Thank you for a wonderful first full week at Hilburn! I enjoyed meeting your students in our classrooms, and I am loving watching our teachers and students at work. We have so many good things going on in the classrooms at Hilburn. We should all feel very lucky to be a part of this community.
I will be communicating with our community weekly through Hawk Talk and through a Friday Robo Call; hopefully, you received my message this past Friday.
General PTA Meeting: Thank you to the parents who joined us at last week’s PTA Meeting. There was lots of good information shared by our 2015-2016 board members, and our staff and students are benefiting greatly from the PTA’s fundraising and planning efforts. With that in mind, please be sure to participate in our upcoming Fall Festival activities on Friday, October 16th.
Carpool: At last week’s PTA Meeting, carpool concerns were raised. Hopefully, you have noticed that we have shaved five minutes off of the morning carpool line. I feel confident we could shave off more time with your help: Please do not leave significant gaps between cars and be ready to move forward at all times. We are still looking for ways to improve the speed of afternoon carpool and will continue to work on those processes. If you are able to ride a bus, we ask that you do.
Middle Grade Clubs: Middle School parents also inquired about clubs; I am happy to announce we are introducing a few new organizations for our middle-school students. Ms. Keener will be advising our chapter of National Honor Society. Seventh graders will be eligible for membership if they maintain a 3.5 GPA, so let’s keep those grades up and be looking for applications in February. Mrs. Eby will be initiating a Service Club, I will be starting a Principal’s Advisory Council, Mrs. Freeze will be leading a Book Club, and these are just a few of the organizations we will have! Thank you to all of the staff members who have stepped up to create these opportunities for our students.
October is Bullying Awareness Month: When opportunities present themselves, please speak with your children about bullying behavior. Your students should have also now received interims in all classes. Please be sure you have checked in with your students about grades, study habits and time management. If your student needs support in one of these areas, please contact one of our counselors.
Important Dates: Please note the following upcoming dates: Fall Festival is October 16th, the end-of-the quarter and the Middle School Dance are October 23rd, we have a teacher workday on October 26th, report cards will come out on October 30th, and picture re-takes are scheduled for November 9th.
If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail me at email@example.com. Have a great week.