The Weekly Buzz – 9/2/16

Happening Next Week:

  • Monday, 9/5 – Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
  • Membership Drive Continues – See below for details
  • Wednesday, 9/7, 3:15pm – 3:45pm – Come by the science lab to see all the eggs and honey we have available for donations! Please bring cash! See below for details   
  • Friday, 9/9, 9:00am – Art Vistas Orientation will be held in the Faculty Dining Room. See below for details
  • Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities – See below for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the school

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, September 15 – Picture Day
  • Thursday, September 15, 9:00-10:30 – Sprouts Orientation. See below for details
  • Sunday, September 18, 9:00-1:00 – Outdoor Workday. See below for details
  • Monday, September 19 – Scholastic Book Fair will run through September 23rd
  • Monday, September 19, 9:00-10:30 – Sprouts Orientation. See below for details
  • Wednesday, September 21, 3:15-3:45 – Hacienda Homestead Farm Stand
  • Friday, September 23 – Movie Night


HIPS Membership Drive Continues…

Next week we will be entering the third week of the HIPS Membership Drive & Fundraiser!  Every student at Hacienda benefits from this fundraiser, so we hope every family will participate.  This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year, so please consider giving as generously as you can.  Of course, any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

Students are in a contest for popsicle and pizza parties!!  In the lead is Mr. Hayes’ class with 45%, 2nd place is Ms. Friedman’s class with 42% participation, and 3rd place is Mrs. Lombardo’s class with 31%.  Don’t let your class miss out on the parties…it takes just 75% participation to earn a popsicle party and the class(es) with the highest participation will earn a pizza party too!  

Look for the Membership Forms to continue coming home as reminders to “join HIPS” in raising money to keep our programs active.

Drive ends Friday, September 16.

Thank you for your support!

Hacienda Homestead Farm Stand

Next Wednesday September 7 from 3:15-3:45 come by the science lab to see all the eggs and honey we have available for donations! Please bring cash – prices are as follows:

Eggs – $4/half dozen

Honey –   $5/4 oz

$10/8 oz

$20/16 oz

We will have the Hacienda Homestead Farm Stand open every other Wednesday from 3:15-3:45, so if you miss it this week don’t worry!

Art Vistas Orientation

If you signed up to volunteer with Art Vistas, or want to, then please join us in the FDR(Faculty Dining Room) Friday, 9/9 @9:00 a.m. for a short bullet point orientation.  We will also glance over your first lesson and show you where to pick up supplies during the year.  This orientation is required for all docents because we have made some changes to the program.  The location of the supplies have also changed.   Oh and please make sure to turn in your “Volunteer Packet” to the office ASAP if you have not done so already.  Hope to see you there!

Your Art Vistas Program still needs docents and helpers to keep this program in your child’s class.  No experience is necessary!  See attached recruit form for details.  Please fill out and return to your teacher ASAP, or put the form in the HIPS box in the FDR (faculty dining room).  The box is now located next to the door closest to the sink. 🙂

Art Vistas needs A.V. Coordinators to “learn the ropes” of the program this year so we can keep it up and running for next year.  Since the current leaders will be graduating out, it is extremely important to fill these positions now, while there is still time to train.  This is an amazing Art History Program so don’t let it slip away!  If you are interested please contact Penny Sisley at or Susan Hoelzer at  Thank you!

And finally, next week check out the Hacienda Newsletter for some exciting changes we’ve made to the program to better serve our A.V. community. Thank you!!  


For Docents, Helpers, and Waterers.  This year, rather than attending two separate sessions (one for Orientation and one for Lesson #1 training), we are conducting a combined orientation and lesson #1 training session.  We have two dates scheduled, you choose which one works for you:  Thursday, September 15,9:00-10:30 OR  Monday, September 19, 9:00-10:30.   Agenda:  9:00-9:10 Social, 9:10-9:30 Intro/Protocols, 9:30-10:30 Breakout groups K-2, 3-5 – lesson #1 review, bin process, tour (tool shed, garden areas).  The theme for Lesson #1 is all about “Soil” and the delivery window is 9/19-10/14/2016.   Several of the Lesson #1 lesson plans are being revised and updated, incorporating valuable feedback from last year. Thank you!

Classroom Docents and Helpers are needed!   Many of our classrooms do not have a Docent to deliver the 6x 1-hour lessons throughout the year.  If you have 1 ½ hours during the day either mornings or afternoons available, please consider being a Docent for your child’s class.  Each leveled, themed, objective-based lesson has a predefined lesson plan, presentation materials, and a supply bin to support it.  Signup flyers are available in the Faculty Dining Room (FDR) next to the HIPS box.  After filling out the form, please return to your teacher or to the “Sprouts” envelope in the HIPS box.  Thank you for considering volunteering for this program!     *Note:  5th Grade is conducting “Sprouts” on selected Thursdays, during Ms. Granado’s Science time, in the following class rotation order:  Morning:  Granado (9-10am), Masterson (10-11am),  Afternoon:  Roberts (1-2pm), Bjorngjeld (2-3pm).  Docents are still needed for Morning and Afternoon rotations.

8/27 Outdoor Workday- “Sprouts” Tasks Completed: A HUGE “Thank You” goes to the 12 parents and their kids who did the grueling work of preparing garden beds, turning the hard-pan clay at the bottom into usable soil for the “Sprouts” program.  This effort requires tenacity and physicality, and, boy, did these parents and kids deliver!  It was wonderful to see these kids and parents working together towards a common goal, preparing the garden beds so they can be utilized for delivering the “Sprouts” lessons to all of our Hacienda students.  This work is grueling at best, but very, very necessary to kick-off the “Sprouts” program.  With 7 additional garden beds ready to go (“thank you”), we still have 9 garden beds remaining to be prepared.  We are hoping to complete this effort at our next Hacienda Outdoor Workday event, Sunday, 9/18, 9:30-12:00pm.  It takes roughly 1-1.5 hours to “deep dig” a garden bed, so if you are able to help out, we need strong parents who are willing to forego visiting the gym that day to instead get their exercise out at the garden beds.  What a deal!  We provide a covered break area, with ice cold water, and healthy snacks to keep everyone hydrated and fueled.

Thanks, also, to those who helped plant seeds in 6-pack containers for our first round of seedlings.  We are currently nurturing kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli seeds.  In a few weeks those will be lovely seedlings the kids can add to the gardens.

OUTDOOR WORKDAY Sun, September 18, 9:30am – 2:00pm

Hacienda Outdoor Classroom 

Join the Hacienda community for one of our outdoor workdays to care for our amazing Outdoor Classroom and school garden beds. 
     • 9:30-12:00 = Work time (Please arrive by 11:00.) 
     • 12:00-1:00 = Lunchtime snacks 
     • 12:30-1:30 = Crayfishing (for students who worked an hour or more) 
     • 1:30-2:00 = Clean up 
* All children must bring a supervising adult to work alongside them
* Come to work for as long or as short as you like. We recommend younger students come for just an hour. See time frames above 
* Wear sunscreen and work clothes that can get dirty 

We need you! Hope to see you there!


Yard Duty

We need a few parents to volunteer to work yard duty during lunchtime. If you’re interested, see the office for details.

Science Lab Help

The science department needs a few parents to collect rags on Fridays, take them home to wash over the weekend, and return them on Mondays. They are also in need of a few parents to help with hospitality on Outdoor Workdays. If you’re able to help, please contact Ms. Deckert at

Videographer for Music Performances

The music teachers are looking for a parent volunteer to edit video of one music performance and make one master DVD. Perhaps you would be willing to volunteer for one performance this year? Please contact Mrs. Thompson at or Ms. Ulrich at if you have questions about what’s involved.  Thank you!

Hacienda’s Traffic Safety Committee Needs YOU

We currently have 2 parents (& 1 teacher for a few days a week) helping in the Drop Off Zone in the mornings greeting students and helping them to exit cars

We would like to have 2-3 parents a day help out, even if you can only help 1, 2, 3 times a week/month
Easy training – placement of traffic signs/cones, guiding cars
Easy to do and both the parents & students appreciate it.
Time needed: 8:25-9:00am, even if you can only help for 15-20 minutes,
Although mornings are the critical time, if you can help in the afternoon – we can use your help too.
And PLEASE remember to follow the Drop Off rules, we are all volunteers but the safety of all students and staff are our priority
Calling all PESTS!!!
We are actively looking for people who would like to help spoil our teachers and Hacienda staff members. PEST stands for “Parents Encouraging Superior Teachers and Staff.” We are looking for secret pals for each and every one of our staff members. Being a PEST does not have to be expensive, just thoughtful. Ideas include a simple note dropped in their mailbox, a treat or homemade cookies, or a flower from your garden!!! This is a fun and easy way to volunteer for our school. If you are interested in becoming a PEST or would like more information, please contact Larissa Ramos at

The Weekly Buzz is published every Friday. Please submit complete, spell-checked bullet points to HIPS.WEEKLY.BUZZ@GMAIL.COM by Thursday to appear in Friday’s post. Thank you!

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