Archive | March, 2013

Honey Creek is Proud to Introduce the New Non-Fiction Leveled Reading Library

Research and practice have shown that providing the opportunity for children to read books at their reading level is one of the most effective ways to increase their reading skills. While our school library collection is fabulous and growing, the Common Core State Standards are placing a much bigger emphasis on nonfiction text.

Over the past year, Honey Creek students, teachers, and families have come together to raise funds for a K-8 non-fiction leveled reading library. This community effort has resulted in our school acquiring more than 1,000 new non-fiction titles. All students, in all grades, at all reading levels, will have access to these books.

We are honored and privileged both to host this collection and to have the support of such an active, engaged community.

March 6th: Join us for Honey Creek Day at California Pizza Kitchen

On Wednesday, March 6th, California Pizza Kitchen is hosting an all-day fundraising event for Honey Creek. You can:

  • Dine-In
  • Take-Out
  • Order Online
  • Cater an Event
  • Use Curbside Service

When you bring in this flyer, California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your purchase to our school.

Have lunch out with friends or co-workers. Take a night off, and take the family to dinner. Pick up a pizza for later in the week. Pick up an order for everyone to bring back to the office. And please, pass the word.

Director’s Note: March 2013

Greetings all,
The recent weather and the power failure last fall have exhausted the five snow days built into our schedule. Further closures will require us to add time to our schedule. Should we have more closures between now and the end of the school year, we will need to add additional days to the year or additional time to the school day. The number of additional closures will determine this, and if necessary, I will inform you as to any schedule changes as soon as a decision is made. I am personally hoping the worst of the weather is behind us.
You may also have noticed that snow has been piled in areas that make it difficult to see traffic entering the main drive from the various parking lots. Please take your time in these areas and keep in mind that the speed limit on campus is fifteen miles per hour.
I would also like to remind you that individuals entering a crosswalk have the right of way. As many of you know, small children will often break away from an adult and run to the building or their car, so the burden is on us adults to maintain a safe environment even in the face of a child’s impulsiveness.
Finally, you may have noticed that the buses delivering High Point students are arriving a bit earlier. If you see a school bus, this is your cue that the curb along the building must be kept clear to allow for the loading or unloading of our High Point friends. If at any time you need to leave your car, please park in the lot.

See you at the dinner and talent show on March 28,

Early Elementary News: March 2013

K-1 is working to in our Resource Use unit and focusing on patterns: where resources come from, how people use resources, and what effect that has on the environment. We’re learning the environmental Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and renew. We have had garbage-free snack in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage we produce and have decorated snack bags that we can reuse again and again, we will be recycling newspaper, and will renew by helping to plant the school garden in the spring.
We have begun our third writing workshop unit: Nonfiction Writing. During this unit students will choose a topic  and share their expertise by writing an “All About” book to teach others what they know.

K-1 is going on a field trip!  We will be going to the Leslie Science and Nature Center on Thursday, March 14th for a field trip to wrap up our Resource Use unit. We will be leaving school at 9:00 am and returning around 12:00. Please dress your child for the weather (we will be outside) and send a lunch from home. We will return from the trip after the cafeteria has closed. Sign up sheets for parent volunteers are posted outside the classrooms.

After School Programs News: March 2013


ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING “EARLY DISMISSAL & NO SCHOOL DAYS:” March 1st & 8th; April 26th; and May 3rd.  Please register ONE 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.

REMINDER: NO ON-SITE STUDENT CARE DURING BREAKS OR ON CERTAIN HOLIDAYS.  This includes:  April 1st-5th; May 27th; and June 12th.

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






Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Spanish=FULL (11/12 – 6/10)

Italian    (1/8 – 4/7)

Black Belt

(1/23 – 4/17)

RECESS 4-8 (1/10-3/21)FULL


RECESS Jr. 2-3

(3/15 – 4/12)

Basketball K-3

(2/4 – 5/20)

Art K-3

(1/15 – 3/19)

        Art 4-8

(1/16 – 4/10)

Fast Fact Fun 2-5         (3/14 – 5/30)

Multiplying Madness 3-8         (3/15 – 5/31)

Girls on the Run (3/11 – 5/20)

Swim Lessons (1/15 – 3/19)

Daisies/Brownies (10/10 – 6/5)

Girls on the Run

(3/14 – 5/23)

Chess       (3/15 – 5/31)

Basketball 4-8

(2/5 – 5/14)

Dance Team 4-8 (11/7 – 5/29)

Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board down the hall from the parent mailboxes.  We are still working on offering the following clubs and activities (please contact us at afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us if you or someone you know is interested in coaching/teaching a special club or activity):


4H, Ballet, Baseball, Breakdancing, Campfire, Capoeira, Chinese, Cooking, Crafts, Dance (K-3), Drums, Eco-Maniacs, Electronic Music, Football, French, Garden, German, Girls on the Run, Guys on the Go, Gymnastics, Harp, Hip Hop, History Club, Knitting, Open Swim, Orchestra, Photography, Pilates, Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Sewing, Skateboarding, Spanish (K-2 & MS), Speed Stackers, Spiral Scouts, Soccer (K-8), Study Skills, Tap Dance, Tech, Tennis, Theater, 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 snow pants, boots, coat, hat or hood, and mittens or gloves in order to play in the snow and sled.  Students should also wear appropriate rain gear (raincoats and galoshes) on warmer, wet days.



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


Middle School Math News: March 2013

This year is flying by, already the March Newsletter…

Proportional Thinking and Percents seem to be the theme throughout the Middle School Math Classes this past month.  All classes working at their own level, Course 1 followed up a unit covering decimal operations with percent problems.  Course 2 is working on a dilation project after learning about proportions and scale factors.  You may have seen my email about collecting cardboard for our project.  Our finished product will be displayed at the May Curriculum Celebration.  Course 3 is also completing a quick review and extension of their knowledge, and ability to work with percents.  Next, we will be explore the wonderful world of statistics…

The Algebra class continues to show great discipline and motivation.  For example, I can give them an assignment of the Study Guide Review (1 – 116), and they will do the problems that best prepare them for the test.  Occasionally, during class, as we are learning about Polynomials – what they are, how to add/subtract them, how to multiply them – I will hear “this is fun!” or “this is cool!” – which is exactly what I was thinking 🙂

Media Center News: March 2013

The Spring Book Fair hosted by Nicola’s will be on May 17, the same day as the Curriculum Celebration!

Fine Arts Committee News: 2013

The Talent Night is coming up on Thursday, March 28! Auditions are finished, and we have some great talents lined up. Please contact us if you would like to help out in any way.

The Life Skills Talent Show team invites Honey Creek families and friends to *advertise* in the Talent Show program.  From a single line of congratulations for your performer ($5) to a full page ad ($45), and sizes in-between, we’ll print your words, ad, or business card (black & white).  The Talent Show program will be distributed to attendees at the Honey Creek Talent Night on Thursday, March 28.  Audience size last year was over 200!  All proceeds for advertising sales go to support the 8th grade trip.  Please contact Audrey Becker at honeycreek@email.com for more information about rates, etc.

Talent Night Art Exhibition is Calling All Artists!  We’d love display your child’s art at our first ever Art Exhibition on March 28th during the Talent Show.  Paintings, drawings, sculpture, hand-crafted items, photography – you name it!  Applications to submit art can be found on Fine Arts bulletin board at school or can be requested from drsborer@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to seeing all the talent on display March 28th!

PTO News: March 2013

California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser!

On Wednesday, March 6th, California Pizza Kitchen is hosting an all-day fundraising event for Honey Creek. You can:

  • Dine-In
  • Take-Out
  • Order Online
  • Cater an Event
  • Use Curbside Service

When you bring in the flier, California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your purchase – including alcohol sales – to Honey Creek.

Have lunch out with friends or co-workers. Take a night off, and take the family to dinner. Pick up a pizza for later in the week. Pick up a large order to bring back to the office. And please, pass the word.

We have hard copies of the flyers outside of Karen’s office, at the Scrip tables, at the PTO bulletin board, and at the general bulletin board across from the hall conference room.


There was no February PTO meeting, due to a school cancellation. However, the PTO committees are continuing to work towards a big series of Spring events: Talent Night, the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad, the STEM Fair, Earth Day, and P.E. Play Day. All help, big and small, is valuable. If you are able to contribute by working with a committee, doing support work at home, or by volunteering the day of the event, please consider contacting a committee member now.
Walk-N-Run-A-Thon Medals: In a January assembly, students received their Walk-N-Run-A-Thon medals; and the leveled reading library was formally introduced to the school.


Mark your calendars!
• Bagel Fridays: Relax with breakfast at the school on Friday mornings (or the last school day of the week). Bagels, cream cheese and juice, OH MY! There are also toasters available for use.
• Honey Creek Day at California Pizza Kitchen: Wednesday, March 6th, all day
• March PTO Meeting: Friday, March 8th, 8:30-10:30 AM
• Talent Show, Dinner, & Art Exhibition: Thursday, March 28th

If you would like to add an item to the PTO meeting agenda or have a concern with which the PTO may be able to help, please contact the PTO Chair, Mike Birdsall, m.g.birdsall@mbirdsall.com, or co-Chair Catie Wells, cgbwells@gmail.com.

STEM Committee News: March 2013

Dear Honey Creek Community,
Calling all Science Olympiad Coaches and Participants!
The Honey Creek STEM committee is eagerly anticipating the 2013 Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO) which will be taking place at Pioneer High School on Saturday, April 20th. Honey Creek will once again be recruiting 2nd – 5th graders to take part on our team!
Official event descriptions are now posted on WESO’s website: http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/wesowizards.home/home.
Please take a moment to look at the event descriptions and talk to your child(ren) about participating. We are not only looking for interested students to be on the teams but parents as well to coach them. If you might be interested in being a coach or if your child would like to compete on a team please let Sara Brintnall know at your earliest convenience.
WESO is a lot of fun for participants and their families and we would like to encourage all students to consider joining the team.
Sara Brintnall
Honey Creek Science Olympiad
Team Organizer
sarabrintnall@hotmail.com or
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