Community First Holiday Gift Shoppe
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Hudson Middle School
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - or until supplies last
Kids in grades K - 5 can shop, in a secure environment, for inexpensive gifts for their families.
A great event for your kids!
To all our wonderful volunteers, including VIP’s, PTO, and PTA, we are thankful for all you do to support us and our students. Thanks for providing dinners, desserts, and goodie bags for Parent/Teacher conference night, facilitating the Father/Daughter Hoedown, the Reflections Art Program and being available 24/7 for all our requests. Thanks to all our McDowell families who sent in enough food to fill boxes and boxes, and for all the hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to support our Holiday Sharing Program. Please know we appreciate all your efforts, too numerous to mention, to support our staff, students and the HCSD.
12/20/13 WINTER HOLIDAY CLASSROOM PARTIES - 2:30-3:30 PM
12/23/13-1/3/14 WINTER HOLDIAY VACATION
1/6/14 CLASSES RESUME
NEW - McDOWELL SNACK PROGRAM
Effective 1/6/14, McDowell will be offering healthy snack options for our students. The healthy snacks will be at an addtiontional cost to the lunch service provided. Examples include fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice, water and a variety of portioned snack bags.
WHEN: These snacks will be offered twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday during your child's regular lunch time.
HOW: Snacks cost $.50 and will be available in the lunch line. There is a limit of two snacks per day. The students will use their prefunded lunch accounts to debit these snacks. Your lunch account must have a positive balance to purchase snacks.
Healthy snacks will be made available to both students who buy or pack lunch. Parents can choose to block any ala carte or extra purchasing by contacting Andra Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-653-1203.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Nutrition Services Office at 330-653-1203.
If you haven't paid your FALL student fees yet, the Hudson City School District has set a deadline of Monday, December 2, 2013, for the payment of any outstanding FALL student fees and/or FALL student participation and activity fees. While many parents paid FALL fees with checks, the district waived the payment due date until the on line fee payment system was operational. On line fee payment for student fees began November 4, 2013. Please visit your student's account on the Home Access Center or MyPaymentsPlus to check for fee information. Parents may also pay by check (payable to Hudson City Schools) in the main office of your child's school.
News from Hudson Nutrition Services: School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains. They must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring: age-appropriate calorie limits, larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce), a wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes, fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free), more whole grains and less sodium.
The Hudson City School District is offering on-line fee payment for student lunches. Registration is open and information is easily accessible on the District's web site at www.hudson.edu and on each building web page. Look for the "Manage Meal Payments and so Much More!" button. Click to register and manage your student(s) account(s). If you need assistance with registration, please call MyPaymentsPlus Customer Service at 1-877-237-0946.
DROPPING OFF/PICKING UP STUDENTS
Uninterrupted instruction time is very important for your child and his/her classroom. When dropping off your child and signing him/her in at the office, we encourage the child to walk to his/her classroom alone. When picking up your child, after signing them out, please wait in the office or front hallway for your child to meet you. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
NEW REMINDER: In the event of a 2-hour school delay due to inclement weather or other emergency, your child MUST BRING A BAGGED LUNCH TO SCHOOL. Food Service will not be able to provide lunch due to a shortened school day.
2-HOUR DELAYED START TIME
McDowell's start time: 10:55 AM; End time: 3:40PM
Hudson Schools has the option of delaying the start of school by two hours rather than lose an entire instructional day due to bad weather and road conditions. The District will use multiple resources to announce the day, including the Alert Now phone system. If a two-hour delay is called, school start times and bus pick up times begin two hours later than normal. If a two-hour delay is called, it is important to have alternative plans in place for childcare, particularly, since there is always the possibility that school may be canceled for the rest of the day if weather or road conditions do not improve. A second Alert Now call may take place within 60-90 minutes after the initial announcement for a two-hour delay should school be can celled for the day. HCER before school childcare, AM Kindergarten and Preschool are canceled if there is a two-hour delay.
About the 2-hour delay option: the school day starts 2 hours later than normal but ends at the regular time. Bus pick up times are adjusted accordingly. (Example: If your child is normally picked up at 7:20 a.m. for a school start of 8:00 a.m., the bus will arrive at 9:20 a.m. and school will start at 10:00 a.m.)
- Elementary students, Full Day K-3, will be served a no-choice lunch due to limited preparation and delivery times. Typical lunches will be served at East Woods, the Middle School and High School.
- There will be no school for Evamere AM Kindergarten and Ellsworth AM Preschool.
- Explorer Zone, HCER before school childcare, will not be held on a 2-hour delay start day
- The Hudson Middle School will follow its eight period per day schedule, with no block periods or FOCUS periods.
- Please check the High School website for schedule details.
MORE IMPORTANT MCDOWELL NEWS
Our policy regarding party invitations is that they must be distributed outside of the classroom and outside of school. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
*SCHOOL START TIME: School starts at 8:55AM. Children cannot be dropped off before 8:40AM, as there is no supervision before that time.
Parents: If your child is going to go home with a friend on the friend's bus, TWO NOTES ARE NEEDED....ONE FOR THE TEACHER AND ONE FOR THE BUS DRIVER. OR, you can go to the McDowell main web page and click on "Forms" and download the TRANSPORTATION CHANGE form. For additional bus/transportation information, call 330-653-3355.
Please do NOT rely on email or voice mail to get messages to your child's teacher or the office regarding change of plans for dismissal, pick-up times, or any other after-school activities. Often , teachers/staff are unable to check their email, could be absent, or the network could be down. THANK YOU!
TO REPORT ABSENCES: 330-653-1300
If your child is not going to be in school for ANY reason (dr. appt., overslept, ill, etc.) by 8:55AM, you MUST call the attendance line to report the absence. This phone call is NECESSARY for every day of your child's absence. If we are unable to account for your child, we will call the Safety Center to have someone check the residence. This is done in the best interest of your child. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.
PARENT PICK-UP GUIDELINES
When picking up your child at the end of the day, please remain in the Parent-Pick-up line and pull up as appropriate. The supervisor on duty will release the children to your car as you pull up, and will not allow the children to run and meet you if you are not in front of the line. Please do not park in the school parking lot and call to your child to come to the parking lot. This procedure needs to be followed for the safety of your child. There are many cars going in and out at the end of the day and we need to insure no one gets hurt. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
3:38 PM Children riding the first wave of buses are dismissed to East Woods; Parent Pick-UP dismissed; children going to after-school activities, walkers and bike-riders dismissed.
3:45 PM All remaining students are dismissed to East Woods
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
The Hudson City Schools Parent Mentor Program provides resources, information and support to families of children receiving special education services. For up-to-date information please visit thewebsite
at http://www.hudson.edu/schools/mcd/info/detail/community click on parent mentorship.
BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB
Hudson PTO invites you to commemorate your child’s birthday by buying a book for your child’s school library. The cost is $15. Children in grades K-5 with birthdays in July, August and September are eligible.
As a participant in the Birthday Book Club your child will:
- · Choose a new book from their school library’s Birthday Bookshelf
- · Have a permanent bookplate with their name placed in the book
- · Receive a certificate and bookmark
- · Have the first opportunity to check out the new book
Do you want to be involved in your child’s school or help with PTO activities during the 2013-2014 school year? PTO is currently looking for those interested in helping us plan our activities at the individual schools as well as our community activities such as Run for the Schools, Halloween Windows and the Pancake Breakfast. Please download our nomination interest form from www.HudsonPTO.org, under General PTO, or send an email to Mary Margida, email@example.com, or Sue Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
PTO REWARDS PROGRAM
The Hudson PTO Rewards Program has 3 easy ways for you to support our schools:EASY - Clip, Collect and Send to school all Box Tops for Education Labels (monthly) and Acme Fresh Market Receipts. EASIER - Register your grocery store rewards cards ASAP. Next, choose Hudson City Schools under 'My Profile' for both Heinen's Tasteful Rewards™ ABC Program and Giant Eagle®Apples for the Schools. EASIEST - Become a member of Box Tops Marketplace and shop online. Select your school under 'My Profile', and bookmark for future shopping. Visit www.hudsonpto.org for more details.
School Directories for the elementary schools, middle school and high school are available for order! By joining the Hudson PTA you get one free directory and the opportunity to order more directories at a small price! The Directories include school district information, contacts for PTA, PTO and VIP, classroom assignments for elementary schools, daily schedules for the Middle School and High School, school calendar as well as contact information for each student and their families! Get yours today by turning in your membership form to your school. To request a membership form contact Hudson PTA at email@example.com!
It’s time to register for Hudson Kiwanis Basketball! Leagues available for boys grades 1-8 and girls grades 1-6. Limited spots available so register today at www.hudson.edu/hcer