Elementary School Newsletter

January 2021

Also in this issue: Snow Days | Counselor’s Corner | School Meal Menus

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope everyone had a safe holiday winter break. With the New Year, HES wishes you much health and happiness!

Christmas Food Basket

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the following:

  • Parents and students for the donated food items
  • HCSD staff for the monetary donations which purchased gift cards and rolls
  • Hannaford for the reusable shopping bags
  • PTA for the gift cards


PTA continues to support our students with a variety of activities and provided our students with a peppermint treat for the holidays. PTA is an organization that remains student focused and I encourage you to become involved. Virtual Meetings are the first Monday of each month. Please message me through Parent Square me if you would like an invite.


This is the time of year when illnesses are more prevalent in school, between Influenza, Gastrointestinal illness (stomach bug), and the common cold. This year also brings us new protocols of when to keep your child home for ill symptoms, due to the Coronavirus (2019-nCV) and the many symptoms that this illness may display. Please refer to our District website for symptoms of when you should keep your child home to be evaluated by a physician; a note (from the physician) will be required upon return to school.

Remember to wash hands often, practice social distance or wear a mask when unable to maintain distance, and maintain a healthy diet. All are important practices to keep ourselves healthy during this season.

Remote Learning

If Herkimer Elementary has a remote day, please remember to have your child:

  • Be prepared for the lesson
  • Be in a distraction-free area in the home
  • Not have their pets interfere with the lesson
  • Use the bathroom prior to the Google Meet
  • Do not eat during the Google Meet
  • Follow the instructions on how to care for your device

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: Focus on Solving People Problems

This month’s lesson focuses on how to solve problems with others. Problem solving skills help prepare students for life and future careers. Students were able to identify actions we might take when problems arise. Students learned how to recognize what is a big problem or small problem.

The lesson focused on key problem solving strategies students can use to help resolve a conflict in a respectful matter:

  • Use a nice voice.
  • Use nice words (no put-downs and don’t blame)
  • Make eye contact with your friend.

These problem-solving strategies will help us to work together and share ideas for fixing the problem. Remember to just stop, watch your words, listen, and find a solution. We resolve conflicts when we settle or solve them in a respectful way.

What it Looks Like

At home, you can help your child solve kid-sized problems and ask for help for adult-sized problems.When your child reports or complains about a problem, help your child decide if it’s a big problem or a small problem. Ask your child these questions:

  1. Is someone in danger?
  2. Is someone hurt?
  3. Have you tried to solve it and you can’t?

If the answer is “yes,” then help your child solve the problem.

Small Problem Solutions

What could you try to do to solve the problem? If it is a small problem, help your child solve it on their own. Your most important role is to listen and encourage your child to solve their problem.

Here are some ideas from the Kelso Problem Solving program we use at school:

  • Go to another game
  • Play with someone else
  • Talk it out (“I feel _______ when  _______”)
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize (“I’m sorry for _____”)
  • Make a plan
  • Wait and cool off

Decision Making

Teaching young children the process of making good and healthy choices needs to be clear and simple. Here are four questions to guide children:

  1. Is it safe?
  2. Is it kind?
  3. Is it responsible?
  4. What will happen?

If you see your child problem solving, be sure to congratulate his or her efforts. Thanks again for your support!

Kindness Counts,
Sara Lamanna
School Counselor
(315) 866-8562 ext. 2021

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