March 13, 2022

  • Hello Hyannis West Families!

    • This Wednesday, March 16th is a half day of school for teacher professional development. Pick-up is at 11:45 and the buses will depart by 12:00.  There is no after-school daycare or 21st Century Program on half days.
    • At Hyannis West, our goal is to include and meet the needs of all groups represented at our school and in our community. Please complete the brief survey. It is very important to us that we hear from all our families. We value your honest feedback on this survey.
    • We are picking Hyannis West PTO Prize Calendar winners daily. You can see if you, or someone you know, is a winner by watching the daily videos on the Hy West PTO Facebook Page or by looking at the Prize Calendar on the Hy West website.
    • Thank you to all the families and students who attended our Hy West Virtual Storytelling Night w/ award winning storyteller, Antonio Rocha! We appreciate the generosity of the Enoch Cobb Trust Fund who provided the funding for the fun, family event!
    • To promote the upcoming musical at Barnstable High School, Wednesday, March 16th, is Shrek Day in Barnstable. At Hy West we will show our support on Wednesday by asking our students to dress up as their favorite Shrek character or to wear green.  Also, since our classes chose a movie day for their schoolwide STAR reward, we will show the Shrek movie to our students. Since Shrek has a PG rating, if you’d like to opt your child out of watching the movie, just email me and I will be sure to provide an alternative, fun activity.  
    • Below is information about what Title I Teachers are focusing on with our 1st Grade students for the month of March:
      • Reading - First grade students are working on reading words with blends and reading long vowel words with the letter e (you may hear them call them silent e, magic e, or king e words). While students are working on reading longer and harder words in the classroom, our Title 1 small groups are continuing to practice blending sounds together to create and read new words they have already been introduced to within the classroom. Does your child love playing on their tablet or computer? If so, check out SplashLearn for fun and educational phonics and reading games! Making an account for families is free!
      • Math - First graders are working on determining the “number after” without having to count every number in order to know (running start). For example, students are practicing answering the question, “What number comes after __?” without having to count from another number to determine the answer. If students are asked, “What number comes after 83?” they should be able to quickly say 84 without having to take a “running start” (e.g. “80, 81, 82, 83, so the answer is 84”) We are still focusing on the numbers that come after 49, 59, 69, 79, and 89. Knowing the number that comes after these numbers is an important skill to being able to count correctly. To help your child, try asking them, “What number comes after __?”
    • 2nd Trimester Report Cards are now accessible for families in the Aspen portal. Directions for accessing the report card were sent via email Friday afternoon. If you have difficulty viewing your child’s report card, please request a paper copy from your child’s teacher.
    • For the next 2 weeks our school-wide STAR expectation is showing patience. Please talk to your child at home about what it looks and sounds like to have to wait and be patient.
    • Our next PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) meeting is Wednesday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. We’d love to see you!
    • If your child is sick and cannot attend school, please report their absence to Nurse Ricki at (508) 790-6480 ext. 1532 or via email.
    • Yearbooks are now on sale! Each yearbook is $12 for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. All third grade students will receive a free yearbook at the end of the year! Flyers will go home soon but you can also order them online.
    • Please use these important links as needed:

    Have a wonderful week! If you ever have any questions, concerns or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Currey or me. 

    Respectfully, Kathi Amato