August 2017

Welcome Back! 
   The start of a new school year never gets old for me. I still pick out my dress the day before, pack my lunch and go to bed early. I toss and turn all night and get up early so I will be here to greet staff, students and parents with a big smile and high hopes for a wonderful school year. 
    This year you will see two new faces in the front office. Ms. Kristy will be our school secretary and Mrs Vollinger will be the Student Services secretary. I realize that many of you have grown used to Ms. Riley's assistance but I am confident that with a little patience you will all come to rely on Ms. Kristy. 
   This summer I have worked on creating class lists and you should expect your child's teacher assignments by August 16th. I want to thank you in advance for your trust that we have been very thoughtful in placing your child in a room that takes many factors into consideration.  I have scheduled parent/teacher conferences to coincide with the first trimester so teachers can meet with every parent to go over the report cards and answer questions. Of course, if you have any concerns before November 21st you are encouraged to request an early conference. This year we will hold a 1-6 Open House on September 14th and a PK/K Open House on October 12th. 
   Please have your student at the bus stop by 7:30 for the first few days. Once we get into the 2nd week of school the buses should run on a fairly consistent  schedule. Thank you in advance for your patience. 
   Morning drop offs are always a busy time. I want to remind parents to drive slow and watch for children in the parking lots. The door to the school opens at 8:05 and staff is on duty to ensure the safety of all children. If the morning car drop off line is too slow for parents who are on their way to work, I would ask that you consider dropping of older students on Main Street in front of the school and having them walk in along the sidewalk. There are actually several benefits to this: parents won't have to wait in the long car line and students will get a little exercise before school.  If  you still choose to use the car drop off line, please remember to stay in line and pull up all the way, stay in your car and have your student exit on the passenger side. Please exit the school grounds to the left of the barn.
   The preschool circle is closed to car traffic. Only the preschool van is allowed in the circle. Preschool parents may use either the parking lot by the gym or the front parking lot. Preschoolers must be escorted to the classroom by an adult either through the preschool playground door or the front door of the school. 
   All students (k-6) who are being picked up on school grounds must be escorted out of the building by an adult via the cafeteria. The doors open at 2:25 for parents to wait in the cafeteria for the 2:30 dismissal bell. Please make every effort to be on time for pick up, as many staff members have commitments after-school. Any student that has not been picked up by 2:38 will be brought to the office. If you would prefer to pick your child up at the public library, they will be dismissed as a walker. 
   Please be sure to send a note, call or email if your child will be going home in a different manner than normal. If we don't hear from a parent, we will be sending students home on their assigned bus. Remember, all kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop by an adult. 
   School lunches will be $3.00 this year. Amy Hutchins is our food service manager. Please feel free to contact her with any questions at ahutchins@hatfieldps.net. Free and reduced lunch forms are available on the website. 
   School supply lists can be found online at www.teacherlists.com
 
I look forward to seeing grades 1-6 on August 31st, Kindergarten on September 1 and Preschool on September 7th. 
Happy New Year!!