Papillion-La Vista School District

Welcome to Hickory Hill!

News for the Week of December 12, 2014
A note from Mr. Guthmiller ...
I want to take a moment to thank all the members of the Hickory Hill Singers for their outstanding caroling Tuesday night at Shadow Lake. I was so very proud of the awesome representation of talent we have at Hickory Hill!  A very special thanks goes to Mrs. Kuster for all of her hard work with the club this semester!  You all did a tremendous job!
I want to remind parents at morning and after school drop-off and pick-up to be cautious and courteous as cars move through the parking lot. Please check in your rear view mirrors and blind spots for oncoming cars and pedestrians as you change from curb pick-up and drop-off.  Also, be most cautious as you are waiting to enter the parking lot with the sun coming up--as it can be blinding for a moment—to watch for students being crossed by our Safety Patrol. Please also proceed slowly though the lot and watch for cars backing out of parking spaces as well as parents and students crossing through parking lanes. Our traffic moves smoothly when all cars follow the procedures. Most days, unless the weather is snowy and slick, traffic moves through the lot in about 10-12 minutes. Not bad for roughly 400 students!  We certainly appreciate everyone’s support in following traffic procedures.
As the cold weather begins to set in for the winter months, please stay updated on weather forecasts and be sure your child dresses for the outdoors. All classrooms have one or two recesses, no longer than 10-15 minutes, outside each day if it is not raining, snowing or below 0 degrees wind chill. Scarves, hats, mittens or gloves, along with a nice warm coat, are important so your child can be comfortable outdoors.  Also, unless the morning temperature with wind chill factored in dips below 0 degrees, we will still have walking club every morning outside beginning at 7:40. Please be sure your child is bundled up as they exit vehicles. If temperatures are too cold, or the weather is inclement, students will come directly into the building to participate in walking club in the main hallway until the first bell rings at 8:05.
I also want to extend my appreciation to all parents for the extra efforts you take to be active and engaged partners in your child’s education. We are most grateful for the opportunity to work with your children and feel honored that you entrust them in our hands each day. We couldn’t have a better group of students and community of parents! 
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Mr. Guthmiller
Students can Shop for Family Members Tomorrow
The Friends of Hickory Hill is sponsoring a Holiday Shop for the students to come and shop for family and friends on Saturday, December 13th from 10am - 2pm in the gym. Parents can enjoy some coffee and hot chocolate while their child shops for gifts and experiences the joy of giving to others. Gifts range in price from $.25 to $5.00 and they will be assisted in wrapping the gifts as well. We hope you can swing by on Saturday and spread a little holiday cheer! 
Please Call to Register Your Child for Kindergarten Round-up
If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2015, and will be attending Hickory Hill for kindergarten, please call Nancy at 402-898-0469 to register your child.  Please pass this information to friends and neighbors who are new to the area or do not currently have a child enrolled in our school.  More information will be coming at a later date.
Writer/Photographer, Jeff Kurrus, to Visit Hickory Hill
Nebraska nature Writer/Photographer, Jeff Kurrus, will be visiting Hickory Hill on December 17th to work with our students on the writing process and discuss his new children’s photo-fiction book, The Tale of Jacob Swift.  Book order form is attached to newsletter link.
Hearing Screening Scheduled
Hearing screening will be done by the school district’s nurses at our school on the morning of Tuesday, January 13th.  Kindergarteners who were not screened during their physicals, all 1st through 4th grade students and those students new to the district this year will be screened. If you would like your child excluded from the screening, please submit a written statement from your child’s doctor, to the health office, stating a hearing screening has been conducted within the past 6 months.  Thank you.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program that promotes being physically active every day for 60 minutes and also making sure you fuel up your body with fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and proteins. This year we have community supporters helping us promote this as well. Our first two businesses are Papio Fun Park and Defy Gravity. Both of these businesses realize the importance of kids getting 60 minutes of exercise each day and have picked a day to help students achieve this goal. Please sign up at 
Papio Fun Park is offering FUEL UP FRIDAYS. Starting Friday, November 7, and continuing until Friday, April 24, they will offer free jump bands for any Fuel Up students from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Students should tell them they are active in Fuel Up to Play 60 and let them know they are from Hickory Hill.  Students will then get jump wristbands and stickers on a chart at Papio Fun Park. The chart will have all 18 schools listed. On April 24 the school with the most stickers will win a party at Papio Fun Park to celebrate their commitment to staying active.
Defy Gravity is also giving students a great deal! EVERY Tuesday, starting November 4 through April 28, Fuel Up Play 60 participants can get 60 MINUTES of jump time from 4-6 pm for $5. Reservations for jump times and required waivers can be completed ahead of time on the Defy Gravity website at Use discount code FuelUp to apply discount at checkout. Defy Gravity will award a group jump pass and pizza party to one lucky jumper at the end of the school year!















Important Dates
Saturday December 13th    
Holiday Shoppe 10:00-2:00
Dec. 15     DARE Graduation 1:30 P.M.
Dec. 16     Third Grade Field Trip to the Rose
Dec. 16     Garden Club 3:10 P.M.
Dec. 16     Robotics 3:10 P.M.
Dec. 17     Drama Club 7:15 A.M.
Dec. 17     Hickory Hill Singers 3:10 P.M.
Dec. 18     K & 1st Grade Music Program
                            6:30 & 7:30 P.M.
Dec. 18     Math Olympiads 3:10 P.M.
Dec. 18     Band 7:15 A.M.
Dec. 19     Winter Party 2:00 P.M.
Dec. 19     6th Grade Field trip ~ Humane Society
Winter Break ~ December 22nd - January 2nd
In Case of Inclement Weather
It may seem a little early to think about snow days, but we do live in Nebraska!  When the Papillion-La Vista School District makes the decision to close the school because of the weather, all of the local television stations and KFAB will run announcements.  Families will also receive a Parent Link message informing them of the closing.
Listed below are the classroom lunch schedules for Hickory Hill. You are invited to have lunch with your child during the school year. You may bring in a sack lunch or lunch from a fast food restaurant for you and your child or you may purchase a school lunch. Soda is not allowed. If you would like to purchase a school lunch, please call the office before 9:00 A.M. to order your lunch.  The cost of an adult lunch is $2.75 and you will need the exact change.
11:35-11:55                          Kindergarten
11:45-12:05                          6th Grade
11:55-12:15                          Kindergarten
12:00-12:20                          4th Grade
12:10-12:30                          2nd Grade   
12:15-12:35                          5th Grade    
12:25-12:45                          3rd Grade   
NEW Yogurt Option at Lunch This Year!
We will be introducing a new menu option this year.  Students will be able to choose between the regular entrée and yogurt each day.  This new yogurt option will be available to grades 1st through 6th. Students will be asked to make their selection in the morning when the lunch count is taken. We know that students will enjoy this additional choice!
Here are some things you will want to know:
·         This new yogurt option is available to 1st through 6th grades. 
·         Kindergarten students will   continue to be offered the regular menu entrée item.
·         Yogurt will always be served with a cheese stick and a grain item.
·         Students choosing yogurt will also receive the fruits, vegetables and milk on the menu.
·         The price of the yogurt menu is the same as the regular menu price.
**Please notify the office when you have an email address or phone number change. This allows for better communication between school and home. Thank you for your cooperation.
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