Hello Swather Families:
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thank you parents for taking time to visit with your child’s teacher at Parent Teacher Conferences. Communication between home and school is key to improving academic achievement, as well as supporting and motivating each student in the classroom. Families can support these efforts at home by establishing homework routines and reading with their child. In addition, helping your child master addition and subtraction facts in grades K-2 and multiplication and division facts in grades 3 and 4 assists them as they learn to solve complex math problems. We applaud your efforts and know it takes both school and home to make the biggest impact on student learning. Thank you for your support!
Kansas State Assessments: Third and Fourth Grade students have been preparing all year to take the Kansas State Assessments. These assessments are designed to measure student proficiency against the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. Assessments start April 13 and run through April 29. Students will be tested in areas of English, Language Arts, and Math. These assessments allow teachers, parents, and students to see what skills have been mastered throughout the year. We ask for parent support in helping your child get plenty of sleep, eat a good breakfast, and encourage them to give their best effort. These assessments will occur during the morning hours, so as you schedule appointments please keep this in mind. If you have further questions, please check with your child’s teacher.
ELA - April 13 & 14 - Grade 4, April 15 & 16 - Grade 3
Math - April 26 &27 - Grade 4, April 28 & 29 - Grade 3
School Safety: There are a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. If your child has to cross Amos Street at the front of the school, an adult must assist them in crossing the street. 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. Another reminder for everyone’s safety, please do not use the mailbox parking between the exit and the alley as a drop off zone. If you visit the playground after school hours, please be sure the gate is always closed when you leave and you take all of your belongings. A trash can has been conveniently placed near the playground for any trash. Student safety is our priority, please follow these procedures in order to help keep everyone safe and our playground clean.
Drop Off/Pick Up: Please help the drop off/ pick up line move efficiently by not leaving your vehicle unattended. If you need to leave your car, you will need to park in a parking stall. There is lots of room for you to park at the front of the building and in the east lot. We ask that students should not be walking between cars in the pick up line.
S.W.A.G. - Swather Walkers Achieving Greatness: The S.W.A.G. season has begun and the miles are adding up. We are so appreciative of the financial support from the H.El.P. organization for supporting this all school program. This is another alternative for students to do during recess time. Please visit with your child to determine their walking/running goal and support eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of water. We encourage students to get a balance of running and play time. Students love having visitors join them to walk during lunch recess.
Thank you for your continued support. It is a privilege to work with your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or your child’s teacher.
UPDATE 02.26.21 Hesston Elementary Update
MONDAY MARCH 1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher InService
FRIDAY MARCH 5 - SPRING PICTURES (rescheduled from 02/17)
K4 Newsletter has been posted. You can find it under Parent Connect. Have a Great Weekend!
Hesston Elementary School Update - Attached is a link for the updated Lunch Menu for the month of February. The Lunch Menu is updated often if there is a change in the menu. You can find the Lunch Menu by clicking Menu from the home page and then clicking Meal Menus.
HAPPY RED DAY! Today we celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs at the Elementary School!
Yearbook orders are due Wednesday, Jan 27th. (Ordering at Enrollment was not an option) Online orders can be placed by clicking here, our online order code is 53136W or check or cash orders can be dropped off in the Office.
Classroom Composite orders are available online only, please click here to complete your order, our online order code is 56447P. Composite photos are $7.00 each, the deadline to place your order is February 17, 2021.
Classroom party and supply sign ups can be found on the Website! Click here for the link or look under Parent Connect on the HES Website
Happy Holidays Swather Families!
It has been awesome to have our students on campus and receive in-person instruction during this challenging time. Teachers and students have been working hard to adapt to the ever changing safety precautions in order to keep students safe and in school. We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these uncharted times. This is also a good time to check your child’s masks. They have been wearing them to school nearly 18 weeks. Do the masks still fit over your child’s nose? Has the elastic stretched out? Are they clean? Please replenish their supply, if needed. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Students are finishing the first semester on a positive note. They have been actively engaged in learning and are moving through the curriculum. Several holiday traditions continue through the month of December in just a little different way. Santa will visit classrooms via Zoom and deliver a special gift on December 18. Students and staff will enjoy Singing Around the Christmas Tree, as classes socially distance in the gym to sing their favorite Christmas carols. Thanks to the H.El.P organization for their continued support during many of the holiday events.
I have a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. Students should be arriving at school near 7:40. If you need supervision prior to 7:30 in the morning, you will need to communicate with Hesston Childcare Center at 620-327-3775 for them to attend Kids Connect.
Also, if your child has to cross Amos Street to get to the front of the school, an adult must assist them in crossing the street. If you visit the playground after school hours, please be sure the gate is always closed when you leave and you take all of your belongings. A trash can has conveniently been placed near the playground for any trash. If pets join you on the playground, it is very important that you pick up after them. This is where our children play every day. Student safety is a priority, please follow these procedures in order to help keep everyone safe and our playground ready for children.
Please help the drop off/ pick up line move efficiently by not leaving your vehicle unattended. If you need to leave your car, please move to a parking stall. Also, students should be entering and exiting cars in the drop off zone. They should not be walking between cars without an adult.
Thank you to all our parents and families for your continued support. It is a privilege to work with your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher. Best wishes this holiday season, stay healthy and may it be filled with peace and joy!
The first quarter is successfully complete. Students and teachers have worked hard establishing new classroom procedures and routines, while learning every day. Our students are doing an awesome job with wearing masks and practicing the fundamental safety protocols. These practices are making a positive difference in the number of positive cases throughout the district.
Parent/Teacher Conferences had a different look to them this fall with teachers connecting with parents via Zoom. It is important to make direct contact with parents and provide an opportunity to connect with their child’s teacher directly. Thank you for your participation in these important conversations. Also, we appreciate your support in reading with your child and practicing math facts as your child’s regular homework. It is this type of home/school connection that helps us make great gains in the classroom.
Safety is an important element in everything we do at the elementary. As a part of keeping everyone safe, we continue to practice safety drills each year. Students and staff have participated in fire drills, a tornado drill, and crisis drill. We recently completed our first crisis drill where students practiced scattering throughout the room with an object they could counter with should an intruder enter the building. Our students take these drills seriously and give their best effort in learning these safety skills. Teachers reflect with students following a drill on the importance of keeping everyone safe and what they could do to continue practicing these skills.
Eight o’clock is the official start time of the school day. Please be aware, students need to be in their classrooms by the 8:00 bell. If they arrive in the classroom after 8:00, they will be marked as tardy. We ask that students arrive as close to 7:40 as possible. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30-7:50, students should arrive with enough time to eat. Thanks for helping your child get off to a positive start each day.
I do want to make you aware of one major change to the elementary calendar. Due to the Covid restriction set forth by the county and district, we are unable to host our traditional K-4 Christmas music concert scheduled for November 19. Mrs. Funk hopes we can share our students’ musical talents at a program in spring.
Thank you for your support during this unprecedented year, we have had to change schedules, routines, and annual events in order to abide by covid restrictions. We understand this is not ideal, but they are important so we can have your child(ren) attend school in person. It is a privilege to work with your child every day. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher.
K4 Newsletter has been posted on the website for November and December.
Hesston Elementary Families:
Our school year is off to a great start. It is so awesome to have students back at the building. They have been working hard learning grade level expectations and reconnecting with classmates. We welcome kindergarten families, new students, and previous students to the building. We also welcomed several new staff members to H.E.S.: Mrs. Kyle Soeken joined the kindergarten team, Mrs. Kara Swartzendruber is welcomed to the 3rd grade team, and Miss Courtney Unruh is new to the fourth grade 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 and families 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.
Having two drop off and pick up lines has reduced the amount of time parents have to wait. 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. Students are asked to be dropped off and picked up only in the designated pick up lane. Students should not be walking between cars or through parking lots to get in the car or to their parents.
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 as we navigate the many changes this school year. Now that we will be transitioning to green in the gating criteria, there are several elements I want parents to be aware of. Students and staff will continue to wear masks while at the building. Visitors will continue to be on a limited basis and will be expected to follow all the fundamental safety practices. To help us stay in the green metric, we ask parents not to join us for lunch and for birthdays in the classroom. This allows us to closely monitor contact tracing with our students. The fundamental safety practices will continue with good hand hygiene, social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying home when sick.
Thank you for your continued support as we work to educate your child, while keeping them safe. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 620-327-7102. It’s an awesome start to the year!
Our K4 Newsletter has been posted as well as the October Menu. Both documents can be found under Documents.
August 27, 2020 Update
H.E.S Families -
We are ALL very excited to see you in the building soon! Below are a few important things to know about this upcoming school year. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out so we can help in any way possible.
- Drop off students after 7:40; unless the student is eating breakfast (breakfast will start being served at 7:33)
- Unfortunately, parents will not walk students to their classroom.
- Grades 1 and 2 use the east parking lot, enter 1/2 commons door.
- Kindergarten, Grades 3 and 4 use front drop off lane, enter front doors.
- Temperature taken upon entering the building.
3:05 Bus students dismissed to load busses.
- Grade 1 - dismiss through 1/2 commons door
- Kdg. and Grade 3 - dismiss through front doors
- Grade 2 - dismiss through 1/2 commons door
- Grade 4 - dismiss through front doors
- Parents are encouraged to set an after school meeting spot for their child(ren).
- All students will wear masks.
- An extra mask in backpack is encouraged.
- Mask breaks will be built in throughout the day.
- No masks worn at recess and P.E.
Lunch and Recess
- Each grade level will have their own lunch time.
- One grade level at a time on the playground for recess.
- Visitors will be limited to the office area.
- No lunchroom visitors.
- Birthday parties will occur, but no visitors in classroom.
Looking forward to seeing students in Grades 1,2,3 and 4 on September 2 and Kindergarten on September 3!
May 1, 2020 Update
H.E.S. Families -
I hope you find yourself healthy and in good spirits as we move towards the end of the school year. We wanted to share a few updates with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, so we can help in any way.
- May 20 is the last day of school. Please have all assignments completed and turned into the teacher by 10:00 am that day.
- May 22 will be Drop Off/Pick Up day at the Elementary. iPads, chargers, library books, and baggy books will be dropped off then. Yearbooks and other school related items will be distributed to families. Details on the process will be shared closer to the date.
- May 7 is the day we would like to have all library books collected. There is a drop-box at the lunch pick-up at the Middle School or a box in the front entry-way of the elementary. Thanks for your help in getting library books returned.
- More information will be coming out on Kindergarten Round-Up and Kindergarten Screening. These events will occur at a later date with details to follow. We look forward to welcoming new families to H.E.S.
Enjoy the spring weather and cherish this time with family.
Hesston Elementary Parents:
*Student Supply Pick Up: On Monday, March 30, students’ supplies will be ready for pick up, along with technology check out for those requesting it. Please see the following link for grade level pick up times and instructions. HES Parent Supply Pick-Up Instructions. Don’t forget to bring your child’s library books and/or baggie books with you to pick up time. This will also be another time to connect with your child’s teacher.
*Class DoJo: Please be sure to check your Class DoJo accounts for messages from your child’s teacher. If you haven't, please install this app to your phone or ipad. Also, check your notification settings. You will want to visit this site regularly, as teachers will be using it to communicate information about academics with their students.
*School Closure Updates: You will find information about school supply pick-up times, lunch and breakfast options, technology needs, and answers to many of your questions related to the school closing at the following link: School Closures General Updates
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday, March 30!
Communication Platform: Parents as we move forward with teaching and learning, we will be using Class DoJo as our main communication tool. If you haven't please install this app to your phone or ipad. Also, check your notification settings. You will want to check this site regularly, as teachers will be using it to communicate academics with their students. Yesterday, teachers sent out a message to all their students, if you did not reply to the teacher's message, please do so as soon as possible, so we know which families to contact directly.
School Lunch & Breakfast. Beginning March 23, we will be serving lunch and breakfast each weekday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm outside the middle school gym. This is free for all kids ages 1-18, even those who are not USD 460 students will get a free lunch and breakfast if they need one. If you need food delivered within the Hesston city limits, we can do that too. Please use the following link to let us know if you would like to pick-up food at the middle school or need delivery, which will begin at 11:00 am.... Lunch and Breakfast Form
Technology Needs. As we transition to a new way of teaching and learning, technology will become an essential aspect of our new model. We recognize that some students need a device and some need internet access. To identify those in need, we ask you to complete the Technology Needs Form. The school district is working to make sure that every family has at least one device, and our teachers will be flexible when delivering instruction. No one needs to purchase new technology.