Capitol Hill School

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  • Welcome to 2019!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

     

    Spring is here and summer is not far behind! We are off to a great start in the final quarter of our school year. There will be no school on Wednesday, May 8th in solidarity with the many other school districts around the state calling for a more adequately funded education system. We will also not have school on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. I would also like to take the time to thank all of you for the incredible support for our school community. It is awesome to see such immense outpouring of support for our students and families from the Capitol Hill community.

     

    With spring upon us the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. Please be sure to check the weather to ensure your child is dressed appropriately for rain and/or temperature fluctuations. Most days we go outside for recess and it is important that they come to school with a rain coat if needed. Our lost and found has continued to grow since we have been back so if your child is missing a coat, water bottle, gloves or a hat please make sure they check the lost and found located in the cafeteria next to the stage.

     

    Thank you for making sure your child is arriving on-time and ready to begin no later than 8:00am.  We also appreciate communicating changes in afternoon plans with the front office and teacher as it helps us make sure all students dismiss safely and punctually. Finally, a big thanks to our PTA and foundation for their support. We are grateful for everyone who attended this year’s PTA meetings and volunteered to help at the many events this school year. As always, please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 

     

    - Principal                      Kevin Walker



     

     

    Welcome to Spring 2019!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

     

    Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you all enjoyed some rest and relaxation over spring break. It is hard to believe our final quarter of the 2018-2019 school year is upon us. The end of 3rd Quarter is April 5th and report cards should be available on Parentvue for all families on Monday, April 15th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the report card. There will be no school on Monday, April 8th for teachers planning day or Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.  As it stands right now, 2 days have been added to the end of our district calendar to make-up for snow days. We will officially have school on Monday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 11th. Thank you to all of our families and volunteers for the incredible support you give to our school. I am so very grateful for our community. 

     

    Spring has sprung and learning is in full swing here at Capitol Hill. As you may know, this is a time of year that students make the most academic and social learning improvements. This is also the time of year we begin to start our state testing with 3rd-5th grade. During the weeks that your child’s classroom is testing, make certain that your child rests properly each night and arrives for school on time. We want to encourage our students to do their very best and take their time in being careful and thoughtful while taking their test. Thank you for your help in ensuring our students are able to bring their best self to school every day. Teachers should be letting families know soon the dates their class will be testing.

     

    Our lost and found has continued to grow since we have been back from Christmas break so if your child is missing a coat, water bottle, gloves or a hat please make sure they check the lost and found located in the cafeteria next to the stage.

    School begins at 8:00 AM; therefore, students should arrive to school as close to 7:53 AM as possible. Teachers are not contractually able to provide supervision before this time. The only exception would be if Champions is providing morning care for your student. Thank you for your understanding and help in making sure our students arrive and dismiss safely and punctually.

     

    Finally, a big thanks to our PTA, and all of our families for putting on an incredible auction. It was a wonderful evening and I am grateful for the generosity our community continues to provide in support of our school.

     

    As always, please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 

     Kevin Walker

     Principal  

     

     

    Welcome to 2019!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

     

    Happy New Year and welcome back! We are off to a great start in the new year and our school is humming with excitement. The end of Quarter II was January 18th and report cards should have been available on Parentvue for all families on Friday, January 25th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the report card. There will be no school on Monday, Feb. 18th in observance of President’s Day. We would like to thank all of you for the incredible support for our community over the holiday. It is awesome to see such immense outpouring of support for our students and families from our Capitol Hill community.

     

    We remain deeply entrenched in the winter months, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather. Most days we go outside for recess and it is important that they come to school with a coat with their name inside of it. Our lost and found has continued to grow since we have been back so if your child is missing a coat, water bottle, gloves or a hat please make sure they check the lost and found located in the cafeteria next to the stage.

    School begins at 8:00 AM; therefore, students should arrive to school as close to 7:53 AM as possible. Teachers are not contractually able to provide supervision before this time. The only exception would be if Champions is providing morning care for your student. Thank you for your understanding and help in making sure our students arrive and dismiss safely and punctually. Finally, a big thanks to our PTA, and all of our parents and guardians, for their continued presence and support in the building. PTA recently passed a donation to all hands raised which will help us extend the two current EA’s we have in the building to provide greater support for our students. We are grateful for everyone who attended the PTA meeting and voted for this proposal. As always, please feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 

     

    - Principal                      Kevin Walker



     

     

     

    Welcome to Winter!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

     

    It is hard to believe that we are half way through our school year. Excitement is in the air at Capitol Hill Elementary. The holidays are here and our students and families are actively involved in collecting non-perishable items for those in need, reviewing previously taught skills, in addition to working hard each and every day. Thank you to our PTA for an incredible Big Boo this year. An unbelievable amount of amazingly dressed up people showed up and enjoyed pizza and games. Thanks to our wonderful teacher and staff volunteers for being present and/or helping with the overall festivities.

     

    We would like to thank all of you for attending our annual Parent Teacher Conferences. It is awesome to see such a great turnout! We received some incredible food from generous families and we truly appreciate it. Working together as a Team only benefits our students more.

     

    Now that the winter months are upon us, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather. Most days we go outside for recess and it is important that they come to school with a coat with their name inside of it.

    School begins at 8:00 AM; therefore, students should arrive to school as close to 7:53 AM, when the first bell rings, as possible unless Champions is providing morning care for your student.

     

    As a reminder Capitol Hill will be closed for the winter holidays from December 17th - January 1st, 2019.

     

    Our Capitol Hill Staff would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

    - Principal                      Kevin Walker



     

     

     

     

    Welcome to Fall!

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

     

    Our school year is off to a great start! Since the start of September we have been recognizing students each Friday who have exemplified the character traits of respectfulness, responsibility and safety. We hope students are building their collective capacity to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. We’re excited to continue to recognize students at the end of each week who uphold these character traits, as they are ones that strengthen our community and school.

     

    We’ve also enjoyed seeing so many parents and guardians at daytime and evening events this past month, including our PTA meeting, Back to School Night, Book Fair and volunteers during the day. We’re also looking for additional volunteers during recess and lunch. It’s been great having a strong family presence in the building and we enjoy the sense of community that it builds on campus.

     

    On Friday, October 26th we are excited to host the annual BIG BOO from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We look forward to seeing all the students and families at this fun event. We are very grateful to our PTA for putting in so much time and effort in preparation for the Big Boo. While I am still not sure of my costume I look forward to being in attendance.

     

    We have also started our committees for the year at Capitol Hill with teachers and staff. Also Site Council, which is comprised of many different stakeholders, will meet for the first time at the end of this month.

     

    Have a wonderful rest of your week and looking forward to connecting with you all.      

    - Principal                     

              Kevin Walker

     

    Please click on link below for the Capitol Hill Herald

     

    October Capitol Hill Herald

     

       

     

    TRAFFIC INFORMATION 

             I also want to encourage you to follow our Capitol Hill Traffic Plan. Remember that you are welcome to park in any available space in the parking lot and that you're welcom to come early to school. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are some general suggestions from our traffic plan:

    DO: 

    • Pedestrians and bikes only on Carson 7:30 - 8:15; 2:00 - 2:30
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • Drop students off school curbside only
    • Keep 17th One Way - south during drop-off times
    • Be mindful of students crossing at 16th and Carson

    Please Don't: 

    • Make U turns in front of the school (it's unsafe and illegal)
    • Load/unload students at the crosswalk/yellow curbs
    • Block the parking lot entrance/exit
    • Park in the wrong direction

     

     Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school

    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do NOT drop at yellow curbs
      • Limit vehicle traffic on Carson 7:45 – 8:05; 2:05 – 2:30

     

    • Please no U-Turns
    • Please park the correct direction

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