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Message from Sunday, November 22nd

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

I just want to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.   I hope that everyone stays healthy and safe.  Students will only have school on Monday and Tuesday this week.  

We have two Spirit Nights  the first week of December.   We have a Salsarita's Spirit Night on December 1st and a Domino's Spirit Night on December 2nd.  We are very fortunate that these businesses are willing to support our school.  We have earned close to $1000 this year already.  Thanks to all that can participate. Remind your friends and neighbors, too.

Thank you to all that participated in our Virtual Book Fair.  We appreciated your support!

This is a reminder that we are still collecting plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly for the Guardian ad Litem Program to help support the PORCH Program.  Our collection box is located near the Media Center.

Again, students will be out of school beginning Wednesday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. No Remote Learning will take place on the 25th. Students resume classes on Monday, November 30th.

Thanks and have a great evening!



Message from Sunday, November 15th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

We have a Hungry Howies Spirit Night coming up on Tuesday, November 17th from 4-9 pm.  Information was shared on Class Dojo about how it helps us.   Thanks to all that can participate.  Remind your friends and neighbors, too.

Please be on the lookout for a new survey to come out at the beginning of this upcoming week.  It will be short and the timeline will be quick.  The Hickory Public Schools Board of Education is meeting on November 23rd and will need this information to help with some decisions.  

New information shared by our School Nurse has been posted on Class Dojo and our main webpage about the upcoming flu season.   Please take a look.

Our Virtual Book Fair will end on November 22nd.   Again, proceeds from the Book Fair helps support our school.

Hickory Public Schools is partnering with the Guardian ad Litem Program to help support the PORCH Program.  We will be collecting Plastic Jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly between November 9th and January 15th.   Our collection box will be located near the Media Center.   

This is just a reminder that we are required to ask the different questions each morning.  We are also required to take temperatures and students must wear a mask.  I know that this might be getting old and that people are tired of answering the questions, but please understand that we are just doing our job and that we are trying to do this as quickly as possible.  Please realize that it now asks if anyone in the household has any of the symptoms (fever above 100.4, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, or loss of taste or smell).  If anyone in the household has any of the symptoms, students should not report to school and you should notify us to see the next steps.  

Students will be out of school beginning Wednesday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.   No Remote Learning will take place on the 25th.  Students resume classes on Monday, November 30th.  

Thanks and have a great evening!




Message from Sunday, November 8th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Thank you to those that participated in our Spirit Nights last week.   We made over $150.   The money earned during these nights help support items and programs for our students.  Also, our apple fundraiser was a big success.  Our school made over $1000.   Apples should be ready on Thursday to be picked up.  More information to come.   

New information shared by our School Nurse has been posted on Class Dojo and our main webpage about the upcoming flu season.   Please take a look.

We will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th due to Veterans Day.  There will not be any Remote Learning on this day.  Thank you to all those that have served in the United States Armed Forces.  

Our Virtual Book Fair begins on Monday, November 9th.   Again, proceeds from the Book Fair helps support our school.

Hickory Public Schools is partnering with the Guardian ad Litem Program to help support the PORCH Program.  We will be collecting Plastic Jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly between November 9th and January 15th.   Our collection box will be located near the Media Center.   

This is just a reminder that we are required to ask the different questions each morning.  We are also required to take temperatures and students must wear a mask.  I know that this might be getting old and that people are tired of answering the questions, but please understand that we are just doing our job and that we are trying to do this as quickly as possible.  Please realize that it now asks if anyone in the household has any of the symptoms (fever above 100.4, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, or loss of taste or smell).  If anyone in the household has any of the symptoms, students should not report to school and you should notify us to see the next steps.  

Thanks and have a great evening!



Message from Sunday, November 1st

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour last night?   Daylight Saving Time ended last night.

We have 2 Spirit Nights coming up.   Domino's will be on Wednesday, November 4th and Salsarita's will be on Thursday, November 5th.  

We will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th due to Veterans Day.  There will not be any Remote Learning on this day.  Thank you to all those that have served in the United States Armed Forces.  

Our PTA will be sponsoring a virtual Book Fair from Nov 9th until Nov 22nd.  More information will be posted on Class Dojo soon.  

Students will have their picture taken on November 3rd (A Group), November 4th (Virtual Group), or November 5th (B Group).   This is a reminder to those that are virtual to complete the Google Form if you are interested in your child having their picture taken.   Time slots are being assigned to monitor social distancing.  

Hickory Public Schools is partnering with the Guardian ad Litem Program to help support the PORCH Program.  We will be collecting Plastic Jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly between November 9th and January 15th.   Our collection box will be located near the Media Center.   

Thanks and have a great evening!




Message from Sunday, October 25th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

We are now in the 2nd quarter and attendance rules have been tightened.  Students need to arrive at school before 8:30.   Students cannot be dropped off before 8:00 and we still have to do the temperature checks and questions.   One of the questions asked talks about the symptoms.   Do any of the children you are dropping off have any of these symptoms? Fever; Chills; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; new cough; new loss of taste or smell.  New guidance states that if anyone in the household has any of the symptoms, all members in the household should isolate and not report to school.  

We are having some issues with dismissal.   Please make sure that you are forming a double line in the back row, once the middle row is full.  Also, please do not cut/pass through the line. We are doing our best to get students out quickly.

Thank you for participating in our PTA fundraiser of Miss Debbie's Specialty Apples.  The fundraiser will end on Thursday, October 29th.  Please keep an eye on the Viewmont PTA Facebook page for more information.  Thank you, also, to those that have joined our PTA.  We really appreciate your support.  Our PTA will be sponsoring a virtual Book Fair from Nov 9th until Nov 22nd.  More information will come in the next couple of weeks.

We have 2 Spirit Nights coming up.   Domino's will be on Wednesday, November 4th and Salsarita's will be on Thursday, November 5th.  We have already raised over $300 from our previous Spirit Nights.  Thank you!

This year Viewmont participated in the Castle of Cans Food Drive!  We collected $441 or 3087 pounds of food (remember we collected 567 pounds last year).   There is still time to donate online, if you wish.  (Donate online at https://p2p.onecause.com/shmetrolina2020/viewmont)

Students will have their picture taken on November 3rd (A Group), November 4th (Virtual Group), or November 5th (B Group).   More information will be posted for our virtual group in the next few days.   Teachers will have assigned times for A and B groups.   

You are also reminded to send in the $12 Instructional Fee, complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application for the 2020-2021 school year, and if needed complete the Meal Kit Request Form. http://www.hickoryschools.net/departments/child_nutrition/meal_service_information 

Thanks and have a great evening!



Message from Sunday, October 18th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

We have an upcoming Spirit Night at Hungry Howies on Tuesday, October 20th, from 4-9 pm.   Please keep an eye on our PTA Facebook page for more information.  There is information about Miss Debbie's Specialty Apples on the PTA Facebook page.   This fundraiser will end on Tuesday, October 27th.  

This year Viewmont will be participating in the Castle of Cans Food Drive!  This is an opportunity to support our local agencies with food supply.  Last year we raised $81 worth of food!  Instead of bringing in canned foods, we are asking for donations to help purchase food.  Did you know that $1.00 helps to provide 7 pounds of food?  Students may bring cash (NO COINS PLEASE) on October 20th and 22nd!  Let's help to reach our goal of $100 by the end of October!   Information will also be shared on Class Dojo, including a new updated link if you would like to donate online.  

Report cards will be coming home this week.   Students that attend on Monday/Tuesday will receive their report card on Tuesday, October 20th.   Students that attend on Thursday/Friday will receive their report card on Thursday, October 22nd.   Students that are Remote Only, will have their report cards mailed out by Wednesday, October 21st.  

Please check the Class Dojo story I posted on October 16th.  We had to move some rooms around and this begins tomorrow, Monday, October 19th. 

We are now beginning the 2nd quarter and that means we will be tightening up the attendance rules.   We will begin counting tardies starting on Monday, October 19th.   Students need to arrive at school before 8:30.   Students cannot be dropped off before 8:00 and we still have to do the temperature checks and questions.   One of the questions asked talks about the symptoms.   Do any of the children you are dropping off have any of these symptoms? Fever; Chills; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; new cough; new loss of taste or smell.  New guidance states that if anyone in the household has any of the symptoms, all members in the household should isolate and not report to school.  

You are also reminded to send in the $12 Instructional Fee, complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application for the 2020-2021 school year, and if needed complete the Meal Kit Request Form. http://www.hickoryschools.net/departments/child_nutrition/meal_service_information 

Thanks and have a great evening!




Message from Sunday, October 11th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

The first quarter ends on the afternoon of Thursday, October 15th.  Students are out of school on Friday, October 16th, due to a Teacher's Workday. 

We have an upcoming Spirit Night at Hungry Howies on Tuesday, October 20th, from 4-9 pm.   Please keep an eye on our PTA Facebook page for more information.  In the near future, you should also see information about our upcoming Apple Fundraiser and how to join the PTA.  

This year Viewmont will be participating in the Castle of Cans Food Drive!  This is an opportunity to support our local agencies with food supply.  Last year we raised $81 worth of food!  Instead of bringing in canned foods, we are asking for donations to help purchase food.  Did you know that $1.00 helps to provide 7 pounds of food?  Students may bring cash (NO COINS PLEASE) on October 20th and 22nd!  Let's help to reach our goal of $100 by the end of October!   Information will also be shared on Class Dojo, including a new updated link if you would like to donate online.  

Our Viewmont Elementary Handbook is posted on the Viewmont Elementary Website.  It is located under the heading For Parents.   On page 6 is a link to the updated Student Screening Flowchart.  This is the guidance that we must follow, so please make sure you follow the flowchart and ask questions if you do not understand.   Everyone is doing well with the screening questions and the temperature checks in the morning.   This will continue until further notice.  

Since the start of the school year, we have been pretty relaxed when it comes to students coming in after the 8:30 bell.  Starting on Monday, October 19th, the beginning of the 2nd quarter, students that arrive after the 8:30 bell will be counted tardy and will have to be signed in.   Parents are reminded that they should not just drop off a student without going through the questions and the temperature check.  

Students that borrowed our iPads should bring them to school on the days that they attend along with their charger.  Those that have been issued an iPad and forget to bring them to school, may not have access during the school day since we have to provide those that did not borrow our iPads with access during the school day.   Students are also reminded to bring water bottles. 

You are also reminded to send in the $12 Instructional Fee, complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application for the 2020-2021 school year, and if needed complete the Meal Kit Request Form. http://www.hickoryschools.net/departments/child_nutrition/meal_service_information 

Thanks and have a great evening!


Message from Sunday, October 4th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

You may have heard or read that Hickory Public Schools will continue with our current schedule for the entire first semester.  The second semester will begin on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.   I will continue to keep you updated as more information is released.  

I know that I sent a message on ClassDojo about a snapcode to update student information.   Many have reached out to me saying that they did not receive this information.  I will check on this first thing Monday morning.  I apologize for any confusion.  

Our Viewmont Elementary Handbook is posted on the Viewmont Elementary Website.  It is located under the heading For Parents.   On page 6 is a link to the updated Student Screening Flowchart.  This is the guidance that we must follow, so please make sure you follow the flowchart and ask questions if you do not understand.   Everyone is doing well with the screening questions and the temperature checks in the morning.   This will continue until further notice.  

Since the start of the school year, we have been pretty relaxed when it comes to students coming in after the 8:30 bell.  Starting on Monday, October 19th, the beginning of the 2nd quarter, students that arrive after the 8:30 bell will be counted tardy and will have to be signed in.   Parents are reminded that they should not just drop off a student without going through the questions and the temperature check.  

Thank you to those that participated in our first 2 Spirit Nights.   We earned close to $300 combined.   We have our first Domino's Spirit Night coming up on Wednesday,  October 7th.  10% of the entire days sales will be donated to our school.  This is at the store located at 1131 2nd St NE.  

This is a reminder that our campus is a smoke-free campus.  This includes no smoking in a car while in our parking lot.   

Students that borrowed our iPads should bring them to school on the days that they attend along with their charger.  Those that have been issued an iPad and forget to bring them to school, may not have access during the school day since we have to provide those that did not borrow our iPads with access during the school day.   Students are also reminded to bring water bottles.  

The first quarter ends on the afternoon of Thursday, October 15th.  Students are out of school on Friday, October 16th, due to a Teacher's Workday. 

Thanks and have a great evening!


Message from Sunday, September 27th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, students, and teachers, I continue to be impressed by how well students are doing while in person.  They are doing a fantastic job of following instructions and working in the classroom.  Both groups did a great job with our fire drills this past week!   Teachers continue to do an excellent job of explaining new procedures and they are so excited to see the students in the building.

Thank you to those that participated in our first 2 Spirit Nights.   We earned close to $300 combined.   We have our first Domino's Spirit Night coming up on October 7th.  10% of the entire days sales will be donated to our school.  This is at the store located at 1131 2nd St NE.  

If you have not completed the survey posted on our website about returning to in-person instruction for elementary students, please do so as soon as possible.  The survey will close at noon on Monday, September 28th.   The information collected from the survey will be shared with our Board of Education.   The Board of Education is meeting Monday, September 28th, at 6:30 at Northview Middle School.  

Our arrival and dismissal procedure is working pretty well.  It has helped to have arrival follow the same procedure as our dismissal.  We will continue to do it this way in which cars are coming down our back row, merging into our middle row and then turn into our front row.  We still have to ask the 3 questions in the morning and we appreciate you being prepared for this.  In the afternoon, do not forget that we have a double line in the back row and that cars alternate as they merge into the middle row.   

This is a reminder that our campus is a smoke-free campus.  This includes no smoking in a car while in our parking lot.   

Students that borrowed our iPads should bring them to school on the days that they attend along with their charger.   Students are also reminded to bring water bottles.  We are waiting to have a water bottle filling station installed, but currently we cannot use our water fountains in the hallway.

The first quarter ends on the afternoon of Thursday, October 15th.  Students are out of school on Friday, October 16th, due to a Teacher's Workday. 

Thanks and have a great evening!



Message from Sunday, September 20th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, students, and teachers, I need to brag on how well the students and teachers did in the first week of in-person learning.   The students were amazing.   They did a great job of following instructions and working in the classroom.   Teachers did an excellent job of explaining new procedures and they were so excited to see the students in the building.

This is a reminder that parents cannot walk students to the classroom.  We are asking all parents that are bringing students as car riders to remain in the car.   It would be extremely helpful to have students exit on the passenger side of the car.   Students that are car riders can begin being dropped off at 8:00.  If you do not see a staff member outside, do not drop off your child.  We must follow the protocol located on page 7 of the handbook.  If you cannot answer no to all 3 questions, please do not bring students to our campus.  This means that the car rider drop off in the morning will take a little longer, so please be patient and please do not wait until the last minute to come to the parking lot.   Based on what we saw last week, we will need to implement the parking lot procedure located on page 11 of the Viewmont Elementary Handbook.  This is the same procedure we use in the afternoon when students are car riders.  This involves cars turning down the back row of the parking lot, come through the middle row and then turn into the first row.  We need to get traffic off of 16th St NW and this will help.  

Remember to check our website, PTA Facebook page, and our Twitter Feed.  Our first Salsarita's Spirit Night is on Thursday, September 24th from 5:00-9:00 PM.  We will have our first PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:00, on Zoom.  The link is located in this email and will also be on our Viewmont Elementary School Website located under the PTA Header located under the For Parents Section.  

Topic: PTA Meeting 9/22/2020
Time: Sep 22, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94569650572?pwd=aE13Qis4SU9USEZhUC8yVExQa1VhUT09

Meeting ID: 945 6965 0572
Passcode: 951863

The Viewmont Elementary Handbook has been posted on our website located under the heading For Parents.   This will be updated throughout the year.   Please look at page 11 in our handbook for car rider dismissal procedure.  Remember, we alternate cars moving from the back row to the middle row and that there are 2 lines in the back row only.  The turn to come into the middle row is before the parking lot light pole and is indicated with an arrow.  Remember, parents are to remain in their cars and follow the car rider procedure.   Parents should not walk up and pick up students.    

Students that borrowed our iPads should bring them to school on the days that they attend along with their charger.   There is no need to bring the hotspots.  Students are also reminded to bring water bottles.  We are waiting to have a water bottle filling station installed, but currently we cannot use our water fountains in the hallway.

On Thursday, September 17th, Governor Cooper announced that Pre-K - 5 schools can open on Monday, October 5th without some of the restrictions that we have been following.  This is still a decision that our School Board has to approve at their next meeting on Monday, September 28th.   The School Board can still select a more restrictive plan.  Again, I will do my best to keep you updated.  Those that selected the Remote Only will still have this option and there may be another survey coming out soon about schooling options.  As changes happen, please know that this can impact student placement in classes.

Thanks and have a great evening!



Message from Sunday, September 13th 

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, students, and teachers, congratulations on making it through week 4.  We are now getting ready to begin the new phase of the school year with Group A coming tomorrow and Tuesday and Group B coming on Thursday and Friday.   

This is a reminder that parents cannot walk students to the classroom.  We are asking all parents that are bringing students as car riders to remain in the car.   It would be extremely helpful to have students exit on the passenger side of the car.   Students that are car riders can begin being dropped off at 8:00.  If you do not see a staff member outside, do not drop off your child.  We must follow the protocol that was mentioned above and located on page 7 of the handbook.  If you cannot answer no to all 3 questions, please do not bring students to our campus.  This means that the car rider drop off in the morning will take a little longer, so please be patient and please do not wait until the last minute to come to the parking lot.  The tardy bell will still ring at 8:30.  Bus riders will go through a similar routine.  

Remember to check our website, PTA Facebook page, and our Twitter Feed.  We are still fortunate to have restaurants that want to support our PTA and school.  We have a new Spirit Night on this Tuesday, September 15th, at Hungry Howies from 4-9 pm.  They will donate 10% of all sales during this time to our school, so please tell your friends and neighbors to help us out and participate in the Spirit Night.  Our first Salsarita's Spirit Night is on Thursday, September 24th from 5:00-9:00 PM.  We will have our first PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:00, on Zoom.  We will post the link on the PTA Facebook page and our website next weekend. 

The Viewmont Elementary Handbook has been posted on our website located under the heading For Parents.   This will be updated throughout the year.  I want to highlight a few pages today.   When I refer to a page number, it is the number located on the bottom of the page in the handbook.   Please look at page 5 which talks about attendance.   Attendance will be taken daily and we must receive a note once your child returns.  Please look at the bottom of page 6 and click the link showing the Student Screening Flowchart.  This will show you what has to be followed this year.   Page 7 shows the 3 questions that we must ask daily and we are required to take the student's temperature before they can enter the building.  Page 7 also explains the face coverings that must be worn and shows ways to adjust the face coverings that will be provided by the school, if needed.  Page 8 talks about dismissal.  At this time, we will not have St. Luke's walkers.  Page 10 discusses bus riders and rules that must be followed on the bus.  

With the 14th being our first day at school with students, please look at page 11 in our handbook.   This shows the car rider pickup procedure in the afternoon.   Remember, parents are to remain in their cars and follow the car rider procedure.   Parents should not walk up and pick up students.    

Students that borrowed our iPads should bring them to school on the days that they attend along with their charger.   There is no need to bring the hotspots.  I know that there are still families waiting for hotspots.   These are given to us by the district when they are ready.  I know that they ran out and we are still waiting to receive more.  You will be notified once we receive the device if you have requested one.   

Please understand that all the changes and new rules are being implemented to protect our students and teachers.   We all need to work together to make this the best year possible.  

Thanks and have a great evening!




Message from Sunday, September 6th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, students, and teachers, give yourself a pat on the back because you have made it through week 3.   I know that this has not been easy, but I appreciate everyone’s efforts.   It is great to be a Viewmont Bear!

Remember to check our website, PTA Facebook page, and our Twitter Feed.  We are still fortunate to have restaurants that want to support our PTA and school.  The first Spirit Night is at Salsarita's on Thursday, September 24th from 5:00-9:00 PM.  More information will come out in the weeks leading up to this date.  

Monday, September 7th, is Labor Day and the 1st holiday of the year.   This is a day off for students and teachers.  No remote learning will take place on this day.  

We are getting ready for the next phase, which begins on Monday, September 14th.   Students have been assigned into 2 groups and you should have been notified by your child's teacher.  This does not apply to preschool students that attend Viewmont.  Students in Group A will come to school, in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays.   Students in Group B will come to school, in person, on Thursdays and Fridays.   The other 3 days in which the students are not in person will be Remote Learning days.  Parents that requested Remote Only will not have to worry about Group A or Group B because students will not be coming to school in person.  If there is a specific issue with what has been assigned, please let me know immediately as I would like to have all changes completed by Friday, September 11th.  I will do my best to accommodate changes, but students may have to change teachers and/or schedules, if it is possible.  Due to how parents answered the survey, teachers were assigned specific areas to teach.  Therefore, I do not have the flexibility that I have had in previous years.    

The Viewmont Elementary Handbook has been posted on our website located under the heading For Parents.   This will be updated throughout the year.  I want to highlight a few pages today.   When I refer to a page number, it is the number located on the bottom of the page in the handbook.   Please look at page 5 which talks about attendance.   Attendance will be taken daily and we must receive a note once your child returns.  Please look at the bottom of page 6 and click the link showing the Student Screening Flowchart.  This will show you what has to be followed this year.   Page 7 shows the 3 questions that we must ask daily and we are required to take the student's temperature before they can enter the building.  Page 7 also explains the face coverings that must be worn and shows ways to adjust the face coverings that will be provided by the school, if needed.  Page 8 talks about dismissal.  At this time, we will not have St. Luke's walkers.  Page 10 discusses bus riders and rules that must be followed on the bus.  The last section that I will point out, this week, begins on page 15 and deals with school meals.  

Students that are car riders can begin being dropped off at 8:00.  If you do not see a staff member outside, do not drop off your child.  We must follow the protocol that was mentioned above and located on page 7 of the handbook.  This means that the car rider drop off in the morning will take a little longer, so please be patient and please do not wait until the last minute to come to the parking lot.  The tardy bell will still ring at 8:30.  Bus riders will go through a similar routine.  

I know that this is a long message and that there is a lot of information to grasp.  Don’t forget that this message will be posted on the PTA Facebook page and on our website.  

Please understand that all the changes and new rules are being implemented to protect our students and teachers.   We all need to work together to make this the best year possible.  

Thanks and have a great evening!


Message from Sunday, August 30th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, students, and teachers, CONGRATULATIONS you have made it through week 2.   I know that this has not been easy, but I appreciate everyone’s efforts.   It is great to be a Viewmont Bear!

We are getting ready for the next phase, which is anticipated to begin on Monday, September 14th.   Students will be assigned into 2 groups, Group A or Group B.  This does not apply to preschool students that attend Viewmont.  Students in Group A will come to school, in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays.   Students in Group B will come to school, in person, on Thursdays and Fridays.   The other 3 days in which the students are not in person will be Remote Learning days.   In order to assign students to Group A or Group B, I was tasked with looking at addresses for all students in Hickory Public Schools.   Principals are to make sure that students from the same household attend on the same days.   With about 4000 students in the district, a mistake could have been made and I will do my best to fix.  Please just let me know if a student at another level (middle school) in your household is assigned to a different group.   When making these groupings, there is not any wiggle room to switch groupings due to the number of students that we can put in a classroom while maintaining social distancing.  

Parents that requested Remote Only will not have to worry about Group A or Group B, although a letter will be assigned, because students will not be coming to school in person.   You will receive your assignment, Group A or Group B, for your child by Wednesday, September 2nd. 

There are new rules and procedures for this year that must be followed.   Students must wear a mask while on campus and when riding the bus.  There will be specific times in which we will have mask breaks, but students need to be prepared to have them on for long periods of time.   I would suggest practice wearing them between now and September 14th, if you are not already doing so.   I would start with around 30 minutes and then add about 15-30 minutes every day or every other day.

Another new change this year is that parents cannot walk students to the classrooms.   Parents will have to stop at the front door.   As soon as this rule changes, I will let you know.  Students will also eat breakfast and lunch in the classrooms.   This means that parents will not be able to come have lunch and parents need to make sure if their student brings lunch from home, that they bring it first thing in the morning.   We cannot guarantee to deliver lunches, that are left at home or in the car and brought back to school, by the time students have lunch. 

Students that are car riders can begin being dropped off at 8:00 and will have to have their temperature checked and parents will need to answer the screening questions before we let the child out of the car.   If any screening question is answered “Yes” or if the student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we will not be able to let the student come to school and they must follow the guidelines for isolation and quarantine.  This means that the car rider drop off in the morning will take a little longer, so please be patient and please do not wait until the last minute to come to the parking lot.  The tardy bell will still ring at 8:30.  Bus riders will go through a similar routine.  

It is very important that we have correct working numbers and contacts that are able to pick up a sick child.  Again, the rules for returning after an illness are different this year and must be followed.  

The Viewmont Handbook will be posted on the Viewmont Website and will be updated throughout the year based on new guidance.   During my weekly phone calls, I will highlight certain pages that you need to look at and follow. 

I know that this is a long message and that there is a lot of information to grasp.  Don’t forget that this message will be posted on the PTA Facebook page and on our website.  

Please understand that all the changes and new rules are being implemented to protect our students and teachers.   We all need to work together to make this the best year possible.  

Thanks and have a great evening!

Message from Sunday, August 23rd

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.  

Congratulations, you made it through the 1st week of the school year!   I know that there were some challenges and some glitches, but we are hopeful that the next week will be better.   The issues experienced were not just isolated to Hickory Public Schools.  

We are still registering new students.   If you have new neighbors, please have them contact the school to get enrolled.  If you are not coming back to Viewmont, please let us know.  You will still receive our messages until you are officially enrolled in another school.   

As we anticipate the beginning of in person learning, for those that selected this option, information will be shared with you over the weeks leading up to the start date.  September 14th is the anticipated start date, but things can still change.   Again, I will do my very best to keep you informed 

Remember to check our website, PTA Facebook page, and our Twitter Feed.  We are still fortunate to have restaurants that want to support our PTA and school.  The first Spirit Night is at Salsarita's on Thursday, September 24th from 5:00-9:00 PM.  More information will come out in the weeks leading up to this date.  

Monday, September 7th, is Labor Day and the 1st holiday of the year.   This is a day off for students and teachers.  No remote learning will take place on this day.  

Again, our staff is here to help.  Please email or call if you have questions.   Please be patient and flexible as new guidance comes out weekly.   I know that the staff will do a great job and that our kids and parents will do their best.   We are all here to work together!

Take care and stay safe!



Message from Sunday, August 16th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.  

The brand new school year starts tomorrow, Monday, August 17th.  The start of this year is very different, as we begin the first 4 weeks as Remote Learning (August 17th - September 11th).  Again, we are excited that you are part of the Viewmont Family!

There are a few ways for you to keep connected to our school.  First, we have our Viewmont Elementary website (http://viewmont.hickoryschools.net/).  The website is a valuable resource and will be kept updated.  Second, we post things on our Viewmont PTA Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ViewmontPTA).  Third, we have information on our Twitter Feed (@ViewmontBears). 

The new Free and Reduced Lunch Application is posted on the Viewmont Elementary website.   If needed, please complete this as soon as possible.  

We are still registering new students.   If you have new neighbors, please have them contact the school to get enrolled.  If you are not coming back to Viewmont, please let us know.  You will still receive our messages until you are officially enrolled in another school.   

As we anticipate the beginning of in person learning, for those that selected this option, information will be shared with you over the weeks leading up to the start date.  September 14th is the anticipated start date, but things can still change.   Again, I will do my very best to keep you informed 

I know that this year is going to be very different.   The staff is here to help.  Please email or call if you have questions.   Please be patient and flexible as new guidance comes out weekly.   I know that the staff will do a great job and that our kids and parents will do their best.   We are all here to work together!

Take care and stay safe!



Message from Sunday, August 9th

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.  

I hope that everyone is doing well.  We are getting ready for a brand new year and are excited that you are part of the Viewmont Family!

We will have Kindergarten Orientation this week on Thursday and Friday.  Kindergarten parents received a message last week about filling out a survey and we will get you a confirmation email about your day and time.  If you have not filled this out yet, please go to our website and complete.

There are a few ways for you to keep connected to our school.  First, we have our Viewmont Elementary website (http://viewmont.hickoryschools.net/).  Second, we post things on our Viewmont PTA Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ViewmontPTA).  Third, we have information on our Twitter Feed (@ViewmontBears). 

Assignment letters for 2nd-5th grade were mailed on Friday, August 7th.  We will be mailing K-1 letters on Monday, August 10th.  

The new Free and Reduced Lunch Application is posted on the Viewmont Elementary website.   If needed, please complete this as soon as possible.  

I know that there have been questions regarding devices.   We utilize iPads and are able to provide one if needed.  Here is the link to complete and it will also be posted to the Facebook page and our website (https://forms.gle/nhvm1iYM2CfaL8AG9).  More information about distribution will come soon.  

We are still registering new students.   If you have new neighbors, please have them contact the school to get enrolled.   

Remember, the first 4 weeks are Remote Learning (August 17th - September 11th).   There are new rules that have to be followed.  Attendance will be taken and assignments will need to be submitted.   We will do our best to make this a smooth transition.  Information will be shared by your child's teacher and from the school.  

I know that this year is going to be very different.   The staff is here to help.  Please email or call if you have questions.   Please be patient and flexible as new guidance comes out weekly.   I know that the staff will do a great job and that our kids and parents will do their best.   We are all here to work together!

Take care and stay safe!



Message from Sunday, August 2nd

Good afternoon this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary, with some announcements.

I know that a lot of people are concerned about the upcoming year and that there are a lot of questions on what the year will look like.  I will continue to keep you updated.  Please understand that schedules and rosters are being worked on based off the survey that you filled out.  If you have not filled out the survey, please go to the Viewmont Elementary website and fill out the Student Intent Survey as soon as possible.   There are still around 130 that have not filled this out.

The first 4 weeks is online for everyone and will begin on Monday, August 17th.  This was a decision that was made by our Board of Education.   What has not been announced is what school will look like after those first four weeks.  I am anticipating that a decision will be made after the Board Meeting on August 10th.      

I know that I have some concerned Kindergarten parents (as well as others).  We are required to hold an in-person Kindergarten Orientation in small groups.  While we are required to hold an in-person orientation, as a family, you are not required to attend and this will not impact your child's placement.  If you have forms to complete the registration process (Birth Certificates, Proof of Residence, Immunization Record, etc), you may turn them into the school.  We are open Monday - Thursday from 7:30 until 5:00.  For our Kindergarten families, I will be sending out a message in the next couple of days in regards to the orientation.  There will be another form to fill out online to help us plan for the orientation process and to keep our groups small. Right now, we are looking at holding the orientation on Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th at various times.  

I am currently working on our Viewmont Handbook and once that is finished we will post it on our website.   Assignment letters are currently being worked on based off of the survey results. Please realize that there will most likely be changes made in teacher assignments for students as we enroll new students and have to offer an online model while still staying with class size regulations in grades K through 3rd.  We will also send out a survey for you to complete asking if you have a device and internet for your child.   If not, we will work on getting you set up.    

Our office is currently open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 until 5:00.   If you have new neighbors, please encourage them to enroll as soon as possible.  This will assist with our ongoing plans.   We are still taking names for our Dual Immersion Kindergarten class that we will offer this year.   

Due to information about COVID-19 changing almost daily, scheduling and planning is a difficult task.   We are taking safety precautions and will continue to monitor information that is released.   I know that the staff will work hard to prepare for this year and we will be there to support our families throughout the year.  This will be a different type of year, but I am confident that our staff will do a great job and will help you along the way.  I have told the staff that I am focusing on two key words this year:  patience and flexibility.  There will be things that will be done differently and things will change, but I will do my best to provide the information and help throughout the year.   

Thanks, stay safe and have a great evening!


Message from Wednesday, July 22nd

Good evening this is Jeff Hodakowski, principal of Viewmont Elementary School, with a very important announcement.  

As Hickory Public Schools continues to focus on academic success combined with safety measures for our students and their families, as well as our staff, please be advised that the school year begins on August 17 with remote learning for ALL students. We will continue with remote learning for four weeks -- through September 11.

Starting Monday, September 14, Hickory Public Schools plans to convert to a “blended-learning model,” with students participating in a combined mix of classroom instruction and remote learning with alternating schedules.

However, the results from a previous parent survey reveal that at least 40 percent of our families have expressed interest in “remote-learning” beyond September 11.

To properly prepare for those families that prefer to continue with the remote learning for the first semester, we need to gather additional information.

Please click on or copy the link in this email or visit the Viewmont Elementary School website and click on the link under the title Viewmont Elementary Student Intent Survey 2020-2021.

https://forms.gle/vjg4Gk8Wj6oUPrpc7 

Please complete the form stating your intent for the upcoming school year.

·         The first option is remote learning ONLY for the entire first semester.

·         The second option is the blended-learning model where students will receive both in-person instruction and remote learning. (This is after the first 4 weeks of Remote Only decided by the HPS Board of Education)

Students in both programs will receive a high-quality learning experience from highly qualified teachers.


Please complete one Student Intent Form for each of your children that will attend Viewmont Elementary.  If you have other children that attend Hickory Public Schools, you will receive a separate intent form from that school. The form must be completed by July 31, 2020. Once completed, we will have your decision for the first semester of the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Viewmont Elementary School is looking forward to receiving your responses and beginning the 2020 - 2021 school year with you and your children.



Thank you and have a good evening!

 

us. Students will be out of school on Monday, January 25th. There has not been a decision made about when the snow days will be made up at this time.

Lost and Found has multiplied. Please have students check the media center for any missing items. We will be getting rid of the items at the end of this week.

Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 26th. Awards Day will be on Wednesday, January 27th. Grades 3-5 will be at 9:00 and grades K-2 will be at 10:00.

It looks like the winter storm has taken another day from us. Students will be out of school on Monday, January 25th. There has not been a decision made about when the snow days will be made up at this time.

Lost and Found has multiplied. Please have students check the media center for any missing items. We will be getting rid of the items at the end of this week.

Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 26th. Awards Day will be on Wednesday, January 27th. Grades 3-5 will be at 9:00 and grades K-2 will be at 10:00.