The Husky's Howl Week of 1/6/2020

Happy New Year HILL HUSKIES!

Thank you for all the holiday cards, gifts, and goodies. I hope you had a wonderful winter break with your family and friends! Welcome back! I look forward to an awesome 2020!

Countdown Winter Break Spirit Week 2019

We had so much fun this week counting down to winter break in style! From decades day to pajama day we kept our attire and spirits bright right to the end.

Set Some Family Goals from the New Calendar Year

The new calendar year offers the opportunity to think about the past and set goals for the future. This should include family reading goals! Take time with your child to:

  • Review favorite books or stories from the past year. If the books are nearby, look through them together. Have your child choose his three favorites. Ask, “What was the best part of this story? Why?” Or, “What is your favorite picture in this book?”
  • Discuss future reading plans. How much time are family members spending on reading for pleasure? Are there ways you and your child can improve your reading habits? Together, write any ideas or goals you may have. Post them in a place where you will see them often.
  • Plan to read new things. In addition to books, suggest your child read magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, catalogs—anything and everything he can get his hands on!

Reprinted with permission from the January 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Troy School District Literacy Project

As part of our Troy School District Literacy Project, we have a learning partnership with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project out of Columbia University. Over the years, in work with families and literacy, many parents have asked how they can support students and families at home. Staff developers from Teacher's College have created a series of short videos to hopefully provide some answers. Click one of the links below to explore the libraries of available videos.

MLK Jr. Day or Service

A message from Kerry Birmingham

Dear ONE Troy,

We are a little more than a week away from our citywide MLK Day of Service and we need YOUR help to make this phenomenal event a success! Donations for care packages for our troops are down this year--and we are also in great need of more fleece to make blankets for patients in local hospitals. There are donation boxes in every school as well as Central Administration Building. Please consider bringing in any of the following items for our care packages:

  • Socks (crew sized, 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 ALSO NEED FLEECE for our blankets! Joann's has a 60% coupon for fleece through Saturday. We need fleece in increments of 2.5 yards so that each piece matches up with another piece and none goes to waste. But new this year--Joann's also has their "fleece blanket kits" on sale for $9.99 (reg. $24.99) and since those include two pieces, we can use them to make smaller blankets for child patients.

JoAnn's Blanket Kit

Plastic bags are also still being accepted at every school, and if the idea of shopping this weekend sound like nightmare, please consider donating online through this easy and quick DONATION LINK!

We need everyone to help out--if just HALF of our TSD families and staff donated $10, we would have everything we need to make this day a success! The cost to put this event on is significant (postage for ONE care package to a service member in the Middle East costs $18--and we do HUNDREDS of them!) 100% of your tax deductible donations go directly to the service projects. There are no overhead costs and no school funding spent on our Day of Service.

And finally, please join us on Monday, Jan. 20th at 8:30 am at Athens High School for this fantastic event. We have an incredible program to kick off the morning this year, and then we will all go into the gyms to begin our service. MLK poster 2020 final.pdf

If you have a scout troop or company or organization that wants to help, by all means, reach out to me with donations or just show up! Groups that come in mass or make major donations will be recognized on screen as participants come into the auditorium--just let me know in advance.

5th Grade Festival of Choirs

The Hill fifth graders performed on Thursday night in the Athens High School auditorium at the Troy School District Festival of Song. They sang two songs in a performance along with Costello, Hill, Larson, and Troy Athens. Nice job Miss Steffen and Hill fifth graders...you rocked!

Teach Your Child Four Steps to Achieve Any Goal

January is a time for taking stock and setting goals. Many adults make some type of New Year’s resolutions. Then two weeks later, most realize that they haven’t followed through. Kids are no different. Why not make this the year that your child learns how to achieve the goals she sets for herself? When your child sets a goal, encourage her to choose one she can reach in a short time frame. Then, help her follow four steps for achieving the goal:

  1. State the goal. “My goal is to learn my multiplication facts.” She should write it down and post it where she will see it.
  2. Plan how to meet the goal. “I will make flash cards and study them for 15 minutes every night. I will ask Dad to quiz me on Fridays.”
  3. Talk about the goal with others. This builds commitment to the goal. Your child should tell her teacher what she plans to do.
  4. Do each step in the plan, one at a time. If problems come up, talk about possible solutions. Perhaps she is too tired after doing her homework each night to review her flash cards. Maybe she could study them in the mornings while she eats breakfast instead.

Don’t forget to praise your child for her effort each step of the way. “I am proud of you for studying your multiplication facts this morning.” And when she achieves her goal, celebrate the way her hard work paid off!

Reprinted with permission from the January 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Asking Questions Can Boost Your Child's Thinking Skills

Talking with your child is an effective way to build thinking skills—especially if you ask certain kinds of questions. Experts recognize six categories of thinking skills. Ask your child questions that help him:

  1. Recall knowledge. Ask about facts your child knows. “Who is the president?” “What is the capital of Virginia?” Words that will help with this include who, when, what, where and even list.
  2. Understand. When your child learns about things, check the depth of his comprehension. “Can you explain one cause of the Civil War?”
  3. Apply knowledge. In real-life situations, how will your child use what he knows? “What has our country learned from the Civil War? How can we apply it to life today?”
  4. Analyze. Many things can be divided into groups, such as types of animals. Have your child compare and contrast groups of things. “How are fish and humans different? How are they alike?”
  5. Evaluate. Ask your child what he thinks about things. “How have smartphones changed our lives?”
  6. Create. Ask your child to design his own way to solve a problem. Use words such as invent and what if.

Reprinted with permission from the January 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: P. Armstrong, “Bloom’s Taxonomy,” Vanderbilt University, The Center for Teaching, niswc.com/elem_bloom.

Please feel free to share this information with family and friends coming in for the holiday season.

Links to Parent Articles by All Pro Dad and iMom

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Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • Sunday, December 22- First Day of Winter
  • Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3- Winter Recess
  • Monday, January 6 - School Resumes
  • Tuesday, January 14 - PTO Meeting-Media Center (7:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, January 15 - Skate World Party 6:15 PM
  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr.-No School
  • Tuesday, January 21 - 5th Grade Band & Orchestra Concert @ Athens HS (7:00 PM)
  • Thursday, January 23-Hill Community Night- Unselfie Book Club
  • Friday, January 31 - Back to the 80s Family Dance-6:30-8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 5 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • Friday, February 14 - Valentine's Class Parties
  • Monday, February 17 - Tuesday, February 18 - No School / Mid-Winter Break
  • Wednesday, February 26 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • Friday, March 6 - No School for Students / End of the 2nd Marking Period

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary

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