From the Principal
The annual Mud Run to support the Lamoille Area Cancer Network will be postponed until next fall (with 6th graders being invited back for event).  We need to be in our own facility in order to do this event effectively and efficiently.  Keep raising those funds and we will present them in the fall!

The last school day of the year is Monday, June 18th.  It will be a half day; time is TBD.

End of the year Event note!
We will be having our final Field Days extravaganza on Thursday, June 14th, final location to be decided.  This will be an exciting outdoor event for grades K-6. 

New School Nurse!
We would like to welcome Laura Darling to our HPES team as school nurse.  We are sad to see Robin Wright leave after 28 years, but we know she has many adventures ahead of her in “retirement”.  Laura grew up and lives in the area, and has worked in family practice in Morrisville, so she comes to us with a strong background in working with children and strong ties to the community.  Mrs. Darling will be in our school shadowing Robin Wright after Memorial Day, so children will have a chance to meet her before next year.  We are thrilled to have her at HPES and I am sure families will be pleased with her professionalism, caring and compassion.  Welcome Mrs. Darling!
First 4th Grade Fitness Day

Our 4th grade students represented Hyde Park well last Monday at LUMS during their state mandated fitness testing.  Along with Johnson Elementary 4th   graders, our students participated in four different fitness assessments.  Along with cheering each other on, demonstrating respectful behavior and ultimately enjoying the experience, our students made us proud.

The most impressive aspect of this day for me as a PE teacher was watching as students gave their all.  This mental toughness is essential for every aspect of life whether it be physical, social or emotional, and I was truly impressed at the level of "toughness" our students demonstrated!


Summer Camp

Summer Camp forms will be in Friday Folders next Friday, May 25th.  It is open to students who are grades incoming K - current 5th.  

After School Program

REMINDER!!  The last day of After School Program will be on Thursday, May 24th.  Please plan accordingly!  If you have any questions, please contact Jean Pratt or Matt Alden.

From the Nurse

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and an important part of bicycle safety is to do a bike quick check each time you go out to ride your bike.  

Bike Fit – Straddle the top tube, both feet flat on the ground; there should be a three-inch clearance.

ABC Quick Check:

    Air – Squeeze the tires to check for low air pressure.

    Brakes - Squeeze each brake lever.  Does the wheel stop quickly?  Does the brake lever hit the handlebar?  Make sure the brake pads are not hitting the tires.

    Crank/Chain – Is the chain on the track?  Is there anything caught in the gears?  Is either part loose?  Is the chain clean and lubed?

    Quick Releases – Check the quick releases on the front and rear hub and on the seat post to see that they are in the closed position.

    Spin – Spin the wheels.  Do they spin smoothly?  Are they wobbly?  Do they have any broken spokes?

    Other – Are reflectors and lights attached, clean, working and visible? 


Library News

Reading is an Investment Winner!

We have a winner from the Vermont Department of Treasury's Financial Literacy Program!  Our very own Riley Munson from Mrs. Koch's class won a college savings account with $250.00!  Students were read the three titles from this year's theme, and kept reading in class to complete their reading logs.  Twenty winners from all over VT were selected, and Riley is one of them!  Congratulations!

Battle of the Books

Our top readers in 5th & 6th grade joined readers from the district at the annual Battle of the Books.  This friendly trivia competition [based on this year's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Books] was held at the GMTCC CEC on Thursday, May 3rd.  The teams of students matched titles and authors, settings, quotes, artifacts, illustrations, nicknames amongst the book trivia.  Please join me in celebrating our readers:  Shannon Walsh [who read all 30 books], Ruby Perham [who read all 30 books], Elise Small, Vivian Ansley, Ava Sandridge, Garrett Yarrow, Emma LaRock, Olivia Alexander, Chloe Lacasse, Tanya Schaaf, Hanna Wood, Emma Engler, Dominic Stewart, Mailin Byrne, Landon Nolan, Summer Miller and Dana Callahan.  HPES had 4 winners who shared two team slots on Team #1.  We will also celebrate our readers of all 30 books!  Their prize is to select a title off next year's list.  In case you haven't heard, the winning title of this years' list is Projekt 1065, by Alan Gratz.   

Red Clover Winner
It is official!  After 18,417 votes for the ten Red Clover Picture Books, Frankencrayon, by Michael Hall is our state winner, by a mere 12 votes!  The students at HPES cast votes for all ten of the books, and selected Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood as our school winner.  It is my hope that we can bring back the Red Clover Night next year when we are back in our school. 

Lanpher Traveling Library
Students selected books to borrow last Thursday during our final Lanpher Traveling Library visit.  All books will be due back by May 24th.  Please take the time to visit The Lanpher Memorial Library to borrow books and more for the summer.  Remember, your library account gives you access to audiobooks and e-books as well using the Green Mountain Library Consortium [formerly Listen Up VT].  See Ms. Olsen or her amazing staff for a brief tutorial should you need.  It's FREE!  

Upcoming Events

Fine Print Celebration - 6:00 pm GMTCC CEC

     Tuesday, May 22nd 

Last day of After School Program

     Thursday, May 24th 

Lanpher Library books due back at HPES

     Thursday, May 24th 

Fall Soccer Early Registrations due by

     Friday, June 1st 

Field Days extravaganza – location TBD

     Thursday, June 14th 

Last day of school – Early dismissal; Time TBD

     Monday, June 18th 

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