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The Husky's Howl Week of 2/3/2020

Hill Huskies celebrated being 100 days smarter this week!

It's hard to believe that this school year is over halfway complete. On Thursday, we celebrated the 100th Day of Learning. As every learner makes academic growth, we need to stop and acknowledge their accomplishments. Here are some questions you can ask your child at home to celebrate his/her learning.

  • What is one thing that has brought you joy this school year?
  • What are the two best memories you have of this year?
  • What is the best thing that has happened to you this school year?
  • In what area do you feel you have improved in the most?
  • What subject have you enjoyed the most? Why?
  • How have you improved as a learner since the first day of school?
  • What have you learned about yourself this year?
  • What have you learned about empathy this year?

The 100th day of school is an opportunity to rejoice in classroom community successes, individual accomplishments, and the pursuit of a love of learning overall. Make sure to pause and celebrate your child's successes and progress this school year.

High Expectations Can Help Motivate Your Child to Succeed in School

Don’t just hope your child will succeed— expect him to succeed! If you express high, yet realistic, expectations for your child, he’s likely to meet them. To help your elementary schooler succeed in the classroom and beyond:

  • Don’t act surprised when he does well. Did your child just bring home a B+ on a super-hard science test? Instead of acting shocked, act like you never doubted that he’d do well. “That’s awesome! I knew all of your extra studying this week would pay off!”
  • Support him when he stumbles. Never belittle your child when he messes up. Remind him that failure happens to everyone sometimes. Besides, plenty of other people in the world will be there to criticize him. That’s why your constant love and acceptance are so vital. Always be your child’s “safe place.”
  • Discourage “victim mode.” When unfortunate things happen, don’t chalk them up to bad luck or a mean teacher. That will make your child feel as if he’s a victim and has no control over situations.
  • Instead, empower him to take action. When something goes wrong, ask him what he learned from it. Help him think about how he might handle similar situations in the future.

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

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It’s February…JUST ASK!

Sponsored by Husky PALS: Parents of Alternative Learners

• Be Different • Be Brave • Be You •

• Include • Inspire • Ignite •

“…by seeing yourself or your friends in this story, you will understand that we’re all different, and you will find that notion comforting and empowering. I hope too that you will recognize what we have in common. Instead of fearing our differences or ignoring them, we can shed light on them and explore them together. If you ever wonder why someone is doing something different from other kids, Just Ask.” -Sonia Sotomayor

One of the many things that makes Hill a special place to learn and grow is that we are all so different. Different shades…different needs…different experiences…different learners…

and many more. This February we want to celebrate and embrace what makes us different--we have designed activities, lessons and experiences that will help us learn about each other. During this month you will notice we are also raising money. The money raised during this month will be used to create two sensory paths in our school that ALL learners can use and benefit from. Not sure what or how a sensory path could help your child?…JUST ASK!

Sensory paths give students a chance to spend a few minutes of their school day walking, jumping, bouncing and “pushing themselves through their distractions”. Experts say sensory paths can also help students develop motor skills, including balance, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Sensory paths are designed to help students learn how to channel stress and cope with anxiety.

This year we will use the book Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayar as our mentor text along with connecting this work to having Husky P.R.I.D.E.Please check out the calendar for the events we have planned each day in the month of February. We hope that our activities, lessons and experiences also serve as a platform to have discussions with your children at home. If you need more information about any of the ideas, we cover…Just Ask!

Everyday Tasks Can Strengthen Your Child's Math Skills

Most people read every day. They probably do math every day, too—although they may not realize it. Math is a vital part of life, so it’s important to involve your child in everyday math when you:

  • Follow recipes. When preparing meals, let your child help with weighing and measuring. Discuss sizes, shapes and fractions. Ask her questions such as, “How could we double this recipe?” and “When we add ¼ cup to ¼ cup, what do we get?”
  • Go shopping. Help your child use a calculator to keep a running tally of purchases. Use coupons to inspire math problems. “If we use this coupon, will the item cost less than other brands?” “Which of these items is really the best deal per pound?”
  • Save money. Ask your child to choose a goal, such as saving for a book. How much does she need to save each week? How long will it take her to reach the total? Help her track her progress on a chart. Then have fun shopping together!
  • Take a trip. Before leaving, measure the air pressure in your car or bike tires. Calculate how many miles you’ll go. If you are driving, how much gas will you use? As you travel, say a number between 1 and 10. Who can find a license plate with numbers that add up to the number you called out?
  • Start a family project. Planning to paint a bedroom? Involve your child in figuring out how much paint you will need to do the job.
  • Play games. There are lots of fun math games you can play together. Try dominoes, Uno and Connect 4.

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

Upcoming Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, February 5 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • 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
  • Thursday, March 12 - Hill Community Night - Unselfie Book Club (LGI 7 PM)
  • Friday, March 13 - Hill Variety Show & Art Show (6 PM)
  • Thursday, March 19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, March 24 - PTO Meeting (Media Center 7 PM)
  • Wednesday, March 25 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • Thursday, April 2-10 - Spring Break - No School
  • Thursday, April 16 - Kindergarten Information Night (6:30-7:30 PM)
  • Tuesday, April 21 - 5th Grade Band Concert at Athens HS (7:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, April 22 - Larson MS Transition Night for 5th Grade Parents
  • Thursday, April 23 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • Tuesday, April 28 - 5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Athens HS (7:00 PM)
  • Thursday, April 30 - Hill Community Night - Table Talk (LGI 7 PM)
  • Monday, May 4 - Troy School District Art Show at the Troy Community Center (5:30-7:30 PM)
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Early Release Day for Students (Dismissal at 12:39 PM)
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Friday, May 29 - Family Fun Fair (6 PM)
  • Monday, June 1 - Field Day
  • Monday, June 8 - Field Day -Rain Date
  • Tuesday, June 9-11 - Half Days of School (Dismissal at 12:29 PM)
  • Thursday, June 11 - Last Day of School

TSD Outdoor Weather Policy

The Troy School District outdoor recess policy has been aligned with research by the National Weather Service. We use the The Weather Channel app to make this decision. We will still use the 15 degree threshold for outdoor lineup decisions in the morning.

Outdoor Recess Policy - Troy School District Elementary Schools access weather.com to determine if students have indoor or outdoor recess. If it "Feels Like" 10 degrees or warmer, recess is held outside. If it feels like 9 degrees or colder, recess is held inside.

Food Service Employment Opportunities

The Troy Schools Food Service Department, which is contracted by the Chartwells K-12, is gearing up to expand our Food Service Staff by seeking friendly people willing to fill various vacancies that are responsible for providing lunches to the students of the Troy School District. Not to worry if you haven’t had previous experience, as “on the job” training will be provided!

Depending on the school, the hours would primarily be during the middle of the day and would range from 3 to 4 hours a day. And you would be earning some extra money while your students are in school! We are especially seeking elementary cooks, which does have more hours. So, come join our team by calling 248-823-5089, or email Nicole Gervais at ngervais@troy.k12.mi.us, or come into the office at the Service Center, 4420 Livernois, Troy 48098 for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!

Gayle M. Moran - Food Service Liaison - Troy School District

Opportunities for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Troy School District Special Education Department has established a partnership with Celebrate Hope, LLC (celebratehopellc.com) to provide an enrichment series open to parents of children with an active IEP or 504 diagnosis. The upcoming events include:

  • Celebrate Hope facilitated Parent Support Gatherings (Feb. 26th 6:30-8pm) to discuss topics relevant to caring for a child with special and unique needs. This event will be held at TSD Services Building, 4420 Livernois.
  • Celebrate Hope facilitated Parent Social (Mar. 18th 6:30-8pm) providing an opportunity for you to make time for yourself as well as connect with others who are caring for children with special and unique needs in a relaxed atmosphere. This event will be held at Joe Kools, 1835 E. Big Beaver Rd.

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary

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