The Husky's Howl Week 18- 1/14/19

No school Monday, January 21st in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Review the School Year and Make Necessary Adjustments

It’s the beginning of a new calendar year—and nearly the halfway point in the school year. So it’s a good time to take stock of your child’s habits and make needed adjustments. Talk with your child about how she thinks the school year is going. If the two of you had set learning goals at the start of the year, review those goals now. Is she making progress? How can she make the rest of the school year even better? Then, help your child make some resolutions. Here are three to consider:

  • Recommit to routines. Has your child’s bedtime begun to slip? Are mornings more rushed? Is her regular study time now not quite so regular? Sleep and study routines make life easier—and help kids do better in school.
  • Spend more time reading. There is no skill that will help your child more in school. And reading ability, like other skills, gets better with practice. Encourage your child to read every day. Let her read about anything, from sports to her favorite movie character.
  • Spend less time on screen media. Talk about the amount of time your child spends in front of screens. How much time does she spend watching shows and movies? Playing online games? Browsing the internet? Set and enforce limits.

Reprinted with permission from the January 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Husky Teams & Character Education Parent Survey

Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in students important core, ethical and performance values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, and respect for self and others. Character education provides long-term solutions to moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern in our society and our schools. Character education teaches students how to be their best selves and how to do their best work. (Leading a Nation Call to Character)

In past year, the character education program at Hill included golden tickets, Husky Teams and more. As we take a look at past practice and make decisions about what to add the program moving forward we think it is important to get input from families. Below you will find a link to a short survey about the things you find to be beneficial in a character education program your chid participates in.

Focus on Respect to Support a Positive Learning Environment

When students have respect for teachers and classmates, they help create the positive academic environment all kids need in order to be successful. To promote respectful behavior:Discuss respect. What is it? Why is it important? How does it feel to be treated with respect or disrespect?

  • Be a role model. Do what you want your child to do. If you want her to say please when asking for something, remember to say please yourself. If you want her to knock before entering your bedroom, do the same for her.
  • Criticize constructively. When you need to correct your child, do it privately and respectfully. “Next time, please hold the door for Grandpa. That will make it easier for him to get through the door.”
  • Notice times when your child is respectful. “You listened to the coach even when other kids were joking around. I was impressed.”

Reprinted with permission from the January 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Hill Family in Need: The Downey Family

A Meal Train has started for the Downey family. The Meal Train will allow both the Hill and Larson Community to sign up and bring a meal to the Downey Household. You may click on the link if you would like to participate. https://mealtrain.com/wyr9g7 . Families in the community may also donate to the Downey family through a GoFund Me page that has been set up to help support the family in honor of Mr. Downey. Please click on the link below if you would like to contribute. https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-downey-family . Please join me in keeping the Downey family in your thoughts and prayers. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me. Should you or your child need to speak to our school social worker, Mrs. Taylor, please call the school office.

Noon Aides Needed

Even if you are available only one or two days a week or are just willing to sub!

Hill Science Night

Hill Science Night with Cranbrook Institute of Science will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

  • Volunteers will be assisting students and their families while they visit 14 fun hands on science stations provided by Cranbrook Institute of Science. The experiments will be broken down into 2 shifts 1 hr each but feel free to sign up for the full 2 hr time slot if you would like

Incoming Kindergartners

The Troy School District is beginning to identify Kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2019* please call the Hill office at (248) 823-3500 to get on our kindergarten list. We will be sending registration packets out in early January.

Fleece Donations

We need donations of 2.5 yards of fleece to make finished blankets of at least 4ft x 6ft. The width on fleece at fabric stores is just over 4 feet, so if donors buy 2.5 yards of fleece, that would be perfect. If you want to send in 5 yards or 10 yards or 20 yards, that is wonderful as well—the goal is to be able to cut into 2.5 yard increments. Each blanket consists of two pieces of fleece—usually one solid and one printed, but you are free to donate whatever you would like. Remember, these blankets will be used by children, veterans and adult patients, so think about patterns that would appeal to any of those groups.

Items needed for Troop Care Packages

Please purchase from this list—all items must be declared and cleared by customs

  • Socks (crew sized, suitable with combat boots, not short. White or Black)
  • Foot powder
  • Candy/gum
  • Beef Jerky
  • Sunflower seeds/nuts
  • Wet wipes
  • Energy bars/granola bars
  • Coffee/tea
  • Sunblock
  • Chapstick
  • Small Michigan/Detroit based sports stuff (nerf balls, pennants, t-shirts, bandanas, etc.)

We cannot take ANY:

  • Aerosol (shaving cream, hair spray, etc.)
  • Alcohol (mouthwash, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer (contains alcohol)

Youth Enrichment Classes

The following classes are being offered at Hill after school through Troy Continuing Ed (TCE). You can register through the link below:

Golf started on Monday 1/14/19, but you can still sign up at a prorated rate.

Troy Youth Assistance (TYA) is now accepting nominations for youth recognition

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents, teachers, and adults in the community to give special recognition to elementary through high school age youth who reside in Troy (or attend Troy Schools as a Schools of Choice student) and have made exemplary contributions to the community through service to others, heroic action or personal success. Form must be submitted by January 25th.

February is Incredible Kid Month

It’s that time of year again to recognize the Incredible Kids of Troy! On Thursday evening, February 21, 2019, the Troy Community Coalition will celebrate its 18th annual Incredible Kid event. This event recognizes children, between the ages of 5 – 12, that have made a positive impact in their community. Form must be submitted by January 31.

  • MONDAY 1/21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
  • SUNDAY 1/27 - 6:00p - "Screenagers" special screening @ Kensington Church
  • TUESDAY 1/29 - 7:00p - 5th Grade Festival of Choirs at Athens High School
  • TUESDAY 1/29 - 3rd Grade Field trip to Oakland University
  • WEDNESDAY 1/30 - 6:15-8:15pm - PTO sponsored Skate World Party
  • WEDNESDAY 2/6 - K-12 Early Release - school dismissed at 12:39pm
  • MONDAY-TUESDAY 2/19-2/19 - No School - Mid-Winter recess
  • WEDNESDAY 2/27 - K-12 Early Release - school dismissed at 12:39pm

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary


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