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Hickory Point Happenings

Week 16 - December 10, 2018

In this edition:

  • Second step skills
  • Health update
  • Trimester reflection
  • Importance of school attendance


Second step skills

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

Second Step is the district-adopted social/emotional curriculum to support social competence and reduce social/emotional difficulties. Social/emotional skills are important to a child’s health and development. The foundation for the development of social competence builds upon social skills. This newsletter will focus on three important social skills students that are taught throughout the program. These skills for learning include welcoming, listening and focusing attention.

Hickory Point strives to be a warm and welcoming community. Adults and children alike work to make everyone in our community feel valued. A welcoming community focuses on creating a culture of kindness and acceptance. These skills are modeled by staff and taught throughout the school day.

Another skill integrated throughout the day is listening. Students are taught whole body listening. They learn to listen with their ears, eyes, bodies and brain. They practice a specific way to listen in every lesson. Active listening also promotes the students’ abilities to focus and sustain attention. Primary learners are specifically taught focusing attention skills. Staff use the term “attention scopes” which means they really need to focus in a concrete way. The idea is that our youngest learners have the power to grow their attention and focus to maximize their learning opportunities.

These lessons help children learn social skills through modeling, scenarios, situations, practice and reinforcement. They practice showing care and concern. The Take-Home Letters allow the families to also practice the skill of the lesson. Second Step is a research-based resource which promotes the social skill development of our primary learners. We hope you will support these three skills for learning: welcoming, listening and focusing attention.

For your children,

 

Mrs. Deely                                                                   Mrs. Buchanan

Principal                                                                      Assistant Principal

 

 

Update from Mrs. Zimmerman

LICE GUIDELINES - HICKORY POINT SCHOOL

 

Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the scalp of the head.  An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed.  Baby lice (lymph) are smaller. Lice eggs (nits) are teardrop shaped and can be grayish-white in color.  Nits attach to the hair shaft, often found around the nape of the neck or behind the ears. Nits can look similar to dandruff but cannot be easily removed or brushed off. Head lice are not dangerous and are not known to transmit disease but they can spread easily. Mass school screening is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

 

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF LICE

 

  • Tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair
  • Itching
  • Irritability (lice are more active at night and may interfere with sleeping)
  • Sores on the scalp (caused by scratching)

 

INCUBATION PERIOD

 

  • Nits (lice eggs) will hatch 7-20 days when kept at body temperature
  • Nits will not hatch without the blood of a human host
  • Lice cannot live off of a human host for more than 24-48 hours

 

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

 

  • Lice crawl (they do not fly or jump)
  • Head-to-head contact with an infested person
  • Contact with personal belongings of an infested person (hats, scarves, coats, hair brushes, stuffed animals, towels)

 

RETURN TO SCHOOL

 

Please report any cases of lice to Hickory Point. A child may return to school after proper treatment has been given and no live lice have been detected. Please have your child come to the nurse’s office upon their return to Hickory Point.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me

 

Melanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN

Hickory Point School Nurse

847.498.3830 x3303

zimmerman.m@nb27.org

 

Trimester reflection

Dear Hickory Point Families,

I cannot believe it is already December! The first trimester has ended and the school year is going fast. I have reflected on the past few months and I am amazed with the talented and collaborative staff. The children are kind, respectful and friendly. They are curious and engaged learners. I feel very connected to the students. I have enjoyed attending the Back to School Social, Halloween and Book Fair. The traditions at Hickory Point are spectacular. I really love Hickory Point. Our theme this year is “Without change there would be no butterflies.” I’m looking forward to the continuous metamorphoses. Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Deely

 

School attendance

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

 

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten. For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading. As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.

(Absences Add up Campaign 2018)

Hickory Point Happenings

Week 15 - December 3, 2018

In this edition:

  • Kind Kids Drive
  • Environmental committee
  • Dress for snow

Winter Gear Collection

Greetings, families!

Youth Services has reached out to the Hickory Point Kind Kids Club to help those in need this winter. We are collecting NEW hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks for children and adults though December 5th. Any extra NEW winter gear you can spare for your child to donate is so appreciated! For more information on the mission of Youth Services, please visit www.ysgn.org. Your kindness truly makes a difference!

With thanks,

The Kind Kids Club

Bulldogs Are Respectful, Responsible, and Kind!

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE

Students can participate in our Chip Snack Bag Recycling Collection Program in the lunchroom, November 14 (in honor of America Recycles Day!) through December 14.  It’s easy!

What: Students can recycle chip snack bags (including snack-sized, foil-lined chip bags and clear pretzel bags from their lunches.

How: Special bins will be available in the lunchroom to collect emptied chip bags. *Note: Please do not send in extra bags from home. This is a lunchroom-based collection only.

What’s Next: Collected bags will be sent to TerraCycle, where they are cleaned and melted into hard plastic to be molded into new recycled products. What an easy way our kids can help the environment!

Snow play requires snow gear

It is important for students to go outside for 15-20 minutes each day to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and have friendly conversations with classmates. Students should be prepared to go outdoors for recess throughout the fall and winter months! Be sure to send your students to school with jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. Students need to wear snow boots and snow pants to play in the snow. Please help to keep Hickory Point School healthy by encouraging your child to wear appropriate clothes while playing outdoors at recess time. Thanks for your cooperation.

Important dates:

PTA Meeting                                                              Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 2pm

Hickory Point Happenings

Week 14 - November 19, 2018

In this edition:

  • Volunteer guidelines
  • Environmental committee update
  • Thanksgiving message
  • Terra Nova letter
  • Important dates

Volunteer guidelines

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

We love parent volunteers at Hickory Point. We recognize the sacrifice you make when you volunteer to support our students and staff. We appreciate you and realize you are sharing one of your most valuable resources, your time. Please keep in mind the following considerations when you are volunteering:

  • Volunteers may wave to their children in the lunchroom. We realize you want to see your child!
  • Volunteers may ask supervisors to assist students with food/opening. They may not approach the tables to serve food or sit down with their child.
  • If a child is upset, please be assured the school staff will take care of the child. We know it is difficult to see a child upset but sometimes a volunteer’s attempt to comfort a child may make the situation worse.
  • Volunteers may leave extra food at the serving table which will be taken to the office.
  • Please allow the school staff to inform a child’s parent if there is a concern. When you call or text a parent with your limited observations about a situation it can hinder the school and parent relationship.
  • Please do not take photos of your child or other children. Yearbook staff make appointments to come into the school and take pictures.

You are giving back to our school community and we are thankful for your time and dedication. Your support and help allows us to continue our excellence.

For your children,

Mrs. Deely                                                   Mrs. Buchanan

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE

Students can participate in our Chip Snack Bag Recycling Collection Program in the lunchroom, November 14 (in honor of America Recycles Day!) through December 14.  It’s easy!

What: Students can recycle chip snack bags (including snack-sized, foil-lined chip bags and clear pretzel bags from their lunches.

How: Special bins will be available in the lunchroom to collect emptied chip bags. *Note: Please do not send in extra bags from home. This is a lunchroom-based collection only.

What’s Next: Collected bags will be sent to TerraCycle, where they are cleaned and melted into hard plastic to be molded into new recycled products. What an easy way our kids can help the environment!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Hickory Point Families,

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week. We have so much to be thankful for at Hickory Point. We have excellent teachers and support staff. We have great kids who are curious and engaged learners. We have collaborative and supportive relationships with each other. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for being a member of our Hickory Point family.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Deely and Mrs. Buchanan

Second grade Terra Nova Administration

Dear Second Grade Parents,

Our students will be taking the Terra Nova Test from Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30. Practice tests to help students gain familiarity with the format and types of questions on the test will take place on Monday, November 26. You will receive information about your child’s performance results in late January. We will run a special schedule during our testing window so that students can complete all testing in the morning. We will also run our regular morning schedule on two afternoons during the days of testing so that our students will not miss their regular morning content for the full week.

You can help your child do his/her best on the test by:

  • Making sure that your child attends school on the days of testing and arrives on time.  Once a testing session has begun, children may not enter the classroom until the next break.  Also, unless they become ill, children should not be called out of the room or allowed to leave the classroom during a testing session. Breaks are given between tests.

 

  • Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing.
  • Providing breakfast and a healthy snack for your child.
  • Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand the test directions.
  • Letting your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best.
  • Advising your child not to worry about the test -- just do the best he/she can.

Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Sincerely,

Maureen Deely                                                           Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                                      Assistant Principal

 

Important dates

School is not in session on November 21-23. Have a wonderful holiday.

Hickory Point Happenings

Week 13 - November 12, 2018

In this edition:

  • Reading to your child
  • School health guidelines
  • School messenger test message
  • Dress for weather
  • Upcoming parent workshop

Benefits to reading aloud to your child

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

We hope you enjoyed our wonderful book fair. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered and supported our book fair. The students were very excited about all of the different types of books and our visit with the author, Carolyn Crimi. We would encourage you to take some time over the next few months to read aloud to your child. Research shows that reading aloud to young children has a positive impact on student learning behavior. Reading aloud encourages the reader to create a movie in his/her mind. Listening to a variety of different genres helps children to encounter situations they may come across in everyday life. It also helps them think about how to manage those situations. Dr. Weisleder, coauthor of a study, Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development (Pediatrics, February 2018) states, “Maybe engaging in more reading and play both directly reduces kids’ behavior problems because they’re happier and also makes parents enjoy their child more and view that relationship more positively.”  We hope you will enjoy reading aloud to your child. Happy reading.

For your children,

Maureen Deely                                                                    Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                                               Assistant Principal

                                                                               

School health guidelines

WHEN IS MY CHILD TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL?

Keeping children at home when they are too sick for school prevents the spread of diseases.

WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD AT HOME?

A child MUST be kept at home for:

  • A fever of 100.0F or higher
  • If your child is vomiting
  • If your child has diarrhea
  • If your child has the flu
  • If your child has a severe cold or cough that interferes with learning
  • Your child has conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • If your child has a case of active lice that has not been treated

*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ABSENCES FOR MEDICAL REASONS*

WHEN CAN MY CHILD RETURN TO SCHOOL?

  • FEVER:  When your child has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • VOMITING:  24 hours after the last episode of vomiting
  • DIARRHEA:  24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea
  • FLU:  When your child is free of flu-like symptoms and has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • SEVERE COLD OR COUGH:  When your child is able to participate in class without being distracted by coughing
  • CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE):  When your child has received antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours –OR- a note provided by the examining physician stating that your child is not contagious
  • LICE:  After receiving appropriate therapy

WHEN SHOULD I CALL THE SCHOOL?

Please contact the school for any medical absences, including reports of strep throat, pink eye or the flu, regardless of the day you received a diagnosis (including weekend days).Thank you for helping keep our school healthy!

For any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Melanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN

Hickory Point School Nurse

847.498.3830 x3303

BRRRRRRR! It’s Cold Outside!

It is important for students to go outside for 15-20 minutes each day to enjoy fresh air, exercise and have friendly conversations with classmates. Students should be prepared to go outdoors for recess throughout the fall and winter months! Be sure to send your students to school with jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. Please help keep Hickory Point School healthy by encouraging your child to wear appropriate clothes while playing outdoors at recess time. Also, please write your child’s name on jackets, sweatshirts and hat/gloves. Thanks for your cooperation.

School messenger test message

District 27 sent out an emergency test message to all parents and staff on Wednesday, November 7 at 6pm. This system is used to notify district parents and staff regarding school closings, weather delays, and other emergency situations. Notifications are automatically sent via voicemail and email to phone numbers and email addresses currently on file with the District. If parents or staff members do not receive a call or email, they should contact the main office.

Upcoming Parent workshop Cyber Safety on November 13 (Last posting)

District 27 will host a presentation for our community on November 13th with a focus on protecting children online. The session, called "Protecting Your Children in a Hyper Digital Age," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shabonee School. RSVPs are requested. Liz Repking, a cyber safety presenter, will speak about a variety of topics, including teens and sexting, and preparing children for proper cell phone use.

RSVPs to this event are appreciated so that we can have adequate seating. However, walk-ins are welcome! Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2DLb0hP

Please see this Parent Workshop flyer for more information.

Workshop Information

 

 

 

 

 

Hickory Point Happenings

Week 12 - November 5, 2018

In this edition:

  • Second Step focus on empathy
  • Book fair
  • Upcoming parent workshop
  • Picture retakes- November 7
  • School is not in session- November 9


Second Step

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

Second Step is the district-adopted social emotional curriculum to support social competence and reduce social-emotional difficulties. Social-emotional skills are important to a child’s health and development. This program teaches children skills in three core areas: empathy, emotional management and social problem solving. These core social skills contribute to children’s success in school and, later in life, their success in the workplace. This newsletter will focus on the first core competency: empathy.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. This core competency lays the foundation for all of the subsequent Second Step lessons. Children work to increase their ability to identify and understand their own feelings. In turn, they begin to develop their capacity to understand others’ feelings and learns ways to respond with sensitivity and compassion. The key vocabulary in this unit are: same, different, why and because.

These lessons on empathy help children learn how to identify and name their own feelings through modeling, scenarios, situations, practice and reinforcement. Students practice showing care and concern. The Take Home letters allow the families to also practice the skill of the lesson. Second Step is a research-based resource which promotes the social skill development of our primary learners. We hope you will find the Take Home letters a valuable tool to support your child’s social skill learning.

 

For your children,

Maureen Deely                                                                                   Meggan Buchanan

Principal                                                                                              Assistant Principal



Book Fair

Book Fair and Frosted Cookie Social

Monday, November 5th

5:00-8:00 pm

Hickory Point Library and Gym

Pull up a toadstool and join us for an enchanting

evening at the Fall Book Fair.

Shop for some books in the library.

Then stop by the gym to decorate a cookie

and a chance to win a Free Book!

Cookies will be available for decorating from 5:00-7:45pm.

(Suggested $1 donation to benefit Hickory Point

and Bernie’s Book Bank)

Your child will be bringing home a flyer to show the

books you’ll find. 

The teachers’ wish baskets will be full of books they’ve

selected that you can buy as a gift for your class libraries!

 

Upcoming Parent workshop Cyber Safety on November 13

District 27 will host a presentation for our community on November 13th with a focus on protecting children online. The session, called "Protecting Your Children in a Hyper Digital Age," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Shabonee School. RSVPs are requested. Liz Repking, a cyber safety presenter, will speak about a variety of topics, including teens and sexting, and preparing children for proper cell phone use.

RSVPs to this event are appreciated so that we can have adequate seating. However, walk-ins are welcome! Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/2DLb0hP

Please see this Parent Workshop flyer for more information.

Workshop Information

Picture Retakes on November 7

Picture retakes will take place in the morning on November 7. Please follow the instructions provided in your picture packets for additional information if your child needs to retake photos.

Teacher Institute day on November 9

Please note school is not in session on November 9. The teachers will be attending professional development.