Hickory Point Happenings
Week 9 - October 15, 2018
In this edition:
- Halloween at Hickory Point
- Vision and hearing screening
- Northbrook bike ordinance regarding helmets
- Important dates
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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 8:45am. Kindergarten will exit first, followed by second grade and then first 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 8:00am 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 Meggan Buchanan
Principal Assistant Principal
Dear Hickory Point Parents,
It is hard to believe that we will be actively engaged in Parent/Teacher Conferences next week. Conferences will be held on October 17 and 18. Please be prompt for your appointment in order to make the meeting as productive as possible. We believe that communication between the school and home is an invaluable tool in a child’s education and extremely important in facilitating a successful outcome.
Hickory Point staff works diligently to prepare for conferences. Attending these important school meetings ensures a strong home/school partnership, which is crucial to the success of our students. I hope that this experience proves to be valuable for both you and your child. This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain a different perspective on a day in the life of your student. We are looking forward to seeing you at Conferences.
Vision and Hearing Screening
The Illinois Department of Public Health works to help prevent the effects of hearing and vision loss in children by implementing the Illinois Child and Hearing Test Act (410 ILCS 205) which mandates vision and hearing screening programs for specific age and grade levels and must be performed by technicians/nurses trained and certified by the State.
Hearing screening must be provided annually for school age children in grades kindergarten, first, second and third grades; are in special education classes; have been referred by a teacher: or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that the child has had an ear examination by a physician and an audiological evaluation completed by an audiologist within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.
Vision screening must be provided annually for school age children in kindergarten, second and eighth grades; are in special education classes; have been referred by a teacher; or are transfer students. In lieu of the screening services required, a completed and signed report form, indicating that an eye examination by a doctor specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed optometrist has been administered within the previous 12 months, is acceptable.
Hearing and vision screening will begin this month at Hickory Point.
Should your child not meet the criteria for passing a hearing and/or vision screening, you will be contacted by phone and a letter will be sent home.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns at 847.498.3830 X3303 or at email@example.com.
Melanie Zimmerman, RN, BSN Hickory Point School Nurse
NORTHBROOK’S NEW ORDINANCE
BICYCLE HELMETS REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN 16 AND UNDER:
Northbrook’s bicycle helmet ordinance requires everyone under the age of 16 to wear an industry compliant helmet; when riding a bicycle, being carried on a bicycle, or transported by a bicycle trailer; on streets, sidewalks, or public paths in the Village.
The purpose of the bicycle helmet requirement is to reduce the number of severe and fatal head injuries to children involved in bicycle crashes. Every year there are many severe head injuries suffered by children across the country from bicycle related incidents. Increasing awareness of the dangers of riding without a helmet is a critical part of increasing compliance.
The Police Department will focus on compliance efforts through contacts and education. Citations may be written if necessary to achieve compliance.
Wednesday, October 17 Conferences 5pm-8pm
Thursday, October 18 No school- Conferences 1pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm
Friday, October 19 Hickory Point Spirit day