Weekly Update

October 10, 2016

Good Evening, Heron Families!

This is Principal Amy Whitten with your weekly update for the week of October 10th. Congratulations to all our Heron Students and Families for earning a week of NO HOMEWORK this week! We exceeded our fundraising goal for the Jog-a-Thon and raised $29,000 to support our STEAM programs at Heron. Our students have been working hard, and deserve a little a little extra time to play this week! Thank you for all your hard work.

We continue with Walktober this week, encouraging kids to walk or bike to school each day in the month of October. The first tracking sheet is due Monday, October 17th. Our Annual Heron Barn Dance & Carnival is coming up this Friday, October 14th from 4:30-6:30. You don’t want to miss this fun family event with great food, square dancing, carnival games, and more. All of the proceeds go directly to our classrooms to fund field trips and other special projects. This year, Capital Live Scan is returning to the Barn Dance & Carnival (hopefully without the computer issues this year).  Starting at 4:30pm Live Scan will be fingerprinting any parents/guardians wishing to volunteer at Heron for $59 (prints are run through both FBI and DOJ databases.) This will eliminate you from having to drive to a facility to have them done!  Volunteer packets will be onsite for you to fill out however I’d recommend picking up a packet in the Heron Office and filling out ahead of time. Remember, ALL regular classroom volunteers and any adult attending a school field trip must have a clear TB test and their fingerprints on file. The TB test expires every 4 years, and you only have to have your fingerprints taken once, as long as your child is continuously enrolled in the district. I thank all of our volunteers for being willing to donate your time to the students and teachers of Heron,  and for working together to ensure our school is  a safe and healthy environment.

Applications will be going home with 4th-6th grade students regarding our Heron Production Club. Production Club is a 20-hour after-school course  that will teach students the skills necessary to plan, film, and edit a variety of projects. The club meets on Monday afternoons from 3:00-5:00, and there will be two sessions: one from 10/24-1/30, and one from 2/6-5/1. Applications should be turned into Shannon Silvey in the front office, and will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Enrollment will be capped at 20 for each session and all other students will be placed on a waiting list.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our upcoming Parent Teacher Conference Week scheduled for the week of November 14-18. Your child’s K-6 teacher will contact you about scheduling a meeting for your child, but please note that all students will be a on a minimum day schedule that week. Kinders will dismiss at 12: 48 and 1st-8th grade will dismiss at 1:05.

October 3, 2016

Good Evening, Heron Families!

This is Principal Amy Whitten with your weekly update for the week of October 3rd. Don’t forget there is no school tomorrow due to our Staff Development Day. When students come back to school on Tuesday, we will be kicking off our big Walktober Event in partnership with the North Natomas TMA. All students have received log sheets to track their trips to and from school, which they can turn in for prizes throughout the month of October. In celebration of Fall, being healthy, and walking to school, all families and students who walk or bike to school on Friday, October 7th are invited to join us for a Farmers Market Breakfast Friday morning at 7:45. We’ll have a DJ so kids can have fun dancing and playing on the grass, and it will be a nice opportunity for parents to connect. I will also be holding my October Principal’s Coffee Chat immediately after the breakfast at 8:30. I hope to see a lot of families at school Friday morning!

Our Jog-a-Thon last week was a huge success, and I am proud to announce that we surpassed our fundraising goal and raised $29,000 to support our STEAM programs at Heron! The money raised will go towards purchasing science lab equipment and materials, funding our Art Docent Program, and supporting our classroom teachers with STEAM-related projects. The Jog-a-Thon was a fun event, and I am so grateful for the generous support of our school community.

One of those projects is our new Science Action Club for 5th-8th graders led by Karen McDaniels and Arene Abbott in partnership with the California Academy of Science. Science action club members must have enthusiasm for science, and they will be collecting data to contribute to the California Academy of Science.  Participants will be using high tech equipment to study our environment. If your child is interested in this after school program, he or she must fill out the application and turn it into Mrs. Abbott or Mrs. McDaniels by Friday October 7th.

This week, our School Site Council meets on Wednesday from 5:00-6:30, and all community members are invited to attend. There is also an informational meeting for 7th and 8th grade families interested in learning more about the 7th and 8th grade trip to DC and New York City. This year’s trip is scheduled right after school gets out from May 30-June 4. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m.

And finally, our first dance of the year for our 5th-8th graders is this Friday, October 7th! Permission slips went home with students last week, and they can buy tickets for $5 after school in Ms. Smith’s room. Students must have a signed permission slip in order to attend. The 5th and 6th grade dance is from 5:00-6:30, and the 7th and 8th grade dance is from 7:00-8:30. Students may wear school-appropriate costumes, but there are no full-face masks allowed.
We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this week, and I can’t wait to see our Flyers Tuesday Morning!  Thank you, and have a wonderful evening!

September 25, 2016

Good Evening, Heron Families!

This is Principal Amy Whitten with your weekly update for the week of September 26th.  I want to thank our PTSA and all of the parent volunteers who helped out with our Jog-a-thon to make the event a huge success last Friday!  We had so much with the kids all morning, and our Middle School students loved their new Color Run!  I can’t wait to see how much money we raised for STEAM program at Heron, and I thank you all for your support!

As we head into the month of October, we have several important events coming up.  The Natomas Schools Foundation Run For Their Success 5K is coming up on October 1st, and I would love to see a great turnout of Heron staff, parents, and students.  The race begins at 9:00 am at Inderkum High School on October 1st.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Natomas Schools Foundation, and $10 of every adult registration and $5 of every student registration will go directly to Heron.  If you haven’t registered yet, please click on the link below to join our Heron team! All you have to do is go to this site: https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/natomas-5k-run-for-their-future and sign up under the team: Heron School.  The password is: Flyers.

Other important dates to remember are October 3rd, when our students have no school due to a staff development day, and the Barn Dance on October 14th!

Thank you and have a wonderful evening!