The Husky's Howl Week 11 - 11/07/18

Third Graders welcomed Veterans from the community to Hill on Friday. After learning about Veterans and their service for our country, students formulated thoughtful questions and interviewed them before a school wide flag parade honoring them. Thank you to all the Veterans that joined us. We appreciate your service and are grateful to you and your families. Thank you to the 3rd grade teachers for providing students with this authentic learning opportunity.

Click the button above to view the Veterans' Day video created by Mrs. Muzjlakovich.

Mrs. Pawlus Gets Slimed

We did it Hill Huskies! We raised over $18K from the 2018-19 Jog-a-thon this year! Thank you to everyone that donated their money, time and resources to make the jog-a-thon possible this year. It was a huge success. On Monday, November 5th we had a wrap-up jog-a-thon assembly where we celebrated our accomplishments as a school...oh and I got slimed! It was a fun way to end the jog-a-thon this year. As promised there will be a special surprise fo the whole school coming soon since we exceeded our goal. Stay tuned as the principal of the day will announce that soon.

Morning Drop-off Procedures

  • Please remain in your car when your are in the drop-off loop. If your child can’t get out of the vehicle on his/her own, please park in the parking lot and walk your child up to the sidewalk. Getting out of your vehicle slows down our drop-off process.
  • Do not use the parking lot as a drop-off area. This area is meant for parents that want to park and walk their child up to school. If this continues, I will likely have to use funds to purchase signage for this area. If you see someone dropping off their child, please “kindly” remind them of our policy.
  • Please pull all the way forward in the drop-off loop. We can fit up to 15+ cars at one time if everyone pulls all the way forward. This also helps us get students into the building faster.

After School Pick-Up Concerns

  • Don’t park illegally in the parking lot. If there isn’t a space available, please don’t park illegally. It only makes the situation worse. Please consider parking on a neighboring street and walking up to the school or have your children walk to the neighboring street.
  • Don’t park next to “NO PARKING” signs. The Troy police are out helping us keep our streets and walkways safe for all members of our community.
  • Please be patient! While it can be busy at dismissal, we do clear out all parking lots within 12 minutes of the bell. Sometimes, sitting in your car and just waiting for things to clear provides an opportunity to ask you child about his/her day.

The Troy Police Department will and has been visible in our subdivision to assist in the safety of our students, parents, and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep our Huskies safe.

When to Keep Your Child Home from School...

Schools bring children into close physical contact, thus giving communicable diseases an opportunity to spread quickly. Keep your child home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Pain and stiffness of neck and headache
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling/tenderness of neck glands
  • Cough, if persistent and productive
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and persistent abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)
  • Rash
  • Any skin eruptions, if red, swollen and draining
  • Red or runny eyes
  • Sneezing or discharge from nose

Following the above guidelines will help prevent a child from developing possible complications and will keep the school environment a healthy one. More information about communicable diseases can be found at www.oakgov.com/health or 1-800-848-5533.

Indoor or Outdoor Lineup/Recess?

Now that colder weather is upon us... Troy School District policy states that there will be inside line-up/recess when temperatures are below 15°. If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the wind chill factor will be considered. The decision to hold indoor or outdoor line-up/recess is made according to the weather at the time of line-up/recess.

  • Above 20°F - Line-Up/Recess is held outside
  • From 15-19°F - Wind chill factor will determine - Go by "feels like" temperature
  • Below 15°F - Line-Up/Recess held Inside

It is important that children dress appropriately: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat and snow pants when necessary (PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME INSIDE THEIR COAT AND SNOW PANTS). Our goal is to allow children to get exercise and fresh air whenever possible, so please prepare your children for outside activity every day. It's also a good idea to keep an extra pair of socks in your child's backpack in case their socks get wet.

All students are expected to participate in recess. Fresh air, physical play and exercise helps develop fitness and is important to children’s ability to focus during learning times. Generally, if a child is well enough to attend school, he/she is well enough to go outside for a short recess period to take a break and get some fresh air.

Eliminate Morning "Rush Hour" with Routines, Games and Themes

In many families, “rush hour” begins before anyone even walks out the door: Your child doesn’t have time for breakfast. He may race out the door while leaving homework and school supplies behind. And even then, he may miss the bus. If this sounds familiar, it’s time for you to develop a new morning “traffic pattern.” To tame the chaos:

  • Prepare for the day the night before. Help your child make his lunch and pick out his school clothes. Have him make sure his backpack and other items are ready to go and by the door.
  • Help your child figure out how much time he really needs in the morning to get ready. Tell him it is his responsibility to set his alarm clock—and get up when it goes off.
  • Use charts and checklists. Post a list of all the steps your child must take to get ready in the morning: brush teeth, brush hair, get dressed, make the bed. Post another checklist of things that need to go to school. If it’s Tuesday, where’s the library book? If it’s Wednesday, does your child have his shoes for gym?
  • Make it a game. Try playing Beat the Clock. If it took 20 minutes for your child to get to the kitchen for breakfast yesterday, can he do it in 18 minutes today? Let’s be honest. Some kids are late because they dawdle.
  • Create fun breakfast themes— Waffle Wednesday, Fruity Friday, etc. Having a schedule takes the guesswork out of breakfast and may motivate your child to actually sit down and eat!

Reprinted with permission from the November 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

After School Pick-Up Policy REMINDER

Dismissal is at 3:37pm. It is important that all students are picked up no later than 3:45pm. Students that are not picked up by 3:45pm will be sent to the office and parents will have to come into the office to retrieve them. Students not picked up by 3:50pm will be sent the C.A.R.E. and parents will be charged. This is a TSD policy and put in place to keep students safe. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy please call the office.

Take Advantage of Opportunities to Strengthen Thinking Skills

To develop your child’s thinking skills, challenge her to apply concepts she’s learned to various situations. A child who has learned to count, for example, can get out the correct number of plates when setting the table. Help your child strengthen her thinking skills in common elementary school subjects, such as:

  • Language Arts. Before, during and after reading, encourage your child to ask and answer questions that start with What, Why and What if. “What do you think the character will do?” “Why is the character doing that?” “What if the character had made a different decision?”
  • Math. Challenge your child to catch mistakes. For example, you might count by twos and say, “2, 4, 6, 7.” Can he figure out what’s wrong? Do activities together that involve building and sorting. “Let’s build a tiny model of our car.” “Can you help me reorganize this shelf of canned food?”
  • Science. Watch nature programs and read books about nature. Encourage your child to use what he learns. “The leaves are falling off that tree. What’s that type of tree called?” “The flowers we planted last year grew back. Are they annuals or perennials?” “Look at that fly. Do flies have four wings or two?”

Reprinted with permission from the November 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

November Events

  • WEDNESDAY, 10/31/18 - Halloween Parade & Parties (parade at 2pm)
  • THURSDAY, 11/1/18 - K-12 Early Release (School dismisses at 12:39pm)
  • SUNDAY, 11/4/18 - Daylight savings ends, "FALL" Back
  • MONDAY, 11/5/18 - Jog-a-thon Assembly Celebration 2:30pm
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - Election Day
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - Picture Retake Day
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - 5th Grade Celebration Meeting
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/7/18 - Diwali
  • FRIDAY, 11/9/18 - 3rd Grade Veterans' Day Celebration
  • FRIDAY, 11/9/18 - Hoedown (Fall Family Dance) 6:30-8:30pm
  • MONDAY, 11/12/18 - Vocal Music Veterans' Day Performance (2nd & 4th Grade) 1-3:30pm
  • MONDAY, 11/12/18 - Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Recital & Literacy Night 5:30p (students arrive 5:15p)
  • TUESDAY, 11/13/18 - Johnathan Rand (Author) Visit
  • THURSDAY, 11/13/18 - PTO Meeting 7:00pm
  • TUESDAY, 11/20/18 - TSD Board Meeting
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/21/18 - No School
  • THURSDAY, 11/22/18 - Thanksgiving - No School
  • FRIDAY, 11/23/18 - No School
  • MONDAY, 11/26/18 - School Resumes
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/28/18 - K-12 Early Release (School dismisses at 12:39pm)
  • FRIDAY, 11/30/18 - K-5 No School; K-5 End of marking Period

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary


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