Heritage Happenings - Elementary

Heritage Happenings - Elementary

Heritage Happenings - Elementary News

January 22, 2021

Hello Heritage Families,

Students are celebrating the 100th day of school this week at the elementary. We feel very blessed that we have been able to provide face-to-face instruction since the start of school in August! At this time, we have only one active COVID-19 case at the elementary. We will continue to sanitize, practice social-distancing, wear masks, and wash hands. Thank you for your help in following protocols and health recommendations.

The Board voted to allocate resources to expand the technology footprint at the Elementary. As a result, the elementary is now a 1:1 school in Junior Kindergarten-6th grade with the purchase of new iPads. The students and teachers are so very excited and eager to use these new devices. We appreciate the support of our School Board and school community! Parents will receive a copy of the Engage Technology Agreement next week that will need to be signed by both parents and students and returned to the school in a timely manner. Please be on the lookout for this.

Students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade will now have access to the IXL-ELA online learning program. IX-ELA will help our students further develop the communication skills needed for success in school, college, and career. The program addresses phonics, reading comprehension, writing strategies and much more. We are glad to add the ELA component to our IXL toolkit.

Our mid-year STAR Assessment for grade 1-6 and our STAR Early Literacy test result for JrK and SrK students showed significant improvements. Most students have made great gains since the beginning of the school year. Many students have already reached or surpassed recommended reading levels for their grade already. Our existing curriculums such as Envision Math, Reading Street, and Accelerated Reader, and our investment in new curriculums such as the Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum and Big Day in Pre-K Curriculum attribute to this phenomenal growth. Our teachers and the support of our parents also play vital roles in the success of these students. Thank you!

Please remember classes start at 8:00. Don’t forget to sign in late students in the office if you arrive after 8:00.

Have a blessed weekend!

Dawn Dawkins

November 2020

Hello Heritage Families!

We have had such a busy week but it has been a great week! Dr. Carlyle recently shared information related to the CDC and COVID-19:

On October 21, the CDC changed their definition of “exposure” in regards to COVID-19. In accordance, Heritage will adjust our definition to reflect this change from the CDC. Exposure is now defined as being within 6 feet of someone who is COVID-19 positive for a cumulative 15 minutes regardless of whether either party or both are wearing masks. Our existing screening protocol already helps protect our campus community from such exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals. As always, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is at the forefront of all of our decisions.  Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we adjust to policy changes!

COVID-19 Update: At this time, we remain at 0 active cases amongst our students, faculty, and staff.

Our students enjoyed NED’s Mindset Mission virtual show. This positive behavior program entertained students with storytelling, illusions, yo-yo tricks, and humor. NED’s message helps to inspire students, promote academic achievement, and support our school goals.

Make-up pictures will be taken Tuesday, November 10. Students will dress in school uniforms. This is for students needing re-take pictures and for students who recently enrolled.

Don’t forget about the Beanies and Blankets collection drive. The last day we will collect items is November 20. All donated items will be given to local cancer centers and doctors’ offices.

The HA Interact Club is collecting new and gently used books for children ages birth to 5. A collection bin will be in the school lobby if you send a donation.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving break, please help remind our students about staying focused and making the best choices every, single day. I know they are excited about the upcoming holidays but school is still in session and I want them using their time wisely. Above all, I want them to be kind to each other. I appreciate your support in making Heritage the very best place for our young learners!


Dawn Dawkins

10/21 to 11/20: Beanies and Blankets collection 

11/2: Sibling Pre-registration begins

11/10: Make-up Picture Day

11/11: Veterans Day (Program at 9:00 for 6th grade)

October 6, 2020

Happy Fall, Heritage families!

This week will close out our first 9-week grading period and I think we have had a wonderful start to the school year. Thank you for what you have done to make that happen. We could not put new procedures and practices into place without your support. SeeSaw, Canvas, and IXL Math have been wonderful on-line additions that support our digital curriculum. Report cards for this 9 weeks grading period will go out on October 15. 

Remember, the fall uniform sale is today from 2:30-5:30 in the elementary SAB.

Dress down day for students who sold 5 or more boxes of trash bags is tomorrow (10/7). Thank you for supporting HA Elementary!

The trash bag pick up schedule has been revised. Trash bags can be picked up:

Tuesday, October 6 from 9:00-1:00

Wednesday, October 7 from 9:00-1:00 and 3:30-6:00

Thursday, October 8 NO PICK UP

Friday, October 9 from 9:00-1:00

A survey was sent last week to parents of current 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to determine interest in a trip to Washington DC and Williamsburg for the spring of 2022. If you are interested and would like to find out trip details, please join us in the elementary SAB on Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring more awareness of this disease, we are having a "PINK OUT" day! Students may wear pink on Wednesday, October 21 and show their support for those affected by breast cancer. 

10/6: Uniform Sale 2:30-5:30 Elementary SAB

10/7: Dress down day (students selling 5 or more boxes of trash bags)

10/12: Fall Break (School holiday)

10/15: Report Cards Issued

10/15: DC/Williamsburg Informational Meeting 5:30 Elementary SAB

10/21: Pink Out


A mind once enlightened can never again become dark. ~Thomas Payne

Dawn Dawkins




September 25, 2020

Week 7 has been another exceptional week at Heritage Academy!  Thank you for partnering with us as we work to create the very best school for your children.

I wanted to update you on our current COVID-19 status.  To date, we have had one confirmed positive case this school year.  It should be noted that we have had some students leave school with illnesses such as strep throat, allergies or sinus issues.  When a student does not feel well, we follow the policies set forth in the Heritage Academy Return to School document – initially shared with the school community on July 31st.  The sick student waits for their parents away from other students. Students who leave school due to illness are not allowed to return to school without a written release back to school from their primary care provider.  

We are continuing to screen each day for symptoms and conduct temperature checks before students leave their vehicles.   Classrooms and bathrooms in the school buildings are fogged throughout the day.  Students are doing a commendable job wearing their masks and maintaining social distancing while at school.  We are pleased with how our students’ and staff have adapted to the consistent implementation of these COVID-19 prevention protocols.

We are expecting trash bags to be delivered soon (hopefully by the end of next week). As soon as they are delivered to the school,  I will send out an announcement to you as to when you may pick them up from the office staff

My last update to you shared a few dates. Please forgive me for not being able to transition to October yet! Those dates were incorrect so please ignore them. These are the correct dates:

10/6:   Uniform sale 2:30-5:30 (Elementary SAB)

10/7:   Dress down day for students selling 5+ boxes

10/12: Fall Break


Have a wonderful weekend!

Dawn Dawkins



September 18, 2020

Congratulations everyone!!! Heritage Academy is the best of the best! Each year The Dispatch conducts a readers' choice "Best of the Triangle" contest. People in the Golden Triangle vote on businesses, restaurants, schools, area professionals, etc.they believe are the best in the Golden Triangle. The Dispatch awards certificates for The Best and Among the Best in each category. The results are in and we are proud to celebrate! Best Pre-K Program, Best Private School, Best Kindergarten Teacher (Allyson Amos), Among the Best Elementary School Teachers (Lori Rogers and Elizabeth Sheffield), Best Music Teacher (Mollie Phillips), Best Coach (Sean Harrison), Among the Best High School Teachers (Pat Perdue), Best High School Teacher (Kelly Combs), and Among the Best Coaches (Kelly Combs). Congratulations!!!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our Glad trash bag fundraiser was a big success. There were over 1,400 boxes sold. This equates to more funds that will go directly back to the elementary school. We plan on using proceeds from this year's fundraiser to purchase electronic devices for classrooms.  We could not do this without your support. 

Remember, today is an early dismissal day due to homecoming activities. The elementary will dismiss at 11:15. There will be no After Hours. 

I know it's hard to believe but chilly days will be coming soon. Outerwear should be HA apparel. Please label jackets and sweatshirts with your child's name so that we can return it to them if it is forgotten or becomes misplaced. There will be a fall uniform sale on October 7 from 2:30-5:30 at the elementary in the SAB to meet your fall and winter needs. 

Ms. Mollie has been working with our JrK, SrK, and 1st grade classes on a grandparent's program. DVDs of this program highlighting these 3 grades can be purchased for $20. You will also receive a donation form if you are interested in donating a book to the library. This is a great fundraiser for our library and we hope you participate in it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Go Pats!!!

9/6:   Uniform sale 2:30-5:30 (Elementary SAB)

9/7:   Dress down day for students selling 5+ boxes

9/12: Fall Break-No school

Dawn Dawkins
Elementary Principal

September 4, 2020

Thank you so much for another great week at Heritage Academy! It is hard to believe we have been in school for 4 weeks now. September is here and maybe some cooler temps are coming. 

Students have begun checking out books from the library and testing in AR. At this time, they are still able to test at home if needed. However, they may still test at school if time allows. Thank you for encouraging them to read every day. Reading is such a vital skill that leads to success in all areas. We love our little readers!

There is a container on the bench at the front entrance for you to leave items for students or for the office. Just drop your items in the container (make sure it is labeled) and we will gladly deliver them to wherever they need to go. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Homecoming is September 18. That is a half-day and the elementary will dismiss at 11:15. There will be no after hours on this day. This year there will not be a Grandparent's program at the school. However, Miss Mollie is working hard with JrK, SrK, and First Grade students to create a special program that will be recorded and shared with families soon. You should receive more details in the next few days about that. We love our sweet grandparents and appreciate all of the support they give our students and our school. We also want to show support for our music program and library; and this is an important fundraiser for those programs as well. Thank you for supporting us!

To further celebrate Homecoming week we will be having special ways to dress each day (September 14-18). You will receive a flyer next week that shares the details on how students may dress each day of homecoming week. Of course, they may also come in uniform if they choose.

Our Glad trash bag fundraiser is still ongoing. However, the last day for the fundraiser is Friday, September 11. Please support this fundraiser by selling trash bags (you know we all use them!) We will use proceeds from this fundraiser to purchase electronic devices for the classroom.

Labor Day holiday is September 7. There will be no school on that day. 

Picture day for the elementary school is September 8. Students will dress in uniforms for their school picture.

Don't forget to review the elementary student handbook with your child and sign and return the signature page as soon as possible. We appreciate your support in making students aware of how important it is to follow the rules at school. Heritage Academy is such a special place because our families make it special!

I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing long weekend with family and friends. Enjoy your 3-day weekend and we will see you next week.



Dawn Dawkins

Education is the movement from darkness into light.-Alan Bloom

August 21, 2020

Dear Heritage Families:

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. The students are settling in well and seem to enjoy being back at school. They have done an outstanding job with learning and following new routines and procedures. I am so very proud of them! Thank you for encouraging them as they become accustomed to new ways of doing things.


The screening process seems to be working well each morning as students arrive. Our hygiene process has proven effective this week as well. Our teachers sanitize desks and commonly touched items and areas. Students and teachers continue to utilize our hand sanitizing stations on a regular basis. 


We would like to welcome a new member to our elementary staff. Lyndsay Frey has just joined our Heritage family. She will be working in the JrK classroom as well as helping out in other classrooms as needed. We are so glad to have her as part of our team!


We recently kicked off our Glad trash bag fundraiser. This is a big fundraiser for the elementary school. Proceeds from this year's fundraiser will be used to purchase additional electronic devices such as Chromebooks and iPads. The fundraiser will be run from now until September 11. The top selling student will receive $100 and students who sell 5 or more boxes will be entered in a drawing for $100. All students who sell 5 or more boxes will be able to dress out of uniform one day (That date will be decided by the principal).


Here are a few dates to add to your calendar:

8/18 to 9/11: Glad trash bag fundraiser

9/7: Labor Day holiday

9/8: School picture day at elementary (Students wear regular school uniform)


Have a wonderful weekend!

Dawn Dawkins