Elementary Patriot Connection 11/04/2022


Friday, November 4, 2022

H-BC Families:

Remember this weekend we begin Daylight Savings Time. Fall back. Hope you are able to enjoy your extra hour of weekend.

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM:  Please take time to come and honor our Veterans at the H-BC Veteran’s Day Program scheduled for 9 am on Friday, November 11 at the Jr/Sr High School in Hills.   We are so pleased to do so.  H-BC Students will attend and be part of the program.   Thank you to Mrs. Oftedahl for her work organizing this event!

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK:  We’re celebrating Education November 14-18!  See our calendar for the week below.   For the  Grandparent/Special Person Meal on Friday, November 18, we do appreciate parents returning the form indicating the number of guests.  HERE IS THE FORM AND INFORMATION ABOUT GRANDPARENT/SPECIAL PERSON DAY.


SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:  The Elementary Book Fair will be open November 14-18 during student library time and on November 18, during Grandparents/Special Person’s Day.  Watch for information to come.

NOVEMBER 8:  Election day!  Make sure to get out and vote.  There are four seats up for the H-BC School Board with four individuals that filed to run: Arlyn Gehrke, Travis Helgeson, Ethan Rozeboom, and Eric Uitenbogaard. No activities from 6-8 pm.

PARENT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM: We will again be using our Parent Notification System to inform you of weather related late starts and other items of importance at Hills-Beaver Creek Schools.  As we get into that time of year, this system is reliable, however please keep an eye on other avenues as well, such as AM 800 or FM 101.5, and Sioux Falls television/websites: KELO, KDLT and KSFY. 


H-BC Elementary School Early Dismissal:  November 4 & 23 - 12:45 pm.

CHILDREN’S DENTAL SERVICES:  Rock & Nobles Counties again have Children’s Dental Services available by appointment November 28, 29 & 30.   All forms of insurance are accepted and discounts are available for income eligible families.  See the information here:  Children's Dental Services COLD WEATHER:  PLEASE make sure your child is prepared for the colder weather.  All students have recess time outside, unless it is below -5º F including wind chill.    Thanks to a generous donation, we have a supply of snow pants & coats to give away.  Please call H-BC Elementary to inquire.


E-LEARNING DAYS:  If school is canceled because of inclement weather or any other reason.  Items for E-Learning day can be found in student backpacks.  Here is the procedure for E-Learning Days.

EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION:   Our ECFE Program is a great way for parents to spend quality time with their child.  Children ages 0-5 are welcome to H-BC Elementary School each month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates:  November 15, November 29 and December 13.  Please contact m.ellingson@isd671.net with any questions.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  With winter months coming, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc. wants to ensure all households eligible for energy or water bill assistance have access to help.   H-BC Offices do have the Application Forms for anyone interested.  Here is the link for more information:  https://tinyurl.com/r2evtx4h AFTER SCHOOL CARE:  PEAC - Patriot Enrichment After School Care is available for “regulars” and “drop-ins”.   Call the office or email Mrs. Voss for more information: t.voss@isd671.net

AM BUS CHANGES: For morning bus changes please call the HBC  bus line--make sure to identify your student and the bus number they are riding:  507-962-3240

AM DROP OFF:  If it’s raining or you don't see our school staff on the playground in the morning, please drop your student off at Door #1 on the North Side of the School.  

Child Tax Credit Deadline:  Millions of eligible families may easily claim the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) until Nov. 15, 2022. Eligible families can claim the CTC at GetCTC.org/mn

Many families may not know that they are eligible for the CTC or that they can still claim it using a simplified filing tool. Families can also use the simplified tool to file their tax return if they have not yet received the third stimulus check. The simplified tool GetCTC.org/mn is for families who do not have a 2021 filing requirement – typically this means their income is below $12,550 if filing single, or $25,100 if filing married. The traditional filing method is still available until 2025. The November 15 deadline is for those interested in using the electronic portal.  

MDE is encouraging school districts to do additional outreach to families to ensure that every family who is eligible, and hasn’t yet received the expanded CTC, will receive it. Outreach materials are available here in 11 languages, including flyers, template emails, texts and robo calls.

World’s Best Workforce 2022-2023 Final Plan (New)--This plan has been developed to comply with MN Statute 201.B11. The plan is developed to provide a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world’s best workforce. Our plan was started in conjunction with our district plan that was developed and adopted in 2015. The five goals that are the focus of the plan include: Ensuring that all students are ready for kindergarten, making progress to close the achievement gap among our students, preparing all students in third grade to achieve grade level literacy, ensuring that all students attain career and college readiness before graduation from high school, and striving to have all students graduate from high school. 

This plan is a blueprint that demonstrates how current district initiatives, policies, and plans work together to create a quality workforce that will be equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century.

Please click on the following LINK to find our comprehensive, long-term strategic WBWF plan.


  • November 4:  End first quarter 

  • November 7: Begin Second Quarter 

  • November 11: 9 am Veterans Day Program all Elementary students attend at Secondary School in Hills.  The Public is welcome to attend.

  • November 14-18 American Education Week

  • November 18 - Grandparents/Special Person’s  Day Lunch

  • November 23: 12:45  Dismissal

  • November 24 & 25:  No School 

  • December 1:   Grades K-2 Holiday Choir Concert 7 pm

  • December 14: 12:45 Dismissal

  • December 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please reach out to me if you have any needs.  Phone- 507-673-2541 or email t.holthaus@isd671.net