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A letter from Mrs. Hamner
With the recent news of moving to alternative learning for the school year, all HPES faculty and staff are so disappointed that we will not be able to be on campus again with our students. I have heard from so many teachers, parents, and students say they all share the same sentiment that they are heartbroken they will not be able to share in many of the fun activities that the end of the school year brings. However, despite not being able to be present physically, we are excited to find ways to come together virtually and continue to learn, grow, and achieve as a school community! Although the school closure brings many challenges to parents, students, and teachers alike, it also presents a time for us to be creative in ways we can stay connected. Please continue to check our school website, Facebook, Instagram, and e-mails for messages from faculty and staff.
We are still designing new resources for the rest of the year, so for next week, students are encouraged to READ, READ, READ!!! It is our hope that students continue practicing math facts, and journaling. Journaling is a great way for students to put their feelings and thoughts on paper. We also want our students to get outside and play. Exercise is good for the soul and the mind. I firmly believe that we all need to take time to relax and reflect. I know that the best ideas and creativity come when we have time to slow down and just think. We are blessed with some extra time to unplug, slow down, and process. We have also provided our families with some wonderful on-line resources to support your child at home. Please continue to reach out to your teacher for guidance on how to help your students navigate the on-line tools.
Next week, teachers and staff will develop a learning plan for our students to use at home. We are waiting on guidance from the state department and the central office on what will be included in the plans. Please look for a survey message to be sent early next week that will ask you a few questions about ways we can support learning at home. There are also learning packets available on the tcss.net website. Please look on the left side under Coronavirus 2019/COVID-19. You can also find a section on frequently asked questions. These questions are being updated often.
TCSS is offering a HELP LINE. This is to answer any questions that you may have about school operations, social services and more. The phone number is 205-342-2920. It is operating Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Please tell your child that we all love them and miss them! I miss seeing all of the students. I always enjoy greeting them every morning…yesterday was especially hard because it is one of my favorite days of the week: HIGH FIVE FRIDAY. The students love it too, and to not see their smiling faces Friday morning made things hit home.
I know our school community is strong! It is easy to dwell on what we are losing this school year, but I invite you to look at the new possibilities we have despite the circumstances. This is only temporary, and we will be back together again soon! Finally, remember try to find ways to show kindness and compassion daily, “That’s the Wildcat Way!” If you need to get in touch with me, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. This information will help us as we develop our learning plan for our school. It will be extremely helpful if you can complete this by Monday, March 30th.
It's High Five Friday!
10 Day Virtual Kids Heart Challenge
I hope your family is safe and healthy in the midst of ongoing coronavirus developments. It’s important for me to know our Huntington Place Elementary School students are taking care of themselves during this difficult time.
While the school closures are necessary to ensure the safety of our children, families and community, I can’t help to be genuinely concerned about the students’ missed opportunities from school activities, to community and social events, to valuable time spent with one another, including our Kids Heart Challenge.
Our partners at the American Heart Association have provided our school with a 10 day virtual Kids Heart Challenge Event.
It will keep our students connected and help reduce stress and anxiety while staying physically active and helping our community. Daily emails will offer home activities, kid-friendly recipes and tips for parents to keep mental health and physical activity a priority. We are focused on the safety of your child. At the same time, keeping kids on the move and eating nutritious foods is extremely important to our students’ heart health. Over the next 10 days, your family can join in the following activities:
- KNOW YOUR HEART
- COMPLETE FINN’S MISSIONS
- CONNECT THE DOTS
- KNOW THE STROKE SIGNS
- TIME TO COOK HEALTHY!
- GAME DAY
- SLAM DUNK! BE GRATEFUL
- MOVE MORE
If your child is registered for Kids Heart Challenge, we’re eager to share this new virtual challenge with you and your family. If they’re not yet registered, it’s time to log in to www.heart.org/khc and get excited about the fun, family-focused challenge.
Huntington was designated as a State School of Character! This is not an award, but rather a recognition of Huntington’s commitment to teach the whole child. We are committed to teaching our students our core values. Huntington is a place where students learn, grow, and achieve by being honest, kind, compassionate, respectful, and responsible. That’s the Wildcat Way!!