Hamilton News

Principal's Message

Hamilton Families,

The first week of school has gone well.  Teachers and students have spent a lot of time learning the expectations for this school year.  Hopefully your child has talked to you about earning "Cougar Paws" and all our many reward opportunities.  We have focused this week on our Cougar Committments; be safe, be respectful and be responsible.

As we move into next week parents will no longer be allowed to walk students to the classroom in the morning.  Please say goodbye to your child outside and encourage them to enter the building on their own.  After the first few days students are able to navigate the building.  Many staff members are posted in the hallways to help direct students should they have a question.  Limiting the number of people in the hallways decreases conjestion.

One area we are still working on is dismissal out the front doors.  It has been very conjested and we need your help with this.  Please follow the direction you are being given by our school police officers.  They understand our dismissal procedures and are trying to keep our walkways clear for students.   As you arrive to pick your child up today you will see some changes.  Parents are asked to wait off the porch and to the left side of the dismissal doors.  There is a large concrete area in which to stand.  Please do not stand to the right or in front of the main doors.  Standing to the right blocks the traffic pattern for students as they load the bus and vans.  Standing in front of the main doors blocks the walkway for students as they exit the building and walk to the crosswalk.  Students are dismissed in the following order: 5th grade, 4th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade and then kindergarten.  This allows the older students to wait outside the building for their younger sibling/s.  This dismissal sequence will be followed each day.  Please keep moving once  your child has exited the building.  

If you haven't already I would suggest creating a " meeting place" with your child.  This should be a spot you meet each other everyday.  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  Our focus is always on the students and keeping them safe.  

As always the staff at Hamilton is working hard to create a culture of care.  We want to support our Hamilton students and families through the educational process.  We are open to parent input as we value our Hamilton community and its needs. 

Monique Pannebaker



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