Dear Hill Families,
Thank you so much for attending Curriculum Night this week. The investment you have in your child's education will contribute to their overall academic success. I encourage you to continue to build a relationship with your child's teacher as you work together this year to help them grow.
It was wonderful to meet so many more families and begin to connect students faces with their moms and dads. We truly have an amazing community and your support for this school is felt by myself and the staff.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
See you Monday!
How to be a Lion by Ed. Vere
I had the pleasure of spending time in classrooms this week reading How to be a Lion by Ed Vere. How to be a Lion is a wonderful picture book with a powerful message. It was incredible to hear the messages students took away from this book.
- Be yourself!
- Don’t let others tell you how to be
- It’s cool to be yourself
- Your friends don’t have to look like you to be your friend
The fifth graders came up with hashtags they felt represented the book’s messages.
Ask your student about it this week and talk about the messages they took from it. If I haven’t read to their classroom yet, don’t worry I’ll be visiting classrooms next week too!
The Troy School District is implementing A.L.I.C.E. as a measure to counter an aggressive intruder or shooter event. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency. All employees have started training and this training will continue during the school year. We will also conduct informational parent meetings, which will be held at all four middle schools. The information below includes dates, times and locations for the A.L.I.C.E parent meetings.
- Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm – Smith Middle School
- Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm – Boulan Park Middle School
- Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm – Baker Middle School
- Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm – Larson Middle School
Hill Daily Schedule
Troy School District is now using PowerSchool for all student data. Home Access Center (HAC) is no longer active.
You have received instructions via email to setup a new account for the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The access codes contained in the email can be used several times if more than one guardian wishes to have an account. If you did not receive the access codes, please contact the office and the staff can look up your codes. The Parent Portal will allow you to track grades and attendance for your students. Report Cards will also be posted to the portal.
PowerSchool also has a free app available on both Apple and Android platforms. Once you have created an account, please go to your app store and search for PowerSchool Mobile. The app will ask for a 4 digit code. Troy’s code is BMMM. Please note – you must setup your account on the website before logging into the App.
If you are having technical difficulties, please email email@example.com
Setting iPad Expectations at Home
How to Use iPads at Home
iPads should be used at home for more than just youTube and gaming. Check out the graphic below for some ideas.
Parking Lot Safety
Thank you for driving safely and following our parking lot procedures. If you have not already, please watch the parking lot safety video I created.
Morning Drop Off Procedures
- Do not park in the Student Drop-Off Loop.
- Use the Drop-Off Loop only for dropping off students.
- When dropping off students, pull up as far as possible.
- Adults should stay in the car. Encourage students to exit your car quickly and safely (from the right side of the car only).
- Please do not enter the building with your student. Drop them off at their classroom door or front door and I assure you we can take it from there. If you need to enter the building and walk down to the classroom please check in with the office first. This is a safety issue, we must be able to account for who is in the building.
Indoor Line Up Procedures
If it is raining or too cold, students will line up indoors. ALL students must enter the school through the front doors by the office. I ask that you drop your child off and know that we will take care of them from there (Please Hug and Go). Teachers will go over the Indoor lineup locations with students in school. We will have staff and fifth grade safeties in all locations inside the building to monitor the students until the attendance bell rings. In order to avoid traffic backups in the circle drive, I ask that you consider dropping your child off between 8:20-8:25 a.m.
TSD Late Pick Up policy
Students are to be picked up by 3:40pm. After 3:40pm, they are brought to the office and parents must come in and pick them up. After 3:50pm, all remaining children will be sent to CARE at a cost to the parent of $10 per child per hour for the first occasion, and $20 per child per hour for each occurrence thereafter.
Before & After School C.A.R.E.
Many parents work hours that do not allow them to pick-up or drop-off their child when school begins or is dismissed. If you are in this situation, child care is available before and after school through the C.A.R.E. Company. Full or part-time schedules are available. For more information, please call 248-823-5100 or visit their website at www.troyceonline.com. At this time there is a shortage of staffing to meet the needs of our school community. If you know of anyone that would be interested in working before school or after school hours, they can contact the number listed.
It has been the tradition for many elementary students to celebrate their birthday at school by bringing in cupcakes, cookies, or other food related treats. While the district intends to continue to celebrate the child’s special day, there is a need to do so in a way that is healthy for everyone involved. The reasons for this change are listed below:
- There are students in every elementary building who have severe, sometimes life-threatening, allergies, and in many cases they are unable to partake of the treat.
- Also, district staff learned in an Epi-pen training session this summer that 25% of all first time anaphylactic reactions occur in schools.
- Schools have been charged with promoting healthy eating habits inside and outside of school.
- Our schools are committed to preserving instructional time.
There is no obligation to recognize your child’s birthday at school. However, if you choose to recognize your child’s special day, please do not send birthday treats to school, as they will not be shared with the class. Instead of bringing or sending a food treat to celebrate your child’s birthday, parents may:
- Send in a favorite book for the student to share with the class on the child’s special day.
- Donate a book for the classroom in honor of the child’s special day.
- Send in for the day or donate a recess game for indoor recesses.
- Send in for the day or donate a piece of playground equipment (various balls or games) for outdoor recesses.
- If you have another idea of how to celebrate your child’s birthday, you may discuss this with your child’s teacher.
Our elementary buildings will continue to recognize and celebrate our students’ birthdays at school, even as that recognition takes new forms. The district appreciates your cooperation and hopes you will understand the reasoning behind this decision.
This procedure for celebrating students’ birthdays does not extend to the classroom holiday parties, though please note there may be allergy restrictions for those events as well. The food/treats that are provided at these events will be determined by the buildings.
September Calendar of Events
- MONDAY 9/17/18 . (Mon - Fri) Oakland County Vision Screening for Grades PS, 1, 3, 5
- THURSDAY 9/20/18 Kaiser Studio here for school picture day (see below)
- TUESDAY 9/25/18 7:00pm - PTO meeting (Media Center)
- WEDNESDAY 9/26/18 Early release day - school dismisses at 12:39pm
- THURSDAY 9/27/18 6:15-8:15pm - Hill PTO skating party at Skate World of Troy (Maple & Dequindre)
Absences & Tardies
Whenever your child will be tardy or will not be at school due to illness, a doctor appointment, etc., please call the absence line at (248) 823-3501 and leave a voicemail message. When reporting an absence, please leave the day and date of absence, child’s first and last name (please spell the last name), and the child’s grade and teacher. It is not enough to just tell your classroom teacher that your child will be tardy or absent. The voicemail system is available 24 hours a day for your convenience. Homework requests should be emailed directly to the classroom teacher.
To ensure the safety of your child, we account for each child every day. If we do not receive a call from you on the absence line we must make our “safety check” and call to find out where the absent child is. You can help by making sure you phone the absence line when you know your child is not coming to school or will just be tardy. When you bring your student to school late (after the tardy bell which rings at 8:39am), please make sure to sign him/her in at the office before sending him to class. NEVER send your child in alone.
Point of Sale Lunch
You are encouraged to prepay for your child’s lunch. By prepaying, you will assure that money is always in your account on any day he/she chooses to buy lunch. Checks should be made payable to “Troy Food Services” and should be sent or brought to school in an ENVELOPE clearly marked with your child’s name and labeled “lunch money”. If you are sending one check for multiple children, please indicate how the money should be divided. This will ensure each child gets the appropriate credit. There is no set amount to pay; however, many parents find $30-40 is a good starting point. You will receive notification when the fund runs below $12.00 (5 remaining lunches). Free and reduced lunch applications were included in the first day folders
LUNCH & MILK PRICES FOR 2018-2019:
- Lunch (includes milk) $2.40
- Second Entrée $2.00
- Milk (as drink only) $.35
- Dasani Water or Juice (as drink only) $.50
Free & Reduced Lunch
School lunches for students are available for free, or at a reduced price of 40 cents, for families that qualify based on family size and income. Forms are available in the school office. This can be a big savings to you whether your child buys lunch once a week, or more often. Once the form is completed, we forward it to the Troy Food Service department where it takes 2 weeks to process. If you would like us to send a form home with your child, please call the office at 248-823-3500. Thank you.
My School Bucks
Parents can utilize this online program to pay for their child’s lunch using these three easy steps.
School picture day is Thursday, September 20th. Order forms will come home with your child on Friday, September 14th. Students should bring picture envelopes and money to school on picture day and hand the order form to the photographer. You may also preorder online. EVERY student will be photographed for yearbook purposes.
Early Release & Half Days
A Message from the Hill PTO
Dear Hill Parents,
We would like to invite you to join our PTO Facebook page, if you haven't already. It is a closed group for Hill families and you can find it at www.facebook.com/groups/hillpto. The official name of the page is Hill Elementary PTO. Request to join and answer the question, "Do you have a child that attends Hill Elementary?" An admin will then approve your request to join the group. If you have not joined this group, you are missing out on valuable information. Please join the page and you'll have easy access to contact the PTO board, committee chairs and many, many Hill community families.
-Anne Sackrison, PTO President
Follow Hill on Twitter
Hill Elementary is on twitter. Follow @hill_huskies for a glimpse into our school. Your classroom teacher may also be on twitter, follow them as well for a glimpse into their classroom.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary