Fox Hill Happenings ~ 5-19-17

This week was unseasonably warm making us remember how fast the end of the school year is approaching.  Everyone is quite busy finishing up this school year and starting planning for the new year school year.  At the end of every school year comes the possibility of teacher retirements and this year we are preparing to say goodbye to two of our greatest teachers.  It is bittersweet to formally announce that Mrs. Doyle, grade 1 teacher and Mrs. Lewis, grade 2 teacher will officially retire on June 30, 2017 after 30 years of teaching.  Their years of service to Fox Hill children and to their parents can be best described as nothing short of exceptional.  Their care, understanding, knowledge and experience has provided students with a strong foundation in which can be built upon in later years and influenced them in positive ways.  In addition to these two retirements, is the formal announcement that our dear Mrs. Hevey, grade 4 teacher has decided to leave teaching to stay home to care for her two young boys.   This was not an easy decision for Mrs. Hevey because she loves her profession and her students but it is the right decision for her at this time. Mrs. Hevey’s compassion, her quiet and gentle nature will be greatly missed at Fox Hill School.  We learned a lot from Mrs. Hevey and we will take those lessons and weave them into our work with children.  We wish all our exceptional teachers a bright and peaceful future as they take on this next exciting chapter in their life.

Our enrollment is changing every year at Fox Hill School, making it necessary to change the configurations of grade levels.  Next year, there will be 4-kindergarten classes, 5-grade 1 classes, 4-grade 2 classes, 4-grade 3 classes, 3-grade 4 classes and an anticipated 4-grade 5 classes.  We are in the process or hiring new teachers and adjusting teacher assignments.  All new teacher assignments will be shared with parents in a few weeks when they are finalized.  

Finally, several students created a “Be the One’ instructional video.  Our school values and the explosion of technology occurring at Fox Hill School made an impression on several grade 4 students. Savanna Scali took the initiative with several of her classmates to create this heartwarming video.  It is truly a fine and proud moment at Fox Hill School to have such exceptional students take on the values of Fox Hill School.  

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Fox Hill Happenings ~ 5-12-17

Happy Mother’s Day!  We wish our beautiful Fox Hill mothers a relaxing and peaceful day!  We experienced a very special moment at Fox Hill School today, we had a “Kindness Assembly,” courtesy of the Fox Hill PTO and sponsored by the internationally recognized nonprofit organization KIND CAMPAIGN.  Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson co-founders of KIND CAMPAIGN came to Fox Hill School from California to tell their story about how they are effecting positive change by inspiring others to be kind, and the overall power of kindness.  Students listened attentively as Molly and Lauren told their stories about others being unkind to them as children and how one person made a difference to them by being kind.  Students listened to every word, Lauren and Molly had to say.  After students listened to Molly and Lauren’s stories, students had an opportunity to share their pledges of kindness.  Listening to our students’ pledges was heartwarming and witnessing the respect their friends gave them as they talked was quite a special moment.  Another powerful part of the assembly was asking students to take time to write a “kindness apology.”  This apology was to be made to someone they wanted to say sorry to and were afraid to do so.  The assembly ended with students writing kindness cards to others and students shared those thoughts at the assembly too.  As a result of the assembly, we are making a kindness wall where students will write messages of kindness to place on the wall.  I am very proud of our students for their warmth, their honesty and their efforts to be kind everyday.  Special thanks to the Kathleen Matta for bringing this wonderful opportunity to Fox Hill School.  Her kindness was very much appreciated!

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Our teaching staff was overwhelmed with the kindness bestowed upon us from the parent community and from the PTO during teacher appreciation week.  On Monday, staff were greeted with a sign welcoming them to school, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, they were treated to an abundance of fruit, cupcakes and flowers.  On Friday, staff were treated to a magnificent luncheon provided by parents that included numerous salads, entrees, desserts and beverages.  We had a lot of fun all week and felt parent support, gratitude and appreciation.  Thank you for everything!

Finally, special thanks to all the families who reached out to support the need to fix our school garden fence.  Special thanks to the Parsons family who came up to Fox Hill School, fixed the fence to surprise us.  Again, an act of kindness that was very much appreciated.  Thank you all for caring about us!

Our fourth edition of our Fox Hill News was broadcast throughout the week, please take a peek, here!

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