Henderson Mill Elemenary – Week 16 – December 6, 2020

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Henderson Mill Elementary PTA

Region II Town Hall meeting 

Region II invites you to a Parent Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Click on this link to join – https://bit.ly/2JtHb8O

Hour of Code

Hour of Coding this week

Hour of Code is a global initiative aimed at encouraging students to participate in computer science. Learning to code puts children in control of the computer and through experimentation, builds mastery in sequencing skills, counting, problem solving, logical thinking, cause and effect, and critical thinking. Hour of Code is December 7-18. Henderson Mill is registered to participate. All students will participate by creating basic algorithms , to run a game, during S.T.E.M. class. Art classes, with Ms. Lopez will participate in an artist coding program and Ms. Roberts will work with classroom teachers to schedule times for a coding class.

Please ask your child about their “Hour of Code” experience this week!

Wellness Committee

A Note from the Wellness Committee: This week saw extremely low temperatures for our area, so low temps are a perfect introduction to our December Wellness Topic: Winter Safety. This month, your student will learn about dressing appropriately for cold weather, how to avoid slips and falls on ice, frostbite, winter hydration, etc…. You can reinforce this learning at home by talking to your children about Winter Safety, expectations for dressing warmly while playing outside, and how to walk carefully in icy conditions. It’s important that, even though we don’t get a lot of snow here in Atlanta, we learn how to navigate the icy winter conditions in the South. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/winterweather/index.html

Lego Robotics Club

Attention parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents! Our Lego Robotics coaches, Ms. Hardegree and Ms. Roberts, will be offering an afterschool virtual coding and robotics club. Students in good academic and behavioral standing will be able to join for the once a week session to deepen their understanding of coding. This time will be held over Zoom on Thursday afternoons from 2:15-3:15pm. Applications/Sign ups for the club will be coming out after Winter Break and the club will start meeting at the start of the new semester. Please be aware that if your student is not completing classwork or attending classes regularly, they will not be allowed to attend.

The goal of this afterschool program, even in our virtual setting, is to prepare and train a group of students to be ready to try out for our Lego Robotics team, which meets and competes in the Fall. The Lego Robotics team is given a problem to focus on and has to create a solution to that problem. Coding is only one small part of the whole project that students complete as part of Lego Robotics. Even if your student does not participate in the virtual Coding and Robotics Club, they can still try out for Lego Robotics in the Spring/Fall (depending on current schooling situations).

Be on the look out for more information immediately after Winter Break.

Empty Stocking Fund

Children from birth through 12 years of age who live in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding or Rockdale County and receive public assistance are eligible to receive gifts from The Empty Stocking Fund. This year, in an effort to keep you and your children safe and healthy, you will be able to shop online for your child(ren)’s holiday gifts.

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