Archive | April, 2012

After School Program News: April 2012

After School Programs


Please register 1 WEEK BEFORE in order to receive the Early Bird Discount.  Also, please remember that you MUST give us 48-hour WRITTEN notice to cancel any pre-registered care without being held financially responsible.



SPECIAL CLUBS  There are still openings for the following after school special clubs:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music Lessons Music Lessons Music Lessons Music Lessons Swim Lessons
Chess- ADV Art K-3 Choi Kwang Do? Capoeira Music Lessons
  Italian Art 4-8 Eco-Maniacs  
  Dance K-1 Chess – BEG/INT Dance 2nd-8th  

Please pick up a registration form online or from the after school programs bulletin board down the hall from the parent mailboxes.


Please stay tuned for information on these and other activities:

4H, Baseball, Brownies, Campfire, Chinese, Cooking, Crafts, Dance, Drums, Eco-Maniacs, Electronic Music, Fitness, Football, French, German, Gymnastics, Harp, History Club, Open Swim, Orchestra, Photography, Pilates, Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Running, Sewing, Skateboarding, Spanish, Spiral Scouts, Soccer, Study Skills, Tutoring, Writing, Yoga, Youth In Government, Zumba

PLEASE CARE WHAT YOU WEAR.  Recess will be outside everyday.  Except for hazardous weather conditions (lightning, severe storms, wind chill below -10° F), we will always go outside for recess.  There is limited indoor space that allows the children opportunities to move around energetically.  Children should always dress for the weather.  Students must wear rain boots to play in puddles.

REGISTER NOW FOR SUMMER CAMP!  Camp is filling up fast.  Please reserve your spot soon to join us for a fun-filled summer.  Information and registration is available outside the After School & Camp Programs office and at http://honeycreekschool.org/summer-program

Academic Service-Learning News: April 2012

Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors!  Take this opportunity to do some work in your neighborhood–clean up a park, help build new benches for an outdoor area in your neighborhood, walk a neighbor’s dog–your opportunities are endless!  If you’re looking for a more academically founded opportunity, work with your student to write letters (or e-mails) to your local parks and recreation administrators and develop a plan to meet a need in the community.  This offers opportunities for fund raisers, budget work and making a plan to execute the project that needs to be done.

At Honey Creek, you can look forward to another outstanding Earth Day program sponsored by some of our community members.  Don’t forget to fill out your AS-L service hour sheets so that we can track our work as a school.  Blank sheets can be found across the hall from Cindy’s room (A-wing) and can be turned in to Johnny’s mailbox.

Thank you for all of your efforts!

Music News: April 2012

     The month of April means that it is concert preparation time in all music, band and choir classes. When the students return from break we will be digging deeper into all of our songs for choir and the bands, and learning our songs in the K-5 music classes. Please note that the concert date has been changed and is now on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:30. We look forward to putting on a wonderful show for everyone. Stay tuned for the May HBoN to discover what this concert’s theme will be.

Media Center News: April 2012

There are several projects going on now in the school that the Media Center is part of.  The 2/3s are just about to begin their first research project.  The subject is animals, and we have been busy planning with their teachers, arranging some demos of resources they’ll need and putting links onto the Media Center’s web page, and gathering print material ahead of time. We’re really looking forward to this, as it will be the first time students have done organized research that will result in the answering of key questions about animals and presenting their findings.  It will, hopefully, be a fun assignment for them; it certainly is for us!

The 4/5s are doing two projects: a Newbery-medal winner reading challenge, and a Social Studies research project on colonial American regions.  They are trying to answer the question, “What was life like in…?”  We’ve gathered print and electronic resources for this one, too, and have been working with students to ferret out the tricky, hard-to-find bits of info.  There is also a cart full of all the Newbery winner and honor books that the collection holds.  Our student librarian, Dianne McLaren-Brighton, has been busy compiling lists of these, and of the titles we don’t yet own.  This list will be part of next year’s collection development plan.

Coming up in May is an event the Honey Creek community won’t want to miss: the Spring Book Fair, hosted by our local bookseller, Nicola’s Books.  The Fair will run during the spring Curriculum Celebration, and will have lots of good books that students and others will want to have ready to go for summer reading.

Anyone who would like to honor a graduate, a good year’s work by a student, a birthday, or other special event by donating a book in that person’s honor to Honey Creek Media Center may want to shop the Book Fair on May 18.  The Media Center keeps a wish-list on Amazon.com that can be used to select items particularly needed.  Nicola’s can likely get anything on this list if you want to buy locally.

Though she’s been busy making Newbery lists, Dianne has also been active in working with our students during her field placement time here.  She’s doing read-aloud with some of the classes, is working on a presentation on the poet Shel Silverstein, has done lots of research and reference help with students, book selection for next year, and many of the daily tasks that keep a media center running smoothly.  She’ll be here until the end of April, when she will finish her program.

As we start to close in on the end of the school year, the Media Center will be sending out reminder notices to students of the items they have checked out.  The lists will include both current check-outs and items they’ve had for some time.  Those planning to be in another school next year are asked to pay particular attention to these, as all borrowers’ accounts should be clear by the end of school.  We’re grateful for all the help we receive from parents who work with their kids to develop responsibility for borrowed items, and who return things by the bagful!  Thank you!

Technology News: April 2012

    In 2/3 technology, we are finishing up the “Inventors and Inventions” unit. The last inventor we studied was Leonardo da Vinci. Students heard a historical fiction story about him during read-aloud time (“Monday with a Mad Scientist”, one of the Magic Treehouse books), and we were able to use this as a language arts tie-in to make connections with what students already knew. Students also practiced sketching mechanisms by drawing and writing about some simple tools and machines, and have been using Erector to build their own “useful machines” inspired by Leonardo’s designs and ideas.

     The 4/5 technology classes have now finished their Trading Cards project. Students took photos, learned how to design cards using Pages, and have been getting their designs printed out. They look great!

     The Middle School technology classes are in the middle of the Sustainable House Design project. Most students have finished their rough floor plans (which they created using Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile on the iPads), and are working on finishing their final floor plans using graph paper, design templates, and other tools. We’re starting construction now that we are back from spring break!

     The Middle School technology elective class, 3d Modeling and Prototyping, has been making great progress in the process of drawing, designing, and creating objects. Students are having great fun going through the design process, using SketchUp to bring their ideas to life in 3-D. Watch for more great things in the next few months, as prototypes get built and we go further into topics like 3-D animation, 3-D printing, and the manufacturing process.

Art News: April 2012

Spring is here, and that means some exciting new art projects are happening at Honey Creek!  The K/1 classes are currently learning about Vincent van Gogh and his Sunflowers.  The students are learning to further their art history knowledge, as well as their drawing and painting skills with this project.

2/3 classes are working on their animal drawings.  They are learning about scale, texture, and proportions when drawing.

4/5 classes are finishing up a project on Georgia O’Keeffe; in which colored pencil and pastels are used to create soft blends, vibrant colors, and show details in some beautiful plants and flowers.

Middle School classes have just finished their Easter Island sculpture lesson, and the results of their painted Moai figures have been outstanding!

The Elective class is currently learning about color theory and painting techniques in preparation for a final project in which each student will choose an artist, research that artist, and create a piece inspired by their style and work.  Remember, you can see all of our students’ hard work on our Honey Creek art website, Artsonia, by going to www.artsonia.com/HoneyCreekCommunity1

Physical Education News: April 2012

    I am excited to announce that the Middle School Swim Elective will be taking a field trip to Canham Natatorium on April 25th. Canham is located at the University of Michigan and is the pool where Michael Phelps trained. Traveling here will not only be inspiring for our students but it will allow them to practice skills that we can’t practice in the Honey Creek pool. Students will learn diving skills and also be able to see themselves swimming by looking at the bottom of the pool that is filled with mirrors. This will prove to be very helpful! If you are a parent of a middle schooler who is in the swim elective please let me know ASAP if you are able to volunteer to drive. We will leave the school by 12:30 and return by 2:30.

The Middle School completed their maturation unit in March. I would like to commend them on doing a fabulous job of participating and listening well!

In PE, the K/1 and 2/3 classes will be focusing on jump rope skills. This is an important skill to learn and it takes much practice. Please consider purchasing a jump rope for your home and encouraging your children to practice!

The K-5 swimmers have been working hard all year long. They have become very strong swimmers- some able to tread water for 10 minutes and more! The 4/5s are able to swim up to 10 laps in one class period! We have 20 K/1 deep end swimmers and 49 out of 53 2/3s have passed the deep end test! Your students have proven they know how to be safe in the water! Please congratulate them on their hard work and effort in the pool.

Middle School Math News: April 2012

Geometry is the main topic in Middle School Math this month.  Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 will all be focusing on geometry in April.  Of course each of them will have a slightly different focus:  In Course 1 the basics of Area and Volume will be discussed.  Course 2 will spend more time identifying and classifying various objects and shapes, and the move into 2-D and 3-D geometry.  Finally, in Course 3 we’ll focus on transformations, volume and surface area.

Now that we know how to add, subtract, and multiply polynomials in Algebra, this month we will be learning how to factor, you remember, “unFOIL.”  It’s sure to be great fun!  Before the end of the month we will be moving on to Quadratic Equations!  It’s an exciting time in middle school math these days 🙂


Middle School Language Arts News: April 2012

What an exciting time it’s been in the middle school language arts classes!  We have been reading The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer as a whole class, and have had some great discussions about fair treatment, discrimination, ethics in science, and the overarching theme of good versus evil.  Ask a middle schooler about their new favorite science fiction novel!

While we have been reading this great piece of fiction, we have begun writing nonfiction.  Each student has chosen an issue that matters to them and have started doing research on the topic.  When we return from break, we will begin drafting persuasive essays.  Look for logical, well crafted arguments in your middle schooler’s writer’s notebook!

Middle School Science News: April 2012

The middle school science classes are investigating the science behind our Earth’s climate and the role humans are contributing to it.  We also have the privilege of testing out experimental curriculum from the University of Michigan’s Department of Education, which involves testing and giving student response to the lessons and activities they’ve created.  In addition to this, the middle school plans to develop ASL (Academic Service Learning) projects to contribute to the fight against pollution of our Homes and Habitats.

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