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Effects of Technology, Cyberbullying and Social Media

Balancing Technology with Outdoor Education and Interactive Learning

In a world where technology is easily accessible, managing screen time becomes challenging at all ages. Listening to Dr. Adam Alter, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Marketing at New York University and bestselling author, on the rise of social media and screen addiction reminded me of the importance to balance the use of technology with creativity and nature. We must learn how to regulate digital media and technology to support engaged learning. Statistics show that screen time dependency has increased to at least four hours per day, reducing the need for physical activity.

Dr. Crystal Collier, LPC-S joins parents on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m. in the Library to discuss even more details on how technology affects mental and physical development.
She will also provide in-depth solutions to manage screen time and track its overuse to avoid dependency behaviors.

When boredom leads to social media binging, cyberbullying often occurs. This not only disrupts critical thinking, but it also deprives us from meaningful social and emotional interactions.

I look forward to Dr. Collier’s presentation and learning strategies to balance the use of technology for children, teens and parents. She will also speak with Middle School students on the impact of social media and screen addiction, and how to identify tech-free times to restore mindfulness and innovation.

Michelle Symonds

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Book Review with HOS

During the last PTO General Meeting, Head of School Michelle Symonds presented Growth Mindset strategies and recommended a book for parents to read. 

Mrs. Symonds will host a Book Review on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. in the Library as a roundtable discussion on Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Join us for coffee and a casual conversation about this informative and timely topic.

The Diary of Anne Frank - HSES Night

Houston Christian High School presents The Diary of Anne Frank starring HSES Alumna Katherine Lunam in the leading role. Bobby Linhart, Director of Theater Arts, is inviting the HSES community to a free performance on Thursday, Nov. 8 that will include special recognition to HSES staff and students.

Contact Teresa McKinsey by Oct. 22 to reserve free tickets for students. Parents will pay regular price. The reserved tickets will be available at will call.

Trunk or Treat

Join the Holy Spirit Episcopal Community for a safe and fun family gathering on Sunday, Oct. 28.
5:00 p.m. - Worship outside (wear your costumes).
5:30 p.m. - Set up trunks, children activities, concessions and $5 hot dog meals that include chips and drink.
6:00 p.m. - Trunk or Treat
7:00 p.m. - Awards for Best Trunk, Most Original, Best Handout

Contact Chaplain Suzy Spencer for questions or to volunteer.

Episcopal School Sunday

Every year, the school and church community come together to celebrate School Sunday. Join us Nov. 4 at 9:15 a.m. for breakfast in Palmer Hall, followed by a special service at 10:30 a.m. in the Nave. Performances will include an excerpt from the Kindergarten Pageant, 3rd and 4th Grade singing and 5th and 6th Grade Bell Choir. The Saints Spirit squad will also make a guest appearance.

Time for a Tie

Ties are now available for purchase through the Business Office. Pre-tied ties for 3rd & 4th Grade and ties for 5th-8th Grade cost $12.​ Stop by the Front Office at any time during school hours to buy your selection.

Parent-Teacher Conferences​

There will be NO SCHOOL for Primary, Lower and Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 31 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Class sign-ups and details were emailed earlier this month. Contact the teacher for details. 
Clarification for Lower School 
3rd-4th Grade conferences include students.
K-2nd Grade conferences include parents only (no students). 

* CEC will remain open. Simply Fresh will provide lunch for CEC.

CEC News

It's Almost Halloween!
 
Your children are invited to bring a decorated pumpkin during the week of Oct. 29 so we can display in the classrooms and hallways. They are also invited to wear a Halloween costume or festive attire on Wednesday, Oct. 31. All classrooms will celebrate with a costume parade, Halloween treats and lots of fun!

Primary School News

Calling Parents for the PS Halloween Parade!
 
On Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 8:15 a.m. Primary 3 and Primary 4 will parade down the school hallways in this picturesque yearly tradition. Drop off students dressed in costumes by 8 a.m. (swords, guns and weapon props are not allowed). Parents can find a place to view the parade and then join their students in their classroom to help them change into regular clothing (uniform is not required, free dress is optional), followed by a Halloween treat.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 22
* StuCo Elections during MS Advisory
Tuesday, Oct. 23
* Effects of Technology with Dr. Collier parent discussion at 8 a.m. in the Library.
* LS & MS Chapel at 8:15 a.m.
* 8th Grade High School visit - HCHS
* PS Chapel at 9:30 a.m.
* CEC Chapel at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
* Report Cards released
* CEC Chapel 10 a.m.
* HAIS Admissions Board Meeting
* PTO Teacher Appreciation Lunch
* Safeguarding Class 5 to 8 p.m. in Room 601
Thursday, Oct. 25
* LS & MS Chapel at 8:15 a.m.
* PS Chapel at 9:30 a.m.
* Love & Logic Workshop at 5:30 p.m. in New Parlor
Friday, Oct. 26
* HSES spirit shirt with uniform bottoms
* NJHS Donut Sale at morning carpool by MS entrance
* Effects on Technology with Dr. Collier during MS Advisory
* Blessings in a Backpack - P4 at 8:15 a.m.
* Kindergarten Field Trip to HMNS at Sugar Land
* Basketball Open Gym 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Blessings in a Backpack Focus
October: canned corn, green beans
November: canned chili with meat
Sunday, Oct. 28
* Private School Preview
* Trunk or Treat - Parking Lot from 5 to 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 29
* StuCo sells Free Dress passes
* International Thespian Society Induction
Tuesday, Oct. 30
* StuCo sells Free Dress passes
* PS Halloween Parade at 8:15 a.m. (route TBA)
* LS & MS Chapel at 8:15 a.m. in the Gym to view PS Parade
* No PS Chapel
* CEC Chapel at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
* No School, CEC Open
* Parent-Teacher Conferences for PS, LS, MS
* CEC Chapel 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
* LS & MS Chapel at 8:15 a.m.
* PS Chapel at 9:30 a.m.
* Girls Basketball vs Beren at HSES 4:30 p.m.
* Boys Basketball vs Beren at HSES 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
* HSES spirit shirt with uniform bottoms
* PTO Board Meeting at 8:05 a.m. in New Parlor
* Blessings in a Backpack - 8th & 4th Grade at 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
* Daylight saving, set the clock back one hour!
* School Sunday Breakfast at 9:15 a.m. in Palmer Hall
* School Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Nave

 
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