[HMS News] Parent Flash 1/16/09
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Jan 16 13:10:23 EST 2009
PARENT FLASH 1/16/09
The Early Dismissal in January has been changed to Wed., January 28.
School will dismiss at 12:00.
Hot Lunch will be changed due to the early dismissal. Tuesday, 1/27
the Mac and Cheese dinner will be served and on Wednesday hot dog and
fries will be the hot lunch.
January 28th is also a Pats Peak ski day. Students should go to Pats
Peak at 3:00, as usual. Please send notes for your child’s dismissal
plans for all ski days.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
When I was driving to work this morning, the temperature hit minus 18
and that was coupled on the back of not having power in our house.
Whew. Clearly, the weather this winter is giving us the “opportunity”
to experience life as it existed at a very different time. Perhaps it
has given us a chance to find perspective. To be honest, most of us
are just tired of the inconvenience!
Meanwhile, we are busy people at HMS.
* I encourage you to attend the Hopkinton Budget Committee meeting
this Wednesday night, January 21, beginning at 6:30 at the Town Hall.
The School Budget will be the primary focus of the meeting. You’ll
have a chance to see democracy in action as the members of the Budget
Committee review our district budget and pose questions. You can find
plenty of helpful information on our district web site at: http://www.hopkintonschools.org
* Our next HMS/MSS Parent Advisory Council meeting is this Tuesday
afternoon, from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Maple Street School library, just
before our regular School Board meeting. The major topic will be
bullying. MSS Principal Michael Bessette and I will be sharing a
district wide initiative in this area, which is in the very beginning
* This time of year our parking lot becomes very cramped with snow
piling up, eliminating a number of spots. I completely understand the
need for some parents to walk their children down to the playground
first thing in the morning, but it is making our parking lot difficult
for our staff when spots are at a premium. At some point, I would
encourage you to use our drop off system in the morning, thereby
freeing up the parking lot. We have adults posted until about 7:45 on
the walkway leading down to the playground. Thanks!
* I have received quite a bit of feedback asking for the Parent Flash
to be shorter and more concise. Thus, we won’t be putting as much town
and recreation department material in the Flash but encouraging you
through links, to check out the web sites that contain the
information. In addition, the town has smartly created separate email
lists and you can select which list you would like to subscribe to.
For instance, you can subscribe to the Hopkinton Recreation Department
site by heading to http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/subscriber.
* As you probably know, we have a major bridge closing on Rte 127,
which will affect travel for many including our bus transportation.
The changes should only affect bus 91, 96 PM, and 1 stop (Cressy Brook
on bus 97). By this weekend, I’ll have the changes up on my
Principal’s pages at: http://hopkintonschools.org/hms/principal
Don’t forget, we celebrate Civil Rights/ Martin Luther King Day this
Monday and there is no school. Have a great weekend, Bill
COFFEE WITH CAROZZA Wednesday, January 21
Hopkinton PTA Fun Fair
Yes it's that time of year again for us to start planning for the
annual Fun Fair! More details will come in the next few months but for
now we are looking for an assistant to help the Fun Fair Chairperson,
Stephanie Lesko. No experience is necessary, it just requires the
ability to have a few flexible hours a week from now until the
carnival in May. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lesko
at 746-2156 or lesko at conknet.com or Julie Morris, Director of
Volunteer Services at 746-4137 or juliemorris at tds.net
2 MILE FUN RUN!
AT HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL
Saturday January 24, 2008
$ 5 students and seniors
$ 10 adults
*(no pre-race day registration)
Benefits Hands to Honduras
The Interact Club at Hopkinton High School is going to Honduras for
twelve days of service. We help build classrooms and repair schools.
100% of the proceeds from this race will go to the supplies we need to
complete our projects.
PRIZES FOR TOP 3 MALE & FEMALE FINISHERS
Notes From the
Kindergarten – The children have been introduced to the concepts of
“ballet” as a story and “music” as a means of communication. Our
consideration of how music might describe situations and feelings lead
to an exploration of music elements through movement. The children
listened to aspects of music from “The Nutcracker” and responded in
expressive dance with flowing scarves. They enjoyed watching a portion
of “The Nutcracker” on video, observing how the story was
communicated through music and movement. The children will meet my
doll, “Wolfie” Mozart in celebration of his birthday on January 27th.
They will move to some of his music as well as become acquainted with
the concept of “variation” with the song and book, “Twinkle, Twinkle.”
1st Grade – We started off our new calendar year with the song, “It’s
a Brand New Day.” The children learned some dance steps to go along
with the song. After listening and moving, they incorporated their
reading skills into following and singing along with the printed
lyrics. We included a section of whistling or humming and playing
percussion instruments to add to the fun. The children watched some
highlights from “The Nutcracker” with a focus on how music can tell a
story. They will celebrate Mozart’s birthday with a movement activity
to the 1st movement of his 40th symphony as well as singing a song to
the tune of his composition, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” which describes
his playful genius.
2nd Grade – In order to prepare the children to begin work on their up-
coming mini-musical, we began this month with a comparison of ballet
and musicals. As an example of a musical, the children practiced some
dance steps to go along with the lively tune, “Put on a Happy Face”
from “Bye Bye Birdie.” They followed along with the lyrics, learning
about the musical symbols, “sign” and “Coda.” We talked about how
their musical will include songs and some movement as well as speaking
parts for willing volunteers. We watched some selections from “The
Nutcracker” to see a story presented with music and movement, but
without words. The children will be introduced to their musical in the
coming weeks. They will also celebrate Mozart’s birthday in song.
3rd Grade – We began this month with the song, “Everyone Needs A
Hero.” The children learned some steps to go with the salsa beat and
then sang the lyrics and added drums. They discussed heroes past and
present; some famous, and others not necessarily making the headlines.
Of course, you were mentioned in the list. The children will be
learning about the treble clef this month. They will sing about it, do
puzzles associated with it and engage in related activities. This will
prepare them for receiving their recorders in February, giving an
opportunity for practical application of their studies.
Mark your calendar for….
THE FAMOUS HMS SPAGHETTI SUPPER
There will be two serving times: 5:45 and 6:45. A form for
“reservations” will be sent home next week so the staff can prepare
the right number of dinners! Adults: $6.00, Children $3.00 and
families $18.00. All money will be collected the night of the dinner.
Hope you can come—it’s a grand school-community event!
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
603 .746 .3473
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