Hilton Weekly Newsletter
Friday, February 12th, 2021
Hello Hound Families,
It was a great week that culminated with our Valentine's celebrations. Although a little subdued compared to years past, the kids had a great time and really enjoyed the gift of giving. I especially enjoy the cards and treats I receive. The students are so excited to share with me and the office staff. Thank you for including us on your list.
Student Safety is our #1 Priority
Thank you for you support with drop-off in the morning. It is critical for student safety that drivers wait until 8:35 when supervision is visible on the sidewalk to release children to school. If you arrive early, you are welcome to park and wait until drop-off begins
Below Zero Arrival
Below Zero Arrival involves students entering the building directly upon arrival. Temperatures fluctuate so the decision is often made close to arrival time. BAS uses the Weather Underground website for temperature data. The website can be found on the Hilton and BAS Website by clicking the snowflake at the bottom of the mainpage. The WU app tends to have different data, so we go strictly by the website information that is collected from the main street weather station in Brighton.
Coming up the week of February 22nd is Kindness week. Families can order 'Be Kind' T-Shirts by visiting the Ivory Vines website (ivoryvines.com) and clicking on KINDNESS WEEK.
Order your 'Be Kind' t-shirts here:
Virtual Round-Up / JK and Kindergarten
Kindergarten round-up will be virtual this year. On Tuesday, February 23rd, each elementary will be hosting a virtual presentation about kindergarten offerings in the Brighton Area Schools. Families can attend either of the building presentations, and they will all be recorded, so viewing can take place after the live event. Here is the link for the enrollment page that includes presentation links for each elementary.
Here is the link for the Enrollment page:
Kindergarten Round-Up Flyer link:
Spread the Word - Kindergarten Round-Up
If you or anyone you know have children starting JK or Kindergarten next year, registration opened on February 1st. It's always a challenge to reach families that don't have children in the system, as we don't have means to notify them. Please share this information so we can get everyone registered as soon as possible. All the information is available on the district website. More details, including the link to the website can be found further down in this newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Important Dates to Remember
2/18 & 2/19 - Vision Screening
2/23 - VIRTUAL Kindergarten Round Up - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
3/12 - No School - End of Trimester 2
3/29 - 4/2 - No School - Spring Break
4/5 - No School - Records Day
Kindergarten Enrollment & Kindergarten Round Up Information 2021-2022
The Elementary Principals of Brighton Area Schools will host a VIRTUAL Kindergarten Round Up information meeting for parents on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the kindergarten programs and meet the Principal! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Come join us virtually on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD @ 6:30-8 PM .
QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS DIRECTLY - Hilton 810-299-3950.
Enrollment for fall opens on February 1st for JK and Kindergarten
Get your enrollments in early.
The link for the Enrollment page is below:
Welcome to the Counselor Corner!
This month I will be visiting classrooms to talk about Empathy and standing in the shoes of others. By looking at multiple perspectives we gain a better understanding of how our actions impact others and the world around us. We will discuss how others may feel in a given situation and where they are coming from. This provides an avenue to learn what we can do to best support our family, friends, and peers when they need us most. This tool of empathy is important for effective problem solving, working in a group setting, and having compassion for others.
Lets Connect: If you are noticing some behaviors that are interfering with your child’s success in the classroom, please feel free to complete my parent referral form and we can work together to determine if supports are needed at school.
More Resources: The Elementary Counseling Team also has the BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home!
Hilton & Hawkins Elementary
Rachael Fox, NCC
Hawkins & Hilton Elementary
Free Lunch for Families Extended
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended nationwide waivers to provide meals to all children during the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year under the extended summer food service program. These program flexibilities are now available through June 30, 2021.
February 2021 PTO NEWS
Dates to Remember:
February 15TH Science Fair Projects are Due
February 16TH -19TH Hilton Explores Virtual Science Fair
February 18TH Family Science Night-Zoom Call 6-7:30pm
TBD Virtual Snow Day Contest (Details Below)
February 22nd-26th kindness week
Thank you so much to everyone who donated their time and energy to Hilton’s Exploring Careers Week! All the videos were fantastic, and the kids loved learning about new career fields. Mary Beane, we could not have done it without you! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Also, a special Thank You to Dan Ripke Studios and to the Michigan Humanities Grant Council for the Arts & Humanities Touring Grant award! You can still check out the Explorations in Music video series at the link below.
Virtual Snow Day Contest
Next time we have a snowy day with good packing snow, the PTO will be holding a virtual snow person(or whatever you want to make) building contest! This contest is for In person and BVA families! We will vote on the best creations with 4 family prizes to give out. So watch for the snow, have some fun, keep your camera handy, and pay attention to our Facebook page for more info! Email email@example.com with any questions.
JK-4th grade can enter the Exhibition! Our 3rd and 4th graders have the choice of choosing to submit their project for the exhibition or into the judged competition.
All Submissions will use an outline (either JK-2nd, or, 3rd-4th) to record a quick video, showing their project on Flipgrid. From 2/15-2/19 students will be able to log into our virtual Science Fair and check out all of the entries!
Sign up for Hilton’s 2021 Science Fair by clicking the Sign Up Genius link below!
Full rules/directions, ideas, report cover sheets, and links to upload are attached to the sign up genius link below. Projects are due by 2/15. Judged 16th-17th, and the winners will be announced on our Zoom Call, 2/18 @6pm.
Judging will take place 2/16-2/1. If you would like to be a judge sign up below!
Flipgrid Links to upload projects!
JK/K Exhibition Link
1st/2nd Exhibition Link
3rd/4th Exhibition Only Link
3rd/4th Judged Competition Link
Here is also a link with directions to record a video on Flipgrid:
Virtual Family Science Night
Our Zoom call will start at 6 pm, when we will announce our Science Fair winners, and show the 3rd/4th grade, 1st place winners videos live. Then, Mad Science Detroit will take over at 6:30pm and students will hear a story of how Frosty ate too many cookies, and now can't fit through the door of his house. He'll need our scientific magic to help him return home! Watch as our special Snowman is defrosted right before their eyes! As a special treat, you’ll get to see some hair-raising fun as we learn about static electricity with our Van de Graaff generator. The audience will also discover how Jack Frost can fill an eight-foot air bag with one breath! Then, as a grand finale, our wacky Mad Scientist will introduce the audience to a mysterious North Pole rock that turns out to be Dry Ice!! Using the Dry Ice, the Mad Scientist will make bubbling potions, popping corks, shivering quarters, and clouds of fog!
After the show from 7:10-7:30, everyone can participate as our Mad Scientists guide you through a few winter-themed experiments with a few easy to find around the house items.
Directions and Instructions are in the Padlet link below.
Topic: Science Fair Winners and MAD SCIENCE DETROIT
Time: Feb 18, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 7895 7108
Want easy access to everything Science Fair/Family Science Night in one place ? Our Padlet link below has everything you need, including the Zoom call link!
February 22nd-26th is kindness Week for BAS! Ivory Vines will be selling Kindness shirts and hoodies for students to wear on Friday the 26th. the money raised from the sales will be donated to local charities for mental health. Purchase link below! https://www.ivoryvines.com/kindness?fbclid=IwAR31oLZ5Tv3Qd01ZZHwsDvxD3dkdMuTjVTRiaqi38TKBV8FWHhnhTiyZe0c
Year books are still available for purchase for $10.00 each. If you would like to order a yearbook from last school year for your student(s) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up to date on PTO events and meetings by joining our Facebook group at the link below. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1458617914425145/?tsid=0.21661656490501457&source=result
Hilton still earns money every time you shop Amazon when you use Amazon Smile!
Log into Amazon Smile , click menu, click your amazon smile, and select Hilton Elementary School PTO as your charity! Amazon Smile is the same site as Amazon.com, but they donate a small percentage for most items purchased to back Hilton.
Digital Box Tops
Download the app at the link below, select Hilton Elementary School, and scan your receipts for up to 14 days after you shop! https://www.boxtops4education.com Do you have paper box tops still? Send them into the school labelled PTO in a Zip lock bag.
Did you know that you can link Hilton Elementary to your Kroger Rewards Card? Hilton’s number is 68151 or you can type the school’s name in the search box at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards.
Coca Cola/PowerAde Give
By collecting Coca Cola and PowerAde caps and codes, Hilton can earn money to purchase supplies for physical education, sports, technology, and art. Caps can be placed in a zip lock bag, and dropped off to the PTO Station in the office.
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.”