PTO MEETING JOIN US TONIGHT! 7-8 pm in the library
Whoo's Reading Pledges
There is still over $1500 outstanding pledges for Whoo's Reading. Please check to see that you have completed your pledge.
Progress Reports will be available in Aspen on Friday afternoon. An email will be sent once they are open. Please take some private time with your child to review their progress report.
ASSESSMENT PORTAL IN ASPEN
We have received multiple inquiries about the Assessment tab on the Aspen Family portal no longer displaying Assessments automatically. To display all Assessment records in the Family portal, click on the red X like it is shown in the picture.
SAVE THE DATES!
3/28/19 7 pm School Committee meeting, BHS Library 4/15/19-4/19/19 APRIL BREAK NO SCHOOL 4/22/19 DEADLINE FOR ORDERING YEARBOOKS 5/5/19 Tough Tiger
Good Afternoon! I am wishing all the local Patriots fans a fun-filled evening. May the game be just close enough to provide that excitement but not be a nail biter! There are many events and activities coming up that will be delineated in this newsletter. Be sure to mark your calendars so you can be there. Gentle Reminders: 1. Please do not park on the side streets at pick up time in the afternoon. In an effort to keep the children safe, please use the Kent Street pick up line. It does move quickly. 2. It is cold and flu season. If your child will be out or tardy due to an appointment, please call the office prior to 9:15 AM. Do not send emails to teachers, myself or office staff. The phone is answered beginning at 7:15. It is important that we account for all children promptly. 3. We have a very large negative balance on our school bill to Chartwell's. Please check your My School Bucks account for any negative balances. I am willing to assist with free and reduced lunch status if needed. It is kept confidential. 4. IT IS WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND! Although winter here means cold weather, we all know the benefits of fresh air and exercise to children as well as ourselves! To that end, please be sure your child wears a coat to school, has a hat, mittens and scarf in his/her backpack at all times. I make every effort to send the children outdoors. Our playground is protected by three wings of the school. I do take temperature and wind chill into consideration.
Professional Development Day- February 5th Screenagers Movie Viewing: Wednesday, February 6th 7:00pm Barrington Middle School HMS Arts Alive! Auditions: Tuesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 14th February Recess/NO SCHOOL: February 18th thru February 22nd February PTO Meeting-Tuesday, February 26th 7:00pm - 8:00pm Babysitting available School Improvement Meeting- Tuesday February 26th 6-7 Pm Tough Tiger- Sunday May 5
The number of surveys we are asked to complete is overwhelming at times but provides so much pertinent data. Your children, the teachers and support staff, all administrators and parents are being asked to take part in this SURVEYWORKS survey. Hampden Meadows was spotlighted by Rhode Island Department of Education last year for such high levels of participation. The information gleaned allows us to make plans for children and families that align to specific needs based on data. Please use this link, to take the survey. surveys.panoramaed.com/rideYour ACCESS CODE to take it is : 01105family
Check backpacks for Spring Enrichment 2019 information. Online Registration opens on Thursday Feb 7 at 7:30AM. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!! Follow instructions on the bottom of the flyer to access class descriptions and registration information.
Friday was the start of WhooosReading, our big school read-a-thon fundraiser. Your child brought home a packet with a username and password to create his/her very own online reading log. Make sure to log in with your child this weekend to get started right away. This year our goal is to read 400,000 minutes and raise $20,000 for the school - wow. It’s a lot of reading but HMS students are big readers. We have a LOT of fun prizes this year, including a Sky zone package, Fort Day, books, and of course, the super exciting annual Half Sleepover with Mrs. McGee and Mr. S. Here’s the first incentive for this year’s WhooosReading. Any student who gets 3 or more sponsors by the end of the day on Thursday, Feb 7 and will be entered into a raffle to win the opportunity to Be Principal for a Day. Let’s get reading!
Family and Community Flyers
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We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can. What’s happening? To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful. As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon. How will this affect you? Beginning January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. What can you do? To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Additionally, our team’s working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28. Text messaging will also continue to be available for organizations with a Remind School and District plan. In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here: www.remind.com/verizon-fee We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update. Sincerely,
The Remind team
Whooo’s Reading is back for the 5th year at HMS! The PTO will once again be running the online read-a-thon from February 1 - March 4. A read-a-thon is like a jog-a-thon, except your child will be reading books instead of running laps, all the while earning pledges based on how much they read. Unlike other fundraisers where our school keeps only 40-60% of donations, Hampden Meadows School keeps 85% of donations using this program. This year, we have two school goals - to read 400,000 minutes and to raise $20,000. Last year, we raised almost $20,000 which helped to fund field trips, author visits, library books, and a newly painted playground! Log in information will be sent home on February 1. Get ready to read!
What are Boys’ and Girls’ Nights? Educational evenings for 5th grade boys and 4th/5th grade girls to learn about upcoming physical and emotional changes, and the best way to care for themselves and others as they are changing. Parents are encouraged to attend as it is an excellent conversation opener, and open communication through the “puberty years” is essential.
Please note, this is not a drop-off event.
Who, what and where? Boys’ Night: Tuesday, January 15th, from 6:30-8 pm in the HMS Auditorium. The presentation will be given by Thomas Crain, MD, a cardiologist at Lifespan and father of 4 boys. The discussion is designed for 5th grade boys only.
Girls’ Night: Monday, January 14th from 6:30-8 pm in the HMS Auditorium. The presentation will be given by Megan Douglas, MD, a Med-Peds primary care physician in Rehoboth and mother of 3. Please feel free to contact Megan Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about Boys’ and Girls’ Nights.