Bulldog Bulletin

Elementary School- April 1st, 2021

A note from your principal

Hello HCS Families!

I hope everyone is enjoying Spring Break and spending some quality time outside in the sunshine! We are happy to announce that we have welcomed back 23 remote learners to face-to-face instruction. We cannot thank you enough for your patience and support. Parents have done an incredible job of self-reporting, keeping students home that are experiencing symptoms, and supporting the school in our efforts to keep safety as our top priority. I must also give a shout out to the real superstars, our students, who have done an INCREDIBLE job of wearing their masks, social distancing, and for bringing joy and energy to our building each and every day!

And to our remote learners- we are so proud of you! Your independence, perseverance and ability to keep motivated is truly appreciated and applauded. One of the most vital characteristics needed for online learning is organization and our virtual families have proven to have it. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!


Natalie Pfluke

Character Trait of the month

Our March character trait was WISDOM, the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. When I think of someone wise I think of my Grandmother who always said, "Listen before you Speak", and "Think before you Act." Can you think of bits of wisdom that have stuck with you? We would like to invite families to share with your children, thoughts or words of wisdom, passed down from your family.

We spent time this month talking with your children about wisdom and about what being wise means- sharing books and stories, videos, and offering examples. This month's activity ended with the creation of a wise old owl. Check out our origami owls below, and our bulletin board representing wisdom and making good choices!

And our quote:

"A wise old owl sat on an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard

Why can't we all be like that bird"

Big picture

Go home early drill

On April 30th, the entire district will participate in a state-mandated "Go Home Early" drill. The impact on the academic day, in addition to students and families, is minimal. In short, elementary students will be dismissed 10 minutes early on that day. Please see the document below surrounding details about this drill. We will share this information again through Parent Square when the date nears.

Go Home Early Communication

Parent Input Form for Student Placement

Each spring we complete a thorough and thoughtful process to place students in classes for the following fall. Through collaboration and communication with special area teachers, support staff and our classroom teachers, our goal is to create classes that ...

  • Are balanced with all types of learners across all available classes considering academics, social, gender and other factors.

  • Create a positive learning and social environment for all students, considering past experiences with peers and learning needs.

  • Review all students with IEPs and 504 plans to plan for special needs and accommodations.

  • Plan for a positive and productive transition for our students.

*IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The parent input process is not intended to offer an opportunity to request a specific teacher.

Please use this link to complete the Parent Input Form for Student Placement. Requests must be submitted on or before May 21st, 2021

Families of incoming Kindergarten students

We are excited for the opportunity to welcome your child to Kindergarten this fall! Our formal registration process begins with the completion of a registration packet. Please be on the lookout as packets are being mailed within the next few weeks. Screening processes and summer orientation information will also be included in the packet.

State Testing

Dear 3-5 Families,

Test administration is currently scheduled for students in grades 3-5 on the dates listed below. Please note that exams has been reduced to include only session 1 this year. In addition, session 1 has been reduced in length from previous years and will again be untimed. It is important to note that dates differ from what was printed on the district calendar.

  • ELA Book 1 Administration:

    Grade 5 on Monday, 4/26

    Grades 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 4/27

    Makes-ups on 4/28

  • Math Book 1 Administration:

    Grade 5 on Monday, 5/10

    Grades 3-4 on Tuesday, 5/11

    Math Makes-ups on 5/12

  • Science 4 Written Exam Administration

    Grade 4 only on 6/7

    Science 4 Make-ups on 6/8

100% Remote students are not required to sit for 3-8 assessments, however any 100% remote students who wish to come into the building to participate in these assessments are invited to do so. We simply ask that you notify the appropriate office in advance.

Should any information change, we will provide updates as soon as possible.

* Please see the recent communication from our Superintendent regarding additional information

Partnering with PTA

Happy Spring! PTA has be busy working on some fun Spring events and recognitions! Check them out here:

Our elementary March Madness Reading event was wonderful with many participants. Honeoye students never cease to amaze us with their excitement for knowledge. All our grades participated and the race was close. Coming in with an impressive score of 696 points and winning the contest was our 3rd graders. They fought a hard battle in the final bracket against our 5th graders who finished with 395 points. Congrats 3rd graders!!! Great job to everyone who participated- KEEP READING!

As we gear up for April we want to take a second and let everyone know April is the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. In an effort to recognize these young heroes and their families we are asking for families, who are willing, to recognize an immediate family member (father, mother, sister, brother), to email PTA president Shanna Butler at shannabutler012980@gmail.com

with the name of those enlisted, their branch, and relationship to HCS student. These names and information will be displayed as a point of pride on our PTA bulletin board at HCS. These students will also have the option to have a special meeting with their principal, counselors and other special guests.

April 21st we encourage all students, staff, and community members to wear purple in support of our armed force families.

Finally, April begins our open nominations for our 2021-2022 PTA board. If you are interested in more information about becoming a board member of our growing and changing PTA, contact our Vice President Jacquelyn Nicolay at jenicolay@gmail.com. All nominations are due to the current PTA board by April 29th. We would like to encourage anyone who is willing to step up and help our community and school in a wonderful way!


Shanna Butler


The Principal Out and about

In honor of our March Madness Reading Incentive, I wanted to share some of my favorite books with your children. Being able to read and discuss a book with every elementary classroom in the building has truly been the highlight of my days this month. Honeoye students amaze me each and every day with their excitement and love for learning!

Mindfulness matters- You matter

The power of positivity and giving compliments has such a tremendous impact on our kids...please take a few minutes to view this heartwarming family film sharing themes of love, acceptance, and having a positive self-image.

The Reflection in Me


Only one half day left! Please note the date and mark your calendar:
  • April 16

Helpful Resources

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