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Week of February 15th


TGIF and Happy Valentine's Day!

Thank you for the time you invested completing report cards. As a parent, I can assure you that your efforts and input are greatly appreciated.

Please remember that all SGO modifications must take place by Monday, February 15th. This is a firm date. See below for details.

The 4-day weekend couldn't have come at a better time. Be sure to take some time for yourself. Stay warm and see you on Wednesday!


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Faculty Meeting - Wednesday, 2/17

We will meet as a staff on Wednesday in the media center. Denise will briefly present on CPR

Then, we will offer 3 tech-related sessions based on staff feedback and needs. Each session will be 25 minutes. All staff will have an opportunity to select two sessions.

Google Drive - Kate Elliott (Media Center)

The basics and beyond

Advanced Google Slides - Vikki (Computer Lab)

There is life after Print Shop

Transitioning From Mac To PC - Jane Ellen (Mary L's room)

Making the change with grace and dignity

Tech Byte with Vikki

Have you ever wished there was an easier way to share a link through email? Well, there is . . .


March 7th Lunch

The elementary principals are pleased to prepare and offer the following lunch options to interested staff at the in-service on March 7th:

+ Steve's sausage, peppers and onions with a side of penne pasta and marinara sauce

+ Chris's tossed salad with grilled chicken

+ David's jambalaya over white rice

Each meal will be $7.00 and include bottled water. A slice of Tana's homemade ice cream cake may be included for an additional $1.50. Lunch will be prepared and served in the Stony Brook cafeteria.

Click here to place your order. All orders must be submitted by Monday, February 29th. Please submit your payment (cash only, please) in a sealed envelope with your full name to JoAnn Thomson at HES no later than Wednesday, March 2nd.


Tana, Chris, Steve & David

March Menu

Our March Menu has just been posted.

Two new entrees have been added this month:

+ homemade chicken quesadillas (with homemade salsa and guacamole), side: orange slices

+ bento box with whole wheat mini wheels pasta salad with tomatoes and mozzarella, sides: pepper slices, hard-boiled egg, melon slices, Annie's Bunny Grahams

Three other entrees are:

+ homemade flatbread pizza with fresh mozzarella, basil, & tomato, side: grapes

+ grilled cheese sandwich on Texas Toast with homemade chicken noodle soup, side: fruit

+ homemade waffles with fresh berries, turkey sausage and fruit smoothies

If interested, please pre-order online. The cost is $4.75 which includes a beverage.

Reminder: Budget

Our accounts are now frozen. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to order additional materials/supplies this year from our building budget. In addition, we no longer have the ability to support PD opportunities which haven't already been submitted for approval. Please see me if you have an extraordinary situation which requires assistance.

Reminder: Fire Marshal Visit (2.23.2016)

Please make sure your classrooms, offices and work spaces meet the safety requirements. These include:

+ minimum 24 inches from ceiling

+ doors closed on day of visitation (no doors propped open)

+ storage closets must be accessible and organized

+ coffeemakers, microwaves, refrigerators and other large appliances should not be in your classroom

+ extension cords should not be present

Please ask Carlos or me if you have any questions.

Update: New Students

We have a handful of new children who will be/may be registering. We try to give teachers a heads up when we know a registration is about to take place. However, we don't always know when a child has an IEP which may delay notification. Sometimes, we find out from the registrar and then only have 48 hours before a child will begin.

Here is an update:

+ kindergartner (2/17 start in K-B)

+ 4th grader (2/17 start in 4D)

+ 5th grader (2/17 start in 5C)

+ possible 5th grader (mid-March)

Reminder: Lesson Plans

Please remember to post your lesson plans each week.

Reminder: SGOs

You should be reviewing your SGOs and analyzing mid-year data to determine if changes are necessary. Modifications can take place until 2/15.

Administrators may now unlock SGO's. To make modifications, email the administrator who is responsible for reviewing your SGO. Once the change is made, reach back out to the same administrator.

If I am assigned to review your SGO: please email me even if you don't require a change. I will then advance your SGO in OnCourse from "initial implementation" to "final implementation."

Let me know if you have any questions!

HVEF Grant Proposals: Spring 2016

HVEF is now accepting spring grant proposals. Let me know how I may support you!

Reminder: Field Trips and Workshops

Please make sure you submit paperwork at least 45 days prior to a field trip or professional development day for Board approval. Trips may not be approved by the district unless requests are submitted as per this timeline. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

2/17 - Tour @ 9:00 AM

2/18 - Student Council @ 8:30 AM

2/19 - RTI Meetings (AM)

2/25 - School Store Returns

Week of 2/29 - Book Fair

Upcoming Professional Development Days

2/17 - Faculty Meeting (Tech break-out sessions)

3/7 - Early Dismissal (various workshops)

4/19 - Olivia Wahl (grade 1)

4/20 - Olivia Wahl (kindergarten)

4/21 - Olivia Wahl (grade 2)

Article of the Week

I'm proud of what we are doing at HES to help young girls develop a love of science, math, engineering and technology.

How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science