Hillcrest Staff ARTery

We are the heART of Hillcrest!

The week of May 16th - 20th

Bus Duty:

AM - Beth, Tracy & Emily

PM - Kari, Amy B. & Rachel

Treats: Cici & Lee

Word of the Week: Fairness

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Monday, May 16th (Day 1)

  • Grade 4 final week with Soli Hughes
  • 8:30 - 9:15 - VISION K-2 Team Meeting


Tuesday, May 17th (Day 2)

  • 8:30 - 9:00 - Staff Meeting


Wednesday, May 18th (Day3)

  • 8:20 - 9:00 - SWIM team meeting/Caroline's room
  • 2:15 - 3:30 - 4th grade residency community celebration/stage


Thursday, May 19th (Day 1)

  • 8:30 - 12:00 - Principal's Meeting
  • 12:30 - 3:45 - Dress rehearsal for Variety Show


Friday, May 20th (Day 2)


  • 9:45 - 12:00 - 5th Grade Valley View M.S. trip (18 students)
  • 9:45 - 11:00 - Variety Show
  • 1:30 - 3:45 - Variety Show


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY PAULINE!!!

Upcoming Events

MAY 24TH - GRADE 5 FESTIVAL/INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM

MAY 25TH - PATROLS TO VALLEY FAIRS/HAWKS ROLLERSKATING

MAY 26TH - ELA END OF THE YEAR PROGRAM/STAGE/LUNCHROOM

MAY 27TH - OLYMPIC DAY

MAY 30TH - MEMORIAL DAY

Staff Meeting Schedule

5/17

  1. Infinite Campus Preview
  2. Update from VISIONS
  3. Classroom Placements
  4. Calendar for Next Year - Conference Nights Vote

SPECIAL THIS MONTH

High Blood Pressure Education Month

National High Blood Pressure Education Month marks the “kickoff” of high blood pressure prevention and control activities for the year. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched the first “Month” campaign in May 1974. About 100 national organizations cooperated in the campaign and over 200 organizations coordinated activities in their communities during the month.


NHLBI invites community groups, civic and faith-based organizations, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, and workplaces to renew activities to prevent and control high blood pressure. Below is a list of NHLBI resources that program planners may use in their activities for National High Blood Pressure Education Month:


Information for Patients and the Public


Information for Health Professionals

ARTFUL LEARNING

COMPAS Artists Coming to HC

February 1 - 5: Gita Ghei w/ 2nd Grade

February 2 - 24: Joko Sutrisomo w/ Music

February 16 - 24: Tri Sutrismo w/ PE

February 22 - 26: Anne McFaul Reid w/ 5th Grade

March 14 - 18: Marie Olofsdotter w/ 3rd Grade

March 28 - April 1: Christopher Lutter-Gardella w/ 1st Grade

April 4 - 8: Mick la Briola w/ ELA and TBD

May 2 -6: Mica lee Anders w/ 5th Grade

May 2 - 20: Soli Hughes w/ 4th Grade

Tech Update

Keyboarding Skills

As we plan to move to 1:1 devices next fall in grades 3-5, teachers, principals and parents have expressed a desire for students to develop proficiency in using keyboarding skills. In response to that feedback, please see the attached presentation for a recommendation from Learning and Teaching and Technology about teaching keyboarding skills in grades 3-5.


Contact Holly Skadsem or Rachel Gens with questions or concerns.

Other UPDATES

MRC for Next Year! Help recruit!


Hillcrest Community School has been awarded Minnesota Reading Corps 1.5 tutors! We will have 2 Elementary Literacy Tutors next year, who will work with kids who need a boost to catch up to grade level in reading. Minnesota Reading Corps tutors are AmeriCorps members and do not replace teachers. Every year, the program sees real growth in its students. Here's what you should know:


We are recruiting now for our Elementary Literacy Tutors who will serve at our school for 11 months, beginning in August. Tutors provide research-based interventions to Kindergarten – 3rd grade students one-on-one, who are just below proficiency in reading (Tier II children). They tutor each student daily for 15-20 minutes to build phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency skills. Reading Corps provides our school with the expertise of an outside literacy consultant (Master Coach) who provides support and oversight by visiting the school regularly.


Please help spread the word about our open position. If you know someone who might be interested—a graduating college student, a friend in career transition, a grandparent or stay-at-home parent—please direct them to www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org to learn more and apply.

Coaches Corner

To become engaged readers, kids need to see themselves in books. Therefore, this week's engagement strategy highlights the "How Do I Feel?" question by providing a resource shared by Marshall Memo for educators to find books that feature diverse topics, content, and characters that reflect the diversity of the students and the schools we work in. Check out the website:

www.weneeddiversebooks.org/where-to-find-diverse-books to learn more!


“Where to Find Diverse Books” in Educational Leadership, February 2016 (Vol. 73, #5, p. 8)​

Our weekly staff newsletter!

This newsletter will come to you every Friday afternoon for the upcoming week. If you have any information, small business items, or events to share, please email the title, narrative, and specifics to Jane or Calvin.