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Hope in Action


Hope in Action

The Parent Connection

  • Preschool A.M.
  • Primary H.O.P.E.
  • Intermediate H.O.P.E.
  • Jr. high H.O.P.E.
  • Journals for H.O.P.E.
  • After School Clubs-Media Team, Graphic Arts, Multicultural Club, and Career Options Club


Updated, August 4

Important Dates:

August 19, 2014-First day of school- 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

August 21, 2014-Jr. High student/parent orientation-6:30p.m.

September 3, 2014-open house 7:00-8:00p.m.

September 16, 2014-Preschool Parent Workshop-6:00-7:00p.m.

September 25, 2014-8th Grade Challenger Interviews

October 20, 2014-Preschool Parent Workshop-11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

October 21 and 22, 2014-Halloween Cookie Sales in room 130 from 3:00p.m.-3:30p.m.

October 27-31, 2014-Red Ribbon Week Activities

October 30, 2014-6:00-8:00p.m.-Graphic Arts and Media Team Haunted House and Halloween Festival

November 7, 2014-Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 20, 2014-8th Grade Challenger Trip

November 18, 2014-Preschool Parent Workshop-11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

December 16 and 17, 2014-Family and Consumer Science Christmas Cookie Sale

January 12, 2015-Preschool Parent Worshop-11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Bully Awareness Week- February 23-27, 2015

February 10, 2015-Preschool Parent Workshop-6:00-7:00p.m.

February 21, 2015-H.O.P.E./Art fair

March 4, 2015-8th grade community service due

March 16, 2015-Preschool Parent Workshop-11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

March 26, 2015-7th grade Career Day

March 31, 2015-3:00-4:00p.m.-Graphic Arts Easter Egg Hunt

April 22, 2015-Earth Day

April 21, 2015-Multicultual Night

April 28th and April 30, 2015-Preschool screening

May 4, 2015-k-5th grade career day

May 45, 2015-Awards Dinner

Last day of school-May 29,2015

Hope Journals for grades fifth through eighth will be due on the following weeks:

Week of September 8, 2014

Week of October 6, 2014

Week of November 17, 2014

Week of December 8, 2014

Week of January 26, 2015

Week of March 2, 2015

Week of March 30, 2015

Week of May 4, 2015

I will be looking for parents who can volunteer for me this year. Whether it is for a field trip, on a weekly basis or for a special event. Many events would not be possible without you. Send me an e-mail.

If you have not been to this site before, I welcome you. If you have visited my site before, thanks for doing so and welcome back. This site was created to help make the parent connection. Look here at this site for curriculum questions, upcoming due dates for journals and general class happenings. This web site is updated as needed and may be edited and added to throughout the year. If you have any other information, you would like to see posted on this site, please let me know by sending me an e-mail. If you ever have any suggestions for the class, send me an e-mail, I am always looking for new ideas.



Primary Fall Schedule:(Kindergarten through 3rd grade)

All students will learn about the same themes each month in each grade with different material presented each year:

September-"Team Building,Developing Good Character, Accepting others of different cultures, and Emotional development"

October-"Drug Prevention Education"

November-"Conflict Resoultion and Bullying"

December-"Your Body and it's Systems"

January-"Germs" and "Work on H.O.P.E. fair Projects"

February-"Dental Health"

March-"Nutrition and Exercise"

April-"Environmetal Issues and Safety Prevention"

May-"Careers, Economics and Influence of Advertising"


Intermediate Curriculum Schedule:

Grade 4 and Grade 5:

September-"Teambuilding, cultural diversity and character building"

October-"Bullies, Gangs and Conflict Resoultion

November-"Drug Prevention"

December-"Your Body"

January-"Germs" and "Work on H.O.P.E. fair Projects"

February-"All Aspects of Health"

March-"Nutrition and Exercise"

April-"Environmental Issuses and Safety Issues"

May-"Careers in Health and Influences of Advertising"

Jr. High

Jr. High Curriculum Schedule:

Grade 6:

September-"Character Education program" Respect and Responsibility

October-"Drug Prevention education"

November-"Body Systems and How they Affect Your Health"

December-"Body Systems"

January-"Environment" and "Work on H.O.P.E. fair projects"

February/ March-"Bullies, Cliques, Internet Safety and Conflict Resolution"

April-"Nutrition and Exercise"

May-"Careers, Sex Education and First Aid"

Grade 7:

September-"Being a good communicator and Developing your Potential"

October/November-"Project Alert a drug prevention program"

December-"Body Unit"

January-"Preparing and Choosing a Career" and "Work on H.O.P.E. fair projects"

February-"Resolving Conflicts, Internet Safety and Bullies"

March-"Investing and Banking" and "Career Education"

April-"Sexual Harassment" and "Safety education"

May-"Sex Education"

May-8th grade community service is assigned

Grade 8:

September/October-"Careers and Investments" Prepare for Challenger Trip-Living and Working in Space Unit- Interviews for Challenger Jobs(Students must dress up for the interviews)

November-"Project Alert-Drug Prevention Program follow up"

December-"Conflict Resolution" and "Fitness and Nutrition"

January-"Mental Health" and "Work on H.O.P.E. fair projects"

February-"Bullies, Internet Safety and Conflict Resolution"

March-"Child Development-Ages and Stages" and "Sexual Harassment" and "Personal Safety"

April-May "Sex Education"

After School Clubs:

Career Options for 3rd and 4th graders-Mondays staring in January

Multicultural Club for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders-Fridays

Computer Applications and Graphic Arts Club for 4th, 5th and 6th grade-Tuesdays

Media team for 6th, 7th and 8th grade-Thursdays

All clubs members are accepted by application only in September-Members may be added throughout the year if their are openings. The only exception is Career Options club applications go out in December.

Need to let me know something? Just send me an e-mail at or call me at the school at 708-458-1152 ext. 209

Mrs. Cheryl Valek

My Favorite Links of the month

Mr. Danforth's web page

School web site

Mrs. Valek's Humanites web site

Mrs. Valek's Family and Consumer Sciences Web site

Dr. Suess Read Across America March 2, 2013

Fun educational games

Bully Awareness Week

Nutrition games

My plate games

My plate match game

Food Fury games

Flu Information

Dental Health games

Bully webisodes

Bully prevention games

Bully games

Games for Primary Students

Safety Games

Internet safety for kids-netsmartz

Internet safety for kids

Brain pop- Username:Charlesjsahs /Password:Brainpop Note-can only be used from 8:00a.m.-5:30p.m. M-F

First grade Handwashing program-Scrub Club

Kindergarten Handwashing program-Henry the Hand

Second and Third Grade Handwashing program-Bugsy