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Helen Thompson School
Elementary Grades K - 5
Principal: Lynn Izzi
Notes from the Principal
Wow, the days are flying...and soon there may be snowflakes flying, too. Please make sure you have checked in PowerSchool to update your contact information so we may notify you on snow days. A letter was sent home two weeks ago with your personal password and pin number to be able to access your child's account and update your information. If your contact numbers have changed and you need a new copy of this letter, please let us know so we may send you a new one with your pin number.
Make sure to read our calendar of events since we have many events coming up as we approach the holiday season. Thank you for your great attendance at our parent/teacher conferences. I appreciate how involved our parents are with their children and and their school.
We have recently implemented a new school notification system called Power Announcement. This notification system has new features that will make it easier for us to keep in contact with your family. To ensure the messaging system is used efficiently, always keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
Power Announcement allows our schools to send messages using email, voice, and text messaging. Most voice calls will be sent with 2075825346 as the caller ID number. You may want to add the phone number to your address book to help you recognize incoming calls from the schools easily.
Power Announcement is integrated with the existing PowerSchool Parent Portal. Setting up your parent contact preferences is your responsibility. Use any computer connected to the Internet and a web browser to log-on to your PowerSchool Parent account at: http://psserver.gardiner...
If you need help or do not have access to your PowerSchool username and password, please call your child's school office directly to request this information.
In the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you will now see a new link called “Power Announcement”.
Within this section of the Parent Portal, you will be able see, change, and choose your communication preferences. By default, voice calls and emails for each phone number and every email address will be set for contact. Be aware that all message notifications go to all contacts you enter. You can opt-out by unchecking the box by any phone number or email address. Add phone numbers using the following format: 2075825346
If you choose to receive cellular SMS text messages, tolls and charges associated with receipt of messages from the school are your responsibility and not the responsibility of the school.
Notes from the Principal
November is the month to remind us to be thankful for all the wonderful things we have in our lives; to be thankful for our beautiful school, our hard working students and our dedicated staff. As days grow shorter, many struggle with the lack of sunshine. So on sunny days, bundle up and sit in the sun! It may make you feel a little brighter, yourself! Think of how lucky our wild turkeys are this Thanksgiving if you see them in the woods or in your yards!
?Please note that there is no school on Monday, November 11th in honor of Veterans’ Day. Have a safe and restful weekend.
It's not too late to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences!
Login, or fill in the required fields to register. Choose the teacher(s) you would like to meet with and follow the steps to schedule your conference(s). If you do not have internet access, please call the school. Most teachers still have conference times available:
Thursday, November 14th,
3:30-5:00 & 6:00-7:30
We have vouchers available for the upcoming season which can be redeemed online for special discounted tickets to each of the six (6) games dates that are listed on the voucher. The voucher also allows the student's family and friends to purchase additional special discounted tickets to the same games listed. If you would like a voucher, please pick one up in the HTS office.
?Dates to Remember
8th: Early release
11th: Veterans’ Day - no school
12th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
14th: Parent-Teacher conferences& book fair: 3:30 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 7:30
22nd: End of first trimester
22nd: PTA Movie Night - more info to follow!
27th - 29th: Thanksgiving break - no school
10th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
12th: Band & Chorus rehearsal at GAHS 9:00 – 10:30
Reminder: This Friday, November 8th, is an Early Release day for all students. The high school and middle school will be dismissed at 11:30 AM and the elementary schools will be dismissed at 12:30 PM.
Notes from the Principal
The seasons are definitely changing. I have had frost on my windshield twice this week and even wore a jacket to work. As a reminder, please make sure your children have a warm jacket for those chilly mornings. The time change is right around the corner (November 3rd). You would think that I would become accustomed to how quickly the days shorten in the fall, but I never do. I am now rising in the dark and will soon be coming home in the dark. Winter is around the corner.
Parent conferences are in November. Please check the notes in this newsletter for how to make your appointments or call the office and one of us will help you. I hope to see you then.