[HMS News] HMS Parent Flash 3-12-10

William Carozza bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Mar 12 16:28:51 EST 2010


HMS PARENT FLASH 3/12/10

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Celebrations are at the core of what is good about life. They make  
hard work worthwhile and allow us to grow closer to each other and to  
the things we love. Last night’s Celebration of the Arts gave students  
of all ages the chance to display the joy that comes from their talent  
and passion for arts. I look forward to it every year and amazed at  
the amount of people that come out every year to celebrate not just  
their own children’s accomplishments, but all Hopkinton children.  
Special thanks to the scores of volunteers who helped organize the  
event.

In conversations with parents and staff lately, I have heard tales of  
our HMS children watching movies that may not be appropriate or  
playing video games that are likely designed for an older player.  
Clearly, it’s not up to me or any member of my staff to give you  
unsolicited advice on appropriate media, but the impact of any media,  
be it movies, games, websites, TV shows, books, or music, is powerful  
on our little guys and girls. A solid web site that gives detailed  
reviews is Common Sense Media at: http://www.commonsensemedia.org. You  
can check any category of media and then decide for yourself if it  
fits within your family’s values or comfort level. This is not the  
only site out there as many churches and other organizations sponsor  
review sites as well.

No matter which side of the fence you may have been on at the School  
District Meeting last Saturday, the flavor of the meeting was very  
positive. It reminded me once again why I enjoy working in Hopkinton  
so much.

Student Placement is one of our most important objectives every  
spring. Matching your child to the best possible classroom situation  
and creating many functional communities is a job that involves the  
entire Harold Martin staff as well as parents.

While our teachers know your children, we welcome comments from  
parents in order to make the best choice we can for classroom  
placement. If you would like to give us some input, please follow  
these guidelines:

Compose a letter to me with the following information:

* What are your child’s strengths and interests?

* What are particular areas of concern you have for your child?

* How would you describe your child’s learning style?

* In what type of environment does your son or daughter learn best?

* What other information might be useful for us?

Please do not include references to specific teachers in your letter.  
Thank you.

Email the letter to Bill at bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org at:

Please have your letters to me by March 31, 2010.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Bill Carozza, Principal


Crash Test for Parents

Car crashes are the number one killer of kids under 18 in the U.S.   
More than all the childhood illnesses combined.

Car Seats can be confusing!

Find out the most common errors made in car seat installation and  
exactly when your child is really ready to use the vehicle safety  
belt. Our guest speaker, Kimberly Coe, CE, CPST, Certified Child  
Passenger Safety Technician, and Maternal/Child Health Educator from  
Concord Hospital will help us learn more.

Child and passenger safety
Seat belt regulations
Surviving car seat struggles
We will meet on March 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 in room 203. Childcare  
will be provided in the preschool room.


TYPIST NEEDED
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A TYPIST FOR THE PUBLISHING CENTER. IF INTERESTED,  
PLEASE RESPOND TO OUR PUBLSIHING CENTER CHIEF, JENNIFER DEXTER AT: dexterdesign at comcast.net


AUTHOR KATHY BRODSKY COMING
New Hampshire author and poet Kathy Brodsky will visit Harold Martin  
School on Thursday, March 18. Her books are full of funny rhyming  
verse and delightful pictures.  Each also poses questions that will  
get children thinking about a variety of issues that include  
diversity, conservation, recycling and change.  Her latest books are  
about animals another of her passions.  Her books are all printed on  
recycled paper and all are printed in the U.S.
	More information will be coming home soon.  To learn more about Kathy  
and her books please visit her web site www.helpingwords.com


HOPKINTON SOCCER CLUB
The Hopkinton Soccer Club is looking for coaches for the boys and  
girls U11 teams for fall 2010.  The U11 teams are generally 4th and  
5th graders; the player's 11th birthday must be on or after August 1,  
2010.  Some prior coaching experience is preferred, but training and  
assistance will be provided by the Club and an age-appropriate  
licensing course is required.  Club team try-outs are held in early  
June and the fall season begins in late August.  If you are  
interested, please contact Jim Scammon at 226-9110


NEXT WEEK AT
'TWEEN SCHOOL 'N HOME
CHILD CARE PROGRAM
at Harold Martin School
Multi-Purpose Room
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Week of  March 15-20, 2010 – OCEAN MONTH

Monday:                   Whale Puppets
Tuesday:                  CD Fish
Wednesday:                        ‘Wearin of the Green – Happy St.  
Patrick’s Day!
                Hip Hop Dance
Thursday:                Making Starfish
                                          Fun with Martial Arts
Friday:                       Movie Day:  Discovery Channel’s Planet  
Earth: Oceans
                                          Music Lessons

AN OPEN INVITATION TO HOPKINTON FAMILIES:  On Thursday, March 25th, at  
1:45, TSNH will sponsor an amazing one-hour show by Magician Peter  
Boie.  Peter travels all over the U.S. with his energetic, high- 
spirited, child-oriented, interactive show.   We invite any parent or  
grandparent or caregiver to accompany their child for this fantastic  
show.  We’ll be in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Hope you can join us!

TSNH has  openings for children in grades K-6 from both Harold Martin  
School and Maple Street School.  So if you’re looking for a place for  
your child to be safe and have a great time after school and would  
like more information, contact Linda Ottery, Executive Director at  
529-2186 or tsnh at comcast.net. You also may download a registration  
form at our website:  www.tweenschoolnhome.com.


Gold Party New England
Gold Parties~Charity Fundraisers~Corporate Events
You are invited to…
  A Cash for Gold Party,
in support of a wonderful cause*
	Hosted by:  The Parents of the German Students
		When: Thursday, March 18th @5:30-8:30
		Where:  Hopkinton Middle High School (in the café)
			Please RSVP:  bwhite at colby-sawyer.edu
*A generous percentage of the gross amount of gold purchased at  
the          party will be donated to the GermanClub.
Ask us how you too can raise money to support the charity
of your choice, without your guests even having to open
their wallets!
~Feel free to bring a friend! The more the merrier! ~

CELL PHONE DRIVE
The Hopkinton PTA will be collecting previously used cell phone and  
batteries for recycling this Saturday at the Hopkinton Town Meeting.   
The meeting is held at the middle/high school and begins at 9:30 am.   
If you or anyone in your family has a cell phone you're no longer  
using this would be a simple opportunity to drop them off and raise  
some immediate funds for each of our three schools.   Thank you!


P.E.

 From Mr. Girzone

All grades K-3 have been involved in an introductory unit on  
gymnastics. Jumping, landing, rolling, crawling, and balancing have  
been the main focus over the past few weeks. Lessons will soon move  
from floor mats to the apparatus I talked about in the last parent  
flash. Low and high balance beams, hanging rope, parallel bars, spring  
board, and a vaulting horse will now be introduced (separately). I  
have explained to each class that this sport demands a high level of  
concentration. With other units I may give students second chances but  
with the increased risk for injury with gymnastics equipment, I will  
simply ask students to sit out if they are not on-task.

In addition to using floor mats, I make sure that each activity is  
developmentally appropriate to ensure every child is safe. However,  
even with these precautions it is likely that students will fall at  
some point. This is why I have made a point to focus recent lessons on  
the skill of falling safely. Since students will be jumping on spring  
boards and walking on balance beams, I wanted every class to know the  
correct techniques for bracing oneself for a fall. In other sports,  
especially snowboarding and skiing, if you find that you cannot land  
on your feet, tucking both arms in and rolling will prevent injuries  
to one’s wrists and shoulders. It is also important to teach students  
that falling is common in sports and that this skill of tucking and  
rolling can be transferred to a variety of physical activities.  
Although a majority of students may not continue on with gymnastics,  
my hope is that students will recognize that several of these skills  
can be transferred and utilized in other sports.



HOPKINTON SOCCER CLUB

The Hopkinton Soccer Club is looking for coaches for the boys and  
girls U11 teams for fall 2010.  The U11 teams are generally 4th and  
5th graders; the player's 11th birthday must be on or after August 1,  
2010.  Some prior coaching experience is preferred, but training and  
assistance will be provided by the Club and an age-appropriate  
licensing course is required.  Club team try-outs are held in early  
June and the fall season begins in late August.  If you are  
interested, please contact Jim Scammon at 226-9110

The Hopkinton PTA will be collecting previously used cell phone and  
batteries for recycling this Saturday at the Hopkinton Town Meeting.   
The meeting is held at the middle/high school and begins at 9:30 am.   
If you or anyone in your family has a cell phone you're no longer  
using this would be a simple opportunity to drop them off and raise  
some immediate funds for each of our three schools.   Thank you!



RECREATION DEPT. NEWS

Please check the Hopkinton Recreation website for updated  
information.  http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov~(then click Recreation)

Community Scrapbooking – Now on a regular schedule!!
The Recreation Department is happy to announce that Community  
Scrapbooking will be held the 2nd Friday and 4th Sunday of EVERY  
month!!  Whether you’re young or old, scrapbooking keeps your memories  
alive.  The scrapbooking group is for everyone from beginners to  
experts and are hosted by volunteers Liz and Patrice.  Bring your  
pictures to organize and scrapbook if you have one.  Some other  
materials and tools will be provided.  Fridays are from 6:30pm – 10pm  
and Sundays from 1:30pm – 5pm and are held at the Slusser Senior  
Center.  Next session is Friday March 12th!  Call 746-2915 for more  
information.

Sports Card and Memorabilia Show
The Hopkinton Recreation Department is hosting their first Sports Card  
and Memorabilia Show on Saturday April 10 from 10am – 3pm.  The show  
will be held at the Slusser Senior Center and admission is free.  We  
are looking for vendors.  Eight foot tables are $10 each and can be  
reserved by calling 746-2915.  Wally the Green Monster will make a  
special appearance!  We will also have a Silent Auction, Red Sox Kid  
nation memberships, raffle for Red Sox tickets and food.  Be sure to  
mark your calendar for this epic event!

Hopkinton Outdoor and Recreational Guidebook Update
Last call for information!!  The Hopkinton Recreation Committee is in  
the process of creating the third edition of the “Hopkinton Outdoor  
and Recreational Activities Guidebook”.  The purpose of the guidebook  
is to help residents and tourists find out about different programs/ 
organizations and recreation locations/facilities in town.  We are  
asking all individuals and groups that are already in the guidebook to  
update their information and if you are interested in seeing if you or  
your organization can be added to the guidebook please send  
information to: parkrec at tds.net.  The Guidebook can be found at: http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/Pages/HopkintonNH_Recreation/guide.pdf 
.

Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse
Last Chance to sign-up!! The Hopkinton Recreation Department along  
with volunteer leaders Rob Thomson and Eric Sideleau are gearing up  
for a great 2010 Lacrosse season.  All boys and girls ages 8 -14 are  
welcome and no previous experience is necessary.  Cost is $65 per  
player.  Call Rob @ 226-2290, Eric @ 746-4572 or Recreation Director  
(Justin) @ 746-2915 with any questions.  Registration forms can be  
found online at www.hopkinton-nh.gov and clicking “Recreation”.

Summer Movies in the Park
The Hopkinton Recreation Department is pleased to announce that this  
summer we will be showing THREE Movies in the Park.  Saturdays—June  
26, July 24 and August 28.  We want to know what you want to see!  So  
now is your opportunity to vote for which movies will be shown.   
Please click here to vote for your favorites!
Or copy and paste this link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB22ABC77QN8J 
  into your web browser.


The Full Package – Adult/Child/Infant CPR, AED and First Aid
This class taught by the American Red Cross is a full certification  
class and incorporates all CPR, first aid and AED.  The class will be  
held at the Slusser Senior Center and is $70 per person.  Call  
746-2915 to sign up.  Sign up by March 15th.
March 20 (Saturday) 8am – 4:30pm.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!!
Tickets on Sale Now!!  The Hopkinton Recreation Department wants you  
to join us for two amazing outings to Fenway Park to watch your  
beloved Boston Red Sox.  Each package includes roundtrip  
transportation from Contoocook to Fenway on a luxury coach, driver  
gratuity, and a ticket to the ballgame (right field box 87).  The cost  
is $85 per person.  The two game choices are- Saturday, April 24th and  
Sunday, September 19th.  The bus will leave Contoocook at 4pm (April  
24th) and 10:30am (September 19th).  Hopkinton/Contoocook residents  
have first priority, but if tickets remain, the general public will be  
able to make the purchase one month prior to the game. For either of  
the package deals, upfront payment is required to confirm spot. Call  
746-2915 with any questions.

Harlem Globe Trotters Tickets
The Hopkinton Recreation Department has secured a limited amount of  
discount tickets to the Sunday March 21st 2pm performance of the  
legendary Harlem Globe Trotters at the Verizon Wireless Arena.   
Tickets are $20 per person and are in section 123.  Hopkinton/ 
Contoocook residents have first priority; call 746-2915 to reserve  
your tickets.

Easter Egg Hunt
Join the Hopkinton Recreation Department as they welcome back the  
Easter Bunny!  On Saturday, March 27th, join us at Hopkinton High  
School for the festivities!  Doors open at 10:30am, the Bunny will  
arrive at 11am and the Easter egg hunt will begin at 11:30 am.   
Children up to third grade can participate in the hunt.  There will be  
face painting, crafts and snacks.  Don’t forget your Easter Basket!   
Please call 746-2915 with any questions.

Summer Employment
The Hopkinton Recreation Department is looking for qualified  
individuals to work as Camp Counselors and Lifeguards for this  
summer.  Job descriptions, qualifications and employment applications  
can be found online atwww.hopkinton-nh.gov, click on recreation.  If  
you have any questions, please call 746-2915.

Casino Trip
We’re going to Foxwoods!!!  Hopkinton Recreation is teaming up with  
Bow Recreation to bring you a trip to Foxwoods Casino.  The trip will  
be on Sunday, March 28th.  The package includes roundtrip  
transportation on a luxury coach, tip for the driver, a $10 lunch  
voucher for any food establishment or the buffet, and $15 for Keno.   
All this for $35 per person.  There will be two pick-up locations,  
departing at 7:30am at the Slusser Senior Center and departing Bow  
Community Building at 8am.  We will arrive at the casino around  
10:45am and leave at 5:30pm.  Spots are limited; call 746-2915 to  
register.

Co-Ed Adult Volleyball
Every Sunday night from 7-9pm at the Hopkinton High School gymnasium,  
come and join us for volleyball.  All skill levels are welcome and  
there is no fee.  Just show up ready for a great time!

Stained Glass Club
Come to the Slusser Senior Center every Thursday from 6 - 8pm to work  
on your stained glass projects or other crafts.  If you are a skilled  
expert in glass making or just learning, do stop by.  There will be a  
mix of levels of skills and if you are new, we can help you get  
started.  Some supplies are available for use, but it is best for you  
to have your own.  Call 746-2915 for more information.



_ _

Bill Carozza  | Principal
____________________________
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
603 .746 .3473
http://www.hopkintonschools.org/haroldmartinschool
http://billcarozza.com

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