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Hiawatha Elementary School

Principal's Message

June 2018

Dear Hiawatha Friends and Families:

What an incredible year! Thank you all for welcoming me to the Hiawatha and Sachem family. I cannot believe we have already reached the last month of school and our summer will be here shortly. We have had so many fun, educational activities this year.

We have begun to work on grouping students for the upcoming school year. I appreciate all of the letters received for students' placements and will do my best to honor your requests, but please understand it is impossible to honor all of them, especially any letter requesting specific students to be placed with or students to avoid. As done in the past, specific teacher requests will not be honored.

Field Day and Applebee’s Day were huge successes. Thanks to our wonderful PTA and Building Leadership Team (BLT) for the cool tee shirts, their constant support of our character education programs and the educational programs and trips.

Parents are welcome to drop off High School Seniors for their annual walk on Tuesday, June19th at 1:45 pm. However, due to safety concerns no parents or guardians will be allowed in school that day. If you would like to visit the school and walk the halls with your senior you are welcome to make an appointment during the summer by calling our main office.

We hope to increase communication with our school community, so please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for Remind texts and be sure to follow us on Twitter
@Hiawatha huskies and @hiawatha library.

Our 5th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20th at Sachem North. Students need to be at North by 4:30 PM. The video will begin promptly at 4:45 PM.

Our last day of school is Thursday, June 21st. This will be a full day for all students and they will be dismissed at regular time. 
I would like to thank our PTA for their incredible support. Our students were treated to great programs and field trips. Thank you to Georgette Caddle for serving as our PTA President and Dawn Cummings for serving as our long-standing Arts in Ed. / trip coordinator. These ladies do a fantastic job with such positive energy. We are looking forward to the great activities that are already in the works for the 2018-2019 school year.

Congratulations to our fifth grade students for the completion of their elementary educational career. They have done a wonderful job. We are proud of them and wish them the best of luck as they embark on their journey to middle school. They will be greatly missed.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Gina Ernest, our Speech Pathologist, for her many years of service to our students and our community. She has made a long lasting positive impression on so many students. We wish her a happy, healthy and wonderful retirement.

Please make sure our students are active readers this summer. The best way to help keep our students’ skills sharp is having them read every day for 20 minutes. The Sachem Library program is a free, worthwhile program to look into for your child.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to wish our Hiawatha students and their families a safe, healthy, and happy summer.

We look forward to welcoming you back in September. Have a great summer!


Kathy O’Farrell, Principal