From the Principal


Report cards were originally supposed to go home today, but with all of the complications with the weather, we are delaying the report cards going home until Monday, December 3rd.  If you have any concerns about this please contact me, Diane Reilly, Principal at dreilly@hpes.org or 521-5494.


Next Thursday, December 6th, HPES will be having an early dismissal.  Students who are picked up or walk will be dismissed at 11:20 am.  The buses will be loaded and leave HPES at 11:30 and go directly to their destinations which means a much shorter bus run.  LUMS and LUHS are being dismissed at 12:35 pm and will be on a separate bus run so please plan accordingly!  Parents whose children ride the bus to a daycare – PLEASE INFORM YOUR DAYCARES OF OUR EARLY DISMISSAL AND THE SEPARATE BUS RUN FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS.

Snow Gear Expectation

Winter is here!  In order to keep our students safe and warm, we expect all students to have snow gear to wear outside at recess.  This includes Hat, Mittens/gloves, Ski pants, and boots. If the students in K-4 do not have proper gear they may not play in the snow; they still will be going outside.

Grades 5/6 winter gear expectations are the same as the younger students and most students bring the correct gear each day.  We will not insist that the students wear their gear if they refuse.  We know they will get cold, wet, or be uncomfortable, but it will be considered a natural consequence for choosing not to wear gear.  We will keep them safe, but will not engage in power struggles.

All students will be going out for recess unless it is below 0 degrees with wind chill or it is raining.

Notes from the Library Nest

Library classes were held in students' homeroom classrooms where we explored coding in preparation for The Hour of Code week next week.  Coding connects to procedure writing, problem-solving, communicating with clarity and precision, flexible thinking, striving for accuracy, creativity and innovation and so many more transferable skills.  This week students had the opportunity to select and borrow library books at the end of their lunch periods.  Mrs. Bryce brought books on a cart to the cafeteria for students to browse and select.  We called this Cafe' Circs.  Because of the changes to our routine, I am not printing out library book reminder notices this week.  Thanks to all for your flexible thinking!  We hope to be back in our space next week. 

Band Room News

Remember the Festival of Lights Parade in Morrisville is tomorrow Saturday, December 1st at 4 pm!  5th and 6th grade band students will be marching in the parade and should meet Mrs. Larose at 3:30 in the parking lot at Peoples Academy


Kids Might Out-NVU Johnson

Northern Vermont University-Johnson Student-Athletes would like to invite you to our Kids Night Out TONIGHT, November 30th.  It will be in the Shape Gym from 6-9pm.  This event is an opportunity for parents to drop off their children for an evening of fun at the NVU Johnson SHAPE GYM.  Registration is at the door and it is $10/child.  Below is a schedule of the night’s events.  Look forward to seeing you!

          5:45 Check in

6:15 Obstacle Course / Soccer

7:00 Pool / Rock Wall / Kickball

8:00 Arts & Crafts / Movie / Basketball

9:00 Pick up

Basketball games will be occurring during the same time!

JES Annual Holiday Craft fair

Johnson Elementary School will be hosting their Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00am-4:00pm.  Over 40 vendors, a raffle, Santa and more!

Early Dismissal – 11:20 pickup/11:30 busses

     Thursday, December 6th

NO SCHOOL – December Break

     December 24 – January 1

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