|| Hotchkiss Pride
Be Proud of Who You Are and What you Do - All the time - Know It! Believe It! Live It!
| Follow the Fish Philosophy|
Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude
Spirit of Giving to others
I have to admit on Tuesday, November 26th I wasn’t thinking about Thanksgiving I was panicking as I realized how much there was to get done in such a short amount of time for both the school and at my house. I frantically made my “To Do” list and realized that heading to my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving was not going to happen as I just had to many things to do, and driving to Denver was not one of them. Thanksgiving time is always difficult for me because 8 years ago my mother suddenly passed away on this holiday, so I wasn’t in the best of moods. That evening I broke the news to my daughters, and they were upset but they insisted that I take the time and we go to Denver to be with our family. They promised me it would cheer me up and be worth it!
So, we loaded up the car for an overnight stay on Thanksgiving morning. My oldest daughter asked me to not make any stops, as they needed to be in Denver by 1:00 p.m. I asked her what in the world was going on. She finally told me that her and my other daughter had made plans to head to Northwest Denver Food Bank to help feed the homeless and they needed to be there by 1:00 p.m. for their shift!!!! What? When did this all transpire? The girls explained that this Thanksgiving they wanted to have the opportunity to give to others that are not as lucky as we all are to have a good meal and to be with family. I couldn’t help but be mad at myself as my priority had been my “to do” list instead of really living the meaning of “thanks” and “giving”, even though I talked about it all week long to my students!!!!
Needless to say, we made it to Denver by 1:00 p.m. and my girls headed to the homeless shelter by themselves. A few hours later they returned with the most amazing stories that they learned from the people they were privileged to serve. Well, while they were gone I did a little self reflecting and realized no matter how busy we get, we must always remember the spirit of giving to others. We all are busy but we are never too busy to share our hearts with others. I am so grateful for the lesson my daughters taught me that day. We had a wonderful late evening Thanksgiving Dinner and it was an extremely memorable evening of fun with our family! Sometimes we just need an extra nudge to see the forest through the trees ☺!
As we all get ready for this upcoming holiday break, we will all feel rushed to accomplish our “to do’s”, however, I am encouraging you to take a few minutes to enjoy yourself and your family. Hold tight to those traditions and make new ones. In addition, if you are able to give - our annual Canned Food/Non-perisible Food Drive is going on. All proceeds will go to our holiday boxes that we distribute to local families who need a helping hand this season. Every Friday during the month of December our 6th-8th graders can wear their hats for $1.00. All of this money will be donated to our Helping Hands program as well.
With Hotchkiss Pride Always,
Ms. Carrie Coats
Just a reminder that Wednesday, December 11th is an Early Release Day. All HK8 students will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. There are NO BULLDOG LEARNING CENTERS on Wednesday due to early dismissal.
Also, this is our last week for our food drive. If students can donate we are in need. We are also looking for donations for lunch meat and bread. Thank you everyone that has brought in items. Our school's willingness to give is amazing!
Next week is a busy week with band concerts and our winter program. Check out the calendar for more information.
Please make sure everyone is bundled up as it is still very cold outside. Brrr . . . .
Download the most recent soup labels/boxtops PDF here.
Our Canned Food/Non-perishable Drive will begin tomorrow, December 2nd and will end on December 16th!! All items collected will be used for our holiday box program. The competition is between the K-2, 3rd-5th classrooms and 6th-8th CAP classes. Every item is one point! The winning classroom receives a party of their choice. One bonus point for each item will be given in 6th-8th CAP classroom for the following 6th grade - Peanut/Butter Jelly items, 7th grade - cereal and breakfast items and 8th grade - snack items, i.e. crackers, granola bars etc. If you are able to give we are very grateful. If you or a family you know of in our community is in need of a holiday box please contact us asap!
Attention all HK8 parents, there have been some updates to our Delta County School District Policies for the 2013-2014 school year. We have posted them below for your review. If you have any questions or comments please contact Ms. Coats, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Ritter,email@example.com or 970-872-3325.