HERSHEY NOTES

January 15, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. FIELDS

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2016 is off to a great start!


Winter arrived in full force on Tuesday! Driving to school on icy roads brought to mind how fortunate we are to have bus service to and from school each day. Don’t forget about the app “Here Comes the Bus”. It will provide the location of your child’s bus in real time. It takes the guesswork out of deciding when to have your child ready and at the bus stop. It will also give you an accurate picture of when your child will be delivered home. What a handy thing to have in inclement weather!

This link will take you to the information to sign up:

http://hes.tsc.k12.in.us/images-websites/file/hes/Here%20Comes%20the%20Bus%20-%20HES.pdf

ISTEP INFORMATION

ISTEP+ is just around the corner! All students in grades 3-5 will take this state mandated test in two phases. The first part is a paper/pencil exam and it will be administered February 29-March 11. The second part is a computer generated test and it will be administered April 18- May 6.

Your child’s teacher will give you an exact time for each of these tests in the near future. We respectfully request that you avoid scheduling appointments that will require time away from school on these dates. Students do not test as well in a make-up situation as the test is given in an alternate setting with an unfamiliar administrator.


Are you curious about the types of questions asked on the ISTEP? Go to http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/experience-online. I think you will find this interesting!

MRS. LEHMAN'S UPDATES AND INFORMATION

New Student Council Members: How lucky I am to work with great kids! We are accepting applications for 4th and 5th grade students who are interested in being on Student Council. The applications will be sent home with your child.

Sponsor a great program: radKIDS has been a huge success this year at Hershey. There is a minimal fee to continue radKIDS each year. If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor, please, contact me at mllehman@tsc.k12.in.us.

Great resource: Are you looking for a quick resource on how to improve your communication with your child? One Minute Father and One Minute Mother are a wonderful quick read designed to help you quickly and effectively communicate with your child. These books are not newly published but I find the material very helpful. The author is Spencer Johnson, M.D. I purchased my copies on Amazon for under $12.00.

FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Cold and flu season continues to be a problem. There have been some recent issues with students bringing cough drops and other medications to school. It is TSC policy that students are not allowed to carry any medication to or from school. This includes cough drops, eye drops, over the counter medications and prescription medications. The ONLY exception to this policy is that students are allowed to carry emergency medications including inhalers, epi-pens and diabetic supplies/medications. A note must be provided by your child’s physician in order to carry these emergency medications. TSC health offices provide cough drops, Tums, Tylenol and Ibuprofen to help make this process easier for parents and permission forms were signed at registration. Other medications need to be brought in by a responsible adult (over 18 years of age) and permission forms signed. We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to provide the safest environment possible for our students.


Thank you for all of the generous clothing donations so far this school year! We have been truly blessed to be able to take care of many of the clothing needs of our students.


Please encourage your child to have a good breakfast before heading off to school. Students who don’t eat breakfast may go as many as 15-18 hours between supper the night before and lunch at school. According to HealthyEating.com, “eating breakfast can improve cognitive performance, test scores and achievement scores in students, especially in younger children". According to a study published in the journal “Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine," students who increased their participation in school breakfast programs had significantly higher math scores than students who skipped or rarely ate breakfast.” You can read the rest of the article here: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-breakfast-students-7697.html


Thank you, Mrs. Jeanna Chase, RN

WANTED: BUS DRIVERS

The TSC Transportation department is looking for bus drivers. Please call 765-474-2481 for more information.


It seems appropriate to also send out a HUGE thank you to all bus drivers. We are so fortunate to have caring and dedicated drivers safely transporting student every day.

MOVIE NIGHT - MINIONS

Movie Night is Friday, Jan. 22. Doors open at 6:15 - no early arrivals please! The movie starts at 6:30. Pick up is at 8:15. There is no pre-registration. The cost is $6.00.


If you would be available to help chaperone, contact Lori Schrage or Cindy Evans at lorischrage7@gmail.com or cynthia_e_john@yahoo.com

ONLINE BOOKS

Hoosier students will have access to thousands of free online books in 2016. From now through December 31, 2016, students, families, and educators will have access to more than 5,000 free, online books through the myON Digital Library. Books will be available in both English and Spanish. Additional information about the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative and details on how students can access these free books can be found here.

The Learning Connection is a service of the Indiana Department of Education. Learn more at www.doe.in.gov

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Thank you for following our safety procedures by keeping the front lot for bus use only and the back lot for cars during arrival and dismissal times. A sign in your front passenger window every day with first and last names of children you are picking up is VERY helpful.


Our 'side/access' road from 725 E is reserved for buses only from 8:30-9:00am and 3:15-3:30pm every day. Please remember to yield to buses at and around Hershey and East Tipp.

SPORTS, ETC

Registration for East Tipp Summer Rec Baseball / Softball is now open. To register or for more information visit www.etsummerrec.com Registration ends February 14, 2016.


The Harrison Baseball Staff will be hosting their 4th Annual Winter Baseball Camps on February 14 & 21 at Harrison HS. The offensive and defensive skills camps are designed for any 1st-8th grader interested in learning "The Raider Way." You may visit the Harrison Baseball Homepage at www.harrisonbaseball.com for camp details and registration form.


And remember: numerous sporting and community event information can be found from any TSC webpage by clicking E-Flyers.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Friday, Jan. 22 - Movie Night, 6:30 - 8:15

Friday, Jan. 29 - Hershey Notes