Elementary School Newsletter

June 2021

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I would like to thank the community for supporting the school budget and education of our students in Herkimer.

Thank you
It’s hard to believe we only have one month of school left! I would like to thank all of the parents and caregivers for your support as we navigated through this unprecedented year. With the support of the BOE, teachers, staff, and parents, our students were lucky enough to benefit from in-person instruction all year!
Thank you!
PTA
Thank you for all you do for our students and staff!
Yearbooks
If you did not already purchase a yearbook and would like to do so, there is still time! Extras are on sale for $15. You may send in cash or a check (made out to HES Yearbook) with your child and one will be delivered to them that day.
Summer program
We are fortunate to be able to offer a summer program this year for students to assist them in sustaining and reinforcing their skills. The program will run half-days from July 12 – August 5, with transportation provided. Breakfast and lunch will also be an option for students. Students have been selected by their homeroom teacher and invitation letters have already been mailed home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or Miss Paragi at 315-866-8562.
Out-of-district
If you plan to move over the summer months and will not be attending Herkimer next year, we ask that you please notify the office as soon as possible. Also, if you are living out-of-district, please take the necessary steps to enroll your child in the district in which you reside. HCSD will no longer accept out-of-district students.
It has been a pleasure working with all of you over the course of the 2020-2021 school year! I hope everyone has a fantastic summer and enjoys time with their family and friends.

Educationally yours,
Mrs. Renee Vogt

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

K-5 Career Exploration
May was our second lesson on career exploration! Students were exposed to and gained an understanding of different STEM career choices. Ask your student which STEM career interests them the most. Students in this lesson were able to make the connection of why it is important to learn science and math in school.
Did you know that many students by the age of 10 believe they may have made decisions that will impact their future career choices. Help your student to KNOW themselves and EXPLORE careers early on so they learn to PLAN their future and GO for their dreams! Work with your child to explore career options with fun, hands-on learning activities such as cooking, yard work, chores, sewing, carpentry, and more!
I would like to thank you for supporting your child’s social-emotional needs. HES could not have done this without our families. As a team, we provide the best education experience for all our students!
Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Thank you,
Sara Lamanna
Elementary School Counselor
Contact: 315-866-8562 x2021

May 2021

From the Principal’s Desk

I hope this newsletter finds everyone enjoying the mild Spring weather.
The end of the third marking period has come to a close and your child should have brought home his/her report card.  Congratulations to all students on their hard work and individual achievements.
I’d like to acknowledge all of the students who received perfect attendance, High Honors, and Honor Roll, way to go!

Carnation sale
On Friday, May 7, 2021, HES will be selling carnations for $1 each in honor of Mother’s Day. Preorders are REQUIRED. Return the enclosed slip with the exact amount of money to your teacher by Wednesday, May 5. If we are unable to fill your entire order, you will be notified via ParentSquare. The proceeds will benefit the Herkimer Humane Society.

Testing
• Tuesday, May 4 – students in grades 3-5 will take the New York State Mathematics Assessment.
• Friday, June 7 – students in grade 4 will take the New York State Science Written Assessment.

PTA
Thank you to PTA for recognizing and showing appreciation to all HES staff in honor off Teacher Appreciation Week.
As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

Educationally yours,
Mrs. Renee Vogt

Honor Roll – Third Marking Period

  • Mrs. Denton
    High Honor Roll: Simon Boncella
    Honor Roll: Carter Archer, Sophia Arnold, Deakon Elthorp, Jordan O’Bryan, Tristan Vandenberg
  • Mrs. Lyga
    High Honor Roll: Sierra DiBrango, Izaiah Petty, Aiden Sheffler
    Honor Roll: Natalee Edick, Amina Zumba
  • Mrs. Macri
    High Honor Roll: Alaina Hutchinson, Alivia Prosser, Ryder Korniat
    Honor Roll: Jeremiah Bowen-McLean, Rayanna Gonzalez, Amelia Hansen, Sophia Mederios, StellaBlue Ruffule
  • Mr. Schoff
    High Honor Roll: Leah Furgison, Brayden Hein, Kayden McCovery, Logan Perri, Lia Peruzzi, Andrew Verenich, Leah Yudchits
    Honor Roll: Mia Calicchia, Brayden Cook, William Li, Evangelina Osorio, Bella Scalise, Maxim Verenich, Danielle Williams, Preston Zawatski
  • Mrs. Spence
    High Honor Roll: Lucas Brewer, William Larzelere, Inara Moyer, Julian Zielinski, Kennedy Zielinski
    Honor Roll: Brent Blais, Grace Brinkerhoff, Jacob Griffith, Bradley Hollis, Jonah Maiorano, Jacob Petucci

April 2021

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Spring is finally here! It’s exciting to know the sunshine and warm weather is right around the corner.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Thank you to everyone who participated in the PTA Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser. Proceeds help support students, staff and HES Programs.

Testing
In the months ahead, students in Grades 3-5 will take Part 1 of the NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams. Grade 4 students will take the NYS Written Science Exam.
The results are used as an instructional tool for our teachers to help us celebrate our students’ successes and strengthen our areas of weaknesses.
This is one of many formal and informal assessments the school uses as we strive to create students who are well-rounded contributors towards our future.

Grades 3-5
• English Language Arts – Tuesday, April 20
• Mathematics – Tuesday, May 4
Grade 4
•Written Science – Monday, June 7

Kindergarten Registration
If you have a child who is eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall, please call for a registration packet to be mailed to you or stop and pick one up. The student must be a Herkimer resident and 5 years old on or before December 1, 2021.
The packet should be brought back upon completion or sent back in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided. We strongly encourage you to fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

UPK Registration
If you have a child who is eligible to attend UPK in the fall, please call for program details. The student must be a Herkimer resident and 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021.

Report cards
The third marking period is coming to an end. Report Cards will be sent home on April 23.
Please take time to recognize and celebrate your child’s successes and talk about ways they can improve.
As always if you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.
Educationally yours,
Mrs. Renee Vogt

Counselor’s Corner

K-5 Career Exploration

This month’s lesson focused on career exploration. Some will ask, why career exploration in elementary school? Exploring careers helps to improve students’ knowledge of career options, encouraging them to develop and work towards a set goal. Students will have a broader exposure to the working world they will one day enter. Having a better understanding of the working world will help improve academic performance and increase the likelihood that students will complete high school and pursue post-secondary education or a trade school. Career exploration helps students to make the connection that school is practice for life.

NYS Assessments

3-5 Students will be taking New York State Assessments this month and next month. The English Language Arts is April 20 and Mathematics is May 4.
The following are a few test taking strategies:
• Get a good night’s sleep
• Eat a healthy breakfast
• Relax
• Read the directions
• Answer the easy questions first
• Go back to the difficult questions
• Answer all the questions
• Ask your teacher to explain any items that are not clear
• Always go back and check your work
• Do your best

March 2021

Also in this issue: From the Principals Desk| Kindergarten Registration | Counselor’s Corner | Food Safety Tips

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
It’s hard to believe Spring is right around the corner! Hopefully, warmer weather will allow us to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.

Lucky Week

K-5 student names will be placed in the “pot at the end of the rainbow” in the office. Every day during the week of March 15-19, five random students will be announced as the Lucky Day Winners! Miss Paragi and I will go to classrooms and present each winner with a prize. Good luck!

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA leprechaun stops at HES every year! All students will receive a yummy treat on St. Patrick’s Day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Gertrude Hawk fundraiser. The proceeds help support students, staff and HES programs!

Grades 3-5 Testing Schedule

Grades 3-5 New York State Assessments

  • English Language Arts (Tuesday, April 20-Thursday, April 22)
  • Mathematics (Tuesday, May 4-Thursday, May 6)

Grade 4 Science

  • Performance (Thursday, May 27)
  • Written (Monday, June 7)

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who is eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall, please call for a registration packet. The student must be a Herkimer resident and 5 years old on or before December 1, 2021.
Registration packets can be picked up at the office window or mailed to your address. They should be brought back upon completion or sent back in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided. We strongly encourage you to fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

UPK Registration

If you have a child who is eligible to attend UPK in the fall, please call the office for program details. The student must be a Herkimer resident and 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021.

Nurse’s Note

If your child has a fever, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, headache, is vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea, please keep him/her home. A child should not return to school until cleared by a physician. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the nurse’s office. As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

Educationally yours,
Mrs. Renee Vogt

Counselor’s Corner

K-2 Focus on Coping Skills

This month’s K-2 lesson focused on students developing coping skills. Children who effectively learn how to manage negative emotions/negative situations will likely be able to maintain a healthier lifestyle and overall better mental well being. There are many different kinds of coping skills. The important thing is that you find a coping skill that will help you. Coping skills are like umbrellas; they are tools that we can use to help ourselves deal with tough situations. The lesson focused on the following coping skills using the word “Rain.”

Grades 3-5 Focus on SMART Goals

Students in grades 3-5 focused on identifying effective strategies for goal setting and planning to promote academic and career success. It is important to use the SMART Goal method in setting a goal.
Using the SMART Goal method will give an organized plan and direction to a goal because a goal without a plan is just a wish.

What does SMART Goal stand for?

  • Specific: What exactly do you do?
  • Measureable: How will you know you’ve reached your goal?
  • Achievable: Is this goal possible?
  • Relevant: Why? Why is this goal important to you?
  • Time-Bound: When exactly do you want your goal to be met?

Food Safety Tips

 

A food safety infographic

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