A Word from Mr. Ruppenthal

And in the blink of an eye the holiday season is upon us! Elementary schools are fun places to be during this time of year. As the winter break approaches the excitement and anticipation felt by the children becomes more and more palpable.  All of the holiday related “happenings” in our school adds to the joy of the season. I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. The expectations are tempered and the focus is on being together with family and friends and expressing gratitude. We are indeed thankful for your children. They are why we are here! It is our honor and pleasure to help them learn and grow. In keeping with this expression of gratitude for our kids I’ve attached a list of 22 Positive Things to Say to Your Kids This Week. This list can be a great thing to glance at when you are feeling frustrated with your children which is bound to happen during this hectic time of year!

HES Holiday Shoppe is Coming!

Monday, Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 8
7:30-8:00 every morning
10:30-1:30 (during lunch and recess with teacher’s permission)

Imagine your child’s delight when he/she surprises you with a secretly chosen gift! Gifts range in price from $0.50 to $20.00 with most items between $2.00 and $5.00.  PTA “elves” have shopped and selected hundreds of popular and useful items with quality in mind.  Students are assisted in budgeting their money and encouraged to choose thoughtful presents while being allowed to make decisions on what they think are appropriate gifts for their family and friends.  Educators and parents recognize this independent shopping experience as an educational opportunity as well as a fun and unforgettable event.  A flyer was sent home in the Thursday folders.  Extra copies are on the Welcome Desk.  Please help your children fill out the Gift List envelope to indicate who they will be shopping for and how much money they should spend per person.  Bring the completed envelope with cash or check inside when they are ready to shop.  ($5.00 NSF fee applies for all returned checks.) Only those students with shopping lists/money will be able to attend the Holiday Shop.  Parent volunteers help students choose, pay for and wrap their gifts.

To volunteer, please go to  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845a5aa2da5fb6-hesholiday

Staff Appreciation Cookie Walk

HES COOKIE WALK

Calling all bakers!!!!

Please help us welcome the holiday season in with a Cookie Walk for our fantastic HES Staff and Teachers on Friday, December 15th.  This is one of their favorite events of the year. We are requesting that each volunteer makes 4 dozen cookies. Please drop off your cookies in the teachers lounge in a recyclable container labeled with the cookie type. We will have nice platters to place the cookies on.  Thank you in advance for helping make our HES staff feel loved.

Please click on the sign up link if you are interested in helping. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0d4fa4ab2aa6fe3-hescookie1 

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.

Yearbook Pictures

YEARBOOK PICTURES

ATTENTION PARENTS!

If you have any pictures of your children during school functions and would like them to be included in the yearbook, please send them to yearbook committee at HESYearbookBulldogs4Life@gmail.com.

Feel free to send any you have to that email address throughout the year! Keep in mind, shots that are not zoomed in have better quality. And yes, you can send pictures from your phone!

Tutoring Opportunities

TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES

Calling all parents, grandparents, high school friends, middle school students or anyone looking to help make a difference! Please consider tutoring our students on a weekly basis!   We have several opportunities:

Amigos de Buddy after school program

Amigos de Buddy began on Monday, September 25.  We meet with the children every Monday and Tuesday and tutor from 3:15-4:30. We are looking for volunteers interested in committing to tutoring a student on a regular weekly basis. If you are interested in helping please email Rosemary Klein at klein924@earthlink.net or Mrs. Hayes at Jenniferp.hayes@cms.k12.nc.us

Northstar Learning

Work one on one with the same student every week for 30-45 minutes, during school hours. Materials will be provided. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Staton at Shannon.staton@cms.k12.nc.us

Student Volunteers

Middle school students can earn volunteer hours by volunteering in the classrooms in the mornings from 7:30-8:30am before heading to middle school. If you are interested in helping please email Mrs. Ennis at stephanie.ennis@cms.k12.nc.us

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 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

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!

Be There Dad

BE THERE DAD

HES HEROES – Be There Dad Committee

Huntersville Elementary is excited to have a “Be There Dad” chapter back this year. http://betheredad.org We are called the H.E.R.O.E.S. of HES. If you are a dad interested in being a HERO or for more information on our HEROES program, please contact Willie Hester at wehester@gmail.com

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.

PTA Member Discounts

Are you a Member of the HES PTA?

Check out some of these great discounts for members HERE!

Shoparoo

shoparoo         A Way to Help HES Raise Money

This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! This is Huntersville Elementary School’s 2nd year to participate. We have over 114 supporters this year and have already earned over $100!

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts – shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code
4. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions! 4th grade is currently in the lead!

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo – the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out www.shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app! Just ask Angela Williams, Kelli Baucom, and Trisha Coffman – they are our top HES Shoparoo Supporters!

Thank you for your support!
Huntersville Elementary School PTA

National PTA School of Excellence!

National PTA Names Huntersville Elementary School
a 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence!

We are very excited to announce that Huntersville Elementary School has been named a National PTA School of Excellence! As a National PTA School of Excellence, HES made significant progress to welcome and empower families to support student success and school improvements during the course of the 2014-2015 school year.

HES joins an elite group of schools recognized by the National PTA for its partnership with families through PTA to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

For more information about this recognition, please see the attached letter.
School of Excellence Letter

HES Ranked 9th!!

Check out this link!  HES was ranked 9th out of over 300 schools in North Carolina!  Go Bulldogs!!