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Read Principal's October 22 Message

Dear Hance RAM Families!
We are excited to announce that we have a new front office secretary joining us full-time this week.  
 
Mrs. Mary Brennan will be the new attendance secretary in the front office. Please send correspondence to Mrs. Brennan (mbrennan@pinerichland.org) and cc Ms. Snee (ksnee@pinerichland.org) regarding absences and dismissal along with your child(ren)s classroom teacher.  
 
  • If you have an early dismissal, please log it in the Community Web Portal for Sapphire and email the classroom teacher.
  • If your child was tardy or absent, please log it in the Community Web portal for Sapphire.
  • If you have an upcoming trip and need to fill out the travel form, please complete the documentation in the Community Web Portal for Sapphire and inform your child’s teacher.
  • If your child is a car rider at dismissal, please fill in your child’s monthly calendar and keep the teacher informed of any changes.
  • Please remain in your vehicle and in the car rider line at dismissal. Only parents and/or guardians of walkers should gather on the sidewalk near the entrance during pm car riders.
 
If you are ever in need of a new orange sheet for afternoon dismissal with your child’s driveline number and name, please email the front office (mbrennan@pinerichland.org and/or ksnee@pinerichland.org).
Volunteer Opportunity!
Hance Elementary is offering a daily opportunity for volunteers to come to the school between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to help out in the cafeteria! We are looking for parent volunteers to be our cafeteria hostesses. Volunteers would assist students in choosing their line to get lunch (hot or cold) and ensure they continue to move smoothly and efficiently in the line to maximize time for students to eat. If you are interested in helping the school and having the opportunity to work with kids in a safe environment, please sign up for days using the signup link below. The opportunity is daily and can be filled by anyone who wants to sign up. Once a slot is filled, feel free to look for other days that may work for your schedule. First come, first serve! Reach out to Dr. Kuzilla via email with questions! 
Halloween 2021!
In an effort to provide students with a memorable experience for Halloween, we have designed a safe way to allow students and their classmates to celebrate with both a parade and classroom party. Students may wear fall- or Halloween-themed costumes to school on their designated parade and celebration day (Thursday, October 28). Please be mindful that your child will wear this for the entire school day and will be attending class to learn content during the morning hours.   
 
Costume Guidelines:
  • Costume-only masks are not permitted per CDC guidelines.  
  • Student face coverings (regular CDC-approved masks or face coverings) will serve as the students “masks.” 
  • No weapons or weapon lookalikes should be sent in with costumes.  
  • Please plan for costumes that can be taken on or off independently so that students can perform essential daily living functions independently (Ex: using the restroom). Students will not be leveraging the bathrooms to change clothes as they will be worn during the school day and its entirety.
  • No blow-up costumes will be permitted.
  • Please practice putting the costume on with your child prior to October 28 so that they know how to manage their school day while wearing their costume or fall attire.
  • Please consider costumes that do not have multiple snaps, zippers or ties.
 
Party & Parade Details
Students will parade around the walking track, weather permitting, or in the hallways of the building if it rains. Guests are invited to the outdoor parade as long as weather permits. Guests will not be permitted indoors if the parade has to occur in the hallways due to the inability to physically space everyone out safely. We will record the parade regardless if it is indoor or outdoor and release the recording for families to watch the parade on Friday, October 29. Regardless of weather, parties hosted by the homeroom coordinator will occur at 2:45 p.m.
 
Weather permitting, we will open the gates around the outdoor track for people to spread out on the grass inside and outside the track for the parade starting at 12:50 p.m. Please watch the weather conditions and your email the day of the event (October 28) for the parade status of indoors or outdoors.  
 
One parent facilitating the classroom party will be permitted beginning at 2:40 p.m. and must remain in the six foot teacher zone. Only approved PTO party helpers will be admitted into the building.
 
Please refrain from sending treats or other items for students. These will not be distributed to other students or classes. 
 
Parade Schedule 
  • 10:45-11:00 - K AM Parade (party to follow at 11 a.m.)
  • 1:00-1:20 - Grade 1 Parade 
  • 1:25-1:45 - K PM Parade 
  • 1:50 - 2:10 - Grade 2 Parade
  • 2:15-2:35 - Grade 3 Parade
  • 2:45-3:30 K PM & Grades 1-3 Classrooms Parties facilitated by homeroom parent (1 parent per room and no other guests)
 
In the event of rain, students walk the halls in the building by grade level and spectators will not be invited in due to physical spacing. In both cases, the event is taped using a Go Pro or other camera and then released on Friday, October 29, to families to watch.
 
Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times. We appreciate your cooperation in advance!
 
Respectfully,
 
Greta Kuzilla
 
A Spot of Happiness
One of our morning announcements reminders this year is always tied to our RAMS Way initiative and connects to an aspect of social and emotional learning. 
 
This month we are focusing on a “Spot of Happiness” inspired by the book series. Please feel free to connect this at home to your child and ask them what is growing their spot of happiness! We will continue to focus on different emotions and tie them to being respectful, accountable, motivated and safe over the course of the entire school year.