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Parent Newsletter August 31, 2021

 

Heritage Lakes

Parent Newsletter

August 31, 2021

 
Dear Heritage Lakes Parents,


It’s hard to believe we are approaching September already.  It has been a beautiful start to the school year.  I would like to thank all of the Heritage Lakes families for their continued support in beginning another school year.  We had great attendance for New Student Orientation and Meet The Teacher in August.  It was wonderful to see both new and returning families to Heritage Lakes. Please don’t forget that Monday, September 6, is Labor Day (No School).

Curriculum Night - September 8 @7:00 PM, Virtual

After greater parent attendance and positive feedback from last year’s virtual Curriculum Night, we will be bringing that back this school year the week after Labor Day.  By attending Curriculum Night virtually, parents will become better acquainted with their child's education and this school year through video presentations from their child's principal and teachers. 

Please mark your calendar for September 8, at 7:00 PM.  Parents will be sent an email, text, and app push reminders with their child's YouTube Premiere Curriculum Night link the day before and the evening of the event.  If you cannot join live, the videos will be archived to each school's website for later viewing.

The evening will begin with families collectively joining their school's principal for a singular YouTube Premiere Curriculum Night event where they will receive a general overview on the school year, including the school's goals and additional important notes.  From there, parents will be linked to a website where they will find videos from their child's teachers. Teachers will cover how they are working to build relationships, how students are being supported academically, information about assessment and grading, and more. 

 Picture Day

Please mark your calendars for Fall Pictures which will take place on Friday, October 1.  Color Portraits will be the company taking pictures.  More details on the cost of pictures and how to order will be coming soon. 


PBIS

The PBIS theme for this school year is putting the I in Kind.

i in kindi in kind


In addition to talking about classroom and school-wide expectations, students were explicitly taught school Cool Tools in which they learned what it means to Be responsible, Be respectful, and Be a good citizen (in the hall, lunchroom, bus, playground, office, etc.). Please take some time to ask your children if they know what the three B’s are.  

 In an effort to increase communication about PBIS and our Howling Huskies program we have added a link to Heritage Lakes website.  Please go to Heritage Lakes website and hover over PBIS for additional information. 

 

Spirit Week Schedule

We hope that students will join us in participating in a Spirit Week, 9/7-9/10. Please open the link for a schedule of each day.

Spirit Week 9/7, 9/8, /9/9, and 9/10

 

Well-being Survey Grades 3-8

Heritage Lakes School to Adopt Weekly Panorama Well-being Survey Check-Ins.

Social and emotional well-being have been shown to have a direct effect on academic outcomes, and CCSD93 has long sought to support students in these areas.  For years, Heritage Lakes has done this through the school-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in concert with the work of our terrific Student Services Team.  To this point, we have largely used observational data to help our students grow. 

Educational research makes clear that in order to truly best support students socially and emotionally, inner experiences must also be taken into account. This year, as students are reentering our classrooms full-time, Heritage Lakes and all other CCSD93 elementary and middle schools will seek to add this layer of valuable information for the benefit of our students. Our 3rd-5th grade students will begin participating in weekly check-ins through an adopted version of the Panorama Well-being Survey starting in early September.  This brief survey, which has been thoroughly researched and intentionally designed to help schools better support students, asks students to identify the frequency with which they have experienced a range of positive and challenging emotions throughout the previous week.  By regularly reviewing their class’s responses, teachers will be able to more effectively and proactively assist with their students’ social and emotional well-being.  For more information on the Panorama Well-being Survey, please review this article, and feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.

Lunch Supervisor

We are in need of Lunch Supervisors.  If you know anyone that is interested in working as a lunch supervisor please have them contact Heritage Lakes and we can direct them on how to complete an application. 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Yelaska

Principal

Heritage Lakes School