Hilltop Herald

When you Learn, You Grow!

Friday, November 5, 2021

A message from Mrs. Rittmiller

We are entering our third month of the 2021-22 school year! It has been a joy to work with each student at Hilltop. Students are modeling what we hope to see in 21st century learning! Our stem units are in full force, students are connecting with other students in different towns and states, and students are eager to learn in math and reading!

Here are a few question prompts you can ask your child about their school day:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with today?
  • Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

Thank you for your continued support and your check-ins about how your child.

Together in Learning,

Mrs. Rittmiller

Conference Sign Up

Please click on the link to schedule a conference with your student's homeroom teacher if you haven't already! We look forward to seeing you on Nov. 9 and 11.
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PTO Update

Saturday, December 4

6:30 - 8:00 PM

PTO's "Jingle Ball" at the Park Elementary Gym!

FREE for Pre-K through 5th grade families (no drop-offs, parents must attend with their children)

Celebrate the season with dancing and winter-themed activities! Look for more information in the coming weeks. You won't want to miss the FUN!

The PTO Fruit sale is currently in progress. Please turn in order forms by November 11. If you have questions, please email PTO@isd2397.org

Teacher Wish Lists-- Both Park and Hilltop have a Wall of Giving. As you come to conferences next week, consider taking an item off the wall to donate back to a classroom.

Toy Drive

Please help support a child that may be in need. What a great way to show our sense of GIANT PRIDE and GIVING!

Cooler Weather Coming!

Please be sure to bring extra layers of clothing daily. Students will be outdoors daily.

Hilltop Elementary Office Hours and Morning Supervision

The Hilltop Elementary Office hours are from 7:30am to 4:00pm. If you are trying to call Hilltop Elementary Office before or after these hours, please leave a voicemail. Mrs. Rachel Scheffler will return your call.

Hilltop Staff begins morning supervision at 7:40 am in the morning.

Chromebooks at Hilltop

  • All students have been able to take chromebooks home for homework!
  • After our MEA break, we will no longer be borrowing chromebooks to students who have forgotten chromebooks at home for the school day. Students will be doing work without technology.
  • If a student has forgotten his/her chromebook 3 or more times, we will ask that the chromebook stays at school.
  • We are trying to raise independent learners and thinkers! We will not be calling parents to bring in forgotten chromebooks.

From the LSH Health Office:

A huge thank you to all our parents/guardians for helping to keep our school doors open and keeping sick kids home. Please continue to monitor students for any symptoms of illness daily, we strongly recommend that you follow the MDH and CDC guidance related to illness. If your student is sick, keep them home and speak with your healthcare provider regarding the need for COVID testing. Students should have 24 hours of symptom improvement prior to returning to school. If a student is exhibiting any signs of illness (ie. cough, runny nose, sore throat, etc.) and still attending school, it is expected that they wear a mask/face covering while in our school buildings.

  • Coming soon - the state of Minnesota has come out with a program that supplies free BinaxNOW OTC test kits for students. More information will be shared after they are received. Please note - these are test kits that families may request and complete at home - we will not be testing students in school.

Secondly, we are in the beginning stages of the Cold/Flu season, consider getting your student and family vaccinated against the flu. Even normally healthy people can experience severe complications from the flu. Protecting yourself with a flu vaccine is one of the best defenses. Check with your healthcare provider, local pharmacy, or county public health department for availability.

And lastly, following FDA authorization, the state of MN is now expected to start offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years by the end of this week. It is important to speak with your healthcare provider and make a plan that is right for you and your child. If interested, vaccine information can be found on the newly launched webpage (mn.gov/vaxforkids). You may also call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for questions. This number is available Monday-Friday, 9:00am-7:00pm and Satrudays, 10:00am-6:00pm. Please watch your email for a google survey related to interest in a vaccination clinic being held in our community. Again, thank you for partnering with us to keep our students and staff safe, healthy, and in school!

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, Nov. 9 & Thursday, Nov. 11 - Conferences - PTC fast scheduling link

Thursday, Nov. 11 - 2-hour early out, Veterans Day Program

Friday, Nov. 12 - no school for students (inservice day for staff) ****Hilltop and Park Offices will be Closed****

Tuesday, Nov. 23 - Holiday Greens delivery (3-6 pm)

Thursday, Nov. 25 & Friday, Nov. 26 - no school - Thanksgiving Break