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.
The Next 100 Committee, after a lengthy and rigorous process, has
concluded its charge by recommending to the HPES Board of Directors a
conceptual design option for the renovation of the school facility. The
Board, after weighing all available information very carefully, has
approved the Committee's recommendation. A bond vote will be warned for
Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day.) The input of Hyde Park residents
has been crucial to the development and selection of this recommended
All Hyde Park residents are urged now to get the facts about this
project, along with answers to their questions, by attending one of
several upcoming events. Information will be available at the HPES Open House on September 25. You can also find the information table at Hyde Park Home
Day (September 20) or attend an informational meeting. Informational meetings will be
held at HPES on October 1 (7 pm), 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. For more
information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact any board member. Additional information will be made
available over the next several weeks via web updates, radio, newspaper
and Front Porch Forum. The board urges all Hyde Park residents to get
the facts necessary to make a well-informed decision on November 4.
HPES Families -
Save the Date…
Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m. Join the HPES family for our annual Open
House. Visit the classrooms, specials,
meet HPES staff, and go to the Book Fair. Participate in a scavenger hunt
around the school and win prizes.
We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Also, The Book Fair is open at 5:30 and Meet the
Architects about the Next 100 Building Project is at 5:30.
Reminder that school pictures
will be taken on Monday, September 15th
in the HPES Library. Siblings are
welcome! Any questions call Yvonne Heath
at 888-2237, ext. 1039.
Meet the Music Teacher
Mrs. Jessica Della Pepa- Clayton grew up in Dexter, New
York, which is right along the St. Lawrence River, and just a hop, skip and
jump away from the Canadian Border.
She has spent the
entirety of her adult life in Vermont. She
first came to the Green Mountains to study at Middlebury College. Upon graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Music,
and a minor in elementary teacher education, she came to the realization that
she had fallen in love with the mountains, and decided to stick around for
awhile. She continued to compose, sing,
play instruments and carry on in that vein, while working odd jobs, until fate
caught up with her and lured her into the realm of music education. While opening the world of music to her
wonderful students, she pursued and completed music education licensure in
2009, and Kodaly certification at the Hartt School of Music, 2010.
Mrs. Clayton wears many, many hats; perhaps a better
analogy is Converse sneakers (one of Mrs. Clayton’s collecting hobbies)!
She is the wife of Mr. Jesse Clayton, who is also her musical and
operatic colleague, a mommy to a very mischievous 10 month old Alexander and
his big sister, Scout, a 10 year old lab-shepherd mix. Mrs. Clayton is the founder and director of
Viva La Musica-Vermont, a music enrichment and summer musical camps program
based in Burlington, with plans to expand these offerings across Vermont. Mrs. Clayton not only teaches music, she is
out there making it, all the time! She
performs under her maiden name: Della Pepa. She is an operatic soprano, who has most
recently performed with Unadilla Theatre and Echo Valley Community Arts, in the
Montpelier area, portraying all sorts of exciting characters on stage,
including a bird-lady, a princess, and a mischief-making servant. You can see her and her entire family
(Alexander’s debut!) in the upcoming musical “Brigadoon” (in East Montpelier).
Mrs. Clayton is thrilled to be working at HPES, and looks
forward to continuing to engage HPES students in the big, beautiful world of
music. Lots of exiting musical
opportunities are in the works- stay tuned!
From the Nurse
On Saturday, September 27th
local pharmacies and police departments will be taking part in an Rx Take Back Event. From 10 am to 2 pm you can take unwanted
prescription medication to five locations in the Lamoille area: the sheriff’s office here in Hyde Park, Stowe
Police Department, Hardwick Police Department or Kinney Drugs in Morrisville or
Cambridge. This program is designed to
get rid of unwanted medication in homes where they may become a poisoning
The Northern New England Poison Center has some suggestions to help
prevent poisoning. An increasing source
of poisoning even amongst adults is medication, both prescription and
Their top 5 childhood
medication safety tips are:
Teach children that they should not
taste anything unless an adult who they know and trust gives it to them.
Keep medication in its original,
Store medication up high and out of
the reach of children (preferably a locked cabinet).
Keep track of medications given to a
child to prevent multiple care givers giving the same dose twice.
Use a properly marked measurement
spoon or dropper (not the silverware teaspoon).
Proper disposal of unwanted medication is also important. If possible avoid getting more medication
than you will need. But if you do find
you have expired or un-needed medication check with your pharmacist to see if
there is an authorized drop off location.
If not, medication can be disposed of down the toilet or removed from
its bottle, mixed with coffee grounds or kitty litter and disposed of in the
garbage. Don’t discard prescription
medications in their original bottles, loose in the garbage, or burn them.
Hyde Park Home Day
Hyde Park Home Day this year will
be held on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00-3:00 on Main Street
in HP. The parade is at Noon. There will be music and entertainment, food
and games, crafts, balloons, exhibits, antique cars, a yard sale the 5K run,
barbecues, HP merchants and business people, Vermont products and more! This is an alcohol free event sponsored by
your HP Community Circle.
Hyde Park Home Day 5K
Lamoille Court Diversion and the
Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department are co-hosting the 5th annual
family friendly “Run with the Law” to benefit Lamoille Court Diversion’s youth
prevention programs. This 5K is open to
all ages and abilities – runners, walkers, and baby strollers are all
welcome! After your run/walk, check out
Hyde Park Home Day at noon! Join us on
Main Street, Saturday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m. You may register online at runsignup.com –
search for “Run with the Law 5K”. Forms
are also available at local sporting goods stores, fitness centers, community bulletin
boards, and the court diversion office in HP.
You may also register on race day at 9:30 a.m.
After School Program
The afterschool program is up and
running. We will begin enrichment
programs in the next couple of weeks.
PLEASE make sure all children have an updated application from on
file. Also, please let classroom teachers know if your child is staying
afterschool. Any questions, call
Jean Pratt or Katie Crosby at 888-2237.