• HP Community,


    As we wrap up this week at HP, a reminder that interim reports for students in grades 5-8 are available via the parent portal today. As a note, not all students receive an interim report.

    On Wednesday, HP had the incredible honor of hosting author, activist and Noble Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. Students in grades 6-8 were able to here from Malala on her new book We are Displaced. It was truly an amazing experience hearing Malala’s thoughtful and candid answers on her book, the Malala Fund, life as a college student, and past experiences. A tremendous thank you to our HSA “Author Author” Committee and Books & Greetings in Northvale for making this connection! Additionally, we want to thank Mr. Tom, Mr. Pat, Mr. Herbert, Ms. Val, Ms. Pidane, Lupardi’s Nursery in Closer and Tredford Americas for help with our stage design and setup.  Kudos to our Librarians, Ms. McHale & Ms. Brackenbery for interviewing Malala and thanks to our fantastic strings and upper chorus led by Ms. Park & Ms. Woods!

    In support of one of our 8th grade students, Maya Soares as she undergoes treatment for Leukemia, our 8th graders are selling “Maya Strong” bracelets for $2 each. During middle school (5-8) lunch next week, bracelets will be sold. For families of Pre k-4 students, we understand this is something you may want to discuss with your children first. Bracelets for Prek-4 can be purchased through the main office and vestibule with Ms. Urban & Ms. Val. Bracelet proceeds will go towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Also this week, Brandon Lee White made his second visit of the year to HP. Brandon spoke to K-4 and 5-8 students in two separate presentations. The focus this visit, through dance was to “own it” and try it” challenging students to break out of their comfort zone. Thank you to the HSA for bringing Brandon Lee to HP and to our Guidance Counselors for their coordination efforts.

    Please note, Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Please go to the school website and select “admissions”. Please make sure you select 19-20 when you are registering your child. Your son or daughter must be 5 by October 1st2019. Once you register you will receive communication regarding next steps. There will be an informational parent night on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00pm.

    Save the Date: HSA Movie Night for 2nd and 3rd graders on January 25th in the APR from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The HSA will be showing "The Incredibles 2".


    In sports news, it was a fantastic start to the week for our girls basketball team, as they were able to defeat Haworth and get back in the win column. The final score of 28-22 showed how effective they were in the full court press.  Our girls were in control and they did not panic when the opponents decided to press us late in the 4th quarter. Our defense was key, as we stopped them in transition several times, but Leah D'Amore and Loucine Santana lead our offense, each putting up 8 points.

    That win was followed by a tough matchup on Thursday against one of the toughest teams in the league, in Northvale. Unfortunately the girls weren’t able to squeak out a win in this one, despite putting up a fight with the same press that worked against Haworth. HP couldn't keep their tall, fast and highly skilled offensive players from scoring, making it all the more difficult.  The girls will be back on the court next week at home against Closter.

    The boys basketball team won two out of it's three games this week and improved their record to 7-1. On Monday, the boys beat Haworth and were lead by Caleb Bae's 16 points. On Tuesday, the boys lost by 4 points to a tough Closter squad. In the loss Josh Lim scored 15 of his 16 points in the final quarter to make it a close and exciting finish. On Wednesday, the boys beat Northvale where balanced scoring and solid defense in the second half helped the boys earn the win. 8 different spartans got into the scoring column in Wednesday's win. This upcoming week the boys play on Tuesday against Closter at Tenakill Middle School. Good Luck Boys! 

    Don't forget, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Below you will find information, a few reminders, and several upcoming events that take us through mid February!


    Jessica Nitzberg                                   



    Key Upcoming Dates

     -Friday Ice Pop Sales January 18th, 25th. – February 8th

     -Monday, January 21st – Martin Luther King JR Day – 12:45pm Student Dismissal –Staff Professional Development.

     -Tuesday, January 22nd Student Council 100th Day Food Drive Kicks Off! Details to Follow

     -Friday January 25th Blue & White Spirit Day

     -Friday, January 25th – 6pm – Movie Night Grades 2 & 3

     -Friday, February 1st – 6th Grade Social off site

     -Sunday, February 3rd 12pm-3pm Winter Carnival – Prek-2

     -Saturday, February 9th – 4:00pm-9:00pm Talent Show

     -Wednesday, February 13th – 8th Grade Project Pride Have a Heart



    Community News


    Zoe Clarke’s Bat Mitzvah Project-Please donate dry or wet dog and cat food in the box by the front office in the month of January. All pet food will be donated to the Closter Animal Welfare Society. January 7th – January 31st


    Volleyball clinics begin on  Wednesday, January 9th  at Demarest High School with registration/parent meeting at 6:30.  Then, going forward we are at NV Old Tappan on Monday nights and Demarest on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30.Players are welcome to attend either or both Mondays and Wednesdays - whatever fits your schedule. If you have not registered yet please do so BEFORE January 9th.  

    Here is the link to the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJA2Wsfzh7nGagIM-l1ZukOyWDhWCcDE5umrugzmVtpDyPGQ/viewform