The Husky's Howl Week 14- 11/26/18

Pizza party with Mr. Shankin for the Hill Hoedown raffle winners.

End of Marking Period 1

I hope that each of you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with your children. The end of the first marking period was yesterday (Thursday, November 29.). Teachers are busy completing report cards on their Work Day today. Report cards will be available to parents in grades K-5 electronically on Tuesday, December 11.

Follett Book Fair: December 4-6

Supporting your child's love of reading is critical to their success. Supporting your school is just as important to nurture that success. The Follett Book Fair encourages your child's reading habits, builds their personal libraries and raises funds for the school, all at the same time!

Students will be previewing the book fair and creating a wish list on Monday, December 3. Shopping will take place December 4-6 with a special Family Night event on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:30-7:30. Once again, this event is happening in conjunction with our annual Chris Cakes Pancake Dinner!

Not only is the Winter Book Fair a major fundraiser for the Hill Library Media Center, it is also an opportunity for your child to select books that they would like to add to their libraries at home. Support your school and the avid readers in your family by visiting the book fair. We hope to see you there!

We are happy to offer a 20% discount on all book fair purchases for book fair volunteers. Please visit this link to sign up to help with set up, sales, and packing up the fair!


The Hill Media Center Staff

Show Your Child How to Give Meaningful Gifts This Holiday Season

Many people exchange gifts over the holiday season. While children love receiving gifts, they also enjoy being able to give them. Does your child know that the most meaningful gifts don’t have to cost money? They simply take time and come straight from the heart. Share these thoughtful gift ideas with your child. She could:

  • Offer to do chores for an elderly neighbor.
  • Record herself reading a book for a younger sibling to listen to while reading.
  • Make a list, such as “My 10 Best Memories With Grandpa.”
  • Play a favorite game with a family member or a neighbor who is homebound.
  • Record an audio or video message for a loved one who lives far away.
  • Create a playlist with a bunch of her favorite songs to share.
  • Bake cookies and deliver them to someone who may not receive many homemade gifts.
  • Create a calendar for 2019 and decorate it with personalized artwork, one drawing for each month.
  • Make a gift certificate good for two hours of help around the house.
  • Create a beautiful picture or poem about a special person.

Reprinted with permission from the December 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

Reading 20 Minutes Each Day Makes a Difference

Boost Reading Comprehension & Writing Skills with Summaries

Homework in elementary school often involves reading something—a chapter in a textbook or a few pages in a library book. One way to make sure your child understands what she has read is to have her write a summary.

One night, after your child has finished her homework, tell her you’d like to find out what she’s learned and what she’s read about. Ask her to write down the most important points in her own words.

Your child may need to go back and read the material again. When she knows she has to write about it, she’ll read more carefully. She’ll think more as she reads. After your child writes her summary, give her this set of questions to help her write more complete summaries in the future:

  • Who are the characters or people involved? Suggest that she write about each person and what’s important about each one.
  • What did the characters do? Your child should write down the plot in her own words.
  • Where did the story take place? Have your child describe the setting in some detail.
  • When did the events take place? Your child should give the time span of the action.
  • Why did things occur as they did? Have her explain why the characters behaved the way they did.

Once your child gets the hang of writing summaries after she reads school material, she will soon reap the benefits. Not only will she have a much better understanding of what she reads, she will improve her writing skills as well!

Reprinted with permission from the December 2018 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2018 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

TSD Preschool Survey

A Dear ONE Troy,

We are busy preparing for the opening of our new Troy School District Preschool next fall and are looking for input from families with preschool age children. If you have children who will be entering preschool in the near future (or are currently enrolled in a preschool program,) we would appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts with us. Also, please share this survey link with any other parents who might be able to give input as well.

IMPORTANT: Save the Date If you are interested in our NEW Troy School District Preschool, plan to attend our Information Night for Parents on Tuesday, January 15 from 6-7 pm in the Troy High School auditorium. Details on this night and Early Bird Registration opportunities will be sent out very soon, but mark your calendar NOW!

Preschool parents, thank you again for taking the time to fill out this survey:

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Hill Robotics Team Bake Sale

The Hill Elementary Robotics Team is hosting it's first VEX-IQ Tournament at our school on December 8th! We will be having a bake sale at the tournament to help raise money for our Teams. We are asking for support from our Hill Husky Community. If you'd like to help support our teams and donate a bake good item, please signup. Bake sale items can be dropped off at the school office during the day on Friday, December 7th. If this drop off time slot doesn't work for you, please email me and we will make other arrangements. Thank you... our robotics team appreciates all the support!

Liz Blakely (lizardschoonfield@yahoo.com)

We are Still Collecting Fleece for MLK Day of Service Project in January


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.

December Events

  • FRIDAY, 11/30 - K-5 NO SCHOOL; K-5 End of marking Period #1 of 3
  • MONDAY, 12/3 - Book Fair Preview
  • TUESDAY, 12/4 - Book Fair (Media Center)
  • WEDNESDAY 12/5 - 5:00-7:30pm - Chris Cakes Flying Pancake Dinner (Cafeteria)
  • WEDNESDAY 12/5 - 3:30-7:30p - Book Fair will be open late
  • THURSDAY 12/6 - Book Fair (Media Center)
  • FRIDAY, 12/7 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Troy Historical Village
  • TUESDAY 12/11 - Grades Released Through Powerschools
  • WEDNESDAY 12/12 - Troy Community Coalition "Tar Wars" presentation to 5th Graders
  • FRIDAY 12/21 - Last Day Before Winter Recess
  • MONDAY 12/24 - FRIDAY 1/4/19 - Winter Recess
  • MONDAY 1/7/19 - School Resumes
  • MONDAY 1/21 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary


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