Huffman Headlines

January 21, 2022

Message from Principal Hickox

Dear Huffman families,


January has been quite a whirlwind here at Huffman! We are happy to be able to continue in person learning, but we do have quite a few staff members and students absent on any given day. I appreciate everyone's support and understanding as we move through this challenging time.


As our case numbers hopefully slow down soon, we are looking forward to moving back to some more normal activities. We have our Family Skate Night coming up on January 28th, and we will have in person parent teacher conferences in February. It is always nice to have families back in the building.


We are also planning the return of two favorite events: Winter Sports Day and the Idid-Read program! I know that both of these events have been favorites at Huffman in the past and we are looking forward to having them happen this year. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.


I've heard several people asking about changes to the school year schedule and I want to assure our families that at this time, there are no changes to the school year calendar for this year. We will have a long weekend in February from the 18th-21st for an inservice day following conferences and President's Day. Third quarter will end for students on Thursday, March 3rd, as Friday, March 4th is an inservice day and the beginning of Spring Break. Students will return to school after break on March 14th.


As always, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations to share.


Respectfully,


Molly Hickox, Principal

Huffman Elementary School

Winter Sports in PE

Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers who have come in to help us get kids in skates the last two weeks. It has been really fun to see everyone out on the ice. Thank you also to our wonderful PTO for funding the rink maintenance so that we have this opportunity. We have one more week of ice skating before we move into cross-country skiing.


Thanks to our fantastic PE team of Mrs. Miller and Mr. Nees for making this happen for all of our students!

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will be having parent teacher conferences in person on February 16th and 17th this year. We will use the online scheduler and it will be available to parents on February 1st. There will be two afternoon sessions and one evening session available to choose from. Classroom teachers will have more information coming soon. Friday, February 18th is an inservice day with no school for students, and Monday, February 21st is President's Day Holiday.

Battle of the Books!

We had a great Huffman Battle of the Books last week, and we will be sending two teams to the District Battle next week. Congratulations to the following students:


3rd/4th grade: Sadie Kester, Emma Lusk, and Cora Richards

Jane Ekstrom, Annelise Coy, Elise Salsbury, and Ciel Hibbert


5th/6th grade teams: Emery Waller, Gabi Cox, Lili Thomas, and Evelyn McGillivray

Ruby St. Germain, Annie Baldessari, Alex Criqui, Noah Logan


Thank you to Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Schoenborn for coaching our Battle teams this year. We are proud of all of our students who participated in this program and read so many books. We are already looking forward to seeing which books are on the list for next year!

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Volunteer for Family Skate Night

Our hard working PTO is still looking for a few volunteers to set up and take down for this event. Please follow this link to sign up if you can help out!

COVID Notifications Change

The district has updated the School Status Dashboard showing the number of active COVID cases in each school. You can now click on the name of the school and it will show the distribution of student cases by grade level. This dashboard only shows positive cases that have been reported to us. For right now, we will continue to email a letter home when we have a new case in a classroom to inform parents, but we will not send a letter for additional cases within the week.


As always, please keep your children home if they have any COVID symptoms. We have many students out sick and we want to keep everyone, staff and students, as healthy as possible!

Absence Notifications

If you are calling to report an absence, please tell us the reason for the absence in your message. We have to code each absence with a reason, and it will save our office staff a lot of time if you tell us the reason. It could be illness, family trip, appointment, etc.


If your child is out ill with symptoms that could be COVID related, they will need to be tested in order to return, OR they can stay out five days, OR they can have a note from a doctor to return. If you have questions, please feel free to email Nurse Krista at hepler_krista@asdk12.org.