District-wide ENews Notes

December 17, 2020

  • Wed., Dec. 23 - Fri., Jan. 1 - Holiday Recess - No School
  • Mon., Jan. 4 - Asynchronous Learning Day - See Details Below
  • Mon., Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • Fri., Jan. 29 - Asynchronous Learning Day

**NOTE: Due to the everchanging developments of Covid-19, many date changes had to be adjusted after the District's calendar was printed and distributed. As the school year begins, please recognize that the District's online calendar will house the most accurate District and building events.
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January 4, 2021 - Asynchronous Learning Day

With the rapid increase in hospitalizations and positive tests in the region, there is the potential for a number of HF-L staff and students to be quarantined in January. This makes it challenging to plan with certainty a January 4th reopening.

Therefore, the District is shifting to an asynchronous (full remote) learning day on January 4, 2021. This will allow the District to assess the status of students and staff and, hopefully, plan a January 5th return to its current in-school/hybrid learning model.

It is important for parents and students to understand that a remote learning day, is in fact a school day. Building principals will each be sharing a brief video this week to provide an outline of what parents should see children doing on January 4th.

Students, it is exceptionally important that you log-in and complete the assignments posted (every day).

During an asynchronous learning day, otherwise known as a remote learning day, staff will be required to report to work where they will be given the opportunity to plan curriculum and collaborate with colleagues. There will also be professional development opportunities available to staff if they choose. Students will have assignments posted online for them to complete during the asynchronous day. There will be no live instructional classes on this day as students will be expected to work independently.

Asynchronous learning days are designed with both the students and teachers in mind. These days provide the opportunity for teachers to catch up on their professional obligations while students complete meaningful assignments at home.

For all:

· Staff comes to school unless otherwise directed by the superintendent.

· Activities posted within Seesaw or Schoology, in alignment with previously stated expectations.

· Completion of the SEL survey to verify attendance

At K-5:

· Families should plan for 2-3 hours of activities for reading and math

· Specials will continue based on letter day and should be planned for

At 6-12:

· Students should expect 30 minutes of work per class

· Activities posted within Schoology, in alignment with previously stated expectations.

· Completion of the SEL survey to verify attendance

· Specials will continue based on letter day and should be planned for

Three other asynchronous learning days were added to the District’s calendar that includes January 29, March 15, and April 30. On asynchronous learning days, parents will need to make accommodations for the care of their children.

Families that would like meals for pick-up on asynchronous learning days should place their orders with the online system as they would on the regular instructional day. Please be sure to choose the remote pick-up location and not the school that your child attends.

For any questions regarding the District’s asynchronous learning day please contact your child(ren)’s building principal.

Cougar Care

Cougar Vacation Care has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Contact Community Programs at 624-7068 for any questions.

Middle School Meme & Poetry Contest

Middle School Students recently competed in a meme and poetry contest. After reviewing submissions for "respectful, responsible, and safe" memes and poems, the following students are being recognized: Chelsie Wells, Ivy Ferraro, Connor Nells, Troy Vitaro, Tyler Hall, and Logan Feszczyszcyn!

The Twelve Days of Christmas

HF-L HS Select Choir made this video in lieu of a Christmas Caroling Visit to Manor. It includes 12 students introducing themselves and one of the pieces of choreography followed by a masked rehearsal recording of The Twelve Days of Christmas!
HF-L HS SC 12 Days of Christmas 2020

Technology Services Drive Up Has Moved

For everyone's safety and comfort, during the Winter season, the Tech Services drive up support site will be moved to HS Door 22 - (the double doors by the HS Aud).

There will a new sign at this location directing people to call when they arrive. A member of the Technology Services Department will meet them at the door and ask them to wait in their car until they are contacted back.

National Honor Society Promoting Blood Drives

This winter the National Honor Society is trying to involve the community with various opportunities. Currently, NHS is trying to spread the word about blood drives. This year more than others it is very important that we give back whenever possible. There are dates and locations below for potential opportunities to give blood along with certain requirements we have been informed of. We look forward to making a difference in our community!

The Power Red Donation Only-

Males and weigh a minimum of 130 lbs. & minimum height 5'1"

Female minimum weight 150 lbs. & minimum height 5'5"

Blood types O-, O+, A- or B-.

Whole Blood-

Donation frequency: Every 56 days*

You must be in good health and feeling well**

You must be at least 16 years old in most states

You must weigh at least 110 lbs.

Planning for the Second Semester

The District is hopeful that the educational program in place for your child is working well. The District appreciates all you are doing to support your child's learning. Plans are being refined for the second semester of the school year. As shared in August, the District asks that you to let us know if you are interested in a change to your child's current learning plan. There is no need to communicate if you are not requesting a change.

If you are requesting a change for your child, please keep in mind that there has been no change in the regulations from the State regarding social distancing and safety precautions which restrict the number of students who can be in a classroom at the same time. At this time, we are not able to have every student attend school every day in person. Changes may result in a teacher change for your child. At the secondary level, limited course or section choices may be available. The District will do its best to accommodate requests, but spaces are limited due to the continued need to keep health and safety at the forefront for students and staff during this pandemic.

Please reach out to your child’s principal directly if you would like to explore a change from in-person, remote, or hybrid learning. However, principals need to know by Friday, December 11, 2020 if you are requesting a change for the second semester. There is no need to communicate if you are not requesting a change.

Principals can be reached using the following email addresses:

High School Principal David Roth: david.roth@hflcsd.org

Middle School Principal Shawn Williams: shawn.williams@hflcsd.org
Manor Intermediate School Principal Jeanine Lupisella: jeanine.lupisella@hflcsd.org

Lima Primary School Principal Allison Cimmerer: allison.cimmerer@hflcsd.org

Bus Driver Shortage Contingency Plan

For several years school districts across the country have struggled to find bus drivers, and the issue has become more severe during the pandemic. Here at HF-L, the current driver shortage requires that we develop a contingency plan to ensure our ability to provide transportation should we have fewer drivers than routes on any given day. If we have no driver for a route, the morning route will be put on a delay, and a driver will be sent out on that route as soon as they become available. If this situation were to occur and impact your student's bus route, you will receive a call from Transportation and Security Director, Bill Harvey, notifying you that your student's bus is going to be delayed.

If you are called the delay will be 2 hours for the High School, Middle School, Private Parochial, and BOCES programs. The delay will be 1 hour for in-district grades K-5 (Lima and Manor School) students. In the afternoon, the take home routes will run on time by dividing the vacant route up among the other buses serving adjacent neighborhoods.

Please know that this plan will only be used as a last resort. We have operated with a shortage of bus drivers for several years and have always been able to avoid inconveniencing our customers. We assure you that every solution will be deployed before we delay routes. These measures, and this announcement, is just a matter of being well prepared for what could possibly happen.

The Transportation Department continues to use best practices during the pandemic. HF-L bus drivers do their part by limiting their time at the Ops Center to a brief check-in, go right to their bus, and exit in the same quick fashion. They wear a mask while driving students, they follow social distancing rules, and we sanitize and disinfect our buses, regularly. As we head towards much colder weather, we will continue to operate our buses with windows and roof hatches open, set air flow controls on “Fresh-Air”, and run auxiliary fans to maintain a fresh air flow through our buses. Please remind your child to dress appropriately and keep their coat on during the bus ride.

If you’re interested in becoming a bus driver, please stop by the Transportation Office at the Operations Center at 667 Quaker Meeting House Rd., and for more details, visit the Transportation web page at


Community Events

Mendon Public Library

The Mendon Public Library is open to all, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 8 pm, Friday, 10 am – 3 pm, and Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm. Closed December 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1 and 2.

  • Preschool Story Time at the Village Gazebo every Tuesday, 10:00 am - 10:30 am. Join Miss Kelly for songs, stories, and simple crafts. Masks & Social Distancing required.
  • Virtual Winter Story Time, Saturday, December 19, 2020, 11-11:30 am (NEW TIME). Join Ivy on Mendon Public Library's Facebook Live as she celebrates winter from the recently completed MPL Igloo! Sign up by calling the library, 624-6067. Stop by the Library prior to the program to pick up a craft kit that will go along with the stories. Prizes will be awarded.
  • Virtual Science Program: Elephant Toothpaste Extravaganza, Wednesday, December 30, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Kids, create exploding elephant toothpaste at home and hear an awesome story, too! Join Grace and Nate as they work with kids ages four to ten-years-old on Mendon Public Library's Facebook Live Page. Must register for this free program, 624-6067. Supply lists and important directions will need to be picked up at the library prior to the event.
  • Take & Make Craft Kits currently available for all interested crafters. Pick one up the next time you're at the library.

Helping Veterans During Holiday Season

Help our veterans this holiday season! Drop any new clothes, art supplies, personal hygiene and cleaning products, kitchen necessities, handmade holiday cards, and more in the donation boxes in the lobby of the Manor or High School up until December 22nd. Requirements are strict so check the posters hung throughout the High School to ensure that your donation meets the criteria. Contact Leah Greenich (leahgreenich@gmail.com) with any monetary donations like Visa or Walmart gift cards. All donations are appreciated!

2021 HF-L/Mendon Youth Baseball Registration

Registration is now open for the 2021 HFL - Mendon Youth Baseball Season. Register online at www.hflmbaseball.org.

Annual Living Nativity

The 38th Annual Living Nativity will take place Sunday, December 20th at 6:30 pm in Harry Allen. Please wear masks. For those wishing to view from home, the pageant will be live-streamed at facebook.com/livingnativityhoneoye