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  • August/September 2017

    August 2017
    Dear Hayhurst Families,

    Welcome Back to School!! It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end. However, I always enjoy the start of the school seeing all of the smiling faces walk through the door as we start another year. Hayhurst continues to grow, and we have added several new staff to our team. Please welcome Amy Kowalski (kindergarten), LaPrincea Escovedo (2nd grade), Jessica Chorlton (reading support in k12), Cindy Easton (5th grade, Jill Tobey has chosen to move to another school), Roxanne Davidson (Counselor), James Winkler (Physical Education), and Laura Jones (library assistant as Tricia Dowling was unassigned due to district cuts). We also have a few name changes, Chelsea Lane (formally Fuller) and Kennedy Kim (formally Zeal).

    This year school starts on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30th at 8:00am for grades 1-5. For kindergarteners, you will receive a call in the next few weeks to schedule a time slot to come in for an assessment for your child. Assessments will be on either August, 29th, 30th or 31st. The first full day of kindergarten will be on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:00am.

    Here is some information that will assist you to begin the school year.

    School Hours
    School begins each morning at 8AM and the day ends at 2:15PM. All grades follow the same schedule. We will send home a school calendar in the beginning of the year. At this time we are still unsure about late openings. Once the teacher union has made a decision we will inform you so you can add this to your planning. Information is also posted on the reader board, facebook, weekly email newsletter, and fliers that go home in your child’s backpack.

    Beginning the School Day
    We like to keep the school and the hallways quiet in the morning before the first bell (8:00 AM) for the benefit of our teachers, who are using this time to prepare for the day. We ask that all students (and all accompanying parents) go to the cafeteria when they get to the school in the morning. Tables will be set up and the kids can talk to their friends before the bell rings. Breakfast will be available there from 7:45AM to 8:00AM as well.

    Bringing Your Child in the Morning/Picking up in the Afternoon
    Bringing your Child to School. If you are bringing your child to school and simply dropping them off, please drive (slowly) through the parking lot and be ready to have your child exit the car once you reach the end of the driveway. Please avoid idling your car outside. The front of the school is not a drop off point, as this is a bus/taxi zone that must be left free.

    If you are going to accompany your child inside the school, please park in the parking lot and come inside. Other parking options are on the side street in front of the park or in the neighborhood. Please do not park in front of driveways!!

    We have Safety Patrols in two places on Iowa street to help you cross the street. Please teach your children that this is the safest way to cross the street, especially with the busy morning and afternoon traffic.

    Picking Your Child up
    At the end of the day, the most common option is to park your car in the lot and come inside or stand in the turnaround in front. Please wait in the entry or outside for your child, keeping our hallways clear and easy for the teachers to walk students out to the front and the buses. It is important that you are at school by 2:15pm ready to greet your child. If you are not coming into the school, please plan on a designated meeting spot to meet your child. If your child is attending an after-school activity, please pick them up promptly when the activity has ended.

    Entering the School
    Although our school has many doors to get in and out, our policy is to keep all doors locked from the outside, except for the main doors in the front of the building. Please enter and exit the building only through the front doors. Staff has a card key to enter and exit all doors during the day, so there is no need to ever prop a door open.

    Upcoming Events
    Dinner with the Principal, August 22nd from 6:00-7:30pm on the blacktop.

    Please bring the whole family to attend an all school dinner on the back blacktop/playground. We will provide the food, and you get to see old friends, meet new ones, and ease your way back into the school year. This is always a fun evening.

    Community Care Day is on Saturday, August 26th from 9-12 at eh school. Come help clean up and beautify our grounds, and work on some projects inside and out. Bring the whole family and enjoy working together to improve our school.

    Back to School Night will be held on September 14th from 6:00-7:30pm. Please save the date for a parent only night with teachers. You will get to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the classroom expectations, and hear about the upcoming year.

    School Code and Dress Code
    Here is the dress code for all Portland Public schools. You may not have much problem with your K-5 student along these lines but we post them here because we follow them and they will have to learn them as they go along through the rest of the school system.

    “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rest primarily with the student and his or her parents. Students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the students or others, is sexually suggestive (examples include bare midriffs, visible undergarments, plunging necklines, see-through materials, or sagging pants), is alcohol or drug-related (including advertising or advocating the use of such products), is vulgar, lewd, obscene, or plainly offensive, is insulting and/or demeaning to a particular person or group, or is indicative of gang activity or membership (Reference: 4:30.012-P). When you are shopping for your child, it is important that you follow these guidelines.

    Other school expectations:
    · No wheels-on-heels shoes.
    · No cell phones during school hours. If seen, we will take them for the day.
    · No electronics. Again, if seen we will take them for the day.
    · If your child uses a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle anywhere, not just here at school, please get them a suitable helmet. If this is a financial problem, let the principal know. We can help.
    · If your child rides a bike to school, make sure they lock their bike up in the rack in front of the school.

    My schedule this year will be similar to last year: Monday and Wednesday at Hayhurst, Tuesday and Friday at Odyssey, Thursday is district meetings or in one of the buildings. Some days I am a little bit at each school, depending on meetings and events. Please feel free to call or stop by on any day, as I am easily accessible and happy to chat or see you in person on either campus.

    I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Please plan to come for the “Dinner with the Principal” on August 22nd and then to” Back To School Night” on September 14th. I look forward to a great year of learning, growing and having fun!

    Happy New School Year!
    Deanne Froehlich
    Principal
    Hayhurst/Odyssey

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