Silver Hill Elementary School

 

  • Poster Contest

    1/5/21

    Afternoon Jaguar families,

    Hope everyone’s week has gotten off to a great start!  I wanted to share the below information I just received from Haverhill Promise to make sure you were aware of this great opportunity!

    The contest is open to students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade and entries are due by January 14th. All the details can be found in the website at haverhillpromise.com/postercontest.

    We will be selecting one winner from each participating school whose poster will be printed and displayed at their school, and 4 city-wide winners (1 each from Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th) who will win a $100 gift card and have their poster design printed and displayed around the city as well as on HC Media’s digital billboard downtown.

    This is a great way for your students’ artwork to be celebrated city-wide, and to keep students and their families talking about the importance of School Every Day, No Matter Which Way! 

    Thanks for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions,

    Jenny Arndt
    Campaign Director, Haverhill Promise

    Poster Design Contest (1).pdf
  • January 4, 2021

    Jaguar Families,

    So long 2020 … 2021 is finally here – we did it.  I hope you all had a restful and relaxing break.  I can honestly say that this was the first time in a long time, I was totally unplugged.  No Facebook, no Twitter, no emails, no laptop. It felt amazing and it was needed.  Now that my personal battery is charged and my laptop battery is slowly charging, I want to fill you in on what’s going on this week at Silver Hill. 

    The following is information from Dr. Marotta and the Haverhill School Committee pertaining to the increase in Covid 19 numbers and the return to in person learning.  

    “As you probably know, the rate of COVID-19 infection in our community and throughout our country continues to climb. As of last week, Haverhill was currently at an 11.2% COVID-19 testing positivity rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) indicators and thresholds for risk of transmission of COVID-19 in schools, this places our community at the highest risk level for transmission. Even more concerningly, as we listen to the media and the experts, we hear that infection rates are likely to climb in the short term due to the holidays.  Knowing that Haverhill’s rate of illness was climbing, the School Committee called a meeting last week to discuss and review information related to our return to in-person learning.

    At the meeting, the following  revision in our learning plan for the weeks after winter break was approved. The return to school plan is as follows:

    • Monday, January 4, 2021 – Remote Learning All Cohorts 
    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Cohort C PreK–12: In-person Learning (others continue remote) 
    • Monday, January 25, 2021 – Cohort A & B K–8: Hybrid Learning (HHS continues remote) 
    • Monday, February 1, 2021 – Haverhill High School Hybrid Learning
    • Remote Learning Academy will continue as scheduled”

    1/5/21 –  Conferences/Times 

    This year, parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually via Google Meet on January 5th, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will be receiving emails from your child’s teacher(s) with information about signing up- ( if you haven’t already). Once you have received an appointment link from your child’s teacher(s), you can use those links to sign up for meeting times. 

    Please note, that to accommodate as many families as possible, meetings will only be five minutes in length. If you wish to schedule a longer meeting to discuss your child’s progress, please reach out to that teacher individually to set up an alternate meeting time. 

    How-To Video

    IT issues

    All IT related issues please reach out to our superstars Mrs. Richard- crichard@haverhill-ps.org and Mrs. Zylkuski- lzylkuski@haverhill-ps.org.  They have been our go to ladies for the trouble shooting concerns that have popped up.  

    F & P / Letterland Assessments

    F&P reading assessment and letterland assessments will be conducted remotely over the course of the next few weeks.  Please reach out to our literacy coach Ms. Todd if you have any questions regarding these assessments- Jessica.Todd@Haverhill-ps.org

    Nurse Notes:

    Vaccines: Update in state policy

    The deadline for Massachusetts school students to receive a flu shot has been extended. Flu shots that are required for all students in Massachusetts schools, from child care through colleges, the Department of Public Health announced earlier this year. Students older than 6 months will have to be vaccinated by Feb. 28, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. The original date was Dec. 31.  New students entering school before March 31, 2021 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season for entry.  Students who are home-schooled are exempt from the policy, but health officials said students at elementary and secondary schools that are using a remote learning model are not exempt. 

    Please send proof of immunization to kfetty@haverhill-ps.org

    If you did some cleaning during the winter break, Nurse Fetty kfetty@haverhill-ps.org would greatly appreciate any donations of gently used pants (size 5T and up).  They can be dropped off at the school during school hours. Thank you in advance for this. 

    No school -1/19/21- Civil rights day

    Thank you and as always, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Gray and myself at any time.  

    -Mr. Parker 
    Asst. Principal

  • Attendance Winter Contest

    December 26, 2020

    Jaguar Families

    To encourage students to attend school daily, whether remote or in-person, Haverhill Public Schools has created an Attendance Department Winter 2021 Contest.   To be entered into the drawing, students will be required to attend school daily between January 4th and February 12, 2021.   All students, whether, remote or in-person are eligible.  Silver Hill Elementary School will have 2 prizes to hand out to the winners of the contest.  Continue attending school young Jaguars to learn and be a winner in our contest!” 

  • 12/23/20

    Jaguar Families,

    Report Card Information

    As you know from my previous emails, grades closed last week and the students are receiving report cards today.  The Haverhill Public Schools has created a portal link video to help with the access to your child’s report cards. You should have received an email from Schoolbrains@haverhill-ps.org with your portal login information when your student started school in the district.  If you are having trouble or difficulties, please reach out to portal support via email: Portalsupport@haverhill-ps.org

    Please have the following included in any email to Portal Support:

    • Full Name
    • Full name of child(ren)
    • Full email address (be sure to contact Portal Support from this same email)
    • Your child(ren)’s Grade Level(s) and School(s)
    • Detailed explanation of issue

    K – 4 Information

    The report cards are going to look similar to last year’s paper copy except they will be online via school brains.   In the link below, please find additional information on the district’s reading assessment. 

    Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System information

    Grade 5 Report Card Changes

    For the 2020/2021 school year, the 5th grade reports cards will look different than in previous years.  To maintain uniformity across the district, Silver Hill will be using a letter grade report card system for fifth graders.  We understand this is a difficult time for families as well as students and educators. Please bear with us as this is the first time we are implementing this new system of report cards. We are more than happy to do our best to accommodate any issues you may have. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions. 

    Conferences/Times

    This year, parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually via Google Meet on January 5th, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 PM. You will be receiving emails from your child’s teacher(s) with information about signing up. Once you have received an appointment link from your child’s teacher(s), you can use those links to sign up for meeting times. 

    Please use the following steps to register for an appointment. How-To Video

    1. In the email you received, click the appointment link provided. This will open up a Google Calendar appointment page. 
    2. Once in the calendar, if necessary, scroll over to Tuesday, January 5th, to see available appointment slots. 
    3. Click on the appointment slot that you want to register for. 
    4. A box will appear where you should indicate the following information: your name, your child’s name, and if you require any translation services. 
    5. Click “Save” to ensure that your spot is reserved. This will also generate an email to you and the teacher that will include a Google Meet link to be used the night of parent/teacher conferences. 

    Please note, that to accommodate as many families as possible, meetings will only be five minutes in length. If you wish to schedule a longer meeting to discuss your child’s progress, please reach out to that teacher individually to set up an alternate meeting time. 

    I hope this helps.  

    -Mr. Parker 
    Asst. Principal

  • 12/20/20-12/26/20

    Jaguar families,

    We did it.  The last week of our 2020 school year… What a tricky one.  We have almost survived a pandemic, learned about google classroom and remote learning, discovered how teachers are great at juggling in person and remote students, found out how much a pain masks are to wear, understood how far 6 feet is and have become a lot closer to our immediate family.  The children have learned a great deal about themselves.  They have learned what learning style is best for them, where a quiet place at home is, how important it is to mute yourself and that logging in can literally change your life. Please take a min and truly find the good in this year. With all the negativity looming around us, please reflect on your resilience, your patience and most of all the sacrifice we all have made throughout this challenging year. Mr. Gray and I would like to personally thank you for the support and dedication you have shown to us in 2020.  We can only hope our amazing school community continues to become the best part of coming to work each and every day. 

    As of last week’s School Committee meeting, the current learning model will continue until 1/4/21 not 1/14/21 as previously stated – unless… it changes again, when it gets voted on at the 12/29/20 SC meeting.  Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  Stay tuned…

    Nurse Notes:

    Vaccines:

    The flu vaccine is mandatory as of Dec. 31, 2020 for all students.  As of Jan 1, the state mandates students may be excluded from returning to school unless they have proof of vaccination. Please send proof of immunization to kfetty@haverhill-ps.org

    https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre

    If you were planning to do some cleaning during the winter break, Nurse Fetty kfetty@haverhill-ps.org would greatly appreciate any donations of gently used pants (size 5T and up).  They can be dropped off at the school during school hours. Thank you in advance for this. 

    Other Dates and info…

    First day of winter – Monday, 12/21 

    1/2 day and Report cards issued – Wednesday, 12/23

    Winter break: 12/23/20 – 1/4/21

    Thank you and have a safe and Happy Holiday season.  Now let’s bring on 2021… 

    Mr. Parker
    Asst. Principal

  • Friday, December 18, 2020

    Good morning,

    Due to the weather, road conditions and predicted overnight frigid temperatures, the Haverhill Public Schools will be following our Full Remote model today (Friday, 12/18/2020).  Students should log on at their scheduled start time.

    Food sites at Hunking, Nettle, JG Whittier, Consentino, Tilton Upper, Tilton Lower and YMCA will be operating between 11 – 1.  The HHS food site will operate from 3-4.  All children in Haverhill regardless of what school they attend are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at any of our sites.

    Thank you and have a great day.

  • 12/13/20 – 12/19/20

    Good evening Jaguar families,

    As the year is winding down, Week two of our Cohort C students has been going well.  With only about 35 students in the building, it is a little tricky but they are getting in the groove quite nicely. As much as we want to have the entire bunch of students in, the School Committee voted to keep our current learning model to keep everyone safe.  The current learning model will continue until just after Martin Luther King Day – unless decided otherwise at the 1/14/21 SC meeting.  I know this seems like a long time but it is actually only 17 school days.

    Nurse Notes:

    Vaccines:

    The flu vaccine is mandatory as of Dec. 31, 2020 for all students.  As of Jan 1, the state mandates students may be excluded from returning to school unless they have proof of vaccination.

    https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre

    If you were planning to do some cleaning during the winter break, Nurse Fetty would greatly appreciate any donations of gently used pants (size 5T and up).  They can be dropped off at the school during school hours. Thank you in advance for this. 
     

    Dates and info…

    Picture Retake Days – RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH – We had it scheduled for next week but it’s bumped out as of now.  We will keep you posted.

    12/16 – PTO Pizza night at The Pizza Place, 2 Lafayette Square. Silver Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales!

    Spirit week is this week of 12/13-12/19 

    12/14 – “MisMatched” Monday”
    12/15 – “Tye-Dye” Tuesday
    12/16 – “Waacky Wednesday” (Hats and Hair)
    12/17 – “Teacher” Thursday (dress like a school staff member)
    12/18 – “Fun” Friday. (Pajamas)

    We would love to see all of you at home participating and sharing your photos of your school spirit. Please email your pictures to Mrs. Richard (crichard@haverhill-ps.org) and share on our Facebook PTO page @SilverHill PTO.

    12/15- Marks close

    12/21- First day of winter

    12/23- 1/2 day and Report cards issued

    Mr. Parker
    Asst. Principal

  • SPIRIT WEEK!

    12/14 – “MisMatched” Monday”
    12/15 – “Tye-Dye” Tuesday
    12/16 – “Waaaacky Wednesday” (Hats and Hair)
    12/17 – “Teacher” Thursday (dress like a school staff member)
    12/18 – “Fun” Friday (Pajamas)

    Next Monday, 12/14, is our next PTO Meeting via Zoom at 6PM. Please look in our announcements section of the FB page for the meeting details to join us.

    Marks close Tuesday, 12/15. This is just my own PSA: If you are able, please review any missed work on students’ Google Classroom pages to see if they are caught up on their assignments to ensure nothing is missing!

    Also next week is our last restaurant night of 2020! This time we have partnered with The Pizza Place, located in Lafayette Square. They will be giving Silver Hill 15% of every order placed that day, so let’s really show our school spirit in our Waaaacky Hats and Hair and grab some grub! Their menu can be found on The Pizza Place.

  • 12/6/20-12/12/20

    Good evening Jaguar families,

    This week was a little bit tricky.   All the students going remote reminded us of last spring when the office staff were the only ones in the building.  It just wasn’t the same without seeing some of the children’s faces in the hallways again.  With that being said, our staff has been working very hard to make sure the instruction has been well thought-out and the students are getting the instruction they need. 

    With all of the changes coming from our covid-19 numbers, the district is still trying to determine the best approach for our students to say safe. With that being said,  the majority of our students are going to be going remote this coming week as well.  There is a school committee meeting this Thursday at 7:00 to determine the outcome moving forward. We will update you with info we hear and this is a live stream on Haverhill Community Television website. Stay tuned.     

    Upcoming dates and info…

    12/14 and 12/17 – Picture Retake Days:  We have this scheduled for these dates but it is still pending the School Committee’s determination of opening the schools at the meeting on the 10th. 

    12/16 – PTO Pizza night: The Pizza Place (see the attached flyer for details)

    Spirit week: Week of 12/13: Get those creative juices flowing.

    12/14 – “MisMatched” Monday”
    12/15 – “Tye-Dye” Tuesday
    12/16 – “Waaaacky Wednesday” (Hats and Hair)
    12/17 – “Teacher” Thursday (dress like a school staff member)
    12/18 – “Fun” Friday (Pajamas)

    Marks close 12/15

    12/21 First day of winter

    12/23- 1/2 day and Report cards issued 

    Technology information:

    We just wanted to keep you informed that when a student needs to return or swap out a Chromebook that the power cord needs to be returned with it. The district wide IT department is now applying charges to families for missing and/or damaged equipment.  It is becoming harder and harder for us to order extra  equipment for students that need it. Also, many students are returning damaged Chromebooks.  Families are now being invoiced between $160-$200 for Chromebook damages and other monetary amounts for missing power cords.

    I would encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to get the HPS Device Usage Policy signed and send in the associated $20 equipment insurance for your cherub’s device.  I have done it with my own children at home. This is going to save you money in the long run if something happens.   Please turn it into the school office as soon as possible. 
     

    Don’t forget…FLU SHOTS:

    The flu vaccine is mandatory as of Dec. 31, 2020. Please send in proof of vaccination to the nurse as soon as possible. kfetty@haverhill-ps.org 

    Here is some awesome info from Ms. Todd our Literacy Coach

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1St4og7L3AN4OpPxQYh63reovw5gQ1Ees/view?usp=sharing

    and

    Literacy Newsletter….

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1emzTbWWqZU_P9LrraOpJdng8-mfZpTgq9pECGdn5Pk0/edit?usp=sharing

    Hope you all had a great weekend and stay safe…

    Mr. Parker 
    Asst. Principal

  • December ST Math Challenge

    Exciting News! ST Math December Challenge!

    In order to encourage participation in our ST Math program, we are implementing a December Puzzle Challenge for all participating schools. The top class for minutes and puzzles completed will be recognized as well as the top three individuals for puzzles completed!  Prizes will be delivered after December break.  Reach out to Math Coaches or myself with any questions!  Students should be logging on to ST Math everyday!!

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