Monday October 27th

6:30 Tour of HPES

7:00 Final NEXT 100 Forum

Welcome Students and Families to the 2014-2015 School Year at Hyde Park Elementary School!

We look forward to partnering with you to make this our best year yet! 


Please visit the Next 100 link to learn about the community's efforts to renovate our facility.

All Hyde Park residents are urged to get the facts about the  Next 100 project, along with answers to their questions.  There are just two public information sessions remaining.  These will be held at HPES on October 13 (9:30 am) and October 27 (7 pm). Tours of the school will also be available and will begin thirty minutes prior to each of the information sessions. Please click the Next 100 link at the top of this page to learn more about the project. For additional information, please send an email to or call the Board Chair, Raven Walters, at 888-7010.  The board urges all Hyde Park residents to get the facts necessary to make a well-informed decision, and to then come out to vote on November 4.

From the Principal

We would like to remind everyone that if you are changing your child’s after school pick up arrangements a NOTE IS REQUIRED!  Leaving a message on the phone is ONLY FOR UNAVOIDABLE/EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. We are getting a VERY HIGH volume of messages being left between 7:45 and 8:30 in the morning for different after school arrangements.  Some of these messages are even being left for arrangements for the next day!  PLEASE take the extra minute in the morning to write the note so that the teacher can see it and it can be filed at the front desk.  Thank you.


Join us for our annual Ghost Walk down Main Street at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 31st!


CORRECTION:  The top of the November menu says that forms for the Grandparents’ lunch will be going home on November 8th.  That is INCORRECT.  They will be going home on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st and are due back by Thursday, November 6th. 

Sports For Life

Please return your Sports for Life registration forms as soon as possible!  Ice Skating is FULL; do not choose as an option.  Skiing/Snowboarding forms will NOT be accepted after Tuesday, October 28th - NO Exceptions.

6th Grade Parents

We have a planning meeting on Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30pm in the HPES Library.  Please join us for the fundraising and planning of their end of the year class trip to MAINE.

Bond Vote for School Building Project

Tuesday, November 4th – Election Day. 

Polls open at Town Clerk’s Office in Hyde Park from 7:00am-7:00pm

Meet the New Support Staff

Dennis Naughton:  Since late August I've been enamored by the opportunity to assist in the 5th/6th classroom of Erin Hazard in a classically historic building that exudes character, charm, and a bit of chicanery, both real and imagined.
For most of the past decade I've studied to obtain an elementary teaching license while working as a paraeducator at schools in Orleans, Caledonia, and Lamoille counties. Mirroring careers of my peers, many hats have sat atop my head, including that of a newspaper reporter/photographer, innkeeper, Boston tour guide, ski resort hospitality manager, and chauffeur. I’ve volunteered for civic and business organizations.

My fortune has brought me to the welcoming elementary school and community of Hyde Park.  My vantage as the afternoon crossing guard offers an intimate view of the village's bustling main drag.  It also permits a newcomer to witness daily authentic care and concern families have for their children. 

Working also with enrichment teacher Erin Carr in Mrs. Hazard's classroom has offered additional insight and colleagueship as I deepen my grasp of the profession.  Where else can one join in the creation of catapults, salsa, and applesauce while weaving in explorations of Africa, fractions, frog princesses, and writing of all stripes.

My enjoyment outside of education includes winter sports, hiking, motorcycle touring, swimming, reading various genres, learning chess, and improving my home and property in Albany.  I raised two daughters in Vermont.

I embrace being part of the afterschool program, Educating Children Outdoors (ECO), or coaxing a student's best effort so they believe in their potential.  I look forward to each day.





From the Nurse

Halloween Safety Tips

Dr Lewis First of the Fletcher Allen Medical Center had these tips to share to make Halloween a safe holiday.

·      Dr. First’s motto is you need to see and be seen.  Don't wear masks or hats with wide brims that will block your vision; use hypoallergenic makeup instead.

·      Make sure when you are trick-or-treating that you stay on sidewalks and paths.  Don't let your costumes drag on the ground or get near lit pumpkins and only go to houses that are lit.

·      Don't go into someone's home you don't know and don't forget to say thank you for those treats.

·      Have a great dinner the night of Halloween so you're all filled up.  You won't start to eat your treats until you get home and can inspect them.

·      Not sure about all that candy?  Why not trade it back to your family in exchange for a special privilege or treat!  That way your family can reintroduce the candy each week over the course of months when you do something special or you get to go on that special outing with your parents.


Picture Update

If your child needs a retake or was absent, retakes are on Monday, October 27th starting at 9:00 a.m. in the HPES library.  Your child will need to return the picture booklet if they are getting a retake.  There are extra envelopes for makeups.  Any questions please call Yvonne Heath at 888-2237 ext. 1039.

Halloween Candy

P.I.E. and the Lanpher Library are organizing a Halloween Candy Donation to help folks in the Village who get lots of trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.  The Village is a fun, safe place for families to go trick-or-treating...last year the library got close to 300 trick-or-treaters!!

The donation drop off site is at the Lanpher Library.  If they are not open you can put your donation in their drop box!

If you live in the Village and would like a donation of candy to distribute on Halloween, please contact the Lanpher Library and we'll make sure you get some candy!

Basketball Registration

BASKETBALL REGISTRATION for K-6 HOOPSTERS:  Please sign up in the gym and fill out your child's registration form also located in the gym.  Practices will begin the week of November 17th.    If you have any questions contact Mr. Clough at


Halloween Family Dance

Don’t forget tonight is the Halloween dance so dust off your dancing shoes and dress up in your most creative costumes for a chance to win a prize.  Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for grades pre k–3, grades 4–6 and even for parents.  Cost is $3 for an individual and $10 for a family of 4.  Students in grades 4-6 will need to be signed in and out at the door and students in grades pre K–3 will need to have a parent or guardian with them.  Please come out for some dancing fun and support your 6th grade!  It will be a Ghoulish good time!

Holiday Wreath Sale

It is never too early to think about Christmas.  If you haven’t seen an order form yet, please contact a 6th grader to preorder a Wreath, Kissing Ball, Garland and more.  Orders will arrive the week of Thanksgiving.  Please support the 6th grade class by ordering today.

6th graders don’t forget your goal is to sell 10 items or more.  All orders are due back by November 1st

What's Happening In Class?
Visit your student's class pages by finding your teacher on the Staff Directory page and clicking on the teacher's name. Also visit our specials pages, Library, Art, Physical Education, Music, Guidance and Health