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January Newsletter

January 2018 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.


Food Service Appreciation Day

We want to thank our cafeteria staff for all the hard work they give to provide food to our students and faculty on a daily basis. Please join us in showing appreciation for our food service staff by wearing red on Thursday, January 11th.


School Board Appreciation Week

We would also like to show our appreciation to the Hawkins County School Board and our own member, Mr. Tecky Hicks, for their support of our students and faculty. To show appreciation, please join us in wearing orange and/or school pride attire on January 24th.


PTSO Valentine’s Gift Sale

PTSO will begin taking orders for Valentine’s Day gifts such as stuffed animals on Monday, January 29th through Thursday, February 8th. Gifts ordered will be delivered to students on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.


Candy Sale Fundraiser

Letters to introduce our candy sale fundraiser will come home on Monday, January 29th. The fundraiser will take place from January 31st until February 14th. Money raised will be used to purchase items to assist with daily instruction and classroom needs. Thank you for your help and support with our fundraising efforts!


Family Engagement

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.


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:


Jan. 5                     Read n Quiz Celebration in the gym at 8:15am

Jan. 10                   Report Cards     

Jan. 11                   Food Service Appreciation (Wear red)

Jan. 15                   No School

Jan. 19                   Toy Day for Positive Behavior

Jan. 22-26            School Board Appreciation (Wear orange and school pride attire on Jan. 24)

Jan. 23                   100th Day of School

Jan. 29                   PTSO Valentine’s Gift Sale Begins (through Feb. 8)

Jan. 31                   Candy Fundraiser Begins (through Feb. 14)





Surgoinsville Elementary School’s mission is to educate with excellence

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


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