Hamilton Newsletter!

Leadership Academy!

February 23,2017

A Message from Mrs. Weissenberger

Hi Hamilton Parents,

Parenting is tough because we love our children. Since highly effective teachers also love their students, they struggle with the same temptations. We want the best for them. We worry about them. We sometimes feel panicked because they don't always make the choices we expect.

Lots of intense feelings can muddy our minds and leave us forgetting that we can’t talk our children (students)…into being safe, responsible and respectful. In fact;

The more words we use when things are going poorly, the less effective we become.

Many excellent and loving parents and educators are faltering. Not because they lack skills. No. It’s because they talk too much while they’re using their good skills.

Run an experiment: see what happens if you simply use fewer words when things are going poorly. The odds are high that you’ll be glad you did.

Remember teaching our children the 7 Habits of Happy Kids will give them the tools they need. So a simple question like, "Did you think win-win" could go a long way to getting your children to make great choices!

The School Musical is Coming!

Hamilton Elementary will be doing a theatrical production on The Jungle Book Please come and support the Bobcats by watching the show on April 21st from 6:30 to 8:00. The cost to see the show is $5 for adults and $2 for school aged children.

Message from the Instructional Coach

Picture This:

Good readers form mental pictures as they read. To improve your child's reading comprehension, try reading a book without letting him/her see it. Then, ask them to guess what the illustrations might look like. Example: how are the characters dressed? Is the setting bright or gloomy?

Be There!

Regular attendance in elementary school sets up a good pattern for your youngster's entire school career. Show your child that school comes first by trying to keep days off for illnesses and family emergencies. Also, schedule routine doctor and dentist appointments for after school or over school breaks.

Line Them up

Sometimes our students get math problems wrong simply because they haven't lined up the numbers correctly. Try this: Have your youngster do problems on graph paper using one box per number. Once he/she gets used to this system, she'll be able to transfer her lining-up skills to regular paper.

The Hamilton Sock Hop is coming! Join us this Friday!

Mark the calendar for February 24th! Bring the whole family for a fun night of dancing and more! Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served. Entry to the dance is FREE!
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Read Across America!

Students will enjoy people from the community coming on March 2, 2017 to read to classes. If you would like to volunteer to be a reader, please contact jannekebriggs@yahoo.com.

SPIRIT DAYS for Read Across America Week!

February 27: Foxiest Sock Day! Where your crazy socks!

February 28: Silly Hat Day

March 1: Grinchiest Day! Where GREEN!

March 2: Come as your favorite book character.

March 3: Crazy Hair Day and wear RED and WHITE Day

Square Art! Last Chance to Order!

Hamilton has until February 24th to place orders for the amazing art!

It’s not too late to order your child’s keepsake art. The order deadline is quickly approaching. Act now to receive *free shipping, which is only available during the fundraiser sale.

Three Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Online: www.Square1Art.com/Shop
  2. Phone: 888-332-3294
  3. Paper Order Form on the back of your child’s custom catalog

Remember, your child’s access code is located on their catalog.

*All orders ship to the school.

Together, we can help support the school, build your child’s self-esteem and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

PTA Meeting is Coming Up! March 3, 2017 Following the morning assembly.

Bylaws will be updated! Please attend!

There will be a presentation about CHROMEBOOKS by Ms. Anderson.


March 10th! This is a free event! Please come and enjoy a fabulous evening!

Annual Fund Spring Event! Kentucky Derby is the theme!

Annual Fund Spring Event!
Mark your calendars, Bobcats! The Annual Fund spring event--with the theme Derby Days (fantastic hats anyone?)--is coming up on Friday, May 12. This is always a fun and fabulous event and it tends to raise a nice sum for our school, because it includes online, silent, and live auction components. Guess whose help we need to make it all happen? Yes, YOURS: auction items are typically solicited or donated by members of our community! Please consider making a donation yourself or approaching local businesses that you patronize--your favorite restaurant, the place you go for a haircut, your gym...do you have a craft you can share? In the past, people have donated hand-knitted or hand-sewn items. Do you have a talent you'd be willing to donate--photography? Computer trouble-shooting? Organizing? Other successful donations have included special event tickets, sporting event tickets, or opportunities for local tours or adventures. Also, please keep in mind that no item is too small--whatever you donate, we can group it with other items into a larger basket that will bring in a good . All donations must be at school by Monday, April 3 (drop them in the front office, labeled AUCTION: Attn Nichole Anderson.) So please, start thinking about how you can help. Want to volunteer in any capacity with this event? We'd love to have you: email Connie Kwok at ceekwok@gmail.com. Thanks!

Camp Pali is Coming Up!

The Hamilton 5th Graders will have the option to attend Science Camp at Pali! They will be attending camp April 12th to April 14th!

Spring Break!

Hamilton will be closed for Spring Break on March 20th to March 24th! Enjoy your break!

Hamilton is participating in a math pilot! Ready is here!

Students have access to the I-Ready component on the website through their Clever Account. Teachers and students are completely trained and rocking the implementation. All student have completed the diagnostic assessment and are working online and in text books. Great job Bobcats!

CAASPP Testing is in May!

Testing will start May 1st and continue until May 15th. Please try to have your child here everyday, but even more so if they are in 3rd through 5th grade. Please try to avoid pulling out early or missing school for appointments during these dates.
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