*Donuts with Dad and Watch DOGS Kickoff 09/26 7:15 am - 8:00 am* 

Hesston Elementary Families: 
 
Students and teachers have been excited to start a new school year! Students have been working hard learning grade level expectations and reconnecting with classmates.   We welcome our kindergarten families, new students, and previous students to the building. Also, join me in welcoming several new staff members to H.E.S.: Miss Alison Nikkel joined the first grade team, Mrs. Allison Nava will serve as our psychologist, Mrs. Anne Ekstrom is our speech pathologist, and Mrs. Danae Kaufman transitioned to the kindergarten team.  
 
Safety is a top priority at Hesston Elementary. I have a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. The alley to the west of the school is reserved for buses only throughout the school day. It is not to be used as a drop off or pick up point for students. Students should not be riding their bikes up the alley, as this is a bus drop off zone. Also, if your child has to cross Amos Street to get to the front of the school, an adult must assist them across the street. Your help with these procedures is greatly appreciated. We also thank our volunteer crossing guards, who keep students safe to and from school. Thank you for all of your assistance in keeping our students safe.  
 
The drop off and pick up lines can also be a frustrating place at HES. We have two drop off zones for your convenience, one in the east parking lot and one at the front of the building. We ask your help to keep the process moving quickly, by not leaving your vehicle unattended.  If you need to exit your vehicle, please find a parking spot in the lot or on the street. Students are asked to only be dropped off and picked up in the designated pick up lane. Students should not be walking between cars or through parking lots to get in the car. All students are required to enter and exit the building through the front doors.  
 
The official start time of the school day is 8:00 a.m. Please be aware, students need to be IN their classrooms by the 8:00 a.m. bell. If they arrive in the classroom after 8:00 a.m., they will be marked tardy. Please refer to the student-parent handbook for the tardy policies. Thank you parents for ensuring your child is at school on time and off to a positive start each day.    
 
We appreciate the support of our parents at Meet the Teacher Night and the Parent Open House. Each of these events provide opportunities for families to get into the building and to build a relationship with teachers and staff. We thank you for your support in reading and practicing math facts each evening. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to address them with your child’s teacher.  
 
The WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program will continue again this year. Fathers and father figures are invited to sign up at the WATCH D.O.G.S  table at Donuts with Dad on September 19 from 7:158:00 a.m. or at the building web page under the H.El.P. tab. This program gives fathers and father-figures a chance to volunteer at their child’s school and make a positive impact in students’ lives. Thank you for your continued support, as we start a new school year. If you have questions related to Hesston Elementary, please don't hesitate to contact me at alisa.krehbiel@usd460.org or at 620-327-7102.  It’s an awesome start to the year! 

Looking forward to a great year!

Alisa Krehbiel