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December Newsletter

December 2017 Principal’s Newsletter


Winter Weather

As winter weather approaches, please be sure that you have returned the early dismissal form to your child’s teacher. These forms were sent home at the beginning of the school year. In case of early dismissal, this helps us know how your child needs to get home safely. You can also find information on school closings on the Hawkins County Website,, and/or tuning in to your local news and radio stations. Calls will also be sent out through the district’s Skylert phone system in case of changes due to weather.


Winter Benchmark Assessment

In the upcoming weeks, students will be completing winter benchmark tests for reading and math. Please encourage your child to do their absolute best on these Aimsweb assessments, as this data is used to determine students’ individual needs for intervention. 

Invitation to SMS Basketball Game

As a reminder, Surgoinsville Elementary Students have been invited to attend for free and be honored at the SMS basketball games on the evening of Monday, December 4th. The girls’ basketball game will begin at 5:00pm, with the boys’ game immediately following at approximately 6:00pm. Go Eagles!

Family Engagement

Thank you to all who attended our Literacy Night event! We had wonderful participation, and we hope you left with new ideas to support literacy at home. For the most up-to-date family engagement information, visit our school webpage and/or “like” our Facebook page. You can also find our Family Engagement Plan our school webpage.


Christmas Gift Shop

The PTSO Christmas Gift Shop will be available to student during the week of December 4th-8th. Students may shop for Christmas gifts for family members and friends. We want to thank the PTSO for their hard work to give students this opportunity. For anyone who would like to volunteer to help in the gift shop, it is greatly appreciated.


Christmas Olympics

Students with good behavior for the first semester will be participating in our annual Christmas Olympics as a positive behavior incentive on December 18th. Concessions will also be available on this day if you would like to send extra money with your child.


Christmas Program

Our second graders, along with assistance from other students and staff, will be presenting a Christmas program on December 14th. Visitors are invited to attend a special performance at 2:00pm on this day. Thank you to those who are assisting with costumes and props.

Afternoon Routines

If your child rides a bus home, please remind them to follow the bus rules for students to have a safe ride home. If your child is a car rider, please use our car rider pick-up line that circles behind the building and display your car rider tag with your child’s number. If your child needs to be picked up early, or if your child will be getting home differently than normal, please let our office staff know as soon as possible. We want to make sure all students receive necessary messages. Please write a note in the planner any time there is a change in routine.



Don’t forget that “Strive for less than five” is Hawkins County School’s motto this year to remind families the importance of attendance. We encourage students to have less than five absences this school year. It is extremely important that students be at school to receive instruction and be engaged in learning in the classroom. Should it be necessary that your child is absent, please use the form provided in your child’s planner (unless it is a doctor’s excuse). Excuses are not accepted after five school days upon the student’s return, and the student will be written as unexcused. Only five parent notes are allowed per semester. Early dismissals / tardies accumulate and can result in a day’s absence. Once all parent notes are used, days will then be unexcused unless there is a doctor’s note.


Parent Lending Library

Thank you for supporting your child as well by practicing skills at home. Students greatly benefit from activities such as reading aloud and practicing basic math facts for fluency. We also have a parent lending library available for games and activities if you would like to check out materials for additional skills practice at home. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested.



Upcoming Events:


Dec. 4                    SES students attend SMS basketball games for free (girls game- 5:00pm; boys game- 6:00pm)

Dec. 4-8                PTSO Christmas Gift Shop

Dec. 14                 Christmas Program (parent program at 2:00pm)

Dec. 14                 PTSO Popcorn/Drink Day

Dec. 15                 3rd Grade Field Trip

Dec. 18                 Christmas Olympics Positive Behavior Reward / concessions

Dec. 19                 Dismiss at 11:30pm for Christmas Break

Jan. 3                     Classes Resume




Surgoinsville Elementary School’s mission is to educate with excellence

by meeting all state standards in a positive, safe, and caring environment.


At SES, we do our BEST!