Note from the Principal – Welcome Back
Parents and Guardians,
I sincerely hope your summers have been going well! I just spoke to many Cedar Hollow staff members and know they share my excitement in getting back to school and having a great year! I want to provide you with some information regarding the upcoming school year, and encourage you to contact us at Cedar Hollow with any other questions.
Our first day of school is Thursday, August 12. Classes will start at 7:55 and end at 3:15. One change to our schedule from past years is that our first day is a full day this year, so please note that. School Supply lists are available on the link provided here.
The best and most updated way to stay connected with what is going on is through the Cedar Hollow Calendar and Northwest District Calendar. You may also follow us on our Facebook page, Cedar Hollow Website and Northwest Website.
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We have three new teachers joining our staff this year. We had three teachers retire, who we will miss very much, but feel these three individuals will be wonderful educators at Cedar Hollow! Jocelyn Glenn will be our new 2nd grade teacher. Bailey Bryant will be one of our middle school special education teachers and Raquel Roth will be one of our elementary special education teachers. We welcome these three professionals and look forward to you getting to meet them at open house!
Our open house is scheduled for the night before school starts, Wednesday, August 11. The open house will run from 6:30 – 7:30. In addition, our wonderful PTO will be having an ice cream social in the cafeteria where all parents and students can enjoy some ice cream and access material involving PTO. The social will also be available from 6:30 – 7:30. There will also be a meeting for all incoming middle school students and their parents (6th graders and other middle schoolers new to Cedar Hollow) at approximately 7:10 in the gym. The meeting should be over at around 7:30. The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize students and parents with how middle school will work, how to communicate with teachers, how to access student grades in real time, how we use technology to help student learning, and other ways to support your middle school student.
We have almost 400 students at Cedar Hollow, which is wonderful! We are so excited to provide what we think is an excellent education to all of our students. Our numbers do cause challenges at times as well. Parking for that many families is always a challenge. We are going to have our early bird experience available for all K-2 families this year instead of only kindergarten. Early bird means those students in grades K-2 that are not involved in a rideshare or have siblings in grades other than K-2, will be allowed to dismiss at 3:05. Those students will not miss an academic experience at that time, but we hope that those students being able to access their rides at that time will help lessen the congestion in the front lot. If you do choose for your child in grades K-2 to take advantage of the early bird dismissal, you can contact your child’s teacher at open house. What would also really help us is ride providers please do not show up to school well in advance of their child’s dismissal time. For instance, if you have a child that is not dismissed until 3:15, we would really appreciate it if you can arrive near that time (after 3:05) to pick your child up. We are also eliminating spots near the playground and asking that all parents consistently move forward in their particular line to help us provide a safe, efficient dismissal.
Some of you may be already accessing class lists and schedules through Powerschool. Please know that this is still a work in progress and you may see some incomplete information. Please know that this is preliminary information and not finalized yet.
For those interested in middle school activities, please go to the Cedar Hollow tab of the Northwest website ginorthwest.org, and find information regarding the activity your child may find of interest. Practice for the fall sports does begin the first full week of school, Monday, August 16. Athletes must have a physical to participate in practices or games.
We are excited to offer one to one technology devices for all students, K-12. As noted in our device user agreement during the registration process, each year students in grades 6-12 are required to pay a technology use fee. This fee can be paid online on our website (under links, online payment) or in the office. It is important to remember that this fee does not include damage fees. Students will be charged a $25 incident fee for any damage or repairs needed on their device. This is a per incident fee and is a flat $25 fee per incident. We ask that these 6th-8th grade fees be paid by Friday, August 20th and prior to taking devices home.
Note: These technology fees may be waived if you have qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch and completed the sharing information form. This process must be done prior to August 20th. Click here for more information.
I appreciate you reading through the entire letter and gaining the information you need to help start your child off to a great year. I also appreciate very much all of you being a partner with us in providing the best education possible for your child. If you have questions regarding any aspect of your child’s education, please contact me at (308)385-6306.