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Newsletter from Mrs. Evans - May 2, 2021

Silver Hills Celebrations & Reminders
May 2nd, 2021

Upcoming Events
Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, May 3-7.  Our theme this year is "Stronger Than Ever" We would like to encourage families to donate healthy snacks and beverages for us to share with our teachers all next week.  You may drop these off at the main office.  Thank you in advance for donating!  

Make Up Snow Days Wednesday, May 19th and May 26th are the make up days for the snow days that we had earlier this year.  These days will be in person attendance days for our hybrid students and synchronous instructional days for our remote students.  This is traditionally our early release day so we will start school at 9am, but we will be released at 2:45pm.

Last Days of School for 8th grade students will be Wednesday, May 26th.  The last day of school for 6th & 7th grade will be Thursday, May 27th.  We will be planning fun outdoor activities for students at each grade level on their last day of school to celebrate and wrap up this school year.  More information to come.

General School Business  

Free Rapid COVID Tests Availabe in the main office.  We have BinaxNOW rapid tests available for students.  Test kits come in packs of 6 and are available for free from the main office.  If your student is in need of COVID testing you can pick up a test kit from the main office during building hours.

Yearbooks I am afraid that because of COVID and delays in when our students were able to get pictures taken, we are not able to offer a yearbook this.  We are looking at fun alternatives for yearbook signing, but we are unable to offer a yearbook for purchase this year.

End of the Year Award Assemblies and Celebrations We are in the process of planning end of the year awards and celebrations for our students, but unfortunately we are still unable to invite parents to attend these in person - or do assemblies by grade level.  We will be celebrating students through core celebrations/activities and these will either be live streamed or recorded for families to enjoy.  We will communicate with families through our core teachers as we solidify each celebration.  

Water Bottles Please send your student to school everyday with a water bottle.  Now that the weather is getting warmer and kids are running around outside at lunch and in PE, students are thirsty, and our drinking fountains are still closed due to COVID restrictions.  We do have six water bottle fillers that all students can access, but they need a water bottle to refill.  

Outstanding Fees Notice from Adams 12 Billing (Repeat)  Transitioning Student Fees:  All transitioning students in grades 5, 8 and 12 must have all of their outstanding student fee balances paid before moving into the next level of school.  

All Student Fees are due and any outstanding fees should be paid in full by the end of the school year.  Click PayForIt  to pay your fees online, or pay the school directly.  Please remember that fees for any school can be paid at any school, so you are able to go to the closest location for your convenience.  For any checks being sent, they must include full name, address (no PO Box) a phone number (home & work), Driver's License w/state and the student name, number or household number.

Counseling Department
Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?? (Repeat)  What is Autism?  Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees. While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.

During this Autism Awareness month, it is important that we as a school community, especially for those of us who are “neuro-typicals,” practice understanding, compassion, and acceptance.  This April, let's celebrate differences as it works to build a more inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. Here at Silver Hills, we want all of our students on the Autism spectrum to thrive.  Through our awareness and inclusivity, we are able to contribute to their success!

Community News
American Furniture Warehouse Partnership (Repeat) Remember that Silver Hills Middle School has a partnership with American Furniture Warehouse, and a portion of the profits from purchases come back to Silver Hills. All you need to do is mention the awards program and check out and let them know that you would like your awards to go to Silver Hills Middle School.