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Hawk News from the Principal 5/3

Hello HCES families,

Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, May 3rd-7th. We are so appreciative of all of our teachers and we appreciate all the support we receive from our parents, families, and PTA!

Make sure to see the flyer that PTA sent out for ways our students can shower their teachers with love and kindness. We are also dressing up in certain colors:

  • Monday - wear blue or a school shirt
  • Tuesday - wear red for #RedforEd
  • Wednesday - wear animal prints or tie-dye to show that you are "WILD" about your teacher
  • Thursday - wear green or a school shirt
  • Friday - wear your teacher's favorite color

This week will have our STAR assessments for Kindergarten through second grade. Next week, our third-fifth graders will take their STAR assessments.

All library books are due by Friday, May 7th!

As we continue to follow the ADPH toolkit guidelines, the current procedures that we have in place will continue through the end of the year. We will continue to wear masks and we are not hosting events to limit visitors to the building. We are planning celebrations for our students during the school day after testing is complete as well as other celebrations for the end of the year.

The Fifth Grade Bridging Celebration will occur on May 26th to be shared via zoom and also recorded for family members. We will host two separate times, the traditional student ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and HVA student ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. Students will be seated in our cafeteria which can accommodate the students and provide social distancing as well. We will have a photographer take a picture of each student on the bridge and a videographer so we can provide a link for families to watch at their convenience. We understand many families wanted to attend and are disappointed that this is not an option. Please remember that in elementary schools, our events occur during the school day and we must follow the ADPH toolkit guidelines which limit visitors to the building. We have to remember that the safety of our students and teachers is the priority while still having a ceremony. This format will be used across the district in other elementary schools as well.

Our PTA is also selling personalized yard signs for our 5th-grade students. Please visit our school Facebook page or our Hampton Cove Elementary PTA Facebook page to order.

Our Virtual "K for a Day" video is now live on our school website. Please visit our school website and click on the link for "K for a Day" under the School News section. If you know of any families in your neighborhood who plan to attend HCES in the fall, please ask them to visit our school website or call the school to obtain registration information. 

We have had several calls to the front office asking if I will accept teacher requests for next year. Please know that I am unable to accept parent requests for specific teachers because I can not guarantee any teacher/student placement. We have accepted environment requests in the past, however, this will not occur as we move forward. The only request I will take is if you have had experience with a teacher in the past and you wish to have a different teacher based on your personal experience. Our teachers love our students and work well to problem solve issues that may arise throughout the year. If you have an issue, we will work together for the good of our students. Parents who have been with us for a while know this about our school family.

Timeline:

  • May 4&5 - STAR Testing for K - 2nd-grade students
  • May 3-7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 7th - Last day to turn in library books
  • May 11 & 12- STAR Testing for 3rd-5th Grade students
  • May 26th - 5th Grade Bridging Ceremony - 8:30 a.m. for traditional students, 9:45 for HVA students
  • May 28th - Last day of school; report cards sent home

Thank you all for your support,

Ms. Spivey