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Hickory Point Happenings December 6, 2019

Hickory Point Happenings 

In this edition:

  • Second Step skills

  • Homework requests 

  • Attendance

  • Important dates

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 that students 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 students’ abilities to focus and sustain attention. Primary learners are specifically taught focusing attention skills. Staff uses 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 that 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 and Mrs. Buchanan


Request for homework assignments

Homework for absences – All students will have the option of requesting homework on the first day of absence due to illness if the parent perceives this to be in the best interest of their child, and if the request is made to the school secretary or classroom teacher by 8:30 a.m.  Requests received after 8:30 a.m. will be honored on the following day.

Homework during vacations – In the event that a student is absent due to an extended unexcused vacation, the parents may contact their child’s teacher to request homework prior to the beginning of the vacation.  Teachers will provide this homework whenever possible. Upon returning from vacation the child will have the same number of days as he/she was absent, up to a maximum of five days, to complete overdue homework assignments.  Test make-ups will be scheduled at the convenience of the teacher. It is not always possible to make up standardized tests.


The habit of regular and faithful attendance is a prerequisite to successful school life. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency. The Board of Education directs the school administration and staff to enforce, on a consistent basis, all school regulations relative to school attendance. These regulations require that all absences be verified by phone, by the student’s parent or legal guardian. When a student is ill and unable to attend school, parents are asked to call the school office that morning (847.498.3830) by 8:30 a.m. to report the absence. Students absent for three or more consecutive days due to illness will be required to submit a written statement from a physician which includes the diagnoses for the extended absence. If the office staff cannot personally answer the phone call, please leave a message including your child’s name, teacher and the reason for the absence. Parents who do not notify the school when their children are absent will receive a phone call from the office staff. This telephone message policy has been implemented in order to ensure the safety and security of your children.

Important Dates:

Friday, Dec. 12                                                                   HP spirit day

Friday, Dec. 20                                                                   Color war spirit day

                                                                                           Holiday parties

                                                                                           Winter break begins at 3 pm

Monday, Jan. 6                                                                   School resumes