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PTO News 2017

Thanks to all that made teacher appreciation week a success. We are so happy to have the wonderful community of teachers and staff.
The garden cleanup date was fairly successful this year with the Honey Creek families partnering with Gretchens’s House families to weed, build garden paths, and lay compost in the Honey Creek playground and A-wing gardens and the Gretchen house playground gardens. With additional help from K-1 classes, Erica Melnykowycz, and several Honey Creek classes on Earth Day we were able to plant nearly all seedlings and seeds in the gardens. The playground garden has peas, kale, and turnips now visible and onions, broccoli, lettuce, shallots, carrots, arugula, and various herbs while the A-wing garden has blueberry plants, cabbage now visible, and potatoes. The only cold-season plants not planted are strawberries, which the girl scouts will plant in the A-wing garden on Monday May 8. I will lead a Honey Creek garden caretaker meeting on Wednesday May 17 at 3:30 PM. We will meet outside the greenhouse. Anyone interested in helping out with the caretaking of the Honey Creek gardens are invited. All that is necessary is watering, weeding, and harvesting.
The wellness committee has lots of volunteer needs:
1) 4/5 Maturation Unit May 11 – The Wellness Committee puts together a goodie bag for the 4/5’s health unit coming up.  The materials are already purchased, we just need a volunteer to sort and bag them on Thursday, May 11 during school. It should take one person less than an hour. Contact janeden@sbcglobal.net
2) PE Play Day June 2 – The Wellness Committee assists with PE Play Day by providing fruit, water/water bottles, sweat bands, and popsicles.  We need one helper to buy and bring fruit that day (you will be reimbursed) and 2-3 helpers to move large water jugs to the field. Contact jjosefos@umich.edu
3) Farm to School 2017-2018 – Throughout the year the Wellness Committee sponsors a monthly Farm to School Try-It day which features samples of local fruit or vegetables in the cafeteria. Big thanks to Eric and Christine for running this program this year!  Next year we will need more champions!  Please let us know if you are interested in helping with this program. A lot of the planning is done during the summer months and you will have help. Contact janeden@sbcglobal.net
4) Edible Garden Caretakers Summer 2017 – The Wellness Committee also sponsors the Edible Garden. Tom Kovacs is helping coordinate caretakers this year. Sign up here to help.
The PTO has put together a volunteer listing for all the fun events and jobs we need filled at our school for next year. Please consider signing up for one of these jobs so they do not go unfilled for next year. When we become a member of HC, we pledge to volunteer to make this school more successful. There are a lot of volunteers positions for our small family, please make sure you are fulfilling your pledge.
As the year draws to a close, we want to especially thank all that give their time and resources to make our school the best it can be. Don’t forget to do your part as and lobby for our school using the letter that was sent via email on May 1, 2017. If you need a copy please email hccs.pto.cochair@gmail.com.
Thanks again,
HCCS PTO

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