ELC Newsletter

August 2021

Gearing up for K!

The big day is almost here! Your child will be a Kindergartener in the blink of an eye! Here are a few important days coming up before the BIG day!
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The First Day Of K!

We are looking forward to beginning our school year on Wednesday, August 18th. We have planned out a first day that will enable our parents and students to meet their teacher and see their classroom. These are short visits within the classroom with your teacher and a limited number of other students with their parents. It is not necessary to arrive more than 5 minutes early for your time. Please follow social distancing guidelines when in our parking lot and building. The rest of the day will take place at home using the chromebooks. Please complete the eLearning Activity Board. All squares are required as attendance. The eLearning segment of our day will help parents and students prepare everyone for a successful school year!

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Preparation for 1st Day

Please follow the steps below to prepare for the 1st day of school.



  1. Login to Skyward using your parent login to schedule your 30 minute session. (There will be up to 5 students with up tp 2 parents each per session) Please make sure to complete by MONDAY August 16th.
  2. To select your 30 minute session with your child's teacher, please follow these directions:

a. Login to Skyward using your username and password (not your child's) Note: Choose Family Access


b. Click on "conferences" tab to the left

c. Click on "all conferences" in the middle of the page

d. Click on "select time" Make sure you click a slot in HOMEROOM only.

e. Choose from the slots available. It should email you a confirmation.

3. On the first day of school, you will have an assignment to complete. View the eLearning Activity Board to complete at home on Wednesday, August 18th. The links within the eLearning Activity board will be active on August 19th. Be on the lookout for more

directions from your teacher.


We look forward to meeting you and your child on the first day of school! We have an exciting school year ahead. If you have any questions, please free to call the main office at 942-7263.

The Second Day of K (and all the days after)

Woo-Hoo! We made it through the first day of K! Here are some things to talk about and be ready for the remainder of the year!


Please make sure your child wears their name tag that was provided at the first day of school for them for the first 2 weeks of school.


Talk to your child about if they will be eating breakfast at school. Both breakfast and lunch will be free to children for the school year. If your child will be eating breakfast at school, please attach the sticker that was given to you on the first day of school from their teacher on to their backpack. Breakfast is available to both bus and car riders every morning.


You all received 2 purple signs from your child's teacher. These MUST be presented both at the bus stop to the bus driver and at car rider pickup to get your child from school. Another great option to having the purple sign in your passenger side window in your car is to grab a pant hanger and hang it from your rearview mirror when driving up to pick up your child. These signs need to remain up and visible from when you enter the parking lot until you leave the parking lot. If you do not have your purple sign when picking up in the car rider line, you will be asked to park and come into the office with your ID to get your child. They will then be released to you after all other car riders are dismissed. For our bus riders, a mask MUST be worn to and from school on the bus. Below you will also find a section on school bus safety!



LATE START WEDNESDAYS! The first day of school is Wednesday August 18th. This WILL NOT be a Late Start Wednesday. Starting the following week on Wednesday August 25th and EVERY Wednesday there after, School City of Hobart schools all have a late start. Below you will see this as well as all planned breaks and elearning days on the district calendar.

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School Bus Safety

As we start school it is important for the safety of our children to be aware of our school buses.


The stop arm and blinking lights mean “STOP”. To disregard the stop arm is a misdemeanor and mandatory court appearance. The Hobart Police Department has shared that law allows the police to use the bus driver’s observations to issue a citation to the registered owner of the vehicle.


Our ultimate goal is a safe commute for children to and from school.

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Bus Procedures


Parents or family members must be present at bus stop with their purple sign to get their kindergartner off the bus. Our transportation department uses the Here Comes the Bus app to communicate bus arrival times at bus stops. Please understand it is not unusual for our buses to run late the first couple weeks of school as students are getting to know their procedures. Thank you for your patience.

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Oh no!!! Your little Brickie isn't feeling well?

If your child isn't feeling well, please keep him or her at home. You must report the absence to the school before 10:00AM
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Keys to Communication

The ELC strives to keep our parents and families informed about the events and happenings at our school. Mrs. Gutierrez makes a weekly phone call, "The Brickie Buzz" on Monday evenings with announcements about upcoming topics.

You can also visit our webpage at https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/elc to find information about the ELC.


Make sure to follow along in your child's teacher's Facebook page if they have one to know the things going on in their classroom. We also keep our school Facebook page updated with current events for the whole school. Remember to like The Early Learning Center on Facebook as well as ELC Library to see snapshots of our day and find information.


We don't typically respond to comments and questions made directly on our Facebook pages. Please contact the office directly at 219-942-7263 for the most accurate information.

Our school will continue to send out newsletters through Skyward on a regular basis.

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Meet some of The Friendly Faces of The ELC!

Upcoming things here at the ELC!

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