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Hickory Point Happenings October 22, 2021

Conferences

Dear Hickory Point parents,

Thank you for engaging with us over the past few days. We are looking forward to a positive and productive year with learning and social-emotional growth. We continue to focus on social-emotional competencies and skills because we realize the pandemic has limited children’s practice and opportunities with these fundamental skills. We appreciate your partnership and support in helping your child become the best version of themselves as a learner and person. 

Bus expectations

Dear Parents of Students who ride the bus,

We are writing to request your assistance with reminding your child to follow the rules and procedures on the bus. While many students are following the rules, other students are having difficulty following the rules. We all need to work together and reinforce the bus expectations, as riding the bus is a privilege for all of our students. All of our students registered for the bus have received this letter. This letter does not indicate that your child has had difficulty but serves as a reminder to reinforce our bus expectations. We have assigned seats to the children. Also, we have spoken to them to remind them of our expectations. Please discuss the following rules and procedures from the Hickory Point Handbook with your child:

All parents and students should follow the following procedures.

1. Be at your stop 5 minutes early. Stay back until the bus comes to a stop. When you board the bus, scan your student ID badge, move to your seat, and remain there until you get off. Do not kneel or stand in the seat and keep the aisles clear of arms, legs, and backpacks. No food or drinks are allowed on the bus.

2. Your bus driver will give you specific directions for boarding and getting off of the bus. Follow those instructions each day. Our goal is to have an accident-free experience. Also, keep in mind that riding the bus is a privilege that you do not want to lose.

  1. When exiting the bus, stay in your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop and exit single file. 

  2. If your bus stop is across the street, wait for the driver to signal you to cross the street and cross in front of the bus to the other side of the street. The driver will keep the safety arm out until you are across the street.

3. The driver is in charge and is to be shown respect and courtesy at all times. Be alert for special instructions and keep hands and arms inside the bus at all times. Loud or unnecessary noise is not appropriate and will not be tolerated. 

4. The school is very concerned with safety and behavior on school buses. When discipline problems occur, the safety of all passengers is jeopardized. Safety rules are reviewed at the beginning of each school year, and bus evacuation drills are held. Should problems occur, the following procedures will be used:

A. The bus driver will try to correct student behavior that is not appropriate. It is the students’ responsibility to accept the driver as the one in charge.

B. For a second offense, contact will be made with the principal, and a letter will be sent to the parents.

C. A third offense will bring a suspension of riding privilege for up to five days and a telephone conference with parents.

D. A fourth violation will require a further suspension of riding privileges and a conference with all parties.

E. The principal reserves the right to suspend riding privileges immediately, should the student behavior warrant it.

Please remind and reinforce these rules and procedures for your child.  We appreciate your support. 

Sincerely,

Maureen Deely

Principal

Meggan Buchanan

Assistant Principal

Halloween - Friday, October 29

Dear Parents,

Halloween is always a fun day at Hickory Point. Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students should wear their costumes to school on October 29, when they arrive in the morning. Please make sure that the costumes are simple. Students should be able to put on and take off their costumes for bathroom needs during the day. Also, please help your child to make safe choices about their costume: no roller blades, weapons, scooters, inappropriate dresses, or theme/group costumes. Please choose a costume that is sensitive to the needs of all of our students. Of course, students will also be wearing face-covering masks.

We will have a virtual parade for our students at 8:45 am at Hickory Point. The parade will be live-streamed on Youtube

Our room parents will be providing a party kit for our Halloween parties at 2 pm for all of our students. Additionally, the PTA has purchased two crafts for each child.  We prohibit children from bringing candy, treats, or goodie bags. Thank you for helping us with a successful Halloween celebration!

For your children,   

Maureen Deely            Meggan Buchanan

Reminder

Parents who drive around the school campus, please refrain from using your cellphone on school grounds. Thank you.

Important Dates:

  • Fri. October 29-   Halloween parade on Youtube 8:45 am

  • Fri. November 5- HP Spirit day- Red, white and blue

  • Fri-Nov 12-          School is not in session  PD Day