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Principal’s Message

November 20, 2018

Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,

Underhill School has been very busy over the past several weeks with Fall Festival, Fire Prevention, Blue Ribbon and Gold Circle Awards, Pumpkin Roll, Veterans Day, and Parent Teacher Conferences. The students have been working hard on their learning in class as well. At this stage in the school year, the students are developing their foundational skills for reading, writing, and math. The teachers provide instruction to the students through whole group, small group, and individually based on the topic and the needs of the students. We’re seeing some great gains with the students academically and socially due to a collective effort on behalf of  you, the staff, and the students. We truly appreciate your support.

The Hooksett PTA was recently named the PTA Unit of the Year for the State of New Hampshire. They were selected out of over 200 PTA’s in the state. This annual distinction is given to a PTA unit for exemplary work in their school and local community. Congratulations to the Hooksett PTA for their ongoing efforts and commitment to the Hooksett students, schools, and the community!

The students have done a terrific job coming up with names for our new mascot. After counting the suggestions, we have selected the top 3 names.  After Thanksgiving, the students will have the chance to vote for one of the three names at school. Here are the 3 choices:

Choice #1 – Barry
Choice #2 – Fred
Choice #3 – Honey

Please remember that that Hooksett PTA is still collecting items for the Hooksett Community Pantry, which provides local families in need with non-perishable food items for the holidays. Collection bins can be found in each classroom and in the lobby at Fred C. Underhill School and Hooksett Memorial School. The last day of the food drive is on November 26, 2018, so there’s still some time left for donations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Sincerely,
Ben Loi
Principal

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October 12, 2018

Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,

You will be receiving your child’s fall district assessment reports today. Students participated in the DIBELS Next assessment and NWEA MAP assessment last month. These assessments are administered three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). They provide us with information about students’ strengths and needs in Reading, Math, and Language Arts. These assessments also help us determine if our instruction is having a positive impact on students’ growth in learning. You will also receive information guides to help you with interpreting the assessment reports. I have also linked the information guides below.

NWEA Quick Reference

DIBELS Parent Guide

If you have any questions regarding your child’s performance, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Sincerely,
Ben Loi
Principal

 

 

Underhill School has a new mascot. We are the Underhill Cubs! The students will have the opportunity over the next few weeks to suggest a name for our new mascot. Each student can submit his/her idea in a suggestion box outside of the school library. At the end of October, we will review and count all of the suggested names. The three most popular names will be selected for a student vote. I’m looking forward to seeing the students’ suggestions. I’ve heard a lot of good ideas already!

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October 1, 2018

Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,

On September 24, 2018, we had two separate incidents involving propane gas, which caused us to evacuate the school building twice. These were two difficult situations, however, our school was equipped to deal with these situations because of our training and preparation. With the assistance of the Hooksett Fire Department, Hooksett Police Department, utility companies, HVAC technicians, and the Superintendent of Schools, we were able to resolve the issues and safely return to school. Thank you to all of the individuals and groups who assisted us with that day. It was truly a team effort.

On Friday, September 28th, Underhill staff participated in a variety of professional development offerings, which are connected to our school district and school goals. Our Reading Specialists provided in-depth training on writing strategy development along with new tools for teaching sentence writing. They provided support for administering progress monitoring assessments for students who have not met their reading goals. The teachers also worked on improving their math lesson structure with the Director of Mathematics. We also provided the teachers with a presentation on Emergency Management procedures. It was a very informative and productive day for the teachers.

Tomorrow is National Custodians Day. We have a great team of custodians here at Underhill School who work hard every day to ensure that the building looks great. We appreciate Mrs. McGovern, Mr. Christie, Mr. Saxon, Mr. Hensel, and Mrs. DuBois.

School Picture Day is on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Information and order forms regarding school pictures went home last week. If you have any questions regarding school pictures, please call the main office at (603) 623-7233.

Last month, we shared information about the installation of the Shooter Detection System in each of the Hooksett schools.  This state of the art system is in the process of being installed.  We anticipate the installation and testing of the system to be fully completed this fall.

Have a great week!

Sincerely,
Ben Loi, Principal

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September 14, 2018

Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,

We completed our first full week at Underhill. It’s been a very busy past few days with students finishing their fall assessments and engaging in more academic activities. I had the opportunity to attend the Hooksett PTA’s welcome back meeting last night. I heard about the various ways the PTA supports the school, which include fundraising, volunteering, teacher grants, special assemblies for students, professional speakers for parents and teachers, family events, and much much more. We are very lucky to have the support of the PTA at Underhill School.

On Thursday, we received a very generous donation of school supplies from Joseph Paradez, a financial advisor at Edward Jones. Mr. Paradez wanted to do something positive for Underhill School and worked with colleagues at his office to collect a variety of supplies to assist teachers and students. We are extremely grateful for this kind and thoughtful donation from Mr. Paradez and his colleagues, which will make a difference for our students.

As many of you already know from my email this morning, we held a practice off-site evacuation today. A copy of the email is in next section below. We plan to do another drill to include the afternoon kindergarten classes in the near future.

Please remember that we have our Open House nights next week. Here are the dates, times, and grades:

  • September 19, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Preschool and Grade 1 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • September 20, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Kindergarten and Grade 2 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Have a great weekend! I hear the weather is going to be great for Hooksett’s Old Home Day, so enjoy!

Sincerely,
Ben Loi
Principal

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September 7, 2018

Dear Underhill Parents/Guardians,

It’s been a great start to the school year! It was a pleasure getting to meet all of you during “Meet Your Teacher” time. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the returning students along with meeting our new students. The teachers and students have been working on establishing new routines and procedures, but most importantly they are working on establishing positive student relationships and building a strong sense of community. Over the next few weeks, our teachers will increase their academic instruction while learning more about the strengths and needs of the students.

Our fall assessments began this week. We use NWEA MAPS and DIBELS as our school-wide assessments. We administer those assessments three times a year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) to learn about students’ strengths and needs in Reading, Math, and Language Arts. These assessments also help us determine if the students have grown as learners and if our instruction has been effective. NWEA MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer-based assessment. The test adjusts to each individual student and his or her learning level, while providing teachers with data to inform instruction. NWEA MAPS also measures growth over time, so we can look at students’ growth over the course of a few months to several years. DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is comprised of brief tests, which are administered individually to regularly monitor students’ early literacy and early reading skills. Teachers use this assessment to strategically plan for their students and to monitor their students’ progress along with the effectiveness of their reading instruction.

We also had students from Southern New Hampshire University’s education program visit our school. Over the course of the school year we will be working closely with SNHU to provide their students with quality experiences in the classroom while they complete their university coursework. We will also benefit from having the SNHU’s students supporting Underhill classes with direction from our classroom teachers and the university’s professors.

I hope you have a great weekend! Let’s go, Patriots

Sincerely,

Ben Loi, Principal

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Reading Tips for Parents from Reading Rockets

 

As we begin this new school year, I wanted to share a few helpful reading tips for you as you establish your routines at home. They’re very easy to use and may be beneficial to your child’s reading growth. Enjoy!

 

Click Here for the Kindergarten Tips

 

Click Here for the First Grade Tips

 

Click Here for the Second Grade Tips

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Mark Your Calendars

 

September 13, 2018 — Hooksett PTA Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – Fred C. Underhill School

September 15, 2018 — Hooksett Old Home Day – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Donati Park

September 19, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Preschool and Grade 1 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

September 20, 2018 — Underhill Open House/PTA Ice Cream Social/Book Fair – Kindergarten and Grade 2 – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

September 28, 2018 — Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

October 2, 2018 — National Custodians Day

October 3, 2018 — Picture Day

October 8, 2018 — Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL

October 12, 2018 — Mid-Trimester 1 Progress Reports Go Home

October 15, 2018 — Fire Safety Presentations with the Hooksett Fire Department

October 20, 2018 — PTA Spooktacular

October 22, 2018 — Fire Safety Presentations with the Hooksett Fire Department

October 26, 2018 — Underhill Fall Festival

*Note: Dates and times are subject to change.

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Fall 2018

Dear Fred C. Underhill Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Fred C. Underhill School is a spectacular school with great students, teachers, and parents! We’re looking forward to another successful school year with positive learning experiences and memories.

Our school district’s vision states, “We believe all students can learn. We commit to ensuring every student meets or exceeds challenging educational standards to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers. We inspire excellence through collaboration between school leaders, teachers, students, parents and the community.” At Fred C. Underhill School, we are committed to providing your child with high-quality learning experiences to thrive and grow as learners.

We are also dedicated to partnering with you to support your child during his/her time at our school. It is essential that we communicate clearly to develop positive working relationships. To our new families, we encourage you to be a part of the school through participating in volunteer opportunities and various school activities and events. There are several opportunities for parents to interact and to support the school through the Hooksett Parent-Teacher Association.

Again, we look forward to working with you and your children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  Together, we can provide your children with the best educational experience. Thank you for your continued support in “Inspiring Excellence Together.”

Sincerely,
Benjamin Loi​, M.Ed.​

Principal