Bay Harbor Newsletter
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Main Office ............(920) 662-8800
Attendance ............(920) 662 8888
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - SIGN UP IN PROGRESS!
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 23rd and Thursday, February 25th from 4:00-7:30 pm.
CLICK HERE for the link to signup!
The window to sign up will run through Sunday, February 21st.
BAY HARBOR CALENDAR
KINDNESS WEEK - 15TH - 19TH
17 - SUPER HERO DAY - Dress like a Super Hero!
18 - FUN HAT DAY - Wear your favorite Hat to school!
19 - PJ DAY! - Wear your PJ's to school!
22 - Wear your READ t- shirt (new date because of PJ day on 19th)
23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00- 7:30 (Virtually)
25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 -7:30 (Virtually)
26 - NO SCHOOL
9 - PTO Meeting 6:00 pm
10 - Bay Harbor Day!
18 - Wear your READ t-shirt
19 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Staff Professional Dev. Day)
26 - 3rd Quarter Ends, Report Cards Ready to view 6:00 pm
29 - April 5 - NO SCHOOL- SPRING BREAK!
Covid 19 Protocol Reminders to Families
CLICK HERE to see the updated COVID Hotline and Exposure Protocol
*Please use the HSSD Covid-19 hotline 24-7 (662-7233) to report COVID-19 exposure or test results or if you have questions. The hotline is monitored daily by our Student Services and Organizational teams.
*Continue to use the Frontline Health App EVERY DAY to screen your child before arriving at school.
(Directions for app set-up can be found on the HSSD website (scroll to the bottom of the page). If you require assistance, please fill out this Google Form and a representative from our team will respond).
*Continue to call the COVID hotline if you or anyone in your household have any of the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Fever or chills
During the week of Valentines we would like to celebrate love, friendship, and the art of being kind. National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17) allows us to think about others and take initiative to pay it forward with a simple act of kindness. Each day of Kindness Week, your students will be presented with a chance to dress-up and a challenge to be completed by the end of the day. Please encourage your child to participate in these fun and easy ways to spread Kindness. Also, spark up conversations after-school about what they did and how it made them feel. You may be surprised how contagious it is!
- Monday, February 15- Peace, Love, and Kindness- Tie Dye Day
- Tuesday, February 16- Dress Like You are 100! Be Kind to Your Elders!
- Wednesday, February 17- Powered by Kindness- Super Hero Day
- Thursday, February 18- Hats off to Kindness- Fun Hat Day
- Friday, February 19- Dreaming of Kindness- Pajama Day
100th day of School!
Some "older folks" were spotted around the building checking things out!
EMERGENCY CLOSING AND DELAYS
Inclement weather may necessitate the closing or delay of schools. If schools are closed this will also include the cancellation of extracurricular activities and events at the community pool, unless otherwise announced. In addition to District social media accounts, local television/radio stations, and the District website, HSSD will send weather delay and closing updates via text message . To receive text alerts from HSSD: text the word “Yes” to 68453.
SCHOOL NUTRITION DEPARTMENT - CURBSIDE MEAL PICK UP
Curbside Meal Pickup is available for all students both in-person and virtual on Fridays at the following locations at no cost:
Bay View from 10:30-5:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook from 4-5:30 p.m.
Bay Harbor from 4-5:30 p.m.
All students are eligible to continue receiving no cost breakfast and lunch in and out of school through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Please know that in elementary schools milk only is considered alacarte and is $.40. Additionally, in secondary schools a small variety of additional alacarte items are available.
Menu’s continue to be available on our website at:
Contact Kim Paulson (email@example.com) or 920-662-7717 if you have any questions about your child(s) meal account
VIRTUAL LEARNING ATTENDANCE
- Attendance - If a student is not present for the morning instructional meet and/or does not engage in the day's online work, they will be marked absent. If a student is late or unable to participate for the day, you must call the Attendance Line at (920) 662-8888 in order for the tardy/absence to be excused.
STUDENTS SHOULD DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
- Now that the colder weather has arrived and will only be getting colder, please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather conditions. This includes wearing boots, mittens or gloves (waterproof is the best), snow pants, and a warm coat and hat if the weather dictates. Once it snows, students will need to have snow pants on in order to play in the snow. Students will be going outside for recess every day unless the wind chill factor is below zero degrees.
- Also, please label all outdoor clothing items with your child's name in case they get lost. We see many items in our lost and found bin that never get claimed.
PTO COMMITTEE LEADS OPENINGS
Field Day- Help organize this end of year fun activity
Please contact Kelsey Warren, PTO President, at 920-254-3172 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have more questions. Thank you!
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS CORNER
Our HSSD school social work team has created this newsletter and corner to share resources and information from the community with you to support social, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs. This corner will allow you to access resources and services in the community in one location. We will update this newsletter twice a month. Please click on the link below...
MEDICATION FORMS & POLICY
The Howard-Suamico School District has a district-wide medication policy. Students requiring medication at school shall be identified by parents to the principal or school office. Students are NOT allowed to carry medication on their person for their safety, as well as the safety of others. All medication will be dispensed from the office. A over the counter form needs to be completed for any over the counter medication. Prescription medications require a parent signature and physician signature on the prescription medication form. Medication will NOT be dispensed from the school office until ALL forms have been completed. Copies of the district medication policy as well as the parent and physician forms can be obtained in the school office. Medication needs to be sent to school in the prescription bottle for prescribed medicine and the original container for over the counter medicines and must be brought in to school by the parent. Please do not send medication in envelopes, plastic bags, other containers, etc. We appreciate your cooperation as this medication policy is strictly enforced. Please call with any questions or concerns you might have.
From your School Board - February 2021
On Election Day, April 6, 2021, the Howard-Suamico School District will have two referenda questions on the ballot. The first question reads:
“Shall the Howard-Suamico School District, Brown County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for a duration of five years beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and ending with the 2027-2028 school year by an amount of $5,000,000 per year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance?”
This question asks our community to continue the support it approved in 2018 but expires at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Approving this question on April 6th this year will allow the district to continue the strides we have made in reducing class sizes, maintaining employee compensation, and facility maintenance needs through the end of the 2027-28 school year.
The second question is the result of over 18 months of analysis that includes facilities studies and community input from both a community led task force and community surveys. This question reads:
“Shall the Howard-Suamico School District, Brown County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $98,000,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building improvement project consisting of: renovations including improvements to learning environments, safety and security improvements and construction of additions for new gymnasiums at Bay View Middle School and Forest Glen Elementary School; district-wide capital maintenance and building infrastructure improvements; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?”
With the successful passage of this question, the Board of Education will be able to reduce the tax levy rate from the $9.19 amount that has been in place for the past seven years to a new $8.99 rate. This is possible due to strategic and sound fiscal planning over the past several years. One example of this would be the significant savings of interest costs throughout the years by aggressively paying down our debt. Certainly not a new concept, homeowners and business owners have long been employing this strategy as a way to plan for the future.
The district will be providing information regarding these questions in multiple ways. On the district website there is a section dedicated to the referendum. Once on our website, select the Community tab, then select Referendum from the drop-down menu. There is information regarding the proposed projects at each of our schools, information about the Community Task Force, a Q&A section, and a way to contact us with questions. More information will be updated in the coming days and weeks, including informational videos about each question and the tax levy rate. The Board of Education will be holding three community information sessions in March to answer questions in person. There will also be a virtual community information session created and posted on the website in the coming weeks. And referendum reminders will be arriving in your mailboxes.
For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District, please visit our website at www.hssdschools.org., or for additional information regarding this article, contact school board member Jeff Eilers at email@example.com.