Haymarket Happenings

February 2021

Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that the first half of the year is over already. So much has happened in so many facets of our lives over the past 10 months or so. On March 13, 2020 our Governor shut down schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year for safety reasons. Our teachers scrambled, as you did, to continue to support our students. As we continue to move forward, we must model positivity, grace and patience so our students have those characteristics when they grow up.

We realize that there is a level of anxiety when the exposure letters come home. Please know that ALL contacts would be notified the day that we find out of a positive case or exposure. This communication is extremely important to us. A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Kathy Stevens, our wonderful nurse, who works tirelessly to communicate, document, plan and so much more on a daily basis. During the March Advisory Council meeting, Nurse Kathy will be present to share general protocols for when we get a positive case or contact. I can safely say that our staff continues to follow the guidelines we have put into place since the start of the school year, including but not limited to keeping students 6ft (or more) apart, ensuring face coverings are on during all facets of the day, keeping their rooms clean, and so much more.

Please note that at this time the School Board will be discussing a return to building plan for 4th and 5th graders at the February 17th Board meeting. Right now they are slated to return on Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th.

Lastly, as parents, continue to model resiliency, acceptance, and kindness because our students/children are watching and listening to our every move to see what is right. They look up to us and we MUST model how we want our next generation to act.

With Gratitude,


Mr. Baldwin

P.S. See information below regarding a parent workshop on safety around social media and virtual learning.

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SCA Helps Celebrate Black History Month

Besides our teachers doing activities in their classrooms that promotes and celebrates Black History Month, our Student Council Association (SCA) will be highlighting various important Black men and women who fought hard to start our conversations about race appreciation and acceptance in America. While it continues to be a challenge, we are extremely proud of our student leaders who took it upon themselves to do this project over the next month. Please make sure your child logs onto the news show on a daily basis to hear from their fellow students!
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Our Schools' Heart Challenge has Begun!

Here’s how you can help:

Register and choose a heart healthy challenge online at www.heart.org/KHC or search, “Kids Heart Challenge” in your app store. It’s a FREE and really cool app, with Heart Healthy and Heart Hero games and free tools to enjoy!

Our classes are in the running to win a prize. 😊 The top participating class in each grade level will win a prize. Thank you for joining our School Team and teaching your child how to be KIND to their heart, and others! ❤

Next Steps:

1. Go online www.heart.org/KHC or download the Kids Heart Challenge app to Join!

2. Register your student & Choose a Challenge (Move more, Choose Water, or Be Kind)

3. Send 10+ emails or fun eCards (using the tools provided in your webpage or app) ❤

Technical Questions with KHC Webpage or the new FREE Kids Heart Challenge App?

Email American Heart Association’s Youth Market Help Line: COEYM@heart.org or Call Ph#: 888-294-0996. THANK YOU for your support of the American Heart Association as we fight COVID-19 on a global scale. Learn more about the $2.5 million the AHA has committed to medical research projects to better understand the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and clinical management of COVID-19 as it relates to heart and brain health.

THANK YOU - You are making a difference! 🌞❤

Grading Regulation Reminders

As most of you hopefully recall from last year, PWCS as a whole took on a shift in grading practices that would provide you as parents more specific information regarding your child's progress. Instead of getting one math test grade that doesn't tell you about the content of the test, our teachers break apart the test into specific standards and give multiple grades per assessment. Tests are just one example though! You have all noticed that your child's assignments are linked directly to Standards of Learning! Below are the grading regulations for PWCS. As you can see, an S+ or A doesn't necessarily equal a 100%. Our students need to show a deeper understanding in order to achieve those higher grades. This practice is standard across the conversations and research in standards based grading.
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Valentines/Friendship Day

Due to our practice of not sharing materials, we will not be exchanging Valentine's/Friendship notes this year. We are very disappointed, but as you hopefully know we always err on the side of caution these days. Our teachers will certainly continue to promote kindness that week as it is Kindness Week!
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Counselor's Corner

Hello Haymarket Cubs! Happy February!

Please welcome our new school counselor Mrs. Criser! We are so happy to have her with us! As always, your school counselors Mrs. Schenck, Mrs. Criser, and Ms. Scott are always happy to talk with you!

Don’t forget! Counseling Office hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:15-1:15. Pop in to see a counselor if you would like to chat. The ZOOM link is on our Canvas homepage.

We love popping into your classes, seeing you in Encore, and working with you all. For Encore, students will either go to Library or Guidance on the assigned day. They will have Guidance once, then 2 Libraries, then return to Guidance (G/L/L/G/L/L/G/L/L). Upper grades are continuing with coping strategies and resiliency. The lower grades are working on diversity lessons!

This month let’s focus on keeping a routine! Whether you are hybrid or all virtual, it is important to keep a routine! Listed below are some great tips!

-Having a visual schedule.

-Having the same wake up times on in-person and virtual days to help with routine.

-Using any extra time on virtual days to make sure all work is completed and submitted.

-Printing out the encore calendar the teachers sent, especially for knowing when to wear specific attire for PE days.

-Making a list of all takes that need to be completed for the day or week.

Valentine’s Day is coming! We are not doing typical Valentines exchanges. We are going to Spread kindness, not germs. Talk with your children about ways you see them being kind within your family or any other setting you witness them showing caring and kind behaviors.

February is all about LOVE. It is so important to love ourselves and be confident!


Every day in the month of February, write down something positive about yourself!

February Dates to Remember

2nd grade Naglieri testing - 2/4, 2/5, 2/11, or 2/12

3rd grade CogAT testing - 2/9-2/12

Presidents' Day - No School - 2/15

School Board Meeting - 2/17

Kindness Week - February 15-19

3rd-5th Virtual Science Assemblies - 2/16

PTO Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 6:30pm

15500 Learning Lane

Haymarket, VA

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Meeting ID: 862 4675 3333

Passcode: 230165