Archive | May, 2012

After Care News: May 2012



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
  Art K-3 Choi Kwang Do Capoeira Music Lessons
  Tennis (FULL) Art 4-8 Eco-Maniacs  
  Dance K-1   Dance 2nd-8th  
      Cooking (FULL)  


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 NEXT YEAR:

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

Art News: May 2012

The school year has flown by and we are already in our last month of art projects!  Each class has something exciting happening for the last chunk of our year together.  K/1 classes are currently working on a project which incorporates a little science mixed with art.  We are studying hot air balloons, how they work, how they are designed, and beginning basics of perspective.

2/3 classes are working on an exciting project which asks them to think about their favorite memories.  They will each choose one to use as a subject for an illustration they will be creating based on that memory.

4/5 classes are starting a project on Pablo Picasso and his cubist style portraits, which asks students to think about the face in a very interesting way!

Middle School students are finishing up their optical illusion projects in colored pencil, and will be able to fit in one more project before the end of the year.  Elective is currently working on their final projects, based off of the style of an artist of their choosing.

We will have a great new collection of work up on our school’s art gallery website, Artsonia, in the coming week.  Make sure you get a chance to check out the work that our wonderfully creative students have been doing!  www.artsonia.com/HoneyCreekCommunity1

Media Center News: May 2012

The end of this school year is approaching fast and, like every classroom, the Media Center will have things to be accomplished before the last day.  The Media Center  will close to checkouts/classes and for Recess on May 29.  This gives until June 8 to gather in the material currently checked out, and to do a complete inventory.

This process is important in clearing up long-standing inaccuracies in the record of what is owned or is still showing in the catalog as checked out to students or staff from months (years?) past.  We think that we’ll be able to finalize the inventory this spring after two years of clean-up work.

Please reassure your students that no overdue fees are charged; lost material must be either paid for or replaced with another copy of the same item.  If you’re worried about material that your student has possibly lost, payment or replacement needn’t take place until the last couple of days of school; there is time to do the last searching for those elusive items.  Teachers may want to look over their classroom book collections for stray Media Center material; items checked out to students sometimes end up there.  If you find Media Center material during the summer, please return it to the Honey Creek office.

Our wonderful Spring Book Fair is this month!  Look for the Fair during Curriculum Celebration, in the Media Center from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. on May 18.  Nicola’s Books will have copies of recently-released items as well as a number of things requested by teachers and students.  Please support both our Media Center and our local bookseller by shopping the Book Fair.

Honey Creek now has an Archive!  During this spring, I have been locating, accurately cataloging, and arranging the material in our collection that has been written or generated by Honey Creek students and staff over the years.  This Archive is available to anyone in the Honey Creek community who wants a look back at some of the projects and initiatives done at our school since the mid-1990s.  The Media Center is happy to make copies of any information you might want from the Archives.

I’d like to offer thanks, on behalf of the Honey Creek community, to Dianne McLaren-Brighton.  She recently completed here Master’s degree studies in school media center management, and worked with us for her field work.  She’s also volunteered to help with some of the year-end inventory and clean-up in preparation for 2012-2013.  Thanks, Dianne, for everything you’ve done for our Media Center this semester!

Thanks to each one of you for all the help you give to the Media Center all year; I hope that we’ve been a good part of your year, too.

Music Notes: May 2012

      Please join us on Tuesday, May 22nd at 3:30pm in the Honey Creek gym as K-5 music classes present: “It’s Easy Being Green!” During the K-5 section of the concert the students will be singing songs that feature small things you can do every day to help save our planet.  If possible please have your student(s) wear a green colored shirt OR a shirt that has a message about saving the environment (recycle, save the planet, go green).

The 5th grade and middle school bands and the middle school choir will also be performing at the concert. These students will need to wear a white shirt and black pants like they did for the winter performance. We hope you can join of on May 22nd and look forward to presenting a wonderful program.

Technology News: May 2012

The 2/3 technology classes have spent their last 2 sessions learning about macro photography, which allows us to take photos of things that are extremely small. Students had an opportunity to go outside and see the natural world in a different way, taking close-up photos of things like flowers, bark, and other things. We’re learning now how to import these photos into the computer to use in our own designs.

The 4/5 technology classes have started a new project: they are identifying and coming up with a technological solution to a problem they face in their school day. They are working in 2-3 person teams to identify a problem, then figure out and build a prototype solution. To facilitate this project, they’re using Moodle for the first time to discuss and document their work. Moodle is the online learning management system we use, and this is especially important for 5th graders who are moving up next year, as it’s a tool we use a lot in the Middle School. Lots of interesting school-day problems have been identified, and students’ solutions are really taking shape!

The Middle School technology classes are still working hard on the Sustainable House Design project. We spent 2 sessions learning about different building materials and the tradeoffs involved (for example, using a gas furnace versus a geothermal heating/cooling system).  Students are finishing up their final floor plans using graph paper, design templates, and other tools, and are working on calculating the estimated cost of construction for the house they’ve designed.  Construction has begun on several house models already as well!

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. Prototypes are being built, and we continue to go further into topics like 3-D animation, 3-D printing, and the manufacturing process.

Physical Education/Swimming News: May 2012

     Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up to help out for PE Play Day. PE Play Day is an amazing afternoon for students at Honey Creek. The event starts off with an all school picnic which parents are encouraged to attend, located outside next to the cafeteria. Afterwards we head down to the soccer fields for many different fun and active games. There will be an optional fun run following the games. To finish we will head to the playground for popsicles and pick up. I hope every Honey Creek student will be present to share in the fun!

If you have a student who will be in Middle School next year and is interested in playing field hockey please email me ASAP and let me know. I need to have a rough estimate of the number of players we will have. Field hockey is a great team sport that is offered to both males and females at Honey Creek. It is  a great experience to work together as a team, get a lot of exercise and spend time outside. It runs 3 days a week (typically M, T, and Th) for September and October.

In May the PE classes will be wrapping up jump roping (K-3), floor hockey (4-5) and volleyball (MS). We will begin to go outside more and do all of the outdoor games the students love, including: ga-ga, capture the flag, kickball, and ultimate frisbee. In swimming students will continue developing their strokes and stamina. Now is the time to start considering enrolling your student in summer swim lessons. They will be offered here during Honey Creek’s Summer Camp or you can also register through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed.

Lastly, I would like to thank the following people for allowing the MS Swim Elective class to attend the Canham Natatorium in a very successful field trip. Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Karen Giltrow, Matt Scott, Darnell Talbert, Mario Jordan, Christine Rawak, Tim Donahue, Joanne Barhite, Will Hathaway and Lily Jungan. I would also like to thank the students for doing an amazing job representing Honey Creek!

Middle School Math News: May 2012

At the end of April, the whole middle school got to go to a play, “Eureka!”, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.  The kids were great and the play was fun!  In the play, math concepts were brought up that we have discussed at one point in class or are working on now; like the Pythagoras Theorem.  Ask your student what they learned.

GEOMETRY remains to be the main topic in most of the classes.  Reviewing formulas for basic figures and extending that knowledge to other figures like parallelograms, trapezoids, etc.  We will be using these area formulas of 2-dimensional shapes to calculate surface area of 3-dimensional shapes.  Volume of 3-dimensional shapes is another topic for examination.

Quadratic equations and a “flipped classroom” are the main happenings in Algebra class.  I am experimenting with a flipped classroom style; that is, they receive instruction at home, through online sources, videos, textbook, etc.  Then during class we are able to work through practice problems, spend time exploring concepts and ideas, and have discussions on the different/best ways to approach problems.  It’s going well so far.

FINALS is the other thing on our minds in middle school math these days.  For many of our students this will be the first “final” they have ever taken… good practice for high school.  The Algebra class will be taking their final the week of May 20th, before they go to 8th grade camp.  The other classes will be taking their finals the week of May 27, while we are at 8th grade camp.  Jessica, the middle school instructional assistant in math, will be giving the finals to Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 students.

Middle School Science News: May 2012

Middle school students are finishing up the “Climate Change” Curriculum that they are providing feedback to the University of Michigan Department of Education, and will finish with a short project on how they can suggest to minimize their carbon footprint.  Our school year’s theme of Homes and Habitats helps us to see how much of an impact humans can have on the Earth around us.

For the month of May, students will switch over to “hCSI” (Honey Creek Crime Scene Investigation), as students will learn and use science to solve crimes.  Using the principles of the scientific method and the science involved with the human body, students will gather data and evidence and either prove or disprove their hypothesis.

Middle School Language Arts News: May 2012

Things are getting mysterious in the middle school reading and writing workshop as we have just started reading mystery novels in small groups.  It is fun witnessing the students’ book talks and hearing their speculations of who is guilty of what crime!  Look for their character and clue maps at curriculum celebration!

We just wrapped up persuasive writing and will be finishing out the year with writing portfolios.  Those will be done on the google sites we started earlier in the year.  I look forward to hearing more about what students enjoyed and found valuable this school year.  Can you believe only a few weeks are left in the 2011-2012 school year?

Middle School Social Studies News: May 2012

In Social Studies, we have wrapped up a very successful microeconomics unit, ending with an eventful Bartering Bonanza.  Students raised an impressive amount of items to donate to the Delonis Center, shattering all previous records.  It’s early May and I’m still taking items to the homeless shelters.  Thanks to everyone who popped in to witness the Bonanza or helped out in one way or another.

We have just begun our final unit of the year: Africa.  In line with the Language Arts and Science sub-theme of Mystery, I have created the unit with the intent of having kids do some detective work.  I have presented them with three present-day scenarios and students have to match them up with the following three countries: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Then, they will have to use their research and inquiry skills to determine what factors put each of those countries in its current state.  They will study economics, history, geography, politics and culture to create hypotheses as to why South Africa seems relatively stable while Zimbabwe is in utter shambles.  It’s an ambitious unit for just five weeks but we’ll do our best to cover as much as we can.

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