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March 2019

Important Dates & Upcoming Events


Mar 11th - 15th - St. Patty's Day Week (Optional: Wear as much green as possible!)

Mar 18th - 22nd - Pajama Week (Shoes still required)

Mar 25th - 29th - NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

Enrollment 2019/2020

Enrollment went out on the 5th! Please email ASAP if you did not get contacted about a Class Selection form.

6th Graders, you have the option of repeating your 6th grade year or volunteering to become a Teacher's Assistant. This can only be done once per student. If your sixth grade student would like to be participate in classes please fill out a class selection form. If If interested please email

If you are enrolling a Kindergartner please email ASAP to receive separate instructions on how to start that process.

Class Schedules will go out in July along with our registration email, which will include how to pay registration fees and health information. Please keep an eye on your email around this time!

Musical Theater Tickets

With enrollment here that can only mean one thing, Musical Theater is just around the corner! Like last year, we will sell tickets both in person and online. Online ticket sales will be available the week of Spring Break, and in person tickets will go sale the weeks prior to the musical. Look for more information in the upcoming newsletter.

CMAS Testing

Dear HSC Families,

Each year, Woodrow Wilson participates in the state testing called Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). You have the opportunity to participate if you would like. The dates and times are below. All tests are administered at Woodrow Wilson Academy (8300 W 94th Ave in Westminster). If you are interested in taking the test, you must commit to taking all of them for that grade level.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the Assistant Principal, Sarah Jacobson at or 303.431.3694 x155. She must know by Wednesday, March 13 in order for you to participate.

Third Grade

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday April 9, 10, 12 English Language Arts 815-1015am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 16, 17, 18 Math 815-945am

Fourth Grade

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 19, 20, 21 Math 930-1100am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 2, 3, 4 English Language Arts 900-1100am

Fifth Grade

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 19, 20, 21 Math 945-1115am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 2, 3, 4 English Language Arts 945-1115am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 9, 10, 11 Science 945-1115am

Sixth Grade

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 19, 20, 21 Math 945-1115am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, April 2, 3, 4 English Language Arts 945-1115am

If these times do not work, we have a previous HSC parent that is certified to provide testing. If you are interested in this option, please contact Kim Almas at or 303.483.1520. Website is

Kumon Math & Reading Center of Westminster

As a home-school parent, I look forward to a break over the summer. As a Kumon Instructor, I worry about the “summer slide.” What could your kids gain or lose this summer?

Many people have never heard of Kumon or have misconceptions of what the program is. Kumon is an academic enrichment program that I use to supplement my home-school math and reading curriculum. However, I think the strengths of the Kumon program is that what we strive to instill in children is the desire to achieve their highest potential, rather than learning the fundamentals of math and reading. As well as, the motivation to become an independent self-learner.

Students advance through the program at their own pace. The math and the reading program provide a strong academic foundation, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. The Kumon Math Program is a comprehensive curriculum that develops the necessary skills for children to progress from counting through calculus. The Kumon Reading Program begins with basic phonics and progresses all the way through advanced reading comprehension.

When I decided to home-school, I knew that there were certain subjects and skills that I didn’t have the confidence to teach my daughter. I decided to “farm out” learning to print, cursive writing, creative writing and grammar. My daughter also takes French and guitar lessons from people who have the skills and love to teach. If math isn’t your passion, let Kumon help! If you want to elevate your child(ren)’s literacy, have them reading and comprehending above grade level, the Kumon Reading Program is perfect. If you have a child with special learning needs, the Kumon program allows the student to set the pace and determine the amount of repetition needed to master a concept.

If you child is working above grade level, or is remedial, or you just need a break, I would love to tell you more about why I think Kumon works so well in parallel with home-schooling. If you want more information, please sign up for a parent orientation. SIGN UP

Shannon McCaffery


Please email with all communication about absences, coming in late, leaving early, or pick up information.

If your child will be absent, please email our attendance email no later than 9:45 on the day of the absence. If you know in advance that your student(s) will be out for a planned vacation, please feel free to email that as soon as it is planned. 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.

Important HSC Updates & Reminders

  • Lost and Found
      • HSC Families, just a reminder that we take ALL lost and found items to Goodwill at the end of the semester. Please be sure to check the Lost and Found over the next two weeks to make sure none of your kiddo's stuff gets donated!
  • Restroom Etiquette
      • Please remind your students how to use proper restroom etiquette. We've had several incidents this year across all HSC locations of bathrooms being left "unclean" after a school day.
  • Website
      • Over the next few months we will be updating our website, which may cause pages and tabs to move locations. We ask for your patience during this time as we aim to make a more efficient site for our families!
  • Gum, Candy, Cellphones
      • None of these items are allowed at HSC. Please leave them at home!
  • School Closure Process
      • We follow Jeffco schools for closures, so you can check local news stations and Jeffco’s website for school closures. We will also contact you using the Jeffco automated system, which uses your information from Jeffco Connect so please make sure that is current.
      • There are times when we call school even though Jeffco doesn’t when that happens, you will be notified using the Jeffco automated system through Jeffco Connect.
      • We recommended that you buddy up with another HSC parent in the event that you cannot come pick up your child. We will still enforce late charges on snowy days even when the roads are bad!
  • Jeffco Connect:
      • Please make sure your Jeffco Connect account is updated with all of your current information. This is the main way we communicate with families. If you need your password reset or need help navigating the system, please email Ms. Danielle at
  • Attendance
  • Birthdays
      • If it is your child's birthday week, have them come up to Ms. Danielle at the beginning of the day to receive a birthday sticker and a ticket for the prize box!

Classroom & Location Reminders, Requests, and Updates

  • HSC Drama Needs
      • If you you have extra costumes you and your students are willing to part with consider donating them to HSC! This year's musical is based on Alice Through the Looking Glass and will be designed with a steampunk flair. If you have any costumes that might fit into that world contact Miss Hayley. Otherwise, costumes of any kind that you would like to donate can be shared with Miss Hayley as well. It would be a great benefit to the program to build up a small collection of costumes for the future!
      • If you have objects that could be used to create steampunk costumes or props such as things that look like gears or metal or whatnot Miss Hayley would be happy to put them to good use!
  • Ms. Holly is teaching a new class next year for our Gluten Free and Dairy free students! She is on the look out for gluten free, dairy free, and egg free recipes. If you have any ideas please email her at
        • We've been loving all the donations of quilting fabric and would like the to thank the many parent's who've contributed! If you have any extra quilting fabric that you would like to donate to HSC please stop by Ms. Holly's room in the morning during drop-off or send it to school with your kiddo!
  • Ms. Elona would like to remind her PE students to bring sneakers or comparable shoes!
  • Ms. Nancy would like to remind parents that the field trip for Young Ameritowne is Thursday April 11th.
  • A friendly reminder that our Evergreen campus is entirely NUT FREE. Please re-frame from packing nuts for your student's snacks and lunches.
  • Our new bucket system helps us keep track of your children's belongings, however things do still get misplaced! Please be sure to label everything, water-bottles, backpacks, lunchboxes, jackets, etc. Please be advised that at the end of each semester whatever is left behind will be donated.
  • We like to get kids outside as often as possible, so please be sure to send appropriate attire with your kiddo to school! You never know when a snow storm might come in on a 70 degree day :)

February Highlights

We loved our Valentine's Day event this year! Not only did we have a great turn out with boxes but student's dressed quite festively! To the left is our #HSCValentinesday winners. These lucky kiddos won a golden prize ticket, worth up to five normal prize tickets!

Ms. Kelly's World Cultures studied Tanzania this last month. Students created African masks which they painted themselves!


Hello Homeschool Connection Parents,

I am heading up the Scholastic Reading Club this year for Ms. Chelsea and wanted to let everyone know how easy it is to order books for your young people! Scholastics offers great prices on a wide variety of books for kids of all reading levels. After your first order online you will receive a credit for a free book (Worth up to $5.00, first time scholastic users only) on your next online order.

Use the link below to create a new account. If you've previously ordered from scholastics you may continue to use the same account. Our school book code this year is once again: LML4W

Orders will be submitted on the 15th of every month. Please have them in by the evening of the 14th.

Email with an additional questions or if you’d like to put an order in sooner than the 15th.

Thank you for your time. And let the reading begin!!!!



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