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PTO News: May 2013

We are still looking for a SECRETARY for next year’s PTO Executive Committee. The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes at all meetings, maintaining a permanent file of meeting minutes, sending out correspondence as needed, and taking care of other paperwork as needed. Executive Committee members have one additional meeting per month, to organize information and to plan for the all-school meetings. The co-Chair, Chair, and the Treasurer also serve on the committee.

We would like to vote in the new officers at the May meeting. Vacancies are filled by a majority vote of members present at the meeting.

April has been an intense Earth and Science month for the PTO. In addition to Earth Day, the Science Olympiad, and the STEM Fair, the NASA team has won first place for the 9th grade level, large team division. (3 divisions per grade level, 7th – 12th). This is a national competition, through NASA and the National Space Society.  The team – composed of current Honey Creek Students Zoe Jackson, Evan Fortson, and Patrick Quinn and HCCS alumni Laria Reynolds, Kaya Kurdak, Alex Quinn, Matthew Koziol, and Will Brighton – has been invited to attend the International Space Development Conference in San Diego and present their project at the conference.

Earth Day: We had a wonderful Earth Day, with collaboration and participation from all of the teachers, from the school staff and administration, from the PTO committees, and from a hoard of volunteer parents. This was a gigantic effort, and we appreciate everyone’s help and contributions over the past year. In particular, thank you Jody Klein for making it all come together, the Middle School team for running Save the Recycling, Andy for the obstacle course, Doug and Bill for setting up and taking down, then setting up and taking down again, and the 34 additional parents and teachers who volunteered their Friday to make it work.

Science Olympiad: Honey Creek teams had a great time again this year at the Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad. Students and coaches worked hard for the months leading up to the Olympiad, with fifteen teams learning about architecture, aerodynamics, birds, circuits, chemistry, space, rockets, and more. We’d like to give a huge thanks to Sara Brintnall for coordinating the Honey Creek effort, to Karen Andrews for a huge commitment to coaching and support, and to all of the coaches, students, and families whose hours of effort paid off in fun and knowledge.

STEM Fair: Congratulations to all the kids (and parents) who participated in the 4th Honey creek STEM Fair, for their creativity, scientific curiosity, and hard work! We had an amazing array of STEM fair projects, from dissolution tests to video games to investigations on mummies, microscopic minerals, invasive species, volcanoes, oil spills, geocaching and all sorts of engineering marvels, science experiments, and many more. A huge thank you to all the wonderful members of the STEM Committee and Honey Creek community who worked so hard to make the STEM fair happen: Serena Poli, Nadine Wang, Karen and Tim Andrews, Bruce Worden and Vanessa Mayesky, Bill VanLoo, Adam Druckman, Alicia Schuster, Al, Shellee, Karen, and Doug. We also couldn’t have done it without the many volunteers who signed up to help run the fair itself and to help make the potluck a success. Thank you!

UPCOMING PTO EVENTS

Mark your calendars:

• Bagel Fridays: Relax with breakfast at the school on Friday mornings (or the last school day of the week). Bagels, cream cheese juice, and SCRIP.  Oh, my!

• May PTO Meeting: Friday, May 10th, 8:30-10:30 AM

If you would like to add an item to the PTO meeting agenda or have a concern with which the PTO may be able to help, please contact the PTO Chair, Mike Birdsall, m.g.birdsall@mbirdsall.com, or co-Chair Catie Wells, cgbwells@gmail.com.

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