May 1, 2022

  • Hello Hyannis West Families!

    Wow!  I can’t believe it’s May 1st!  There will be lots of learning and fun going on at Hyannis West this month.

    • Thank you to everyone who reads this weekly newsletter! I hope you find it informative. Home-school communication is so important to student success, so we appreciate the time you take to stay connected with us.
    • Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3rd and Nurse Appreciation Day is Friday, May 6th. The Hyannis West PTO parents are asking Hy West families to show their appreciation for our teachers and nurse this week by sending in a kind note of appreciation and/or small store-bought edible treat (ie. Keurig Cups, bottles of water, candy, snack bags, breakfast bars, etc.).  The entire staff works so hard and this is a small way to say thank you.  
    • This week our Star Expectation will continue to be utilizing technology responsibly. Please see the Barnstable Public Schools website which includes documents to review with your child on appropriate internet use.  
    • Save the Date! Our Title I Department will be hosting a Game Night for Hyannis West students and their families on June 9th, 5:45 - 6:45 in the Hy West Courtyard.  Bring a blanket and a game to play. This is a great chance to meet other Hy West families.  More information will be sent home in backpacks soon.
    • Field trips are back! In order for students to attend, their contact information must be updated each year.  We have MANY families that have not updated their child’s information this year. 
      • Update Link
      • If you don’t know your child’s 6-digit LASID number, please contact me, Mr. Currey, or your child’s teacher.
      • Also, if you are interested in being a potential chaperone, you must first register to be a volunteer.
        Volunteer information in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
    • Great news! After an application and interview process, seventeen 3rd grade students were recently chosen as Hy West Ambassadors. They are super excited and ready to show their leadership skills by taking on various “jobs” throughout our school starting this week.
    • Below is information about what Title I Reading Teachers are focusing on with our 3rd Grade students during intervention for the month of April:
      • Reading- April in third grade means MCAS! Students are working reading longer stories and passages and answering comprehension questions to go along with them. You can help them out at home by reading with them and asking them questions about what they have read, what they predict will happen next, what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story, etc.  All of these are questions they will see while taking the test.  These students have all worked SO hard preparing and we are all extremely proud of them!
      • Math- This month, in third grade, our students are continuing to focus on how to quickly add & subtract all numbers within 10. For example, when shown the equation 4 + 3, students quickly know that the answer is 7. We are encouraging our third grade students to no longer use their fingers to count on in order to find the answer but rather use the various strategies that we have discovered together. To solve the above equation, a student may say “I know my doubles. 3 + 3 = 6 so this double plus 1 more would make the answer 7.” Strategies like making a 5 and then making a ten or using our doubles ( 4 + 4 = 8) are strategies that our third graders are finding most useful to add and subtract all numbers within 10.
    • 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.
    • 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