From the Principal

There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, March 28th due to a Professional development day.



Calling all 5 year olds!

We are looking for all children who will be 5 years of age before September 1st, 2014, and will be attending Kindergarten in Hyde Park next school year!

PLEASE call Karen Aither at 888-2237 (hit 0), or email, or stop by our reception desk, to begin the registration and screening process. 

We will need: 

·       the child’s name, birth date and gender;

·        parent/guardians name(s);

·       mailing address and phone number;

·       if your child does not attend our Pre-K, please be prepared to make a screening appointment for Thursday, April 24th

We will mail the registration packet to you. 


Kindergarten Information Meeting & Registration

Tuesday, April 22nd in the HPES Library (Adults only please) from 6-7:30 p.m.

Please complete the registration packet and bring it, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, and immunization records to the meeting.  6-6:30 is for gathering paperwork and making screening appointments and 6:30-7:30 is for information and questions. 

Kindergarten Screening Day

Thursday, April 24th in one of the HPES Kindergarten classrooms.

If your child attends Pre-K here, we will screen them during their regular day 8-10:30/12-2:30.  If your child does not attend Pre-K here, you will have appointment options in between these times.


 Reminder that the Step into the Future Next 100 Pizza Dinner, Presentation and Tour of HPES is Tonight!  Free Pizza Dinner is at 5:30, the movie “Frozen” for children age 4 and above (childcare provided) is at 6:00 and adults are in the library for a presentation on the future of education at Hyde Park and a tour of the facility at 6:00.  Just show up if you can make it last minute.  The more people the better!

ECO Explorer Celebration

5th grade ECO participants spent a beautiful, sunny day in the woods with friends and family this week, celebrating the culmination of our explorer unit of study.  Each base camp prepared traditional travel food, reenacting the westward expansion experience of early Americans on the trail.  Everyone had the chance to try pemmican, a high calorie, protein/vitamin-packed snack made with dried moose meat, craisins/raisins and good old-fashion lard.  In addition, we made hard tack, which is a simple, long-lasting biscuit, and our favorite hemlock needle tea.  Thank you for the positive contributions of every child and adult who is involved with ECO.  We would like to give a special shout of thanks to Dan Dussault for donating the moose meat, which made our culinary exploration so much more authentic - Thanks Dan

6th Grade News

Attention 6th grade families:  The Little Caesar Pizza Kits are being delivered on Thursday, April 3rd in the gym.  Please pick your orders up between 2-3 p.m.  Please call Claire @730-3546 if you have any questions. 

Music News

Congratulations to all 5th and 6th grade band students who performed in the music festival. Everybody at HPES is proud of your accomplishments!
Reminder:  This Sunday at 2 p.m. the Vermont Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be performing at the Hyde Park Opera House.  Come see some of the best musicians in the state perform!  HPES’ own Mr. I will be playing in the percussion section and LUHS’ Ms. Finlayson will be on clarinet!  Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students and children under 10 are free.

On Thursday April 10th at 7:00 p.m. Vermont's own Blackberry Jam will be performing at LUHS!  This vocal duo will be performing original and cover songs.  This group has been on the hit show "The Voice" and has performed all over New England.  To see more of them visit  Tickets for this event are $5 and can be bought at the door.  To reserve seats, contact Jennifer Connolly at, or talk to Mr. I.


From the Nurse

Cabin Fever Activities for Children

This year winter is hanging on and the cold days and large snow banks make it hard to get outside.  Here are some activities that I have run across for these remaining days of winter. 

Fun that is actually exercise

  • Play cardboard-box basketball.  Place a few open boxes at one end of the room and mark a throw line with a rolled-up blanket at the other end.  See who can get the most balls or beanbags in the boxes.  Move the throw line farther back for older kids.
  • Get into the swim of things.  Have the kids put on their swimsuits and turn the bathtub into a kiddy pool. Let them splash soap-free (supervised, of course).
  • Have a jump-rope jump-off.  See who can jump the most times without tripping.  Keep a log and see if your kids (and you!) can beat your records.
  • Turn the garage into a roller rink or tricycle course.  Move the cars to the driveway (if it's not covered in snow) so little ones can cruise around on big or little wheels.  They'll probably need their coats, but will be protected from biting wind.

Creative and crafty pursuits

  • Keep a sketchbook journal.  Give each child a small notebook and have them draw a picture each day. You can assign a weekly or daily theme (family, places you've been, favorite foods) to start.
  • Make homemade puzzles.  Glue a pretty page from a magazine or picture from an old calendar onto a piece of cardboard.  Cut it into a few large pieces (or smaller ones, for older kids).

Bring nature indoors

Plant a mini-garden.  Plant grass or herb seeds in soil in small pots and place them on a tray near a window. Water them every few days.  When they're a few inches tall, cut off sprigs of herbs to use in recipes or trim the grass with scissors.

Create colorful window boxes.  Poke the stems of fake flowers and plants into turned-over shoe boxes to make a cheerful floral arrangement for a windowsill or the kitchen table. 

  • Make twig nameplates.  Pick up thin branches and twigs from the lawn.  Break them into pieces so each child can form the letters of his or her name on a piece of painted cardboard.  Use dots of glue or pieces of tape to hold the twigs in place.  Hang the sign on a bedroom door.


Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming April 1-4.  We are in need of more volunteers to work during the book fair sales.  If you can spare a few hours, please contact myself or Carolyn Jones at the school.  “Set up” helpers are also needed and welcome anytime on Monday, March 31st.

The Ice Cream Social and Book Fair evening event will be held on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:00-7:30.  The book Fair will open at 5:30 for early shoppers.

River Arts Youth Camp

River Arts will be having Youth Camps the week of April 14th-18th from 9-3.  Here Comes the Sun is for 5-9 year olds and Filmmaking with Sequana Skye for 10-13 year olds.  Scholarships are available.  For more information or to register, call River Arts at 888-1261 or check them out at  Summer camp info is also available!

HPES 6th Grade Graduation

Save the Date!  HPES 6th Grade Graduation will be on Wednesday, June 11th.

Congratulations to DI!

Congratulations to the HPES Destination Imagination team for again winning the State competition!  They are headed to Nationals!

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