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HES Academics

Learning at Hurlbutt Elementary School is supported by a strong curriculum taught by a certified and dedicated staff. In addition to the academic foundation, students enjoy a variety of special academic enrichment classes including Art, Health, Information Technology Literacy, Music, Physical Education and World Language. Choose an academic level to learn more or explore information on our Academic Enrichment classes. 

ACADEMICS

PRESCHOOL

The ELC (Early Learning Center) is a language-based preschool program that combines an understanding of each child’s developmental level and individual learning styles with an opportunity to learn from and interact with peers in a nurturing childhood environment.  There are two unique routes for participation in the ELC.  As a student with special needs, a child either transitions from the Birth to Three state program or is identified through the school district child find program.  Children without identified special needs (Hand-in-Hand students) are selected through a lottery program.   

Curriculum

Common Core State Standards, as well as the Connecticut Preschool Frameworks

FAQs

Get answers to our most often recieved questions.

FAQ

Preschool Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes meet?

The Early Learning Center Program follows the Weston Public School calendar. Please check the calendar for district-wide holidays and early dismissal days.

The Early Learning Center Program is in session Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each Early Learning Center student’s program is individualized based on student need and is established at his/her P.P.T. meeting.  Typical peers enrolled through the lottery attend the program Monday through Friday from 8:30-1:15.

What if your child will be absent?

To report that your child is going to be absent from school, please call the attendance line at 203-291-1445.

What if your child rides a van/bus and will be absent?

You will need to make two (2) phone calls:

1.         Inform the bus company by calling 203-291-1477.

2.         Call the attendance line at 203-291-1445.

How do I find out about the Hand-in-Hand program for typical peers?

Information about applying to the program appears in the PTO newsletter and is advertised in the Weston Forum. It is also posted on the school website.  Applications can be found on the school website or you can contact Stephanie Gallo at 203-291-1447.  Students are selected through a lottery system and a program fee is charged. Parents provide transportation for their child.  All ELC classrooms are nut-free and allergy-alert environments.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation – By Van/Bus

Transportation to and from school is provided to Early Learning Center students with special needs.

  • You will be provided with a pick-up and drop-off time by the bus garage.
  • It is very important that your child is ready to leave from home on time.
  • Parents must secure his/her child in the car seat, booster seat or seat belt on the van/bus.
  • No food or drinks may be consumed on the van/bus.
  • The school and the bus company must be given the name of responsible adults who will be taking your child off of the van/bus.

Transportation – By Car

Parents of typical peers students and those other students traveling by car will need to drop off and pick up their child at the designated times for the program in which their child is enrolled. Drop off is located in the East House lot near the public library.

You must provide the names in writing of anyone who you will be allowing to pick up your child from school. Students will not be released to any other individuals.

Important Reminders

All visitors must check in at the school office. If your child is late or leaving early, he/she will be met at or escorted to the office by a staff member. Please do not leave children in your car unattended even for brief errands in the school building.

ACADEMICS

KINDERGARTEN

Welcome to Kindergarten….. an environment of happy faces, eager learners and active bodies!  Kindergarten is a wonderful place to spend one’s day, whether you are a young child or an adult!

Throughout the year children will learn how to solve problems like how to climb to the highest point of the playground or how to repair a friendship. They will become more independent and more responsible, and will learn so much about the joys of reading, writing and mathematics. 

The goal of our kindergarten program is to provide a safe, warm and friendly environment that enables children to grow socially, academically and emotionally.

Kindergarten is a full-day program.  The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m.  Each kindergarten classroom teacher is assisted by a paraprofessional for a majority of the day.  Students enjoy special classes such as art, music, world language (Spanish) health and physical education.  There is a weekly book exchange in the Learning Resource Center.  Classes also visit the LRC and computer lab for activities and projects supporting the curriculum. 

Curriculum

Language Arts, Mathematics, & Science

Fun Days

100th Day, Earth Day, Flag Day, & Field Day

FAQs

Get answers to our most often recieved questions.

DAYS

Kindergarten Fun Days

100th Day

The 100th day is a terrific day to be in Kindergarten.  The children in many of the classes wear crowns, make 100th day glasses and decorate t-shirts with 100 items!  All classes enjoy finding 100 items and/or 100 pieces of snack to count and share with their classmates!

Earth Day

The kindergarten students love planting gorgeous flowers on Earth Day.  They enjoy looking at them and watching them grow on their walk outside to recess.

Flag Day

The patriotic kindergarteners learn their Flag Day concert songs in music class with Luke Henderson.  Each class  decorates a shirt with patriotic themes and colors before the big day.  The Flag Day concert is held in June each year. 

Field Day

Kindergarteners have a field day at the end of the school year.  What a great way for the students to review their activities from PE class.  They love rotating to each station and finding out what terrific activity is in store for them!    

FAQ

Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child have play dates after school?

Yes, as long as two notes are sent in, your child can have play dates any day after school starting in early October.  Playdates must be arranged at home prior to the start of the school day.

If my child is in a allergy alert room, can he/she bring in peanut butter for lunch?

Yes, but it must be packed in a separate bag from morning snack.

Can I drop my child off in the classroom and pick them up in the classroom?

No, children must be dropped off in the front drop-off loop or, if late, signed in at the office.  At the end of the day, you must wait in the pick-up line.

ACADEMICS

GRADE 1

First grade is an important year for children at Hurlbutt Elementary School.  Our students learn how to read and write, and are taught more complex mathematical concepts.  They continue to learn the importance of showing kindness towards others as a result of our emphasis on character-building.

The goal of the first grade program is to provide a nurturing learning environment that is differentiated for each of our young learners.

Curriculum

Language Arts, Mathematics, & Science

Special Days

100th Day, Earth Day, Flag Day, Field Day & More!

FAQs

Get answers to our most often recieved questions.

DAYS

Grade 1 Fun Days

Each year Gr. 2 students look forward to several special events.

Earth Day

Students and parent volunteers work together to learn about saving the earth by planting annuals to beautify Hurlbutt.

Mexican Performance/Art Show

In May, students show off their Mexican artwork and their beautiful voices through Spanish songs.

Transition Visit to WIS

In June, students visit and tour WIS to prepare them for the next step of their school career.

Field Day

In June, students, staff, and parent volunteers enjoy a day of athletics, games, and snacks with a Mexican theme.

Field Trips

Grade 2 students participate in several field trips each year as they study about change and continuity in Weston.

  • Hurlbutt Street Schoolhouse – visit a one-room schoolhouse from the 1800s to learn about school in the 1800s.
  • Coley House – explore a vintage home and barn to learn about life in the 1800s.
  • Devil’s Den – travel back through time to learn about the important activities that went on in Devil’s Den and their importance to Weston in the past.
  • Old and New Post Offices – send a letter from the old post office and see how the new post office works.

FAQ

Grade 1 Frequently Asked Questions

Does first grade give homework?

Yes. Children should read good children’s literature for 20 minutes each night.   There are usually math Homelink assignments, and occasionally, the teacher will give additional work to the students as needed.

Is there a snack in First Grade?

Yes.  Each child is responsible for bringing his/her own snack.

Where can I find information about my child's classroom?

Refer to the teacher’s webpage.

ACADEMICS

GRADE 2

Second grade is the final year for our youngsters here at Hurlbutt Elementary School. During this year, students will develop further comprehension strategies for reading, higher-order thinking skills, and apply more challenging mathematical concepts.

Our second graders model to the younger students, demonstrating character and sense of community. Acting as reading and math buddies, they gain confidence, and also sharpen the presentation and communication skills that help prepare them for their move to the intermediate school years.

Curriculum

Language Arts, Mathematics, & Science

Special Events

Earth Day, Field Day, Field Trips, and More! 

FAQs

Get answers to our most often recieved questions.

DAYS

Grade 2 Fun Days

Each year Gr. 2 students look forward to several special events.

Earth Day

Students and parent volunteers work together to learn about saving the earth by planting annuals to beautify Hurlbutt.

Mexican Performance/Art Show

In May, students show off their Mexican artwork and their beautiful voices through Spanish songs.

Transition Visit to WIS

In June, students visit and tour WIS to prepare them for the next step of their school career.

Field Day

In June, students, staff, and parent volunteers enjoy a day of athletics, games, and snacks with a Mexican theme.

Field Trips

Grade 2 students participate in several field trips each year as they study about change and continuity in Weston.

  • Hurlbutt Street Schoolhouse – visit a one-room schoolhouse from the 1800s to learn about school in the 1800s.
  • Coley House – explore a vintage home and barn to learn about life in the 1800s.
  • Devil’s Den – travel back through time to learn about the important activities that went on in Devil’s Den and their importance to Weston in the past.
  • Old and New Post Offices – send a letter from the old post office and see how the new post office works.

FAQ

Grade 2 Frequently Asked Questions

What time does school start?

School begins at 8:30 a.m.  Per administration, children will be considered tardy if they arrive after this time.  When this happens, you will need to sign them in at the office and order lunch / submit alternate dismissal plans (if applicable). 

What do I do if my child is going to be absent?

You must call the school at 291-1445 to report your child’s absence from school.  If your son or daughter is marked absent and the office staff has not heard from you, you will receive an automated call asking you to call the main office to confirm your child’s absence.

My child left home without the dismissal notes. What should I do?

Please drop the note off or fax it to the Main Office by 10:30 a.m. (291-1452).

When are lunch and recess?

All second grade students have lunch at 12:00-12:30,  and recess at either 11:30-12:00 or 12:00-12:30.  Students may bring a bag lunch or buy lunch from the cafeteria.  There are three daily options.  The children will choose their lunch option each morning, in their classrooms, so please make sure that your child knows what he/she plans to eat.  Students can also buy milk.  Questions about prices, lunch cards, menus, accounts, etc., should be addressed to the cafeteria staff.

How do I add extra money to my child's lunch account?

You may send in money or a check made payable to “Hurlbutt Lunch Program.”  Please be sure to enclose the money in a envelope labeled with your child’s name, grade, teacher and cafeteria in which he/she eats.  Please refer to the district website for information on Cafe Prepay.

Can I volunteer to help out in the classroom?

While each teacher organizes his/her own parent volunteer schedule differently, one opportunity to donate your time in any class is during LRC time.  Parents are encouraged to be involved in Hurlbutt’s PTO, (Parent Teacher Organization).  Each class will need parents to serve as chaperones on field trips.  You can sign up at Back-To-School night.

Can I send medicine to school with my child?

All prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines (including cough drops, sunscreen, etc.) must go to the Nurse’s Office for distribution.  Please see the nurse regarding the necessary permission form. 

How can I reach my child's teacher?

The easiest way to communicate with teachers is through notes in your childrens’ Home/School folders.  While each teacher may have preferred channels of communication, all teachers are expected to check both email and voicemail daily and return calls within 24 hours.  You may get to teachers’ voicemail boxes by calling (203) 291-1414 and then following the directory prompts.  Please do not leave after-school plans/changes on teachers’ voicemails as a teacher may check early in the day and then not again until the end of the day For emergencies, please call the main office: (203)291-1444.

What if my child is not riding the bus home?

If your child will not be riding his/her regular bus home, you need to send two notes indicating alternate plans.  Note pads designed by the PTO with the required information may be purchased in the main office.  All notes must include: child’s name, the date, the location he/she will be going to and the means of transportation (bus, pick-up, activity, etc.) and be given to the classroom teache at the start of the day.  Please note, playdates must be planned at home before the start of school.  Blanket notes will not be accepted.  All pick-ups will be from the South House cafeteria at 3:15.  If you need to pick up your child early, please do so before 2:50 p.m. and indicate the time on your note.  Your child will be sent to the office to meet you at that time. 

Do the children have a snack in second grade?

All second graders have a snack each morning.  Remember to send in a healthy snack and drink each day.  Due to allergies, children are not allowed to share food.  Additionally, check with your child’s teacher about allergies in the classroom.      

May I bring in something to celebrate my child's birthday?

Please contact your child’s teacher, directly, to discuss birthday routines.  Each teacher and class follow their own procedures.  However, please keep in mind that all second grade classrooms are committed to the CT Health and Wellness Policy and ask that any treats be healthy snacks, i.e., fruit, muffins, yogurt, etc.  Individual teachers will be able to address allergy or dietary restrictions.  Second graders do not pass out treats to  other teachers or administrators.

What about homework?

The Board of Education policy for second grade is 20 minutes of homework and 20 minutes of reading.

Math: All classes will regularly have math homework, called HomeLinks, from our Everyday Mathematics program.  Before each unit, a Family Letter is sent home.  This letter reviews the concepts that will be taught, along with an answer key for that unit’s HomeLinks.  Additionally, each HomeLink includes a family note about the concept.  HomeLinks are designed to reinforce the math lesson form that day, along with assistance from parents, if needed. 

Reading: Children can read independently, to or with a sibling or parent, or a parent reading-aloud to him or her.  This will give you an opportunity to hear how well your child is reading, build comprehension and help your child learn new words.  You will also be able to see him or her applying the reading strategies addressed in school.   

Can my child bring in our pet?

Unfortunately, we are unable to have pets come into school for a visit.