Elementary School- June 2021
A note from your principal
Dear HCS Families,
As we come to the end of a very unique school year, I would like to take a few moments to say thank you. Thank you to our families for your support and flexibility, and for entrusting us with your children. Thank you to our teachers and support staff for your commitment to our students and tireless delivery of quality instruction. And thank you to our students for their perseverance and strength each and every day.
As we move into the summer, we hope that the coming months will be a time for gathering with family and friends, as well as an opportunity for our students to read for enjoyment. Reading just 20 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in reading and literacy skills.
We encourage praising hard work, problem solving, perseverance and taking on new challenges to help our children feel confident and enthusiastic about doing things that are difficult. This is the best way to inspire growth. We hope that you will reinforce this mindset at home too!
This year has definitely challenged us, but has also offered us new opportunities every single day. Together, we have responded to the best of our ability and in collaboration with each other. I can think of no better example of what it means to be “stronger together than we are apart.” For that, I am beyond grateful to be a part of this community. I look forward to a strong finish to the school year and I wish for everyone, a healthy and happy summer!
State Science Testing
Dear 4th grade Families,
Science test administration is currently scheduled for students in grade 4 on Monday, June 7th. Please note that exams have been reduced to include only session 1 this year.
Strategies for success
- Try to make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before
- Start the morning off with a nutritious breakfast
- Remind your child not to stress and to just do their best!
100% Remote students are not required to sit for the assessments, however any of our remote students who wish to come into the building to participate are invited to do so. We simply ask that you notify your child's teacher in advance.
Mindfulness videos for at home- Featuring our Students!
Thanks to Mrs. DeWitt, the Honeoye Bulldog, and some of HCS' SUPER STUDENTS, we would like to share with you some examples of mindful movements you can try at home! Check out these two options used to calm our mind and bodies, and to decrease anxiety.
We hope you enjoy!
It's springtime, and we are busy creatures! The days are getting longer and it's not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed, but don’t fret! Through mindfulness, we can shift our thinking from "I'm feeling overwhelmed!!!! AHHH" to "I'm feeling overwhelmed and it's going to be okay". It means accepting our stress and working with it, not against it. This is mindfulness, and our students benefit from mindfulness as well. The therapy technique called Grounding is a tool psychologists and counselors have been using to treat anxiety, PTSD, etc. for decades. It's a simple mindfulness technique. The goal is to identify elements in the world around you. Read more about it here:
A second skill is breathing! Yes - we all breathe, but we don't all breathe properly, which can actually cause our brain to THINK we're anxious. This is something that might be fun to practice together! Check it out...
Click here for a visual that helps with breathing. It's really cool!
Challenge yourself to make it a goal to really pay attention to your breathing and see if you notice a difference in how you feel.
Have fun with this!
From our PBIS Team
Cozy up with a book at Mrs. Green's Classroom Camp!
note: Yearbooks are still available for $10 while supplies last! Please reach out to Alana Suggs for details at Alana.email@example.com
6/3- Virtual 5th Grade Band Concert
6/8- 5th Grade Band/Chorus Concert Live. 7pm
6/9 and 6/10- Senior Graduation Walk through the Elementary School
6/11- 5th Grade DARE Ceremony at 1:00. Stay tuned for a virtual link to tune in live!
6/11- Due date for Music Kits used by remote students to be returned to school
6/14- Flag Day. Students wear red, white and blue
6/17- Elementary Awards distributed to students in their classroom
6/22- Dawg Gone Fun Day
6/23- Last day of School for students (Full Day)
6/23- Report Cards sent home with students
6/24- Remote students to drop off chrome books and school materials to the elementary office
7/6- Summer Academy begins