Hawk Flock Family News


Teamwork Make the Dream Work!

The title of the newsletter comes from John C. Maxwell, who is an author of a number of leadership and motivation books. The work we are doing at the beginning of this year seems to make this ring truer than ever, as we are teaming up and collaborating more often and in more purposeful ways than we have before. Our Late Start Monday's are filled with teacher collaboration time as they look at student achievement, groupings, and goal setting. We're excited to extend our teaming to include our families as we look forward to Student-Led Conferences coming up next week.

Student-led conferences are a great way to check in on how things are going to this point in the year, as well as having students set goals that will help them be successful in their own right. These conferences allow students to show families where they're at, what they're proud of, and where they can grow. Hedden staff have scheduled conferences with families for October 19th, 20th, & 21st. Teachers will also be supporting students as they present their learning and discuss their goals for the upcoming school year.

If you have not yet communicated preferences for date and times for student-led conferences, please get that to your student's teacher as soon as possible. We're excited to be able to have this time with you to help set us up for a wonderful year at Hedden. Thank you for sending us such great kids to work with, and thank you for partnering with us to make this a great place for them to grow as learners and community members.

Kind regards,

Don Sims

Principal Hedden Elementary

P.S. Wednesday, 10/12 we dismiss at 11:50 for all ELEMENTARY students

P.S.S. Friday, 10/14 there is NO SCHOOL for all students

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`~`Hedden's PTO Coming Events `~`

If you haven't heard, Hedden has shifted from a P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association) to a P.T.O. (Parent Teacher Organization). While this seems like a small change in words, it actually has an impact on how they operate and the rules they work under.

The biggest impact is that they no longer have to charge dues to join! Now if you want to participate, you just need to reach out and offer to volunteer. Anyone working with our students directly though will still need to complete the district process for getting approved to volunteer.

1. Every Friday throughout the year, PTO alternates selling "Books for a Buck" or "Friday Treats". Students look forward to these events and for $1 or less they get to choose and item of their choice.

2. Scholastic Book Fair during conferences, 10/19 to 10/21. Stop by when you bring your student for their conference. They may still be looking for a few volunteers too and you could earn some scholastic dollars for yourself in the process.

3. PTO Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser on Friday 10/28. Once a year the PTO has a fundraiser to support our students and it's coming up

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Upcoming Events & Dates

Wednesday, October 12th

  • Early dismissal at 11:50
  • Teachers will be working on conferences

Friday, October 14th

  • Teachers will be doing professional learning throughout the district

Tuesday, October 18th

  • Picture make up day

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday OCTOBER 19th, 20th, & 21st

  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Students will NEED to attend their conference as they are leading them
  • There is no school on these three days except for attending the conference
  • Teachers will be sending sign-up information mid-September

Monday to Monday Spirit Week, 10/24 to 10/31

  • See the flyer above for each days dress up ideas
  • The more participants the merrier!

Thursday, October 27th 9:30 to 10:10

  • Character Trait Assembly for Fairness
  • Families & guardians will be invited to attend for each of the 34 students receiving awards.

Friday, October 28th

  • PTO Dance-A-Thon!
  • This is their annual fundraiser to support our students
  • Please consider donating to support PTO's efforts
  • Students will be dancing away their recess on Friday the 28th

Tuesday, November 1st

Sunday, November 6th

  • Daylight Saving ends
  • Fall back an hour

Tuesday, November 8th

  • Election Day
  • Get out and vote

Friday, November 11th

  • NO School
  • Veterans Day


Our process for drop off and pick will continue to be the same as last year, though we have shifted our start and end times 10 minutes earlier to better help with families who have students at Discovery primary.

Morning Drop Off, 8:55 to 9:10

1. Pull to the most forward area in the fire lane along the sidewalk

2. Before exiting the vehicle, students should have bags ready

3. 3rd grade students will use the Main Office Entry

5. 4th & 5th grade students will use the Gymnasium Entry

6. Parents and family should stay in their vehicle

7. Please be considerate of others dropping off by keeping our line moving

Afternoon Pick Up, 3:20 to 3:30

1. Post your placard/hanger (get one from the office) on your rearview mirror to help match students to vehicles.

2. Pull to the most forward area in the fire lane along the sidewalk

3. Wait in the vehicle while your student(s) is called from the gym

4. Students should be able to enter the vehicle from the right side

5. Parents & families need to remain in their vehicle

6. NOTE: Students will be called as vehicles pull up, and will not be able to cross the parking lot.