Hydock Happenings

John Hydock Elementary School Newsletter

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Students and staff throughout John Hydock are celebrating differences and learning more about autism throughout the month of April!


Students have been participating in activities in the classroom centering around respecting differences among one another and/or autism awareness. Also, each day over the announcements, a fact about autism is read.


The puzzle piece is a symbol of autism that represents the mystery and complexity of the disability. Students have created a puzzle piece that tells what the word, "Acceptance" means to them. These puzzle pieces are displayed in the front hallway. Our students will also have the opportunity to participate in a bookmark contest encouraging students to create a design that represents autism awareness. If chosen as a winner, this bookmark will be used in all Autism Awareness kits that are sent to schools in the 2017 school year!



As a culminating activity, students and staff will participate in a Pinwheel Parade. Students in Mrs. Feeley's, Ms. James', and Mrs. Schwartzberg's classes will create a banner to lead our parade. Staff and students will be encouraged to wear blue on this day to celebrate autism awareness!

Student Spotlight- April

Each month a student from either MTES or JHES is honored as our Student Spotlight at our monthly board meeting. This month, the winner was a Kindergarten student from Mrs. Marcantonio's class- Hannah! Hannah was nominated as a Kid of Character in the month of March for showing the trait of compassion. According to her teacher, she is a hard worker who always does her best. She has a positive attitude and is kind to other students. Hannah was very excited to receive her award at Monday night's board meeting.
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Mrs. James' Class Wins the Golden Spatula Award!

Congratulations to Mrs. James' class for being the most recent winners of our Golden Spatula Award! Students have the opportunity each day to earn a Silver Spoon for displaying positive behaviors in the cafeteria such as using good manners, talking quietly with friends at their table, helping to pick up trash, or going above and beyond what is expected. The class that has the highest percentage of Silver Spoons (based on class size) at the end of our cycle (Day 6), receives the award.

Classes that have received the Golden Spatula already include:

Mrs. Marcantonio

Mrs. Feeley

Mrs. Perro

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Kids of Character!

The Kids of Character trait for the month of April is Fairness. During character education lessons with Mrs. Cullari, students learned that fair does not always mean equal. Students had the opportunity to participate in interactive games that demonstrated how cheating does not make the game fun for anyone. Topics such as treating everyone fairly despite differences, taking turns, not taking advantage of others and playing games fairly were all practiced and discussed.


Throughout the month of April, teachers and staff will be on the lookout for students displaying the trait of Fairness. Students will be nominated to receive their Kids of Character awards at our Morning Meeting on April 27th.


The Kids of Character trait for the upcoming month of May is Honesty.

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Upcoming Dates!

Friday, April 15- Kindergarten All About Me Day

Wednesday, April 20- Pinwheel Parade for Autism Awareness

Thursday, April 21- First Grade Play MTES @7pm

Friday, April 22- School Spirit Day- Wear your favorite pair of sunglasses to school!

Friday, April 22- Reverse Order Assembly

Wednesday, April 27- School Wide Morning Meeting

Thursday, April 28th- Bring Your Child to Work Day- Early Dismissal-Staff PD Day

Have a great month!

-Mrs. Cullari

Principal