October 7, 2022
From the principal
Did you know I LOVE math games? I've been playing multiplication and addition war with some of our breakfast bunch and got to join a game today during the older group's lunch. Both follow the same rules as war, but you flip over two cards instead of one, adding the two for your sum or multiplying both for your product. The player with the higher total wins the hand! This simple variation to a fun game is a great opportunity to build math fact fluency with your kids. The more frequently learners practice these facts, the stronger they become. This is the same reason we encourage daily reading at home- 10 minutes a day makes such a difference!
The smell of apples has been wafting through the hallways all week, building our anticipation for the Apple Squeeze! We hope to see you at the little Red Schoolhouse tomorrow to celebrate!
- 10/8 - Apple Squeeze at the Little Red School House, 10am - 2pm
- 10/10 - No School, Indigenous Peoples' Day
- 10/11 - Braided Bread order forms due
October early release dates:
1:50 dismissals: 10/5, 10/19, 10/26
November early release dates:
11/1 - No school, teacher professional development
11/3 and 11/4 - 12:30 Dismissal - Conference days
11/11 - No school, Veterans Day
11/16 - 1:50 dismissal
11/23 - 12:30, day before Thanksgiving
11/24 and 11/25 - No school, Thanksgiving break
1st Grade News
Fall conferences are almost here!
Please email or call Ms. Lovett at 339-8316 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a conference with your students teacher!
Braided Bread and Classic Cookie Dough Fundraiser ** Due 10/11
Here is the link to register to sell online..... paper forms are headed home today as well!
Any questions, please call or email Ms. Lovett, email@example.com
While Weaving and Animal Science Clubs are now full. there are still a few openings for students in grades 3 through 6 to join 4H Outdoor Adventure, Baking, and Knitting Clubs and for 1st and 2nd graders, Hand Sewing Club. Enrollment forms can be picked up at and returned to the school office. Contact Sheila Litchfield at 337-4957 with questions.
Pumpkin Smash is Saturday November 5th at Hagers Farm Market. This festival is a fundraising event for Franklin County 4H. Hawlemont 4H will be doing face painting! Bring your slightly squishy Halloween pumpkins to enter them in the pumpkin drop and a chance to win the 50/50 prize for the longest splat! Food, Hager's fried dough, vendors, huge raffle and more! Hope to see you there.
District Literacy Coach news
My name is Valerie Vasti, and I am honored to join the Mohawk Trail Regional - Hawlemont Regional School District community as the District Literacy Coach. I am enjoying a warm welcome from a team of creative and thoughtful educators as well as many curious and kind students!
This year is my 27th as an educator. I started out teaching ELA to insightful high schoolers and went on to teach energetic middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th) ELA, ELL, and inclusion classes. Along the way, I directed student theater productions and created advisory programs.
My calling as coach began while serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I have coaching to thank for expanding my world to include the wonder of elementary school students.
I am truly excited to work in this beautiful place with so many wonderful people.
I am starting a blog to respond to questions received and to share information. I also look forward to sharing some of the wonderful thinking, reading, and writing happening in ELA classes!
Check out the first blog. I answer the question, Why did we choose EL Education for our ELA curriculum, and share important information about Dyslexia as October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Check it out here.
I look forward to meeting everyone!
Covid testing news from Donna Weber
COVID-19 TESTING REMINDER
Just a reminder that we are NOT allowed to test students or staff for Covid-19 this school year. We were informed at the very end of the last school year that the State would no longer cover our district for testing. We had an abundance of iHealth test kits at the end of the school year that the State said we can give to people for self use. The school nurse is not allowed to perform, supervise, or advise on the use of these tests.
The expiration date on the kits says they are expired but the expiration date was actually extended to Oct. 23, 2022. After that date, all iHealth test kits obtained through the school should be thrown away. You can obtain 8 free antigen self test kits, per person, from your pharmacy that will be charged to your insurance. Some people can pick them up for free. Others may need to pay upfront and be reimbursed by your insurance company. It really depends on your insurance. Call your pharmacy with any questions.
You can also call your local Board of Health. Many of them have antigen self tests free of charge for their citizens.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Donna Weber, MSN, BSN, RN
MTRS/HRS District Nurse Leader
413-625-9811 ext. 1334