Supply Packs

SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

New school year and new school supply company!  School supply packs for the 2018-2019 school year are available now to order online! EduKits are custom made to include the supplies selected and approved by our school. Click HERE to place your order!

Buddy Field Day

BUDDY FIELD DAY!

The HES Spring Buddy Field day will be held on Thursday, June 7!  We hope you will come out and help us with our Bulldogs as they participate in many activities. It’s the end of another school year and with the help of our volunteers, we can make it an extra fun day as we begin the summer break!  Please click HERE to volunteer!

Set up: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Kindergarten: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

1st Grade: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

2nd Grade: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

3rd Grade: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

4th Grade & SAC: 12:50 PM – 1:50 PM

5th Grade: 1:50 PM – 2:50 PM

Please be sure you are a CMS registered volunteer to help out at field day! https://www.cmsvolunteers.com/

HB514

HOUSE BILL 514: FACTS & MYTHS

On Tuesday, May 15 members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education discussed the implications and impact of HB514, particularly our families in North Mecklenburg.

Please take the time to read the CMS facts and myths regarding this bill.

HB514 impacts and facts:

Thank You Corporate Sponsors!

The PTA at Huntersville Elementary School would like to give a big THANK YOU to our corporate sponsors for donations that go directly toward making our school such a wonderful place for our students and staff!

Sabrina Perry with CAROLINA LASHES: www.carolinalashes.com

Tiffany Spach with Im=X Pilates and Fitness: www.imxpilatesnorthcharlotte.com

& Cyclebar: www.lakenorman.cyclebar.com

Heather Smallwood & Courtney Fossett with Stella & Dot : www.stelladot.com

HES Family Fun Night

HES Family Fun Night at Sparetime
Friday, May 25

Celebrate the end of another great school year by bringing your family to our annual HES Family Fun Night at Sparetime! On Friday, May 25 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, HES families can enjoy an evening of bowling, laser tag, and arcade games, while a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to HES. Blue registration forms are coming home in May 17 Thursday folders.   Simply select your package from two options, and return your blue slip and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher in an envelope marked “Family Fun Night”. We look forward to seeing lots of school families on May 25!

Questions? Email Joanna Kunz at joannap67@yahoo.com

Winding Down

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

It seems just like yesterday that I was writing my “back to school” greeting to all of our HES families. Here we are just weeks away from the end of the year!
The end of the year is an exciting time at Huntersville with field days, yearbooks, and all of the celebrations and recognition events. However our first focus is the North Carolina EOG’s which are scheduled for May 25 – June 1. Students and teachers in grades 3-5 are working hard on mastering objectives and perfecting test taking strategies. Again, our ultimate goal is for every student to demonstrate one year or more academic growth! Our K-2 teachers are also conducting end of the year assessments. With the weather getting warmer students (and adults!) sometimes find it harder to focus and stay on task. Please encourage your child to not “let up” during this very important final quarter of the year!
As testing time draws near we all need to make a concerted effort to relieve our children of test anxiety. This age of accountability really places a lot of stress on our children far greater than what we as adults experienced when we were in elementary school. Talk to your child about wanting them to do their best work but try to veer away from any talk that would place extra pressure or stress on them.
One final plug for proctors! We are in desperate need of proctors for testing. Please click HERE to sign up! All proctor names will go in a drawing for Starbuck’s gift cards! It takes a village to meet all of the accommodations for our students to succeed on these tests.
Good luck to all of our students on their end of year assessments!

2018-19 PTA Executive Board

PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

 The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2018-2019 HES Executive Board slate:

 President-Courtney Fossett

Treasurer-Whitney Morrow

Secretary-Barrie Rojahn

VP School Support-Kelly Revels

VP Communications-Lisa Price

VP Advocacy-Bemnet FantuDownes

VP Fundraising-Heather Smallwood

These lovely ladies were voted in Tuesday, May 1. 

We thank everyone for participating in the creation of next year’s PTA leadership!

Nominating committee,

Kelly Revels, Jen Sharpe, and Jaynie Peterson

EOG Proctors Needed

EOG TESTING – PROCTORS NEEDED!

 Attention Parents, Guardians, & Community Supporters:

Have coffee on us! We need your help. Proctors help classroom teachers administer the EOG and offer support to students on test days. You will need to attend one of our proctor trainings on Thursday, May 24 either at 8am or 3:15pm in the Media Center and register as a CMS approved volunteer. To register as a volunteer, please click here. You will not be able to proctor in the grade level that your child is currently enrolled. Please include the grade level of the children you have at HES in the Comment Section. All proctors need to arrive no later than 7:55am on the day you proctor. All proctor names will go in a drawing for Starbuck’s gift cards. Thank you.

Friday, May 25th will be 3rd grade Reading

Wednesday, May 30 will be 4th and 5th grade Reading and 3rd grade Math

Thursday, May 31 will be 4th and 5th grade Math

Friday, June 1 will be 5th grade Science

Sign up to be a proctor HERE 

Thank you for your help!  Our school is successful because of volunteers like YOU!

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

Hopefully you remembered to “spring forward”  and set your clocks ahead one hour. The change in time brings welcome longer hours of daylight but it is initially difficult to adjust to. Please make every effort to have your child on time for school tomorrow morning. The change also means it will be darker in the morning during arrival. This is a good opportunity to reinforce some of our car rider procedures and rules. I ask that all parents please strictly abide by these rules and procedures for the safety of your children.

  • All car riders must use the car rider line. Do not attempt to drop your child off in any other location. This is extremely important. We have had instances of parents dropping off students in the lower parking lot. That is very dangerous. Repeated violations of this rule could result in a citation by the Huntersville PD.
  • Do not park and walk your student to the stairs in order to avoid the car rider line. If you are walking your child to class then you must accompany your child at least to the front door. Some parents mistakenly believe this practice is faster than remaining in the car line. It contributes to congestion and it is unsafe. I encourage you not to walk your child to class. Let your child be independent and walk themselves to class especially at this point in the school year.
  • Child refuses to get out of the car. If your child is refusing to get out of the car, due to separation anxiety or other reasons, you will be asked to park your car in the lower lot and walk your child to class. Our staff cannot be expected to physically extract children from cars.
  • Do not allow your child to exit from the driver’s side of the car. This is extremely unsafe and could result in a tragic accident.
  • Pull your car to the end of the line as directed by the car rider staff. Some parents are refusing to pull forward and expect to have their child dropped off as close to the front door as possible. Doing so creates a backup of the entire car rider line. Please be courteous to others.
  • Do not drop off your child before 7:30 am when staff are present. Children that are dropped off in this manner are unsupervised. This is even more important now that it will be darker in the morning.
  • Car riders who eat breakfast at school must arrive by 7:50 am.

Again, strict adherence to these rules is essential to the safety of our children. Please model responsibility and good citizenship – thank you!

Volunteer at the Welcome Desk

WELCOME DESK NEEDS YOUR HELP

We are looking for volunteers to man the Welcome Desk to help visitors Sign In and greet them with a smiling face. The link to sign up is below. Shifts are for only 90 minutes and volunteers are welcome to bring a book or, if they wish, complete small tasks left at the Welcome Desk by various staff members. Please consider helping HES continue to be a welcoming and safe environment for our students and families.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080849a5ae29a0fa7-heswelcome

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Chaiken for being named the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year!! Way to go and well deserved!

HES Boosterthon

Our Huntersville Elementary Fun Run was a HUGE success! To everyone who supported our school and came out to the Fun Run, THANK YOU! Thanks to you, Huntersville Elementary was able to profit $37,000!

HES Tours

HES TOURS

Welcome to Huntersville Elementary School!  Tours begin in the lobby of our school and usually last about 45 minutes – 1 hour.  Future students are welcome on the tour.  All prospective parents are required to sign in at our welcome desk and will be issued a pass for the tour.  We have multiple dates available.  If you need a tour outside of the set dates, please contact Natalie Baldwin at baldwinnatalie@hotmail.com . The tour sign up is HERE.

Car Rider Line

Car Rider Line

For the safety of our students, staff, and fellow parents, please remember to follow the rules of our car rider line, particularly in the afternoon. Here are some important reminders about our car rider policy:

1. Find where the back of the line ends, which is typically weaved into the lower parking lot to help alleviate traffic back up on Sherwood Road.

2. Do not try to cut into the line in any way.  This includes trying to take a left into the line and blocking Sherwood Rd, creating dangerous situations.

3. You may not park your car and “pull” your child from the car rider area.

4. Finally, please remember that your child(ren) can always ride the bus as an alternative.

It’s ok to be idle…just don’t idle your engine.

It is CMS policy to turn off one’s engine while waiting in the carline. Official signs have been posted to indicate this. The reason?

Studies conducted during arrival and dismissal times at carpool areas, where cars idle, showed high levels of air pollutants. These pollutants are particularly hazardous to children since their lungs are still developing. Exposure is associated with an increased frequency of childhood illness and the reduction of lung function.

The 3 main pollutants of concern in our carline are Ozone (O3), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM). Without getting into a chemistry lesson, it is important to know that these pollutants are found where vehicles idle. The emissions can be dangerous to everyone in the vicinity, including your children and the staff who assist in the car line.

Turning off your car’s engine while you wait prior to 7:30 am and 3:00 pmis an easy, low-cost way to drastically reduce air pollution and prevent exposure to harmful pollutants. It will conserve gas, save you money and protect our health.

Please Turn Off Your Engine

Spirit Store

Bulldog Spirit Store

The Spirit store is in the cafeteria and is open from 7:30-8:00am every Wed., Thurs. and Fri. The grade level schedule is:

WEDNESDAYS – kindergarten and 1st grade

THURSDAYS – 2nd and 3rd grade

FRIDAYS – 4th and 5th grade

 Please report to class first for a Spirit Store pass before coming! Volunteer interest? Please contact: Kelly Revels  (kelly.revels@yahoo.com) or Laura Mahoney (ldk0524@gmail.com)

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017 Annual Newsletter

2017-18 PTA Executive Board

PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD SLATE FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 The Nominating Committee would like to present the 2017-2018 HES Executive Board slate:

 President-Courtney Fossett

Treasurer-Cheryl Davy

Secretary-Barrie Rojahn

VP School Support-Cheryl Wade

VP Communications-Lisa Price

VP Advocacy-Bemnet FantuDownes

VP Fundraising-Heather Smallwood

These lovely ladies were voted in Tuesday, April 25th.  

We thank everyone for participating in the creation of next year’s PTA leadership!

Nominating committee,

Christine Casey, Debra cassidy, & Jamie Snellenberg

New CMS Volunteers Please Register

If you are new to CMS or have not registered to volunteer, please visit https://www.cmsvolunteers.com  All volunteers must be registered to help in CMS schools.  Thank you!

ONE Access

Discover e-books & more with ONE Access!

What does ONE Access offer?
ONE Access has two components this year-something for CMS students and something for CMS staff.

For CMS students:
ONE Access, or “One Number Equals Access,” uses students’ school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. With their ONE Access account, students can:
*Access Library research databases
*Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
*Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)
There are no overdue fines for ONE Access accounts, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.

For CMS staff:
If you’re a member of staff in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, this year your NC EdCloud login number will be a ONE Access E-account, giving you instant access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s online resources. You’ll be automatically enrolled on September 1, 2016.
Here’s how to get started using your ONE Access E-account:
*Go to http://www.cmlibrary.org
*Access resources using your User Name and Pin: ◦Username: CMS+ your 10 digit NC EdCloud login number. For example CMS1234567890
◦Pin number: Last four digits of your login number. For example 7890
Your 10 digit login number is found on your pay stub under Employee ID
These efforts are part of an ongoing commitment by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to benefit the community by increasing literacy and educational success.

Amazon Smile

Shopping on Amazon?
Shop Amazon Smile and donate money to HES at the same time!
When customers shop at Amazon Smile the AmazonSmile Foundation donates .5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer. Each quarter, the Amazon Smile Foundation will make a donation to HES PTA. Please help spread the word to our families and friends! Next time you shop on Amazon please log into smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. Then type in PTA North Carolina Congress Huntersville Elementary School PTA as your charity and start shopping!

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