All posts by Todd Poole

Family Fall Festival Event

The Academy of Life and Learning and Holden Elementary are teaming up to offer this fun opportunity for Holden Families.

You are invited to attend a family event on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00-1:00 at Holden Elementary.

Food:  Hot Dogs, Chips, Water
Pumpkins:  We have 100 small pumpkins for students to decorate with markers
Face Painting

Week of October 7

Visitor Procedures We welcome parents and family members to be involved with their child’s school experience.  All parents are welcome to attend classroom parties, enjoy lunch or recess together, or come read to the classroom.  

In today’s world, this can make school security and safety very challenging. Therefore I want to outline our procedures for attending these events.  For classroom parties, we will have tables at the front doors for you to sign in and use a sticker to show you have signed in. During all other times, you will sign in at the office and take a visitors badge to wear before going to a classroom, playground, or lunchroom, for any reason.  The badge can be returned when you sign out. If you are picking your child up early we are asking you to remain in the office or lobby until your child comes down to you. Please do not go to your child’s classroom.  

Finally, we will not be allowing parents to go to the classroom or child’s locker between 8:25-8:40 and 3:00-3:20.  These are the two busiest times of the day and teachers are not able to give parents the attention that may be needed.  Please email teachers with any information that they may need to know for the day, call and leave a voicemail or leave a message with the office staff.  I know that this may seem like an inconvenience but please understand that we are trying to balance keeping the school a safe place but also one that is welcoming. 

Kindness Letters

Kindness letters were given this week to Maggie Pazderak in Mrs. Louis’s class for always encouraging others to try their best.

Amin Nouh in Mrs. Longanecker’s class for helping another student pick up papers she dropped and being so persistent with learning English.  Also in Mrs. Longanecker’s class Moses Budzar for helping a student during lunch time and getting back to class.

In Mrs. Yeager’s class Heaven Little and Elicia Artis for helping cleaning up a mess in the classroom without being asked.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 7 – HSA Meeting 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 9 – Vision and Hearing Screening for Grades 1,3, and 5 Thursday, October 10 – Whole School Evacuation
Thursday, October 10 – Early Release for Students 1:00
Friday, October 11 – No School for Students
Tuesday, October 15 – October 17 – Holden Book Fair
Thursday, October 17 – 7:00-7:30 Presentation on Social Media and Gaming Overuse (Book Fair will be open from 6:30-7:00 and 7:30-8:00, the presentation will be from 7:00-7:30
Friday, October 18 –  5th Grade Bike Ride Saturday, October 19 – Holden Fall Festival 11:00-1:00
Tuesday, October 22 – 23 – 3rd Grade State Reading Test
Thursday, October 24 –  Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00
Saturday, October 26 –  Ushering for Kent State Football
Tuesday, October 29 – 2nd Grade to visit Firehouse
Wednesday, October 30 – Thursday, October 31 – Fire Safety Assembly for Grades K,1,3 and 4
Friday, November 1 – Halloween Parade and Parties – 2:00 Start for parade
Friday, November 1 – Halloween Gala (Evening Event)

Visitor Procedures

We welcome parents and family members to be involved with their child’s school experience.  All parents are welcome to attend classroom parties, enjoy lunch or recess together, or come read to the classroom.  

In today’s world, this can make school security and safety very challenging. Therefore I want to outline our procedures for attending these events.  For classroom parties, we will have tables at the front doors for you to sign in and use a sticker to show you have signed in. During all other times, you will sign in at the office and take a visitors badge to wear before going to a classroom, playground, or lunchroom, for any reason.  The badge can be returned when you sign out. If you are picking your child up early we are asking you to remain in the office or lobby until your child comes down to you. Please do not go to your child’s classroom.  

Finally, we will not be allowing parents to go to the classroom or child’s locker between 8:25-8:40 and 3:00-3:20.  These are the two busiest times of the day and teachers are not able to give parents the attention that may be needed.  Please email teachers with any information that they may need to know for the day, call and leave a voicemail or leave a message with the office staff.  I know that this may seem like an inconvenience but please understand that we are trying to balance keeping the school a safe place but also one that is welcoming. 

Week of September 30

Kindness Letters

Kindness letters were given this week to Suri Butler, Brenna Bettinger, Alohi Khan and Izzy Vitiello in Mrs. Weitzel’s 4th grade class for working so hard while there was a substitute in the room. In Ms. Louis’s class Za’Daynian Solomon for having great sportsmanship in P.E. class and helping and encouraging others. In Mrs. Weitzel’s class Brenna Bettinger for always being so polite to the safety patrol 5th graders and Aaron McKinney for helping a friend feel better in the lunchroom who had gotten hurt. Keep up with the kindness! 

Attendance Letters

I would like to remind all parents that attendance letters are mailed home after a child misses 30 hours of school and 60 hours of school without an excused reason.  The excused reasons include funerals, illness (must have a doctor’s note), medical or counseling appointments (letter from office must be sent to school), observance or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday or sent home from school for illness.  Please note that family vacations are considered an unexcused absence.  This is in accordance to House Bill 410 that was passed in December 2016.  

Student Snacks

I would like to clarify the classroom snack time.  Not every teacher offers a snack time during the school day.  If teachers do offer a time, there may be some days that they don’t get to the snack because of classroom activities or the student was busy completing work.  Students are responsible for bringing the snack from home. Not all students bring a snack.   If students select to bring in a snack we ask that the snack be a healthy choice and not candy.  

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 2 – Fall Picture Day
Monday, October 7 – HSA Meeting 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 9 – Vision and Hearing Screening for Grades 1,3, and 5
Thursday, October 10 – Early Release for Students 1:00
Friday, October 11 – No School for Students
Tuesday, October 15 – October 17 – Holden Book Fair
Thursday, October 17 – 7:00-7:30 Presentation on Social Media and Gaming Overuse (Book Fair will be open from 6:30-7:00 and 7:30-8:00, the presentation will be from 7:00-7:30
Friday, October 18 –  5th Grade Bike Ride
Tuesday, October 22 – 23 – 3rd Grade State Reading Test
Thursday, October 24 –  Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00
Saturday, October 26 –  Ushering for Kent State Football
Tuesday, October 29 – 2nd Grade to visit Firehouse
Wednesday, October 30 – Thursday, October 31 – Fire Safety Assembly for Grades K,1,3 and 4
Friday, November 1 – Halloween Parade and Parties – 2:00 Start for parade
Friday, November 1 – Halloween Gala (Evening Event)

Message from HSA

There is a lot going on at Holden this year and we’d really love for YOU to be a part of it.  Anytime you help in a classroom, assist with an event, volunteer for the book fair, or attend an HSA meeting we will enter your name in a raffle for some great prizes for you and your family!  If you help usher a football or basketball game you will earn FIVE entries.  
 
Prizes include:
a one-night stay at Kalahari complete with family water park passes
a family pack of tickets to Zip City
family bowling at Kent Lanes
a family pack of passes to the Kent State Rec Center
movie passes to Kent Plaza Theater
 
In addition to these great prizes, anytime you usher you will be entered into a raffle with the other volunteer ushers for a $25 gift card that will be given away after each game.
 
We’re off to a great start at Holden! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your help! Thank you!