From Principal Laurie Singer
Soon to be arriving home will be a packet of timely information that includes directions on scheduling student led conferences on Oct. 15 or 16, how to log into the PowerSchool Portal between Oct. 13 and 26 to view student progress, and the dates of technology information meetings for families of the seventh- and eighth-graders interested in allowing students’ Chromebooks or netbooks to come home to complete assignments after school hours. Read over the information carefully as all three items require some action from home. Any questions can be addressed by calling 878-1388.
Yearbooks Now On Sale
The Yearbook Club at ADL started on Sept. 8. The club of over 20 students is hard at work making another fun, colorful yearbook for the students. You can already purchase a yearbook for $20 online on the ADL website or pick up an order form at the front office.
News from the Learning Center
Hiawatha’s library is off to a busy start. Mrs. Lawrence is working closely with classroom teachers this year, integrating the library program with classroom work. In this first rotation of the year she is teaming with the kindergarten teachers and introducing informational texts. In second grade classrooms she is bringing in the work of master writers to help teach different aspects of the craft of writing. During Open House last week, many families came in to say hello and participate in a book character scavenger hunt. Remember that families are welcome in the library and if you wish to sign books out for your family, stop by and the library staff will set up an account for you. Mark your calendars for the first week of November, when we’ll have our Scholastic Book Fair. More details to follow soon.
The PTO is exploring new avenues to increase the welcoming and supportive family environment in our school community. At our next meeting we will be discussing and voting on the creation of ‘Hiawatha’s Helping Hands,’ a new PTO program to respond to individual, family and life challenges or changes. If you would like to be a part of creating and organizing this program, join us for our next meeting on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the music room (childcare provided).
Upcoming PTO Events
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Summit’s annual BBQ for students is taking place tomorrow Sept. 26. Student’s families are welcome to come and join them during their lunchtime slot.
PTO SaveAround Coupon Book Fundraiser
The SaveAround Coupon books were sent home in Friday Folders on Sept. 19. This fundraiser benefits the PTO who organizes and supports many school community activities throughout the year. The book costs $20 and easily pays for itself in just two or three uses. Return the unsold books or order forms by Monday, Oct. 6. If you have any questions contact: Nicki Giard-Jeter email@example.com (A few books are available in the office for sale.)
T-Shirts Still Needed for Art Room
The art room is still in need of adult sized t-shirts to be used for art smocks. Also, any clear plastic egg cartons of any size would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are welcome in the art room on a regular basis or drop in opportunity if you happen to have the time. Be sure to complete the volunteer form on our webpage.
As a part of our school wide implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, our first ‘Sunband’ celebration was held last week to recognize the many kind, responsible and safe choices that students have been making in the classroom, at recess, in the cafeteria and the hallways. Students are already back hard at work to earn more Sunbands through behavior such as following directions the first time, walking quietly through the hall, respecting personal space with others and using manners.
We had our first Four Winds of the year recently, which is a nature-based program conducted by parent volunteers. Each month features a new topic, and each session begins with a puppet show to introduce the topic, followed by hands-on activities and exploration. Whenever possible, we try to incorporate getting outside. This month’s Four Winds focus was spiders. The students had the opportunity to observe real spiders, construct a spider, look for spiders outside, and play two spidery games. Thank you to our Four Winds volunteers for a wonderful afternoon.
Students in Melanie Savio’s third-grade class are participating in Northeast Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) Farm to Community Mentor program. NOFA’s Community Mentors work to promote the role of farmers as agricultural producers and educators. The Savio Super Stars connected with Adam’s Turkey Farm in Essex, to learn more about the consumer/producer relationship. Through the Farmer Correspondence Program, the students will write letters to farmer Judy Adams to gain firsthand information, and to begin building an understanding of the importance of supporting local farmers. Natural connections to the curriculum include science, math and literacy.
The Fleming PTO is selling coupon books beginning tomorrow Sept. 26. Each student will bring home a coupon book to sell. Keep an eye out in your student’s backpack on Friday for the book, which will be inside a large order envelope. This fundraiser will run until Oct. 10. If you do not want to buy the coupon book, return it to school as soon as possible. The PTO needs to return any unsold books, otherwise it will be charged for them. Thank you for your participation and understanding.
Math Olympiad Program
We are planning to give our students an opportunity to challenge their math talents and skills by participating in the Math Olympiad Program. Before starting the program this year we need to source the services of volunteer math coaches to offer a fourth-grade session and a fifth-grade session. If you would be interesting in coaching a Math Olympiad group, contact Principal Ryan by phone (878-1316) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fleming Art Room
The Fleming Art Room still needs large adult-sized tee shirts for our students to use as smocks. Donations of clear plastic egg cartons (clean, any size) are also appreciated. Parent/guardian volunteers are welcomed and appreciated in our Art Room. Complete the online volunteer application/registration on the school website and contact Lisa Foley at email@example.com to find out more about volunteering in art.