[HMS News] Summer Parent Flash
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Mon Aug 21 20:51:04 EDT 2006
Welcome to the Summer 2006 Parent Flash from Harold Martin School.
There was a mistake in the hard copy of the Parent Flash regarding
lunch prices for next year. Here are the accurate prices:
Hot lunch: $1.75
Milk/juice: 35 cents
Also: the bus schedules are now online at: http://
It’s amazing how fast the school can restore itself from the summer
deliveries and cleaning and then have everything come together in
time for the big day. A friend of mine who recently retired from
education says she still gets the butterflies every year around this
We will again hold our ice cream socials for each classroom at Beech
Hill Farm, sponsored by PTA. You should have received information
already in the mail. If you did not, give us a call. This is a great
opportunity for kids and parents to get to know each other a bit
before the year begins. The schedule is posted on our web site; just
click the link at: http://hopkintonschools.org/hms/principal
NEW AND RETURNING PARENTS
On the first day, I invite parents of new and returning HMS children
to an informal coffee with me and officers of PTA from 8:05-8:30 in
the HMS Art Room. In addition to the coffee, we’ll have a time for
informal chats and you can be introduced to the workings of the
Hopkinton PTA. This is the beginning of our “Coffee With Carozza”
In addition, if it is more convenient, we’ll greet interested
kindergarten parents on the first day at 11:20 in art room. And the
following day for Day 2 kindergartners, same time, but in the library.
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 29.
We’ll have school two days that week, the 29th and 30th, and staff
will be engaged in workshops on Thursday, as we collaborate together
to learn more about all of our children.
School starts at 8:00 AM and students are dismissed at 2:35 PM. If
you bring your child to school, please have them wait on the
playground for the bell. Teachers will come out to the playground to
meet their students.
Bus routes will be posted soon on our district web site. I will also
have a link on the “Principal’s Pages” at: http://
To make the first day of school go smoothly, fill out the enclosed
school bus form and attach it securely to your child’s lunchbox,
backpack, or jacket. Please use the route number for the bus number.
They are the same. This “bus” is a great aid in helping students
remember their bus number and find the right bus home.
When students arrive at school, they should go directly to the
playground. Students should look for a tall bus sign with the
First grade: Yellow
Second grade: Blue
Third grade: Green
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
If you drive your child to school, please follow the traffic patterns
marked by signs and pavement markings in the parking lot. All non-bus
vehicles are to follow the appropriate traffic pattern in the main
parking lot upon entering the parking area. For safety measures,
please do not cut across the parking lot. Only school buses are
allowed to drive around the circular roadway by the flagpole from
7:00-8:15 AM and 2:30-3:30 PM.
When dropping your child off, please do so promptly so that other
cars behind you do not have to wait long. Also, do not drive past the
car in front of you in line as this may put children being dropped
off in danger. Once dropped off, all students must walk on the
sidewalk around the outside of the building to the playground.
Please do not drop your child off past 8 AM if possible. It is really
is crucial that students begin the day on time. Thank you.
If you are picking up your child at the close of the school day,
please park your car in the parking lot and sign your child out in
the music room where you may wait for him or her. Please do not go to
the classroom to meet your child. In general, if you are changing
your child’s end of the day destination, please send a note in to
your child’s teacher. If you know at least a day ahead, you may also
email this information to Administrative Assistant, Betsy Wilder, at
bwilder at hopkintonschools.org. With the nature of email, there are no
guarantees that we will receive an email the same day you send it out.
In general, please do not pick your child up later than 2:35. If for
some reason you are running late, your child will be waiting in the
office where you may sign him or her out.
MILK AND HOT LUNCH
Hot lunch will be served every day. Milk for both recess and lunch
costs 35 cents, as does snack juice, and hot lunch will cost $1.75.
These envelopes will be sent home every Friday. Please return them to
school the following Tuesday (after Labor Day) for that week. Be sure
to put your child’s name on the envelope, check off your child’s
choice for the day and indicate the amount of money enclosed. Checks
should be made out to Hopkinton Hot Lunch Program.
Breakfast is served every morning at school, including the first day
of school, and all children may participate. Breakfast will cost
$1.00 and may be paid for each morning.
HMS LISTSERV AND WEB SITE
Email has become an important communications tool. The over 300
members of the HMS News Listserv enjoy the following benefits:
1. The Friday Parent Flash in electronic form
2. Early morning announcements of school district delay or
3. Emergency updates during the day (e.g. early dismissals, etc.)
4. Timely reminders of meetings
5. The HMS Lunch Menu sent monthly
If you would like to join the Listserv, visit:
The instructions are simple. If you are already a member from last
year, you do not need to do anything.
In addition, our school web site is updated regularly to include
information specifically for parents and community members. To access
this directly, dial up: http://www.hopkintonschools.org/hms
Nearly all pertinent information is included on the site and many
documents coming out of the school office are archived there as well.
Please join us for HMS Open House on September 13 from 6:30-7:30 PM.
This is an informal time when students can lead their parents
throughout the school and classroom. It is truly much fun.
We are fortunate to have a vibrant Volunteer Program at HMS averaging
nearly 2500 hours of volunteer service yearly. Our Volunteer
Orientation will be held September 19, 6:30 PM beginning in the HMS
Music Room. This year our Volunteer Coordinator is Marcia Clark. For
more information on our Volunteer Program, head over to our web site at:
Also, look for more information on the program to be coming home the
first day of school.
We have two new staff members on our staff this year, Kim Najem, our
new Art Teacher, and Katie Winslow, who will be working as an
Instructional Assistant in our Preschool Program. Welcome!
Our new PTA officers for the
2006-07 school year are:
Julie Morris-Vice President
PTA generally meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM in
the Harold Martin School music room. We are fortunate to have a
dedicated group of parents who add so much to our schools through the
organization of family events and fund raising which provide many
activities for our children. For more information on PTA, head to:
Let me know if there is anything I can do to make the transition from
summer to school smoother for you. As you’re planning your year, you
can access our district calendar by heading to: http://
www.hopkintonschools.org/ and clicking on the “calendar” tab on the
left. See you soon!
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
p. 603 .746 .3473
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