Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome back to HMS!

My wife Erin (carrying our little one!) and I enjoying a hike in Rocky Mtn. National Park. 

This summer has been a busy one. In addition to our vacation to Colorado, we've been getting our house ready for our new baby and Erin has been transitioning from full time work to being a full time Mom. We are both so excited for this new chapter in our lives to begin. 

I'm also excited to share with you that I attended a week-long Responsive Classroom workshop. Myself and two other colleagues from HMS traveled down to Westfield, MA for four days to immerse ourselves in the practice. For those of you who are not familiar with Responsive Classroom, it's an "evidence-based social and emotional learning program." As an educator, I think of it as a way to bolster a community in the classroom (or gym) by means of positive teacher language to ensure children are learning to their full potential. For a brief informational video on RC, scroll down along the right side of this blog.

For families who are interested in my weekly "walking school bus," I will announce a start date soon. Typically we begin sometime in mid-Sept and as long as the sidewalks are safe, we'll walk to school every Tuesday throughout the year. For more information click on the "Welcome Back" audio clip at the top right of this blog. 

A mother elk and her baby. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring into Fitness!

Every HMS PE class involves elements of fitness but once a year during our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, 2nd and 3rd graders really focus on building muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Here are just some of the activities from this past week. Don't forget to check out the PE pics tab at the top for more photos! Happy Spring!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jump Rope for Heart

Second and third grade classes at HMS have just started a fitness unit in their P.E classes. Students will be introduced to various types of activities that include jump ropes, medicine balls, agility ladders, stretch bands, balance disks, etc… During this unit, students will have the option to participate in a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. This program was designed by the American Heart Association to raise money and awareness for heart disease and stroke. Students may collect donations online through the website: or hand in the donation folder with checks made out to the American Heart Association.

Knowing every detail may not make its way home, here are some answers to common questions:

1.)   No, it is not mandatory to collect any money.
2.)   There is no “event” that your child has to sign up for.
3.)   If you choose to collect donations, the money must be brought back by 4/18/14
4.)   Your child does not have to keep track of their jumps to receive donations.

Donation folders will be sent home with your child this week and for those families who choose to collect money, please convert all cash to checks (payable to the American Heart Association). As a thank you for your support, the AHA will provide students with small prizes for raising money. You can read about other details on the form itself. Thank you so much for your consideration and support of this great event.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 HMS Spaghetti Supper

Hey HMS families, come join us for our 8th annual Spaghetti Supper! The date is set for Tuesday February 11th with two serving times: 5:15 and 6:15. Please return the form that came home with your son or daughter to ensure our planning for you goes smoothly. 

Prices for dinners are $6.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children, and a Family Rate of $18.00

Checks can be make out to the Hopkinton School District

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scooter Boards!

Here are some of our HMS first graders enjoying their time on the scooters :-)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Eat Your Broccoli!

Ever wonder why you don't see any TV commercials for fruits and vegetables? Click on the following link to watch a great New York Time's video depicting a (fictitious) advertisement campaign in the name of BROCCOLI! Hopefully this concept will catch on!