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From the Principal

The third annual Grandparents’ (Elders) dinner was a huge success.  We had over 150 guests who enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with the students of Hyde Park Elementary.  This tradition gives grandparents and elders in the community a chance to visit the school and enjoy the students in the school setting.  Every year this event has grown more popular.  The lunch is offered free of charge and guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item which was donated to the Lamoille County Food Shelf.  This year we had a considerable amount to donate, which will assist in supporting local families over the holidays.  A special thanks goes out to the food service personnel from Lamoille Union High School for helping purchase, prep and serve:  Dylan LaFlam, Joyce Cleveland, and Donna Ferland.  Also, we could not have done this without the help of Shirley Mason, our head cook and many, many, HPES staff who volunteered their time and energy.  And thank you to Ernie Machia and Hannaford Supermarket for donating food toward our lunch!  The event was enjoyed by everyone involved, and we look forward to doing this again next year.


Important After School Program Closings:

Monday, November 23 
Tuesday, November 24
  Thursday, December 17
Monday, December 21
Tuesday,December 22

There will be NO After School Program on these days. 

Pennies for Patients

Mrs. Hazard’s and Mrs. Pirie’s classes are participating in Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Please send in change with your children.  Every Penny counts!!

K-6 Basketball Season

BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS FOR K-6 ENDS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd.  Please have your child set up with their designated coaches before 3:30 on Wednesday, December 2nd as the opportunity to play for HPES will be gone after that point.  Email Shawn Clough at sclough@hpes.org for more information.

5-6 Grade Band News

Attention all students and Band Parents!  The Hyde Park Marching Hawks have been asked to participate in the Festival of Lights parade in Morrisville Saturday, December 5th at 3:30.  Students will meet at the People’s Academy roundabout entrance outside at 3ish since the parade starts at 3:30 and we walk down to the Oxbow field. 

Please let me know if you would be able to get your student to this wonderful opportunity!  We need a good number of our band students to attend to be able to have another wonderful performance!  Thank you for all your support and help! 


From the Nurse

The holidays are a fun time but also a time we traditionally have a lot of food choices in front of us.  There are many experts who have great tips for enjoying this season without overeating.   Here are some tips that can work for kids and adults from registered dietician Monica Holt, MS of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford.

  • Eat a healthy meal prior to a party so you are likely to avoid overindulging.  Kids often do well with a healthy snack before parties or outings to counteract the effect of unfamiliar meal times and food choices.
  • Put the candy bowl and sweets out of sight rather than keeping them on the counter.  Instead try a bowl of fruit.
  • Keep your portion sizes small, and try to eat mostly healthy items.
  • Don’t deny yourself or your children sweets, just include them in moderation.
  • Encourage your child to participate in choosing food for his or her plate, using the guidelines above.
  • Don’t slack off on your exercise program during the holidays, and take the kids with you whenever possible.