From the Director

Back to School, 2017

Welcome to The Home School Connection! If you are a returning family, we are so glad to have you and your child(ren) joining us again this year! If you are new to HSC, we want to offer you a very warm welcome and we feel so honored that you are sharing your child with us one day each week. I know they’ll have a wonderful year!

We are excited to offer your child a variety of fun and educational classes. In order to help you gain more information about the classes and teachers, the teacher’s biographies are available on our website, if you have any questions, they have provided you with contact information; I know they would love to hear from you.

This newsletter entry highlights important details about the program. I know it's a lot to digest, but it will live  here for the remainder of the year (I will move it down the page each month). Please let me know if you have any questions after reading over this newsletter. I am looking forward to working with you and your children. Should you need anything, please feel free to call or email!

Happy 2017-2018 :)

-Ms. Bobbi

720.289.9230

bmckim@wwahomeschool.org


Back to School Events
Visit our Calendar  page for dates/times!

Sign up to join a field trip, play-date, or park date group here

Sign up here if you would like to carpool with another HSC family. 


Classroom Maps

Monday          Tuesday          Wednesday          Thursday          Friday

 
School Schedules 
LAKEWOOD - Mondays, 8:40-3:20 or Fridays, 8:40-2:50
WESTMINSTER - Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 8.30-2.50
EVERGREEN - Thursdays, 9.15-3.20



Drop Off Procedure
  • Doors will open 10 minutes before classes begin so children can get items put away and be ready when class begins.
  • Students will put their lunch in the buckets located in or near the lunch room
  • Children are expected to be in class by the start time (8:40 - Lakewood            8:30 - Westminster            9:15 - Evergreen) so teachers can begin on time.
  • Parents can walk students to their first period class. 
  • Parents can drop off without coming in (please do not let your child cross the parking lot by themselves).
  • First period teachers will sign them in. 

USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE PARKING LOT - WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERY CHILD AND EVERY FAMILY SAFE!!! 


Pick Up Procedure
  • We offer both a walk-up and a drive-through option for afternoon pickup. We encourage families to do whatever works best for them.  
  • Pickup times vary by day/location. Lakewood Mondays - 3:20, Westminster Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:50, Evergreen Thursdays, 3:20, and Lakewood Fridays, 2:50. 
  • Parents should pick up within 10 minutes of dismissal time. Children who are left at the program 20 minutes past dismissal (specific times below) will be charged $1.00 per minute, per child. At this time, we will also begin calling all emergency contacts we have on file. If we cannot reach any contacts and the child is still at the program after an additional 20 minutes (40 minutes past dismissal) the authorities/social services may be notified.

    Mondays - Arrival Window: 8.30-8.40, dismissal: 3.20 (late charges begin at 3:40)

    Tuesdays - Arrival Window: 8.20-8.30, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

    Wednesday - Arrival Window: 8.20-8.30, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

    Thursday - Arrival Window: 9.05-9.15, dismissal: 3.20 (late charges begin at 3:40)

    Friday - Arrival Window: 8.30-8.40, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

    *All non-staff (excluding students) must be out of the building within 15 minutes of dismissal

     I recommend using the buddy system and finding a friend or two you can call on days you’re running behind to see if they can hang with your kiddos and play outside for a bit until you get there. 

  • Children will be dismissed to parents or others the parent has authorized by their enrollment paperwork or an email to the director. 
  • If the teacher does not know the person who is picking up, they may ask for ID (so please warn those on your pick up list).
Pick up procedures by location:   Lakewood          Westminster          Evergreen

We love to see the community building that happens after school on the playground so after you pick them up, feel free to let your kids hang out and play for a while after school so you can meet and visit with other homeschooling parents!

USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE PARKING LOT - WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERY CHILD AND EVERY FAMILY SAFE!!!  


Medical

Students requiring medication (including Tylenol, inhalers, Benadryl, & Epi Pens) will need a completed form prior to medication being allowed at school. This form must be completed by your doctor and is available from Ms. Bobbi or Ms. Kelly. The Home School Connection cannot give any medication without a completed medication form. Students are not allowed to carry medication unless such an agreement has been made between the student, parents, doctor, our Nurse, and the director. If you need a medication form, talk to Ms. Kelly prior to the first day of school so we’re all set when school begins!

 Asthma          Allergies           All Medications (including over the counter – read more here)


Stay Connected at HSC

Our Website

· Monthly Newsletter

· Current Class Enrollments

· Event Calendar

· Staff Bio’s and contact information

· Resources for homeschooling families

· FAQ page

The link is delivered monthly to your inbox

· Calendar of events

· Classroom Newsletters

· Teacher Requests (usually recycled materials)

 

· Pictures of what we’re up to in our classes

· Reminders of important dates

· Funny kid quotes

· Interesting facts about the teachers

· Local events

 

 



What should my child bring to HSC each week? 

Before you send anything to HSC, please make sure all items are labeled with your child’s (or family) name, Lost & Found is donated every 4 weeks!

  • Snack (Kindergartners should bring 2 snacks) * **
  • Lunch * **
  • Water Bottle - Help protect property & make sure the water bottle does not leak! Water Bottles should be filled with WATER! Please no juice, milk (oh, those get gross!), or any other beverages.
  • Weather appropriate clothes (we will play outside for recess as often as possible so please help your child dress appropriately!)
  • Tennis Shoes if required by one of your child’s classes. 
  • Other class-specific required items (instruments, cameras, etc.)

*Microwaves, silverware, plates, napkins, etc. are NOT available for student use so please make sure your child’s lunch and snack are ready to eat!

**Our Evergreen campus is a nut-free facility. Please be respectful of this policy and refrain from sending your child with items that contain nuts.

All other schools supplies will be provided by The Home School Connection.

From time to time, teachers may request materials (usually recycled) for a project - make sure you check out the newsletter each month to find out what they need!


Toys, Mp3 Players, Cell Phones, Etc.

Leave them at home! 

Over the years at HSC & in classrooms, I have seen many of these very special items disappear, I don’t want this to happen to your child so they are not allowed at The Home School Connection. If a HSC staff member becomes aware of a student having one of these items, Ms. Bobbi will hold on to (to ensure safe-keeping) it until the end of the day. Students are welcome to use the HSC phone if they need to call a parent during the day. There may be times during the semester when a teacher requests these items for an activity in their classroom. Students who would like to participate in that activity must follow the guidelines given by the teacher.


Absences

If your child will be absent, please call or email the director no later than 9:45 on the day of the absence. While we know that HSC is supplemental to the education you are providing your children at home, many of our classes require steady attendance to be successful. If your child misses 3 (three) or more weeks in a semester without notification of the HSC Director, they will be unregistered from the program. If they would like to return to HSC, they will have to be reregistered at the next semester if there is space available. 

The only exception to this is during our October Count window. This is the two week window when we report attendance to the state to receive funding. We love being able to provide your children with quality teachers, classes, and materials and the funding we receive during this window is the ONLY reason we are able to do that.

The October Count window begins on September 24th and ends on October 8th. Student attendance is very important during this window, students may not miss more than one day during these 2 weeks.


Expectations at The Home School Connection

Each year, students & teachers work together to design expectations for each class. All students will be included in & expected to follow these guidelines. Each teacher will let you know what their student’s created in their first newsletter. When students struggle to follow the expectations we will utilize the Recovery Process:

  1.    A kind reminder of the expectations
  2.    Recovery break (student is removed from the activity - in or outside of the classroom)
  3.    A visit to the director who will decide what actions need to be taken in order to ensure the individual’s success for the remainder of the day.
The Home School Connection expects everyone to "Respect the PONY: Property, Others, Nature, Yourself" 



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