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News From Elementary Principal




 Dear Parents,

I cannot believe how fast September has flown by!  We have had a fantastic month, here at Hershey Elementary.  It has been incredibly busy, but the progress the students have made in just a few short weeks has been astounding to see!  Students have begun settling into their new classrooms through established routines.  It has been wonderful seeing the tremendous amounts of learning occurring in every classroom on a daily basis!  This year has so much in store for our students, which our entire team is excited to witness their growth!  

Now that we are in the month of October, we will begin to see changes in the weather pattern.  Temperatures will begin to slowly drop and it is important that your child comes to school prepared for the appropriate conditions.  Please remember that our students go outside year-round, and now is the time to bring sweatshirts or light jackets for recess time.

We are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter.  This means we will be conducting our first conferences of the 2019-20 school year.  K-6 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held from 4-8pm on Thursday, October 24th and from 8am-noon on Friday, October 25th.  This is a great time to visit with your child’s teacher, celebrate your child’s success, as well as focus on the goals that still remain for the ongoing semester.  I encourage you to set up a time to conference with your child’s teacher as it is important that you have a hand in their learning process.  You may sign up for a time slot by going to our homepage https://www.hpspanthers.org/ and click on the Parent Teacher Conferences tab.  If you do not have an account, you will need to create one.  I’m looking forward to observing a high percentage of parents in attendance during conferences.  

It has been wonderful seeing so many parents and grandparents coming in to eat lunch with their children or grandchildren.  You are always welcome into our building!  I am also grateful for the amount of parental involvement and support that we have in our community of Hershey.  Studies have always suggested that students with high levels of parental engagement/involvement lead to an increased chance of high student success in school or life in general.

I also ask that you continue to monitor your child’s grades.  The PowerSchool app is a great tool to help you monitor grades and\ or missing assignments.  Some of the most important engagement you can offer your son or daughter is to spend valuable time each evening discussing their school day and taking an active part of his or her education.  To help ensure your child’s success in school, please make sure they are present and on time daily throughout the calendar year!  Excessive absenteeism is becoming more prevalent in schools around the country.  I encourage you to read through Board Policy 503.04, which deals with excessive absenteeism.  Parents of students who are absent for more than ten days - excused or unexcused - during a semester will need to visit with the principal to develop a plan to reduce absenteeism.

Once again, I am honored to serve as the Elementary Principal of Hershey Public Schools.  It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth.  Please feel free to contact me at (308) 368-5572 or at jared.thomsen@hpspanthers.org

Upcoming October Events

  • Fire Prevention Week
    • Fire Prevention week will be observed October 7-11.  Students will be engaged in several activities throughout the week, learning about fire safety and planning.  It is encouraged that each family conduct a fire drill at home to prepare for, in any case of an emergency.  It is also recommended to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month in your household, while replacing batteries twice a year.  Students in grade PK-3 will be visiting the Hershey Fire Department on Wednesday, October 9th as part of Fire Prevention Week.
  • H.E.L.P. Club Book Fair
    • Our annual H.E.L.P. Club Book Fair will be held on October 21-25th.  I am forever grateful for all the time and effort that these members continue to volunteer to our school district!  
  • Parade of Costumes
    • I want to personally invite you to attend the Parade of Costumes on Thursday, October 31st at 2:30 pm in the west gym.  All students are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes during the day.  I ask that no make-up or paint be applied to your child’s face or extremities.  This unique tradition allows your child to showcase their spooky Halloween costumes!  Classroom teachers will be sending home more information about their classroom Halloween Party.
  • Red Ribbon Week
    • October 28- November 1
      • More details will be sent home with your child at a later date


Jared Thomsen


Empowering students to reach their full potential.

“Educating Every Student, Every Day, Every Way”