ms. rachel waldron, head of lower school

ms. rachel waldron, head of lower school

I hope that everyone had a wonderful time at last week’s Parent Mixer, I heard that the weather was great and fun was had by all! This coming week we will be kicking off our two week HSA Fun Run! Everything will begin with an energetic and fun-filled Pep Rally for all of our students - Preschool and Kindergarten in the morning, Grades 1-5 in the afternoon. After that, each day the students will attend ‘huddles’ where they will learn a new character lesson and be given challenges. All of the fun will culminate with our Fun Run on Thursday, Sept. 26th in the Courtyard. Make plans to come and cheer on your runner (see schedule below)! More information will come home on how to pledge and helpful information that will assist your child and family in collecting pledges. All the money raised goes to our HSA. They will use the funds for many of their initiatives, as well as will be giving money toward educational needs and spaces in the school. Over the past few years the Fun Run has funded the Global Learning Lab, the Creative Media Center and the Wonder Lab, just to name a few. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone on the HSA, your child’s teacher or an administrator.

Uniform reminders - For students in grades 1st-5th, they are permitted to wear their predominantly white, grey or black gym shoes while they are wearing their gym uniform OR their warm weather uniform. When wearing the ‘regular’ school uniform, black or brown dress shoes should be worn. Also of note, headbands for girls shouldn’t have anything ‘sticking up’ off of them (such as cat ears, etc.). Also, outwear worn during the school day to stay warm in the building should be the school fleece or sweater with the Bell Tower logo, or the gym sweatshirt on gym days. If you have specific questions, please reach out to myself or your child’s classroom teacher.

-Ms. Waldron

Early Childhood

Preschool and Kindergarten


Grades 1-3

Important Dates –

  • Monday, September 9th - Friday, September 13th - MAP assessments for Grades 1 & 2

  • Tuesday, September 17th - Fun Run Kick-Off Pep Rally!!

  • Wednesday, September 18th

    • Preschool Picture Day for Ms. Granitz, Ms. Elliott, Mrs. Blazek an Mrs. Pikulski’s classes

    • Kindergarten Field Trip to the Apple Orchard

  • Thursday, September 19th

    • Preschool Picture Day for Mrs. Christy, Mrs. Kattner and Ms. Hayes’s classes

    • Elementary School Picture Day for Kindergarten - 8th Grade - Dress Uniforms

  • Saturday, September 21st - Baby and Kid Green Garage Sale

  • Thursday, September 26th - 5th Annual HSA Fun Run!

    • Preschool - 8:45 am - 9:45 am

    • Kindergarten & 1st Grade - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    • 2nd & 3rd Grades - 10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • Friday, September 27th - 1st Grade Field Trip to Wagner Farm

  • Friday, September 27th - HSA Kindergarten Parent Social

  • Tuesday, October 1st - Preschool Field Trip to the Fire Zone for Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Christy’s classes

  • Wednesday, October 2nd - Preschool Field Trip to the Fire Zone for Ms. Granitz, Ms. Elliott and Mrs. Blazek’s classes

  • Thursday, October 3rd - Preschool Field Trip to the Fire Zone for Mrs. Kattner and Mrs. Pikulski’s classes

  • Friday, October 4th - No School - Professional Development Day