Elementary School Newsletter

In the January Newsletter:

From the Principal’s Desk

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone had time to relax with family and friends and enjoyed the holiday winter break. With the New Year, HES wishes you much health and happiness!

Student Council

HES participated in a Penny War, it is truly amazing how supportive our HES school community is. Together we raised a little over $800 for our local Veterans. Thank you so much for all your support!

Student Council partnered with Hannaford and PTA to assemble Christmas baskets for (12) HES families to enjoy a delicious holiday dinner.

Humane Society

I want to thank everyone for the generous donations that were brought in to support the Humane Society. I’m confident your kindness will be very much appreciated by all the animals there.

PTA Events & Activities

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. Meetings are the first Monday of each month. We look forward to seeing you there.

Family Swim

Herkimer students and their families are invited to Family Swim, the Jr/Sr. High School pool will be open from 6-7:30 PM Wednesday nights for family swim on days when school is in session. There will be lifeguards on duty, but children 8 and younger MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Changing areas are available. No outside shoes will be allowed on the pool deck, so anyone entering the pool area must remove their shoes. Flip-flops or pool shoes that have not been worn outdoors may be permitted.

School Policy

As the holiday season brings new electronic devices and cell phones, please note the elementary school’s policy on these items. Students are not permitted to use cell phones during the school day. If a staff member sees a student with a cell phone, iPod, or electronic device, they will confiscate the device and you, the parent/guardian, will be contacted to come and pick it up in the office. The school is not liable if a device is lost or stolen.

The policy is located in the Handbook for Students and Parents.


Please note that there is NO parking at any time in the front driveway and the bus loop in the back of the school. It is reserved for a fire lane and cars should not park there at any time. This includes events at night, athletic contests, and any practices or games scheduled over the weekend. Thank you for adhering to this safety rule.

Tardy Students

If you are bringing your child in late, 8:25 AM or after, you MUST accompany him/her into the school and sign them in. Students should not be dropped off to walk into the school on their own.

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


Ambitious is the character trait we will focus on for the month of January. Ambitious means to have or to show strong desire and determination to succeed. With the start of a new year, what a great opportunity to set an ambitious goal to work towards. Your goal can be to read each night or to work harder in school. Be ambitious!.

January 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.

  • Jan. 2 (E): Band; Stem 5
  • Jan. 3 (A): Intramural (Girls)
  • Jan. 6 (B): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; PTA meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 7 (C): STEM 4; Swim (McCumber); Yearbook 5
  • Jan. 8 (D): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Family Swim, 6-7:30 p.m., HHS
  • Jan. 9 (E): Art 4; Band; STEM 3; Swim (McCumber)
  • Jan. 10 (A): Intramural (Boys)
  • Jan. 13 (B): Math 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Jan. 14 (C): Newspaper 4; Student Council 5; Swim (McCumber)
  • Jan. 15 (D): No clubs (faculty meeting); Family Swim, 6-7:30 p.m., HHS
  • Jan. 16 (E): Band; STEM 3; Swim (McCumber)
  • Jan. 17 (A): Intramural (Girls)
  • Jan. 20: No school (MLK Day)
  • Jan. 21 (B): STEM 4; Yearbook 5
  • Jan. 22 (C): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (McCumber); Family Swim, 6-7:30 p.m., HHS; Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 (D): Art 4; Band; STEM 3
  • Jan. 24 (E): Intramural (Boys); Swim (McCumber)
  • Jan. 27 (A): Math 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Jan. 28 (B): Newspaper 4; Student Council 5
  • Jan. 29 (C): Math 2, 3, 4, 5; Swim (McCumber); Family Swim, 6-7:30 p.m., HHS
  • Jan. 30 (D): Band
  • Jan. 31 (E): Swim (McCumber)

SEL News

January Strong Start Lessons will focus on teaching students helpful ways of handling anger and worries. We will discuss how our bodies feel when we are angry and worried and focus on understanding strategies for letting go of our anger and worries.

Students will learn to use Positive Thinking and the Stop, Count, In, Out Strategy (outlined below) to make us feel better.

STOP: When you feel a spark, stop what you are doing
COUNT: Count to 10
IN: Take a deep breath in
OUT: Breathe out

Helping with Anger

When your child becomes angry at home, remind him or her to do the following:

  • Stop and identify the “spark”
  • Count to 10, and breathe in and out
  • Act or behave in a Way that Helps

Helping children to choose Ways that Help in handling anger is very important. If you see that your child is not making an appropriate choice for handling anger, help him/her to brainstorm a better way. If you notice your child making a great choice, be sure to praise his/her accomplishment (e.g., “I liked the way you took a breath when you started to get angry.”).

Following are some great examples of relevant stories that you may want to read at home about anger:

  • When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
  • Andrew’s Angry Words by Dorothea Lachner
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

The ABCs of Positive Thinking

Lessons will also focus on teaching students about happiness. We discussed how our bodies feel when we are happy and what actions or situations make us feel happy. In this lesson, we learned to understand Positive Thinking. We talked about how positive thinking can make us feel better when we are sad, mad, or worried. The ABCs of Positive Thinking is one strategy for positive thinking:

A: A problem: Whenever there’s a problem ….

B: Bad feelings: … where you are stuck with a not-so-good feeling …

C: Comfort yourself: … comfort yourself by telling yourself a way to feel better.

In the ABCs of Positive Thinking the “comfort yourself” part can be hard, and your child might need your help to think about a problem in a better way. For example, if your child loses a baseball game, an example of Positive Thinking might be, “That’s okay. I’ll try again next game,” rather than, “I’ll never win.”

Helping with Worry

When your child becomes worried at home, encourage him/her to let go by using the strategies above and taking time to do the following:

  • Name his or her worry
  • Talk about it
  • Understand that it is not necessarily the worst problem, and can likely be fixed
  • Think about a time when something like this happened before and turned out OK

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

  • Even If I Did Something Awful by Barbara Shook Hazen
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • The Good-Bye Book by Judith Viorst

All children worry sometimes, and helping them to understand their worries is important. When your child becomes sad, mad, or worried at home, please help him or her to do the following: remind himself/herself to remember the ABCs of Positive Thinking and Stop, Count, In, Out Strategy.

FOCUS ON FEELINGS 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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