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Principal’s Newsletter – December 2019

Dear Hayden Peak Families,

Holiday greetings to each one of you this amazing month of December, a time of year when many of us leave our homes and return to them in darkness while still generating extra light throughout the day for celebrations of kindness, generosity, and goodwill.  Though we only meet at school for three weeks this month, our school calendar is bursting with tradition.  Some of the celebratory happenings in our Hayden Peak community are listed here for you.

Event Dates and Times Participants
Holiday Boutique December 5th

11:30 – 1:00 (during lunch)

3:05 – 4:00 (after school)

Students at school purchase gifts for friends and family for $1 each
Flannel & Plaid Day December 6 Students and staff
Ugly Sweater Day December 13 Students and staff
Pajama Day

Sing-Along/Reindeer (Teacher) Games

December 20 9:00 a.m. Students and staff

(not a program for parents)

Harmony Holiday Performance December 9 2:00 in the gym

December 10 6:00 p.m.

West Hills Middle School

Daytime, students

Evening, families

Drama Troupe Presents:

“North Pole’s Got Talent”


December 13 9:00 in the gym

December 13 1:30 in the gym

Students and staff


West Hills Band and Choir December 3 9:15 a.m. Students and staff
Copper Hills Madrigals December 12 2:15 p.m. Students and staff

We hope your needs are met this holiday season.  While we don’t do a formal Santa program here at school, if you are in need or have extra to give, please call our office and we can try to support both giving and receiving.   Additionally, we want our students to stay warm.  We send our children (and the adults who watch them) outside every day the weather (including wind chill) is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit, unless it is raining or snowing hard.  Sometimes our students get caught outside as a storm sweeps in, and it’s important that all students have warm coats.  Gloves, boots and hats are also very helpful.  Help your children come to school prepared, and If you don’t have warm enough clothing, let us know.

As you know, our Winter Break extends from after school on Friday, December 20th through Sunday, January 5, 2020.  If possible, keep or start some reading traditions while students are out of the classroom.  It’s especially fun to read a book together, parent and child taking turns reading pages, discussing simple story elements like character, setting, plot, conflict and theme when reading fiction, and summarizing sections of text when reading non-fiction.  Also, have great conversations about events in your own family history or places you have visited, or dreams for the future.  Reading comprehension is built around background knowledge and vocabulary, and the conversations you have at home directly contribute to success at school.

Please be safe as you travel this month.  On icy days, we give students a few extra minutes to get to school, so take your time if the roads are treacherous.  Throughout this season and as we begin 2020, may your homes and our classrooms be places of peace and goodness.  Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Jennifer Fisher, Principal

Cathy Ford, Assistant Principal

December Principal Newsletter (Click to view/print)