Hilton Weekly Newsletter

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Principal's Message

New Security Clearance Device

Dear Hilton Families:

We are pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in our school within the week. This system supports our district's safe school initiative. Please read below for details. Starting this Monday, March 11, please make sure you are prepared to visit our building with the new system by having your ID ready. Thank you!

Raptor is being installed in all Brighton schools to supplement the district's program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. Raptor will better inform us of the visitors, contractors, and volunteers seeking entry into our schools, and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

The visitor process will appear like this:

  • Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a driver’s license, or other government ID, which may be scanned or manually entered into the system.
  • If a parent or guardian does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system to perform a background check. The Raptor system only checks the visitor's name and date of birth, no other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.
  • Once an entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose for his / her visit.

The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system.

It is important to note that a visitor's badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork. If a person does not have identification, he / she can still be given access to the building but will be escorted by a school staff member.

To learn more about the Raptor visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies website at www.raptortech.com. If you have any questions for district personnel, please contact Police Liaison Officer Christopher Parks at 810-299-4100. The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.

No School Friday, March 8th

There is no school tomorrow, Friday, March 8th for grades JK - 6th due to Records Day.

Grades 7 - 12 DO have classes.

Have a great weekend!

2019 Hilton Parent Survey

Please help us to increase the achievement and success of every learner at Hilton Elementary School by completing our 2019 Hilton Parent Survey. The information from this survey allows us to align and develop our Hilton School Improvement goals. Your voice MATTERS!

2018-2019 Hilton Parent Survey

A Note from Mrs. Beane

Mrs. Beane's class would like to thank the following local businesses/city services for welcoming us on Friday, March 1:

Kensington Valley Varsity | https://www.kvvarsity.com/

Running Lab | https://www.runninglabstore.com/

Great Harvest | http://greatharvestbrighton.com/

City of Brighton - City Hall | http://www.brightoncity.org/Home.aspx

We had an amazing field trip. We are thankful we experienced economics in real life situations. It truly brought our learning to life.

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We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that visited the book fair. We are pleased to announce that there are over $13,000 worth of books in the hands of our Hilton students! Wow, they are so lucky! Due to all your purchases our Media Center will receive over $7,000 worth of books!! We are so thankful to enrich our students with wonderful new book.

Literacy News

Spring Break is coming! Whether you stay local or travel abroad, our reading website is at your fingertips! Visit www.hiltonreadingclub.weebly.com to find tons of ideas to support reading and writing at home. You can also find information about our curriculum, the 3rd Grade Reading Law, our assessments, thinking routines, and MORE!

Happy Reading!!!

STEAM Center News

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Our engineers and designers have been hard at work. The makerspace in the STEAM Center is in need of new supplies. If you are doing some spring cleaning over the weekend please consider donating your odds and ends for our makerspace.

Here are a few items that we are low on:

· All kinds of tape. (Masking tape, duct tape-any color, scotch tape)

· Glue Sticks

· Pipe cleaners

· Googly eyes

· Feathers

· Pipe cleaners

· Large beads- plastic or wood

· Paper towel rolls

· Cardboard egg cartons

· Bead necklaces

· Popsicle sticks

· Playing cards

· Puzzle pieces

· And any other fun things that you would like to donate for our design projects

Dog Beds are Needed for Oliver

Hilton Families - we are looking for 10 more dog beds for Oliver. Please click on the sign up genius link below if you are able to donate. Thank you!


PTO News


Hilton PTO will be going paperless. For the 2019/2020 school year, MySchoolAnywhere.com (MSA) will be the only source of contact to sign up for events. If you have not done so already, please go to www.MySchoolAnywhere.com and create an account. The invitation code is “hiltonexplores”. You can also download the free MySchoolAnywhere app. This website hosts many features including the school directory, event forms, event registration, event planning and sign ups, and paypal access. If you have any questions please contact the Hilton PTO at hiltonpto@gmail.com

PTO Meetings

The next PTO meeting will be held on March 13 at 7:00pm. The meeting will take place in the STEAM Center. Childcare will be provided. Please join us to offer your support and ideas.

Jump Rope Club (Fridays February - May)

It is that time of year again to keep our students active during these cold winter months. Starting every friday from February 1 to May 10 (8:00am - 8:47am), student(s) can be dropped off early to “burn off” some energy prior to the start of the school day. Registration is only through MySchoolAnyWhere. There is a requested donation of $5 per family. You can come and jump for as many of the Fridays that you like. So if you missed the first one (or two or three) you can still join in the fun. We also ask to bring a change of shoes (gym shoes preferred) to keep our gym clean on wet and snowy winter mornings. We are also looking for volunteers to help turn ropes and supervise. To register and/or volunteer, please visit the MSA site at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

Popcorn Friday (March 22)

The next Popcorn Friday will be on March 22. For $0.25 (or a Toe Token) your child(ren) can purchase popcorn popped by Hilton’s parents during lunchtime. To volunteer, just visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w.

Hilton Hound Dog Apparel

The following websites are local businesses which now sell Hilton Hound Dog items. Please check them out.

Ivory Vines


Finland & Fawn Boutique


Artsonia Online Art Gallery

Everyone should have received an email to approve access to Artsonia. The artwork created by our students will be now uploaded to this new online art gallery. You will be able to view your child(ren)’s art online, share with others, create a fan club and order keepsakes. Volunteers are still in the process of uploading artwork to this new system. So please keep checking back. If you have not received an email for approval or have any questions, please contact your PTO at HiltonPTO@gmail.com.

Hilton Recycling Program

Hilton receives money for recycled paper! There is a green dumpster outside the school located next to Hilton Road. Every Friday, Ms. Michael’s class collects recycled paper throughout the school and places it in the dumpster. You can donate also! But only paper please (no cardboard or phone books). It is an easy way for our school to earn money while teaching students how to protect the environment!

Kroger Shoppers

Hilton is now enrolled in the Kroger Rewards Program. Please support the school by linking Hilton Elementary to your Kroger Rewards Card. Hilton’s number is 68151 or you can just type the school’s 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/Powerade Give

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

Background Check

If you are planning to volunteer at school at all this year, BAS requires a background check. Here is the link to complete this step: http://www.applitrack.com/brightonk12/StartForm.aspx?id=3993825.

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.

Attachments area

Preview YouTube video How to add Amazon Smile to your home screen

How to add Amazon Smile to your home screen

Parenting Series

Self Regulation for Children and the Related Social Emotional Skills

March 21st, 2019

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Speaker & Author

Bob Sornson, Ph.D.

Free Admission

Contact: info@BASE-Foundation.com