Hello Hassayampa Families!
Thank you for responding to our surveys and communicating the needs of your children and your families with us. I appreciate the difficulty that families have had to face in making decisions regarding their children’s education. We are excited to have students return to in-person learning! Although we are on Fall Break, we have much to finalize for our October 19 reopening! To return and remain open, your support is needed. We have many new protocols and changes around our campus. For our full reopening plan, please visit the District website: https://www.wickenburgschools.org/domain/2272.
Each day, our gates will open at 7:30 a.m. Students will be directed to enter through the cafeteria. An opportunity will be provided to either eat breakfast or go directly to classrooms. Student learning begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. At Hassayampa, we have a unique opportunity to reduce class sizes by utilizing the talents of all staff members. Our special area teachers will be working alongside our grade level teachers to provide grade level instruction. This change allows us to create small classes which will allow for social distancing within classrooms, which means masks may be removed while in the classrooms. During the day, students will primarily be with one teacher and one group of students. As our special area teachers will be teaching grade level content, specials will be facilitated remotely and with support staff. All students will have breaks throughout the day including recesses. We are planning for outside instruction when possible. Things are going to look differently, but we know that this plan will help us lower our risks with COVID-19. A video to welcome students and provide an overview of what to expect has been shared with families. If you did not receive the video, please check your junk inbox then call the office to make sure we have up-to-date contact information.
We have had a lot of information go out over the last few weeks. I hope that I’ve been able to provide you with key information to help prepare for October, 19. If questions arise, please reach out.
Thank you for your support through these challenging times.
Principal, Hassayampa Elementary School
Here on our news page we will keep you posted on all upcoming events and activities. Check back often for any new developments!
Galileo Benchmark Assessments
During the first week in September, third through fifth grade students took their Galileo Benchmark tests for math and English Language Arts. To better understand the purpose of this test, the District created this video - click on the link Benchmark Testing.
In November, we will once again complete Galileo Benchmarks. The data gathered will assist teachers in designing lessons that best meet the needs of students.
School Supplies for the 2020-2021
Please don't be concerned if you are unable to get all of the school supplies. There is help available through the school. Notify your child's teacher or the school counselor for assistance. Also, consider creating a supply box for the home in the event there are temprorary closures which would require remote learning .
Communication is essential! We encourage all parents to reach out to their child’s teacher with questions and concerns as we continue to strive for academic excellence. You will find teachers’ email addresses right here on our school website. Many families enjoy the convenience of using Class Dojo for communication as well. Keep in mind that Class Dojo doesn’t necessarily alert the teacher when a message has come through. If there is a delay in communication, please contact the teacher through the school email.
It is important that the schools have your current contact information - email & phone. Please contact the school office to provide updates.
We are in this together!
Students need to be on time and ready for school each morning! It is important to establish routines to reduce morning chaos. We recommend the following, but figure out what works for you and your family.
- Lay out clean clothes, underwear, socks, and face covering.
- Organize backpack and have it ready.
- Put a jacket with your backpack if needed.
- Brush teeth.
- Shower or bath with soap! (This can be in the morning)
- Read a bedtime story.
- Shower or bath, if not done the night before.
- Brush teeth.
- Brush hair.
- Put on clean clothes, underwear, and socks.
- Eat breakfast. (if eating school breakfast, arrive at 7:45)
- Get backpack and face covering.
- Arrive at school BEFORE 8 am. Classwork starts at 8:00.
Thank you for your help in starting the day right!
A Note from the Health Station
IF SICK, STAY HOME!
We have to be certain that students who are ill stay home. If your child is running a fever, he/she may not return to school until he/she is fever free without medication for 24 hours.
According to the Maricopa County Dept of Public Health, more than half of elementary aged children report fever &/or headache. Fevers are the most common in preschool aged children.
If your child is ill and must miss school, please give us a call to let us know - 928-684-6750.
Should your child become sick while at school, you will be called to pick your child up. Make sure you are avilable or that you have a Plan B if you aren't availble. Be prepared, this is an atypical school year!
Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
As we plan for reopening, it is very important that all families are prepared and understand the safety measures in place for our parking lot. Thank you for taking the time to review this information.
The student drop off in the morning is the parking lot in front of the stairs to the school. A staff member will be our greeter. A staff member will be on duty at 7:30 a.m. This is a TEMPORARY change do to the current pandemic situation. Please do not drop your child off until you see someone on duty. For longer stops, please park and walk your child to the sidewalk. We do not permit students in the parking lot without an adult. For those times that you may need to be somewhere early, please make arrangements for your child to either ride the bus or be taken to school by someone else. As part of our reopening plan, visitors will not be permitted in the building. For the FIRST week only, kindergarten parents will be permitted to enter through a designated entry. These parents will only be permitted to drop off their own kindergarten children.
In the afternoon, parents may wait in line for their child to be sent to their car or park in the lot and wait for students at the gate. Again, we do not permit students in the parking lot unless escorted by an adult. Please do not call your child from the car as we will not allow him/her to enter the lot. This is for your child’s safety. Please follow the traffic flow through the parking lot and be courteous to drivers and pedestrians. Kindergarten students are the first to exit the building, and will come down the ramp. A staff member will be on duty at the ramp gate. No visitors will be permitted beyond the gate. Please let the supervisor know which child is yours. Supervisors may ask for identification.
Check out our newsletters to stay up-to-date with what's happening at Hassayampa! If you would like to receive the newsletter electronically, please contact the school office.
- Coyote Den December 2020
- Coyote Den November 2020
- Coyote Den October 2020
- Coyote Den Sept #3 2020
- Coyote Den Sept #2 2020
- Coyote Den Sept 2020
- Coyote Den Aug 2020
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During this time of Remote Learning, we are incredibly thankful that Hassayampa had an adequate supply of Chromebooks to supply our families with students working from home.
As we reopen, it is very important that all of our Chromebooks get returned! If you missed the collection on October 8 & 9, please bring your borrowed Chromebooks in during the week of the 19.
When these return to the building, we will have one-to-one Chromebooks available in most of our classrooms. These Chromebooks have been paid for by a variety of grants as well as through our Tax Credit funds. We are grateful to our generous community for supporting us in this way!
Thank you for your support!