Hurlbutt Elementary School (HES)
Grades PK – 2
Attendance Line: 203.221.6301
Regular School Hours
8:30 AM – 3:15 PM
9 School Road
Weston, CT 06883
Main Office: 203.221.6300
General Quick Links
Welcome to Hurlbutt Elementary School. We welcome our youngest learners into the Weston Public Schools and pride ourselves on providing a caring and welcoming environment for our students, families and the community. Our mission is to educate our students toward development of foundational skills and conceptual understandings, to cultivate character, self- reflection and thoughtful behavior, and to empower them with the tools to discover learning as a process.
Our commitment to excellence begins with our faculty. Hurlbutt’s dedicated teams of teachers and support staff take pride bringing the joy of learning into the daily lives our students. Our students are immersed in a language rich environment which includes Readers and Writers Workshop as a strong component of our balanced literacy program. Across the content areas and throughout the day our students are developing communication skills, analytical thinking and opportunities to use creativity that will prepare them to be successful citizens of the 21st century.
The Responsive Classroom approach teaches our students to act responsibility and to treat each other with respect. As a school community we approach discipline with positive behavioral supports. With the help of our mascot the Hurlbutt Honeybee, we strive each day to “Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible.”
A strong school and family partnership in this endeavor is critical and we are fortunate to have tremendous support from our community. Our PTO is an integral part of our school community. The talent and resources that the PTO brings to our school enriches the lives of all our students.
It is a privilege to serve the community of Weston as principal of Hurlbutt and I look forward to building relationships with your child and your family.
Principal Laura Kaddis
Assistant Principal's Message
Welcome to Hurlbutt Elementary School! Hurlbutt plays host to approximately 500 students and staff all working collaboratively to meet each child’s personal needs while developing a safe and engaging learning environment. Through Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and our extended core of Art, Computers, Health, Music, Physical Education and Spanish we provide dynamic learning experiences to challenge our students to achieve higher levels of thinking. With the focus on developing the students’ twenty first century skills (communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking) we provide students opportunities to become independent learners in a global community.
Through the use of Responsive Classroom, Emotional Intelligence, and our PBIS program we strive to build a kind and caring community for all children. Responsive Classroom is a positive classroom management philosophy used to build the classroom community. The Emotional Intelligence program from Yale University helps our students learn and understand their feelings to best be able to self-regulate and communicate with others. The PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is a program where both students and staff make a commitment to Be Safe, Be Kind and Be Responsible in our building and with each other. We will celebrate our collective success throughout the school year.
We are thankful for the trust and wonderful support of our parents and the whole Weston community. The Hurlbutt PTO is our very active partner; please support them by becoming a member and becoming more involved in our school.
Please utilize this website for any questions you may have. There is a tremendous amount of information on it for you and your family. If you have further question please feel free to contact us.
Looking forward to a great year!
Mission / Goal Statement
The Hurlbutt Elementary School
Main Office & Staff Info
Our main office is the hub of the school. It houses the administrative and guidance suites, and is also the place for parents and students to find the answers to all of their questions. The PTO mailboxes are located there, as well.
The main office is accessible to the school community between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Principal’s Administrative Assistant
Main Office Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Tamallanca, R.N., B.S.N.
Recent News Items
We hope you are doing well as we head into a short vacation leading into the Passover and Easter holidays. Hopefully everyone will take a break from school to relax and recharge. As school will not be in session from Thursday, April 9 through Monday, April 13, no school work will be assigned during this period or due upon our return. It will be a well-deserved respite for our Weston educators and families, who have made an amazing transition from campus to cloud-based learning in such a short period of time under strenuous circumstances.
We are in unprecedented times, our normal routines are turned upside down and I know that as a
community we are all struggling with anxiety around our physical and emotional health, financial
uncertainty, and concern for loved ones near and far. I am encouraged by the unity and philanthropy I see in our town toward the greater community as our country continues to respond to this global health crisis…
Going into the weekend, I want to provide updates on several developments from the past 24
hours. The updates pertain to the length of the school year, standardized assessments, academic programing during closure, and school building status…
About HES Food Service
Students can either bring lunch from home, or buy a lunch. Lunch includes the entrée, one milk and hand fruit. Additional drinks and snacks can also be purchased a la carte. At Hurlbutt, snacks are offered twice a week.
WPS Culinary Services Details
Students use charge accounts or cash to pay for lunch. There are many advantages to using the charge account. All children are able to move quickly through the lunch lines, and it makes our lunch program operate more efficiently and effectively. At Hurlbutt Elementary students are given swipe cards, which are stored in the cafeteria and reprinted if they are lost. You may fund these charge accounts by either sending a check to school with your child (made payable to “Weston School Lunch program”) or by using MySchoolBucks.
WPS Culinary Services Account Policies
If a student has a negative balance in their lunch account, they will still be offered a complete lunch (please see the Negative Balance Policy for more details). They will NOT be able to purchase any extra a la carte drinks or snacks.
At the end of the current school year, your child’s ending account balance becomes their opening balance for the following school year.
If your child is leaving the Weston Public Schools and their account balance is $20 or more, you will be entitled to a refund. Please contact the Food Services office at 203-221-6576 to discuss your options.
The Weston Public Schools have enrolled in an internet-based service called MySchoolBucks. This service is a website where you can pay for your child(ren)s school food services using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Checking account. Participation in this service is recommended, but voluntary and you may enroll at any time. Please note that there is a $2.49 convenience fee charged per transaction, per student.
MySchoolBucks enables parents to keep track of their child’s account balance. In addition, the website offers Automatic Replenish when the student’s account balance goes below a specified amount. Using “automatic replenish on low balance”, the student will never run out of money. Conversely, your credit card will not be charged until the student’s balance goes below the specified dollar amount. Balances are checked each evening and accounts are replenished before morning.
MySchoolBucks also enables you to view your student’s participation report, which means you can monitor your child’s spending and see exactly what they’re eating each day.
Please visit www.myschoolbucks.com to set up your child’s account.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I park when I visit Hurlbutt?
There is a large parking lot at the front entrance to the school. Please be aware that there are several spaces reserved for Weston Senior Center, which is housed in South House. These spaces must be available to our seniors Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but you are free to use them at all other times. There is also a smaller parking area near the entrance to the bus loop in back of the school. A note of caution: the Weston police occasionally monitor our school and issue tickets for illegally parking in handicap spaces, fire lanes and areas that are not designated as parking spaces.
If there is a delayed opening, what time does school start, and what time are students released if there is an early dismissal?
Usually school starts 2 hours later than usual if there is a delayed opening. This means that Hurlbutt Elementary School begins at 10:30 a.m. Keep in mind that bus pick-up times are 2 hours later, too. If necessary, the superintendent may adjust the delayed opening time. An email blast will be sent to alert you to this possibility. Hurlbutt is dismissed at 12:35 p.m. in the event of an early closing due to dangerous weather or conference days. Once again, if necessary, the superintendent may alter this time and you will be notified by email blast.
When I visit Hurlbutt do I need to sign in?
Yes. When you arrive, please stop at the security desk to sign in and get a visitor’s badge. You will need to have a photo ID to show to the security personnel. You must sign-out when your visit is done.
Can children be dropped off early in the morning?
Children can be dropped off at school no earlier than 8:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. on delayed opening days) unless they are involved in a before-school program. Before this time the school staff are involved in meetings and preparations for the day, and are not available to supervise.
What if our bus is very late either in the morning or the afternoon?
Please call Ms. Dietzman at the Weston bus garage at 203- 454-1984.
By successfully meeting the Weston Public Schools’ graduation requirements, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following foundational, academic, personal and social competencies:
- Visual, Verbal, Aural and Written Language
Comprehension and analysis of visual, verbal, aural and written language necessary for adult learning.
- Communication Through the Written Word
Clear and effective communication through the written word.
- Presentation Skills
Preparation and delivery of clear and effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Quantitative Problem Solving
The ability to use quantitative methods for problem solving.
- Critical and Creative Thinking
The ability to think critically and creatively: assess, interpret, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information.
- Information Literacy
The ability to research, apply knowledge and skills across disciplines and synthesize information in order to solve authentic problems.
- Technology Skills
The ability to effectively apply technological skills to effective communications and authentic problem solving.
- Integrity in Identity and Community
The development of a commitment to act cooperatively, responsibly, and with civility and integrity.
- Health and Well Being
The ability to make positive decisions related to physical and emotional wellness.