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Hickory Point Happenings October 11, 2019

Hickory Point Happenings 

In this edition:

  • Dress for weather 

  • PBIS: Stop, Walk and Talk

  • Important dates

Brrrrrr! 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. Students need boots 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. Also, please write your child’s name on jackets, sweatshirts and hats/gloves. Thanks for your cooperation.

Stop, Walk and Talk

Dear Hickory Point Parents,  

The importance of the physical and emotional safety of each student and staff member is paramount to our school. Stop, walk and talk is a research-based strategy students can use to stand up for themselves. We try to identify critical concerns that are important to our students and staff. The purpose of this letter is to talk about the proactive plan we have in place to address conflict. Conflict happens when a person or group of people wants to have power over another and use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else. We are trying to stop this behavior with different tools and techniques that will help us prevent such behavior. Hickory Point has school-wide Positive Behavior and Intervention and Supports. Stop, Walk and Talk is a strategy that teaches students how to stand up to behavior that they feel is offensive or not wanted. The goal of the technique is to empower students in conflict resolution skills and promote self-advocacy. Students and staff are trained on expectations. We encourage parents to use the same language at home. We want to ensure that this problem can be managed by a strong partnership between school and home. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your child’s teacher. 

For your children

Maureen Deely and Meggan Buchanan

Halloween (second posting)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Dear Parents,

Halloween is always a fun day at Hickory Point. Students should wear their costumes to school when they arrive in the morning. We will have a parade at 8:45 am. Please make sure that costumes are simple. Also, please help your child to make safe choices about his/her costume: no roller blades, weapons, scooters, masks, inappropriate dress or theme/group costumes. Please choose a costume that is sensitive to the needs of all of our students. 

Weather permitting, our annual parade will begin at Door H at approximately 8:45 am. Kindergarten will exit first, followed by first and then second grade. All children will parade along the route slowly so there will be plenty of opportunities for pictures and videos. The parade will end at the front of the school; Door A. Students will enter the building and proceed back to their classrooms. If the weather is uncooperative, we will have our parade indoors, with room for our students only! Let’s hope for good weather! An email message will be sent at 8:00 am if the outside parade is canceled.

We discourage children from bringing candy, treats, or goodie bags. Thank you for helping us with a successful Halloween celebration. It is always a fun day at Hickory Point!

For your children,   

Maureen Deely and Meggan Buchanan

Office update (Second posting- please note Mrs. Tedeschi’s email)

Mrs. Greenberg is out of the office on medical leave. We will certainly miss her and wish her a speedy recovery. We are currently searching for a long term substitute. Please direct all questions and email communications to Mrs. Joan Tedeschi. Mrs. Tedeschi’s email is tedeschi.j@nb27.org. Thank you. 

Important Dates

Monday, October 14                        No School

Wednesday, October 16                  Conferences 5 pm - 8 pm

Thursday, October 17                      No school- Conferences 1 pm - 4 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm