Papillion-La Vista School District

Welcome to Hickory Hill!

News for the Week of October 24, 2014
A word from Mr. Guthmiller –

This was another exciting week with a lot going on at Hickory Hill! I want to thank everyone who was able to attend last night’s 2nd and 3rd grade music programs. They did an amazing job and it’s so exciting to see such talent throughout our building and community!


As the cold weather begins to set in for the fall and winter months please stay updated on weather forecasts and be sure your child dresses for the outdoors. All classrooms have one or two recesses outside each day if it is not raining, snowing or below 0 degrees wind chill. Scarves, hats, mittens, gloves along with a nice warm coat are important so your child can be comfortable outdoors for 10-15 minutes at one time.  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 prepared and bundled up as they exit vehicles. If temperature is 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.


The Fall Party will be held on Friday, October 31st, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Costumes are not allowed at the parties. Parents and volunteers are welcome to attend but may not go up to the classrooms until 2:00 P.M. We will have a list of approved classroom liaisons that may go up to the classrooms at 1:45 P.M. to begin setting up. In an effort to minimize distractions and maintain security we will have tables set up in the front foyer and will require all visitors to sign in and get a visitors name badge. I appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.


Report cards will be sent home on Friday, October 31st.  You may keep the report at home but please sign the front of the envelope indicating you have seen the report and send it back with your child. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing weekend!  See you all on Monday!


Mr. Guthmiller


Hickory Hill Red Ribbon Week is October 27-October 31

Listed below are our themes for each day and what to wear:

Monday (October 27th): Red Ribbon Spirit Day—Wear Red from head to toe.

Tuesday (October 28th): Follow your Dreams…be drug free—Wear pajamas.

Wednesday (October 29th): We’re too Bright for Drugs—Wear neon.

Thursday (October 30th): Team up Against Drugs—Wear your favorite team jersey/shirt.

Friday (October 31st): Say Boo to Drugs—Wear orange and black

Students in 3rd Grade to Take the Terra Nova Test

Students in Papillion-La Vista Schools will take the Terra Nova Test in early November. Hickory Hill will test third grade students on November 4th and 5th. Terra Nova is a standardized achievement test taken by all students in the Papillion-La Vista School District in grades 3 and 7. The purpose of this achievement test is to compare students’ performance to a national sample of students who took the same test. Typically, Papillion-La Vista students perform well compared to students across the nation.

Students will take subtests in Reading and Math. They will receive a composite score combining the two subtests. Since this is a national achievement test (multiple choice), there may be some differences between the test content and the actual curriculum content experienced by your child in school. However, Terra Nova allows for the use of multiple, shortened testing periods, so all students can perform within a comfortable timeframe and not become frustrated. Students will be encouraged to complete the test, and give their best effort in a supportive environment.

Results of Terra Nova will be sent home in December with report cards and should only be used with other information about your child's performance. Parents are encouraged to examine daily work, talk to your child's teacher(s), and participate in parent-teacher-student conferences to get the best picture of your child's performance in school.

Third grade students will also be taking the InView test on October 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

**** It is very important that every third grade student is in attendance for the testing. Please do not schedule any appointments on the testing dates. Thank you for your cooperation.









Important Dates 
Oct. 27          D.A.R.E.
Oct. 28          Robotics 3:10 P.M.
Oct. 29          Hickory Hill Singers 3:05 P.M.
Oct. 30          Kindergarten Field Trip
Oct. 31          Fall Party 2:00-3:00 P.M.
Nov. 2            Daylight Savings Ends
Nov. 3            Picture Retakes.
Nov. 3            Skate City 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Nov. 7            Popcorn Reading

Picture retakes are on November 3rd. If you would like to have your child’s picture retaken, please send the previous picture packet with your child on the day of picture retakes. Your child will give the photographer the old packet to be scanned and the new photographs will be taken and printed. If your child did not have their picture taken during the first opportunity, order forms will be available in the office. You may email Mrs. Kunkle at or call 402-898-0469 if you need an order form and one will be sent home with your child.

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                          5th Grade
11:55-12:15                          1st Grade
12:00-12:20                          4th Grade
12:10-12:30                          2nd Grade   
12:15-12:35                          6th Grade   
12:25-12:45                          3rd Grade   

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. for the new August Lunch Menu to see more details.  If you have any questions, please call us at 402-537-6250.
**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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