•  May 15, 2020

    • Lost Library Book Fees: Due to Covid-19, we will not be collecting fees for lost library books at this time.  Updated lists will continue to be sent to teachers so that families are aware of what is still showing as checked out.  Any books not returned by May 22 may be returned at the beginning of the next school year.  Students moving into other Knox County schools may turn in school library books to any Knox County school library. 
    • Attached (please email the principal for attachment) is the process for non-requesting a teacher or a student for next year.  If you do wish to submit a non-request, this must be turned in during your child’s distribution day (May 21 or May 22).  Specific instructions on how to do this are outlined in the attachment.  
    • We will distribute student belongings on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 from 10-2.  Thursday, May 21 will be reserved for students with last names beginning A-K and Friday, May 22 will be reserved for students with last names L-Z. We will be handing items out drive-thru style.  
      • On the designated day, parents will enter the front drive (entrance off of Hardin Valley Rd.) just like the typical arrival or dismissal. There will be a staff member with a walkie to send in the name of the student.  Parents will then drive to the designated table to pick up student belongings (items from desk, pictures, yearbooks, etc). These will be brought out by a staff member.  If you have items that need to be returned to school, like a library book, text book, or non-request letter (details coming later this week), please give it to this person at the table.  
      • If your child is a 5th grader, has medicine at school, or, possibly has items in the lost and found; parents will then drive around to the back of the school through the bus lane.  In the back, there will be stations for medicine, lost and found, and 5th grade signs.  To assist with social distancing, all parking areas will be marked off.  Parents going through the lost and found will need to temporarily park in the bus lane by the lost and found section.  
    • We will celebrate our 5th graders in a couple of different ways!  We are sad that we weren’t able to celebrate in our traditional way, but are excited about these 2 opportunities.  
      • First, our fabulous PTO has purchased signs for each 5th grade student to put in their yards to show the world!  These will be handed out during the distribution days mentioned above (May 21 and May 22).  
      • Second, we want to host a parade for our 5th graders!  We will host a 5th Grade Parade on Friday, May 22 from 2:00-3:00.  5th grade students and their families (only) will be able to drive through the car line in the front of the school to celebrate with their 5th grade teachers and many other Hardin Valley Elementary members.  All parents/guardians, students and family members are asked to remain in their cars during this time in order to follow safe social distancing.  We can’t wait to see the smiling faces of our 5th graders.  
    • If you know of families that need to enroll for this coming year (K-5), we will be hosting summer office hours every Wednesday from 9-12 beginning June 3.

     

     

    May 11, 2020

    • We will distribute student belongings on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 from 10-2.  Thursday, May 21 will be reserved for students with last names beginning A-K and Friday, May 22 will be reserved for students with last names L-Z. We will be handing items out drive-thru style.  
      On the designated day, parents will enter the front drive (entrance off of Hardin Valley Rd.) just like the typical arrival or dismissal. There will be a staff member with a walkie to send in the name of the student.  Parents will then drive to the designated table to pick up student belongings (items from desk, pictures, yearbooks, etc). These will be brought out by a staff member.  If you have items that need to be returned to school, like a library book, text book, or non-request letter (details coming later this week), please give it to this person at the table.  
    • If your child is a 5th grader, has medicine at school, or, possibly has items in the lost and found; parents will then drive around to the back of the school through the bus lane.  In the back, there will be stations for medicine, lost and found, and 5th grade signs.  To assist with social distancing, all parking areas will be marked off.  Parents going through the lost and found will need to temporarily park in the bus lane by the lost and found section.  
      We will celebrate our 5th graders in a couple of different ways!  We are sad that we weren’t able to celebrate in our traditional way, but are excited about these 2 opportunities.  First, our fabulous PTO has purchased signs for each 5th grade student to put in their yards to show the world!  These will be handed out during the distribution days mentioned above (May 21 and May 22).  Second, we want to host a parade for our 5th graders!  We will host a 5th Grade Parade on Friday, May 22 from 2:00-3:00.  5th grade students and their families (only) will be able to drive through the car line in the front of the school to celebrate with their 5th grade teachers and many other Hardin Valley Elementary members.  All parents/guardians, students and family members are asked to remain in their cars during this time in order to follow safe social distancing.  We can’t wait to see the smiling faces of our 5th graders.  
    • Kindergarten Round Up is tomorrow, May 12. If you know of a family with an upcoming Kindergartner in the Hardin Valley zone, please pass this information along.  We are only able to enroll K students during this time.  We will not be able to accommodate any other enrollments or requests during this time.  This will be a two part process, in which enrollment paperwork will need to be picked up or downloaded and then returned.  
      Obtaining Enrollment Paperwork: Enrollment paperwork for upcoming Kindergarten students can be picked up at the front of Hardin Valley Elementary from 10:00-2:00 on May 5, May 6 and May 7.  There will be a container located at the front of the school, under the awning. Enrollment paperwork can also be downloaded and printed from our school website (https://www.knoxschools.org/hardinvalleyes) beginning May 4 .  
      Returning Enrollment Paperwork: On May 12, we will accept Kindergarten enrollment paperwork.  In order to adhere to social distancing, we are asking that students with the last name A-M enroll from 9:00-11:00 and N-Z enroll 1:00-3:00 on Tuesday, May 12.  If your schedule allows for this, please plan on coming at those times so we can limit the amount of people in the building. Only 1 adult should plan on coming to enroll and should wear a mask.  Unfortunately, children will not be allowed to accompany parents during this enrollment time.  Enrollment will take place in the gym.  If you are able to make copies of paperwork prior to coming that would be helpful, but if not, we can assist with this. 
    • If you know of families that need to enroll 1st-5th graders, we will be hosting summer office hours every Wednesday from 9-12 beginning June 3.  
    • Attached is the flyer for KCS@Home Field Day that is to take place May 18 – May 22, 2020. Thanks to Dr. Heise and her amazing KCS PE teachers who have developed events and videos to demonstrate the events to the families. What a nice treat for our students for the final week of school. There is also a certificate that parents can print off for their child. Parents are encouraged to post pictures at #KCS@HomeFieldDay.
    • Teachers have started to reach out to families as they have been cleaning up their classrooms. Some of you may have received an email from your teacher about a missing library book. If you have this at home, you can return it during the day in a bin located outside the main entrance of the school, close to the hug line.  We will inventory these each day.  Please only return missing library books to this bin.  Please do not put money for books in this. You can also return these during a distribution day.  If you have questions about missing library books please reach out to ronda.foust@knoxschools.org or crystal.williams@knoxschools.org. 

     

    May 1, 2020

    • Next week, May 4-8, is Teacher Appreciation Week! Celebrating our teachers will be different this year since we can’t celebrate them in person. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know how appreciative you are of them.  Stay tuned to the PTO Facebook Page for more creative ways to show your appreciation.  
    • We are beginning to close out our classrooms next week and sort through student belongings.  A plan for disseminating these will be forthcoming soon!  Stay tuned!  
    • Teachers will start to reach out to families next week as they begin closing out classrooms concerning library books. If you have library books at home, you can return it during the day in a bin located outside the main entrance of the school, close to the hug line beginning Tuesday, 5/5.  This bin will be there from 9:00-2:00 each day.  Please only return missing library books to this bin.  Please do not put money for books in this. You can also return these during a distribution day that will be announced soon.  
    • We have been able to finalize plans for how to enroll upcoming Kindergarten students, while following guidance for social distancing.  If you know of a family with an upcoming Kindergartner in the Hardin Valley zone, please pass this information along.  Only able to enroll K students during this time.  We will not be able to accommodate any other enrollments or requests during this time.  This will be a two part process, in which enrollment paperwork will need to be picked up or downloaded and then returned.  
      • Obtaining Enrollment Paperwork: Enrollment paperwork for upcoming Kindergarten students can be picked up at the front of Hardin Valley Elementary from 10:00-2:00 on May 5, May 6 and May 7.  There will be a container located at the front of the school, under the awning. Enrollment paperwork can also be downloaded and printed from our school website (https://www.knoxschools.org/hardinvalleyes) beginning May 4 .  
      • Returning Enrollment Paperwork: On May 12, we will accept Kindergarten enrollment paperwork.  In order to adhere to social distancing, we are asking that students with the last name A-M enroll from 9:00-11:00 and N-Z enroll 1:00-3:00 on Tuesday, May 12.  If your schedule allows for this, please plan on coming at those times so we can limit the amount of people in the building. Only 1 adult should plan on coming to enroll and should wear a mask.  Unfortunately, children will not be allowed to accompany parents during this enrollment time.  Enrollment will take place in the gym.  If you are able to make copies of paperwork prior to coming that would be helpful, but if not, we can assist with this. 
    • PTO Highlights:
      • #1st place - Paisley Headrick! Paisley brought in $920! WOW! Paisley won the Apple Airpods! 
      • #2nd place - Paisley Bachman, Matther Sooter, Jake Scansy & Everett Russel! That's right we had a 4 way tie! You all have won a $100 Gift Card to Urban Jump *Due to Urban Jump being closed (and not expecting a 4 way tie) PTO will get your gift cards as soon as they open back up!  
      • #3rd place - Laila Smith! Laila you won a $75 Gift Card to Main Event.
      • We would like to thank Chance Orthodontics, Law Family Dentistry and Dentemp Oral Care for donating our Hawk Walk Prizes! 
      • * Prizes will be given to you once students are allowed to pick up their belongings. Urban Jump gift cards will be sent to students home once purchased.*
      • Hawk Walk - Congratulations Hawks! We made our goal for Hawk Walk! Our school raised $25,596.05! Thank you for all of your hard work! Our TOP Winners are....
      • Enrichment - Unfortunately we were not able to finish our Enrichment Classes. The PTO can either issue a refund to paid participants or give the paid amount as a donation to the school. If you wish to donate or request a refund of the money paid to Enrichment, we need documentation from you by Friday, May 8th. Please send an email to Amanda Leath, HVES PTO Treasurer, at hvestreasurer1@gmail.com and let her know if you want to donate or a refund of the Enrichment payment. All donations will be placed in our Enrichment account to help with future scholarships and teacher supplies.