Special Days in April Help You Promote Learning All Month Long
April may bring showers, but it also brings great opportunities to promote responsibility and learning. Here are some activities you can plan to do with your child this month:
- April 2—International Children’s Book Day. This day is designed to inspire a love of reading. Grab a book and spend some time reading together.
- April 12—National Library Workers Day. Have your child make a card to thank the school librarian for helping him in the library.
- April 15—National Laundry Day. Teach your child how to do his own laundry.
- April 22—Earth Day. As a family, think of something you can do to protect the earth, such as recycle.
- April 23—Shakespeare’s birthday. With your child, act out a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Or, challenge your child to write his own play.
- April 30—National Honesty Day. Talk to your child about why it is important to be honest every day!
Reprinted with permission from the April 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.
Hill M-Step Schedule
Parents of third, fourth and fifth graders: The M-STEP Assessment begins when we return from Spring Break. To view the schedule and information about this state mandated test, please read the letter below.
TSD Late Pick Up Policy
Beginning April 8, 2019, children not picked up in a timely manner after dismissal (4pm) will be designated as a Late Pick-Up situation. Parents will be charged $60 for supervision of their child and be given a Late Pick-Up Packet that must be completed and returned to the school office. This CARE Late Pick-Up Registration does not guarantee ongoing enrollment in CARE. This packet must be completed to comply with state licensing policy. Note: the registration packet will contain a letter with greater details.
Teach Your Child to Handle Peer Pressure
Most kids face peer pressure when they get to middle or high school. But did you know that even in elementary school, children can feel pressure to fit in and to do what “everyone else” is doing? Sometimes, that means going along with teasing on the playground. Other times, it means watching a movie at a friend’s house that they would never be allowed to watch at home. Now is the time to teach your child how to handle peer pressure—and how to say no to things that don’t fit with your family’s rules or values. Encourage her to repeat these statements to herself:
- I can say no to things that would put me in danger.
- I can make good choices for myself.
- I can say, “You’re my friend, but I don’t choose to do that.”
- It’s OK if I make choices that are not the same as the choices my friends make.
Reprinted with permission from the April 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: D. Bloch, The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed, FreeSpirit Publishers.
5th Grade Troy Fitness Run
Saturday, May 18, 2019
A Note from the Hill Library Media Center
It has been brought to our attention that we have many students who enjoy visiting the Troy Public Library, along with the Hill Library Media Center. This makes us very happy! However, we do need to ask that when returning books to either library that extra care is taken and the book is being returned to the correct library. We have had many of our Hill books returned to the Troy Public Library and it is not the easiest process getting our books returned or returning books back to the Troy Public Library. Please look carefully at your books to see if the barcode says Troy Public Library and starts with 31273 OR if it says one of the Hill Media Center and has a number that starts with 33318 so you can then return your books to the correct library.
For more information about the Hill Library Media Center please visit our Website!
Grade Level Placement Procedure
After we return from Spring Break, I will begin the planning process for next school year. I would like to share our procedures for moving students to their next grade level teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. We use a comprehensive procedure to determine grade/teacher placement. The process is outlined below:
- Teachers will fill out a student profile sheet on each student in his/her class. The profile sheet will allow teachers to identify each student’s strengths and needs.
- A team consisting of the grade level teachers, principal, and other pertinent staff such as the reading specialist, special education personnel, and/or ELL teacher will meet to place students into classes based on information from the profile sheets, and any additional input. The class lists will be constructed so that each class is relatively equal with regards to the following factors:
- Balance of male and female students.
- A range of reading, writing, and math abilities in each room.
- Consideration of learning needs.
- Separation of behavior conflicts.
- Balance of students with independent study habits.
In analyzing all these factors we strive to develop balanced classrooms, which will be minimally affected by the addition of new students as they move into our area.
We do not accept specific teacher requests. Parents are cautioned not to request placement or non-placement based on what they may have heard about a teacher from other parents. Just as each child is unique, so is each teacher. An experience that other parents may have had with their child may be totally different from what your child could have with the same teacher. However, if there is a concern, parents may send a letter with information regarding their child’s learning style and specific educational needs. I need to receive this information in writing by April 26th.
Please help your child understand that he/she may not be with the same friends next year, or with a teacher a sibling may have had. Help them know they are capable of working with new friends and teachers, that they are skillful youngsters, and able to handle new situations. It will help ensure a smooth transition. We value your help and appreciate your consideration.
Thank you for your time and interest regarding the Grade Placement Procedures. We are looking forward to using this process and feel confident that each student will be placed in a classroom that will allow him/her to have a successful school year!
Warm Weather Dress Code Policy
We want students to be as comfortable as possible while attending school, yet we request that their clothing be appropriate for a school environment. Please follow these guidelines in helping your child dress appropriately for school.
- Students should not wear short shorts, cutoffs, or high-cut athletic shorts.
- Students (boys and girls) should not wear halter tops or midriff tops. Spaghetti-strap tops should also not be worn.
- Clothing that advertises alcohol, cigarettes, or that have inappropriate sayings or language are not to be worn to school.
- Sandals, slides, flip flops, clogs, roller shoes, and high heels are discouraged since they do not offer sufficient protection for the feet while children are playing at recess.
No School: March 29—April 7
Classes will resume Monday, April 8.
Drop Off Reminders
- Please pull forward as far as you can BEFORE letting your child out of the car. This will help us get more cars in the drop off lane and get students into school faster.
- Please encourage your child to have everything ready as you approach the drop off lane, this will also help us to keep traffic moving.
- Please note the first bell rings at 8:34. Students may not to enter the building before that time.
- MONDAY 3/25 - Kaiser Studio Fun Day Pictures
- WEDNESDAY 3/27 - K-12 - Early Release Day - Dismissal at 12:39pm
- WEDNESDAY 3/27 - Oakland County Outdoor Warning System Test - 1:00pm
- FRIDAY 3/29 - FRIDAY 4/5 - K-12 Spring Break
- MONDAY 5/6 - FRIDAY 5/10 Teacher Appreciation Week
- WEDNESDAY 5/15 - Box Tops Due
- THURSDAY 5/16 - PTO Meeting
- FRIDAY 5/31 - Hill PTO Family Fun Fair
Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary