Hilton Weekly Newsletter
Friday, March 22nd, 2019
M-Step Testing for 3rd and 4th Grade
The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress begins at the end of the month. While effort and success are important, we don't want students to feel anxious about the test. Practice problems are available, along with a tutorial on the various tools students have available during the testing. Click the gray bars below for instructions on accessing sample questions and test taking tutorials.
4th Grade Testing - 4/29 through 5/10
3rd Grade Testing - 5/13 through 5/24
Testing will be typically take place in the mornings, Monday through Wednesday. Please be sure to arrive to school on time and do your best to avoid scheduling appointments or pulling students during these times. More specific schedules will be shared by individual classroom teachers.
Click here for the MDE Web page with instructions for taking a sample test
Important Dates to Remember
4/1 - School Resumes
4/9 - PTO Meeting at 2:30 p.m.
4/12 - Movie Night
4/19 - No School / Records Day
4/29 - Begin M-Step Testing for 4th Grade
5/13 - Begin M-Step Testing for 3rd Grade
Hilton PTO will be going paperless. For the 2019/2020 school year, MySchoolAnywhere.com (MSA) will be the only source of contact to sign up for events. If you have not done so already, please go to www.MySchoolAnywhere.com and create an account. The invitation code is “hiltonexplores”. You can also download the free MySchoolAnywhere app. This website hosts many features including the school directory, event forms, event registration, event planning and sign ups, and paypal access. If you have any questions please contact the Hilton PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next PTO meeting will be held on April 9 at 2:30 pm. The meeting will take place in office conference room. Please join us to offer your support and ideas.
Jump Rope Club (Fridays February - May)
It is that time of year again to keep our students active during these cold winter months. Starting every friday from February 1 to May 10 (8:00am - 8:47am), student(s) can be dropped off early to “burn off” some energy prior to the start of the school day. Registration is only through MySchoolAnyWhere. There is a requested donation of $5 per family. You can come and jump for as many of the Fridays that you like. So if you missed the first one (or two or three) you can still join in the fun. We also ask to bring a change of shoes (gym shoes preferred) to keep our gym clean on wet and snowy winter mornings. We are also looking for volunteers to help turn ropes and supervise. To register and/or volunteer, please visit the MSA site at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w
Movie Night (April 12)
The next family movie night will be on April 12. The movies and times will be posted soon.
Popcorn Friday (April 26)
The next Popcorn Friday will be on March 26. For $0.25 (or a Toe Token) your child(ren) can purchase popcorn popped by Hilton’s parents during lunchtime. To volunteer, just visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w.
Hilton Hound Dog Apparel
The following websites are local businesses which now sell Hilton Hound Dog items. Please check them out.
Finland & Fawn Boutique
Artsonia Online Art Gallery
Everyone should have received an email to approve access to Artsonia. The artwork created by our students will be now uploaded to this new online art gallery. You will be able to view your child(ren)’s art online, share with others, create a fan club and order keepsakes. Volunteers are still in the process of uploading artwork to this new system. So please keep checking back. If you have not received an email for approval or have any questions, please contact your PTO at HiltonPTO@gmail.com.
Hilton Recycling Program
Hilton receives money for recycled paper! There is a green dumpster outside the school located next to Hilton Road. Every Friday, Ms. Michael’s class collects recycled paper throughout the school and places it in the dumpster. You can donate also! But only paper please (no cardboard or phone books). It is an easy way for our school to earn money while teaching students how to protect the environment!
Hilton is now enrolled in the Kroger Rewards Program. Please support the school by linking Hilton Elementary to your Kroger Rewards Card. Hilton’s number is 68151 or you can just type the school’s name in the search window at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards.
How fun would it be to shop, while at the same time, earning money for our school? Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com) is through Amazon.com, in which they donate money for most items purchased through their website. The fun part is that the website keeps a running total on your account to see how much money you donate to
the school just by shopping with them. Check out this 30 second video to see how you can add a shortcut to your (mobile) home screen to ensure all your Amazon purchases benefit Hilton Elementary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWgglu7ZCDE.
Coca Cola/Powerade Give
Attention all Coca Cola and Powerade drinkers! Another way to earn money for Hilton Elementary is through the Coca Cola Give Program. By collecting Coca Cola caps and and codes, Hilton can earn money to purchase supplies for physical education, sports, technology and/or arts. Most Coca-Cola beverages that have a product code under its cap, or printed on its paper packaging, are eligible to be used for donation. Here is a link to the reference list of participating brands https://us.coca-cola.com/participating-brands. Please collect these clean items in a plastic bag and send to school with your child. There is a drawer in the office for collections.
If you are planning to volunteer at school at all this year, BAS requires a background check. Here is the link to complete this step: http://www.applitrack.com/brightonk12/StartForm.aspx?id=3993825.
Hilton Elementary PTO Mission Statement
We as parents wish to support the entire teaching staff and administration to make sure each and every child at Hilton Elementary School has a variety of learning opportunities and experiences.