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After Care News: June 2012

SPECIAL CLUBS:  We will soon be planning activities for the 2012/2013 school year.  Please email afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us if you are interested in running any of these activities (or others) next year:

4H Baseball Writing Drums     Football Orchestra Rockets & Robotics

Yoga Knitting/Sewing Gymnastics Crafts Fitness Soccer

Language Lessons (Chinese, French, German, Spanish)  Campfire Study Skills

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

Art News: June 2012

The year has come to a close and I am very proud of the spectacular amount of hard work and creativity that has gone into each project during this wonderful school year.   Our K/1 classes have finished up their hot air balloon projects and had a fantastic trip to the University of Michigan Museum of Art.  Our 2/3 classes wrapped up their Jasper Johns alphabets, and 4/5 classes completed their Picasso portraits.  Middle School students did a wonderful job finishing their optical illusions in colored pencil, and elective has done wonderful work on their final projects, taking inspiration from an artist of their choice to create a piece of art.

This has been an absolutely wonderful second year at Honey Creek for me, and I am so excited to come back in the fall and continue to work with our creative bunch!  I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!  Be sure to check out Artsonia to see some our awesome final projects!  www.artsonia.com/honeycreekcommunity1

Music News: June 2012

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend our Spring Performance. It was a wonderful show and the students did a fantastic job. We have learned so much in all the music classes this year and the bands and choir have created such beautiful music.  I would like to remind any student borrowing an instrument from the school, that it needs to be returned to me for summer maintenance and storage. I would also like to invite the parents of next year’s fifth grade students to the beginning band meeting on the first day of school next year, Tuesday, September 4th at 12:00 pm. A representative from Marshall Music will be present to speak about the instrument rental process. Recently, these upcoming fifth grade students had the opportunity to try-out band instruments and pick their top three favorites. I will be emailing these parents with their students’ selection a week prior to the meeting so they can discuss instrument choices and be prepared for the meeting. If you have any questions please contact me at kgates@hc.wash.k12.mi.us I wish everyone a fun summer and remember to practice your instruments!   

Cross Country Team News: June 2012

Greeting Parents and Future Honey Creek XC Runners,

Cam McCord started Honey Creek’s first cross country team this school year and the Phoenix harriers performed outstandingly in their inaugural season. With Cam leaving, I am excited to take the reins this fall and continue the fun and unique athletic environment already established.

To help plan for the fall, below are scheduled meets our student-athletes will participate in; including Honey Creek’s first ever invitational! We hope to add additional meets and those dates will be shared as they are scheduled. I will be sending out an email with a summer workout program.  This workout is geared toward runners and individuals who are planning to play a fall sport or those who just want to stay active over the summer.

I am looking forward to the upcoming season and working with Team: 2




Dual Meet vs St. Thomas (AA) @ Honey Creek
Thursday, September 27, 4:15 PM
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades

Gross Point Academy Invitational @ Gross Point
Thursday, October 11, 4:15 PM
6th, 7th, 8th grades

Honey Creek Invitational
Tuesday, October 16, 4:15 PM
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades

Hillel Academy Invitational @ Farmington Hills
Thursday, October 25, 4:15 PM
6th, 7th, 8th grades

Practices will be held Tuesday-Thursday, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Physical Education/Swimming Notes: June 2012

I would like to say thank you to all of the students for working so hard this year throughout PE and Swim! You all did a wonderful job and I’m so proud of you!

I would like to say thank you to all of the staff and administration at Honey Creek for the continuous support, insight and for helping me grow as an educator.

And lastly I would like to thank the parents for all of the help and support during PE Play Day, student/staff basketball game, field hockey, after school basketball and most importantly encouraging your child/ren to participate to the best of their abilities during their PE/Swim classes.

I am proud to say that at the end of this school year 100% of 2nd-8th graders are deep end swimmers and 40% of our K1’s are deep end swimmers. This is solely due to their hard work and determination to succeed.

Once again, thank you all. Honey Creek will always have a special place in my heart.

Middle School Language Arts: June 2012

We wrapped up our mystery fiction unit with a variety of activities.  We played the board game, Clue, then watched the movie.  We have read a few of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, and then during the last week of school, we watched one of the episodes of the modern BBC series, “Sherlock.”  Finally, to finish off the year, we will be playing a murder mystery role playing game.  What fun we have had!

In order to reduce summer lag, make sure your middle school student keeps up their skills by continuing to read (beach novels work!) as well as write (summer journaling?) daily!  See you all in the fall!

Elizabeth Scott

Later Elementary News: June 2012

With the school year ending, 4/5 students have reflected on their language arts learning this year.  It has been a really fun and informative task.  Below are some quotes from these reflections, but make sure to check out your student’s essay!  I also want to thank all families for their support this year as students worked through some really challenging independent projects.  Fifth graders should be feeling very confident about their ability to tackle middle school projects and fourth graders are very well prepared to manage these projects more independently next year.

Some essay quotes:

  • In language arts class I have found many skills we learn to be useful.  One example is our myth assignment. I’ve never liked speaking, or been good at it.  Reading myths has also never been an interest of mine.  With this project we not only had to read and memorize a myth, but take on a character and retell it.  This was very difficult for me, and although I didn’t do great, it helped me–5th grader
  • I think I learned the most when we read Maniac Magee.  I observed how the author wrote and used what we discussed to improve my own writing–5th grader
  • The reading this year changed me a whole lot.  I’ve got better writing because of that–5th grader
  • I like that we got to work in groups sometimes and the projects were fun, not boring paper worksheets-4th grader
  • I learned a lot this year.  Some stuff was the same as 2/3, but in a more complex manner–4th grader
  • What had the biggest effect on me is my writing.  I used to write in long blocks but Johnny helped me put them in paragraphs and now I love writing–4th grader

I’ve greatly enjoyed working with your kids this year in social studies! They are an insightful, thoughtful, and highly capable crew! We ended the year discussing the lead up to the American Revolution, and while we didn’t have a chance to address the conflict itself I believe students came away with a relatively clear picture of why it happened. I wish you all the very best for an enjoyable and relaxing summer filled with interesting and thought provoking social studies related conversations!

Middle Elementary News: June 2012

Thank you for sharing your 2nd and 3rd graders with us this year!  We look forward to seeing the wonderful things that await your child next year.

The 2-3s had a Spelling Bee organized by students Kira Sheibar and Eli Atkinson.  The winner was Eli Atkinson, although we applaud all of the 18 contestants that volunteered for this event.

Many children also participated in the Track and Field events that Darnell organized in late May.  Are we lucky to have Darnell working with our children, or what?   In terms of luck, Mary, Salli and Tammy are also grateful to Mary Masson, the Minnock boys’ grandma, who has been and will continue to be working with the 2-3 teachers to strengthen our reading and writing instruction.

We had a great time exploring plants in our last science unit.  There are so many opportunities to continue the plant study that we will also incorporate plants next year into our Native American and Michigan history units.

Summer is a great time to keep up all the great reading your child has been doing!   While you’re doing that, please support the PTO Read-A-Thon and keep the Run-Walk-A-Thon on your calendar for September 29th.  A few math facts here and there would also really help keep the skills sharp.

Early Elementary News: June 2012

Thank you all for an incredible year! It has been such a pleasure to get to know your children and to watch them grow over the course of the year. Thank you for all the different ways you have supported our work in the classroom and for being such an important part of the school community.

Many parents ask us about options for practicing academic skills over the summer. If you wish to do so, there are many options. After school has ended, you will receive your child’s final CPC, Continuous Progress Chart, via email. (If you need a paper copy instead or haven’t received it electronically by the end of June contact the office.) The CPC will include your child’s final reading level. You can consult the reading level guide we handed out at the beginning of the year to see what kind of books to read over the summer.

If you wish to practice math with your child over the summer, you can use the packet of word problems we sent home during the previous math unit to solve problems at your child’s level. In addition, our students will have access to their Compass Learning accounts over the summer. The website is http://www.thelearningodyssey.com/ , the school name is honey creek and your child’s user name and password are the child’s first initial and last name (for a few children it is first initial, first initial of their fist last name, then last name).

Wellness Committee News: June 2012

Thanks to all volunteers who helped with the rainy Earth Day celebration on May 7. Although much of it was indoors the kids still got to get their hands in the dirt and had a lot of fun with the indoor games.

Thanks, too, to all parents who provided fruit for the fruit bowls this past year! The kids benefit from these fresh snacks. Fruit bowls will be available in the classrooms next year too.

Summer Wellness meetings are being planned for June 25, July 26, and August 16. If you are interested in attending one or all of the meetings, please contact Jane at janeden@sbcglobal.net or Deb at tantrefarm@hotmail.com for more details.

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