Hischke’s Happenings! February 5, 2018

posted Feb 5, 2018, 2:51 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates

February 1-13th Valentine’s Candy Sale

February 6- Elementary Music Concert

February 7- Parent/Teacher Conferences-Wednesday schedule for students

February 8- Parent/Teacher Conferences -No school for students

February 8 7am Stargate Snowhounds 2018 Ski Trip

February 8 and 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences-No school for students

February 14 Valentine’s Day Parties (See information below)

February 15 K-5 Power of One Anti-Bullying Show

February 19-Presidents Day-no school for students

February 20-Professional Development Day-no school for students

February 21 6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting

March 6-K-5 Class Pictures and Spring Individual Pictures

March 10- Stargate Gala

Geography Bee

Congratulations to all the Stargate students that participated in this year’s Geography Bee!

Diogo Costa Lauren McLeese

Connor Goin Khan Pholtanawat

Carter Jensen Logan Szymanski

Jaedyn Kane Srihith Tirnati

Ryman Mahnke

Congratulations to Srihith Tirnati on winning the Elementary School Stargate Geography Bee! We would also like to congratulate Logan Szymanski for earning 2nd place. Your hard work in preparing for this competition was evident and we are so proud of your accomplishments! Good luck Srihith in qualifying for state

              Logan Szymanski and

Srihith Tirnati at the Stargate Geography Bee

The Power of One: A Bullying-proofing Performance February 15th

1st show - 1:00 PM 3-5

2nd show - 1:50 PM K-2

The Power of One is a series of skits presented by actors who use boxes, colours, and masks to vividly portray what bullying is, what can be done about it, and how every child has the power of one, the power to report and deal with bullying when they see it.

The Power of One:

  • Explains the roles in bullying: Bully, Target, Bystander, and Upstander

  • Shows vivid examples of different types of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Exclusion, and Cyber bullying

  • Alerts children that Targets need help and shows them how to be Upstanders rather than Bystanders

  • Provides solutions to bullying including reporting, intervening, and assisting the Target

  • Emphasizes the need for individuals to take action to make their community a safer, better place

  • Refers children to parents, adults, and teachers for further assistance and instruction


Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. They are scheduled for February 7th through the 9th. Please refer to your student’s homeroom teacher for additional information. We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Chocolate and Candy and Heart....OH MY!!!!!!  Sales will begin on Thursday, February 1st and will run through February 13th.

Back by popular demand, the elementary school STUCO will be selling special Valentines again this year! Confectionery love can be purchased for and given to anybody.  Students may choose to take their candy with them or leave it, with a special note, for student council representatives to deliver to classrooms on Valentine's Day.

Since this day is all about love and kindness, STUCO will be donating 50% of all proceeds to St. Jude's Hospital to help children with cancer and their families.  They are also donating $100.00 to Nothing but Nets, which sends malaria preventing mosquito nets to Africa.  With the rest of the earnings, STUCO will spend 25% on something for the school and keep 25% in their fund for future use.

Our STUCO representatives will be selling sugary goodness from 7:30 am to 7:50 am and from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesday afternoons, sales will be from 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm.

come and show everyone you care about a little love and help support some wonderful causes in the process.  Thank you all so much for supporting our student council and our school!

Valentine’s Day Parties

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday schedule. The Parties will take place at various times throughout the day. Please view the schedule below and refer to Homeroom blogs for additional details.

  • Kindy

Valentine’s Day Party 8:10 - 9:10

  • 1/2 Team

Valentine’s Day Party 8:10-9:00

  • 3rd/4th Team

Valentine’s Day Party 11:00 - 11:50

  • 5th Grade Team

Valentine’s Day Party 11:00 - 12:20

General Music Concert Feb. 6th

WHEN TO ARRIVE and What Should They Wear

Grades 1&2 6:15PM (check in to gym) 6:30PM perform

  • 1st and 2nd grade boys can wear over-the-calf white socks (no stripes), dark shoes, football pants or solid colored pants rolled up (and pinned) at the knee (no shorts), long sleeved dress shirts (preferably white) belts on the outside of untucked shirts, and a vest (optional). If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

  • 1st and 2nd grade girls can wear long dresses (preferably old-fashioned looking), bonnets (optional). If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

Grades 3&4 6:45PM (check in to gym) 7:00PM perform

  • 3rd and 4th graders can wear either solid colors (i.e. all black, all navy blue, all gray, etc.) if you would like use one of the 60 navy costumes I can loan, or very fancy dress clothes as if you were a rich passenger on the Titanic (i.e. boys could wear suits, girls could wear long "old-fashioned" dresses).   Also, if you want to dress like a pirate, that's okay too.  

  • If you don't have any of the above items, just dress nicely.

Grade 5 7:15PM (check in to the gym) 7:30PM perform

5th graders should dress up as the Sgt. Pepper character they picked a few weeks ago.  I will go over character dress up with them again this week.  

  • If your child signed up to be an early Beatle in a black jacket, they should wear black pants, a white dress shirt and a solid black or dark tie. Four black jackets will be provided.  

  • If they signed up to be a multi-colored jacket Beatle, please make sure they wear dark pants and dark shoes.  Four multi-colored jackets will be provided.  

  • An Albert Einstein lab coat and Sony Liston boxing robe will be provided.  

  • Also, if your child signed up to be Ed Sullivan, please slick their hair back and dress them up in a suit and tie. I have a black jacket for the Ed Sullivan character.

Additional Information

  • Students in grades 1-5 should check in to the Elementary gym no earlier than 15 minutes before they perform.

  • There is no need to arrive earlier than check in time, unless you want to help with set up or see more than one part of the show.

  • When in the multipurpose room, students who are not performing should stay with their parents.

  • Students should leave all personal belongings with their parents.

  • It's okay to leave when your portion of the concert is over. However, you are also welcome to stay.

  • Please do not enter or exit the multipurpose room during musical numbers.

Stargate Snowhounds 2018 Ski Trip

Please bring students to the Stargate Gym @ 6:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 8th. The bus will leave no later than 7:10 am. We will return to Stargate at approximately 6 p.m. Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at that time.  Any questions, please feel free to email rita.stephenson@stargateschool.org

Input on Repurposing Current Adroit Space into Quiet/Study Spaces

The Stargate Foundation is looking for input from all stakeholders as we begin to plan how we are going to repurpose our current Adroit space. Please CLICK HERE to access the form the Foundation has created to collect your input. We will also be collecting input from students and staff.Thank you for your time and input!



Influenza Update from Tri-County Health

Influenza-like illness (ILI) is a fever >100.4 and a new cough and/or sore throat.  Tri-County Health Department recommends:

  • Sending children and staff with Influenza-like illness (ILI) home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication;

  • Increasing hand washing;

  • Teaching everyone to cough into their arm, not their hands;

  • Increasing cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces.  

  • Encouraging flu vaccine for children and staff

We ask that you tell your families to  follow the same control measures at home.  Should a child become ill with influenza like illness, they should be kept home from school to prevent any further spread.  They should seek medical care for treatment and testing; it is not too late to vaccinate.

Watch your student population (and teachers) for symptoms of fever, cough, congestion, body aches, and sore throat, and if there is illness, please send them home to help stop further spread of illness.

CMAS Testing Dates

As the standardized testing dates near, I thought it would be helpful for families to have the tentative schedule especially since it starts before Spring Break. Please remember that the CMAS Testing in the Elementary building is for 3rd through 5th grade students. All the students will have three sessions for both ELA (English Language) and Math. The 5th grade students will also have three sessions of Science.

A more detailed schedule will be sent out in the next few weeks. The information will also include how you can best support your child as they prepare for the assessments.



3, 4, and 5 Grade Students Testing


3-5 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


3-4 Grade Students Testing

(In the morning)


Make-up Assessments





3-5 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


3-5 Grade Students Testing


3-4 Grade Students Testing


5th Grade Assessment


5th Grade Assessment


5th Grade Assessment


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Professional Development Day


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments


Make-up Assessments

Elementary Yearbooks

It's not too late to order your K-5/Elementary yearbook! Don't miss out on a great way to commemorate all your wonderful Stargate memories.You must pay online through Pictavo in order to get your book. Ordering Information commpe.pictavo.com - enter Stargate Charter and the K-5 will pop up, click Go>Shop My School>Yearbooks  Price will be $55 (plus tax/fees). Final deadline to order is March 16.


Don't Forget To Order Lunch!

Reminder to all Stargate parents. Please don't forget to order lunch for your hungry students. Hot meals must be ordered a minimum of  2 days in advance. There are No Same Day Meal Orders. Meals are easily ordered through the online ordering system. Login at:  https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

Fridays are Pizza Friday and need to be ordered through MyKidsLunch under "Stargate Pizza Friday."

Login at:  https://michaels.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

Please consider signing up to volunteer on Pizza Fridays. It’s a great way to spend lunch with your children and enjoy a delicious slice of pizza. To get started please click the following:

Elementary: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094FA5A628A0F58-elementary1


Accountability Committee Update
The updated KPIs for quarter-ending December 31, 2017 are available on the school website:  http://charter.stargateschool.org/connect/committee-announcements.  Changes include updated financial KPIs and state standardized testing KPIs. (While we have known the 2016 state testing results for several months, our KPI timing correlates with the CDE’s School Performance Framework report, which is usually released each December.)  If you have any questions, please contact accountability@stargateschool.org.