We were excited to see so many families join us at Thursday’s Back-to-School Picnic. Thank you for braving the weather and supporting our school community, and thank you to the volunteers who organized the event, allowing all of us to have a great time. The PTA also hosted our first cultural arts assembly on Friday: Students were entertained by storyteller Donna Washington, who did a wonderful job engaging our audiences.
Please remember this Friday, September 30th, is an early-release day. All students will be dismissed at 12:30 and should be off campus by 1:00 with the exception of students enrolled in Aftercare.
Counseling Services: Ms. Daley held an interested meeting last week for Safety Patrol, and all fifth grade students are invited to participate. Please encourage students to see Ms. Daley with questions. Third-grade students also have an opportunity to participate in the Perfectly You Small Group, which will focus on building self-confidence and self-esteem. Follow this link for more information.
Middle-School Reading Buddies: All middle-school students have an opportunity to be a Reading Buddy. Reading Buddies will be matched with students in kindergarten, first, second and third grade, and Buddies will read during arrival in the elementary student’s classroom between 7:45 to 8:15. We are asking Buddies to commit to reading two to three mornings a week, to start reading the week of October 3rd, and to attend a quick workshop this Friday, September 30th, at 7:45 in the Imagination Station. Interested students can sign up with Mrs. Callan and Mr. Hurley.
Parent Meetings: We have a few important parent meetings this Thursday, September 29th. Mrs. Altman and Mrs. Gomez are hosting an ESL Parents’ Night in trailer 7 from 5:00 to 6:00. Ms. Badalamenti and Mrs. Johnston are hosting a Third-Grade Parents’ Meeting in the Media Center from 6:00 to 6:45; they will be covering the AIG Explorers Program and Read to Achieve.
Raise a Reader: This week, we want to offer some tips to help you get your student(s) reading or reading more. This Scholastic page offers tips to create a home library, recommends books, provides curriculum guides and resources of PreK-8, and offers tips to raise readers. We also want to recommend the article “50 Books for Kids to Read by Age 12.” The list was compiled to capture books that turn kids into readers, hook reluctant readers and span kids’ experiences across space and time. Enjoy.
Are you interested in being a teacher assistant at Hilburn? If so, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to another outstanding week and hope it’s one for you as well.
Katherine White, Principal