The Husky's Howl Week 10 - 10/29/18

Mr. Lenaway's class had a blast at their Halloween party!

Happy Halloween!

It was so much fun seeing all of the staff and students dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween. This is a great relationship day for students and staff. The weather cleared up just in time for us to have the Halloween Parade outside. I would like to thank all of the classroom volunteers that planned and organized our class parties. The students had a blast!

Jog-a-thon Update

We reached the last JAT goal and raised over $18K. Way to go Hill Huskies! Monday afternoon I will be slimed! Stay tuned for pictures of our end of Jog-a-thon celebration in next week's Hill Husky!

Want to get rid of some of the Halloween candy?

Troy Youth Assistance is hosting their annual collection of unwanted/excess Halloween candy at the elementary schools for donation to other action agencies. We will have collection bins in our front lobby from Monday, October 29 through Friday, Nov. 9.

Picture Re-take Day, Tuesday, November 6

If you are unhappy with your child’s pictures or if your child was absent the day pictures were taken, please send your child to school ready to have his/her picture taken on Tuesday, Nov. 6. For retakes, your child must return the original package intact and bring it on the day of retakes. Extra order forms are in the school office.

5 Strategies to give your child's Vocabulary a Boost

Reading at home is one of the best ways to boost your child’s vocabulary. That’s because reading exposes your child to new ideas, concepts and words. Here are five effective strategies that will help you increase your child’s vocabulary:

  1. Read different kinds of books to your child. If you usually read fiction, go to the library and get a book that explains how something works instead. Check out a book about a sport or activity your child enjoys. Or, read a biography about a person she admires.
  2. Look for words your child might not know as you read. “It says here that George Washington went to school to become a surveyor. What do you think that word means?”
  3. Listen for new words as you’re watching TV. News programs often include words your child may not know. “Have you ever heard the word tsunami before? Let’s look it up to see what it means.”
  4. Pull out the thesaurus. Find synonyms for words your child uses often when writing or speaking.
  5. Help your child create her own dictionary. All you need is a notebook with a page for each letter. When your child discovers a new word that she wants to remember, have her write it and its definition in the notebook. Review those words from time to time.

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.

Daylight Savings Time

Don’t forget to to Fall Back an hour on Sunday (Nov. 4) for Daylight Savings Time.

Please Vote on Tuesday

A We are less than a week away from a very important election for the Troy School District. On Nov. 6, voters in the TSD will head to the polls to cast their vote for the Troy Schools Non-Homestead Millage question.


  • A "Yes" vote means the TSD can maintain the educational programs you have come to expect.
  • A "No" vote means the District could lose $22.6 million a year.

The outcome of this election will come down to voter turnout. The City expects a large percentage of voters will head to the polls for other issues, and it’s difficult to know how they would vote on this important school millage. That’s why we are asking every eligible voter in the TSD to make plans to VOTE in this election—our families need to make their voices heard.

Need more information on this non-homestead millage? Here are some FAST FACTS to remember:

  • Does NOT affect homeowners—only businesses and non-homestead properties pay.
  • Generates 22.6 million dollars for the day to day operations of our schools (17% of our funding.)
  • Voter approval of this allows us to collect our full foundation allowance (If this fails, we would lose $400,000 this year—and that number could increase every year up to the full $22.6 million in a few short years.
  • ZERO increase to the voter approved 18 mill tax rate for businesses.

You can also watch this very short video by Dr. Machesky for more information on where this money goes--and why, you, as primary homeowners and taxpayers here in Troy, don't pay anything at all for this millage:

We also have an FAQ on the non-homestead millage replacement on the TSD website:

If you have additional questions, please email (kbirmingham@troy.k12.mi.us) or call me at 248-823-4035. Please encourage your friends, neighbors & relatives who might live in the TSD area to come out and vote on November 6th! -

Thank you! - Kerry Birmingham - Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives - Troy School District

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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