Archive | March, 2015


STEM Committee

Teams are forming now for the HoneyCreek Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad (WESO).  This team-based event is for 2nd through 5th graders, and is a wonderful opportunity for students to acquire STEM-related knowledge in a fun, team setting.

Sign your child up to be a part of one (or two) olympiad event teams.  Detailed description of each event team may be found at: http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/wesowizards.home/home;

There are also opportunities for parents to volunteer as a coach or assistant coach for an event.  (Anyone can volunteer as a coach so even if you do not have a 2nd – 5th grader at Honey Creek, please consider coaching one of our teams.)

Please contact Head Coach, Sara Brintall for more information.  Online sign-up is possible by clicking here.

Director’s Note March 2015


March is Reading Month and it will be a very busy month at Honey Creek. This Friday, March 6, we will hold a Read In from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Feel free to join us; just bring your favorite book! On March 24, students are encouraged to wear clothing with words on it. Please keep it appropriate, and on March 27 students are encouraged to dress as a favorite book character.

We will also be holding our Talent Show and dinner on March 13. This is always a fun event, so I hope to see you there.

I also hope to see you at the Wellness Committee’s follow up to their first movie night. Dr. Elizabeth Koschman of the U of M Department of Psychology will be presenting on tools children can use to cope with anxiety.

Speaking of anxiety, many students and parent experience anxiety over transitioning to middle school. To help parents better understand this transition, I will be hosting two middle school transition meetings. The first will be from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. on March 24, and the second will take place from 2:15 to 3:15 P.M. on March 30.  Both Meetings will be held in the PIT.

Finally, I was quite disturbed by two incidents that I observed in our parking lot last week.  The first incident involves one of our youngest students. The child ran from the     car unaccompanied and sprinted between two large snow piles in to the main drive without looking. Had a car been passing it would not have seen the child. The second incident involved cars passing on the main drive. Please keep in mind that this is a one-lane drive. We have many children moving among cars, and we want to keep each and every one safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The speed limit on campus is 15 MPH.
  • The entire stretch of the main drive is a no passing zone.
  • Turn signals should be used whenever entering and leaving the drop-off lane.
  • The drop-off lane is a no parking zone. If you need to leave your car, park in the lot.
  • Young children often break away from their adult and run into the drive between parked cars. Be alert.

I know that all of us get in a hurry at times, but I also know that all of us want to keep the children safe. Your support exercising safe driving practices is greatly appreciated.

All the best,


March is Reading Month!

Welcome to March is Reading Month!

All across the country, schools will be celebrating March is Reading Month. Monday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which is commemorated as Read Across America Day. Honey Creek’s reading celebration will be a Read-In on Friday, March 6, from 10AM-11AM.  Honey Creek students, High Point students, and kids from Gretchen’s House will all be part of a kick-off event in the gym and then have time for reading. We are excited for this opportunity for the schools to collaborate.

The Honey Creek/High Point Literacy Committee (yes, it is a new committee!) put together the March calendar (see below) to provide some other reading inspiration for students and families.  It has some optional ideas, so choose the ones that work for your family.

We are happy to share the news that ALL Honey Creek students qualify for a free Ann Arbor Library card even if they don’t live in Ann Arbor. You can print the application http://www.aadl.org/files/MinorsLcardappREV02-14.pdf and take it to any branch.

Students need to show proof (report card) that they attend Honey Creek. The adults signing will need to show photo identification.

Happy Reading!

From the Literacy Committee (Dianne Baker, Stephanie Boling, Tammy Hall, Michelle Manthei, Dianne McLaren-Brighton, Karen Larson, Liz Scott, Renee Swart, Johnny Thompson)





Talent Night/Dinner

The Talent Night festivities are less than two weeks away!  Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 13th at 5pm.  More details, and your opportunity to volunteer,  can be found by following this link to the SignUpGenius.

We are pleased to announce the menu for this year’s Talent Night –  a yummy brunch-style meal, including specially-prepared fritatas (with meat and veggie options!). Full details here.

Many adult hands are needed, so please consider how you may contribute to the success of the event!

The Honey Creek PTO Website has been kept thoroughly updated with this year’s details, please check it out!


Art Exhibition Deadline:  Art must be submitted by Friday, Mar 6th to guarantee inclusion.

A printable application form, with rules, can be found at Art Application.

Advertising Space Available!  Gold Sponsor still needed!

If you own a business, big or small, this is a great chance to inform the Honey Creek community.  We need your ads to make a successful Talent Show Program!

Download our advertising/sponsor Rate Card

Board News March 2015

Board News, March 2015

The board met on February 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm. Present: Greg White, Yvette Atkinson, Christine Kelley, Karen Andrews, Nina Nabors, Pamela Reister, Angela Tracey, Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Karen Giltrow, Sue Hofbauer, Mary Bassett.

Highlights included updates on ongoing board goals, which were clarified at the board retreat in February. The board continues to work toward improved communications and marketing, gathering information on potentially replicating our efforts (in additional K-8 or high school facilities), looking at ways to improve revenue, and board development.

Governance committee recommended, and the board approved, nomination of 9th board member: Steve Rich. He will join us in March. Rhonda DeLong has agreed to co-chair the newly formed Branding and Marketing committee, and the board is grateful to both individuals for being willing to volunteer their time.

Angela Tracey notified the board that she will be resigning in June, in order to more fully turn her attention to the needs of the Honey Creek Foundation. The board expressed gratitude for her continuing service.

There will be three vacant board seats to be elected in the spring. The board agrees that areas of need include finance and banking.

Upcoming events:

  • March 13, 2015 Talent Show/Dinner 5:00p.m.
  • March 20, 2015 Conferences, ½ Day of School
  • March 25, 2015 Board Meeting 5:30p.m.
  • March 27, 2015 Conferences, ½ Day of School
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