Elementary School Newsletter

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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