[HMS News] HMS Parent Flash 10-8-10
bcarozza at hopkintonschools.org
Fri Oct 8 17:42:41 EDT 2010
HMS PARENT FLASH 10/8/10
The Playground Project-A Word from the Principal
Last spring I received a message to call back a member of our Hopkinton community just like I do every day. I had no idea the impact that this call would have on me, our school, and our town. We now call this person our anonymous donor and thanks to this gift, as well as donations from HYSA, PTA, ‘Tween School N’ Home, and many of you, we will have a brand new Harold Martin School playground installed by Thanksgiving! All of this will occur without tax payer dollars.
Beginning in a few weeks, we will need volunteers to help dismantle the former playground which we will not be saving due to its age and condition. The swings will remain of course. During this phase, a large playground structure from Gametime Inc. will be installed by an outside contractor, complete with manufactured wood fibers as the surface, replacing the current pea stone flooring. We will also have a new smaller playground structure for our preschool children, built on the right hand side of the playground built partly with funds from Federal stimulus (ARRA) dollars.
Our second phase of the project which will hopefully occur next spring, is to complete a makeover of the ball field in the back of the playground, adding top soil and re-seeding as well as building a small ball field which HYSA and the school can use. This is completely dependant on donations, however, and today a letter from our Playground Committee is going home explaining our goals.
There’s so much more to say, and I would encourage you to head to our website for a complete report from the Playground Committee with all the details you would need including pictures of the new playground. A special thanks goes out to the entire Committee, especially Bob Berliner our chair. Without his expertise and energy, this project would not have happened. The Playground Project Page is at:
I will update the web site often and place plenty of pictures of the installation progress on there as well. When we have a better idea of the dates we need volunteers, I’ll put a call out through our normal channels. As always, call or email me if you have questions.
Have a great weekend!
Bill Carozza, Principal
No School Monday, October 11
Publishing Center needs just a couple more volunteers!
PC is a great way to get involved with your child's classroom.
We need …
• An Interviewer for Ms. Yonemura's class
• 3 typists (2nd grade, 2P & 2Y and 3G)
• 2nd grade editor/printer
The typist and editor roles can be done from home if you are not available to volunteer during school hours.
Matching parents to their child's classroom is done whenever possible.
If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please contact Jenifer Dexter dexterdesign at comcast.net or 493-3545.
NEXT WEEK AT
'TWEEN SCHOOL 'N HOME
CHILD CARE PROGRAM
Week of October 11-15,
Mon: No School * Columbus Day
Tues: Maple Wreathes
Wed: Coloring Contest
Thurs:Curled Paper Pumpkins
Fri:Yeast Air Balloons
TSNH has an immediate opening for a group leader to work with Hopkinton children up to five days a week from 2:15 to 5:30 on days school is in session. That special someone will be over 18 years old and:
(1) love working with and being around children (grades K-6)
(2) be creative and able to plan and lead crafts and projects
(3) be energetic and able to lead group games
(4) be fair, patient, and even-tempered
(5) be a dedicated team player
This is a great part-time employment opportunity. Call Linda Ottery at 529-2186 for more information or to apply.
TSNH is looking to expand its Board of Directors. If you have a passion for children and their care and would like to have a conversation about what it means to be a Board member of TSNH, please call Christine Ojendyk at 731-1377.
NEWS FROM PE
Since the beginning of the year, all grade levels have been learning how to work alongside their new classmates while at the same time understanding my expectations. I intentionally start each year with a cooperative games unit to ensure that students understand how to listen, communicate, compromise, and ultimately work together in large group settings. These skills will benefit each child as we progress through the year and will also aid in extracurricular activities outside of school. As you may already know, I believe the social aspect of my class is just as important to your child’s development as learning physical skills.
Kindergarten and first grade classes have started working on the fundamental skills of throwing and catching. We will cover both the over-hand throw as well as the under-hand toss. The mechanics behind an over-hand throw can be difficult for anyone at any age so I have chosen to pick the most straight forward cues to teach. For example, stepping with ones opposite foot can seem basic but more times than not, this technique is difficult to master. Also, when referring to catching, I explain that we want to use our hands rather than “hug” the ball. Just as it is important for your child to practice academic skills outside of school, I encourage you to join your son or daughter in simple games outside that can reinforce some ideas learned in class.
Second and third graders are still finishing up with their group-initiative lessons and will soon be starting a basketball unit. Dribbling, passing, and shooting will be the main focus of the next few weeks of classes. I am not interested in teaching the technical rules of the game nor do I intend to play a traditional 5 vs. 5 with the students. The purpose of this unit is to work on hand-eye coordination, visual tracking, various gross motor skills, and to expose the children to the sport.
And just a reminder, sneakers are the safest footwear for participating in P.E class. Rain boots, snow boots, crocs, sandals, or any shoe without a back is not advisable. If your child needs to wear boots to school please help remind them to pack sneakers if they have P.E class that day. Thank you so much for your support.
HALLOWEEN SWAP SALE
Halloween Swap Sale... come get your costumes for Halloween. Costumes will be anywhere from $5 - $12. We will be at Maple School Street Gym on 10/9/10 from 9am - 3pm. Also Halloween costumes are being accepted.
Get your daughter in on something great – the power of girls together!
Hopkinton Girl Scouts welcomes girls to become Daisies (kindergarten and first grade), Brownies (second and third grade), Junior Girl Scouts (fourth and fifth grade), Cadettes (sixth through eighth grades), and Seniors (older ages).
If your daughter is interested in joining Girl Scouts, please contact Cindy White at 225-5935 or bcdjc at comcast.net.
HYSA BOARD MEETING
The next HYSA Board meeting will be Sunday, October 17th at 7 p.m. in the High School cafeteria.
Registration for the upcoming basketball season will begin this Sunday, Sep 26th and run thru Oct 17th.
HYSA Basketball Registration
Registration for the upcoming basketball season will is open and will continue thru Oct 17th. The program is open to students in Kindergarten thru grade 8. For a complete description of the program and to find the link for online registration, visit the HYSA website Hopkinton Youth Sports Association (HYSA), Hopkinton, NH and click on the “basketball” link. If you have additional questions, contact John Reidy at 746-2510 or email hysa.basketball at gmail.com
RECREATION DEPT. NEWS
Please check the Hopkinton Recreation website for updated information. http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov (then click Recreation)
You can sign up for our email list serve at http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/subscriber and clicking “Recreation Notices.”
The Recreation Department’s Community Scrapbooking is being 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, Patrice and Tammy. 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 Sunday September 26th at 1:30pm. Call 746-2915 for more information.
Ballroom Dancing Workshop
Back by popular demand!! Hopkinton Recreation presents a six-week course in the art of dancing. Dance instructors from Let's Dance Studio will host the class, introducing beginners to at least four of the most popular social dances, like the foxtrot, waltz, rumba and others. Classes will be held every Monday from 7:30-8:30pm starting October 18th and ending November 22. Cost is $125 per couple for the six-week course. The classes will be held at the Slusser Senior Center. Register by October 13. Call 746-2915, spots are limited.
The Circus is coming to Town!
The Hopkinton Recreation Department has secured a limited amount of discount tickets to the Saturday October 2nd 11am performance of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The show is at Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena. Tickets are in lower level sec 108 and are $19 each. Call 746-2915 for more information and to reserve your seats. Tickets sold out quickly last year! Open to Hopkinton/Contoocook residents only.
Fall Festival - Halloween Holler
The Hopkinton Recreation Department will be hosting their second Fall Festival “Halloween Holler” on Saturday October 23rd from 12pm – 3pm at Kimball Cabins. This is a free event but there will be food/drinks and snacks for sale by the Hopkinton Woman’s Club. The day will be filled with games, crafts for kids, a story telling, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting and fun for the whole family. This event immediately follows the Harold Martin Halloween Parade. Please park at Harold Martin School. For further information or to volunteer please contact Justin at 746-2915.
The American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course
The Hopkinton Recreation Department is sponsoring the American Red Cross Babysitting training course on Thursday November 11th from 9am – 3:30pm. This is the Veteran’s Day Holiday for the schools. The class will take place at the Slusser Senior Center. Please bring a lunch and snacks for the day. The cost is $55 per person and is open for youth age 11 to 15. For more information contact the Recreation Department 746-2915. To download a registration form online go to www.hopkinton-nh.gov click on “Recreation”.
Co-Ed Adult Volleyball
Volleyball is back!!! 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! Questions call 746-2915
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. This is a social group with no structured teaching. Some supplies are available for use, but it is best for you to have your own. Call 746-2915 for more information.
Tai Chi for Everyone – Beginner Class Added
New beginner class!!! Are you interested in learning the art of Tai Chi or are you a seasoned expert. Beginner classes are at 6pm every Thursday evening. All are invited join the Tai Chi group at The Slusser Senior Center. More advance classes are Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm and Saturdays 8:30am – 10:30am. There will be a small cost/donation for each class. Call 746-2915 for more information.
Justin La Vigne
Parks and Recreation Director
Slusser Senior Center Director
Town of Hopkinton NH
Bill Carozza | Principal
Harold Martin School
271 Main St.
Hopkinton, NH 03229
603 .746 .3473
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