Hawk Point Herald

HPE Monthly Newsletter

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER

1ST: Fall Picture Day

5th: School Closed (Labor day)

8th: HPE PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm

9th: Grandparent's Day 2:15-3:15 pm (information was sent home with students)

14th: Mid-quarter ends - Progress reports emailed out on September 23rd.

15th: 4th grade field trip to Mark Twain Cave

17th: TBHS homecoming events (more information closer to date)

23rd: 2016-2017 Free & Reduced Meal application deadline

7th, 4th, 21st, and 28th: Early Release @ 2:30 pm


OCTOBER

1st: LCR3EF Alumni Softball Tournament

13th: HPE PTO meeting @ 6:30 pm

14th: Fall picture retakes

14th: End of 1st quarter

18th: 3rd grade field trip to the St. Louis Symphony

21st: HPE Fall festival 5-7 pm (more information to be sent home closer to date)

24th-28th: Parent teacher conferences (if you have not set up a time with your child's teacher, please contact the office)

5th, 12th, 19th: Early Release @2:30 pm

Message from Mrs. Sanford

Dear Hawk Point Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We have had a great start to the beginning of our school year! As we move into September, we are focused on learning and have settled into routines. One of the most important factors for success at school is regular attendance. Thank you for your support as we work to promote good attendance for students.


We also ask for your support in communicating any changes for afternoon transportation. Per the district elementary handbook, changes in afternoon transportation must be requested prior to 2:00 pm each day. We appreciate your consideration in this matter as we work together to ensure our students' safety.


If you are a parent of a child who participate in the MAP test last year, please allow me to provide an update regarding when student score reports will be available. At this time, student reports are not available. Once individual score reports are available, they will be sent home with your child. We anticipate that reports will come home later in September or early in October.


I want to share information with you about a new leadership opportunity we are offering to students this year. Hawk Point Elementary will be forming a student advisory council, which will be a group of students who meet regularly with staff members to share ideas about our school. For the first semester of the school year, students in grades 3-4 will participate. As we move into second semester, students in grades K-5 will participate. Students who are interested in participating will fill out a "job application" and discuss the opportunity with their parent/guardian. I am meeting with each classroom to discuss Student Advisory Council and the application process. I will be working with our school guidance counselor to develop additional leadership roles for students, while also building our Student Advisory Council.


As you review newsletters and information coming home from school, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the office with any questions. We will send much of our communication electronically and request your assistance in helping us to ensure we have a current email address on file. If you do not have access to email and would like to request a paper copy of communication sent home, please contact the office at (636) 338-4366 so that we may arrange to send you paper copies.

Thank you for your support!

Proud to be a Hawk,

Megan Sanford, Ed. S

Hawk Point Elementary Principal

Counselor's Corner

A message from our School Counselor,


As we move into the month of September, please feel free to contact the counselor with any questions or concerns regarding your child. You may reach our long-term guidance subsitute, Mrs. Lee Evans at evansl@troy.k12.mo.us. Mrs. Evans will be supporting our students through the end of September. Mrs. Gifford and Mrs. Evans will continue working closely together throughout the month of September. Beginning on October 3, Mrs. Gifford will return to serve as the counselor at HPE.


At HPE, staff members and students are actively involved in Character Education. Character Education uses integrated teaching strategies and stresses positive character traits. The function of Character Education in our district is to focus on positive character experiences that demonstrate and promote a learning climate that is based on respect and trust. Each month, students and staff will focus on a different character trait while continually building on previous traits. This month, our character trait that we are focusing on is self control. For self control, we ask students to explore what it looks like to demonstrate self control by acting appropriately, which means students work manage their thoughts, words, and physical behavior.

In addition, students at Hawk Point Elementary will work to develop positive character traits through the support of our counseling program and student leadership opportunities. The staff at Hawk Point Elementary work as a team to integrate concepts from a resource by Stephen R. Covey called "The Leader in Me." This resource focuses on seven habits for character and leadership development.

The following are the 7 habits with a brief description of each:

•Habit 1: Be Proactive – You’re in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

•Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom, and I contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

•Habit 3: Put First Things First – Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say "no" to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

•Habit 4: Think Win-Win – Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for alternatives.

•Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

•Habit 6: Synergize – Together is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems, because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than any one of us alone. I am humble.

•Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.

Nurses Corner

As some of our parents know our nurse provides clothes to students who have accidents or spills. Our nurse is in need of clothes. If you have clothes that are size 4 - 14 for GIRLS ONLY she is accepting donations. Thank you in advance

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Attendance

Our school attendance goal is to have 97% or better attendance as a building each day. Please support our work in reaching this goal daily by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and arrives on time. Student attendance has a direct link to their achievement and their enjoyment of school. We appreciate your support in helping your child attend school regularly.


If your child needs to be absent, please contact the main office by 9 am to report the absence, as well as the reason for absence. You may also send a doctor's note with your child if available.


Student attendance is regularly monitored according to district policy. If significant concerns with a student's attendance arise, our goal is to partner with families to improve attendance. If a student's attendance does not improve, a follow up with the appropriate authorities is possible.

Volunteering -

***PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE FOR VOLUNTEERING EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016***

NEW Volunteer Guidelines from Central Office

Starting January 1, 2016, all background checks must be COMPLETED for volunteer opportunities by the first of the month before the event/opportunity. Background checks are completed every school year by volunteers in the schools. This change does NOT require you to have multiple background checks in the same school year. If you have already completed a background check for 2015-16 and have been approved, you can volunteer for the remaining school year.


Volunteers and Visitors are two different types of guests in our schools.

Volunteers are defined as any individual that will be assisting staff and/or students in the school setting. Examples include assisting with or attending a classroom party, a class field trip or supervising students without a staff member present. Volunteers must have a paid background check.


Volunteer background checks must be completed at the 1st of the month prior to the experience that prompted the check. (I.E.: a trip that will occur on October 22nd must have forms submitted and ran no later than October 1st).


Visitors are also welcome and encouraged. At times, visitors are invited guests such as grandparents or veterans. Visitors to our schools do not need a paid background check although you can encourage frequent visitors to do so. A visitor is defined as any individual who will be in an assembly area such as an auditorium or gymnasium for the purpose of a play, assembly, etc.


All visitors must present a photo identification to front office staff AND be listed as a point of contact for the student they are visiting. **If the person is not listed, the parent must give their permission for the visit.


Visitors are also allowed in the cafeteria to eat lunch with their child. All visitors are required to report to the office, present photo identification and sign in when entering the building. All visitors must be supervised by a camera or a staff member.


In accordance with Missouri State law, persons listed on the sex offender registry may not be present in any school building, on district property, in any district vehicle utilized to transport students, or be present at school activities at any time.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION

Students must be accompanied and signed in by an adult if they arrive at school after 8:40am. If a dismissal change is necessary, please be sure to call the office before 2:00pm to request the change. No student will be dismissed after 3:15 due to transitions at the end of the day. Early Release Wednesday times are no later than 1:00p.m. to request the change and no student will be dismissed after 2:15pm. Thanks for your understanding!

Meal Charging Procedures

Lincoln Co. R-III School District and Chartwells School Dining Services serve students with quality, well-balanced meals at affordable prices. All students have a meal account that is used to keep track of student deposits and purchases. Parents can view the balances of their child’s meal account via the SISK12 Parent Portal. Your children may qualify for free meals or reduced price meals. Parents need to complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application for all students in the household. The completed application is returned to Donetta Schieffer, 951 West College St., Troy, MO 63379. Students are required to keep meal accounts current with a positive balance. However, there are instances when meal accounts do reach a negative balance. If a student’s meal account has a negative balance, below are the District’s practices for students purchasing meals at school:

Students in grades K-5:

* Students are allowed to accrue a negative balance of -$10.00.

* Students that have a meal account balance of -$10.00 or more will not be allowed to

purchase a school tray meal but will receive toast with milk for breakfast and a sandwich with milk for lunch until their meal account has a positive balance.

* Email notifications will be sent weekly to parents.

* Every Friday letters will also be sent home with students who have a +$10.00 or below in their meal account.