Elementary School Newsletter

In the March Newsletter:

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s hard to believe spring is right around the corner! I would like to acknowledge all the students who  participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. Their donations will greatly benefit the America Heart Association. It truly shows how INCREDIBLE HES is!


Thanks to our PTA for the yummy treat, jump rope, and bottle of water on our Feb. 14 school-wide Jump Rope Day. On Tuesday, March 17, there will be a treat at the end of the rainbow for all HES students.

Pick A Reading Partner

Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) will run from March 9-23. This year our PARP theme is “Where In The World.” On Monday, March 9, we will kick off PARP with an assembly in the cafeteria.

We are asking that students put down their electronics and make a commitment to read a book of their choice to themselves, a parent/caretaker, pet, or a sibling.

Mark your calendars for March 11, where we will host a PARP Family Night. Students can visit the book fair, participate in a variety of activities as they travel around the world, or stop in to try some Moroccan Carrot Salad!

Nurse’s Note

If your child has a fever, is vomiting, or having diarrhea, please keep him/her home. A child should not return to school until symptom-free for at least 24 hours without any use of medication.

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


Courteous is the trait we will focus on in the month of March. Courteous means you are using good manners and showing friendliness and concern for others. Examples of being courteous include saying please and thank you, shaking hands politely when you meet someone new, and not interrupting someone when they’re talking. I’m challenging all students to make good choices and be courteous!

March 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.

  • March 2 (D): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; PTA meeting, 7 p.m.
  • March 3 (E): STEM 4; Swim (McCumber); Yearbook 5
  • March 4 (A): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Family Swim at HHS, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 5 (B): Band; STEM 5; Faculty basketball game at HHS, 6 p.m.
  • March 6 (A): Intramural (girls); Swim (McCumber)
  • March 9 (D): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; PARP kickoff; Club/group photos
  • March 10 (E): Newspaper 4; Student Council 5; Swim (Crandall)
  • March 11 (A): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; PARP Family Night, 6-7:30 p.m., Family Swim at HHS, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 12 (B): Art 4; Band; STEM 3
  • March 13: No school
  • March 16 (C): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Crandall); PARP slip due
  • March 17 (D): STEM 4; Yearbook 5
  • March 18 (E): Swim (Crandall); Kindergarten registration, 2-5 p.m.; Family Swim at HHS, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 19 (A): Band; STEM 5
  • March 20 (B): Early dismissal, 11 a.m.
  • March 23 (C): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Crandall); PARP slip due
  • March 24 (D): Newspaper 4; Student Council 5; UPK Registration, 2-5 p.m.
  • March 25 (E): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Crandall); Family Swim at HHS, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 26 (A): Art 4; Band; STEM 3
  • March 27 (B): Intramural (boys); 4/5 Science Fair, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • March 30 (C): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (Crandall)
  • March 31 (D)

SEL News

School Safety

As the weather gets nicer, Herkimer Elementary will participate in state mandatory safety drills. Safety drills help to protect students, faculty and staff. Safety drills can cause anxiety and fear for both students and parents. Knowing how to talk to your child about school safety issues will help ease fears and anxiety for your student.

The National Association of School Psychologists’ resources for parents about talking to kids of all ages about violence in schools is at https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers.

Advice includes the following:

  • Reassure kids that they are safe, but make sure to validate their fears and feelings!
  • Keep an eye on your child’s sleep patterns, appetite and anxiety after drills. Don’t be afraid to talk to a mental health professional for help, especially if your child has experienced past trauma or has special needs.
  • Make the time to talk. For your younger kids, communicating their thoughts may take the form of drawing or playing, not as a conversation.
  • Tailor your explanations to be age appropriate. As your children enter middle and high school, welcome their thoughts and opinions on gun control and school safety.
  • Review safety procedures with your kids, and help them identify an adult at school that they trust.
  • Maintain a normal routine, and encourage them to continue hobbies and activities.

Emphasize that Herkimer Elementary School is a safe place. The Herkimer Central School District and the Herkimer Police Department are committed to making our school buildings safe by having a School Resource Officer in each building. The elementary SRO Officer is Officer Wright. One of Officer Wright’s responsibility is to help create and maintain a safe school environment.

For more information, please visit our district-wide Safety Plan.

Strong Start Lesson

This month’s lesson will focus on how to solve problems with others. We will brainstorm a list of potential problems we might have with our peers. Then, we will talk about the actions we might take when problems arise. We learned that we could use the Stop, Count, In, Out breathing strategy when we get angry, and after taking a deep breath, we could comfort ourselves by remembering how to be a friend. When we use nice voices, listen, and look at friends, it will be easier to work together and share ideas for fixing the problem so that we all feel better.

The following are great examples of relevant stories that you may want to read at home:

  • “Peter’s Chair” by Ezra Jack Keats
  • “When Pigasso Met Mootisse” by Nina Laden
  • “A Weekend with Wendell” by Kevin Henkes

When problems arise at home, help your child to do the following:

  • Stop and take a deep breath
  • Be a friend by looking at and listening to others
  • Work with others to brainstorm a solution

If you see your child problem solving, be sure to praise his or her efforts (e.g., “I really liked that you stopped and took a breath and then decided to take turns with that game. Great problem solving!”).

As always, thanks again for all your support!

SEL NEWS is created by the HES Counseling Office. To contact Mrs. Lamanna, email slamanna@herkimercsd.org or call (315) 866-8562, ext. 2081

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