Dear Early Childhood Parents,
We are only ONE WEEK away from back to school! The teachers are excitedly preparing their classrooms and we are looking forward to a wonderful year!
Save the dates from this summary of events:
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Carpool Parade (A-M) — EC students that last name starts with A through M.
Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Carpool Parade (N-Z) — EC students that last name starts with N through Z.
Sunday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. Virtual Parent Orientation — EC parents to review policies, safety protocols, learning programs and expectations.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at TBD Virtual Meet the Teachers — Students will join a Zoom meeting with teacher and classmates. The teachers will send the links to each class.
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7:15 a.m. First Day of School — First day of learning for EC students. Carpool is open from 7:15 to 9 a.m.
Early Childhood Carpool
Students will use carpool for arrival and dismissal. For the safety of everyone involved, all parents and family members must remain inside their car at all times; they are not allowed to exit the vehicle for any reason. Face coverings are required at all times during carpool for students in K-8th grade, adults and every person inside a car.
A zone has been assigned for Early Childhood, including a specific carpool route. Review the map to get acquainted with your zone and the process for drop off and pick up.
View the Carpool Guidelines for details and instructions per division.
To practice the new carpool route assigned to Early Childhood, parents and students are invited to a Carpool Parade on Friday, Aug. 14 (look at the chart above for times based on last name) to pick up their Orientation packet.
The Orientation Packet will include carpool tags, forms and other materials to get you ready for the first day of school.
Red totes will be available for purchase during the Carpool Parade for $10 (cash or check). Remember, the branded bags are highly encouraged for students in Early Childhood to carry their personal items to and from school, but not required.
Download a copy of the Early Childhood Carpool Map.
Virtual Parent Orientation
Parents of Early Childhood are required to join us for a Zoom meeting on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. The virtual session will:
- Review the Back to School Plan in detail.
- Explain the enhanced safety measures, protocols and procedures.
- Focus on important sections of Student-Parent Handbook.
- Provide an overview of class dynamics and schedules.
- Answer any questions as parents prepare for the first day of school.
Also, during Orientation parents will receive access to the Student-Parent Handbook and a link to sign the Handbook and Back to School Plan Acknowledgment Form.
Register for Zoom Meeting click here
Meeting ID: 883 0002 3183
Meet the Teachers
On Tuesday, Aug. 18 Early Childhood students will virtually visit their classrooms and meet the teachers. Stay tuned for a postcard in the mail with assigned times and Zoom details.
In-Person Instruction Waiver
Parents must sign the Back to School COVID-19 Waiver and return the printed copy at Orientation or before the first day of school. Print and sign one copy per child.
Health Forms Are Due
As we prepare for the new year, the required Health Forms are due by the first day of school.
Student Health Form – The parent AND physician must sign this form by August 19, 2020. Bring the health form to the physician’s office during the examination for them to sign or they can complete if a visit occurred recently (physician offices are used to filling out these forms.) Scan or take a picture of the signed document and email to the nurses.
Current Immunization Records – Provide an updated copy attached to the health form by August 19, 2020. All students, new or returning, must provide an updated immunization record and health form every year.
We must comply with state requirements to maintain up-to-date records and keep our community in good health, especially during this pandemic. Contact the nurses for questions or details.
Simply Fresh Lunch Program
Review the following list of supplies detailed by age level and classrooms. Deliver the supplies on the first week of School Aug. 19-21.
Early Childhood supply list.
HSES requires a daily uniform for students in the 2s classroom through 8th grade. Parents can purchase new uniforms through Dennis Uniform (school code VHY) or used uniforms through the PTO (pre-ordering form coming soon). The Dennis Uniform website includes specific garments per grade level and gender.
View the Early Childhood uniform guidelines (applies to students age 2 as of Sept. 1).
Back to School Plan
For more details on how we plan to conduct the school year, view our Back to School Plan for 2020-2021.
First Day of School
We can’t wait to see you Wednesday, August 19!
We will offer a drive-thru for EC Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. During these times, parents can pick up and drop off items, while complying with state safety guidelines. The teachers will pack all student belongings for parents to pick up through the EC driveway, also providing the opportunity to return any school belongings.
Dear Early Childhood Families,
We want to thank parents for your positive words of encouragement as you continue to support us through this time. You and your children make it truly worthwhile.
With the Governor’s announcement that all private and public schools will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year, we are working on a plan to reopen our year-round early childhood program. To serve the needs of our families, we want to reopen when it is safe and feasible to do so. We can’t wait to have you back on campus; we certainly miss your sweet children.
Amid these trying times, we have wonderful news to share: The Board of Directors has approved to waive May tuition for all EC families. Thanks to the support of our community, we have been able to cover the salaries of every teacher and staff member during this unexpected break. In addition, the Paycheck Protection Program (under the CARES act) loan was approved, allowing us to take care of our teachers, staff and maintenance personnel during this unprecedented time. We are thankful for this opportunity to retain our beloved teachers as they patiently wait for us to reopen and welcome you back.
As we look to establish a date to reopen our doors to EC families, we want you to know there will be severe restrictions in place to maintain a safe environment for all of our children. We will comply with guidance from the department of Texas childcare licensing, the CDC, and government officials regarding these restrictions and all of these are subject to change. These restrictions include (but not limited to):
- Social distancing measures by avoiding chapel, special gatherings, Tumble Tykes, soccer, ballet, Stretch and Grow, Arts Alive, splash days, and other group activities.
- Adjusting daily activities to minimize the potential for transmission by dividing children into smaller groups, staggering playground time, spacing out children during naptime and assigning alternate spaces (meaning students may not be placed in the same space they were before Spring Break).
- Wearing face covers for anyone over the age of two while on campus.
- Staggering arrival and drop off at curbside, with limited contact between parents and staff.
- Assuming full responsibility when dropping off a child on campus by parents signing a daily checklist that includes checking the child’s temperature at home and acknowledging the child has been free of fever 72 hours, hasn’t traveled and hasn’t been in contact with a potential or positive case.
- Screening procedures upon arrival by using barriers to protect staff and conducting temperature checks before children enter the building.
- Permitting only children and teachers to enter the building. For example, visitors such as parents, grandparents, nannies, or any other special guests will not be allowed inside the school.
- Lunches and snacks will not be provided by Simply Fresh or the school. All food items must be sent from home each day.
We understand that this information can seem overwhelming as we navigate through this unprecedented time. These are some of the guidelines provided by the CDC and Texas childcare licensing, designed for the safety of our children, families, and staff. Despite these restrictions, we look forward to providing the same loving and nurturing care that you have come to appreciate from HSES.
To move ahead and make plans for a target date to reopen, we will send you a survey early next week to determine your childcare needs.
I am holding in my heart the day we will all be back together again! The anticipation of our joyful reunion is what gives us strength and courage to face these remaining days apart. I pray for you and your family; and that you may stay safe and healthy during the days and weeks ahead.
Michelle Symonds, Head of School
Whitney Zisman, Head of Early Childhood & Primary School
Chaplain Suzy and Mrs. Daniels continue to celebrate Easter, a season that lasts 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
LET'S CELEBRATE EASTER!
FUN ACTIVITIES FOR LEARNING
Click on any of the links below to expand and view all the fun activities to do with little ones at home. From math to singing, to Español, there are many lessons to choose from that will keep the whole family entertained!
Have fun by creating a masterpiece under Mrs. Day's guidance. You can create artwork with chalk on the fence, sidewalk, patio or any other space that needs some colorful design. Take a picture of your final creation and tag us #HSESstrong.
Mrs. Carlos plays with math by counting rocks. Do you agree that math rocks? At least in this video!
Mrs. Jenni teaches us a simple recipe to make play dough.
Food color or washable paint (optional)
Tip: Prevent food color from staining your hands by mixing the dough and food color drops in a sealable plastic bag.
Baking Instructions: Bake the dough at 200 F until hard. The amount of time depends on size and thickness. Thin pieces take 45-60 minutes, thick pieces take 2-3 hours. Check the over every 30 minutes until the dough is hard. For faster cooking, bake the dough at 350 F but keep an eye on it so it doesn't turn brown.
Sing and dance along with Laurie Berkner in the new "When I Woke Up Today" video below. Have brother, sister, mom or dad join in if they can!
Sing along with "The Farmer in the Dell" in the video below.
Watch the videos and practice your numbers. Read the Hungry Catterpillar and answer in Spanish:
How many apples did the "oruga" eat? How many "peras" did he eat? How many "ciruelas"? How many "fresas"? How many "naranjas"?
Mrs. Day reads the book What a Wonderful World, illustrating colors and activities to go with this fun read.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Just as students follow the tenets of learning at school as highlighted in the Social Contract, they are also expected to follow a Code of Conduct during remote learning. We recommend that parents review these guidelines with their children to establish expectations as they embark on their online learning journey.