Haymarket Happenings

November 2019

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Dear Haymarket Families,

October was an exciting month full of valuable learning experiences that our wonderful teachers prepared. As Mrs. Gazda and I go into classrooms, we are constantly seeing engaged, active learners that are focused on growing each and every day. Growth comes in more ways than just academics each day...we are also supporting social and emotional growth as well!

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we are on a journey in PWCS to provide more detailed information to you all as important stakeholders in your child's education through standards-based grading practices. To do this, you have probably noticed that grades coming from your child's teacher include the actual VA standard and a description in layman's terms so you can support their learning. This is so much more helpful than just getting one grade that covers multiple standards! If there aren't enough questions to get an accurate grade for that standard (typically 3 or less), our teams may clump them together but will put the standards in the details section. PWCS schools are all in different places on the standards-based grading path. Here at Haymarket we are focusing on ensuring our grades and assignments are linked to specific standards in order to communicate accurately with you as parents. Throughout the school year this year, we will be charting our course to align with the PWCS longitudinal plan. If you ever have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.

November is always a weird month full of days off for various reasons! We encourage you to continue to work with your child by reading with/to them every day. Don't forget about writing though! Great writers are great readers! Below is the new bulletin board in the office that outlines the expectations at each grade level with some examples of writing to go with them. Please take a moment to look at them closer when you are in the office next!

Please remember that we need you to ask questions and engage in your child's education throughout the year. If you ever have any questions about how you can support your child's growth mindset and learning, please contact your child's teacher.

With Gratitude For Your Partnership,

Mr. Baldwin and Mrs. Gazda

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Dates to Remember

November 4th and 5th - Parent/Teacher Conference Days

November 11th - Veterans' Day - No school

November 12th - Advisory Council - 6:30pm (see more details below)

November 13th - Report cards come home

November 15th - PTO Sponsored BINGO Night! - 7:00pm

November 19th - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

November 22nd - Picture Retakes

November 27th, 28th, and 29th - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Advisory Council Agenda

This month's Advisory Council meeting is full of important information! Please consider coming to hear about the following information:

1. Update from the developer on the roads/building timelines.

2. Budget Update

3. Continuous Improvement Update

We will start at 6:30pm in the Library.

Any questions can be directed to the Advisory Council email address - haymarket.parentadvisory@gmail.com

HMES Caring Cubs Program

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Please help us collect food for needy families!

Bring all donations to the front lobby of the school by Tuesday November 12, 2019

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and families to improve their quality of life, and to promoting community cooperation and support in responding to family needs. All Operation Turkey donations benefit families in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Please note, should contributions for Operation Turkey exceed our budgeted need, gifts will be directed to where they are needed most to help children and families living in poverty throughout Northern Virginia. These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Prince William County, Manassas City, or Manassas Park Public Schools

Watch D.O.G.S.

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Watch D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first Watch D.O.G.S. program launched and today there are more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a Watch D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.

Now we need you Dads! Sign up through this link...the students LOVE having you here supporting their learning!


November is Military Appreciation Month

To all our Military Families (from military.com),

Military Family Appreciation Month is a time set aside to recognize you, the military family.

Military families know what it means to serve. Every day, you get up and support your service member, standing by during long trainings and deployments. You know the risks, but you accept this life of service anyway.

You know service is an honor.

You are the backbone of our military. You are the quiet, but steady fuel at home that keeps the fire burning. You keep track of military pay, benefits and news, because you know they make a daily difference in your life. And when your time as an actively serving family comes to an end, you support your veteran.

Serving is just what you do.

Traditionally, the president signs a proclamation recognizing that service and declaring November as Military Family Month. Over the month, families just like yours are honored and recognized for their commitment and contributions in support of our military and nation.

PALS Resources for Parents

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Parents! Here are some valuable resources from the PALS (phonemic awareness and literacy screening) website:

https://va.pals.virginia.edu/ - click on "For Parents" at the top

Monthly activities for parents


Early Dismissals

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If you must pick your student up early, please arrive before 3:30pm. We will not be able to call students to the office after 3:30pm. Students called for dismissal after 3:30pm will be dismissed to the office with car riders. This allows us to reduce interruptions to the classroom, provide continual supervision for all our students and focus on the dismissing students safely. Parents coming in after 3:30pm will be asked to wait in the office for their student. You must come into the office, wait, and sign your student out on the dismissal log. Thank you for your continued support.

Little Free Library

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Our Little Free Library is ready for your child(ren) to take books and to drop them off! If you are cleaning out before the holiday season to add some new books to match your child's reading level, please think about putting them in the Little Free Library!

Governor Declares November Family Involvement in Education Month

WHEREAS, parents and families are instrumental in helping children reach their full potential; and

WHEREAS, parents and families monitor homework, participate in school events, are active members of school groups, and support the work of teachers, administrators, and all school personnel; and

WHEREAS, when parents and families are actively involved in their child's school, outcomes for all students improve; and

WHEREAS, parent and family involvement must be recognized as critical components of education; and

WHEREAS, a strong partnership between educators and families is necessary for our children to achieve success in school, become productive citizens, and contribute to our communities and society; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Education in collaboration with the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, Center for Family Involvement at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Family Engagement Network are committed to helping families, schools, and communities work together to build better futures for all children; and

WHEREAS, Family Involvement in Education Month is an opportunity to recognize the important relationship between families and education institutions and the work being done throughout the Commonwealth to ensure that Virginians work together to build better futures for all children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2019 as FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.