Greetings Hardyston families!
I hope you are having a restful and enjoyable summer! Although it is sad when the end of August creeps in, it means that school is beginning and there is no denying the anticipation that builds. The excitement is building with our teachers, too. Our school has been buzzing as we all prepare for your children to join us in a few short weeks. I am very proud to share with you some of the improvements that Hardyston Elementary School is making this year.
Our FUNdations phonics program, introduced in grades K & 1 last year, is expanding to grade 2. With this program, our students demonstrated remarkable understanding of sounds and letters. Mastering these skills is critical for reading and writing.
Last year, a committee of general and special education teachers from the elementary and middle school explored various language arts programs and unanimously decided on a program called Schoolwide. Schoolwide is based on the balanced literacy model of instruction (reading and writing workshop) and includes mentor texts that are used for read-alouds and mini lessons. The transition to this model of instruction will take three years to complete. During this school year, our focus will be on assessing student reading levels and providing guided reading instruction in small groups. This explicit and direct instruction will improve your child’s reading ability. We have also purchased nearly 3,000 leveled readers so that teachers have the resources to support your children as they grow as a reader. Additionally, a reading specialist will join our staff to offer additional reading instruction to any student who demonstrates the need for more support.
To welcome our families back to school, I am pleased to announce the first annual Open House on Thursday, August 30 from 10 am – 12 noon. Please bring your children in to walk the hallways and locate their classroom.
This year we have a few changes in teaching assignments. Mrs.Sanders, 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Healy, 3rd grade teacher. Mrs. Romahn, 4th grade science and math teacher.
School supply lists are attached to this email for your convenience.
Summer reading challenge Over the summer we are aiming for Hardyston Elementary students to read 1,750 books! If that goal is met, I will dye my hair any color the students choose. Please complete the reading log and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 14th.
Kindergarten Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 5 at 4:30 pm. **Kindergarten students should accompany their parents as they will have the opportunity to meet their teacher and classmates and see their classroom. Students will then tour the school with our 4th grade students.
First day of school: Thursday, September 6. Bus assignments were mailed home this week. **If you are dropping off your child, please be reminded that drop off is between 8:40 and 8:50 am. Pick up is around the back of the building at 3:34 pm. Buses will depart at approximately 3:40 pm. During the first few days of school, buses may arrive home a few minutes later than what will be typical. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Back to School Night (grades 1 – 4): Thursday, September 13. Please see attached flyer for specific times.
I wish you all a smooth transition from the lazy days of summer to school days. The teachers and I can’t wait to welcome your children back! I am looking forward to a wonderful year.
Jennifer Cimaglia Elementary Principal