The Husky's Howl Week 12 - Happy Thanksgiving

Hill Community I am grateful for you.

Principal's Message

Dear Hill Families,

Thanksgiving is typically a time we reflect on our lives and think of all the things we are thankful for. This year and every year I am thankful for my family, friends and the community we live in.

This year I am also thankful for each and every one of you. This has been an incredible start to my first year as principal. Thank you for all the words of encouragement, your dedication to this school and your involvement in your child's education. I am thankful for the Hill community because it is truly an amazing place to belong. You are a strong, dedicated, loving group of parents, students and teachers and I am thankful that I am able to call this my school family. Being able to wake up each day and do what I love is a blessing and I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

With love, Shari Pawlus

Friday Fun with Officer Julian & Dr. Machesky

Last Friday our students were able to participate in a karaoke lunch. This was a prize won from all the fleece Hill donated during MLK week last year. It was a truly a blast. Click the button below to watch the video and check out the fun!

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

Morning Drop-off Procedures

  • Please remain in your car when your are in the drop-off loop. If your child can’t get out of the vehicle on his/her own, please park in the parking lot and walk your child up to the sidewalk. Getting out of your vehicle slows down our drop-off process.
  • Do not use the parking lot as a drop-off area. This area is meant for parents that want to park and walk their child up to school. If this continues, I will likely have to use funds to purchase signage for this area. If you see someone dropping off their child, please “kindly” remind them of our policy.
  • Please pull all the way forward in the drop-off loop. We can fit up to 15+ cars at one time if everyone pulls all the way forward. This also helps us get students into the building faster.

After School Pick-Up Concerns

  • Don’t park illegally in the parking lot. If there isn’t a space available, please don’t park illegally. It only makes the situation worse. Please consider parking on a neighboring street and walking up to the school or have your children walk to the neighboring street.
  • Don’t park next to “NO PARKING” signs. The Troy police are out helping us keep our streets and walkways safe for all members of our community.
  • Please be patient! While it can be busy at dismissal, we do clear out all parking lots within 12 minutes of the bell. Sometimes, sitting in your car and just waiting for things to clear provides an opportunity to ask you child about his/her day.

The Troy Police Department will and has been visible in our subdivision to assist in the safety of our students, parents, and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep our Huskies safe.

When to Keep Your Child Home from School...

Schools bring children into close physical contact, thus giving communicable diseases an opportunity to spread quickly. Keep your child home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Pain and stiffness of neck and headache
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling/tenderness of neck glands
  • Cough, if persistent and productive
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and persistent abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)
  • Rash
  • Any skin eruptions, if red, swollen and draining
  • Red or runny eyes
  • Sneezing or discharge from nose

Following the above guidelines will help prevent a child from developing possible complications and will keep the school environment a healthy one. More information about communicable diseases can be found at www.oakgov.com/health or 1-800-848-5533.

Indoor or Outdoor Lineup/Recess?

Now that colder weather is upon us... Troy School District policy states that there will be inside line-up/recess when temperatures are below 15°. If temperatures are between 15° and 19°, the wind chill factor will be considered. The decision to hold indoor or outdoor line-up/recess is made according to the weather at the time of line-up/recess.

  • Above 20°F - Line-Up/Recess is held outside
  • From 15-19°F - Wind chill factor will determine - Go by "feels like" temperature
  • Below 15°F - Line-Up/Recess held Inside

It is important that children dress appropriately: boots, hats, gloves/mittens and a warm coat and snow pants when necessary (PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME INSIDE THEIR COAT AND SNOW PANTS). Our goal is to allow children to get exercise and fresh air whenever possible, so please prepare your children for outside activity every day. It's also a good idea to keep an extra pair of socks in your child's backpack in case their socks get wet.

After School Pick-Up Policy REMINDER

Dismissal is at 3:37pm. It is important that all students are picked up no later than 3:45pm. Students that are not picked up by 3:45pm will be sent to the office and parents will have to come into the office to retrieve them. Students not picked up by 3:50pm will be sent the C.A.R.E. and parents will be charged. This is a TSD policy and put in place to keep students safe. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy please call the office.

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)

November Events

  • WEDNESDAY, 10/31/18 - Halloween Parade & Parties (parade at 2pm)
  • THURSDAY, 11/1/18 - K-12 Early Release (School dismisses at 12:39pm)
  • SUNDAY, 11/4/18 - Daylight savings ends, "FALL" Back
  • MONDAY, 11/5/18 - Jog-a-thon Assembly Celebration 2:30pm
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - Election Day
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - Picture Retake Day
  • TUESDAY, 11/6/18 - 5th Grade Celebration Meeting
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/7/18 - Diwali
  • FRIDAY, 11/9/18 - 3rd Grade Veterans' Day Celebration
  • FRIDAY, 11/9/18 - Hoedown (Fall Family Dance) 6:30-8:30pm
  • MONDAY, 11/12/18 - Vocal Music Veterans' Day Performance (2nd & 4th Grade) 1-3:30pm
  • MONDAY, 11/12/18 - Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Recital & Literacy Night 5:30p (students arrive 5:15p)
  • TUESDAY, 11/13/18 - Johnathan Rand (Author) Visit
  • THURSDAY, 11/13/18 - PTO Meeting 7:00pm
  • TUESDAY, 11/20/18 - TSD Board Meeting
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/21/18 - No School
  • THURSDAY, 11/22/18 - Thanksgiving - No School
  • FRIDAY, 11/23/18 - No School
  • MONDAY, 11/26/18 - School Resumes
  • WEDNESDAY, 11/28/18 - K-12 Early Release (School dismisses at 12:39pm)
  • FRIDAY, 11/30/18 - K-5 No School; K-5 End of marking Period

Shari Pawlus - Principal - Hill Elementary


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