Haymarket Happenings

December 2018

Dates to Remember

Dec 3rd - 7th- Food Drive

Dec 4th - Advisory Council Meeting - 6:30pm

Dec 11th- PTO meeting - 6:30pm

Dec 13th- Elf Musical - 7:00pm

Dec 14th- PTO Spirit Day: Decades day

Dec 14th – Elf, Jr. Musical - 7:00pm

Dec 15th - Elf, Jr. Musical - 2:30 pm

Dec 18th - Chorus Concert - 7:00pm

Dec 21st -Jan 1st -Winter Break (school re-opens on January 2nd)

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone and Happy Holiday!


It's hard to believe that Winter Break is coming up in a few short weeks! The first couple months have flown by and Mrs. Gazda and I have been fortunate enough to see tremendous growth from everyone here at Haymarket. Our teachers have been working non-stop since coming back in August...we are so lucky to have such a dedicated group of teachers that care so deeply about your children. We consider everyone at Haymarket a teacher...custodians, cafeteria workers, office staff, etc.; they all have a part in ensuring your child(ren) receive a high quality experience each and every day.


As a friendly reminder, the office will be closed during Winter Break (Friday, December 21st through Monday, January 2nd). If you need immediate assistance we recommend you contact Central Office.


As a gentle reminder, the holiday season is beginning and it is a wonderful time of year for most. It can also remind many of loss and uncertainty. Let's be sure to lift each other up and take care of each other (and ourselves) as often as we can. We feel beyond blessed to work with such amazing people both inside the walls of Haymarket ES as well as all of you as parents.


Have a wonderful holiday season!


Mr. Baldwin and Mrs. Gazda

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 6:30-7:30pm

15500 Learning Lane

Haymarket, VA

We would love a great attendance at this month's Advisory Council Meeting. Our officers have some important things to share the Advisory Council and their role. We are looking to define our communities and have representatives from each to increase our communication efforts. Also, I will be sharing budget and School Improvement information. Hope to see you there tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:30pm in the library.
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Elf, Jr. Musical Production Coming Soon!

Come experience a phenomenal holiday drama production this month! Our students have been working so hard to remember their lines, locations, songs, and more for your entertainment. Bring the whole family! Doors open an hour before the show starts...come early to get a good seat!


Thursday, December 13th - 7:00pm

Friday, December 14th - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 15th - 2:30pm


There won't be an admission fee, but donations are welcome (cash or check) to support this and future drama productions. A collection box will be available.

PTO Meeting (library)

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 6:30pm

15500 Learning Lane

Haymarket, VA

Remember that AlphaBEST is providing free childcare from 6:30pm-7:30pm for school aged children!

Please remember to always bring your ID! Safety is our #1 priority and we need to continue to be consistent with our rules.

A Letter from the Bear Cub Café:

Research shows children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:


°Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

°Concentrate better

°Be more alert

°Retain more of what they learn

°Participate in class


http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/school-breakfast/benefits-school-breakfast

Haymarket Elementary participates in bagged breakfast. Once children arrive to school, they can stop by the cafeteria, choose their healthy breakfast choice and then head to class where they will enjoy their meal. We offer a different hot breakfast* or cereal daily, and they can also choose a juice, a fruit, and a white milk all for $1.40**!! Please checkout our menu for daily choices.


*breakfast menu contains no pork products

**breakfast is charged at your benefit level

(paid $1.40, reduced $ 0.40 or free)


Prepayments to your child's account can be cash or check payable to PWCSFS , please include child's full name on check.

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Student Council Association (SCA) Officers

Congratulations to the following 5th graders for being named the 2018-2019 SCA Officers:



President: Molly Baker

Vice President: Chloe Steeds

Secretary: Sabrina Bach

Communications: Hannah Kim



These officers will be meeting regularly with Ms. Eliassen, our wonderful PE teacher and SCA lead, to support PTO spirit days (and maybe some up with some more!), be the voice of the student body, and meet with administration to propose activities, events and more!

Birthday Policy Reminder

A gentle reminder regarding our birthday policy as mentioned at Back to School Night:


  • If your child's teacher mentioned that there was an allergy in their class, we ask that you contact the teacher at least 3 days ahead if you are going to be coming in with treats during lunch. This allows the teacher to reach out to the student with the allergy's parents to have them send an alternate treat if needed.
  • We prefer non-food items if possible to avoid allergy contact.
  • School personnel cannot make the determination of whether a child is able to eat a food by reading a label, nor will the teacher pass on label information to a parent.
  • Cookies are available to purchase through the cafeteria and can be charged to your child's account (they are very reasonable). Most allergens are eliminated, but to get more information please call Berendt Johnson, our cafeteria manager.



We want everyone to be safe at all times knowing that every child deserves to have their special day celebrated!

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Lost and Found

Please find time this month to take a look at the Lost and Found located down the hall from the cafeteria. There are MANY items there that I am sure your children (and you!) would like to have back. We will be donating any items left over at the end of this month. During our Advisory Meeting (Tuesday, Dec. 4th), PTO meeting (Tuesday, Dec. 11th), our Elf, Jr. shows (13th, 14th, and 15th) as well as everyday from 8:15am-4:30pm, we will have all the items out for you to look through. Please take a moment to go through the items during the next couple weeks, so we can ensure all items get back to their original home!
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NOW HIRING SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS!

COMPETITIVE PAY of $18.21/Hour

  • Benefits: Health insurance, personal & sick days, 182 day work schedule, retirement fund, plus more!
  • Have the same school schedule as your child/grandchild.
  • Paid training provided!
  • Split shift: a.m./p.m. routes
  • Average route: 4-6 hrs/day
  • Summers and Holidays off!!
  • Your child/grandchild, 3 months or older, can ride on the bus with you

For Additional Information Contact Transportation Safety & Training at 571.402.3868

Right to Special Programs/Services

This notice is intended to inform the community of a student’s right to a free, appropriate public education and the availability of programs and services, including a special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) are federal laws that give the School Division certain responsibilities with respect to providing such educational programs to students with disabilities. Under the IDEA and Section 504, the School Division has the responsibility to actively and continuously identify, locate, and evaluate those children, infant to age 21, living in Prince William County who may be in need of special education and/or related services, or adaptations or accommodations to regular education services. These laws also require the School Division to:

• Refer for possible evaluation any student of school age living in the School Division who a school staff member suspects may be disabled.

• Provide appropriate educational and school‐related opportunities to students with disabilities in an inclusive setting to the maximum extent appropriate.

• Provide notice of the availability of services and types and location of services to nearby private schools, pediatricians, and the Health Department.

• Provide parents/guardians of students with disabilities with notice of their rights annually, and prior to their student’s evaluation and placement, or any significant change in their student’s placement.

• Develop and implement procedural safeguards with respect to actions regarding the identification, evaluation, and placement of students with disabilities.

• Provide procedures for the reporting, investigation, and resolution of student complaints of discrimination or harassment based upon disability, which were revised by the School Division in April of 2016 and are contained in Regulation 738-1, “Complaint Procedures for Student Claims of Discrimination or Harassment.”

• Provide written notice of the School Division’s procedural safeguards to parents or guardians.

If you suspect that your student may have a disability affecting your student’s development or academic performance, or may have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, please contact the Director of Special Education at 703.791.7287 for further information.

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