Week of February 1, 2021 – Newsletter

Week of February 1

Good afternoon,

There is a lot of information in this week’s email. Please read about benchmark testing, yearbooks, instructional setting forms, hearing and vision screening for distance learners, and an information meeting for current 5th and 6th graders.

Benchmark Testing

Tuesday 4th grade will be taking the Writing benchmark and 5th grade will be taking the Science benchmark.  In person learners please be on time and distance learners please arrive between 8:15-8:30. Students need to make sure their laptop is charged and they have headphones. They may also bring a snack. Here is a letter from the testing coordinator.

Yearbooks on Sale We are selling the 2020-21 yearbooks right now. Currently, yearbooks are $20, but the price will increase in March to $25. Both virtual and in-person learners will be featured in the yearbook. The only way to order one is the through link below:

https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/my/HPA2021?fbclid=IwAR0ImgVJeO9g9FYltKrA29AxrB2igmtfW8yvkoPkwzCteVCkZf8sFFPzmBI

Middle School Informational Meetings

Current 6th graders can automatically attend Middle School at our White Settlement Campus. There will be an informational meeting on Monday at 7:30 pm in the Gym. Students and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about the Middle School and High School programs. Please RSVP here if you are going or you cannot attend but would like more information.

Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to choose attending 6th grade at the White Settlement campus and being part of Middle School or staying in 6th grade at the Crowley Road campus in elementary school. If they move to the White Settlement campus, 6th grade students will be able to participate in athletics, cheerleading, dance company, and other middle school activities. Students and their parents are invited to attend to learn more about the Middle School and High School programs on Monday night at 6:30. Please RSVP here if you are going or you cannot attend but would like more information.

The address for these informational meetings is 1256 Jim Wright Freeway White Settlement, TX 76108

Intent to Return

Please go into your schoolmint account and fill out the intent to return for the 2021-2022 school year. Emails have been sent out and they may have gone to SPAM or Promotions. You can either search for the email or log into schoolmint https://hpafortworth.schoolmint.net. The intent to return deadline is Friday, February 12. If you need help please call the school office at 817-600-6269.

Instructional Setting The next grading period begins on February 16. An instructional setting formwas sent out last week. You are selecting the instructional setting for your student from February 16-May 27th. Any change in instructional setting must be made by  Wednesday, February 3rd.

Hearing and Vision Screening for Distance Learners

  1. Each year, the state of Texas requires students to complete a vision and hearing screening and a spinal screening for age-appropriate individuals.

  2. Some virtual learning students have not been screened this school year. If you would like to schedule an appointment to have your student screened by their campus nurse, please email chasiti.jones@hpafortworth.com  or call 817-600-6269.

  3. If you prefer not to bring your student in for screening, the Department of State Health Services encourages parents to take their children to a medical provider for well child exams. During these appointments you can ask for screenings. If your child is screened, we encourage you to send us the results of those screens for our records.

  4. Signs of a possible vision problem include:

  5. Squinting

  6. Tilting the head

  7. Sitting too close to the television

  8. Constant eye rubbing

  9. Abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes

  10. Signs of a possible hearing problem include:

  11. Your child wants volumes louder than other members of the family

  12. Your child often says “What?”

  13. It seems like your child isn’t listening

  14. Your child seems to hear fine sometimes and not others

  15. Signs your child may have an abnormal spinal curvature:

  16. Uneven shoulders or hips

  17. Ribs that are prominent or stick out in one area

  18. Muscles that are prominent in the lower back or bulge on one side

  19. If you think your child has a vision or hearing problem, or an abnormal spinal curvature, please contact the school nurse. Discuss your concerns with them right away.

Symptom Screener and Sick Students Please screen your student every morning before sending them to school. If they have ANY of the following symptoms please keep them home and they can distance learn.

Symptoms:  Fever of 100.4 or higher Chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea

We will be doing periodic temperature checks and asking about symptoms throughout the school day. If a student is sent home with any of the COVID-19 symptoms the student will have to remain home for at least 10 days, AND symptoms must be gone AND there is no fever without giving fever reducing medication OR a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis.

If you or someone in your family is waiting COVID test results please keep your student home until you know the results. 

Also, please notify Nurse Chasiti at chasiti.jones@hpafortworth.com if your student has a positive test result or someone that has had close contact with your student is positive for COVID-19.

Upcoming Events:  Monday February 1–Middle School Informational Meetings at the White Settlement Campus Tuesday February 2–4th and 5th grade Benchmark Testing Wednesday February 3–Instructional Setting Form Due Friday February 5–Spirit Day Thursday February 11–100th Day of School Friday February 12–Distance Learning Day Friday February 12–Intent to Return Due Monday February 15–School Holiday

Have a great rest of the day, Heather Houpt Principal

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