Husky Happenings

Week of April 13

Spring Break

This week, April 13 - April 17, is Spring Break. The school office will be closed and staff will be off duty during this time. Families and students, please enjoy this time off to rest, relax, and restore. We hope you are able to find creative ways to connect to those you love and spend quality time together with those in your home. Thank you for being a part of our Husky family!

Helpful Responses for Families

Continuing from last week, here is our 5th helpful tip for families in response to COVID-19.

5. Try Positive

Try shifting your perspective to highlight the positive. We can recognize challenges while also recognizing what we are grateful for. Notice and name what your kids are doing that you appreciate or the things that help your family. Consider whether this is being "stuck at home" or "stuck at work" or is it "being able to spend time together" or "giving an important service to my community"? Every new moment, you get a fresh chance to choose your perspective.

References: Conscious Discipline "5 Helpful Responses for Families" article.

You are a caregiver. You are doing your best. Things are super tough right now and you're not alone in the struggle. Would you like to connect with other families?

The Children & Family Resource Center is hosting virtual gatherings for parents and caregivers to support each other. Find a space to discuss shared struggles and discover new ideas to try with your family. The schedule and info on how to join is in the picture below, click the picture to make it larger.

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Affordable Internet Service

Looking for affordable internet service? Here are a few helpful links.

1. NC Broadband Website

You can use this website to search for offers within your address, find a list of public WI-FI spots, and view offers from multiple providers.

2. Access Wireless Phone Service

Using your phone as a hot spot? Need more data or minutes? Maybe this option will work for you.

3. Access from AT&T

Access from AT&T has options for limited income households and these options have been expanded with their COVID-19 commitment. Every family matters.

Stronger Together

Our community is stronger together. If your family is worrying about how to access food, you are not alone. Here's how your village can help...

HCPS meal services will continue through Spring Break. Grab-and-go meals will be available at Hillandale from 11 am - 1 pm. Meals on the Bus routes #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, and #7 will be operating. These routes will also be able to supply families with packs of non-perishable foods and feminine hygiene products as long as items are available.

Check out the full list of HCPS Grab-and-Go Meals and Meals on the Bus routes right here: Current Meal Options.

If your family was a part of our Hillandale Backpack Bunch program and received weekly food packs, we have continued this program. Weekly food packs will be available for our Backpack Bunch families to pick up on Monday's from 11 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 4 pm in the bus parking lot. We will not distribute the week of Spring Break. If you have questions - please call our school counselor, Anne Dwigans, at 828-393-5144.

And from our larger community...

1. Text FOODNC to 877-877 or for Spanish, COMIDA, to 877-877. This tool will help you locate nearby meal sites for kids.

2. No Kid Hungry

This website has a map of local school sites, community sites, and food assistance programs across NC where families can access food.

3. Call 2-1-1 on your phone to speak with an operator who can help you locate meal sites and other resources. This is a 24/7 service and available in Spanish and many other languages.

Please contact our school if you have any questions about accessing food or other obstacles during this time.