Principal's Message

August 31, 2020

 Dear Parents:

 We are excited to see you for device roll-out this week. Please make sure you refer to the schedule that was pushed out last week which can also be found on our website. If you can’t make the designated date/time you may come at an alternative time that works with your family. Part of this process will involve making sure your child(ren) can log-on and feel comfortable accessing their device. Please plan on being here for approximately 30 minutes.

 As you know, K-12 Learning will be the platform that is used for all online learning. Teacher and student log-in information is forthcoming from the District. Below are some links that may be helpful to you in preparation for virtual learning.

 Parent/Family Resources:


Customer Care:

Online Learning Support:

Online Learning Overview (student friendly):

 Feel free to forward these resources to any “Learning Coaches” that may be supporting your children outside of your household.

 Attached you will find the grade level virtual schedules that will be used to help you and your child schedule their day. Instruction will start promptly at 8:30 am and the day will end no later than 2:30 pm. During this time there will be live instruction, time for independent work, Specials, breaks and small group instruction. Students will not be expected to be on their device during this entire time. Lunch and recess for all grade levels will be from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm so that your family can have a much-needed break together. Each class will start their day with a live Morning Meeting which will help to build community and set the tone for the day. In addition, all content classes will have live mini lessons which will be important to support instruction. All live sessions will be recorded, shared and stored so that you as a parent/student can view at an alternative time if necessary.

 Teachers and interventionists will be meeting with small groups throughout the day, at a time which will be communicated out to all stakeholders. Again, the focus of the first few weeks will be on getting to know the teacher and students and navigating the K-12 platform. As we all begin to feel more comfortable, we will amend the content so that it is differentiated for our learners. Your child’s teacher(s) will provide you with additional details about the schedule.

 I would encourage you to consider joining our amazing HHIE Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or the School Improvement Council (SIC). Meetings will be held virtually at least for now. Especially during this challenging time, it is even more important to have as much support we can for the school and school community. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information about both groups.

 Again, we are all excited for the 2020-2021 school year! We are eager to meet our new Otters and help them start their PYP journey at Hilton Head Island Elementary School!


 Sarah L. Owen

 P. S. If you have bottle caps saved for our first-grade art project, bins will be available outside each entrance for you to drop them off. Thank you for your support!

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