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Hickory Point Happenings October 15, 2021

 

Parent Communications Focus Group(final posting)

The District 27 Communications Department is seeking volunteers to be part of a 60-minute Parent Communications Focus Group held via Zoom at 7 p.m. Monday, November 8. We will discuss the District’s various communications channels (emails, newsletters, website, mobile app, etc.), as well as the strengths and barriers of parent communications. 

If you are available and interested in participating, please complete this registration form by Monday, October 18. We will be taking a limited number of participants so that everyone has a chance to speak. The information gathered in this focus group will be used in conjunction with a district-wide survey to update the District’s Communications Plan. Thank you for your consideration!

Conflict Resolution Skills

Dear Hickory Point Parents,

The importance of the physical and emotional safety of each student and staff member is paramount to our school and district mission. We try to identify critical concerns that are important to our students and staff.  The purpose of this post is to talk about the proactive plan we have in place to address strategies to resolve conflicts and disagreements. Hickory Point has a school-wide Positive Behavior and Intervention System.  Students and staff are trained on expectations building-wide.

A report by the Consortium to Prevent School Violence (Mayer 2008) recommended multiple strategies to address school violence, which they defined as also including lower-level acts of aggression and bullying.  They highlight the lack of effectiveness of reactive and primarily punitive approaches that neither teach nor reinforce appropriate behavior in the “What DOES Work well” category, Mayer (2008) includes: intervening early, teaching school-wide expectations, addressing multiple levels of students, and creating opportunities to practice new behaviors in the contextual setting.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is the Tier 1 program we use at Hickory Point to address the social-emotional needs of students.  The PBIS program recently adopted a Bullying Prevention curriculum.  Every student has been taught the curriculum throughout daily “Cool Tool” lessons taught throughout the school day.  The curriculum consists of using a three-step process: Stop, Walk and Talk. The program teaches students to use three simple and progressive steps: Indicating through words and gestures to stop, walking away if the problem continues, and finally talking to an adult if the issue is still unresolved.

Halloween - Friday, October 29

Dear Parents,

Halloween is always a fun day at Hickory Point. Kindergarten, First and Second Grade A 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 his/her costume: no roller blades, weapons, scooters, inappropriate dress, 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. We will send out more details when the date gets closer. 

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

Please send a refillable water bottle with your child every day. Thank you. 

Important Dates:

  • Wed. Oct. 20- Zoom conferences 5 pm-8:15 pm

  • Thurs.Oct 21- School is not in session

                                  Zoom conferences 1 pm-4 pm 

                                  Zoom conferences 5 pm-8:15 pm

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

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