Helen Thompson School


Welcome!

Principal: Kady Gould

Pre-K to Grade 5 Elementary School Hours
Grades K-5: 8:10 - 3:00
AM Pre-K: 8:10 - 11:10
PM Pre-K: 12:10 - 3:00

For safety reasons, please do not drop your child off before 8:10. There is no supervision inside or on the playground until that time.


HTS Newsletter of March 24, 2017

Notes from the Principal

Dear Families,

This week our entire school community launched the start of eMPower testing week with an energetic pep rally to support our fourth grade students!  It was an exciting show of support and encouragement!  We are proud of our fourth graders for  completing eMPower testing this week in the areas of reading, math and writing & language.  Next week we will show our HT spirit and support for our third graders who will begin testing on Monday, March 27th.  

Thank you for your support at home.  Our students have enjoyed the healthy snacks and letters of encouragement that many of you have sent in.  Additionally, our attendance has been strong which impacts our important student participation.  Continued rest and healthy choices at home will help our third graders and fifth graders prepare for their testing weeks.  Of course, these are healthy practices for all of our HT students.  If you have any questions about testing, please contact me any time.

Looking forward to seeing you all for conferences,
Kady Gould

Dates to Remember
March
27th: Grade 3 testing this week
29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences & PTA Bookfair, 3:30 - 6:00
31st: PTA Desserts and Displays, 5:00 - 6:30
Family Literacy Night, 6:00 - 7:30

April
3rd: Grade 5 testing this week
3rd: Bikes for Books begins (1st - 4th grades)
12th: Chorus students to HS for rehearsal, AM
12th: District Chorus Concert, GAHS gym, 6:30
13th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
14th: Workshop day, no school
17th - 21st: Spring break - no school
28th: Bikes for Books ends

May
2nd: Screening for incoming K students - no school for kindergarten!
10th Early Release Day
11th: HTS K- 2 Spring Concert in gym, 2:00
11th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
12th: Bikes for Books Assembly
17th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM
19th: Kindergarten to Northeast Livestock Expo
24th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM

MSAD 11 - REVISED 2016/2017 School Calendar - Updated 3/17/2017

2016/2017 School Calendar was adjusted for the Last Day of School. Please open the attached PDF below for a printable copy.

HTS Newsletter of March 10, 2017

Notes from the Principal
Dear Families,

March is shaping up to be a busy and exciting month here at Helen Thompson School!  We had a wonderful time celebrating Read Across America with special guest readers and local author, Sandra Palmer Fish.  We are collecting lots of Box Tops for Education and continuing our Read-a-thon until March 20th.  Band and chorus students in grades 3-5 will perform on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 for our annual Spring Concert.  Second trimester report cards will be sent home on Monday, March 20th and our late night parent-teacher conference nights are scheduled for March 23rd and March 29th.  The Book Fair will be open during this time for your book shopping pleasure! 

Please note that the 2016-17 calendar has been revised!  We will no longer have 2 full workshop days, instead having a full day of school for students on March 16th and an early release day for students on March 17th.  

Our eMPower testing schedule is:   
Gr. 4: March 20th-24th
Gr. 3: March 27th-31st
Gr. 5: April 3rd-7th

More information will be coming home soon for all students in grades 3-5.  The most important things YOU can emphasize at home during testing week for your child are:  attendance matters, healthy snacks are super, and rest is best (lots of sleep!).  There will be NO homework during testing weeks for each grade level.  Encourage your test-takers to do their best and show what they know!  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Kady Gould

Dates to Remember
March
10th: End of second trimester
13th: Time for Kids fundraiser extended - last day to earn a Webkinz!
15th: Grade 3-5 Concert, 6:30 in HTS gym
16th & 17th: Workshop days postponed
16th: School day for students
17th: Early Release, students dismissed at 12:30
20th: PTA Readathon money due!
23rd: Parent-Teacher Conferences & PTA Bookfair, 3:30 - 7:30
29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences & PTA Bookfair, 3:30 - 6:00
31st: PTA Desserts and Displays, 5:00 - 6:30
Family Literacy Night, 6:00 - 7:30

April
3rd: Bikes for Books begins (1st - 4th grades)
12th: Chorus students to HS for rehearsal, AM
12th: District Chorus Concert, GAHS gym, 6:30
13th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
14th: Workshop day, no school
17th - 21st: Spring break - no school
28th: Bikes for Books ends

May
2nd: Screening for incoming K students - no school for kindergarten!
10th Early Release Day
11th: HTS K- 2 Spring Concert in gym, 2:00
11th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
12th: Bikes for Books Assembly
17th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM
24th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 23rd, 3:30-7:00
Wednesday, March 29th, 3:30-6:00
To schedule your conference(s), go to
https://www.pickatime.co....

HTS Parent-Teacher Conferences

Helen Thompson School
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, March 23rd, 3:30-7:00
Wednesday, March 29th, 3:30-6:00

To schedule your conference(s), go to
https://www.pickatime.co....
Login, or fill in the required fields to register. If you do not have internet access, please call the school.

Also, if you are interested in scheduling a conference time with our itinerants, please contact them directly at:
Music: Caitlin Geishaker cgeishaker@msad11.org
Art: Kathi Susi ksusi@msad11.org
PE: Beth Mazerolle bmazerolle@msad11.org

Letter from Patricia Hopkins, Superintendent modifying 2016-2017 School Calendar

March 3, 2017

Re: 2016-2017 School Calendar

Dear MSAD 11 Colleagues and Families:

State law requires that all students attend school for a minimum of 175 days and Seniors specifically are required to attend for 170 days. Due to the number of snow days called this year, seniors are currently out of compliance with the required 170 school days. To bring them in compliance a change to this school year’s calendar has been made.

As per the current school calendar, March 16 and March 17 are teacher workshop days. Due to the issue explained above, the School Board has voted to make Thursday, March 16 a full student school day and Friday, March 17 an early release student day. These two changes will make the last student day of school be Thursday, June 15, 2017 unless there are more snow days.

I recognize that this change in the calendar may cause a hardship for some of you or you may already have plans that you cannot change on these days. If you have a situation that cannot be adjusted, please speak with your building administrator ASAP. We will try to accommodate people as best we can.

Sincerely,

Patricia Hopkins
Superintendent of Schools

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