Hilton Weekly Newsletter

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Principal's Message

I'd like to thank the family volunteers, PTO board, PTO event chairs and everyone else for the effort put forth to make the start of the school year so amazing for our kids. I also enjoy being outside, getting to know the adults in the Hilton Community. The kids love seeing you out there, and so does the Hilton staff.

A note from the office:

Please remember to call the office when your child(ren) will not be in school even if you've contacted the teacher. Attendance line is 810-299-3954. You can leave a message. Thank you!

Literacy News!

Calling all readers! Click the link below ( Red Wings for Reading) for information about an exciting reading opportunity! Readers can win tickets to a Red Wings home game! Participation is easy; the deadline is January 31, 2019.

Super Digital Citizens

This week in STEAM we continued our quest to be good digital citizens. Our 1st - 4th-grade classes were engaged in a new game called Interland where they learned how to be internet awesome! There is a link on the Hilton and STEAM Center websites if your child would like to play at home. In addition to the game, we also made Super Digital Citizens. These will help remind us to be safe online.



Counselor's Corner by Scott Storey

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Power of Positive Connections

Anxiety in students is at an all time high. Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport, authors of The Behavior Code, state that 27% of adolescents experience anxiety. Another eye opening statistic showed that children who were the most anxious in autumn of first grade were almost 8 times more likely to be in the lowest quartile of reading achievement and almost 2.5 times more likely to be in the lowest quartile in math achievement in the spring of first grade. When thinking about making and keeping positive connections, it is important for us to look at ways we can forecast different experiences that kids have. This could be for special events, parent leaving for a business trip, a new experience such as a sport, babysitter, etc. Forecasting is an easy way we can help to decrease the anxiety our kids may be possibly feeling.

Visual Schedules/Checklists

Used to forecast and structure A.M. and P.M.routines. Gives kids an idea of what is to come and what is next (especially when the concept of time has not been learned). Can be as simple as sticky notes breaking up tasks, class schedules of what a day looks like, or mapping out the major themes or goals of theday/week/month.

Peer Intervention

Giving students a visual model of a peer that they can focus on. Ask them about a student who always gets in trouble or a student who always seems to be called or is chosen by teacher. What does their outward behavior look like, what are they doing during transitions,what does their voice sound like. If siblings are present using them to restate directions or to be a positive example for a certain period of time (while at the table,

shopping, etc.)

Breaks (without consequence)

Allowing students a way out when feeling overwhelmed or frustrated (a walk in the hall or around the backyard, refueling station or safe spots, a hood up with head down, time on phone).


Allowing time for students to process new expectations, rules/procedures or preferred tasks. Provide warning verbal and/or visual prompts of

the transition that is about to take place (30 minutes to bedtime, 15 minutes until brushing teeth).

PTO News

PTO Meetings

The next PTO meeting will be held on October 16 at 2:30 pm. All parents of Hilton students are members of the PTO. Please join us to offer your support, ideas, and most important, to make this an amazing year for our students.

Hound Dog Run Celebrations

Thank you for all the donations this year. The students raised $14,628! That is an amazing amount. Our hard working students met all the the school's goals. Therefore their rewards have started this week. Thursday was DJ Mr. Eisele at recess. Next week on Monday (October 15) will be the obstacle course. Please have your child(ren) wear gym shoes. The following Monday (October 22) will be paint the mural. This event will entail the students throwing “paint balls” at a mural to create art for the school. Please dress your child(ren) with easy washable clothes. The paint will come out of clothes if they happen to get some on them. That Friday (October 26) will be free popcorn and tattoos at recess. The tattoos used will be the ones your apply with water so they can easily be washed off when ready. If a make up day is needed for any event, it will be held on Friday, October 19.

Toe Token Challenge Results

It was once again a great event for everybody. The kids had so much fun earning their tokens. Below lists the winners this year.

Students with the most laps

(Sky Zone Family Fun Pass)- 1st place is Caden Fischer

2nd place is Zachary Hedgcock

Class with most laps

(XL popsicle party and Rollerama skating party)- 2nd Grade Mrs. Shah

Class with most laps per grade level

(Popsicle class party)- JK/K Mrs. Sleeper

1st Mrs. Johnson

3rd Mrs. Beane

4th Mrs. Michaels

Congratulations to everyone!

Lego Block Party (October 2, 9, 16 and 23)

Does your child(ren) like to build with Legos? Lego Block Party is available for students (JK-2nd grade) on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm. Students can stay after school to free build with thousands of Legos! Let their imaginations and creativity run wild as they build and bond with their classmates. It is not too late to sign up. Here is the link


Hilton Fall Family Festival (October 26 6pm-8pm)

Mark Your Calendars! Our fall festival is open to all Hilton families and friends! Halloween costumes are welcome but must stay in the school guidelines! Wristband and Ticket pre-sales will begin October 22nd. We’re looking for volunteers to run games and concessions and need cake walk & soda pop donations. Small cakes or plates of cupcakes, brownies or cookies are needed! Please bring items packaged in groups of 4 items or less. Big Cakes will be cut and separated into smaller portion prizes. Store bought or homemade items are welcome, No nuts please! Soda Pop packs of 12-24 are needed for our Soda Toss Game! Donations can be dropped off in the office on Thursday the 25th or Friday the 26th. We’d like to collect about 100 items of each! Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=5080b4aada62daa8-hilton3&useFullSite=true

Free Popcorn Friday (October 26)

The next Popcorn Friday will be free!! Congratulation Hound Dog Runners!

Hilton Family Movie Night

Please mark your calendars. The first family movie night of the year will be held on November 16. More information will be posted soon.

Background Check

If you are planning to volunteer at school at all this year, BAS requires a background check. Here is the link to get that done:


*My School Anywhere- New Online Directory, Store, and Sign Ups*

To join the directory, please visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/join.a5w to input your child’s information and privacy settings. Hilton’s invitation code is “hiltonexplores”. This site will also be used to send PTO updates, sign up for events and after school clubs, accept donations and hold emergency contact information. You can also download the MySchoolAnywhere app to your smartphone to receive updated information on the go. If you don’t want personal info on the directory you can opt to not share. Your information will then only be used for emergency purposes.

Box Tops (October 26)

Please continue to collect box tops. The next deadline submission will be October 26. You can send them to school in a plastic bag with your child’s name and teachers name on it. In the past, money raised through this program financed the field trip transportation as well as granted up to $100 to each classroom for much needed supplies.

Kroger Shoppers

Hilton is now enrolled in the Kroger Rewards Program. Please support the school by linking us to your Kroger Rewards Card. Our number is 68151 or you can just type our school name in the search window at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Amazon Smile

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 Give

Attention all Coca Cola drinkers! Another way to earn money for Hilton Elementary is through the Coca Cola Give Program. By collecting Coca Cola caps 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.

Important Dates to Remember

10/16, 23 - Lego Block Party

10/16 - PTO Meeting - 2:30 p.m.

10/18 - Picture Day - see online order info below

10/26: Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

10/26 - Hilton Fall Family Festival - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

10/26 - Popcorn Friday - .25 per bag sold at all lunches

10/31 - Hilton Halloween Parade - 2:15 p.m.

Lunch Schedules

11:15 a.m. - JK / Kindergarten

11:45 a.m. - 1st Grade

12:15 p.m. - 2nd Grade

12:45 p.m. - 4th Grade

1:15 p.m. - 3rd Grade