Principal's Weekly Message

May 6th, 2016

Hidden Forest is a school where educators care about your child. We are innovative and passionate about helping your child love learning as much as we love teaching. We strive to help your child learn the basics, as well as valuable life lessons such as how to be a leader and how to serve others.

Hidden Forest Field Trip to Mitchell Lake


Week in Review

Thank you for showering your children's teachers with appreciation this week. Our teachers work hard to help your children succeed and there is nothing as rewarding for that work as appreciation from the students and parents.

Election Day is tomorrow. Please make sure that you exercise your democratic rights and show your children how important it is to be a part of the process.

The Library Needs Your Used, Unwanted Legos

Give your old Legos a new home at the HF Library! Please consider donating any unwanted Legos to our library. We will be using them for a variety of activities in the library such as Lego building challenges, stop motion movie making, creation centers, and so much more!

One School, One Book is Right Around the Corner!

One School, One Book will begin on Monday, May 16th and run through Friday, May 27th. One School, One Book is a literacy program that promotes reading aloud to children due to the permanent and complex benefits that being read to has on a child’s mind. This year, the teachers have chosen to read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling.

Each grade level teacher will read the book to all of their students according to the assigned reading schedule, and in turn, the school as a whole will participate in corresponding activities with this beloved book. Our librarian, Angelique Lackey, has paperback copies available at a cost of $5. If you would like a copy of this book, please send exact cash or a check (made out to Hidden Forest Elementary) in the amount of $5. Next week, the reading schedule will also be made available to everyone through the Weekly Principal’s Message. Stay tuned!

New Signs in the Trees

A group of students had an idea to create 7 Habits signs for the trees between the main building and the annex. The three students decided the size of the signs, painted them, and one of our wonderful HF dads put each sign on a hanger. This Wednesday the students hung the signs in the trees. You can see a picture below. The next time you visit, be sure to look up in the trees for this wonderful student project.
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No Tutoring next week for 3rd-5th grades

Due to STAAR testing next week, students in 3rd-5th grades will not have tutoring. Please make after school arrangements for your children. If you have questions, contact your child's teacher.

No visitors Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday

Also due to STAAR testing, we will not be allowing any visitors or volunteers on campus on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Access to STAAR Scores

STAAR results for 5th Grade Reading & Math are now available in the Parent Portal. All STAAR results for 3rd-5th grade students will be available through Parent Portal this year. Results for 3rd-4th Reading, Writing, and Math, as well as 5th Science, will be available in mid-June.

Instructions on how to access those scores are below. If you have any trouble accessing the scores (or if you would like a copy of your child’s scores mailed home to you), please contact Julie Metcalf, Counselor, at 210-407-4034 or

How to Access Your Child’s STAAR Scores

1. Login to Parent Portal

2. Click on TESTS tab

3. Select your child’s name from the drop down menu

(there will be a Unique Access Code-write it down or “copy” it)

4. Click on the Link beside the Access Code “Click here to open the state student data portal login page

5. Enter (or “paste”) your child’s Unique Access Code

6. Enter Date of Birth

7. Go!

Habit of the Week: Habit 3 - Put First Things First

Quote of the Week: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” - John Wooden

Home Connection: With summer quickly approaching, the excitement of not having to follow a school routine may be exciting and something you and/or your child are looking forward to having. You may want to consider giving your child some responsibilities to do each day this summer. It could be that every morning they have to make their bed and feed a pet or take out the recycling. It might even be to set aside some time to read for 20-30 minutes each day. Your child has many responsibilities at school and will probably enjoy taking on some responsibilities during the summer at home. Consider sitting down with your child and creating a list of the responsibilities they would like to complete each day. Help them prioritize the list and decide what is most important to do first. Place the list on the refrigerator or someplace important that your child will see daily. Helping your child develop a routine can help them understand and be able to apply “Putting Frist Things First” to other situations at home, school and beyond.