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Hawk News from The Principal 8/15

Dear HCES Family,

  • We had an absolutely amazing time at our PBIS Kick-Off Friday! PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) is a program we use to encourage positive behavior and going the extra mile. Over the past weeks, our teachers and students discussed positive behavior and provided examples across all settings. Students and teachers worked to set student goals on the amount of Hawk Honor students must earn to attend the quarterly PBIS celebrations. Students who are suspended in school or out of school (twice or a combination of each) will not be allowed to attend the quarterly celebration. Additionally, any level three infraction that is considered a safety concern will also result in losing the privilege of attending the quarterly celebration. The principal will make the final determination on who will not attend the celebration(s) based on the severity of the infraction. Each quarter, the goals are reset and we begin anew.
  • Thank you for continuing to honor your teacher's request to allow us to establish routines and procedures prior to lunch visits. The students and teachers are working extremely hard on this.
  • Please remember that safety and uninterrupted instruction are paramount to the success of all of our students. Parents and volunteers should not interrupt instruction or go to the classroom unless previously scheduled and escorted by the principal. Unexpected classroom visits are strictly prohibited and interrupt student and teacher focus. We love having parents and volunteers in the building, but please be reminded that there are protocols that ALL parents and volunteers must adhere to. Thank you in advance for understanding and your cooperation.
  • We appreciate all of the requests to volunteer to help our teachers. Each of our teachers have a different way of completing tasks. Teachers will reach out to their room parents if they need help with completing tasks. Please rest assured that student privacy is extremely important and parent/volunteers will not have access to student grades or information.

A few quick reminders on safety:

  • Please remind your student(s) to move away from the red line on the sidewalk. Some of us prefer to drive close to the edge of the sidewalk, and we do not want any of our students to get hurt.
  • When walking to the school or crossing the crosswalks, please make sure your children are walking beside or in front of you. Those in vehicles cannot see the little ones, but they can see you. This ensures your children cross traffic safely and do not run/fall between vehicles. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
  • Please continue to notify us if your student or someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Some parents are asking about the Elementary and Middle line consolidation during pick-up. I understand your concern and am brainstorming a solution. Thank you for your patience.
  • Traffic for drop-off is continuous between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. If you arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., please allow your student to exit the car and enter the building. We cannot have anyone parking and waiting in the car line.
  • Please share with your friends who are parents of middle school students, that they cannot park in the elementary line. This will cause more traffic problems than getting in the middle school line and waiting. (Thank you.)
  • In accordance with a new Alabama law, parents and guardians must opt-in to receive the typical services offered by a school counselor by completing, signing, and returning the permission form to your child's homeroom teacher (a paper copy was sent home last Wednesday as well). This includes every other week whole group "guidance" lessons, small group counseling, crisis intervention, individual support, and mentoring. These are the same services students have always received from the counselor. This course provides students with a foundation for character development, social development, emotional development, and career development. These skills build a foundation that is necessary for students to learn to navigate in a challenging world.
  • Please remember that students will walk to their classrooms independently. We will still have staff on hand to help them get to class (although I will share that I tried to walk a K student to class and they told me they didn't need me and knew where they were going! So proud!)
  • Pick-up and drop-off are steadily improving. I am not sure what happened Thursday or Friday morning. There was a period of about 4 minutes where elementary traffic was not moving and there was no traffic under the breezeway. If you know what happened, please share it with me so we can prevent this in the future.
  • In the afternoons, pre-k student pick-up is the priority. Please allow those parents to drive to the front of the line to pick up their students. Pre-k dismissal begins around 2:15. K-5 dismissal will run much more efficiently if pre-k parents are able to pick up their students on time.
  • Many of you know that I take student and family privacy very seriously. The school, cannot and will not answer questions pertaining to any student, family, or situation. We all have a right to privacy and I/we will not violate that. The school has to be a safe haven for all students. Thank you for understanding.
  • Please continue to discuss with your student, how they will go home each day, especially in grades K-2. It is always helpful to email your teacher with this information along with any changes.
  • Alphabest has assured me that they are working on increasing personnel. Once they have secured employees, they will begin accepting students on the waitlist.
  • Students cannot be checked-out after 2:00 p.m. Thank you for having your required I.D. ready in order to check students out.

Concerns

  • If you have a concern, please reach out to the school prior to the central office. Often times concerns can be handled at the school level.
  • If you need to contact Dr. Perkins or any school staff, please do so by email. This way we can schedule a meeting (if required) and you can have our undivided attention. Please do not attempt to hold discussions during carline or other times when student safety is a top priority. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Lunchroom Accounts

  • Please know that if you have placed a block on your child's EZPay account to NOT purchase snacks, they will be unable to provide ice cream for your child, so make sure you didn't set blocks on your child's account.
  • If your child has a birthday, you can purchase ice cream for the class to celebrate and it does not have to be on a Friday, however, Ms. LaTonya (our cafeteria manager) does need to know this in advance so she can place her ice cream order. I would contact your child's teacher and/or Ms. LaTonya a few days before the ice cream is needed. To find the EZ pay website, visit the HCS website, click on the parent tab and then click on Breakfast and lunch. Scroll down and you will see the EZ pay link.

Personal Electronic Devices

  • Please remember that Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) must remain in backpacks. We know that you value instructional time and PEDs create distractions from learning. This includes cell phones, smart watches, and any other electronic device not provided by HCS. Medical devices prescribed by a doctor are not PEDs.
  • If you need to contact your student, please email your teacher or call the front office.

Volunteers

  • Thank you again to everyone who has volunteered their time to make HCES a success.
  • Most of our opportunities are organized through our fantastic PTA if you are interested in volunteering. Please be on the lookout for future opportunities to volunteer.

Water Bottles

  • Please continue to send your child with a water bottle. Our water fountains are not equipped for individual drinking. They are bottle fillers only.

Please check our website, Facebook page, and the PTA Facebook page for updates.

Thank you so much for your support,

Dr. Perkins