Hawk Weekly

October 14th-18th

Creative Corner With Mr.Pangborn

In the art room we have had a great start of the new school year and I am very excited to be your child’s art educator.

Here is a brief description of some of the assignments that we have worked on so far. All artwork is based on UCS curriculum guidelines and state benchmarks & standards.

Lower El: In kindergarten we cut, painted, and colored Symmetrical (the same on both sides) butterflies. These butterflies also received colorful antennae. We also created a still life painting of a vase and flowers. In first grade, students made symmetrical African mask using construction paper, raffia and tempera paint. For Autumn, they created leaf rubbings using crayon and watercolor paints. In second grade, American female artist Georgia O’Keeffe inspired us to make large flower paintings. In addition, we fabricated warm color leaves with a cool color background boarder. The leaves were made in the style of author/ illustrator Eric Carle. Third graders made “Picasso Heads” that were created using two angles of a face and painting with fluorescent paint. For their seasonal lesson, nature inspired us to create an autumn tree using a sponge painting technique.

Upper El: Our fourth graders worked on creating abstract expressions. These paintings were created using geometric shapes to create a work of art that was not intended to look realistic. Students used oil pastels, crayons, markers, and watercolor paints. Fourth grade students also created three-dimensional fantasy bedrooms using fake fur, pipe cleaners, fabric, and construction paper. These room are based on a famous painting “Bedroom at Arles” by Vincent VanGogh. Fifth Grade students created Aztec ceremonial clay mask using gold paint, feathers, and faux gemstones. “Mask in space” were made by using watercolor and tempera paints and by carving through the paint with the end of the paintbrush to make their mask designs. Students designed six different Aztec masks and picked the best design for each of the two related assignments. Sixth graders honed their skills of observation by drawing from actual shells. In addition, we used leaves to create a fall composition focused on the use of warm and cool colors.

James Pangborn

Art Education Specialist

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Artist of the month for October are Elyse and Samantha!

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Now that we’ve made it through the start of the year, attendance is becoming the issue rearing

its head once again! Our Parent/Student Handbook states the importance of attendance with a great deal of clarity. It says, “Optimal educational benefits can only be achieved through a

student’s regular class attendance, active class participation and serious commitment to the

educational program. Setting an expectation of good attendance forms a habit of lifelong benefit, as school attendance is often repeated in the workplace.” It also clearly states those items that are considered acceptable reasons for missed school under “Student Responsibilities” which include:

• Student’s illness

• Hospitalization

• Doctor-ordered bed rest

• Mandatory court appearance that has been prearranged

• Death in immediate family

• Family vacation that has been prearranged and approved

• Early dismissal

• Administrative permission

Absences resulting from school-sponsored activities are excused.

Outside of these acceptable reasons, other absences are unexcused. We know that attendance matters. Students with 10 or more absences in a marking period are over 50% more likely to fail. That should be common sense. As parents, you’re the gatekeeper to this process and we’re grateful for your support! If you have questions about attendance policy at UCS, please visit our student handbook page on the Website for more information.

Digital Citizenship Week

Our school is joining others throughout the nation in marking Digital Citizenship Week during October 14-19, 2019. Digital Citizenship promotes the safe and effective use of technology for our students and is integrated throughout our programs. It remains an important strategic direction for Utica Community Schools and addresses important concepts such as cyberbullying, evaluating on-line content, digital foot printing and privacy. While we focus on digital citizenship throughout the school year, we ask that you take time this week to be familiar with these concepts and how we can continue to work together for our students. There are parent resources and more information available on our website at: http://www.uticak12.org/ucsdigitalcitizenship. We are also using a social media tag #ucsdigitalcitizenship to post resources on our social media sites. You can view all school and district sites are: http://uticak12.org/socialmedia.

Halloween Parade- 10:00

Our school wide Halloween parade will take place OUTSIDE on the blacktop near the kindergarten classrooms at 10:00am. (If it rains we will be parading in the gym, so make sure any guests have photo id just in case!)

Anyone is invited to attend the parade as we showcase our spooky costumes, sparkles, smiles, and favorite heroes/characters! If you plan on attending your child's classroom party YOU MUST SHOW PHOTO ID and sign in at the office. Specific party plans are up to grade levels/individual teachers, for more information reach out to them!

BHC Health Weekly Announcements

For the Weekend Friday- Did you know your body has lots of water in it? you lost water all throughout the day without even noticing it. For the weekend try to focus on drinking water!

Mindful Monday- We always need to be mindful of our actions, but sometimes we fall short. Think of the week to come and decide how you would like it to go.

Tell Your Neighbor Tuesday- Vegetables are very healthy of our bodies, my favorite vegetables is ___________. Tell your neighbor your favorite vegetable.

Wacky Fact Wednesday- A bunch of bananas is called a hand!

Think About It Thursday- We should be eating each food group every day. That means you should eat fruit, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy foods. Think about it as you pick your food for your meals today.

September/October Dates To Know


14th- Columbus Day

16th- 5th Grade @ DIA

17th- Snack Cart

18th- School Store & Rink Night (5:00-7:00)

24th- Snack Cart

26th- Make A Difference Day

31st- 1/2 Day Halloween 10:00 Parade, 12:04 Dismissal


5th- No School- Election Day

12th- Picture Retake Day

13th- Conferences

14th- 1/2 day of school 12:04 Dismissal

14th- Conferences

27th-29th- No School Thanksgiving Break

Halloween Costume Guidelines

With October knocking on our door and the excitement of picking out a Halloween costume please keep in mind the following:

All of us at Havel work diligently to teach children how to solve problems in a non-violent way. For Halloween we do not want to see children dressed as perpetrators or victims of violence. This includes props and accessories related to blood, gore, and weapons. Parent, please monitor your child’s costume choices. Keep in mind we don’t want our youngest students frightened by gory or scary costumes. Those should absolutely be avoided. Students whose costume may be too much for our younger students may be asked to not wear their mask or possibly not participate in the parade.

Halloween Treats

All of our classrooms are peanut and tree nut safe. As is our building practice, no CANDY CONTAINING these ingredients will be allowed. As Halloween gets closer, please contact your child's teacher for specific items/food that may be needed for the party. HOMEMADE GOODS are not allowed in the classrooms. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment for all our students.
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