Pirate News from the desk of Mr. Schlatter (Nov 17th)
It looks like “Ole Man” Winter is sneaking in early this year. This means that we need adjust and pay attention to a few things such as morning routines, winter recess and school delays & closings. Therefore, you will find information on these include within this newsletter.
As November slips away, I hope you are getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. It is RIGHT AROUND the corner with Thanksgiving kicking things off:0) With that, I hope that everyone has a great week!
Please Let the Office Know
A reminder to please contact the elementary and middle school offices in advance if your child(ren) are leaving school early . By doing this, you’ll be giving us a chance to have the child(ren) located and in the office when you arrive. Our office number is 988-3239 (elementary) or 988-4137 (middle school). Thanks for helping us out.
New Before School Procedures
With the arrival of colder weather and windchills below zero, we are going to be changing our Before School routines. Starting on November 17th, students will head to the big gym at 7:45 rather than out to the playground before school.
When students arrive to school, they will be directed to take their things to the small gym, drop them off in the designated area, and then go to the big gym. Students are not to head to their lockers or walk the halls until the 8:00 bell rings.
*** Students eating breakfast will head to breakfast as usual and then down to the big gym if time permits.
Outside Recess Protocol
As cold weather and snow rolls in, I wanted to remind you of our outside recess protocols. Students will go outside for recess UNLESS the actual temperature or windchill temperature is below 0 degrees according to the Hudson Schools Weatherbug system which gives us up-to-date on site weather conditions.
Because students will be heading outside, it is very important that they come with hats, snowpants, boots, and gloves. Students not having all these items will still be sent outside, but may have their outside activity restricted depending on the conditions.
Winter weather brings new challenges to the playground. We recognize that kids love snow and are tempted to slide in it, throw it and push people down in it. With that being said, here are a few seasonal recess rules.
- No throwing snow balls
- No pushing on the snow hills. Students may slide on the hills as long as they sit on their bottoms, feet first.
- No sliding on the ice
- No playing on equipment that may be exceedingly slick or deemed unsafe for the day by the playground supervisiors. As parents, here are a couple suggestions. You might want to make sure that your child brings home their winter gear at least twice a week so that it can be dried out. Some students chose to leave much of their winter gear here at school and that’s okay because it’s always here. The difficulty with this practice is that many things go into lockers wet and don’t always have a chance to really dry out and this has a tendency to create an odor problem.
- You might consider sending an extra set of clothes (especially socks) to school during the winter months. That way if your child’s clothes get wet, they can change into a dry set. Put your child’s names on their things. That will help us return lost items to their respectful owners.
Holiday Food Drive Begins
This week our Holiday food drive begins. This annual event collects food and distributes it to local families from within our school community that could use a little extra help during the holiday season. So during the upcoming weeks, please consider helping us out if you can. Here is the collection schedule we’ll be using.
November 17 – 21 – Canned Fruits and Vegetables
November 24 -28 – Boxed goods
December 1- 5 – Soups and Canned Meats
December 8 – 12- Paper Products and Personal Hygiene
School Board Meeting
On Monday, November 17th, the School Board will be meeting at 6:00 pm in the board room. Visitors are welcome:0)
Picture Retake Day
On Tuesday, November 18th, students who were absent or weren’t satisfied with their first school picture will have the opportunity to get their done or retaken. Students who weren’t satisfied with their first school picture will need to return their first packet with them tomorrow if they want to have their pictures retaken.
Early Out- 1:30 Dismissal on Wednesday
A reminder that students will be getting out early (1:30) on Wednesday, November 19th. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
On Wednesday, some staff will be working in their grade level or special area Professional Learning Communities for the first hour of the afternoon and then working on their specific content area during the second hour of the afternoon. Other staff members will be attending training on the Wonders ELA program. This training will run for both hours of the afternoon.
Art It Forward Program
On Thursday, November 20th, Mrs. McNeal’s afterschool Art class Art It Forward continues for those students who have signed up for it. Class will run from 3:05 – 4:30.
Key of Excellence is Integrity
A reminder that this month’s Key of Excellence is Integrity. Integrity is when your behaviors/actions match your values or expectations. This can be pictured best using your hands. When your hands and fingers (behaviors and actions) line up, this signifies integrity. When they don’t line up, integrity is missing and things are a mess. Hopefully, your child(ren) has been working on this Key at home as well as school and you have seen their beliefs matching up with their actions:0)
Focus Area for November: Bathroom
This month we have been paying special attention to their bathroom behavior by focusing on the following actions…
Remember the Reason
Use Inside Voice
Don’t Mess Around
Respect Personal Space/Privacy
Wash Hands with Soap
Keep water/soap in sink
Put paper towels in garbage can
Head back to class when done
We believe that these actions/behaviors will go a long way in making our bathroom a safer and more orderly place to use:0) Thanks for your support as we continue to work to instill these behaviors.
As winter approaches, we encourage everyone to sign up for School Alerts. This service will send informational text messages directly to your phone and will help keep you up to date on any weather related school closings, delays or changes in school activities.
If you haven’t signed up for this service yet, go to the Hudson website at www.hudsonpiratepride.com and you will find the school alerts button. Click on this button and follow the prompts. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to go.
Hudson Community School’s Core Purpose
“We create effective learning environments that result in success for all students.”