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    Dear HES Families,


    On behalf of the faculty, I welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year, a school year that we will long remember, both for how it challenged us and for how it reinforced our priorities.  As we have in the past, HES will continue with CARE, as we celebrate and strive to demonstrate courage, active citizenship, respect of differences, and empathy.  The many struggles of 2020 have reminded us just how difficult it can be to build bridges, even for adults.  These struggles have highlighted the importance of the four attributes of CARE.  And we will need to demonstrate CARE for each other at HES this year.  Yes, it will be challenging.  But, it will also provide us with opportunities to be there for each other and to grow stronger together.

    This year will not be easy, but 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 value your input and appreciate your involvement.  We look forward to becoming an even stronger learning community as we work together through the challenges of this year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 516-792-4500.

    Kind regards,

    Colleen O’Hara, Ed.D.