint for Parents (New Reading Program)

Parents, please find attached a PowerPoint with helpful tips regarding the county's new reading program CKLA. We hope you find valuable information to assist you in helping your child with homework.

Bridge (aka PTO)

We are looking for parents that would be interested in being a member of our BRIDGE (aka PTO). If you are interested in becoming a member, or in carrying out a duty, please contact our school's parent representative, Melaney Orr at melaney.orr@onslow.k12.nc.us.

Thank you!

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