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News From Elementary Principal


News from Elementary Principal

 Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that Quarter 1 is officially in the books!  Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling, the academic learning is staying constant.  November is an important time for us all to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us.  I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the amazing students, parents/guardians, teachers, bus drivers, and our entire support staff at Hershey Elementary.  I am grateful to work with a committed group of educators that are always striving to improve their practices and help each and every student at Hershey grow academically.

Parent-Teacher Conferences were a huge success this past week as we saw a high percentage of students’ parents attend fall conferences!  Please continue to communicate with your child’s classroom teacher throughout the school year as your involvement is an important ingredient for success.  Our teachers communicate in a variety of different ways, such as: weekly newsletters, PowerSchool App, SeeSaw, Dojo, Classroom Facebook, Twitter, phone calls, email, and progress reports.  Please take advantage of these various avenues to ensure your child’s success at home and in the classroom.

Our annual HELP Club Book Fair was OUTSTANDING!  It never seems to amaze me how much time and effort Hershey’s HELP Club members pour into this event.  We were ecstatic to have our hallways decorated for an entire week, given opportunities to create wish lists for our parents and teachers, and demonstrate the importance and value that reading has on every child!  Thank-you HELP Club members and parents!

Elementary Recess: Weather Attire

Now that we are in the month of November, we will continue to see changes in the weather pattern.  Temperatures will continue to 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 begin bringing the appropriate attire for recess time. 

Please be advised that we will adhere to the following “real feel” temperatures when it comes to recess attire:


Below 0° – inside recess for all students

Below 40° – students are required to wear a coat

Below 60° – students are required to wear pants



Jared Thomsen


Empowering students to reach their full potential.

“Educating Every Student, Every Day, Every Way”