April 10, 2022

  • Hello Hyannis West Families!

    • A reminder that this is a 4-day week. There is no school from April 15th to the 24th due to April vacation.  We will see everyone back on Monday, April 25th.
    • At Hyannis West, we continue to build our skills to become a Culturally Responsive School. During a recent Professional Development day, our Custodian, O’Neil Battiese, and our Portuguese Interpreter, Gustavo Barandas, presented valuable information to our staff that enhanced our understanding of our students’ educational experiences in Brazil and Jamaica.  Having a deeper understanding of our students’ and families’ cultures will help us to better educate ALL our students. 
    • This week we will continue to practice the Star expectation of Solving Problems. This week we will focus on keeping problems “small”.  Sometimes how we react to problems actually makes the problem bigger.  Our staff works hard to model strategies for our students such as: positive self-talk, counting to 10, belly breathing, etc. so their problems can stay small and they can continue to access their learning. Feel free to use the “keep it small” language at home too!
    • Our 3rd Graders did an amazing job focusing on the MCAS testing last week and tried their absolute best! A reminder that they will also participate in 2 days of Math MCAS testing on May 18th and 19th.
    • Visit the Hyannis Public Library website to find fun, engaging events for children of all ages. There is also an eight-week program, “Getting Ready for Kindergarten Story Time” designed to help children not exposed to preschools or daycare.  If interested, you will need to register on the website.
    • Below is information about what Title I Reading Teachers are focusing on with our 1st Grade students during intervention for the month of April:
      • Reading - students continue practicing reading and spelling words based on their phonics skills of the week. Students who come to Title 1 teachers for additional support are working on re-learning their letter names and sounds as well as reading and writing words using skills that have already been taught in the classroom.   You will often see these students bringing home worksheets and books they have read while in group; be sure to ask them about them, as well as to have them read to you! They are working extremely hard!
      • Math - This month in, the students are continuing to work 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 __?”
    • The 21st Century Summer Program Interest Form went home last week. Our Summer Program, which focuses on literacy and project-based learning, will run from July 11th - August 11th, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Completing the Interest Form does not guarantee a space in the program.  You will then be provided with an Enrollment Form at a later date that will need to be submitted before your child is accepted into the program.
    • We encourage you to closely monitor your child’s Internet use at home. Students are coming into school demonstrating dances, phrases, sounds, etc. that they are seeing on Tik Tok and many are not age-appropriate for school.  Children have so much access to information online these days that it can become difficult to control what they see/hear.  If home and school work as a team on this, then our children will benefit.
    • Our next PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) meeting is Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. We’d love to see you!
    • There’s still time to complete our Hyannis West Family Survey. We value your feedback! Thank you! A flier with a QR code was sent home in backpacks last week for another way to access the online survey.
    • 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