Dear Parents of HES Students,

It is hard to believe that December is already here.  This month is packed full of learning, assessments, and fun activities for our students and staff.  I wanted to send out a couple of reminders to help us all stay safe and healthy.

  1.  During the morning drop off and afternoon pick up, please remember there is actually only one driving lane.  Since our front driveway has been redone we have not had the opportunity, as of yet, to get the fire lane painted.  BUT, there is still a fire lane - so when students are being dropped off in the morning or picked up after school, please DO NOT pull around a stopped vehicle.  We have students crossing the driveway and we do not want anyone to get hit.  I know at times it seems like we are waiting in line for quite a while, but the safety of our students is vital to all of us and if you are in a hurry, please pull into the bus parking lot and walk up to get your child instead of waiting in the line.  Thank You all for your assistance.  

  2. We have had several students and staff out with different illnesses, ranging from the stomach bug, strep throat, influenza, or RSV a few of the culprits, that everyone is coping with.  Just a reminder, if your child is running a fever we need them to be fever free for a minimum of 48 hours with no fever-reducing medications.  If they are sent home from school with a fever, they will need to stay home the following day to allow for the 24-hour time period.  We want all students in school because we know that regular attendance is important to their school success, however, we do not want to spread germs to others when they are not feeling good.  Thank you for your continued vigilance in making sure we keep everyone healthy.  Be assured we are taking extra steps here at school, such as sanitizing all railings, drinking fountains, door knobs, etc… on top of the general daily cleaning routines.  We are also continually teaching students proper hygiene and regular washing of hands frequently throughout the day.  

Christmas is such an exciting time of the year but also can cause added stress on family members when dealing with not only the daily stressors but also planning for the holidays.  The students are learning about “Putting First Thing First” in their Leader in Me lessons this month.  Here is a link with ideas of ways you can continue to work on this skill at home.  Learning ways to continually put first things first will help you destress and enjoy your holidays and each new day to its fullest.  I hope you enjoy doing some of these activities with your families.

Our Christmas break for the students will be, from December 21 through January 4, 2023.  The students will return to school on Thursday, January 5th.  I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is able to enjoy some family time together while celebrating and creating memories that you will keep with you for always.  

Mrs. Dickman

HES Principal