Superintendent’s Corner: Heritage Elementary Hosts First Family House Con, Discusses Future Activities | New

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Welcome to Heritage Elementary for the 2022-’23 school year. We’re excited to share some of the things we’ve already done and what’s to come later this semester.

On Thursday, September 29, Heritage Elementary had its first Family House Con. Several stations have been set up for families to visit, including a cheering and singing room, bracelet making, photo opportunity, food and a variety of other community stalls. Families were encouraged to attend one of the house sessions to learn all about the history of the four main houses – Altruismo, Amistad, Isibindi and Dreamer. The family members received a “Ticket to Slide”, which was good for a trip on the slide for the official certification of the slides in the House of Onraka – the House of Unity. It was an amazing evening dedicated to building friendships and creating a family culture with over 500 people in attendance. Our next family event is scheduled for December 1, 6-7:30 p.m.

Camp Read–A–Lot will be a fun night with a variety of activities, such as games, literacy stations, a bonfire and several educational booths. We love providing these opportunities for our families!

We are excited to kick off our second year of 4-H at Heritage. We elected a new group of club officers this week. Last year we were able to participate in several county events as a club including Appropriate Dress, Cupcake Wars, 4-H Food Showdown and Christmas Food and Craft Fair. Our students look forward to these events again this year. We are a growing club and are ready to build on the foundations we started last year.

Heritage cross country was well represented in this year’s cross country season. We had 50 students compete in two competitions, one at Tahlequah Middle School and the other at Cherokee Landing. Both competitions included the top 10 finishers in Heritage. We are already looking forward to our spring meetings.

Our Boys and Girls Club/After School Program is off to a fantastic start. During the last quarter we added several new clubs, Kinder Kindness Club, Ag in the Classroom, Hand Embroidery, Novel Study and Beading Club. We are also excited to launch the Bike Club for our fourth and fifth graders next week.

On Tuesday, October 18, students competed in the Cherokee Challenge Bowl competition at Greasy Immersion School in Bunch, Oklahoma. It was the first face-to-face competition in three years and our students represented us well.

Our competitive robotics teams have been building and practicing in preparation for the upcoming competitive season. Heritage Elementary will host our first-ever robotics competition on November 12.

Thank you to all Heritage students, families and teachers for contributing to the success of our first book fair of the year. The annual pumpkin decorating has started and we had so many fantastic entries. The pumpkins will be displayed all around the library during the first week of November.

The Fourth Grade Choir will perform their Fall Follies concert on October 25 at 6 p.m. They worked very hard to learn their patriotic and autumnal music. Our Circle the State Trio will be featured in two of the songs. Our third grade choir is preparing for our veterans day program. The program will take place on November 8 at 6 p.m. There will be a slide show honoring our men and women in uniform. Veterans from our community are welcome to join us. We’ve had a fantastic start to the year at Heritage and look forward to lots of fun in the months ahead.

Written by Amanda Vance, Principal of Heritage Elementary.

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