December 2019

December 2019
Posted on 12/04/2019
December 2019

Dear HGS Families & Friends,

Welcome back after an extended Thanksgiving break! It seems like the turn of the calendar also marked the start of wintry weather with two feet of snow and two extra days off! It’s nice to have students back with us as we begin our second trimester of the school year. This is a busy month with lots to learn and lots to do!

Last month was full of learning and community involvement. Notable November events at HGS included:
❖ The end of 1st Trimester on 11/25
❖ Veterans Day activities, which included
 Wall of Honor - thank you to ALL who shared names and photos of family members who served. We are honored to recognize and remember their service.
 School-wide Assembly - the AHS JROTC helped to make this a memorable event
 Collection of cards, letters, and goodies for Treats for Troops
❖ Parent Teacher Conferences - teachers & staff always appreciate the opportunity to meet with parents. Thanks, too, to the PTO for providing dinner and dessert!
❖ Staff members participated in a ‘Jeans on Fridays’ drive and raised $500 for the St. John’s Food Pantry
❖ Collection for HPD Toy Drive for patients at CHAD and the Hat & Mitten Tree

Although December is short on school days, it is FULL of events. Things to look forward to this month include:
❖ Thursday, 12/5 - 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert at 6:30 PM
❖ Report Cards:
➢ 12/10 Available on Parent Portal in PowerSchool
➢ 12/12 Paper copies go home with all students
❖ Thursday, 12/12 - HGS Holiday Stroll 5:30 - 7:30 PM
❖ Week of 12/16 - holiday parties in classrooms
❖ Winter Break - NO School 12/23 - 1/1 (School resumes on Thursday, 1/2/20. Happy New Year!)

Our word of the month for December is mindfulness. Lessons and quotes this month will teach students what mindfulness is, why it is important to be mindful, and strategies to help with being present and attentive to what is going on with our minds, our bodies, and our emotions.

Some helpful reminders for this time of year:
❖ Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather. When there is snow on the ground, students must have a full complement of snow gear (boots, snow pants, winter jacket, mittens/gloves, hat) in order to play in the snow. We DO go out for recess when the “feels like” temperature is 20 degrees or above, and dressing warmly is important.
❖ When dropping students off in the morning, please be aware of the drop off procedures (outlined in the HGS handbook). It is especially important to be mindful of the crosswalk. This includes watching for pedestrians as well as making sure your vehicle does not block any part of the crosswalk. Please remind children to walk on the walkways and paths - although our custodial staff words hard to keep them clear of snow and ice, these surfaces can still be slippery. Thank you.

Wishing each of your families a December filled with happy moments!

Until next time,
Lois Connors, Principal Sarah Muncey, Assistant Principal

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