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A Dive into the Hive: Principal's Newsletter

GRATEFULNESS...DOES IT COME NATURALLY?

Think back to the first time someone gave or did something for you. Did you naturally say thank you, or did an adult coach you? Chances are you were coached, and it really wasn't heartfelt. It may seem harsh to hear, but as humans, gratefulness does not come naturally.


Today's consumerist attitude often prevails. We are not satisfied with what we have; rather, we focus on what we don't have. This misdirected focus often extinguishes any spark of gratefulness, and we're left with dissatisfaction.


So, how can we help our children become more grateful?


We must create intentional moments to help our children develop genuine gratefulness. Focusing on positive character traits in stories and initiating acts of kindness are some ways to encourage a sense of gratitude. Taking the time to discuss the importance of gratefulness is another way, but the most effective approach is modeling this practice. When children see us displaying genuine gratitude, they are apt to do the same. A simple gesture like sending a handwritten note is a quick action with enduring results.


Take some time during this season of thanksgiving to encourage acts of gratefulness. It will not only build your child's character but make someone's day brighter– and that in itself is priceless.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

With the first quarter completed, it's time for fall conferences. Our K-5 teachers will be scheduling conferences during the first two weeks in November. Conferences are an important step in assuring success in your child's learning. Our goal is to have 100% participation this year at the HIVE! Let's work together to make this goal a reality!

Save the Dates

  • November 1 Daylight Saving ends [clocks fall back 1 hour]
  • November 2 – 6 DENTAL Bus
  • November 2 – 6 Scholastic Book Fair
  • November 2 – 6 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 9 –13. Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 9 NC Check-ins [3rd & 4th grade ELA]
  • November 10 NC Check-ins [4th MATH & 5th ELA]
  • November 11 Veteran's Day [No School]
  • November 12 NC Check-ins [3rd & 5th-grade MATH]
  • November 13 NC Check-ins [5th-grade SCIENCE]
  • November 19 Progress Reports
  • November 25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break

Nurse's Corner

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Flu season is here and the fact is that the flu can be scary; especially for the ones we love most. Everyone aged 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine to stay healthier this fall. Here is why:

  • The flu is dangerous. The flu is different from the everyday cold. It can last 2 weeks or more and cause serious complications such as pneumonia. Every year the flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.
  • Getting your flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. Flu vaccines reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu. Studies also show that when getting a flu vaccine lowers your chances of becoming seriously ill or hospitalized from the flu. In fact, a 2018 study showed that getting a flu vaccine lowered a pregnant woman’s risk of hospitalization with flu by an average of 40 percent. Although good health behaviors including proper etiquette for coughs and sneezes can help reduce the spread of flu, experts agree a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu.
  • It saves lives and protects those on the frontlines. Getting your flu vaccine could save someone else from getting seriously ill. Babies and young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and those with certain medical conditions—are all at increased risk of complications from flu. Getting vaccinated reduces the spread of flu from you to them, which can protect your family members, co-workers, and all those around you. This year, your flu vaccine will not only keep you and your loved ones healthier and out of the medical setting, it will preserve precious resources for those on the COVID-19 frontlines.

Both flu and COVID-19 may be spreading this fall, so it’s more important than ever to get an annual flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to prevent the flu. The best time to get vaccinated is before flu viruses start to spread—typically by the end of October. So, don’t wait. Say boo to the flu by making sure you and your family get a flu vaccine by Halloween.

Find a flu vaccine location near you today!

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