#HillHasHeart Edition - February 2021
A Note from the Principal
Hello Hill Families,
I hope that this newsletter finds you and your child(ren) adjusting to the second semester! We welcomed back 14 “new” students to face-to-face classes this semester that were coming from virtual classes, and they are getting acquainted to the routines of school once again. For those families that are continuing with virtual learning, please continue to keep your child in their learning routines at home.
We are all doing our best here at school to keep everyone healthy. Each day our staff completes a wellness check prior to coming to school, we also have several protocols in place for disinfecting our classrooms and common areas throughout the school day and are wearing our masks and practicing social distancing as much as possible in the school setting. To help us from home, please be sure to adhere to the following:
1. If your child feels sick, do not send them to school. Call the main office or attendance line to let us know that your child will not be in school.
2. If your child does become symptomatic, do not send them to school, and contact us if they test positive for COVID-19.
3. If a household member tests positive, or has been exposed to someone who has been positive, you should keep your child at home and call the school for further information. This also means if the parent or household member is pending results of a COVID test you should not send your child to school. This is to ensure your child's safety AND the safety of others.
I've included scenarios below from the Genesee County Health Department that help guide us through this process. We appreciate your diligence in helping to keep all of our staff and students safe.
Once again, I have included a family check-in below. This only takes a few minutes and allows me to be able to gauge the needs of our families. We are all in this together and we want our families to know, that you are not alone. I appreciate the time you take to complete the check-in. In addition, as part of our school improvement process, I've also included a parent perception survey. Please take a few extra minutes to complete this survey. We value your feedback as we continue on this journey together.
Lastly, I wanted to make you aware that I will be out for the next two weeks to care for a family member. Retired Siple Elementary principal, Kay Forys will be filling in for me in my absence. Thank you again for your continued support you have shown your child(ren) and our staff during this time.
Mrs. Burke, Proud Principal
Winter Is Here
● Winter Hat
● Gloves to play in the snow
● Snow boots
● Snow pants
● Extra set of socks/pants (in case their clothes get wet)
All students will go outside and play at recess unless the temperature goes below 0 degrees (with windchill). We want to make sure that they can go outside and play, so please help make sure they come prepared!
We are Here to Help-Important Contact Information!
While it is always best to reach out to your child's teacher first, below is a list of other Hill Staff that you may want or need to contact. Please remember that we are here to help!
Mrs. Burke, Principal-Email: email@example.com ; Hill Phone Number: 810-591-0839
Mrs. Ganabathi, School Counselor-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Hill Phone Number: 810-591-0842
Mrs. Debbie Alderson, Secretary to the Principal-Email: email@example.com; Hill Phone Number: 810-591-0839
Mrs. Julie Talaska, Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org; Hill Phone Number: 810-591-0839
Positivity in Action
Zachary Wenzel is a 2nd grade student at Hill Elementary who is spreading some sunshine to room 7 and Hill Elementary School!
While appropriately so, most 2nd graders would be pretty excited about the birthday gifts they might be receiving. This year for Zachary's birthday he wanted to ask for donations for his classroom. He titled this, "Project Donation". Zachary's mom posted a message on her social media, "We know this year has been difficult. His teacher couldn't be more deserving for ALL she has done to ensure the kids continue to learn at a high level. If you're able and would like to donate, I have placed his teacher's Amazon wish list below. Thank you!"
As you can imagine, this thoughtful and generous gesture has left Zachary's teacher, Mrs. Buzzell feeling pretty special. She has been receiving gifts in her classroom for this past week. Mrs. Buzzell is melting with appreciation and the kids are all so excited and have loved being a part of this.
A very special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Wenzel. You are teaching your son and his classmates such a powerful message. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Zachary, for your kind spirit, and for spreading joy and kindness to others. You are a true Hill Hero....we are so proud of you!
If your child is participating in Positivity Project at home and you'd like to share their story, please send me an email. I'd love to pass it on. With all that is going on in our world, we each have a choice each and every day. I hope you will join me in choosing kindness and to recognize the gift we have to not only influence but model for our children how one random act of kindness does make a difference. We can all work together to make the world a better place for our children to grow up in.
Positivity Project (P2)
As you know, Hill is a partner school, which means all of our families get free access to awesome resources that reinforce the character traits and teaching we are doing at school. There is a character card that explains the character trait, a grade-appropriate video to show the character trait in action and some questions that are great conversation starters at home.
Click here to check out P2 for Families (password: P2).
This week students will begin learning about integrity.
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Ganabathi
This week's story is Brave Lion, Scared Lion. This is a story about two lion brothers who learn a valuable lesson about true bravery and showing off. I hope you enjoy this five minute story video. https://www.loom.com/share/98cb82be296e4c7a86a65ffb45f53be0
Music Notes from Mrs. DuPrey
We are off and running in music class! In fourth grade, students have completed their first composition! The kids worked with a partner to write and perform their own song. The song had to use certain patterns in music. The song also included a melody part and a harmony part. I was SO impressed with their work and how everything came together. If you have a 4th grade student, I will be sending out videos of your child’s song in the near future.
In third grade, students are learning how to read notes on the staff and what the names of each note are. Ask your child what the rhyme is for the notes on the space and the lines and see if they remember. This will be an important skill when it comes to reading music for the recorder.
First and second grade kids are diving deeper in to improvisation. We are working to expand our musical vocabulary and beginning to take more risks with our improvisations! Some musical terms you could talk about with your child are: duple and triple meter. Duple meter is a beat you can bounce to while counting to two, while triple meter will have a sway feel while counting to three.
In kindergarten we are continuing to work on using our singing voice and beginning to explore rhythm improvisation.
Mrs. DuPrey :)
Fitness Fun with Mr. Whitman
Hello Hill Families!
Happy February! I’m glad to be back in school this week and getting into a routine again. The students were great for Mr. Arnold in my absence. He had lots of great things to say about Hill Elementary.
In January we did our bowling unit. The 3rd and 4th graders spent the last week learning how to keep score. The focus during this unit was using proper form and being able to roll a ball underhand in a straight line.
In February we will transition to our basketball unit. Students will work on dribbling, passing, catching, and shooting.
Wow, so far the new year has flown by. I can’t believe we are already into February! I thought I would just take a second to review what the kids were up to in January. I realized we sure did pack a lot of great things in. January really was an amazing month!
1. For our first week back to school from break we talked about bullying. To do this we read the story Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell. Molly Lou had to move to a new school and on the first day Ronald Durkin began to bully her. However, Molly Lou took her Grandma’s advice and she stood tall. In the end Molly and Ronald became friends. It was really a wonderful story that we all enjoyed.
2. For our second week we talked about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and why he is so important to us and our history. I planned a special project that week so we watched the read aloud of a Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler. While we listened to the story we made our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mobiles. They did a great job. Each one of our mobiles were a little different and we had a lot of fun creating them.
3. In our third week in the library we talked about our library manners and library book care. In the Kindergarten and First Grade Classes we read Manners in the Library by Carrie Finn. In this book we listened and followed the pictures in order to learn what good library manners are. In our Second through Fourth Grade Classes we read Never Let a Ghost Borrow your Library book by Karen Casale. In this story we learned all about our VOG’s ( Very Important Guidelines) and the LSS ( Library Secret Service). If you get a chance ask your child all about them!
4. For our January wrap up I thought it would be fun to take the beginning to the end. Therefore, we celebrated the new year by learning about resolutions while reading Squirrel's New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller. In addition, the Kindergarteners and First Graders learned all about the parts of a book while the Second through Fourth Graders received a refresher on how to use our catalogue and access our Ebook Library.
As I am looking forward to February, I do want to let you know that we are gearing up for our Spring Book Fair and this will be taking place online. Our Online Book Fair will be taking place from 3/1/21-3/14/21. I will be sending home more information about the Book Fair in the coming weeks as well as posting more information via social media. Please be on the lookout for this information.
Not being able to meet in person has not stopped our fabulous PTO officers from working hard for our school. They will be kicking off our 2nd Annual Little Caesars Fundraiser in the very near future. The fundraiser will run February 22nd through March 22nd. Everything will be able to be ordered online and delivered directly to your home. Please watch for details coming soon!
Our next PTO meeting is on Monday, March 1st at 5:30. The meeting is virtual and the link for our meeting is below.
Topic: PTO Meeting
Time: Mar 1, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 714 528 1177
PTO email: Hillptogroup@gmail.com
20/21 PTO Officers
PTO President: Jill Lobban
PTO Vice President: Drianna Keltner
PTO Secretary: Lindsay Brandon
PTO Treasurer: Danielle Wenzel
Mark your calendar:
- February 1st: 2nd Semester begins
- February 3rd: World Read Aloud Day
- February 10th: Student Count Day
- February 4th: Report Cards are sent home with students
- February 12th: Valentine's Day parties
- February 15th: No School for Students/President's Day
- February 22 - March 22 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser
- March 1 - March 14 : Virtual Book Fair
- March 11th - Virtual Spring Conferences: More info to come
- March 29 - April 2: Spring Break