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Hesston Elementary Families:

Our school year is off to a great start. It is so awesome to have students back at the building. They have been working hard learning grade level expectations and reconnecting with classmates. We welcome kindergarten families, new students, and previous students to the building. We also welcomed several new staff members to H.E.S.: Mrs. Kyle Soeken joined the kindergarten team, Mrs. Kara Swartzendruber is welcomed to the 3rd grade team, and Miss Courtney Unruh is new to the fourth grade team.

Safety is a top priority at Hesston Elementary. I have a few reminders to help make our school safe for all students. The alley to the west of the school is reserved for buses only throughout the school day. It is not to be used as a drop off or pick up point for students. Students and families should not be riding their bikes up the alley, as this is a bus drop off zone. Also, if your child has to cross Amos Street to get to the front of the school, an adult must assist them across the street. Your help with these procedures is greatly appreciated. We also thank our volunteer crossing guards, who keep students safe to and from school. Thank you for all of your assistance in keeping our students safe.

Having two drop off and pick up lines has reduced the amount of time parents have to wait. We ask your help to keep the process moving quickly, by not leaving your vehicle unattended. If you need to exit your vehicle, please find a parking spot in the lot. Students are asked to be dropped off and picked up only in the designated pick up lane. Students should not be walking between cars or through parking lots to get in the car or to their parents.

The official start time of the school day is 8:00 a.m. Please be aware, students need to be in their classrooms by the 8:00 a.m. bell. If they arrive in the classroom after 8:00 a.m., they will be marked tardy. Please refer to the student-parent handbook for the tardy policies. Thank you parents for ensuring your child is at school on time and off to a positive start each day.

We appreciate the support of our parents as we navigate the many changes this school year. Now that we will be transitioning to green in the gating criteria, there are several elements I want parents to be aware of. Students and staff will continue to wear masks while at the building. Visitors will continue to be on a limited basis and will be expected to follow all the fundamental safety practices. To help us stay in the green metric, we ask parents not to join us for lunch and for birthdays in the classroom. This allows us to closely monitor contact tracing with our students. The fundamental safety practices will continue with good hand hygiene, social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying home when sick.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to educate your child, while keeping them safe. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at alisa.krehbiel@usd460.org or at 620-327-7102. It’s an awesome start to the year!

Swather Families -

Our school year is quickly coming to an end in a few short weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank students and parents for a great year. It has been a year of learning and growth. Thanks for your support. Hesston Elementary is a great place for your child to learn and grow.

Our fourth graders have begun the transition process to the Middle School, and have been communicating with their 7th grade buddies.  Fourth Grade Clap Up will occur, but just in a little different way. More details will be shared as the time gets near. 

Technology devices used during the school closure will be collected Friday, May 22. iPads, chargers, any remaining library books, and baggie books will be turned in that day. See link for specific details: Technology Device Drop Off Instructions .

Kindergarten Round Up will occur on May 27 see the attached presentation for more information on this event. We are excited to meet the Class of 2033. We look forward to having new families join us at H.E.S.

Class placements for the 2020-21 school year will begin soon. If you have questions or concerns regarding placement, please communicate with me in writing by June 1. There are many factors carefully considered by our team before a child is placed in a specific classroom. Therefore, individual teacher requests will not be taken. We are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of each child and will address issues affecting your child on an individual basis.

With the warmer weather, more students are riding their bikes. Please remind your child to wear their bike helmet and practice bike safety.

Also, please check the lost and found box in the entryway. It is full and running over with coats and jackets. The entry way is open from 8:00-4:00, Monday-Friday. 

Thank you parents for supporting teachers and your child(ren) throughout the year with reading, math facts, and with positive affirmations. Your tireless efforts and motivation make a difference in the success of your child. Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to next year.

Alisa Krehbiel

Principal