Hornet Happenings - October 11, 2019


October 11, 2019


Little Halley Hornets


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Halley Hornet with Boo

Dear Halley Families,

We are pleased to share that all students in grades K-6 have received an Interim Report yesterday in their Thursday Folders. These reports include information such as the student’s strengths and needs, work habits, teacher comments, student goals, citizenship, and strategies to work on at home.  The goal of sending Interim Reports is to strengthen communication between the school and families and to identify academic and social emotional skills that students need to work on to be successful.  Interims also tells you how your child is performing in school at this half-way point of the quarter.  If there’s an area needing improvement, there’s still time to make changes before quarter one progress reports (“report cards”) come home in November.  Please sign the interim and send it back with Thursday Folders so that the teacher knows that you’ve seen it.

Lastly, if you still do not have a parent-teacher conference scheduled for this quarter, please contact your teacher ASAP.  Most conferences are held on the teacher workday on November 5th, but many teachers have other times available.  We want to meet with all parents around the end of the quarter so that we provide you with detailed information on your child’s progress. We value your partnership!


Your Principals,

Mrs. Peerman, Dr. Simpkins, and Ms. Johnson

50 Questions


Advanced Academics Parent Meeting


A parent information meeting will be held at Halley ES, October 11th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Library. Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Katie Symionow, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Halley, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.




 You’re invited to Halley’s first…

Cardboard Challenge

When:   Friday, October 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm

Where:   Halley Cafeteria


*If you have any boxes you wish to donate or use please feel free to bring them on the night of the cardboard Challenge!


Calendar Reminder

Calendar Reminder:

Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14 is a school planning day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Safety Reminder

Student safety is of the utmost importance to us at Halley.

We would like to take a moment to review safety procedures that we follow:

  1. When visitors ring the bell to enter the school (Entrance 1), office staff will ask the purpose of the visit prior to buzzing the person into the building.
  2. All visitors must check in using the Visitor Management System which requires a photo ID.
  3. When a visitor comes to the school to volunteer in a classroom or meet with a staff member, the office staff will call the staff member to confirm the meeting and let him/her know the visitor has arrived.
  4. All visitors must have a visitor’s sticker issued by the Visitor Management System or an FCPS issued badge.
Safe School Notice



  • Arrival
    • Students enter the building at 9:10 am. For your child’s safety do not leave them unattended in the Kiss and Ride loop. Your child should stay in the car until a staff member is on duty.
    • The staff member and patrols will arrive on duty at 9:07 am. At this time you may release your child from the car.
    • For students' safety, please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.
  • Dismissal
    • Remain in your car as you pull up to retrieve your child.
    • Please do not park in the fire lanes where cones are placed (Front Kiss and Ride)
    • For your child’s safety, students should enter the car from the passengers’ side.
    • For students’ safety please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.


We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following these procedures.


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October 14 - School Planning Day/Student Holiday (No School for Students)

October 16 - Preschool, PAC, ECIP & Kindergarten Field Trip, Burke Nursery Pumpkin Patch

October 21 - Boosterthon Pep Rally

October 24 - Fall Picture Day

PTO In The Know


PTO Membership Drive

Have you joined the Halley PTO yet? If not, it’s not too late! Please create an account on our Halley PTO site and pay online! Membership is only $15! Visit   www.halleypto.com Thank you so much for your support!!!



Halley PTO Calendar (Click to view)





Boosterthon Flyer



Pledging Opens- Monday, October 14, 2019

Pep Rally- Monday, October 21, 2019

Boosterthon- Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halley Elementary has a goal to raise $13,000 for STEAM initiatives and exciting new programs for our students!! Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons. Help us reach our goal!!!!



 Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping? Join Amazon Smile and see William Halley Elementary School get rewarded! Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. Search for “William Halley PTO”

Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on Amazon Smile, and the Amazon Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase of eligible products to the PTO. Be sure to use ID: William Halley PTO. Happy Shopping!


 Fall Box Tops Challenge

Through October 21, 2019

Help Halley earn FREE MONEY!!! Your Box Tops donations last year raised over $1,000 for Halley!!

The program is going electronic but in the meantime, PLEASE continue to submit any unexpired box tops via the mailbox in the school lobby. The class that submits the most is rewarded with a pizza party and cupcakes so please label your submission with the name of your child’s teacher! Submission deadline is Oct. 21 so be sure to collect from other family members, neighbors and friends as the money collected from the program benefits our school. To start collecting the electronic Boxtops, visit www.boxtops4education.com to learn more or just download the BoxTops app on to your phone or electronic device. Once you sign up on the app, select Halley Elementary as your school and scan the receipt within 14 days to ensure our school gets credit. Please visit the website above for more information.




  • Life Champ Martial Arts- $25 per child for 5 sessions - STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

Have a question, suggestion or other information to share with the PTO Board? We’d LOVE to hear from you!

President:  Maida Piggee, president@halleyPTO.com

1st Vice President:  Steve Reggio, 1stVP@halleyPTO.com

2nd Vice President:  Elizabeth Cobb, 2ndVP@halleyPTO.com

Secretary:  Masha Lempel, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com