Principal's Weekly Message

April 8th, 2016

Week in Review

Art A La Carte was amazing! The kids had a blast. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Tiffani Greer and the many parent volunteers who made this an awesome, fun day for the kids. Great work!!


Yesterday we had a tragic accident occur at Eisenhower Middle School as a student was headed to school. With our updated drop off and pick up procedures, Hidden Forest students are dropped off and picked up on campus and do not generally cross any traffic in any area. However, for those students who walk, ride bikes, or travel around the neighborhood at any time, safety is very important. Below is a link with information that NEISD has shared with us regarding safety. Please review this with your children to help them be more aware so that we can avoid injuries. And, again, thank you for your patience this year as we have worked to provide a safer drop off and pick up for our students.

From Caden Lane - Student Reporter

May 13th is the battle of the books! Wish all of our 4th grade teams good luck. If you don’t know, the battle of the books is a friendly competition between the 4 teams from the 4th grade, and then the district teams. Ms. Lackey gave 4th grade a handful of books that are “battle books”. The students read the books, and memorize the title, author, and quotes from the book! Then, all the students took a quiz to see which 5 people knew the books the best. After that, the 5 students chosen go to practice sessions at lunch to prepare for the big day! Once may 13th rolls around, the team who wins the schoolwide competition goes on to the district one. So, wish the 4th graders good luck! :)

April Service Project - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

We are super excited to be teaming up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for our April service project! We will be doing the “Pasta for Pennies” program and will be collecting all month long! I know you all have been very generous with our past service projects and we are truly grateful. We want to ask you one last time this year to support our cause. Each child came home last week with a parent letter about the fundraiser and each child will be coming home with a fundraiser box today in which they can collect coins, dollars, and checks. They should bring in the box each week to their teacher so it can be added to their class total. Each teacher will have an LLS fundraising webpage in which you can also donate! You can also set up a page for your child. Please click here to set up a page or donate to your class.

1st place (Top Fundraising Class)-Field Trip to Olive Garden (tour of the kitchen and pasta party)

2nd place-Silly String War on May 6th (any student that gets $150 online will also participate)

**The top fundraising student at Hidden Forest will receive a Bowling Party with snacks for 5!!!

Donor's Choose Projects

From time to time our teachers post mini-grants on donorschoose.org. This site allows teachers to create a project request for specific materials to be used in their classes. Anyone can contribute any amount toward the project to help the teacher get those materials. Currently we have two teachers who have projects posted, Ms. Gilbert and Ms. McGehee. Please take a look at their projects and if you can contribute even $5, they will be quite appreciative.
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Habit of the Week: Habit 6 – Synergize

Quote of the Week: “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” Paul Ryan

Home Connection: Institute a “15-minute program” where everyone drops what they are doing and pitches in to work as a team to clean the kitchen, pull weeds in the garden, wash the dishes, sweep the front porch, etc. Cutting out a small block of time where everyone helps makes the work go quicker is a way demonstrate how “many hands make light work.” (quote-John Heywood)