Elementary School Newsletter

In the December Newsletter:

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone was able to make it to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Congratulations to all the students for working hard and doing their best the first marking period!


We would like to thank our PTA for being such an integral part of our school. The profits from the Yankee Candle fundraiser will benefit students and programming here at HES.

Lil’ Shopper’s Shoppe will be held on December 14 & 15 from 9 AM – 5 PM at the Herkimer High School cafeteria. Students and families are encouraged to come and shop for family members. There are a variety of items for all family members ranging from 25 cents to $12. What a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done!

Student Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Penny War. It is so nice to see how generous all of our families were in supporting our Veterans. Results will be forthcoming!


This is the time of year where childhood illnesses are more prevalent in schools. We ask that you please refrain from sending your child to school with a low-grade temperature (even if medicated), complaints of sore throat, or undiagnosed skin conditions. While your child may seem fine after medication, it is often the case that they end up in the nurse’s office and are sent home. A written excuse is required for ALL absences.


Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom by 8:25 AM. Please try to have your student here by 8:10 AM. Once again, if you are bringing your child in to school late, you MUST bring them into the school and sign them in. Please DO NOT drop them off and watch them enter the building from your car.

We would like to wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year! We look forward to the start of the new year! As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the main 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


KIND is the character trait we will focus on for the month of December. Kind means the quality of being friendly, generous, considerate and respectful. What a great time of the year to talk with your child(ren) about how they can be kind in the community and at home.

December dates

Please note that letter days are subject to change due to any unscheduled closing of school. For example, if school is closed on Monday and it is a “D” day, this “D” day would NOT be skipped. “D” day would be pushed to the day we return to school. This means that the rest of this schedule would continue to change as well.

  • Dec. 3 (A): STEM 4, Yearbook 5; Humane Society collection begins
  • Dec. 4 (B): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Jacobs)
  • Dec. 5 (C): Band; Stem 5; Swim (Jacobs)
  • Dec. 6 (D)
  • Dec. 9 (E): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Jacobs); Holiday concert, 6:30 p.m., HHS auditorium
  • Dec. 10 (A): Newspaper 4, Student Council 5
  • Dec. 11 (B): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas play (Grade 1), 6:30 p.m., cafetorium
  • Dec. 12 (C): Art 4, Band, STEM 3, Swim (Jacobs)
  • Dec. 13 (D)
  • Dec. 14-15: Li’l Shoppers Shoppe, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., HHS Cafeteria
  • Dec. 16 (E): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Jacobs)
  • Dec. 17 (A): STEM 4, Yearbook 5, “The Year Santa Forgot” play (D. Knowlton and B. Kirkpatrick classes), 6:30 p.m., cafetorium
  • Dec. 18 (B): Humane Society collection ends
  • Dec. 19 (C): Band, STEM 5, Swim (Jacobs)
  • Dec. 20 (D): K/1 holiday concert, 8:45 a.m.; holiday parties
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1: No school (winter break)

Humane Society collection

HES staff and students continue to be kind by supporting our community. This month we are collecting pet items through Dec. 18 to be donated to the Herkimer Humane Society benefiting abandoned and abused animals.
Your child can bring in Wish List Items and place them under the Christmas tree in the lobby. If you prefer, you can make a monetary donation instead.

Wish List items (new items only)

  • Blankets, flat sheets, comforters (no pillows or afghans)
  • Cat litter (unscented/non-scoopable only)
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges, scrub brushes
  • Cat/dog toys

Breakfast with Santa

The East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department will host Breakfast with Santa, an event for the whole family, on Sunday, Dec. 8.

A delicious breakfast prepared by Dominick’s Deli will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department at 193 Main Road, in East Herkimer.

Children can enjoy face painting, and have their pictures taken with Santa, in a safe and warm environment.

For more information, call Dan Wellington at (315) 868-5394.

PTA News

The Herkimer PTA has been busy already this fall! It’s hard to believe we’re already coming into December, when we’ll be hosting the Lil’ Shoppers event the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15. Volunteers are needed for the Lil’ Shoppers Shoppe!

The Herkimer PTA would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday break.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of any successful PTA, so if you haven’t already, please consider joining the PTA.

HES PTA meetings are held the first Monday of every month in the library at 7 p.m.

In November, we wrapped up the Yankee Candle fundraiser with over $17,000 in sales. Thank you very much to all who participated! For teacher conferences this month, the PTA helped keep our hard-working teachers fueled with catered spreads.

Herkimer Girl Scout Unit 62 donated eight Thanksgiving Day baskets to donate to families in need within the school district.

To contact the PTA, email herkimerpta@yahoo.com, or find us on Facebook at “Herkimer PTA.”

President: Krista Murphy

Vice President: Kari Judd

Secretary: Diana Gacek

Treasurer: Fran Peruzzi

SEL News

This month our Strong Start lesson will focus on how to tell what others are feeling. We will talk about being detectives and searching for clues on others’ faces and bodies. We also learned how different people might have different feelings in the same situation. Recognizing how others are feeling will help us to be good friends and problem solvers.

To better understand other people’s feelings, the following are great examples of relevant stories that you may want to read at home:

  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

At home, encourage your child to do the following:

  • Be a detective
  • Look at the body for clues of others.
  • Remember that others may experience different feeling during the same situation.

Thank you for all that you do to help your child understand the feelings of others. Your support makes a difference how your child uses the information presented in these lessons!

Parent Tip: Connection is Key

“A melting down, acting-out child is one that is longing for connection.”

It might seem like a never-ending battle. Figuring out how to respond to the whining, tantrums and tears and what can feel like deliberate disrespect of your parenting wishes.

Often times, a child who is acting out by screaming or hitting is trying to communicate that something doesn’t feel right. They might feel disconnected and need something from you. This is why responding in anger, yelling, grounding, or timeout might not work the way you had hoped. Especially in the long term, it doesn’t give them what they need.

Offering connection can open up the door for communication about their feelings, which can lead to more understanding for both of you. When the connection has been made, it will be easier to go over the rules again, setting clear limits and consequences. Remember, a child who feels connected to you has less of a need to act out because their needs are met.

Ideas for Connecting

Every child and parent craves and responds to connection in different ways, so it’s important to find what works for your family.

  • Schedule a regular hangout time (play a game, read a book, go to the park, something you both enjoy).
  • Come up with a special goodbye ritual (handshake, song, certain words, etc).
  • Offer a hug, high five, fist bump — something that requires touch!
  • Play in their world — get down to their level, use their toys with them, get silly, use your imagination!
  • Share your favorite game, toy, or movie from when you were a kid.
  • Ask about their day and just listen.
  • Recognize their feelings and be with them while they are sad, angry, scared or excited.

Information in this newsletter is from https://imperfectfamilies.com/tired-of-your-kids-acting-outfocus-on-connection/ Check it out for more tips!

Wintertime Activities

Finding fun things to do in the winter can be a challenge. These activities might be fun for the whole family and helps build the connection that every child craves. And you might find that these activities are easy ways to give your children positive attention during the winter months.

Learn how to do a new craft
Take turns picking online workout videos to do together as a family
Cook a meal as a family with each member in charge of a different course
Read one book every week
Go to an indoor water park
Visit a museum
Learn card or magic tricks
Attend yoga classes
Plan a family vacation
Clean out clothes and household goods to sell or donate
Go swimming at an indoor pool
Take an art class
Watch a play
Hold a game tournament
Play cards

Go ice skating
Go sledding
Go downhill cross-country skiing
Build a snowman
Build a snow fort
Have a snowball fight
Go on a winter hike
Go ice fishing
Go snow tubing
Play pond hockey
Shovel snow for someone in need
Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows
Go snowshoeing
Go stargazing
Go on a photo scavenger hunt
Host a snow sculpture competition

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