Update 6/5/2020

Dear HES Families,

Hello everyone!  As we head into the final full week of school, I have lots to talk about today, so please read on.

COMMUNITY SURVEY - The district has established a District Leadership Team for the purpose of planning for the opening of school in the fall. The team is being co-facilitated by Superintendent Robert, and incoming superintendent Dr. Martin McEvoy. The team is represented by school committee members, as well as administrators and staff members from HES and Smith Academy.  The team has created a survey for families to gather input to inform a comprehensive re-entry plan that is responsive to the needs of the Hatfield School District Community.  We ask that you take a moment to click on the link below to fill out the survey.  Your input is critical to the work of this committee.  Thank you!

Community Survey Link

STUDENT BELONGING PICK-UP - We will have a final day for student belonging pickup for those families who were not able to come in on their assigned day.  The final pick-up day will be next Tuesday, June 9 from 7:30am to 12:00pm.  Remaining belongings from all grade levels will be available that day.  If you have yet pick up your child's belongings, and you are not able to come in next Tuesday, please give the school a call to make arrangements for pick-up.  Thank you!

 

HES REVERSE PARADE- The staff at Hatfield Elementary would like to invite all families to attend a reverse parade on the last day of school, June 15 from 11:00-11:30, at Hatfield Elementary School.  Staff members will be lined up around the bus circle and driveway leading to the school to wave a final good-bye for the school year.  Families can drive by, honk their horns, and wave to all the staff members.  We hope you are able to come to this festive end to the school year.  

 

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RECENT EVENTS - As superintendent Robert pointed out in his email last evening, the sadness surrounding the death of George Floyd, and the protests that have followed, have created a learning opportunity for our children.  School adjustment counselor, Charvy Chau has compiled resources for families who may be interested to talking to their children about race, and race relations.  

Resources:

Discussion guide on Diversity 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iMO_YByA5xMYee4tXr7jQvg1Q4oYJIiY/view?u...

Article: How to talk to kids about racism

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/health/protests-racism-talk-to-children-w...

Post: 10 tips for teaching kids about race

https://www.embracerace.org/assets/embraceracetipsenglish-(2).pdf

Book list: Diversity and race

https://www.harpercollins.com/childrens/books-with-diversity/

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conv...

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html

https://skokielibrary.info/lists/520/black-lives-matter-a-reading-list-f...

Diversity Read-Out Loud playlist

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlzvYqt7w9RCm52FoC3wEgrc2UXQF72Ey

Let’s talk about race (picture book) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoDUJY9u9Jw

A kids book about racism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnaltG5N8nE

Movie List: Diversity

https://www.familyminded.com/s/family-movies-that-celebrate-diversity-44...

Short film: hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28

I hope your family has a safe and enjoyable weekend! 

Take care, 

Tim

Lexia Reading

All HES students have been given accounts to the online reading program Lexia.  This program allows students to work independently to develop critical reading and language skills through individualized, motivating learning paths.  Students can work at their own pace.  If your child needs assistance accessing Lexia, feel free to reach out to reading teachers Heidi Poulin hpoulin@hatfieldps.net, or Sara Woodard sshapiro@hatfieldps.net.  

Nurse's Updates

Please continue to use DPH practices for hand washing and face covering if you have to leave home. In addition, please continue to inform school nursing staff should students become sick. Please use the link here to see the latest Nurse’s updates

Grab and Go food updates

The District is currently providing a “Grab & Go” food service every Tuesday at the Hatfield Elementary School.  Please see the Hatfield Public School website under food services for more information regarding this program or contact Amy Hutchins, Food Service Director at ahutchins@hatfieldps.net or at 413-247-5010, ext.314

Google Classroom Support for the HPS district

Parents, we understand that there may be areas that we can support you with. Please use this link as a one-stop-shop for google tools support.

Special Education Services

We recognize that this can be a challenging time for families of students with learning plans. For information and advice, the Office of Student Services phone number is (413) 247-9534, daily 10:00-1:00.  Please also feel free to contact Michelle Otis, motis@hatfieldps.net  

Please also refer to the Special Education Parent Advisory Council via the SEPAC Facebook page: Hatfield Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council