The UpHill For the week of October 16, 2017

Dear Hill Parents:

Wednesday, October 18

1:05-1:35pm - Husky Team Meetings - Wear your Hill spirit shirt (JAT shirt)

Thursday, October 19

7:00pm - PTO meeting - Dr. Machesky attends (see below)

Friday, October 20

2:30-3:20pm - JAT Awards Assembly - Wear your Hill spirit shirt (JAT shirt)

Wednesday, October 25

Half Day - School dismisses at 12:30pm

Conferences - 1:00-4:00pm, 5:00-8:00pm (see link below)

Thursday, October 26

Half Day - School dismisses at 12:30pm

Conferences - 1:00-4:00pm, 5:00-8:00pm (see link below)

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween - parade at 2:00pm, parties following at 2:15pm

Wednesday, November 1

K-12 Early Release Day. School will dismiss at 12:40pm. No lunch is served.

Thursday, November 2

Kaiser Studio picture retake day


Parent - Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference with your child's classroom teacher if you have not already done so.


Thursday your child learned about the Attorney General’s Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) Program. Michigan CSI teaches students the importance of making safe and smart choices in a technologically evolving world. We encourage you to talk to your child about the important messages they learned in the presentation. You will find links with talking points below.

Kindergarten/1st grade

2nd grade/3rd grade

4th grade/5th grade

NOTE: We did not introduce the OK2SAY App or Hotline to the students at today’s presentation. (talking point #8)

Online Safety Contract (Optional) This contract can be edited to fit your family needs.

Ms. Apol, Media Specialist/Teacher-Librarian


On Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm we will have our second PTO meeting in the media center. The Athens National Honor Society will be present in the gym to watch students while parents attend the meeting. Dr. Machesky will attend this meeting to speak about the Building and Site Sinking Fund issue which will be voted on Tuesday, November 7th. We will also be approving our PTO budget at this meeting. We are posting the proposed budget, the minutes from the last meeting and next week's agenda on our PTO Facebook page. If you have not joined our closed Facebook page, please look for us at HILL ELEMENTARY PTO. Ask to join and answer that you have a student at Hill and an admin will approve your request right away.

Thanks again for supporting the PTO! Anne Sackrison, Hill PTO President


The Hill Green Schools Program is in full swing again, with various student activities such as the recycle squad, lunchtime and classroom recycling, and beautiful weather to enjoy and advocate outdoor activity! New this year is household printer cartridge and battery recycling! There is a bin in the office where you may drop off used batteries and home ink jet or laser jet printer cartridges, which will be recycled. (Please bring large laser jet cartridges in bags or a packaging that prevents leaks). Also, you can recycle your household plastic bags by dropping them off in bins in the front hallway during parent-teacher conferences October 25th & 26th. Thanks for helping us be a Green School again this year!!

Kim Ethridge, GS Parent Coordinator


We will hold our Halloween parade and parties on Tuesday, October 31. We will start with the parade at 2:00pm followed by classroom parties at 2:15 pm. Weather permitting, the parade will take place on the track behind the school. If the weather does not cooperate, the parade will be inside. For classrooms that have students with food allergies, please do not send in any food (treats) that have not been approved by the room parent or teacher. Remember, these allergies can be life threatening.


We’d like to remind parents of our school policies regarding costumes:

• Please do not plan a costume that is ghoulish, morbid or in any way offensive. No masks are to be worn.

• Please do not plan a costume that is excessively frightening to younger children.

• Toy guns, knives or other weapons may not be worn, even if it is a part of your child’s costume. The crowded nature of the parades and parties makes such weapons a potential hazard.

• Students may not wear their costumes OR makeup, special hair sprays, etc. to school. All costumes are to be brought to school in a bag.

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