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4/5 Newsletter April 2017

Later Elementary

It’s time to learn about the people who make our world and history interesting!  We are taking on historical and current figures while we learn about biographies!  Students are working on writing a biography of their person, but the big attraction for them is the presentation of the 4/5 Wax Museum!  We’ll be turning the hallways of C Wing into an informational and exciting museum, one you have not ever seen the likes of!  More information will be coming soon about the date, as it turns out April is a very busy month!
5th graders are scheduled to start the MStep testing this month.  4th graders will follow on in May.  Additional math units and extra language arts will be taught to the level that is not testing, so that both levels will receive the instruction by the end of testing cycle.
Science has been rocking and rolling!  We’ve been covering water’s place on Earth, and how it works with the atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere to shape our planet.  We spent time learning about the water cycle through an interactive game and we learned that every drop of water doesn’t necessarily cycle through every possible place water goes on Earth!  Learning about rivers and bodies of water and how they help shape our landscape was interesting!  Ask your student to tell you how rivers move over time, and what oxbow lakes are!  We’ll move on to energy topics for a bit, to tie in with the technology project of Wigglebots.  Then, we take our planetary study into space and cover more about our planet.  So many journeys to take through science!

2/3 Newsletter April 2017

HBON 2-3 Level

 

Language Arts/Social Studies: The middle elementary students have been learning all about the Erie Canal and how it brought immigrants to the Michigan before it became a state. We are currently reading Erie Trail West, a historical fiction book which takes place on the Erie Canal. A family experiences  hardships along the canal while moving to their home which is in Howell, Michigan. We are working on narrative writing using the writing process to develop topic sentences, good leads, details and concluding paragraphs.

 

Math/Science: With Jessica P’Simer’s assistance and integration of technology, the students developed an I movie trailer based on 2 D and 3 D shapes. You will be able to view these short video clips during May’s Curriculum Celebration. Balobby Land was our focus for math by learning about area and perimeter. The students developed floor plans of a Balobby room and are writing about rules and regulations to integrate what they have learned about government. We continue to work on practicing our math facts, time, money, and regrouping. Force and motion is the unit for Science and we are exploring about what it means to do “work” and how force is applied through various experiments.

 

The students will be taking a field trip to the Ann Arbor Hands On Science Museum on Tuesday, April 25th to learn more about force and motion.

Literacy Committee News April 2017

Thank you to everyone who took part in and/or helped with March is Reading Month!
The month began with the Read In which included High Point students and Honey Creek students and some fun opportunities for Honey Creek students to read to High Point students. Everyone who attended the Read In enjoyed a presentation of The Giving Tree. Thank you to the Honey Creek theater group for their performance.
We appreciated Marta, Jeannie and the specialized improv group for transforming the greenhouse for the month to have a special spot for reading.
One of the highlights of the month was having small lending libraries throughout the building. All of the grades had access to some new books.
Plans are in the works for some ways for students to get summer reading material. Once again, we are asking the community for your donations of gently used books. Watch for the marked boxes in the A wing and the lobby as we collect books through May. More details will be emailed out to the community.
Thank you for your support!
The Honey Creek/High Point Literacy Committee

After School Programs April 2017

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS:April 27th, and May 5th.  If you have not already registered online, please register by emailing afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.  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 3rd-7th; May 29th; and June 14th.

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

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Girl Scouts  K-3 (til 6/5) Skateboarding K-8 (til 5/16) Black Belt K-8 (til 4/19) Chess K-8 (1/19-5/18) Aerial Silks 3-8              (1/20-6/2)
Props Club 4-8

(1/23-4/17)

Flag Football 6-8 (til 5/16) Spanish K-8     (til 6/7) Theatre I & II 4-8 (1/12-4/20) Spanish K-8    (til 6/2)
Theatre I 4-8 (1/9-4/17) Italian K-8 (1/17-4/18) Handwriting 2-5 (March 8th-5/31) FTC 6-8 (1/26-4/20)
FTC 6-8 (1/26-4/25) Field Hockey 2-4 (4/13-6/1 or 6/8)
Art  K-8 (til 5/16) GOTR 3-5 (3/16-5/25)
GOTR 3-5 (til 5/23)
Swim Lessons K-8 (til 5/16)
Volleyball 2-8      (til 5/16)

 

 

Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board.  Planning will now begin for Fall 2017 for  and stay tuned for the activities listed below and others.  Please email afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us if you are interested in leading one of these activities or would like to suggest others:

 

4H, Ballet, Baseball, Campfire, Capoeira, Chinese, Cooking, Crafts, Cross Country Skiing, Dance, Drums, Eco-Maniacs, Electronic Music, Fitness, French, Gaming, Garden, German, Golf, Guitar, Guys on the Go, Gymnastics, Harp, Hip Hop, Japanese, Juggling, Knitting, Korean, Open Swim, Orchestra, Personal Training, Photography, Pilates, R.E.C.E.S.S., Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Sewing, Soccer (K-8), Speed Stackers, Spiral Scouts, Star Fleet Academy, Strings, Study Skills, Stunts, Tap Dance, Tech, Tennis, Tutoring, Writing, Yoga, Youth In Government, Zumba

 

RECESS & LUNCH

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, and mittens or gloves in order to play in the snow and sled.

 

CAFETERIA MICROWAVE USE:  Please do not send your children to school with lunches that need to be microwaved – ESPECIALLY if your child needs assistance.  We do not have enough adults available to help prepare student lunches, and Honey Creek staff will not be held responsible for burned lunches or students.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Please keep our fabulous camp with field trips, daily swimming, and flexible scheduling, and specialty camps on your list of summer fun.  Although we work hard to keep our camp affordable, did you know that any and all excess summer camp funds directly support our school?  Please forward this information to friends and colleagues who may also be interested and encourage them to email us so we can add them to our list.  In the meantime, LIKE us on Facebook!  https://facebook.com/HCCSsummercamp/

 

SERVICE LEARNING

Service-Learning and building a spirit of service in order to positively impact the world are core components of Honey Creek Community School’s mission.  Curriculum-Based Service-Learning happens in the classrooms, but many students are motivated to serve others outside of school hours as well.  Each year we recognize students and families who spend 50+ hours/year serving others with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

 

The deadline to submit hours is June 14th, 2017.  An awards ceremony will be held the following year to honor all recipients.

 

In the meantime, thank you for supporting our students as they learn to become philanthropists: giving of their time, talents, and treasures to benefit the common good.  In short, thank you for being heroes!

 

Board News April 2017

Board Meeting Summary from March 22

 

Director’s Report:

Assessments: WIDA assessment of our English language learners will be completed on

Friday, March 24.

Evaluation training: Al will be participating in training on the Danielson framework, including two days of observations with the Danielson trainer in other districts.

Data management: Kim Gallagher is in the process of compiling TerraNova data from the past two years into Excel. Once the data is entered we will have the ability to determine student growth in the various subjects and assign that growth to specific teachers.

Food sales: All food sales between midnight and thirty minutes after the end of the school day must now be reported to MDE. This includes bagel sales, Girl Scout Cookies, and any other food sales in that time period. We’re working with Dexter Food Services to create an expedited reporting approach.

Wellness: MDE now requires each school building to have a wellness committee. We will be working with Dexter Food Services to create committee that represents all stakeholders in our building.

Facilities: The ISD will be replacing the vanities and sinks in our A-wing classrooms during spring break.

 

Governance Committee

Governance Committee did not meet.

 

Finance Committee

  1. Discussion of next year’s school schedule and impact of reducing the number of half days.
  2. No new management company update yet.
  3. Discussion of recent MLive article on school funding (http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/trumps_budget_would_scrap_120m.html)

 

Communications and Outreach Committee

External Communications

Marketing Materials

We’ve been awarded $500 towards the production of our branding brochure. We’re finalizing the files currently and will begin production ASAP.

Community Outreach

Email reminding the community of the importance of participation drafted, currently under Board review

Social Media

We are reviewing the HCCS Facebook properties and beginning consolidation into one “official” page. We need to recruit and plan for social media manager going forward.

Website – ADA compliance

We’ve requested an estimate to assist in the ADA-compliance website project; still awaiting a quote. Plan is to solicit a grant to cover cost.

Internal Communications

Liaison with Faculty

Discussion about continued need for informal discussion about ongoing communication issues and potential improvements.

Teachers have requested new employee handbook and compensation outline; administration is working on these.

Liaison with PTO/Foundation/High Point

We’re preparing to send out job descriptions of open PTO positions. Room parents will be asked to send out an email directly to classrooms to push volunteerism and remind them of parent pledge. Discussed email campaign to differentiate these from all the other types of email.

Foundation

  • Pi Day—distributing flyers
  • Trivia fundraising event in the spring
  • Alums—launch effort in spring
  • Discussion of when to make next fund transfer to school
  • 2016 best year yet for fundraising. Spring appeal to follow.

High Point

Goal is to finish HC calendar sooner to better coordinate with High Point and reinstate joint teacher appreciation lunch. High Point may try to make space for their teachers to participate in lunch. HP asking HC kids to buy spirit wear.

PTO News April 2017

April rain is upon us and we are starting to see the renewal of life. April brings spring break renewal and Earth Day celebrations. The school will celebrate together on the 21st. We can also celebrate by assisting with the garden cleanup from 10-4 on Saturday April 8th and taking care of the seedlings in the greenhouse. Please reach out to Tom Kovacs if you are able to help out. As a family, you can also look around your own city for earth cleanup opportunities.
The talent show dinner was amazing once again and the talent HC students provide is a wonder. The eighth grade trip earned over $2,000! Thanks to all that came and showed your support. Remember that we need new volunteers to run the talent show next year if we are going to keep the show a staple at HC. If you are interested please email Alison and hccs.pto.cochair@gmail.com.
As we look to May, remember the 1st-5th is teacher appreciation week. The PTO will do something for the teachers every day that week. Please make sure you are also taking a moment to recognize all your teachers do for your kids.
Have a wonderful renewal month,
HC PTO
Alison and Sharon
Co-Chairs

Director’s Note April 2017

Greetings all,

 

Welcome back! I hope that you found some time to enjoy our spring break. Along with all of the rain, April starts the spring testing season for grades 1 through 8. As all assessments are now online, individual teachers schedule class testing to limit loss of instructional time and as technology is available. Your child’s teacher will share the assessment schedule with you.

 

The Board of Directors and administration continue to review our school calendar. We understand the challenges associated with floating half days, and plan to reduce the number of half days to the number we have had during previous years. The added half days will now be full days. This means that while we meet the state required number of school days, we greatly exceed the number of required instructional hours. We anticipate reducing the number of hours by shortening the school day on Fridays. The dismissal time on Fridays would be 2:10 pm. Dismissal on Monday-Thursday would remain at 3:15 pm. If you would like to provide feedback on this change to Friday dismissal time, please follow this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8ZBH3CJ

 

Have a great April!

 

Al

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