April 2017 Newsletter

Happy April, everyone!  This is an exciting time because we are beginning to plan for the next school year. We have already received many questions about placement.  Our staff will begin the class building process at the end of April or beginning of May for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is one of our most important tasks to prepare for the upcoming year.  Throughout this process, our goal is to place students in the best possible learning setting for them.  We will try to build classes that are balanced in terms of learning needs and styles, gender, emotional and social development, and academic achievement.

We welcome parent input in this process, as we recognize that parents know their children better than anyone else.  If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, we invite you to write a letter.  Because it is very difficult to grant requests for specific teachers, we ask that your letter focus on your child’s learning style, significant learning experiences for him/her, and/or the type of teaching style to which your child responds best.  Please do not request a specific teacher. 

We ask that all letters be submitted no later than Friday, May 5, 2017.   We will use the information you provide, along with input from teachers, to place your child in a classroom that will best meet his or her needs.

This year, the registration process will continue to be on-line. Starting April 30th, you will receive a letter with parent portal access ID and password.  If you do not have computer access, the district office will have computers available for you to register your child.  ALL DISTRICT RESIDENCY EVENT – for all students will take place on Wed. Aug 2nd , Thur. Aug. 3rd, and Mon. Aug. 7th.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register online by May 19th so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

Earth Week is coming!  To continue with our Courage to SOAR above the line, we will devote the week of April 17th to being kind to the EARTH.  Watch for more news about this!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,

 

 

 

K-2 OPEN HOUSE

4/25/16

7:00-7:30 KDG OPEN HOUSE

7:00-7:30 1st – PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 2nd – OPEN HOUSE

7:30-8:00: 1st – OPEN HOUSE

3-5 OPEN HOUSE

4/27/16

6:30-7:00: 3rd PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 3rd/4th/5th OPEN HOUSE

7:30-8:00: 5th PERFORMANCE

 

 

Upcoming Events…

4/3 – 4/21 PARCC Testing – Grades 3, 4, 5

4/7: Family Dance 6:30pm-8:30pm

4/11, 4/12: New session of SOAR running club begins

4/13: PTO Family Fitness Night – Townline 6:30pm

4/14: No School – Good Friday

4/17: Earth Week begins

4/18: Science Fair 6:00pm

4/20: Early Release – 12:10 Dismissal

4/20: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle South (parents only)

4/21: Earth Day – wear blue and green

4/21: Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

4/25: K-2 Open House 7:00pm

4/27: 3-5 Open House 6:30pm

March 2017 Newsletter

March always comes “roaring” into Elementary South like a lion because when March comes in, so does STATE TESTING.   Children in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the PARCC exams the week after Spring Break.  They will complete four tests in Math and three tests in Language Arts.  5th graders will also take one science test.  The children and their teachers have worked all year to learn the Common Core Standards and we all feel confident that they have been well prepared for state testing.  Thank you for making sure your child has been well rested, at school on time, and has had a good breakfast.  We have done the rest!  Teachers will be sending home specific testing schedules.

Testing is not all that is going on around here!  Thanks to all who came out for FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The magician was awesome, the book sales were incredible, and we were able to earn lots of free books for our school.  It was great fun for all who attended and a special thanks to our family alliance, PTO, and volunteers who made the event such a success!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

Have a wonderful Spring Vacation with family and friends!

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 7: End of trimester two

March 10: Class Picture Day

March 15: Little People Music Festival – 5th Grade Band and Orchestra

March 16: Art Show at Aspen Library – 6:00-8:00pm

(Art show will run March 16-April 7 – stop by and see our amazing art work)

March 17: Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17: Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

March 20: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Bentley, Gordon, Preuss)

March 20: Report Cards go home

March 22: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove (Hill, Sordini, Trela)

March 23: Birthday Bash – March Birthdays

March 27-March 31: Spring Break

April 3: School Resumes

April 4: State Testing Begins

 

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2017, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2017.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2017 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on having the courage to SOAR above the line.  We are looking forward to THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE coming up the week of January 23rd.    More information on this will be coming soon!

In the coming weeks, our kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessment in all grades.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Comprehensive Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE?

The Great Kindness Challenge is a national proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.  One week (Jan 23-Jan 27) is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Children are provided with a list of 50 kind acts (they can add more) and accept the challenge to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength.  While the challenge lasts one week – it is a kick off for a KIND NEW YEAR at Elementary South and will help us to maintain our commitment to SOAR above the line.  Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness and help us support anti-bullying. For info, visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

Winter Is Here!  Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold. Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Jan 10 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café @ 8:50am

Jan 10 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Joint VHPD and BOE at Sullivan Center @ 7:00pm

Jan 10 – Winter Map Testing begins

Jan 12 – Spelling Bee in Café @ 9:00am

Jan 13– READ 2017 – Pajama Day/READ for 2017 seconds

Jan 16 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 19 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @ 7:00pm

Jan 20 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 20 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 23-Jan 27 Great Kindness Challenge

Jan 23 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 26 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 27 – Asian New Year’s Parade @ 8:45am

Jan 27 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 31 – Midterm Reports go home

 

December 2016 Newsletter

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  As we move into the holiday season, it reminds us all how fortunate we are to have such a caring community.  I want to thank you all for attending parent-teacher conferences, as well as three hundred and fifty visitors to the building during our National Education Week visitation.  We appreciate all you do to support children at home, and we thank you for joining our partnership in “Inspire all students to embrace learning in a ever-changing world.”

This year our Bernstein Unit is focused on having the COURAGE to SOAR Above the Line and how important it is to have the courage to make positive choices with our peers.  On Dec 22nd, the whole school will watch The Peanuts Movie.  We will have classroom discussions on the relationships of the Peanuts Gang and real life situations that happen with our friends.  The movie is rated G so if you do not want your child to watch the movie, please contact your child’s teacher.  An alternate activity will be planned for those who do not wish to have their child participate.

November also brought out our Art Adventure volunteers and we had a wonderfully successful Book Fair. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for both activities.  As always, we are working hard to improve our reading, writing and math skills!

Now that December has arrived, please remember that if it is above 10 degrees including wind chill, we will be going outside.  Please have your child dress for the fresh, crisp air.

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Dec 5 – Special Board of Education Meeting at Middle School South at 7:00pm

Dec 7 – Trimester Report Cards go home

Dec 9 – Ice Cream Friday (bring $1.00)

Dec 9 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Dec 10 – PTO Winter Boutique – Middle South – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dec 12 – Roller Skating begins in PE for grades 1-5

Dec 14 – Early Release at 12:10

Dec 16 – Birthday Bash for December Birthdays

Dec 22 – Slipper Day  – bring your favorite slippers to wear

Dec 22 – Peanuts Movie during school

Dec 23 – Jan 8 Winter Break – school resumes Jan 9.  Happy New Year!

Jan 10 – Soaring Eagle Awards breakfast

Jan 10 – Winter Map Testing begins and winter benchmarking for AIMSweb

Jan 13 – READ 2017– Pajama Day and we will all read for 2017 seconds

August 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  The entire Hawthorn Elementary South Staff is so excited to have the children back in the building.  We are buzzing with excitement for the new school year to begin!  It was great to see so many of you at our new to South playdate, the “Back to School Bash”, and “Get Acquainted Day”.  By attending events such as these, it shows us how important school is to your family.  Thank you for partnering with us in educating your child.  Our family alliance does such a great job planning the bash.  If you are interested in helping to plan our family events for the year, please contact the school office and we will put you in touch with our alliance members.

I would also like to thank the Hawthorn PTO for over $92,000.00 that was given to the buildings to support learning for the children.  This money will be allocated to provide opportunities for teachers to extend curriculum with field trips, assemblies, resources and materials, and any other equipment to help meet student needs. The PTO is also donating money to support technology in the district.  We are so excited about our new technology opportunities in the classrooms.  It is awesome!  We appreciate your continued support!

This year at Hawthorn Elementary South, we are instituting a new behavior system called SOAR Above the Line.   Additional information about this program is on the back of this newsletter.  I am confident that our students will have a great year full of learning and social emotional growth.  We are all looking forward to the best school year ever!

As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.  Wishing you all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature

Christy Hunter Signature

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

8/23– Get Acquainted Day

  • Grades: K, 2, 4 1:00-1:45pm
  • Grades 1, 3, 5  1:45-2:30

8/24 – First Day of School

  • 8:40 -2:55pm

8/24 – Tears and Cheers for Kdg Parents

  • 8:40-9:40

8/30 – K, 2, 4 Back to School Night 6:30pm

8/31 – 1, 3, 5 Back to School Night 6:30 pm

 

WELCOME NEW STAFF

Stacie Brettner       1st Grade

Natalie Worden    2nd Grade

Stephanie Sordini 5th Grade

Amanda Brandt      ELL

Oksana Vynnyk      ELL/Russian

 

 

Soar Above the Line

 

May 2016 Newsletter

It was so great to see so many of you at OPEN HOUSE last week.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Kathy Rossett, and Pam Yeo for all their hard work preparing the students for our shows.  They sang their hearts out and the teachers and students prepared the classrooms for a wonderful event.

May brings us many exciting activities at Elementary South.  In May, we are facilitating end of year assessments, Spring MAP/AIMSWEB/ and F+P testing.  These important testing sessions give us data to monitor how much progress has been made in reading and math strands this school year.

Teacher appreciation week was awesome.    We had an overwhelming response to show our teachers how much they are appreciated.  I want you all to know how much I value all that the teachers do for our students each and every day.  What an amazing staff!!

End of the year picnics are approaching!  More information will be coming soon!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

5/12: 4th Grade SMOKEHOUSE with Firefighter Tony

5/18: 5th Grade Science Fair 6:30pm-7:30pm

5/20: May Birthday Bash

5/21: SOAR Race – Got2Run micro marathon

5/23: 5th Grade Healthy Lifestyles Graduation 1:00 at Aspen

5/23: 3rd Grade Wendella Boat Field Trip

5/24: Orchestra Concert at Aspen – 7:00pm

5/25: 5th Grade students visit Middle Schools 9:00-10:30

5/25: Band Concert at Aspen – 7:00pm

5/26: Principal’s Award Luncheon

5/27: No School for students – Teacher Institute Day

5/30: No School for students – Memorial Day

5/31: Cook Memorial Library Visits – Summer Reading

6/2: Volunteer Tea – thank you volunteers – 9:00am

6/2: 1st Grade End of Year Party 1:30

6/3: FIELD DAY – wear your gym shoes

6/6: KDG End of Year Party 1:30, 4th – 11:30

3rd – 1:00pm, 5th – 1:15

 

Have you registered your child for the 2016-2017 school year?

Registration is due on 5/16 so if you have not completed it, please call Mary Amidei for information.

(847) 990-4800

We cannot place your child into a classroom without a completed registration!

The Nurse’s Office is in need of any sized stretchy pants and/or sweatpants.  Now taking donations!  Thanks!

Please remember to drive slowly in our parking lot and put down your cell phone.  Please help us keep the children safe!

 

April 2016 Newsletter

Happy April, everyone!  This is an exciting time because we are beginning to plan for the next school year. We have already received many questions about placement.  Our staff will begin the class building process at the end of April or beginning of May for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is one of our most important tasks to prepare for the upcoming year.  Throughout this process, our goal is to place students in the best possible learning setting for them.  We will try to build classes that are balanced in terms of learning needs and styles, gender, emotional and social development, and academic achievement.

We welcome parent input in this process, as we recognize that parents know their children better than anyone else.  If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, we invite you to write a letter.  Because it is very difficult to grant requests for specific teachers, we ask that your letter focus on your child’s learning style, significant learning experiences for him/her, and/or the type of teaching style to which your child responds best.  Please do not request a specific teacher. 

We ask that all letters be submitted no later than Friday, May 6, 2016.   We will use the information you provide, along with input from teachers, to place your child in a classroom that will best meet his or her needs.

This year, the registration process will continue to be on-line. Starting April 30th, you will receive a letter with parent portal access ID and password.  If you do not have computer access, the district office will have computers available for you to register your child. ALL DISTRICT RESIDENCY EVENT, for all students, will take place on Wed. Aug 3rd, Thur. Aug. 4th, and Mon. Aug. 8th.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register online by May 16th so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

Earth Week is coming!  To continue with our Habitat of Happiness and our efforts to be KIND, we will devote the week of April 18th to being kind to the EARTH.  Watch for more news about this!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

4/1 – 4/14 PARCC Testing – Grades 3, 4, 5

4/1: Principal Pride/Soaring Eagles Luncheon

4/7: Picture Day – Smile

4/14: Early Release – Dismissal at 12:10

4/15: Ice Cream Day – Bring $1.00

4/15: Family Dance – 6:30-8:30pm

4/20: Incoming 6th Grade Orientation – MSS/MSN 7:00pm

4/22: EARTH DAY – Wear blue and green to celebrate!

4/26: K-2 Open House 7:00pm

4/28: 3-5 Open House 6:30pm

4/29: Birthday Bash – All April Birthdays

4/29: Principal Pride/Soaring Eagles Luncheon

 

 

K-2nd Grade OPEN HOUSE    4/26/16

7:00-7:30 Kindergarten OPEN HOUSE

7:00-7:30 1st Grade – PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 2nd Grade – OPEN HOUSE

7:30-8:00: 1st Grade – OPEN HOUSE

3rd-5th Grade OPEN HOUSE    4/28/16

6:30-7:00: 3rd Grade PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 3rd/4th/5th Grade OPEN HOUSE

7:30-8:00: 5th Grade PERFORMANCE

March 2016 Newsletter

March always comes “roaring” into Elementary South like a lion because when March comes in, so does STATE TESTING.   Children in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be taking the PARCC exams the week after Spring Break.  They will complete two tests in Math and three tests in Language Arts.  The children and their teachers have worked all year to learn the Common Core Standards and we all feel confident that they have been well prepared for state testing.  Thank you for making sure your child has been well rested, at school on time, and has had a good breakfast.  We have done the rest!

Testing is not all that is going on around here!  Thanks to all who came out for FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The BMX biker was awesome, the book sales were incredible, and we were able to earn lots of free books for our school.  It was great fun for all who attended and a special thanks to our family alliance, PTO, and volunteers who made the event such a success!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

Have a wonderful Spring Vacation with family and friends!

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

March 6: PTO Variety Show at MSS

March 7: No School – Casimir Pulaski Day

March 10: Hawthorn Art Show @ Aspen Library – 6:00pm

March 11: Hawthorn Spirit Day – Blue and Gold Day

March 11: Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

March 12: PTO Mother Daughter Tea – Vernon Hills Park District 1:00pm (Sullivan Center)

March 15: Little People Band Festival – 5th Grade Band

March 17: 5th Grade Field Trip to The Grove

March 17: Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: Report Cards go home

March 18: Birthday Bash – March Birthdays

March 21-March 25: Spring Break

 

 

 

February 2016 Newsletter

Happy Groundhog’s Day to all! Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow so Spring is on its way!

February 10th marks the100th fabulous day of the school year. The school year is flying by and we are very busy learning!

February is filled with fun and excitement at HES!  We look forward to honoring Honest Abe Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day.  Please remember that we will be celebrating with parties and cards but the whole district will not be allowing candy attached to cards.  Pencils and other non-edible treats are AOK!  Room parents will be the only ones allowed to bring food for the parties.  We look forward to a day full of LOVE and KINDNESS on 2/12.

We just finished winter MAP testing for all grade levels, AIMSWEB testing in Kindergarten and First Grade and ACCESS testing for English language learners is happening right now. Testing results will be sent home with Trimester 2 Report Cards.  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on 2/25 and 2/26.  Conferences at this point in the year are optional. There is no school on Friday due to conferences.

And that’s not all – the book fair begins on 2/22-2/26 with a FABULOUS FAMILY FUN NIGHT on 2/19!  Join us for the awesome BMX show! On Feb 26th, we will also have a GRAND EVENT where grandparents can bring their grandchildren to the book fair and spoil them with the gift of books!  See more information from our PTO.

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

Wishing you all the best,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

2/8/16: Chinese New Year Parade – 8:50am (See website after the parade for video clips)

2/10/16: Early Release – Dismissal at 12:10

2/10/16: 100th Day of School

2/12/16: Valentine Day Parties 1:30-2:30pm (PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY CANDY)

2/15/16: NO SCHOOL President’s Day

2/19/16: Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

2/19/16: Family Fun Night – Book Fair and BMX Show 6:00-8:00pm

2/22/16 – 2/26/16: Book Fair

2/25/16: Birthday Bash – February Birthdays

2/25/16: Principal Pride/Soaring Eagle Luncheon

2/25/16: Incoming Kindergarten Registration Event at MSS 3:30-7:30pm

2/26/16: Incoming Kindergarten Registration Event at MSS 9:00-1:00

2/25-2/26: Parent Teacher Conferences  (Optional)

 

 

January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2016, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Tomorrow, we will celebrate READ 2016.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2016 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on Building a Habitat of Happiness.  We are looking forward to THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE coming up the week of January 25th.  More information on this will be coming soon!

In the coming weeks, our kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessment in all grades.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Comprehensive Curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2016!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE KINDNESS CHALLENGE?

The Great Kindness Challenge is a national proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.  One week (Jan 25-Jan 29) is devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Children are provided with a list of 50 kind acts (they can add more) and accept the challenge to prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength.  While the challenge lasts one week – it is a kick off for a KIND NEW YEAR at Elementary South and will help us to maintain and build our Habitat of Happiness.  Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness and help us support anti-bullying. For info, visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org

Upcoming Events

Jan 8– READ 2016 – Pajama Day/READ for 2016 seconds
Jan 11-22 Climbing Unit
Jan 12 – Early Release at 12:10
Jan 13 – ES/Aspen Band Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm
Jan 14 – ES/Aspen Orchestra Concert at Aspen at 7:00pm
Jan 18 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Jan 19 – MAP testing begins
Jan 22 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00
Jan 25 – ACCESS testing begins
Jan 28 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night at Middle School South at 7:00
Jan 29 – Birthday Bash – Jan and July birthdays

Winter Is Here!

Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold.

Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

Please Remember . . .

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.