Archive | November, 2017

Music Notes November 2017

Greetings Music Parents!


This past month has been full of new and interesting things for the musicians at Honey Creek!


Concert and Informance:

They are really excited about showing you what they know at our Informance and Concert in December!  The concert is scheduled for December 14th and will take place in the gym as we won’t all fit in the Cafetorium.


Google Classroom:

5th Grade and Middle School students are all signed up for Google Classroom, which is a web based class management program. All discussion, assignments, assessments, etc will be located on that website. Students need to sign in and check the classroom daily, as it will be frequently updated throughout the day. Parents will be notified by Google Classroom in the form of a digest of their assignments, which is emailed to you weekly. If you are not receiving these emails, please let me know.


New Website:

Everything you need to know to be successful in band is located on 2 places on the web. First is the Google Classroom page.  Second is the new music webpage!


Here you will find everything from a fingering chart for the clarinet, singing parts for Music Lab, to a bucket drumming demo video. You can even watch the cool video stories your K-1 student might tell you about at the dinner table! With this new site up and running, I will be posting very limited information on the WordPress site, mostly just the Honey Bunches of Notes.


New Equipment:

In an effort to locate some more equipment for the Band (our percussion most specifically) I came in contact with Dan McCourt in Pontiac. Dan owns The Greenhorn Project, which takes in instruments from districts that are upgrading or dissolving, and sells them to other districts, either repaired or as is, for a huge mark down. So far I have purchased another xylophone and a floating bass drum concert band hoop. You will see both of these instruments in action in December. The next instruments I am saving up for are timpani.


Class by Class

K-1 – We are spending a lot of time this semester working on rhythms, playing new instruments, and using our voices to make music. We listened to some scary music by Edvard Greig called “In The Hall of The Mountain King” with a little animated sled rider that moved with the music. We are learning the rhythmic difference between a quarter note and an eighth note and how to count them.


2-3 – This month we focused a lot on rhythm and playing multiple parts.  We also started to learn and sign solfege and play a cool new game called The Forbidden Word!

4-5 – We have been the busy over the last month learning a full piece on buckets for the concert, complete with stick tricks! We are also learning music and choreography to “Cold Snap” from the musical “Flakes”.  We also have our sights set on after the winter break when  we will be learning to play recorders and participating in an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra program called “Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks!” in cooperation with Carnegie Hall. Information about recorders will be coming out in the next newsletter.


Firebird Band – We are working our way through the Standard of Excellence book with gusto! We are already on number 23!  Students have weekly playing tests that are recorded and submitted through Google Classroom. If they are having problems logging in to Google Classroom, please let me know.  There are videos on Google Classroom on how to record and submit a test.  As stated above, parents should be getting weekly reminders about missing assignments in their email.


Phoenix Fire Band – We are tackling three pieces for the Winter Concert, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Dark Adventure, and The Funky Turtle. We are learning a lot about the next stage of being a musician, listening, blending and tuning our sound into one performance.  Phoenix Fire does not have practice journals anymore, but rather have weekly playing test to be submitted through Google Classroom.


Music Lab – We are performing music in small and large ensembles on ukulele, learning a choir piece in Swahili, and performing a small ukulele choir finger picking piece for the December concert. There are helpful instructional guides, recorded sign and play along tracks, as well as sheer music on the Weebly site.

Middle School Science News November 2017

Middle School Science

“That’s Life!”
We are well into our unit on Ecosystems as students are researching and developing description of organisms that live in the biome of their choosing. After understanding adaptations and interactions that can happen in the nature, students are “creating” some experiences that will be interesting to see at the Curriculum Celebration in January. Different mediums of presentation will be available to view and we are hoping to complete this before Thanksgiving Break.

After School Programs Update November 2017


ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS: January 26th; April 6th & 13th; and May 4th.  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:  November 23rd & 24th; December 25th-January 5th; February 15th-19th; March 26th-30th; May 28th; and June 14th.


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

Girl Scouts  K-3 ACH 2-8 – FULL (10/10-12/19) Chess K-8 (10/5-11/30) FLL 4-6
Cub Scouts K-8 Swim Lessons K-8 (10/10-12/19) Spanish K-8     

(til 5/17)

FTC 6-8
Theatre 4-8 (10/2-12/8)- Full Italian K-8 (9/26-12/12) Homework Club K-8 (11/9-5/10) Girl Scouts 4-5
Aerial Silks 4-8 (10/9-5/14)
Art K-8 (10/9-12/11)
JrFLL 1-3
FLL 4-6
FTC 6-8


Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board.  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., Rock Band, 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



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.  The microwave only works occasionally.  Also, 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.



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.


Students may submit their hours at any time, as awards may be ordered at any time.


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!


PTO News November 2017

HCCS families –

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s Harvest Dinner, both within our school community and our wider community!  Thanks to Chef Chris Chiapelli and his colleagues, particularly those at the Black Pearl and UM Campus Farm, we fed about 200 people, and earned about $1200 in profit to use for initiatives for Wellness Committee this year, including Farm to School activities, Edible Garden, Mindfulness classes for both children and teachers, and more! Also, a big thank you for all the volunteers!  We want to give a special thank you to the Middle School.  In addition to the students who worked so hard on the Haunted Stage, there were also many others who ran activities throughout the Fall Festival.  
Please join us for the next PTO meeting in the PIT at 2:20 on November 10th. Aftercare is free if you are in the meeting.
In November, look forward to social events that the room parents are setting up.
Thanks again for all your volunteer help this year! As always, the more we do the better experience for the teachers and kids of wonderful community school.
Enjoy all the November holidays!
Alison, Carla, Ann, Janet

Director’s Note November 2017

Greetings all,


Its that time of year when we need begin planning for winter weather. We do not follow Ann Arbor Public Schools, and our decision to close will be based on predictions and actual conditions on the ground. Generally, Honey Creek will not close for cold weather; however, if the cold is accompanied by blowing and drifting snow causing unsafe driving conditions we will close. Once the decision is made, we will send out an email, post on our website, notify local television and radio stations, and if you have registered, send a text through REMIND. If you would like to receive text notifications of school closings, please use the link below and follow the instructions on the page. If you have subscribed to text notifications in prior years, you do not have to sign up again.


Sign up to receive Remind texts for school closings


Finding a balance between maintaining a safe environment and providing community access is always a challenge. To keep the school secure and safe we need the support and cooperation of our families. Here are a few of our expectations:


  • Do not exceed the posted speed limits on the driveway.


  • Pull up to the curb when picking up or dropping off students. Do not double-park.


  • The C-Wing drive is only to be used for bus service and deliveries. Do not pick up or drop off students in that area.


  • Enter the building through the main entry. The doors by the cafeteria and A-Wing are for staff entry and exit only. (I will unlock the doors near the cafeteria for after school and evening events).


  • Never block a door open.


Your cooperation in keeping the building secure and safe for all of the building users is greatly appreciated.


Our third through eighth grade students will begin taking the TerraNova assessment in November. Results of the assessment will be available in early December.


Finally, I’d like to thank all of you who participated in the “Tools for Schools” challenge. Your participation allowed us to pull ahead in the final days, and we accepted a check for $1000.00 from Old National Bank on October 25th.


Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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