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    Helendale Road Primary School News 1-29-20

     

    1/29/2021

    A Note From the Principal

    Dear Helendale Families,

    I hope you are well!

    February seems to be known for its cold weather, Valentine’s Day and college hoops. More importantly, February is Black History Month, and it’s important for us to take some time to reflect on the contributions that African Americans have made to our society. We will be providing information to students about famous Black scientists, athletes, artists, explorers, politicians, and social activists through stories and videos. Please be sure to ask your students what they learned and talked about in school each day related to this.  You can also enjoy some of these read aloud stories together.  Just open the Seesaw Activity:  Black History Month Bookshelf 2021 in your child's iPad.

    I would also like to kindly remind those families dropping their children off to school in the morning to please consider just dropping and going. I know we have some little ones who may need help getting out of cars and car seats. But if your Helendale student can manage to get out of the car by themselves, please give hugs and kisses in the car and let them get out alone. Myself and/or one of our staff are just about always out there to help with car doors or back packs. I want to remind everyone because of the limited space we have to drop students off. Plus, we have buses competing for this space. Thanks to all those who park on a side street and walk their children to the building. I would just like to keep all students safe and avoid any unnecessary fender benders.

    Please continue to send you children to school with masks. Kids are doing a great job with keeping them on and we are staying pretty healthy overall as a school.

    And finally, your child should be receiving an East Irondequoit/Lancer T-shirt this week courtesy of our PTA. Remote learners will pick them up on Friday with their regular work pick up times.

    Thanks for all that you do to prepare your child for school everyday!

     

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Daniels

     

    February Break Meal Kit Order Form

    Order  your 5 day meal kit for February break by Friday, February 5 at 2PM.   Each meal kit includes 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. Meal kits for February break will be distributed Friday, February 12 from 4-5pm at Eastridge High School in the bus loop.

     

    REMOTE FAMILIES:

     3 day remote meal kits will go home on Wednesday, February 10, because  there will be no remote meal pick up on Friday.  Remote families can  order in the Parent Portal as usual.  

     

    Click here to order your meals!

     

    Class Composites Are Available To Order For A Limited Time!

    Class Composites are now available to order! Get yours today at inter-state.com/order. Use Order Code 56363QQ. These are available until 02/17/2021 at 11:59 pm.

    Click here for website!

     

    10 Ways to Reboot When Your Child Has Given Up

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    Helendale Road Primary School News 1-22-21

     

    1/22/2021

     

    A Note From the Principal

    Dear Helendale Families,

    We are thrilled to announce that on Wednesday, February 3rd our school will participate in Global School Play Day 2021 (GSPD.) Global School Play Day is celebrated at schools all around the world. There are so many benefits of unstructured play and Helendale Road Primary School wants to be part of this great initiative!

     GSPD is a day set aside for the kids to "play their way", which means all play is unstructured. There is excellent research proving how important play is for kids developmentally. In today's world, our students often don't get enough time to play, interact, use their imaginations or socialize.  "It's time to give the gift of play back to this generation", and that’s what this whole day will be about!

     We are inviting students to bring in something they would like to share and play with on this very special day. Here are some examples of things your child may bring in:

    • Legos
    • Non Violent Toys (NO WEAPONS)
    • Board Games
    • Puzzles
    • Card games
    • Action figures or dolls

    *no electronic devices* TO HELP ENSURE EVERYTHING GETS BACK HOME, PLEASE LABEL ANYTHING THAT YOUR CHILD BRINGS.  Also, any toy MUST fit in his or her book bag or a separate bag that he or she can manage independently. We will also be going outside.  While there may not be snow, it will still be cold.  Please send mittens or gloves, hats, boots, (snow pants if there’s snow on the ground), and a jacket that closes.  Children who don’t have these items will not be able to go outside with us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your support!

     

    Respectfully,

    Eric Daniels

    Class Composites Are Available To Order For A Limited Time!

    Class Composites are now available to order! Get yours today at inter-state.com/order. Use Order Code 56363QQ. These are available until 02/17/2021 at 11:59 pm.

     

    Click here for website!

    You're Invited!

    Informational Writing with Mrs. McDermott's Second Grade

    Snowmen at Night in Mrs. McRae's First Grade

     

    Mark Your Calendars

    January 29- HR Spirit Day

    February 1-5th- "Souper" Bowl Collection

    February 3- Global Play Day

    February 4- HR PTA Meeting

    February 15-19-Presidents Week-No School

     

    Community Corner

    2 - Science Saturday Series (Virtual)

    Click here for more information

    3 - The Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank event: Drive-Thru diaper distribution on Saturday, January 30th from 12PM-2PM.

    Click here for more information

     

    Contact Us

     

    Helendale Road Primary School

    220 Helendale Road

    Rochester, NY 14609

    585-339-1330

    https://www.eastiron.org/Domain/10

     


    Helendale Road Primary School News 1-15-21

     

    1/15/2020

    A Note From the Principal

    Dear Helendale Families,

    Happy middle of January!

    In the spirit of sharing, here are some ideas to help keeping our younger students engaged or busy in the evenings and on weekends. I 'm guessing you have probably been doing some of these things already over the last nine months, but I thought maybe reading some of these ideas would spark your thinking as well. I'm very glad there is more daylight each an every day as we head towards spring and summer, but we are not quite there yet. So, here you go...

    • Make a painter’s tape maze on the carpet, for use with toy cars and trucks.
    • Fill plastic bins with seasonal/themed sensory items to explore.
    • Download templates for a nature scavenger hunt (or make your own) and get outside!
    • Make homemade crafting dough or slime.
    • “Draw” pictures on the walls with flashlights and see if others can guess what they are.
    • Using a whiteboard or pad of paper, let your child teach you; this is a great way for them to practice their own skills and retain 
    • Plant seeds in cups and set in a sunny spot to get an early start on the summer vegetable garden.
    • Practice writing skills by becoming pen pals with friends.
    • Check out Storyline Online’s YouTube channel, which features celebrities reading books.
    • Build puzzles together.
    • Color in coloring books or on downloaded coloring sheets.
    • Use FaceTime and other apps to virtually connect with friends for socializing or studying.
    • Build a fort and use it for play or as a reading nook.
    • Play board games.
    • Mail hand-drawn pictures and letters to residents of local nursing homes.
    • Watch the Lunch Doodles video series every weekday at 1 p.m. Eastern, in which Mo Willems, Artist-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center, gives quick drawing lessons.

    There are a lot of virtual  experiences that families can enjoy from the comfort of home. Zoo and aquarium web cams, museum tours, concerts, and much more are at our fingertips now more than ever. Keeping everyone busy can make this time at home much more enjoyable and our kids brains working.

    Have a great week!

    Eric Daniels

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Helendale Road Primary School News 12/11/20

     

    A Note From the Principal

    Hello Families!

    I wanted to say thank you for the donations of snow pants and snow boots that no longer fit your kids. They will come in handy here at school as we do our very best to continue to get students outside for exercise and fresh air. We will keep the collection going up to the holiday break.

    Remote learning families, please send MORE pictures of what remote learning looks like for us to share in the SWAY Newsletters. We are all Lancers!

    If your child rides one of our school buses, please give our drivers some shout-outs of thanks for doing such a great job with getting kids to school on time and with a smile. I was curious over the summer as we were preparing to return to school, just how having four more buses would impact arrival and dismissal. It truly has been seamless. I hope your child's bus riding experience continues to go well. Our teachers are out on the sidewalk greeting students and making sure they are not congregating. Teachers remind students to keep walking, leaving space between one another as they approach and enter the building.

    Our Food Services/Breakfast and Lunch experiences have also been a thing of beauty! Like pros, kids now grab a breakfast on their way to their classrooms from a stationed cart in the hallway and then go dine at their desks. Sure, we have a spill or two now and again, but kids are taking responsibility for their food and cleaning up their spaces each and every day. Also, starting their school day is now much calmer and more organized for classrooms. We have lunch monitors push into the classrooms during lunches so teachers can have their lunches. Sometimes teachers will eat with their classes! I have had the opportunity to eat lunch with some classrooms this year. It has been a great way for me to get to know more about our students in this time of mask wearing. I am very pleased and proud of our students and staff with making these food service changes go so smoothly.

    Our Special Area and Support Teachers have a new kind of challenge this year as they are providing instruction/remediation/support to students BOTH in-school AND remote. I hope that if you or your child have worked with any of them that they continue to bring reasonable and appropriate challenge to your child so that they continue to grow.

    In-school and Remote classroom folks also are doing incredible work. As always, if you ever have a question or concern, please reach out to your child's teacher as they nine times out of ten can give you an answer or further explanation. I am ALWAYS available to help to problem solve if needed. But I trust my staff and know they are caring and qualified teachers who make our school a special place.

    Respectfully,

    Eric Daniels

    Helendale Principal

     

    Gentle Reminders:

    • If you are using the school playgrounds, everyone needs to be masked.
    • If a person in a household has a fever and/or loss of taste and/or loss of smell, (any of those symptoms in isolation or in combination) everyone else in the household needs to quarantine.  The person with the fever will need to seek medical attention and inform the MCDOH.  The MCDOH will release those from quarantine when it is deemed safe.
    • If a student is not in school, and there is no excuse from a parent or guardian, the reason for the absence will be assumed to be COVID-19 symptoms.  In order for the student to return to the school building, the parent/guardian will need to follow protocols for symptomatic students.

     

    Directed Drawings in Mrs. Caricati's First Grade

    Want to do one at home? Here's the link

     

    Holiday School Break 5-Day Meal Kit Order

    Click below for the form:

    School Break 5-Day Meal Kit Order Form

     

     

    Mark Your Calendars

    December 18 -Spirit Day- Wear your winter pajamas!

    December 24-January 3- No School-Winter Recess

    January 4- School Resumes

    January 18- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Community Corner

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    Contact Us

     

     

    Helendale Road Primary School

    220 Helendale Road

    Rochester, NY 14609

    585-339-1330

    https://www.eastiron.org/Domain/10