Robert Hunter Report

Oct. 4, 2020

Robert Hunter Elementary School

Mrs. Sherri Glaab, Principal

Mrs. Jessica Braynor, Vice Principal

Oct. 4, 2020

Dear Robert Hunter families,


Thank you for continued patience and support as we once again pivot to a new model of instruction. We enjoyed meeting with many families this week during our information sessions, as we discussed hybrid learning plans for students.


Next week, we welcome back Hybrid Kindergarten and Grade 1 students to our building, and all of our students at Robert Hunter transition to a new schedule. The week of Oct. 5th will look a little different, as we orient all of our hybrid students, and then the schedule will begin to alternate weekly starting Oct. 12th.


We are so excited to see some of our students in person next week! We are ready to welcome them back to the building! Our school’s Pandemic Response Team has been working together to ensure we have procedures in place for a safe opening.


Our virtual learners will continue to receive great instruction, and we love seeing their smiles and enthusiasm for learning on Zoom!


No matter the format for learning that your family has chosen, we are a connected Robert Hunter family!


We are here to ensure our families are clear regarding the district plan and feel supported. We continue to remind you to reach out if you have questions or are in need of help!


Warm Regards,


Mrs. Glaab and Mrs. Braynor

This week's calendar:

Oct. 5th- Cohort A- K and 1 Hybrid students in school; Wear Blue for Bullying Prevention

Oct. 6th- Cohort A- K and 1 Hybrid students in school, Wear Sports Gear

Oct. 7th - Mix it Up Day

Oct. 8th Cohort B- K and 1 Hybrid students in school, Wear Neon/Sunglasses, PTO MEETING 7:00 (see sign-up below!)

Oct. 9th- Cohort B- K and 1 Hybrid students in school, School Colors/Kindness shirt

Hybrid Family Handbook

At our information sessions, we shared information from our revised Family Handbook.


You can view this information here: Family Handbook - Hybrid Information


You can also access this information on the parent tab of our school website. The Hybrid information is found within our school’s larger family handbook.

Explanation of the Week of Oct. 5th

Oct 5th will look different than the upcoming weeks. Please the follow the schedule below based on your child’s cohort:


IF YOU ARE COHORT A:

Oct. 5- Blue Week schedule (Hybrid K and 1 students are in person)

Oct. 6-Blue Week schedule (Hybrid K and 1 students are in person)

Oct. 7-Blue Week schedule

Oct. 8- White Week schedule

Oct. 9- White Week schedule


IF YOU ARE COHORT B:

Oct. 5- White Week schedule

Oct. 6- White Week schedule

Oct. 7- White Week schedule

Oct. 8- Blue Week schedule (Hybrid K and 1 students are in person)

Oct. 9- Blue Week schedule (Hybrid K and 1 students are in person)


**You should have received your child's blue week and white week schedules from their homeroom teachers.

Devices

The district’s new Chromebooks are arriving sooner than expected! As a result, the technology department is working on returning donated devices to families. Your child should not bring a personal device to school but should only bring a district-issued device. Teachers are aware that some children may not have school-issued devices at this time, and all donated devices should be returned shortly! THANK YOU to all families who generously donated your devices during this challenging time!

Arrival/Dismissal

Some notes about arrival and dismissal as we begin hybrid instruction:


Arrival will begin at 8:45, and instruction begins at 8:55. If you are dropping off your child, please do so between 8:45-8:55. For families dropping off their child in the morning, please follow staff members’ directions as you pull up in the drop-off line. Children must exit your vehicle independently from the passenger side. Walkers should meet staff at the “walker door” - the back door by the playground.


Dismissal will be at 1:20. If you are picking up your child, please remain in your vehicle and pull-up into the pick-up line. Please have a sign with your child’s name and homeroom visible. We will be providing car tags to be used after the first day of school.

If you are picking up your child from school, you will need to alert the office via email. Please email your child’s homeroom teacher and our school secretaries Wendy Chambers (wchamber@frsd.k12.nj.us) and Robyn Bennett (rbennett@frsd.k12.nj.us).


If you will be picking up your child every day or on a regular schedule (ex. every Friday) you only need to send one email alerting the office of this request.


If you would like to complete a bus waiver form and opt out of receiving bussing, please alert the main office. Otherwise, if we do not have a pick-up notice, your child will be sent home on the bus.


If you are picking up your child, please send an email to the office first thing in the morning and no later than 9:00 as we will need to plan for a safe and orderly dismissal.

Check-list for next week

If your child is attending school in-person, please remember:

  • Complete the district health screener each morning! Written directions are HERE. Step-by-step visual instructions are HERE.

  • Your child must come to school in a mask. Please pack an extra mask and a bag for your child to place his/her mask in when eating and going outside.

  • Pack 1-2 water bottles, as water fountains will not be available.

  • Pack a towel for sitting outside on the grass during outdoor breaks.

  • Pack your child’s fully-charged district-issued device.

  • Pack a lunch, or your child may pre-order school lunch with his/her teacher

Week of Respect

In the State of New Jersey, the week of October 5-9, 2020 is designated as the Week of Respect. The school counselors of the Flemington-Raritan School District have designed and will be implementing lessons and activities on Counselor Corner to celebrate and promote respect, kindness, and a positive school culture in order to create a safe and supportive learning environment.


This year’s theme is “Stronger Together.” In celebration of the Week of Respect, the counselors have designed a districtwide spirit week encouraging students and staff to dress in certain attire to celebrate the theme and intent of this week.


Please see the flyer below!

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School Meals

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PTO - Highlights and Reminders!

PTO Meeting- Thursday October 8th, 7pm

Join us for the first PTO meeting of the year via Zoom! We will be discussing upcoming events, fundraisers and ways our PTO can support students, staff and families during this unique school year. Please RSVP through the link below to receive the Zoom meeting link via email:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kOPJvIHzQlkVPx7J9-ZXGgC26Gr6Nncq65q48j34kHc/edit?usp=drivesdk


Fall Virtual Book Fair- October 12th- 25th

The Robert Hunter PTO invites you to shop the Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from October 12- October 25. All purchases will benefit Robert Hunter Elementary School directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss your chance to shop affordable books and support Robert Hunter Elementary School. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/roberthunterelementarysch1

Please see our Book Fair Flyer HERE and contact Tania Sigalas at riverasigalas@gmail.com with any questions.


Save The Dates- Drive Through School Pictures

Friday October 23rd, 2:15pm-6:30pm

Saturday October 24th, 9:00am- 2:30pm

The PTO will be offering Drive Through School Pictures outdoors with social distancing and safety measures put in place. Sign up details and a registration link will be available next Friday October 9th. Please check your email. An additional photo day will take place November 11th for those unable to make the above dates. Please contact Kristen Boyce at Kristenboyce1994@gmail.com with any questions.


Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Fundraising

Virtual Online Sale- October 26th- December 13th

It’s easy to participate!

Simply set up an account and share a link so friends and family can shop our Holiday Catalog virtually. All online orders are shipped directly to the customer,

no need to collect money.

Visit the Gertrude Hawk Site HERE to create an account to start Fundraising!

Our Organization ID# is 118019

Click HERE to view the Gertrude Hawk Flyer with more instructions on how to get started!


Community Discount Card Fundraiser

Purchase a reusable discount card valid at 135+ area businesses and support our school! To purchase a community discount card login to our Membership Toolkit site HERE . Please email Lori at loricastronuovo@gmail.com with any questions.

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Paint Party Fundraiser!