Hewlett Elementary School Hewlett Traditions

 

HES children bond with each other and our school as they share "Distinctly Hewlett" experiences.

 

Simply saying hello and goodbye each year gets special treatment at Hewlett. On the first day of school, all staff members greet the children outside in a celebratory atmosphere. On the last day of school, children march out of the building to a song that has special meaning for that year.

 

We celebrate reading at Hewlett! The Book of the Month is a picture book program that enables every teacher to share the same book with their students. The books are selected because they convey strong messages that are important to everyone in our school community. The Book of the Month is read aloud each month to provide siblings, teachers, and specialists a common frame of reference for classroom discussion. We believe that books can help encourage discussions on some of our more complex or sensitive issues – diversity, prejudice, and citizenship, to name a few.

 

We love and respect our country. Every eleventh day of September, we hold a Commemoration Ceremony to pay our respect to those whom we lost on that day in 2001. We all gather around our country’s flag, read poems of bravery, listen to music from a bagpipe, and have a moment of silence. 

 

Emphasizing continuity with the past, each year memorial prizes are given in the names of former staff members. At the annual spring concert in May, student presenters who have received the award in the past speak about what it means to them. An annual Holocaust observance is held upon completion of a unit of study by the fifth grade. Students learn through literature and meet with a survivor of this tragic period in history.The purpose of this study is to teach students about tolerance; specifically, lessons from the past must serve as reminders for the future. In June 2004, the Mildred David Tolerance Collection, in honor of former principal, Dr. David,was added to the school library. All the books in the collection focus on the theme of tolerance and friendship.

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