A Note From Mr. Ruppenthal

A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal…

A WORD FROM MR. RUPPENTHAL

Dear HES Families,

I want to personally wish all of our HES families a safe, happy, relaxing summer vacation! Summertime is the perfect time for families to reconnect after the hectic pace of the school year. Family vacations, time at camp, Fourth of July picnics, playing with friends in the neighborhood all create those life-long memories that we all associate with childhood and summertime.

Summer does not have to mean a halt to learning! Research shows that children do not retain a significant portion of what they learn during a school year over the summer months due to inactivity. There are many things you as parents can do to stave off this drop-off and help your child for the coming school year.

  • Continue to have your child read on a daily basis
  • Continue to practice math facts
  • Visit your local library – participate in summer reading programs
  • Take interesting field trips to museums, historical sites, aquariums, etc…
  • Find academically enriching camps or opportunities in which your child can learn and still have fun!
  • Have your child keep a travel journal while on vacation

These are just a few suggestions. Ask your child’s teachers if they have ideas and suggestions that may be particular to your child.

I want to remind our families of our bell schedule change for next year. Our school start and end time will be 15 minutes late specifically from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Students will be allowed in school beginning at 7:30 am. Please make sure you adjust your schedules to accommodate this change.

I will be available all summer if you have particular questions or concerns you would like to share. Please call the school office, (980) 343-3835, to set up an appointment.

Have a great summer!

Yearbook

YEARBOOK

Parents, Yearbooks should have been distributed on Friday and continuing on Monday. There will be a limited number of extras that will be sold first thing in the morning on Monday, June 5th thru Thursday the 8th or until sold out, from 7:15-7:45 in the cafeteria. Enjoy seeing those smiling faces! 

 Also, parents if you enjoy scrapbooking and designing and would like to be a part of the yearbook committee for the 2017-2018 school year please contact Jamie Green through email JamieL.2009@gmail.com or by phone 704-575-8047

Buddy Field Day

BUDDY FIELD DAY!
The end of the year is upon us and that means another fun Buddy Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th! Please make sure the kids are dressed appropriately as it there will be lots of activities outside for them to enjoy. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please use the link to the Sign-Up Genius. You must be a registered CMS volunteer and we need lots of help to make this another great success for our kids!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4BA4AF2F4-spring

HES Advocacy Corner

HES Advocacy Corner

North Carolina class-size decrease fix now state law

Easing class-size mandates in North Carolina’s early grades next fall by phasing them in instead over two years is now the law.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed Thursday the compromise legislation from Republicans an hour after it received final General Assembly approval by the House.

The fix came about as school districts complained meeting the lower maximums in kindergarten through third grade this coming year would mean layoffs for art, music and physical education instructors and crowded classes in other grades. The new law directs district leaders to provide information about how classroom teacher money is used.

Do you have information about a topic that affects the health/safety/education of HES? If so send your information to Lisa Price: lagprice@gmail.com

2017-18 Supply Packs

2017 – 2018 Supply Pack Orders
Make your life easier this summer! Order your child’s supply pack for next school year and save yourself the hassle of running store to store! The order form went home on Thursday, April 20th. www.shopttkits.com school code 4917. You can also send in the completed paper form along with a check payable to Huntersville Elementary School. Forms are required to be turned in by Wednesday, May 10th. Your child’s supply pack will be waiting for them at Meet the Teacher Night for the 20017-2018 school year. Don’t miss out on this great offer!

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 will be voted on before the kindergarten musical on 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

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.

Amigos de Buddy

Amigos de Buddy is back in full swing! Please use the sign up genius link below to volunteer! We are also in need of donations of small water bottles & snacks for the students who participate.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080F48ABA72EA64-volunteer

Bailey Middle School Tours

BAILEY MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURS

Please join us during one of our school tour times to view, explore and learn about Bailey Middle School. We meet in front of the office of the school at 9:15am. Tours typically last about 1 hour. Future students are also able to join us for the tour. We look forward to meeting you. Thank you for your interest in Bailey Middle School.

The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
May 17

Reflections Contest

Congratulations to Mia Snellenburg for placing 2nd place at the state level in the Intermediate Film category for the Reflections Contest this year. She is one of only a few participants that won at the Elementary School level, Mecklenburg County level and the art work was pushed on to the North Carolina state level. The theme this year for the Reflections Contest was “What is Your Story?”. Mia created an awesome short film about herself and she called it “Life of Mia”. Mia and her family have been invited to the NCPTA Reflections Celebration next month in Raleigh to recognize the state Reflections winners . What a wonderful way to represent Huntersville Elementary and the 5th grade on the state level. Way to go Mia! Keep up the good work!

Tina Hipp, Reflections Contest Chair

Project Scientist

At Project Scientist we’re fostering today’s scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow’s
greatest challenges! Our promise is to educate, coach, and advocate for GIRLS with an aptitude, talent, and passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

If you believe your daughter would benefit from a community of like-minded GIRLS that enjoy exploring through the sciences and celebrating their accomplishments, then Project Scientist is a place just for her!

Surrounded by brilliant and passionate STEM teachers, professors, and professionals, your daughter will be inspired and provided the tools to reach her highest potential.

A summer program on University Campuses GIRLS are
immersed in STEM, learning from a tailored curriculum
facilitated by highly skilled and credentialed educators,
participating in exciting hands-on experiments and field
trips, and daily interactions with female role models from
a variety of STEM fields.

WHO: Girls ages 4-12

WHAT: A week-long and full-time day camp filled with STEM
activities, weekly field trips, and female STEM role-models!

WHERE: UNCC Center City Campus, JWU Uptown Campus

WHEN: June through August. All day! 8:30-5!

WHY: Have fun; build confidence and interest in STEM!

CONTACT: Visit www.projectscientist.org or contact
Alyssa at 704-313-9118, info@projectscientist.org

REGISTER: Visit projectscientist.org!

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!

Volunteer at the Welcome Desk

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT THE WELCOME DESK

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.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4FA4AB2AA6FE3-welcome

Be There Dad

BE THERE DAD

HES HEROES – Be There Dad Committee

Huntersville Elementary is excited to have a “Be There Dad” chapter this year. http://betheredad.org We are called the H.E.R.O.E.S. of HES and have had a great start to the 2016-2017 school year. This year t-shirts were sold to fathers wishing to identify themselves as participants of the program. Youth sizes of these t-shirts will now be available for sale through our School Spirit Store Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings – before school. If your child would like to purchase one of these shirts, they are $15. Checks can be made out to HES PTA.

For more information on our HEROES program, please contact Willie Hester at wehester@gmail.com

Spirit Store

SPIRIT STORE

The Spirit Store is Open and we are in need of VOLUNTEERS! Please use the link below to sign up to help in the Spirit Store. We have lots of new and exciting items in the store, most under $1.00!!  The Spirit store is located in the cafeteria and is openfrom 7:15-7:45am every Wednesday(K-1st), Thursday(2nd – 3rd), and Friday(4th – 5th). The students must report to class first for a Spirit Store pass before coming! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44ADAE2EA20-spirit7

Donors Choose – Teachers Need Your Help

Donors Choose: HES Teachers need your help!

Teachers at HES need your help to bring their classroom dreams to life. Donors Choose makes that possible.

How it works

Find a project
Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. This is a public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.

Donors Choose fulfills the order
When a project is fully funded, they purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school.

Teachers thank you
Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.

Current HES Classrooms Asking for Donors

Vollman – 3rd Grade “Let Me See You Wobble”
Find more information here

Metzler – 2nd Grade “Diverse Classroom for Diverse Students”
Find more information here

Germaine – 2nd Grade “Flexible Seating for Active Learners”
Find more information here

Beers – 3rd Grade “Choice Seating in the Classroom: The World of Active Learning”
Find more information here

Hayes – Counselor “Inspiring Social and Emotional Growth at HES”
Find more information here

Support a classroom. Build a future!

School Leadership Team – Open Positions

School Leadership Team (SLT) Open Positions

Any parent interested in joining the Huntersville School Leadership Team should please email SLT Chairperson Tracy Russell at tracy.russell@cms.k12.nc.us The primary purpose for the School Leadership Team is to develop, monitor and revise the School Improvement Plan. The SLT also discusses and provides input on a number of school related issues as the needs arise.

Thank you for the Donations!

THANK YOU

to the following companies for their generous donations!

1. Dentistry for Kids:

Dentistry for Kids honored Huntersville Elementary with school supplies donated by our patients! Every year we host a ‘Patient Appreciation Night’ filled with bowling, laser tag, and pizza! We ask our patients for school supply donations that we give to a local school. This year, Huntersville Elementary School was chosen as the recipient of our generous donations. We hope we can make an impact in children’s lives not only in the office, but in the community as well! We hope every child has a great school year ahead! Congratulations Huntersville Elementary!

We would also like to thank the following companies for their generous donations:

2. The Residents at The Glens at Birkdale

3. Davidson College Presbyterian Church

4. The Cove Church

5. The Comfort Suites in Huntersville

6. Visit Lake Norman

PTA Member Discounts

Are you a Member of the HES PTA?

Check out some of these great discounts for members HERE!

Reflections Art Contest

Congratulations to Mia Snellenburg for placing 2nd place at the state level in the Intermediate Film category for the Reflections Contest this year. She is one of only a few participants that won at the Elementary School level, Mecklenburg County level and the art work was pushed on to the North Carolina state level. The theme this year for the Reflections Contest was “What is Your Story?”. Mia created an awesome short film about herself and she called it “Life of Mia”. Mia and her family have been invited to the NCPTA Reflections Celebration next month in Raleigh to recognize the state Reflections winners . What a wonderful way to represent Huntersville Elementary and the 5th grade on the state level. Way to go Mia! Keep up the good work!

Tina Hipp, Reflections Contest Chair

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