The Hampton Oaks Elementary Times

December 2019 - January 2020

A Word from the Principal

Hawk Families,

I can’t believe that we are approaching the new year! As we enter 2020, we know that children become excited and sometimes easily distracted. Please help us keep your children focused on school by keeping consistent bedtime routines and continuing to read with your child each night. We understand the importance of working together with families to meet your child's needs. We ask for your continued support to keep academics the focus at this time. At Hampton Oaks, every second counts in educating and supporting our students.

I would like to congratulate our new teacher of the year Ms. Ashley Wright. Mrs. Wright is a 5th grade teacher. We are very excited for her. Also, our teacher of the year is Mrs. Kerri Pastwik. Mrs. Pastwik is a reading specialist that works with all grade levels. We are very proud and happy for Mrs. Pastwik

The weather is very unpredictable at this time of year. We as that you please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Most days your child will have outdoor recess or Physical Education, so it is important that your child is dressed for the weather. If your child needs a warm coat please contact Mrs. Brande Reiter or Ms. Christie Jones, our school counselors, at 540-658-6280. They will be able to provide you with assistance. In the event of inclement weather, we ask all parents to please check the website.

The past few months have been very exciting here at Hampton Oaks.Just look at a few of the accomplishments for November and December:

• Conclusion of a very Successful Book Fair

• Selection of new House Leaders for our Hawks Houses

• House Leader presentations to our Hawks House

• Red, white, and blue day to support our veterans along with activities in classrooms

• Spirit nights at local restaurants to support our school sponsored by PTO

• Several classroom activities in honor of Thanksgiving

• SIR Hawks and Girl Smarts started sessions

• Staff continued to implement the “Golden Hawks” program. Classes demonstrating positive behaviors throughout the school are given a Golden Hawk sticker. These stickers are displayed outside classroom doors. This is another incentive for classes to work together to demonstrate positive behaviors.

• Staff continued to implement house medallions for individual students showing effort in behavior and academics. Medallions are incentives for students to gain points for their houses.

One of the most important pieces of education is the ability to have open communication between parents and teachers. Teachers can communicate with parents in many ways: phone, email, agendas, newsletters, notes, and conferences. When you have concerns or questions, please make an appointment to meet with the teacher and communicate your concerns. This way we can all be on the same page. Another good avenue for communication is social media. Please visit the Hampton Oaks School website. We also have a Facebook page and Twitter page. Addition, once a month I will post a podcast for all families to hear the great things going on at Hampton Oaks.

We wish all Hampton Oaks families a safe and enjoyable holiday season. As you spend time at home with your children please read to them and have them read to you. We continue to make progress with all students at Hampton Oaks and want to continue with that momentum. Remember at Hampton Oaks we believe in Strong Minds, Strong Hearts, and Strong Efforts.

Warm Regards, Allen Hicks

Upcoming Events

Reminder you can always add our School Google Calendar to your mobile device. (Click on this link if you need directions.)

January 7th, 2020 - Students Return back to school from Winter Break

January 10th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards go Home

Yearbook Cover Contest Submissions Due

Spirit Day (Wear House Colors)

January 14th - Soaring Hawks Tutoring Starts (Invites already went home)

January 16th - Popcorn Friday (Money Due)

January 17th - Spirit Day (Wear House Colors)

1:10pm Early Dismissal (Elementary Only)

January 20th - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22nd - Spirit Night - Buffalo Wild Wings

PTO Teacher & Staff Luncheon

January 27th - No School - Teacher Professional Day

January 29th - PTO Meeting at 10am

January 31st - Spirit Day (Wear House Colors)

Front Office News

Reporting Absences

A reminder that automated calls regarding student absences now generate at Central Office. To eliminate receiving this call, please go to the Hampton Oaks Elementary School website or click this link to record your child's absence before 9:00 am. Reporting online serves as a "written notice", therefore it will not be necessary to send in a note with the child - unless the absence has exceeded three days. For those not reporting on our school website - you will still receive the automated call and you will need to send a note the day the child returns explaining their absence.

Hampton Oaks Elementary 3rd Annual Yearbook Cover Contest

This year Hampton Oaks Elementary will be holding our 3rd Annual student design contest (Click the link for the form) for the yearbook. Students will have the ability to design a drawing for the cover of the 2019-20 school Yearbook.

Here are the Contest Rules:

  1. Must be in grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th.

  2. The theme this year for the yearbook contest is:

  • Stronger Together.

  1. Students should create a design of what our school motto means to them.

  2. Covers should be on white Copier paper (8.5”x 11”).

  3. Covers should be done in color.

  4. Make sure to include student's name, teacher, house color, with your design (See below).

  5. All designs are due to Mr. Jarski by Friday, January 10th, 2020

  • There will be two winners.

  • 1st Place gets the front cover

  • 2nd Place gets the back cover

Twitter House Point Challenge

In an effort to be able to communicate more with our Hawk families we will be holding a Twitter House Point Challenge.

All you have to do is:

  • Join Twitter if you haven't already.
  • Follow our school at: @HamptonOaksElem
  • Fill out the form we sent home in Friday folders (October 25th) or print it (click here to get form) and send it in.

Teachers will send forms to the front office and points will be awarded to your child's house.

FOCUS (Gifted Education) News

The first round of Wordmasters Challenge was given in November. Students learned

twenty-five challenging vocabulary words and completed analogies using these words.

The results from grades 3-5 are listed below:

Fifth grade: 1 st Colin Kraus, 2 nd Sean Haas, Ella Evans, and Liam Mulgrew(tie), and 3 rd

Addie Shull and Ali Karouane (tie). Other high scorers were Emily Stevens, Reagan

Coates, Lida Turzan, and Lucas Taylor.

Fourth grade: 1 st Ben Wittwer, 2 nd Victoria Crago, and 3 rd Landon Suits. Other high

scorers were Douglas Gillespie, Daniel Gomez, Kevin Ruiz, Peyton Phelps, Brady

O’Malley, Kelsey Carter, Jonah D’ Souza, and Camden Williams.

Third grade: 1 st Ryan O’Malley, 2 nd Danica Harder, and 3 rd Kaden Gillliam. Other high

scorers were Amelia Carey, Cole Kunze, John Hoole, Mardea Davis, Carter Morgan,

Griffin Knopp, Liam Messer, Olivia Botero, and Connor Jackson.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this very challenging activity. The

next Wordmasters Challenge will be in February. New word lists were distributed before

the holiday break.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks, Mrs. Dodd

PTO News

PTO News Letter (Click Here to Access the Newsletter)

Box Tops- Reminder

Box Tops is changing the way for our school to earn money. The new improved Box Top mobile app will scan your store receipt and instantly add Box Top to your school.

For more information go to or download the app from the Google Play or App stores.