August 2, 2018

Dear Hunnewell Parents,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer vacation with family and friends. I am excited to welcome you all back for the 2018-19 school year!

Again, the district maintains its commitment to environmental friendly practices, so most communication will be paperless. The PTO and and I will be using Hunnewell Happenings, email blasts and School Messenger to communicate time sensitive information. After school opens  there will also be a Backpack Express Folder on the Hunnewell web site that will be the source for other fliers that have traditionally gone home in backpacks. As in past years, Hunnewell Happenings, our PTO communication site, will also contain links to important events, invitations, etc. If you are a new family to Hunnewell and are not yet signed up to receive Hunnewell Happenings, please contact Lara Cohen at communications@Hunnewellpto.org.

I want to provide a quick reminder that in order to find out your child’s classroom assignment, you must update the parent portal with emergency contact information,directory information, and other important permissions for your child/ren. The Parent Portal opens on August 6th. I have attached the letter you should have received from the district on August 1, explaining how to access the Powerschool Parent Portal. There are also training sessions available if you require additional support.

Your child/ren’s classroom teacher/s will be mailing a summer letter to you and your child/ren after every parent at that grade level has updated the Parent Portal. If you did not take advantage of ordering your child’s supply kit through the PTO and you want to avoid long lines at the end of August, you can find grade-level supply lists on the Hunnewell web site in the Back to School Packet.

Hunnewell is a strong and caring community, and one of the things that the teachers at Hunnewell do so well is to use the first six weeks of school to build trusting relationships with you and your child. They also devote the lion’s share of their time and energy to establishing routines and expectations. In order for the teachers to support children socially, emotionally, and academically, it is imperative for the teachers to build a trusting relationship with each child and a classroom community that deeply respects and appreciates each and every one of its members. When a child feels safe to take risks, explore passions, and face challenges with their peers and teacher, that child’s confidence and curiosity will soar and learning will happen exponentially.

To provide context for new families and to highlight again for all families, each classroom is part of our larger Hunnewell culture, which is guided by our C.A.R.E. values. Community, Acceptance, Respect, and Effort towards Excellence are words that define the way we do business as a school and the way we treat each other. Whether a new or returning Hunnewell family, I am confident that you will feel the warmth, compassion, and energy these values generate in order to create a community committed to developing lifelong relationships and a passion for lifelong learning.

Sincerely,

Ellen

WPS SY 18-19 Back to School Letter 


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