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    Dear HES Families,


    On behalf of the faculty, I welcome you to the 2019-20 school year.  We look forward to working with you to guide your children during these foundational years in their development. We aim to equip our students with the skills and competencies they will need to thrive as learners, thinkers, problem solvers, teammates, and friends.


    We recognize that growing isn’t always easy.  Sometimes, children will struggle to learn a new skill or to navigate a relationship.  Together, we can work to help your children see struggles as opportunities to grow and to ensure that your children’s struggles strengthen rather than weaken them.  We are committed to cultivating a nurturing school environment, where we support your children as they develop their ability to self-manage their academic and social lives by identifying challenges, setting goals, asking questions, soliciting feedback, and reflecting on their experiences.


    We help our students as they strive to be Bridge Builders, who practice CARE, being Courageous, Active citizens, Respectful of differences, and Empathetic.  This year, we are excited to celebrate this on-going work throughout the year and at our second annual CARE Camp, during which students engage in assemblies and activities that promote self-empowerment and service learning. 


    We continue to refine our curricula and enhance our learning spaces.  This year, we are excited to share our newly renovated library, which offers flexible seating, instructional technology, and an expanded book collection!  We are also excited to share our new innovation lab, where all students will practice 3D design and printing, robotics, and coding.  Our new library and innovation lab are state of the art multi-media learning spaces that encourage student research, exploration, and creation.


    We value your input and appreciate your involvement.  In addition to communicating with your children’s teachers, please join us for events such as Family Literacy Night, Tech University, Family Unplug and Connect Night, and International Night.  For more information about school events, please follow us on Twitter @HES1929 and visit our website https://www.hewlett-woodmere.net/Domain/291. CLICK HERE for a complete list of HES events for families.


    I look forward to working with you this year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 516-792-4500.


    Kind regards,


    Colleen O’Hara, Ed.D.