Media Center News
March is a busy month in the Media Center!
The main focus in March is to have students explore and develop a love for reading. Students begin the month with a Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair provides students with an opportunity to select books of interest, not necessarily a book on their reading level. This is so important for students as they explore their interests and make the connection with literature. Most books range $7 and up. Shopping will take place during their Media Center time during the week of March 2nd.
Next up is an author visit. Shelley Johannes is a local author who has written an adorable book called "Beatrice the Upside Down Thinker". Beatrice is a girl who does all her best thinking while hanging upside down. This story is infused with humor and focuses strongly on the character. Her zany adventures will keep you wondering what will come next! We are excited to have Shelley Johannes visit Havel Elementary on March 18th.
Students will have an opportunity to explore a wonderful online library as well. www.storylineonline.net hosts a collection of wonderful picture books read by recognizable actors. The read aloud format allows students the opportunity to "hear" literature and provides a wonderful example of the importance of voice when reading. The stories come alive and provide an unique experience for the students.
Maker's Space is focused on the genre of FairyTales and problem solving skills. Students will solve a challenge based on familiar fairytales. These STEM activities provide students with teamwork challenges and helps them explore their role as a team member.
March is set aside to emphasis the importance of reading but we know reading is important all the time! Take a look at the chart below and see how simply setting aside just 20 minutes a day for your child to read each day can make such an amazing impact on their overall learning!
As always, thank you for sharing your child with us each and every day...we are truly "lucky" to have them as a member of the Havel family!
End of 3rd Quarter
It is hard to believe that the end of the third marking period is drawing near. The marking period ends on Friday, April 3rd, and a report card link will be emailed the following week to all those with a PowerSchool account. I am very proud of the staff and students here at Havel Elementary; everyone has been working very hard to be successful. The MSTEP (state testing) scores from last year reflect the hard work and dedication our staff and students have put into teaching and learning. This year, the MSTEP tests will take place following Spring Break, and run through the end of May. Tests are planned for fifth grade following Spring Break in April, and for third, fourth and sixth grade beginning late in April and running through May. Parents of students in these grade levels will receive a communication noting specific testing dates, and an electronic flyer with more information and links to the MDE website with practice assessment questions.
Don’t forget that we have no school Tuesday, march 10th and Spring Break with no school is scheduled from Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10. School resumes on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Keep Warm! Spring is just around the corner!
Importance of Handwashing
Handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Handwashing is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. When your family is healthy, you don’t have to worry about missing school, work, or other activities.
Help your child develop handwashing skills:
Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game.
Give frequent reminders:
Building handwashing skills takes time. At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. But once handwashing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day, they will practice it throughout their lives.
Lead by example by washing your hands:
Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults in their lives. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you’re setting an example for your children to follow.
What if soap and water aren’t available?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol, and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you can.
Baby wipes may make your hands look clean, but they’re not designed to remove germs from your hands. CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water when possible.
Remember to make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play!
Fact sheets regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
We want to share with you a series of important links that have been created related to student and family health. Both the Center for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health have created fact sheets regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The information is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html - Center for Disease Control and https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71550_5104_97675---,00.html - Michigan Department of Public Health. As always, we encourage students to practice healthy habits such as proper hand washing and coughing or sneezing into a sleeve or tissue, as well as staying home when sick, to prevent germs from spreading.
Havel Art Show
Tuesday, March 17th, 5-7pm
41855 Schoenherr Road
Sterling Heights, MI
For the last several weeks our Havel artists have been hard at work creating wonderful pieces for our upcoming school art show. The school art show will be Tuesday, March 17th from 5-7 pm. All student artwork will be framed for a professional looking presentation. In addition, all the frames are available for purchase for $29. Cash and check are accepted and all proceeds go to new art supplies for your students.
Dates To Know
10th- No School- Teacher PD & HVL Panda Express Restaurant Day (see flyer below)
11th- 1st grade field trip to DNR Outdoor Adventure
11th- Kindergarten Open House
12th- Snack Cart
13th- Vision screening for 1st, 3rd, 5th grade students , 6th Grade Bemis Visit & Almost To Bemis Lunch
17th- World Social Worker Day, Art Show 5:00-7:00 & Wear Green Day
18th- Reading Month Assembly
19th- Snack Cart
Utica Community Schools Career and Technical Education Department is sponsoring:
Career Expo 2020
When: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Where: Eisenhower High School
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Students in grades seven through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 100 career representatives will provide information on job opportunities, education and training, on-the-job experiences and wages. The Expo serves as an opportunity for students to explore career possibilities. Students will also have a chance to meet with CTE teachers to learn how high school classes can align with their career objective. If you have questions, would like additional information or have persons interested in participating, please contact our Career Consultant, Dyann Pugliese, ext. 6809 or Dyann.Pugliese@uticak12.org.
20th- School Store
23rd- Rink Night
26th- Snack Cart
30th- College Shirt Day
31st- Drumming Concert 6:30
1st- 6th grade SMART MOVES celebration ceremony 1:30
3rd- 1/2 day of school 12:04 dismissal
6th-10th- No School- Spring Break
College Fair 2020
When: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Where: Henry Ford II High School
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Students in grades nine through twelve, parents and staff are invited to this free event. More than 70 colleges, universities and trade schools will provide information regarding post-secondary options.
How the 2020 Census Affects Children
The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:
· Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
· Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
· Maternal and child health programs.
Visit the link for additional information and video clips on Census-taking: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html.
Make it Count for Students: Participate in 2020 Census
Utica Community Schools is joining area communities in helping to share information about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.
Participating in the census survey will have a positive impact on the resources that the communities receive from the federal government, and local programs for students is no exception. The census data is used to determine federal funding levels by determining the number of residents and the needs of the community.
The census also provides funding to address key community needs for road improvements, housing, block grants and student college loans.
Census materials are scheduled to be mailed in mid-March with information on how to complete the questionnaire online, by phone or mail. More information is available at http://census.gov/.