Pawlus' Paper and Pencil Challenge
Students may write an essay each week we are away from school on the topics listed below. When we return to school I will pick one winner from each grade level. The winner will receive a book of their choice from Mrs. Pawlus. Email them to me by the due date and I will announce the winners each week.
30 Second Book Reviews on Twitter
Create a 30 second book review of a book you read or had read to you. Post it on Twitter @Hill_Huskies with the hashtag #HillHuskyReaders. Just tell us the name of the book, the genre, the plot and why you recommend it to others. No Spoilers please. Post as many as you'd like and make them creative.
CARE Company Registration and Refund Updates
I am including the update from our CARE Company that was sent out to parents this week. Please be patient during the refund process.
Like you, myself and the CARE Staff are learning to navigate our new world created by the Covid-19 safety protocols. We are doing our best, as information becomes available to us, to keep you informed. The information below was posted on our website today:
In light of the quickly moving changes occurring due to the safety protocols being implemented at the Federal, State, and local levels, registration for all upcoming CARE and Enrichment Programs, including Camp C.A.R.E., have been placed on hold. As information becomes available, we will update the website and reach out to you through email.
REFUNDS: In addition to the above information we want you to know that we are working on providing refunds for our CARE families. We are refunding the full and half-days first. Please be patient with us. There are over a thousand refunds to be processed. It is a lengthy process. We are are determining the best way to handle the March payment (refund/credit). Once we've processed the full/half-day refunds, we should have a better idea of how we will compensate for your March payment. Please rest assured we do not plan on keeping this payment.
If you noticed, I began the email with Welcome Spring. I want to focus on the positives that continue to happen in our new normal. And, there are positives. As I type, I'm watching a family, bundled-up, walking on their way to the park. I see more and more of this each day. That is a positive. Enjoy your kids, they grow up very quickly. This is a small moment in time. We will all get through this together and be stronger, better people because of it.
Wishing you and your Family a Happy, Healthy Spring!
Dawn Wyatt - Community Education and Enrichment Supervisor
March Weather Ideas That Can Teach Your Child Science Skills
According to the old saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Is this true where you live? In many parts of the country, the month of March brings changeable weather—which makes it a great time to enjoy science and other weather-related activities:
- Keep a temperature graph. Have your child record and graph the temperature each day for a month. Or, use the online weather report for your area. Record whether the day was sunny, cloudy or rainy.
- Measure the rain. You’ll need a plastic jar with straight sides and a flat bottom, a ruler and a marker. On the outside of the jar, use the ruler and marker to mark off each quarter inch. Have your child keep track of the amount of rainfall.
- Make wind chimes. You’ll need four clean, empty cans, some string and a coat hanger. Make sure the edges of the cans are smooth. Help your child punch a hole in the bottom of each can. Tie a knot in one end of the string and thread the string through a can. Then tie the other end to your hanger. Repeat with each can. Each time the wind blows, the cans will make music!
- Go online to learn more about weather. Check out these fun, age-appropriate websites:
Weather Wiz Kids, www.weatherwizkids.com
The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, www.almanac4kids.com/weather.
NASA’s Climate Kids, climatekids.nasa.gov/menu/weather-and-climate.
Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.
Here are some helpful links if you would like more information on COVID-19:
If you have any additional questions or are showing any signs of a respiratory illness (similar symptoms to the flu: fever, cough, shortness of breath,) please consult your health care professional. All of this information, as well as useful links and updates, will be available under quick links on our websites: www.troy.k12.mi.us. We will also update you again as the situation changes and more information becomes available.
We are grateful for your partnership in keeping your children—and all TSD students—safe as we navigate through this situation.
Kerry Birmingham - Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives - TSD