Hebron Elementary – Mr. Jason M. Woebkenberg, Principal – September, 2008 Principal’s Corner Dear Hebron Family, We are now finished with the first half of the ISTEP testing for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Testing will continue next week. Please continue to make sure your child gets to bed early and eats breakfast. The best advice you can give your child is to encourage them to relax and do their best. I am sure our students will do well on this important state assessment. We will send home more testing information later as we learn the details of the new spring testing that will be given for the first time this year. Many of you may not have heard that Hebron is one of schools participating with the Coordinated School Health Grant, also known as the Wellness Grant. I am excited about this opportunity for our school, as we focus on living a healthier lifestyle by making good food choices and being physically active. We are just starting this process, so you will hear more about our healthy focus as the year progresses. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about our school. Sincerely, Mr. Woebkenberg, Principal ISTEP Testing Continues next week Grades 3, 4 and 5 only Attendance, a healthy breakfast, and good sleep habits are very important during this testing period. Please help us by not scheduling Doctor or Dentist appointments next week. New Faces – New Positions Hebron is continuing to grow. We now have over 740 students! As a result, we have added several new employees. Please welcome: Mrs. Walden – Art Teacher Mrs. Baer – ESL Teacher Mrs. Duncan – First Grade Assistant Ms. Seaton – Student Teacher with Mrs. R. Marshall Ms. Wheatley – Student Teacher with Mrs. Sturgeon Ms. Johnson – Student Teacher with Ms. Morris Ms. Jackson – Cafeteria Staff Ms. West – Cafeteria Staff Ms. Prosser – Day Care Staff Fire Prevention Poster Winners Congratulations to the following students who won an award in the Evansville Fire Department‟s Fire Prevention Poster contest. They will receive awards at the school on 9/29! LaKayla Crowe – Mrs. Parker‟s room Alyissa Hawkins-Ms. Marshall‟s room Abby Grillo-Dr. Brown‟s room Danielle Johnston-Mrs. Schultz‟s room We‟re so proud of you! DON’T FORGET PICTURE DAY OCTOBER 16, 2008 Day Care Waiting List Because of our high enrollment, we are no longer able to accept new students into our after-school day care program. We have to adhere to daycare provider guidelines regarding the staff to student ratio. Mrs. Spalding, our coordinator, is using a waiting list for interested families. We are still looking for additional afternoon Day Care Staff. If you know any interested individuals, please have them contact us at 4778915. FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT!! Come join in the fun at the Koch Family Children‟s Museum of Evansville every 1st Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Admission to cMoe is free and sponsored by St. Mary‟s Hospital. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP for caregivers of children with social, academic, and developmental concerns every 3rd Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. On September 18th, the guest speaker will be: Nina Fuller, author of Special Strength for Special Parents. Child care is not provided. For additional information, contact Kim Mann, Family Advocate at St. Mary‟s Center for Children at (812) 485-7397 Parent Teacher Conferences Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 23 & 24. Students will attend school until 11:00 a.m. on those days. Only preregistered children will be able to come to Day Care on those days. For further information, call Mrs. Spalding at 474-6914. FAMILY FUN WALK is being sponsored by the YMCA on Sunday, September 21, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Wesselman‟s Park, 551 North Boeke Road. The one- mile walk is free and open to the public. Please call (812)423-9622 or (812)401-9622 to register. Hebron Planning/Recess/Lunch Schedule Gr. Teacher Plan Period 12:45-1:25 1:25-2:05 10:45-11:25 10:05-10:45 9:25-10:05 8:45-9:25 Recess Lunch Counselor’s Corner by Mrs. Carneal K 1 2 3 4 5 11:05-11:25 10:45-11:05 11:25-11:45 11:05-11:25 11:45-12:05 12:05-12:25 10:45-1:05 11:05-11:25 11:45-12:05 11:25-11:45 12:05-12:25 12:25-12:45 SHOW YOUR CHILD THE ‘BEHAVIOR-CONSEQUENCE CONNECTION’ Teach your child about the “behaviorconsequence connection.” Show how the things he/she does impact what happens to him---good or bad. A “good consequence” of studying hard might be earning better grades. And a bad consequence? The next time he “forgets” to do his homework by bedtime, set the next morning‟s alarm 30 minutes earlier. The crack of dawn work session can be his consequence for slacking off the night before. News from our Social Worker, Mrs. Schneider ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER ! Help support the Santa Clothes Club and eat a delicious dinner at Mangiano‟s (former Pasta Grille)! The cost is only $6.00 for an ALL YOU CAN EAT spaghetti, salad, bread and non-alcoholic drink. Serving begins at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. on September 23rd. Mangiano‟s is located at 7700 Eagle Crest Boulevard (Source: Ruth A. Peters, PHD, “Kid got a bad attitude?”) First Grade Field Trip TJ’s Orchard and Pumpkin Patch October 3, 2008 8:15 a.m. – Leave School (Possible Rain Date: Th., 10/9/08) First graders will be traveling to the country! They will arrive around 9:00 to walk through the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Students will see an apple sorter, an old time cider press like the one Johnny Appleseed used, and get to taste homemade apple cider! More information will be sent home at a later date. CHOIR NOTES! Choir rehearsals for both 4th and 5th grade choir began this week. Music for the holiday program was passed out and all students attending received the word sheets so they can begin memorizing the words to the songs. It is going to be a „hip-hoppin‟ show a seasonal songs. The choirs will rehearse every Tuesday (4th ) & Wednesday (5th ) morning until the program on Thursday December 11th. There will be a morning dress rehearsal and the program will be given that evening at 6:00 in the gym. This will be in conjunction with our Book Fair. Don‟t forget to have your child‟s long sleeved white shirt/blouse and black pants/skirt ready for the program. The boys will need belts and ties (holiday ones for Christmas if you like) and the girls can wear holiday pins, scarves, etc. Also, students may wear Santa/elf hats as long as they are close to the head and do not stick up to hide someone‟s face. We will keep you posted! Hacienda Gives Back On October 2, 2008, Hebron Day Care will be having a “give back” day at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant on Green River Road. This is an opportunity offered to us by Hacienda to raise some much-needed money to buy supplies for our Day Care Program. In order for us to benefit from this “give back” event, you must have a token to present to Hacienda with your purchase. Thanks for your help! Please use the coupons on the back of this newsletter or pick up additional coupons from the Day Care office. MISSOULA THEATRE With the generous support of the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union and Heritage Federal Credit Union, the Public Education Foundation is excited to bring Missoula Children’s Theatre to Evansville for the fifth year to present Rumpelstiltskin the week of November 3-8, 2008. There will be roles for 50-60 students in grades K-8. Missoula Children’s Theatre is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. A tour team will arrive in Evansville on Sunday, November 2 with set pieces, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. The team will hold an open audition on Monday, November 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Gym B at Washington Middle School (on the east end of the school.) Rehearsals will begin at 6:00 p.m. that very evening and will be held every evening that week in the auditorium at Washington Middle School. On Saturday, November 8, 2008, two performances of Rumpelstiltskin will be presented at Washington Middle School, one at 3:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices will be only $5.00, with children under 5 free. No School October 10, 2008 November 11, 2008 Notes from Nurse Jackie FOOD CHALLENGE Look for the food challenge. Each month the cafeteria will feature a food item. Challenge your friends to try the food. September‟s food item was peas. If you haven‟t tried peas try them at home. Try serving sugar snap peas raw for a healthy snack. FLOURIDE PROGRAM Fluoride forms went home with students last week. This free program will start in October as soon as the supplies come in. Children will do a monthly rinse with fluoride to help prevent cavities. WALKING CLUB The walking club is in the works and should start early October. It will be held from 7 am until 7:30 a.m. daily. Parents: if you would like to help with the walking club, talk to Nurse Jackie between 8 am and 12 noons. Ed Ease Information The EVSC “Ed Ease” system is a critical tool in keeping up with your child‟s progress in 4th and 5th grade. With your personal login information, the system can be accessed from any internetcapable computer. You can check your child‟s grades from your home, work, or any public library. Families who used the Ed Ease system last year can still log on using the same user name and password by going to evscschools.com and clicking on the “Ed Ease” icon in the lower right hand corner. Families who are new to EVSC or did not enroll last year can get the information they need by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Hebron does not have the information families need to register. Labels for Education We are once again collecting UPCs and V8 lids for Labels for Education. Please help fill the super-sized Campbell‟s Soup bin located in the front hall. New Policy Lately, we have had a lot of parents wanting their students to wait in the office for a parent to pick up (for appointments or to leave early for the day.) In the future, our policy will be to wait for the parent to arrive before calling the student from valuable class time. Please allow yourself plenty of time for the student to be called from class. Nutritional News Whole grains are unprocessed grains such as wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, and rye. The word “whole” in front of a particular grain means that the grain is in its “whole” form and thus has not been refined, which is the process that removes the bran and germ from the grain. Refining a grain makes it less healthy because it removes dietary fiber, iron, and many vitamins. So, when choosing bread products, cereals, rice, and pasta, look for the whole grain varieties because eating whole grains has been shown to reduce the risks associated with obesity, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Because food labels are very confusing when it comes to whole grains, be sure to read the ingredient list on the package to make sure the word “whole” is listed with the first ingredient (ex. whole wheat flour). Parents: Do you sometimes find yourself rushing to get through all that needs to be done in a day? Times are busy as you juggle lots of responsibilities. One important role for every parent is making sure their child is healthy. Good nutrition and physical activity are both important for good health, but often take a back seat to other responsibilities. A great way to keep on track is encourage your child to eat at school – the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs provide nutritious meals at school everyday!! PTA News THE OLYMPICS COME TO HEBRON On Friday, September 26, the PTA will hold an Olympic Sports themed dance at 6:00 p.m. If you are already a PTA member – get in free – or just sign up to be a PTA member that night! You don‟t want to miss the special activities! POPCORN PRICE INCREASE Popcorn will again be offered this year on Thursdays, starting in October. Since the price of popcorn, bags, and gas has gone up, the PTA will have to begin charging $0.50. We hope your students will continue to buy popcorn to support the PTA! Healthy whole grain items are offered during breakfast and lunch at our school. Look for whole grain toast, pizza with whole grain crust, and many other whole grain items to try in the cafeteria – you‟ll love their rich flavors, and they‟ll give a nutritious boost to your body!! DR. BERTRAM – INFORMATIONAL MEETING Next Tuesday, September 23, the PTA will be hosting an informational meeting with Dr. Bertram. He will be discussing the EVSC Strategic Plan, building projects, and financing. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Aldersgate Church. The next PTA meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Please join us! 4-H Fall Fling Calling all 3rd, 4th & 5th graders October 16, 2008 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Vanderburgh 4H Center Exposition Hall Join us for a night of fun, food, recreation & prizes. It‟s the time of year to join 4-H. Bring a friend and enjoy the fun!