The Husky's Howl October 8, 2021

Fun Run: Color Edition

The fun run was a huge success this year. Yes, we reached our fundraising goal, but more importantly, our Huskies had SO MUCH FUN!! Thank you so much to the Hill PTO Board, the volunteers, the teachers, staff, and all those that made this our best year yet. Please enjoy the videos below!

Sensory Run- A Shout Out from Kerry Birmingham

At Hill Elementary this afternoon, part of the event was specifically designed to be inclusive and mindful of students who might have sensory issues. Hill held a Color Run this year—which, if you are not familiar, involves colorful chalk being thrown into the air, decorating the shirts of those running by. All Fun Runs generally also involve lots of cheering, music and other loud audio and visual stimulants. For a portion of Hill’s Color Run today, the music was turned off and the cheering consisted of hands in the air and thumbs up, instead of the normal noise and raised voices. This allowed students who are sensitive to sensory issues to fully enjoy the Fun Run—with the entire 5th grade there to quietly (but enthusiastically) cheer them on. The volume and stimulation may have been less, but the JOY was every bit as boisterous and evident on the faces of all who participated. This is an example of our Red Pillar (Equity & Well-Being) at its finest—thank you, HILL ELEMENTARY for demonstrating that ALL means ALL in the TSD!

Kindergarten Color Run Video

1st Grade Color Run Video

2nd Grade Color Run Video

3rd Grade Color Run Video

4th Grade Color Run Video

5th Grade Color Run Video

We reached our fundraising goal...Mrs. Pawlus gets all the colors!


1. Turkey Corn Dogs and Baked Beans

2. Muffin Fun Lunch

3. Garden Salad


1. Hamburger/Cheeseburger and French Fries

2. Soy Butter & Jelly Sandwich

3. Garden Salad

Hill parent-teacher conference sign-up is open to all parents. Conferences will take place on Oct. 27 and 28. These are Half-Days of School for students while teachers meet with parents through Zoom appointments. If you have multiple children at Hill, I would recommend leaving one “open” time period between conferences. Our goal is that every parent will attend a conference with his/her child’s teacher to learn about his/her progress and goals for the 2021-22 school year.

Halloween Costumes

When choosing a Halloween costume for your child, please avoid costumes that have a horror or violence theme. Students may NOT bring toy guns, knives, or swords to school as part of their costumes. We ask that children wear costumes that they are able to put on themselves. Because students must wear safety masks indoors at all times, please take this into consideration when choosing a costume for your child. Costume masks do not replace safety masks required to be worn indoors. We suggest not having face paint or costumes that interfere with safety masks.

Pack an Extra Mask

Thank you for working through our COVID-19 protocols. Many parents send their child to school with an extra mask. Having an extra mask in your child’s backpack can be beneficial. Sometimes a mask may need to be changed during the day. There are different circumstances that may lead to a child putting on a new mask. One of those times may include changing the mask after vocal music class, especially if there is a high volume of singing taking place in music that day. This will give children an opportunity to have a new mask if needed. Our office also has masks for those students in need.

  • Oct. 27 - Half Day of School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 28 - Half Day of School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 10 - Late Start
  • Nov. 16 - TSD Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • Nov. 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

We are pleased to announce that our school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, which will take place October 22- October 29.

The return of the Book Fair will be a familiar and welcome celebration. Volunteers are crucial to the success of this event. We hope that you can offer your time and talents to help students discover the power of books to bring us together.

We need volunteers to help with:

  • Set Up - unpacking boxes and setting up displays
  • Preview Day - helping students create wish lists and keeping the fair looking good
  • Sales - assisting students with purchases
  • Tear Down - packing up the book fair at the end of the week

Manage Your Child's Screen Time by Creating a Family Media Plan

Digital devices are an important part of our world— and can be very appealing to kids. Technology helps your child discover new ideas, connect with others and access educational information for school. However, too much recreational screen time can negatively affect his schoolwork, health, activity levels and face-to-face communication skills. To help your child strike a healthy balance, experts recommend creating a personalized family media plan that answers the following questions:

  • What devices do I want my child to have access to?
  • Where will devices be allowed and where will they be off-limits?
  • How much time will my child be allowed to use them?
  • Will the same rules apply during weekends and school breaks?
  • What content is appropriate for my child to access?
  • How will I maintain consistency?
  • What consequences will there be for misusing devices?
  • What example am I setting through my own use of technology?

Reprinted with permission from the October 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2019 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: Ways Parents Can Manage Kids’ Technology Use, QuickTip Brochure, The Parent Institute.

Shari Pawlus - Principal

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