HERSHEY NOTES

November 13, 2015

FROM MRS. FIELDS

I love to get feedback from our Hershey parents! While you are welcome to visit or call any time, I realize that this may be difficult for parents who work during the day.. Now it is easier than ever to voice questions or concerns by using “Drop Ox”! This is a free web service used for creating anonymous online suggestions. Simply go to this website: https://www.suggestionox.com/r/Hershey and drop me a line or two!

ISTEP+ UPDATE

2015 ISTEP+ results are now available. A parent letter outlining how to access student scores was sent home on Tuesday, November 3. If you have misplaced this letter or if you need assistance accessing your child’s scores, you will need to call the Indiana Parent Network number at 1-800-481-4769 between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. You will be required to answer security questions to authenticate your relationship to the child prior to being given the access the code. At this time, the school will not have access to the parent code information.

We also wanted to let you know that across the State of Indiana, most parents are seeing that their child's score may be significantly lower than in past years. This is because of raising the standard through this new type of college and career readiness test, and the new style of questions - such as tech enhanced items - that students are less familiar with. We know from other tests that have been given that students are still growing and learning. Please continue to work closely with your child’s teachers to ensure that your child continues to perform to his or her fullest potential.

Attached in the email with this newsletter is a 'Letter to the Editor' written by the 3 Superintendents of Tippecanoe County.

Veterans Tribute

We had a wonderful tribute to Hershey family Veterans on Monday, November 9! We offer our sincerest gratitude to all of these amazing men and women who have served and are serving our country!

MRS. LEHMAN'S UPDATES AND INFORMATION

Wreaths Across America-What a wonderful way for Hershey to honor our Veteran's. Your child brought home an information sheet and an (optional) order form for Wreaths Across America. We will be collecting order forms until November 20th. If you have questions, please contact me. Check out the website: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org


BackPack Program: Hershey has a wonderful program to assist families, who qualify, with extra food for the week. The food is packed in backpacks and sent home weekly. This program can save families $100's a year. Student Council would like to help keep this beneficial program going by having a fundraiser starting NOV. 23rd and ending NOV. 25th. We will have a fun competition between classes....let's see which class can donate the most change to our back pack program. It's a good feeling to help other Hershey families. If you are interested in volunteering your time to work with the Backpack Program, please, let me know! Your time is so helpful.

HERE COMES THE BUS

Here Comes the Bus®

Now available in the Tippecanoe School Corporation


  • View the real-time location of your child’s bus
  • Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Receive push notifications or email alerts
  • Send your child to the bus stop at the just right time


How to get started:

1. From a computer, visit herecomesthebus.com

2. Click the “Sign Up Today” button

3. Enter school code 75598 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”

4. Complete the “User Profile” box

5. Under “My Students,” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name and student ID number. You can find your child’s ID number when you log on to the Parent Portal.

6. Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!

SPENDING TIME AT HERSHEY

Wouldn't it be great to have the same schedule at your child? It's possible! We have some employment opportunities available at Hershey. We are in need of a registered nurse to work in our Life Skills classroom and we are in need of some paraprofessionals. To learn more about the times and duties, call our office or contact Mrs. Spitznagle at jspitznagle@tsc.k12.in.us

BE PREPARED

Children should come prepared to go outside for recess each day. Indoor recess will occur when temperatures and wind chills mandate. If your child needs a coat, hat, gloves, and/or scarf please contact our office.

Have you signed up with Pinwheel to receive text and/or email alerts for school delays and cancellations? Sign up at trypinwheel.com. Please discuss your 'early dismissal' plan with your child so he/she can be prepared as well.

INFORMATION

Click Here for E-Flyer information throughout the community. This is an excellent way to learn of events and programs for your child and family.


Click here for results of the recent drinking water testing for Hershey.


The Hoosier Heartland Corridor Strategic Plan has progressed in the past few months and the Draft Plan is complete. Visit the project website at www.heartlandstrategicplan.com to access the Summary document, Draft Plan (full document), and a survey. The survey is 30 questions and should take between 10 and 15 minutes. It will be available until Nov. 16th.

Wrestling, Running

East Tipp Middle School wrestling is offering an intramural program for elementary students this year. The program will run from January to early March. Any 1st to 5th grader is welcome. Wrestling will be held on some Saturday Mornings and some weekdays. Our hope to generate interest in students and teach them the basics. Our first session/parent meeting will be Sat., Jan. 9 from 10-11:30 at East Tipp. Please call or e-mail Joe Hobaugh at East Tipp. jhobaugh@tsc.k12.in.us, 765-589-3544 ext. 8479 for more info.


Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a self-esteem building, running program for girls in 3rd - 5th grade. It is our hope to continue the program at Hershey with a spring session, but we need your support. Please consider being a coach (head or assistant) and making a difference in the lives of our girls. There is so much more information to share about this beneficial program. Please contact Julia Bryan at bryanj@oscarwinski.com.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Friday, Nov. 20 - Movie Night; 6:30 - 8:15; Feature Film - Inside Out; Drop-off begins at 6:15.

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

Friday, Dec. 4 - Next issue of Hershey Notes

Friday, Dec. 18 - Full Day of School

Monday, Dec. 21 to Monday, Jan. 5 - Winter Break, No School

Tuesday, Jan. 6 - Students return to school