--Student photos on October 22
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Family Literacy Night #1
Parents and students K-3 can attend a fun and engaging hour of interactive literacy learning with your child at the Lancaster Public Library on Tuesday, October 23 6:30-7:30pm. Enhance reading strategies at home by observing an interactive reading & think aloud, enrich your child’s listening and speaking skills and participate in a post-reading activity with your child. Paint a pumpkin using a sequencing activity and learn how to include sequencing at home! Family Literacy Nights are free of charge and offered by the Lancaster Central School District. Presented by Beth Farrar (Certified Literacy Specialist & Lancaster Educator). Call 686-3390 and register today! Seats are limited!
Dear Hillview Families,
September provided us with a perfect time to learn new routines, along with the ability to reunite with good friends at school. Parents also had a nice opportunity to visit the school, meet with teachers and learn about the curriculum at our September 20th Open House.
P.A.R.P. (Parents as Reading Partners) begins in October. P.A.R.P. serves as a great way for parents to support their child’s love of reading. Students who participate in P.A.R.P. have a chance to win a ride to school on a Bowmansville fire truck. Each month, several qualifying students are chosen randomly to participate in the “Read to Ride” Program. While on the Bowmansville fire truck, these students are escorted by firefighters and one of our lucky Hillview staff members. This motivational reading program has proudly existed at Hillview for over eleven years. In addition, Hillview educators recommend other ideas to support young learners at home: read often with your child, visit the public library and borrow a variety of fiction and non-fiction book choices. Write about the story or the informational text in a special notebook. Students can also practice math fact flash cards to enhance fact fluency and keep a math journal so that they can author real world math problems. We appreciate all the ways that parents/guardians support our students beyond the school day.
Hillview will celebrate kindness and caring on the bus with our school’s first Peace Bus Program meeting at 8:45 am on Wednesday, October 3rd. During Peace Bus meetings, students meet with their bus drivers, Hillview staff members and fellow bus riders to create goals for the bus. This initiative also promotes a positive culture, while reinforcing appropriate behaviors and safety on the school bus. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, our Gift of the Month Shout Out program celebrates friendship and teamwork in October. We acknowledge and celebrate character traits and our love for reading at our “Gift of the Month” assemblies throughout the school year. Every classroom receives a character-themed book before the assemblies, and then the entire school meets to discuss and review the character traits that were discovered in the books.
With the assistance of the Lancaster Police Department, our biennial controlled evacuation drill to Salvatore’s Italian Gardens will take place on Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 am. If the school population had to leave the school during an authentic emergency situation, this experience would prepare the students and staff members for the evacuation. The drill should conclude at around 10:40 am. Since all staff members will be participating in the controlled evacuation drill during this time, phone calls will go to voice mail, and there will be no one in the office to assist with visitor entry. Lancaster Police officers will be joining us along the evacuation route as we walk to and from Salvatore’s. In case of rain, we request that students come prepared to school that day with warm clothes, sneakers and umbrellas.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, October 17th at our Family Fall Festival and Theme Basket Raffle from 6-7:30 pm. Students can wear Halloween costumes and receive “trick or treat” prizes and/or allergy safe treats. Several food trucks will also be parked in the bus loop in case you would like to have an outdoor dinner that evening with your family. We are grateful to our PTO for organizing and hosting this fun and memorable event for our Hillview families.
Our “little free library” is located on the Pleasantview playground. It looks like a large cell phone, and it was created by Lancaster High School students last spring. It is full of fantastic book choices for the public. If you take a book, please be sure to replace it with a new or gently-used book. At Hillview, we are still collecting canned goods and toiletries for the Food Drive competition until October 19th. The food will be weighed next door at Tops on October 20th at noon. We are also still collecting new or gently-used shoes as part of a fundraiser for the LEAF until October 30th. Thank you, in advance, for your donations.
We look forward to enjoying the first full month of autumn at school!