Alton Darby eNews


Good afternoon ADE Families!

Thank you to the many community members who have provided feedback to us through this google form  related to the campus merge plans shared in this linked presentation.  The presentation was shared on Tuesday, Feb 25 and Wednesday, Feb 26.  As a reminder, Darby Creek will offer all day kindergarten for all students in the Darby Creek and Alton Darby attendance areas for the 2020-21 school year.  Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, all K-2 students will be attending the Alton Darby Building and all 3-5th graders will be attending the Darby Creek Building.

Your input is important to us; if you haven’t taken the opportunity to share your thoughts with us, please feel free to do so using this google form.  We will be using our parent updates and the Alton Darby Creek Website (currently being built) in addition to opportunities at our PTO meetings and Parent-Teacher Committee meetings to share information and answers to the common questions and concerns that arise through your feedback.  The focus of the parent committee meetings will be determined from the common themes that emerge from community responses.

Our Parent-Teacher Committee meetings are scheduled for the following dates from:

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.:

April 7 at the Alton Darby Building

April 15 at the Darby Creek Building

April 28 at the Alton Darby Building

May 7 at the Darby Creek Building

To date, the common themes that are emerging from your feedback are related to SACC, Busing, Pick up/Drop Off, start and end times, transition opportunities, and culture within the buildings and among the campus as a whole.  While we will be working with Transportation, SACC staff, and our parent-teacher committees to address the specifics of these themes, we did want to give you some answers to your questions that we are able answer clearly at this time.

Q:  How will start/end times be affected by this merge?

A:  The start times and end times for each building will remain the same for next year with all day K housed at the Darby Creek Building and moving forward into the first full year of implementation (August 2021-22).  This means that The Darby Creek Building will welcome students beginning at 8:50 a.m. and the day will begin with the tardy bell at 9:05 a.m. All students will be dismissed at The Darby Creek Building at 3:30 p.m.  The Alton Darby Building will begin welcoming students at 9:05 a.m. and the day will begin with the tardy bell at 9:20 a.m. All students will be dismissed at The Alton Darby Building at 3:45 p.m.

Q:  How will this campus merge affect class sizes?

A:  Currently the class sizes at The Alton Darby Building are significantly over the district average with 26-30 students in each class.  The class sizes at The Darby Creek Building are significantly lower than the district average with 21-25 students in each class. This merge will increase grade level sections at each grade level and balance class sizes to come closer to the district average of 25-27 in primary grades and 27-30 students in grades 3-5.

As always, should you have specific and unique questions or concerns that would be best addressed through a personal phone call or face to face meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Cindy Teske, principal at Darby Creek, or me.

Samantha Chatman


Cindy Teske


​​​​​​​When your child is absent:

Please report your child’s absence 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.


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

Earth Dary Trees

We are celebrating 50 years of Earth Day this spring by participating in the 11th Annual Neighborhood Forest free tree program, whose aim is to provide free trees to kids every Earth Day.

Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has reached over 60,000 families and planted over 30,000 (mostly urban and residential) trees through the hands of children and parents across North America.

We endorse this project and are excited to be participating in this wonderful program that teaches kids stewardship through the magic and wonder of planting and watching trees grow.

Please fill out the following online registration form by March 13th and receive a free tree (6-12 inches in size) during Earth Week (April 22-30).

Trees will be delivered to the school and kids will bring their tree home on or around Earth Day (April 22nd).

Planting instructions and species information will be emailed a few days prior to the trees arriving.

Register to receive a free tree for Earth Day to plant with your child:

Thank you for your support and participation.  For more information about this program, please visit or

Family Fun Day Teacher Raffle

Family Fun Day is quickly approaching on Saturday, March 14th (Pi Day)!  The teacher raffle is a fun way for students to participate and potentially win fun prizes!  This was a big contributor to the total revenue of Family Fun Day last year…over $600! Teachers and staff members donate items (or time for an activity) that students can purchase raffle tickets.  Winners are chosen on Family Fun Day (although you don’t have to be there at the time of the drawing to win).  We are planning to sell tickets at lunch the whole week of March 9th and need help from parents and volunteers. All that is required is helping students purchase tickets (making change), writing their name and placing in the raffle envelope of their choice.  Here is a link  to sign up and participate in the fun!  We hope you can join us for Family Fun Day!

Family Fun Day

This annual, fun event is quickly approaching. This year’s event will be Saturday, March 14 from 10 am – 3 pm. Please visit the school that day with your family and enjoy games, a silent auction and food all benefiting our ADE school. There will be opportunities for students to PIE a teacher, their parents or even Mrs. Chatman!

Volunteers and donations are needed to make this day a success. To sign up to help, please visit:

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

  • March 11- Spring Photo Day
  • March 12 – 5th Grade Musical
  • March 14 – PTO Family Fun Day
  • March 17 – No School, Professional Development for Staff
  • March 23-27 – No School, Spring Break
  • April 10 – No School, Spring Day
  • April 23 – ADE Art Show

Parent Canvas Course

All parents in Hilliard City Schools are given access to Canvas, the district’s Learning Management System (LMS). Our “How to Use Canvas for Parents” Canvas course can help parents better understand and support their child(ren) when they do work or access resources from their teacher(s) in our online environment. See how to navigate our online course system and get acquainted with where to find information and/or assignments submitted by your child(ren), as well as personalize your Canvas notification settings. Parents can log into Canvas using the same username and password they use for Home Access Center.

Get started by going here:

Supporting our Students through Hope Squads

A growth mindset is essential to getting our students Ready for Tomorrow. Our commitment is to foster a culture that embraces the whole child and enhances student well-being. We work daily to increase mental health awareness and prevention efforts by providing professional development to all staff on trauma-informed care while expanding peer support groups and programming, including Hope Squad.  Here is a short video explaining more about our Hope Squad programs and how we are helping students each day.

Remember to follow us on Twitter (@AltonDarby) and on Facebook (@AltonDarbyHCSD).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Samantha Chatman