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HCA has started an annual tradition called "Christmas Blessings" where we are collecting food and home goods for some of our families. We are accepting can goods, pantry items, frozen foods, paper goods, home goods, toiletries etc. Gift cards and cash donations are also accepted. Please drop off items in the office if you'd like to contribute.
The time of year has come when lots of sickness is making its way around our school. Please know that your child must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medicine before they will be allowed to return to school.
Mid-terms went home today
National Honor Society is selling candy grams for Christmas. They will have chocolate bars for $1 each or candy canes for .50 cents each. They can be purchased for teachers, classmates, friends and families. They will be delivered to teachers and classmates next Wednesday December 20th. If they are purchased for others outside of school they will be sent home that same day. If you have elementary students please send a list of people they want candy grams sent to.
MS and HS students will go shopping at Eastgate Mall next Thursday December 21st during the school day. They will return for dismissal. Please sign and return permission forms.
The office is in need of a few items for anyone who would like to donate: Jr strength Tylenol (chewables only) - tums - cough drops - aspirin - Vaseline
We still have a few more crusader cups for sale in the office. They are $20 each and will make great Christmas gifts.
Now is the time of year for lice to be going around. Please check your children regularly.
Blizzard bags went home this week. There are 3 days of work in each one that only need to be completed if we have snow days. This allows us to count students present for our first 3 snow days. Students are only to complete them when you get a one call with instructions from Mrs. Sears.
School will release between 12-1pm on 12/22 for Christmas break. There will be NO bus service for Hillsboro students that day. K-5th grade classes will be having their Christmas parties that day. The 6th-12th grades will be watching a movie in the morning and playing games in the afternoon. They are asking that the 6-8th graders bring in snacks for the MS and HS for the morning and 9th-12th grades bring in snacks for MS and HS for the afternoon.
School dress code : Please know that some of our students are pinning HCA patches to their regular clothing thinking that this is accepted school dress. It is not allowed and they will be written up for dress code violation if they continue to do so.
PTO will have a ''Christmas Store" set up when students come back from Thanksgiving break running until Christmas break. This will allow elementary students to go in and shop for Christmas gifts for friends and family. All items will be from .50-$5.00. There will also be free gift wrapping. Please send a list of people that your child is to buy for if you'd like and there will be someone there to help them shop. Students will be able to shop during library on their designated days. K1- Tuesday, K2- Monday, 1st grade - Wednesday, 3rd - Wednesday, 4th grade - Thursday, 5th grade- Friday ------We will also try to have other times that they can shop in case they are absent on library days. --------
Elementary Christmas Program will be on Friday December 15th
Elementary - If elementary students arrive before 8am they are to go to the gym and will be dismissed to their classrooms from there. They cannot stand outside their classrooms.
We offer aftercare from 3:30 - 5:00pm. Cost is $2.50 per child from 3:30-4:00pm, $5 per child from 4-5pm. If you pick your child up after 5:00pm it will be an additional $2.50. If you leave your child(ren) in aftercare, please send a snack.
All MS and HS students who arrive after 8:10am must enter through the main door instead of through the gym.
When you come to pick up your after school please do not pull up near the porch in front of the gym. We have to leave room for the buses to get through. Also, if you send someone else to pick up your child make sure to let them know.
We offer breakfast for sale in the lunchroom from 8-8:15am in the lunchroom. Everything is $1 and under.
Some of our younger students who pack their lunch are complaining that they aren't getting enough to eat. Please make sure to send them plenty for their lunch.
If at all possible we ask that parents not come in and sign students out early. It is very disruptive to the classrooms. Obviously we completely understand that sometimes it can't be helped.
We have been having issues with tardiness. The 2nd Quarter starts on Monday so we will start enforcing tardies. K-5th first 3 tardies excused. 4th tardy note home and lunch detention.
6th-12th - first 3 tardies excused then 4th tardy is lunch detention, 5th tardy is Saturday School, 6th tardy is in school suspension and 7th tardy is parent conference - Please see pages 23-24 of handbook for more details.