Hischke’s Happenings! September 25, 2017

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:29 PM by Jane Baker

Important Dates

September 26- Lockdown Drill

September 26- 6:30-8:00pm Elementary Talent Show

September 26 - Chick-fil-A Dining Night Out at the Larkridge location

October 4-6-Camp Timberline Overnight Field Trip for 5th grade

October 5 - 6pm-8pm CAP (Child Assault Prevention) Parent Meeting

October 11- 3pm-7pm Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 12-13 Parent/Teacher Conferences-no school for students

October 16- Professional Development Day-no school for students

October 18- 6:30pm Board of Directors Meeting

October 24- Pictures retakes K-11

October 27- 6:00pm-8:30pm Harry Potter Night

Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Parent Presentation October 5

CAP seeks to prevent child assault by teaching children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations (bullying, stranger abduction, & sexual assault).  CAP also prepares adults who are a part of the child’s community (teachers and parents) to help children in this journey.

The success of the CAP program depends on the support of the school community.  Because we encourage children to share their experiences and concerns with adults, it is important that parents and school personnel be willing and able to respond to these concerns.   We invite you to attend the CAP Parent Training on October 5, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at Stargate School (In the Elementary Commons).    Parent participation is crucial for program success.   Please make every effort to attend. This meeting is for adults only.  

This presentation will be a comprehensive discussion of the following topics:

  • An overview of sexual assault issues & dynamics including:

  • Definitions and prevalence of sexual assault

  • Blame, denial, & lying

  • Myths & Facts of Victims & Perpetrators

  • The cycle of abuse & how to stop it

  • Safety Tips and Tools for parents regarding issues of Bullying, Stranger Awareness, Sexual Assault

  • Warning signs of possible perpetrators

  • Why children are vulnerable to assault & how to empower them

  • CAP’s successful prevention model to decrease children’s vulnerability to assault

  • A complete description of the children’s classroom presentations

  • Question & Answer & Review of take home materials for parents

Windsock Day

If the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or heavy precipitation is present, students will need to enter the school through the commons entrance (left of the main entrance) and they will sit with their grade level in the Elementary Commons. We politely ask that you do one of two options at drop off:

  • Parents can drop their student off in the loop and your child can walk themselves to the commons and then sit with their grade level peers

  • Parents can park in the parking lot and then walk their child to the commons

We have approximately 470 students that we place in the commons and 100 kindergarten students in the gym, so it is a busy morning during a Windsock Day. We would invite parents in, but space is at a minimum. The commons is supervised by three to four Eagle’s Landing staff members, two teachers, the school counselor, and me (Mrs. Hischke).

Indoor recess will be supervised by adults/teachers in the classroom. Student dismissals will also be conducted through the main entrance. Kindergarten will be dismissed from the elementary commons, so please use the side door that is left of the main office entrance. Colorful windsocks will be displayed at different locations around the school (two at the south entrance and one at the north entrance) to indicate that conditions exist for an "inside day".


Fall conferences will be held on October 11 - October 13. There is school that week for students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The students will not have classes on Thursday and Friday; and please note that there is no school for students on Oct. 16 due to a Professional Development Day.

This is a great time to connect with your child’s teachers and we hope to see you there. Most teaching teams have sent conference forms home already, so please keep an eye out for it if you have not received one yet.

Positive Behavior System

Soaring to New Heights Eagle Passes

This year the elementary school is implementing a Positive Behavior System (PBS). The teachers are excited to to hand out Eagle Passes to students that are demonstrating positive behavior traits both in and out of the classroom.

Once the students receive a Soaring to New Heights Eagle Pass, they will place it in a box at the front office in order to enter a drawing for a reward. Drawings will take place every two weeks and those that were drawn will be able to select from a variety prizes. Here is the menu that the students can select from this Friday when we have our first drawing:

  • Mini notebooks

  • Gel pens

  • Playground equipment for the student’s classroom

  • Scholastic book of their choice ($ dollar limit)

  • Lunch with a friend and Mrs. Hischke


More items will be added to the list as the year progresses

Talent Show

The Elementary K-5 Talent Show, hosted by Mr. Osburn, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We hope you will be able to attend and support all of our talented students.

Every Kid in a Park

There is a program for all 4th graders called "Every Kid in a Park" through the national government, wherein all 4th grade children (and their families) get a free 1-year pass to the national parks.  It's such a great way to encourage the kids learn about nature! The website is Every Kid in a Park | Main

Character Development and Social Emotional Lessons

Every Wednesday the students have a time on the daily schedule called Stargate Way Time. This time is used to provide the students with character development lessons, social emotional lessons, Passion Project time, and a day for the teaching teams to use at their discretion.

Here is a breakdown of the schedule:

1st Wednesday - Character Development Lesson

2nd Wednesday - Social Emotional Lesson  

3rd Wednesday - Passion Project

4th Wednesday - Team use

Character Development by Month

September – Friendship

October – Respect

November – Responsibility

December – Cultural Awareness

January – Gratitude

February – Courage

March – Honesty/Integrity

April – Kindness

May – Perseverance

Social Emotional Lessons by Month

September - Empathy and Feelings

Lauren Gibson, the elementary school counselor, has been creating lessons for the teachers to use in their classrooms and plans to continue with this throughout the school year. She will continue to look at the needs of the school for social emotional lessons as the year progresses.

Designing in Adroit

5th Grade

For the past couple of weeks, fifth grade has been engaged in the design thinking process, beginning with a deep dive, getting to know their user through an “engagement interview”, and creating a prototype trophy or art piece that represented their user. Students learned how to interview their user in order to make an empathetic connection. Designers then had to pitch their prototype to their user and get feedback.

2nd - 4th Grades

Second through fourth grade have been practicing design thinking mindsets of ideation, build to think, collaboration, and problem solving by designing and creating a cardboard automata. This is a simple machine made from cardboard (cams and frame), skewers (axle and uprod) and straws.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

First graders have been engaged in the design thinking mindsets of ideation and build to think by designing and creating a bug’s park and kindergarteners are putting final finishes on their castles. Wednesdays are our “Design Challenge Day”. Students engage in the DT mindsets of ideation, radical collaboration, build to think, fail fast, test and iterate by participating in an engineering challenge. This week, students are challenged to build the biggest tower from only 15 straws and tape.


WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. The program - now in its 5th year at Stargate - is designed for our students' father figures to spend an entire school day at Stargate helping in classrooms and patrolling our campus. Our purpose for the program is to:

  • Provide positive male role models for the students.

  • Provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

  • Connect dads with their child at school.

Reminders for your day to serve as a WatchDOG:

  • Please arrive at 7:45 am and report to the elementary office.

  • We will provide you a free school lunch.

Click here to sign up to be a WATCH D.O.G.S

If you have questions about the program please contact Elementary Principal, Missy Hischke, at missy.hischke@stargateschool.org.

Parking and the Loop

Here are a few reminders about the parking lots and the loop:

  • Please only use the Handicap spots if you have a legal right to. We have many grandparents that pick up students and these spots need to be reserved for those that need them.

  • Please be mindful of the reserved parking spaces in the loop between the Secondary building and the Elementary building. These spots were bid on at last year’s Stargate Gala and are reserved for a few families.

  • Please remember to be kind and show grace towards others. We have teenage drivers and many grandparents that may not have experience with the loop

Coin War

Thank to all who participated in the coin war! It was definitely a battle between the different grade levels.

Here’s a breakdown on which team won:

3rd and 4th grade with 24,853 points!

2nd place goes to 1st and 2nd grade with negative 14,184 points!

And in last place is kindergarten and 5th grade with negative 29,419 points!

A grand total of funds raised will be available next week when the money is taken to the bank to be deposited!