Dear Horbelt Parents,
Halloween is over and we are looking forward to all the activities here in the month of November! Thank you so much for your generous contribution to our Oceans of Love fundraiser. The children were asked to vote for my Halloween costume and in doing so raised over $400.00 for this worthy cause! On behalf of the staff at the Horbelt School, I thank you and your children for your overwhelming generosity (Captain America says thanks as well!).
The Safety Patrol is on the job both at the beginning and the end of the day, ensuring that all students follow the rules when coming in during the morning or leaving in the afternoon as they proceed to and from their classes.
Right now, we are in the midst of our THREE Million Minute Challenge. Yes, I have challenged the students of our school this year to collectively read THREE million minutes by June. Is this possible? Absolutely! Right now we are seeing huge numbers. IN September alone, our students read over 183,000 minutes! That is so exciting! (and ahead of last year!) Please encourage your child to read, and track his or her reading, as this is a good habit - and part of our school-wide literacy initiative. Just like athletes or students who practice instruments get better at what they do, so too do readers become better readers by reading!
Clubs begin November 10th and will be in full swing by December (we have many ½ days and days off in November; they will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year. The students were offered a large selection of activities from which they could choose. The choices included both non-academic interests such as Intramurals as well as academic pursuits. We also have an early dismissal day on November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Dismissal on all half days is always 12:20!
Please remember that with the weather changing from warmer days to cooler days the children will still have recess outside, weather permitting; please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately so they can enjoy their outdoor recess time.
Below is a list of upcoming activities will take place in November at the Horbelt School.
November 2 - 6 School Closed
November 10 Clubs Begin
November 12 PTA Mtg. 7:00 pm
November 12 McDonald’s Night 4 - 8
November 16– 19 Teacher/Parent Conferences
Tuesday & Thursday Afternoon
Monday & Wednesday Evening
November 16-20 Scholastic BK Fair
November 17 End of 1st Marking Period
November 17 Gr. 5 Writer Café’
November 19 Cheese Cake Delivery
November 25 Early Dismissal
Report cards issued
November 26 & 27 School Closed Thanksgiving Break
Please remember that if you have any questions or concerns my door is always open!
In closing, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May thanksgiving be the attitude of your heart as we head into the holiday season!
Joseph J Saxton, Jr.