Alton Darby eNews

Reporting Attendance Changes

We are now using a new, more efficient student absence reporting system called SafeArrival. This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences. When using one of the methods below, you will not need to call the school office to report your student’s absence.

With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these three convenient methods:

1. Using your mobile device, download and install the School Messenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance Then Report an Absence.

2. Use the SafeArrival website, The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance Then Report an Absence.

3. Call the toll-free number 844-413-8801 to report an absence using the automated phone system.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

Clothing Donations Needed

Our clinic is in need of clothing donations.  When you are cleaning out your closets, please consider sending your child’s outgrown clothing to our nursing staff in the clinic.  We specifically need pants for boys up to a size 8 at this time.  Also, please be sure to wash and send back any clothing that your child may have borrowed from the clinic.

Dressing for the Winter Weather

We will go outside each day as long as weather permits and the temperature is above 20 degrees with the wind chill.  Please be sure to send your child with a winter coat, hat & gloves each day, so they will be warm enough to enjoy their time on the playground.

Yearbook Orders

If you wish to order a yearbook for your child, please do so by next Friday, January 31st.  Order forms were sent home earlier this month.

Morning Drop-Off        

As a reminder, students arriving by car should be dropped off at the back doors via the car line beginning at 9:05 am.  The front doors are for students arriving by bus only.  Should you not arrive by 9:20 am, please park in the parking lot & come to the office to sign your student in for the day.


We are once again opening up the Makerspace on Friday mornings for small groups of students to come down and build in our Makerspace Room.  The room has moved to a smaller classroom directly behind the media center, so we will only be able to have a group of students between 6-10 at a time.   If you are able to volunteer any Friday between 10:00-11:30, feel free to sign up.  The kids love having the opportunity to be creative and create in the Makerspace area. Here is the link to sign up if you are able to volunteer.

Please note that all volunteers must have a Hilliard City School volunteer badge.  Here is the information on receiving one of those

Attention 5th Grade Parents

Tharp and Station will be hosting an Information & Scheduling meeting on Feb. 4th for incoming fifth grade parents. We ask that you leave your fifth grade student at home for this meeting in order to accommodate all parents. There will be two identical registration programs for each school. Please attend the program for the sixth grade school your child will be attending based on your student’s last name.

Hilliard Station – If your child will attend Hilliard Station, please attend Station’s registration night based on your student’s last name.

This meeting will be held in Station’s Performing Arts Center.

             Session 1: Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Last Names A-L

            Session 2: Tuesday, February 4, 7:15 – 8:00 p.m. – Last Names M-Z

Hilliard Tharp – If your child will attend Hilliard Tharp, please attend Tharp’s registration night based on your student’s last name.

This meeting will be held in Tharp’s gymnasium.

              Session 1: Tuesday, February 4, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Last Names A-L

 Session 2: Tuesday, February 4, 7:15 – 8:00 p.m. – Last Names M-Z

  • February 7: Move-a-Thon – Information has been coming home in backpacks.  Students will need a packed lunch.  We also need volunteers.

Check out Alton Darby & District Flyers on the Flyer Connection page:

Community Lab Update

Many of our 5th graders are voluntarily involved in a service-learning project through See Kids Dream.  As you may recall, they made presentations to every grade level at ADE in November and asked the students to vote on the issue to be addressed. They also asked the students to bring in coins to help them raise money to go toward helping their issue.

The students are excited to announce that they have chosen to help the issue of FOSTER KIDS and that, with the support of our awesome ADE community, they were able to raise $2,180.73! This is the most money ever collected for Community Lab at ADE!

Thank you to everyone who gave input and/or money to help our Community Lab students with this important project. We appreciate you

  • February 7 – PTO Move-a-thon
  • February 21 – End of Grading Period
  • February 14 – No School, Parent/Teacher Conference Comp Day
  • February 17 – No School, President’s Day
  • February 29 – Be Well Part II: A Parent University Event at Darby High School
  • March 11- Spring Photo Day
  • March 12 – 5th Grade Musical
  • March 17 – No School, Professional Development for Staff
  • March 23-27 – No School, Spring Break

Be Well Parent University Course Catalog

On February 29, the Hilliard and Dublin City Schools will again present Be Well – A Parent University Event.  This day of programming will take place at both Hilliard Darby High School and Dublin City Schools’ Emerald Campus.

Sessions will start at 8am at Darby, and 11am at the Emerald Campus.  There will be one keynote this year, Author Jessica Lahey.  She will speak about her book, The Gift of Failure, at 9am at Darby.  There are still two book talks left to discuss her book, one on January 29, and the other is February 8.  You can still register for one talk.

Registration for the February 29 event will begin on Monday, February 3.  The course catalog is online now, so you can take some time to plan which sessions you want to attend.  Families are able to attend in Hilliard or Dublin, pick which course fits your busy schedule.  You can also sign up for a free lunch if you would be in Hilliard over the lunch hour.

As part of the Be Well this year, Dawson will host the “Ready for Tomorrow Career & College Expo” from 10:00am until 12:30pm in the Darby gymnasium.  There will be opportunities for students and parents to connect with select businesses and colleges in our region for career exploration and job opportunities.

Listening Leaders

Several times a year, Superintendent John Marschhausen schedules time to have informal sit-down conversations with our community. This is a time to ask questions or get to know the superintendent a little more.  This month Mr. Mark Abate, President of the Board of Education, will be joining Dr. Marschhausen. The two will be hosting ‘Listening Leaders’ at three locations in Hilliard.  The two are committed to listening to you, our community.  As we gather information and listen to understand, we can better plan for future goals and programs.  Please make plans to join us at one of these for a casual conversation.

January 29 from 9-10 am at Coffee Connections

January 30 from 8-9:30 at Panera Mill Run

January 31 from 10-11 at the Hilliard Library

Digital Wellness ThoughtExchange

In today’s world, getting students ready for a balanced digital lifestyle is essential to success at work as well as in life. Students need to learn how to interact socially, personally, and educationally in both face-to-face and online environments.

We recognize February as Digital Wellness Month.  We want to hear from our parents and community, regarding what aspects of digital wellness you feel is important for us to focus on.  What would you like to see taught more in school, and what you as an adult would want to learn.

Please take just a few minutes to participate in our ThoughtExchange so we can hear from you.  Then be sure to star, or rate, other comments so we know which are the biggest hot button concerns in our schools.

Stay Home When Illness Hits

The district has seen an increase in positive flu cases called into many schools over the past week. In an effort to stop the spread of illness, we want to remind you of the district policy that a student needs to be fever free, without medicine, for 24 hours and vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Denim & Diamonds Supports Innovative Learning

Join the Hilliard Education Foundation for Denim & Diamonds on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Heritage Golf Club.  You can dance the night away at this fun event while making a difference for Hilliard City Schools students.  Activities include strolling magicians, an awesome DJ, a photo booth, time to enjoy the silent auction and win a bottle of wine at the wine pull. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included with your ticket, and a cash bar is available.  All proceeds from this event support innovative learning experiences that go beyond the school district’s budget.  You can purchase tickets on the HEF webpage.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Samantha Chatman