HES' Husky Herald

January 11, 2022

Important Dates

January 11th - 21st: Specialist is Library

January 17th: No School - MLK, Jr. Day

Message from Principal Nicole Pease

Hello HES families, as we return from the Winter Break, teachers and students have been focusing upon reestablishing school routines. The snow days have not helped in this regard, however, staff and students continue to work to get back into the rhythm of school.

I am thankful for the recent snowfall. I cannot count the times that students questioned why they needed to wear their snow pants if there was no snow!

In honor of Martin Luther King Junior, classrooms at HES have been working on sharing their hopes and dreams. These will be displayed at the Hancock Town Library. I hope families will stop by to see the students' work. It is so lovely to have the whole school focusing upon their dreams for the new year!

I hope you have a wonderful week!


Message from School Nurse Mrs. Turgeon

A friendly reminder that if your child has symptoms that are potentially COVID related, they need to have a ConVal district or medical facility COVID test prior to returning to school. Home COVID tests are not accepted by the district at this time.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please contact me if you have any questions. My email is mturgeon@conval.edu.

~Mitzi Turgeon, RN

Parent Volunteers - Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who helped out on Craft Day - from assisting with student groups and helping with all of the projects, to bringing in the food for the staff lunch! It was such a fun day!

News from the HES PTO

The PTO Holiday Food Drive was an amazing success! We collected over 400 items (photo below) including donations from HES families, community members and groups. A special shout out and thank you to Ashley Flamino who coordinated these efforts, and delivered a truck load (literally) of food to End 68 Hours of Hunger.

It's not too late to surprise your child's teacher, or another staff member, with something from their Amazon Wish List.

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Brrr...it's cold and snowy outside!

Winter is upon us. Now that there is snow on the ground, please remember to send your child in with all snow gear including waterproof/resistant mittens or gloves, a warm hat, snow pants, boots, and a jacket. We will be going outside for recess as long as it is above 10 degrees, so please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor wear. If you are in need of warm clothing items (including snowsuits, boots, etc...), please reach out to Nicole or Lindsay. There are many great resources in our area that are willing to help.

First Friends Preschool with Ms. Jenn

First Friends Preschool had another visit from the Harris Center. In the last few months, Jaime has taught us about crickets and evergreen trees. This week, we learned about winter birds. We get really excited about our time with Jaime from the Harris Center. This month we will also be learning about patterns, beginning to write the letters of our names, and learning some fun winter poems and songs. Happy New Year!

Kindergarten with Mrs. Goodington

We have been easing back into kindergarten with lots of reminders about expectations and routines. Thank you for continuing to send in lots of layers to prepare for the weather and sneakers for the classroom as well as blue folders and water bottles every day. In literacy, we have been focused on trick sounds /sh/ and /th/ and learned the sight words: they, this, and that. Writing journals have just been introduced to create a play plan and soon we will be writing our creative play stories! In math, we are very busy with number bonds and drawing pictures to match story problems. We have also been learning about Martin Luther King Jr and what we can do to make the world a better place.

1st Grade with Miss Harrington

I hope you had a great holiday break and that your new year is off to a good start. We hit the ground running in first grade beginning with our gingerbread engineering activity. First graders had to design plan and create a gingerbread house. It was so great to see their creative approaches to challenges. We have started to really focus on strengthening our writing. We have been learning about how to write a strong sentence and how to use vocabulary words to make our writing more interesting. Happy New Year!

2nd Grade with Mrs. Shultz

Second grade has been learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. Students are researching his life and are going to be completing a project about their own dreams for their world. We have also been working on representing numbers in different ways and using greater than and less than to talk about numbers. In literacy, students have been learning about main idea and details and using background knowledge to better understand what they are reading.
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3rd Grade with Mrs. LaCroix

3rd graders have been looking to the sky to learn all about weather. We are focusing on learning the different types of clouds and the precipitation that comes from each kind. We are also learning how to use multiplication facts that we have mastered to solve more challenging multiplication and division problems. We are finishing up learning about New Year's traditions, creating goals, and resolutions for the rest of 3rd grade and 2022! Students will be learning all about Martin Luther King Jr and thinking of their hopes and dreams for their community this week.
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4th Grade with Mrs. Nevins

4th Graders have been working on their NH Mammal Brochures. They are learning how to cite information and import pictures. In math, they have learned about factors, prime numbers, and composite numbers. They are using their division skills and understanding of the associate property in order to find factor pairs. In literacy, we read the story The Man Who Named the Clouds and learned about action and linking verbs.
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Health/Wellness with Mrs. Parker

In Wellness students have been talking about the components of fitness - muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Additionally, students investigated how the following body systems (muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and circulatory) work together during exercise and everyday movements. We have been practicing locating our heartbeat to see how it increases with exercise. Some of the games students have played include - UNO Fitness, Mirror/Mirror, Builders and Dozers, Home Alone, Zoo tag, and Hungry, Hungry Hippos. As always, we are focusing on teamwork, respectful play, and kindness.

January Lunch Menu

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Water Bottles & Reusable Utensils

In an effort to reduce our single plastic use, please remember to send in reusable utensils with your child for snacks and lunches.

Please also remember to send your child in with a reusable water bottle every day, even as we get into the colder months. (We are not currently using the water fountains due to COVID precautions.)

Do you have any extra water bottles or reusable utensils at home that you are not using and would be willing to donate to HES? If so, please send them in with your child and we will keep them in the classrooms to use as extras for those who forget theirs. Thank you!

Don't forget to check out the HES website.

This website https://hes.convalsd.net/ as well as the classroom teacher's website will be updated regularly. Please take a peek for important information.

Flyers for Local Activities and Events:

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Information about Free Lunch and Milk

Hello all, if your child orders hot lunch, it is free due to Federal Funding. However, if you child only orders a milk, there is a $.50 charge.