The Weekly Buzz – 9/9/16

Happening Next Week:

  • Membership Drive Continues – See below for details
  • Tuesday, 9/13, 9:00 am – Principal’s coffee, in the Faculty Dining Room
  • Tuesday, 9/13, 3:15 – Girls on the Run information meeting at the picnic tables outside of the cafeteria. See below for details
  • Thursday, 9/15 – Picture Day
  • Thursday, 9/15, 9:00 – 10:30 – Sprouts Orientation. See below for details
  • Sunday, 9/18, 9:30 – 2:00 – Outdoor workday. See below for details
  • Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities – See below for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the school

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, September 19 – Scholastic Book Fair will run through September 23rd. Visit to sign up for a shift. See below for details
  • Monday, September 19, 9:00-10:30 – Sprouts Orientation. See below for details
  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:30pm – HIPS meeting
  • Wednesday, September 21, 3:15-3:45 – Hacienda Homestead Farm Stand
  • Friday, September 23 – Movie Night
  • September 23 – October 20 – Animal Adoptions
  • September 26 – October 17 – Science Camp Fundraiser. See below for details
  • October 3 – October 7 – Fall Break. NO SCHOOL!
  • Friday, October 28 – Fall Festival! See below for details.


HIPS Membership Drive Continues…

Next Friday is the last week of the HIPS Membership Drive & Fundraiser!  Donations have been steadily coming in, but we still have more to raise to reach our goal to fund the programs we love here at Hacienda. 

“Thank you” to all the families who have already donated and joined HIPS.  Some students have even donated their own money to join HIPS – you rock!

Every student at Hacienda benefits from this fundraiser, so we hope every family can 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 to see which classes have the highest levels of participation.  What do they get?  All classes that reach 75% participation will earn a popsicle party, and the class (or classes) with the highest level of participation will earn a popsicle party AND a pizza party!!  Mr. Hayes’ class and Ms. Friedman’s class have already earned popsicle parties!  Congrats!  There’s still time for your student’s class to win 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 Next Friday, September 16.

Thank you for your support. 

Girls on the Run

Calling all 3rd -5th grade girls! Interested in finding a physical and emotional challenge? We are looking for girls and their moms to run and / or help coach Hacienda’s Girls on the run program. There will be an informational session Tuesday, September 13th, at 3:15pm at the tables outside the cafeteria under the blue awning.

Can’t attend, still interested or other questions?


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.

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!

Scholastic Book Fair, September 19 – September 23

Ahoy Bookaneers! The book fair will be open 9/19 – 9/23. Stop by before school, from 8:00–9:30, during recess, or after school from 3:00-4:00. The book fair will also be open on Friday, 9/23 before movie night, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please visit  to volunteer if you are available to work a shift.

Science Camp Fundraising will be September 26th through October 17th

Take a peek at   The price of camp is around $350 per student.  Take advantage of this fundraiser to lower the cost for your grade.  Contact Michelle Scripoch if you have questions or would like to help

Fall Festival is Friday October 28th

We urgently need an Event Volunteer Coordinator and someone to manage the Cake & Pumpkin Walk.  Please contact Michelle Scripoch mscripoch@sbcglobal. net or Melissa Belur ASAP! !! 


Hacienda’s Traffic Safety Committee Needs YOU

·  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

Science Lab Help

The science department still needs a few parents to help with hospitality on Outdoor Workdays. If you’re able to help, please contact Ms. Deckert at

Do you have a small step stool at home that you are no longer using? The science lab could use an extra one to help our littlest students reach the sinks! If you have one, please let Ms. Deckert know

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

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