January 2022

Posted on 01/03/2022
Happy New Year, Hills Garrison Families!

We here at HG hope that you had a healthy and joyous holiday season.

This newsletter will go over how we determine indoor recesses, student-owned technology, word of the month, and provide an overview of the month's happenings.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Recess

Here at Hills Garrison, we like to get students outside for recess. The fresh air and exercise recharges students to finish the school day strongly. However, with the impending cold weather ahead indoor recesses are inevitable. Indoor recesses allow students to demonstrate flexibility and strengthen their social development. The determining factor for recess is the “real feel” temperature. If the real feel temperature is 20 degrees or above, students will go outside for recess.

The real feel temperature is determined by looking at three weather providers. If two of the three providers say the real feel temperature is less than 20 degrees, students will have indoor recess. If two of the three providers say the real feel temperature is 20 degrees or above, students will go out for recess.

Since New England weather is unpredictable, please send your child to school with the appropriate clothing.

Student Owned Technology

Many of our HG Students own cell phones, and some have communicative watch devices. We ask that our students' devices be silent during the school day. These devices are naturally distracting and can compromise student learning. If you need to get a message to your child, please get in touch with the main office. We will be sure to get your message to your child in an expedited fashion.

Word of the Month


Students will learn that perseverance (sometimes called grit) means to keep trying despite not succeeding initially throughout the month.

Monthly Happenings

January 3 – Welcome Back

January 5 – HG PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

January 7 – Friday Comfy Dress Day – School Spirit

January 14 – Early Release 12:30 pm Dismissal
– Friday Comfy Dress Day – College Sweatshirt Day

January 17 – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day

January 21 – Friday Comfy Dress Day – Winter Warmth Day

January 28 – Friday Comfy Dress Day – Wear Your Favorite Color

Thank you for all you do to make Hills Garrison such a special place.

With Gratitude,

William "Bill" McCarthy - Principal
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