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Aug 29

Principal’s Message

Welcome Back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining An Achievable Dream Certified Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School  and welcome back all of our returning families as well! Our goal at AADCA@HSES is to work together to provide our students with a rich learning environment. My vision, as the principal, is to ALWAYS put kids first! My belief is that all students can learn, even in a virtual environment. During our summer intersession,  our teachers began discovering how each child learns which will guide them as they differentiate  instruction to support diverse learning styles. In a collaborative effort between school and home, we want children to thrive in all ways possible. My hope is that all children will LOVE school!  Our staff will nurture a learning environment that is positive, safe, warm, caring, as well as a fun place to learn and grow.  

Student success can be attributed to the partnerships and the relationships we build within our community.  These connections with our families and the community are MORE  important now than ever. It truly does take a village and at AADCA@HSES, we value teamwork and collaboration! Education is a joint venture and the Dream Team staff greatly appreciates the support you provide for your child(ren) at home and during school times to help them meet their learning goals.  

Although this year looks different than any other year, we are dedicated to providing your child(ren) a memorable, interactive, engaging distance learning experience. Now more than ever it is so important to connect with one another and our community.  Although it looks different now, we will continue to embed program components that mirror our typical school day such as Morning Program, Social Rotations, small group instruction, extend day and much more.

In closing, I invite you to fully embrace these moments and urge you to become familiar with and involved in our total virtual school program. Establishing routines such as reading nightly and creating a schoolwork-friendly location will encourage your child to excel.  With your support and cooperation, I have great expectations for what our students can accomplish this year. We are ready to embrace our theme:  DREAMERS, Going the Distance!!

Sincerely,

Dr. Tolliver

 

Here are a few links that can assist with enhancing distance learning. 

Grade Level General Schedules:

Pre-Kindergarten – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSESPK

Kindergarten – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSESKg

1st Grade –  https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSES1st

2nd Grade – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSES2nd

3rd Grade – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSES3rd

4th Grade – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSES4th

5th Grade – https://tinyurl.com/AADCAHSES5th

AIS/FIS – SAMPLE Elementary IS virtual schedule

HCPS Online Support for Families

HCPS Digital Learning Resources for Elementary Families

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Aug 18

2020-2021 School Supply List

Here is the 2020-2021 School Supply List

Essential School Supplies List 20-21

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2020/08/18/2020-2021-school-supply-list/

Jun 01

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading Kickoff
For the perfect way to start your summer, check out a video about the HCPS Summer Reading Kick-offListen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for elementary, middle and high school readers. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2020/06/01/summer-reading-2020/

Mar 12

COVID-19: An important announcement

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health.

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure.

We realize this creates many questions about how students will continue their learning. We have a thorough plan in place, and detailed information about student learning will be communicated in a separate message.

Our teachers and staff will use Monday, March 16, to continue their preparations. “Virtual learning” experiences (digital and non-digital) will be available to students of all grade levels starting on Tuesday, March 17.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. The HCPS Facilities and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct additional cleaning of school buildings and buses, and continue to assess the best cleaning practices.

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Henrico Community.

Please know that this is not a decision that we make lightly. We realize that any change to educational schedules is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our students, staff members and community.

Again, more details about student learning will be forthcoming in separate communications. Visit the “COVID-19” page on our website for full information from HCPS.

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2020/03/12/covid-19-an-important-announcement/

Dec 04

VIDEO: Henrico Learning Today

HCPS TV stopped by Highland Springs Elementary School for a STEAM lesson on oceans

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/12/04/video-henrico-learning-today/

Sep 17

Gifted Referral

A parent/guardian, professional educator, community member, self, or peer may refer a student for a Gifted Referral. Referrals are accepted in writing by the school’s Gifted Identification Coordinator, Mrs. Nicky Gil during the specific dates for specified grades:

October 7-25 – Referrals accepted for Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students

January 6-24- Referrals accepted for Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students

Parents/Guardians must send an email or submit a request in writing to Mrs. Gil from October 7-25 or January 6-24 of the appropriate referral window. Mrs. Gil will send an Academic Referral Form and the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire home to be completed and returned.

For more information please check out the HCPS Gifted Page:
http://henricoschools.us/gifted/

Please contact Mrs. Gil if you have any questions at nacgil@henrico.k12.va.us or 804-328-4045.

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/09/17/gifted-referral/

Aug 30

An important message for families of students who use bus transportation

This is an important message for families of students who use bus transportation:

First day of school is almost here! Our drivers have been working hard to rehearse their routes and make sure Sept. 3 is the beginning of a great week. With that in mind, we ask for your patience next week as some buses may experience delays. Here’s why, along with answers to some other frequently asked questions.

What can I expect during the first week of school?

Thousands of Kindergarten and preschool students are riding a school bus for the very first time. We take extra care with these students, such as requiring authorized adults to show ID in order to get them off the bus in the afternoon. Afternoon delays are inevitable as parents become accustomed to our process, and as our drivers meet many of these families for the first time. In limited instances, bus delays may become very lengthy on the first couple of days, but those delays should quickly shorten as everyone gets used to the new routine.

We also realize that the first week of school can often be filled with emotional moments and “must get” photo opportunities. Sometimes this will result in buses being behind schedule.

Where can I find bus information?

Bus stop information is now available on our website as well as through Rycor Online Forms and PowerSchool. We recommend students be at their morning bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Please review bus stop safety procedures and follow the direction of bus drivers.

Will you let me know if the bus is running 10-15 minutes late?

Pupil Transportation staff makes every effort to notify parents of significantly late buses through School Messenger text messages. For more information on our automated communication methods, click here to visit the Communications and Community Engagement page 

What if I need to call someone in the Transportation department?

If you would like to speak to someone in our Transportation department, you can do that too by calling one of our zone offices. Henrico is a big county that is served by several different transportation zones. To find the zone office that is responsible for your student’s school, click here.

How do I make a formal request regarding my student’s transportation?

Transportation staff receives hundreds of written requests from parents in September. Parents should complete the “School Bus Request Form,” also linked on the web page.  Priority will be placed on assigning new or recently moved students. Requests for changes to bus stop locations will be addressed as a lower priority.

Here’s to a great 2019-20 school year!

Josh Davis
Director, Pupil Transportation

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/08/30/an-important-message-for-families-of-students-who-use-bus-transportation/

Aug 28

Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

What is Anonymous Alerts?

The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.

Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.

To send reports from the internet, go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico.

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
  • Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
  • Send important reports to school officials.
  • If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/08/28/henrico-schools-using-anonymous-alerts-system-to-improve-communication-about-safety-concerns/

Aug 06

2019-2020 School Supply List

Kindergarten Supply List First Grade Supply List Second Grade Supply List
(1) Book bag (No wheels please) (1) Book bag (No wheels please) (1) Book bag (No wheels please)
(1) Primary Handwriting Journal (1) Pencil Box (1) Pencil Bag
(1) Marble Wide Ruled Composition Books (10) Large Glue Sticks (2) Boxes of 24 Ct Crayons
(10) Large Glue Sticks (1) Pair Metal School Scissors *rounded tips (16) Large Glue Sticks
(2) Bottles of Hand Sanitizer (3) Boxes of 16 ct. Crayons (2) Pair Metal School Scissors *rounded tips
(3) Packs Dozen #2 Pencils (3) Dozen #2 Pencils
(2) Pairs Child-size scissors rounded tip (2) Large Block Eraser (No Cap Eraser)
(5) Packs Jumbo Crayons (4) Marble Wide Ruled Composition Books (2) Yellow Highlighters
(2) Boxes of 24 ct. Crayons (4) Plastic Pocket Folders (1) Box Colored Pencils
(5) Packs Jumbo Pencils (1) Pack of White Index Card (3×5) (8) Marble Wide Ruled Composition Books
(1) 12 pack of Pre- Sharpen pencils (2) Spiral Notebooks (1 subject, wide ruled) (1) Four – pack Dry Erase Markers
(1) 4 Pack of Black Dry Erase Markers (1) 4 Pack Black Dry Erase Markers (1) Headphones
(2) Large boxes of tissues (2) Boxes of Tissues (2) Vinyl Folders with 3 holes & pockets
(1) Large container of baby wipes (1) Bottle of Hand Sanitizer (1) Container Disinfectant Wipes
(1) Pencil box  (No zipper pouches) (1) Container of Disinfectant Wipes (1) Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
(1) Box of Zip sandwich bags(Girls quart-size) (1) Box of Zip (gallon size bags) (3) Boxes of Tissues
(1) Box of Zip sandwich bags (Boys gallon size) (1) Box of Zip (sandwich sized bags) (1) Packs 3×5 White Index Cards
(1)    Headphones labeled with name (No ear

buds  ) compatible with iPad

1) set of head phones (Compatible with iPad) (1) Box of Zip Bags (gallon/quart size)
 (1) Complete change of clothes (labeled)(Clothing labeled must be uniformed)
    

 

 

Third Grade Supply List Fourth Grade Supply List Fifth Grade Supply List
(1) Book bag (No wheels please) (1) Book bag (No wheels please) (1) Book bag (No wheels please)
(1) Pencil Box or Zippered Pencil Pouch (5) Pocket Folders (8) Marble Composition Notebooks
(5) Packs of #2 Pencils (1) Box of Crayons (1) Box of Crayons (24 count)
(2) Pack of Pencil Erasers (1) Pack of Colored Pencils (1) Box Colored Pencils
(1) Box of Crayons (24 count) (10) Composition notebooks (1) Pack of Markers
(1) Pack of Colored Pencils (4) Highlighters (Yellow) (4) Boxes of Tissues
(1) Pack of Highlighters (1) Wooden Ruler with cm and inches (5) Packs of Post-it Notes

 

(2) Pair of Kid Scissors (rounded tip) (2) Bottles of Hand Sanitizer (10) Two Pocket Folders (No fasteners)
(2) Pack of SKINNY, Low order Dry Erase Markers (3) Boxes of Tissues (boys) (1) Pair of Scissor
(12) Glue Sticks (3) Package of Clorox Wipes (girls) (5) Highlighters
(4) Packs of Notebook Paper (wide ruled) (1) Pack of Index Cards (3×5) (2) Bottles Hand Sanitizer
(2) Packs of Note Cards (3×5) (1) Pair of Scissors (2) Packs Index Cards (4x6in.)
(8-10) Marble Composition Books (1) 3inch binder and 1inch binder (10) Glue Sticks
(4) Pocket Folders (no fasteners) (3) Notebook Paper (100 ct. wide ruled) (5) #2 Packs of 12 Pencils
(1) Earbud Headphones (10) Glue Sticks (1) Zippered Pencil Pouch (for Binders)

(no pencil boxes)

(1) Box of Quart sized Zip bags (girls) (1) Plastic Zipper Pencil Bag or pencil box (3) Packs Fine Point Dry erase markers

(2) Packs of Cap Erasers

(1) Box of Gallon sized Zip bags (boys) (1) Package Eraser Caps (2) Packs Notebook Paper (wide ruled)
(4) Boxes of Tissues (1) Package of thin Dry Erase Markers (1) Pack Multi-Colored Construction Paper
(2) Hand Sanitizer (12 oz or more) (1) Box Zip bags (gallon/quart size) (1) Pair of head phones
(1) Disinfectant Wipes (1) Pack Multi-Colored Construction Paper (1) 1.5 inch Three-Ring View Binder
(1) 1 inch three ring binder (24) #2 Packs of Pencils (1) 2 inch Three-Ring View Binder
(1) Headphone or Ear Buds (1)  Box of Gallon size Ziploc Bags
(1)   Box of Sandwich Zip Bags
(1)   Container of Disinfectant Wipes

 

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/08/06/2019-2020-school-supply-list/

May 20

Beat the “Summer Slide”

Summer slide isn’t a piece of playground equipment – it’s the tendency for students to lose some of the progress they’ve made during the academic year. But there are ways to keep your students’ skills sharp and have fun all summer long.

For details, resources and lots more ways to foster reading this summer, go to HCPS’ summer reading page.

Permanent link to this article: https://highlandspringses.henricoschools.us/2019/05/20/beat-the-summer-slide/

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