February 18, 2019


Teachers will be sending home appointment times this Friday, Feb. 22, for parents to conference with them the week of March 19-22.  Please return the confirmation sheet promptly. 

We value these important meetings.  



   Regarding classroom lessons, I have been working with 3rd-5th grade on Career Exploration and KDG-2nd on Feelings and Empathy. Career Exploration groups learned about 6 different career clusters: Human Services, Communication Arts, Business Services, Agricultural Sciences, Technical Sciences and Health Sciences. The students took a Career Interest Survey followed by rotating stations where they learned about each career cluster. Feelings and Empathy groups learned about how they can "read" a face, just like a book for clues on identifying how someone might be feeling. Students work in small groups to complete activities such as: feeling identification puzzles, building faces in Play-Doh, and matching exercises.        As the semester progresses, the classroom group topics that will be addressed are test taking strategies and friendship.


   On several occasions this semester, we have encountered students misusing the internet, texting and social media outside of school that has carried into school, impacting students learning.

  Here are some tips on internet safety, texting and social media accounts:

  • If you allow your child(ren) to have an account of some sort, set up the account together. By creating this together, you can walk them through the basics of safe and appropriate online behavior. As an added safety measure, it is a good idea to check the user agreements and terms of use. Most social media services set a minimum age of 13. It is always a good idea to check and make sure you are comfortable allowing your child(ren) to have an account after reviewing the terms.
  • If you wouldn't let your child(ren) go on an unsupervised play date, don't let them go online by themselves. The social skills they have (or don't have) in real life are the same ones they have online.
    Set time limits. Kids learn social skills through play and interactions with others. By minimizing time online and maximizing interactions with others, you are setting them up for success.
    If you are paying for the phone, you have every right to look through text messages, social media accounts, internet usage, etc.
  • Additionally, teach your child(ren) that if they wouldn't say it in real life, don't say it online.

Ms. Maddie Riordan

Student Services Coordinator


February 18 to 22 - Box Top Challenge Week

March 4 - Arni's Dine Out Night

March 18 to 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences

                            Spring Book Fair

March 25 to 29 - Spring Break

April 10 - Kindergarten Roundup - details to be advertised soon

May 10 - Pawlooza - PTO Family Fun Night

May 17 - Young Authors Day

May 28 - Last Day for Students (extended due to missed days Jan. 30 & 31)


Order forms for the 2018-2019 Hershey Yearbook will be sent home with students today.  The cost is $13.00.  Orders are due by Friday, March 1.


Online ordering is also available at:

www.ybpay.lifetouch.com             Yearbook ID Code: 11159719


Hershey students, staff and parents are fortunate to have an active PTO.  

Upcoming PTO Sponsored Events:

Hershey PTO Non-Fundraiser Fundraiser (Feb. 14-28) - Hershey PTO is asking for your help to support contributions to Hershey playground repairs/upgrades, provide funds for field trips, give teacher stipends, fulfill classroom grants, and much more.


Panther Paint Party; Sunday, Feb. 24th, 2-3:30pm - Parent/Child paint together!

Register at www.artwithahappyheart.com. 


Dine Out Night at Arni's March, Mar. 4th, 5-9pm - Market Square location only! Be sure to bring the flyer.


Book Fair, March 19-22.   To volunteer: https://volunteersignup.org/EEXQM


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