Ham-Par Happenings

January 2018 Volume 42/Issue 5

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Mrs. Hasse's Spotlight

Happy 2018! This start of the calendar year allows EVERYONE to put first things first! We get back on track with priorities (some old and some new). We "write" a newly begun script for the year and then execute!

Whatever your resolution resolves to be this 2018, check out our continued commitment and goals to this school year as "One Team One Dream":

  • Build and strengthen our team to ensure success for all stakeholders!
  • Evolve the culture at Ham-Par to integrate our learning and leadership throughout the school day and preserve time (7 minutes) at the end of each school day to reflect/discuss/capture our teamwork.
  • Continue leadership opportunities for students.
  • Elaborate and continue to develop our feedback and communication to families.
  • Elaborate and continue to develop academic outcomes using K-5 Notebooks and W.I.G.s (Wildly Important Goals) as platforms to organize and focus our work.
  • Learn from other "wildly" successful schools for improved outcomes in the areas of: leadership, culture, and academics.

Here's to an incredible year ahead!

January is BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH! Thank you Romeo Board of Education for your dedication to our Romeo students. Follow Romeo on Twitter (and us on Facebook) for tweets and posts thanking our board members for all that they do. Thank you, Romeo Board of Education, from your " team players" at Ham-Par!

To wrap up my thoughts and sincerest thanks that led up to the holidays I wanted to thank you for all the kindness! Our Giving Tree was spectacular as many presents made it to HP homes. I am certain Christmas gifts to these young children made their holidays a whole lot brighter! Thank you all who were able to donate and fulfilled a Christmas wish from our Giving Tree tags!

Additionally, we had other support from the community. Our Romeo High School Link Crew adopted a few HP students this year as well as other families throughout the district. Thank you so much to Mr. Boggio, Mrs. Knoblock and all the students who dedicated their time and money to help families within our community. The Romeo High School Student Council spent additional monies ($4,800 to be exact across the district!!) buying brand new coats and boots for our kids! Thanks to Mr. Hinkle, Mrs. Adamo and the students for taking care of our district elementary students in need, especially with the frigid start to 2018. Seeing these students put on boots for the first time in their lives (yes, one student actually said that) made me humbled and so happy for them. I won't say that I didn't shed a tear or two!

Grades K - Grade 5 Benchmark Assessments (Trimester #2)

Monday, Jan. 8th, 8:30am

This is an online event.

Benchmark assessments are short tests administered throughout the school year that give teachers immediate feedback on how students are meeting academic standards. Regular use of benchmark assessments is seen as a tool to measure student growth and adjust curriculum to meet individual learning needs. All students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade will begin testing from January 8 and ends on January 26.

You can support your learner by continuing to ensure ongoing reading towards their grade level reading W.I.G. I know it seems tedious but practice does make perfect!

Classroom Corner

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Student Lighthouse Team

Have you met the incredible group of young leaders known as our Student Lighthouse Team?

Our Student Lighthouse Team is a group of students with exceptional leadership skills who are committed to serving our school. They have applied for this year-long role via the leadership application. This team is led by Christi Tschirhart (4th grade teacher) and Eileen Presnell (Speech and Language Pathologist). Throughout the year they will work on school improvement projects, community service projects, and plan leadership events and opportunities. Past contributions to our school community include a Mitten Tree, Socktober, Spirit Days, presenting at P.A.W.S. Meetings with a student update, and most recently they are leading/taking over the Community Circle!

The goal of the Student Lighthouse Team is uphold the mission for the school

and to identify how they want to inspire all of the students to be the best they can be by learning, living, and sharing the 7 Habits in their school community.

CHECK OUT their new bulletin board in the cafeteria for some Student Lighthouse inspiration!

Check out more about various Student Lighthouse Teams here.

Recess Reminders

Cold weather is upon us! Students go outside sometimes twice a day. Please make sure they have coats, hats, gloves and will soon need snow pants/boots. Students that do not have snow pants or boots will have to stay on the blacktop during recess time. Please label all pieces of clothing as many of these items look the same. Often times our lost and found in the cafeteria is overflowing!

Recess expectations:

Students who are dressed for the snow (winter gear: boots, snow pants, hats, gloves etc.) can play outside on the equipment. Students who have winter coats only (no boots or winter gear) will be asked to stay on the blacktop. We want students to run around and have fun, however, sitting in wet clothes for the afternoon is not how we want students to spend the rest of their day. So, it is important to “begin with the end in mind” and prepare for the weather! And as a reminder, no throwing snow, please!

Bulldog Blog

HP Journalist Column

Students at HP lead the way with top happenings and thoughts each month! This trimester, Kayla is working to bring you what's happening with HP!

Hello my name is Kayla! I am in 4th grade in Mrs. Tschirhart's class! I am the journalist this trimester. I enjoy writing and would consider myself creative. I enjoy video games such as "Animal Crossing New Leaf Welcome Amiibo". In this game you get to be the mayor of the town and build the town itself; it's fun!

This month I am happy to tell you all about Scribble Day! I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Ryti, our art teacher, for this month's column. Scribble Days are where students get to participate in activities that promote creative problem solving. Some examples of this are: chairs, puzzles, stackable tic-tac-toe, etc. During this time, students can choose their own activity!

Classes have to earn 40 points (up to 4 points a week) to get a Scribble Day. The rules for this special time are as follows:

  1. Respect each other.
  2. Properly use materials.
  3. Stay on task.
  4. Clean up after yourself.

You might wonder, what might Ms. Ryti do during this time? Well, Ms. Ryti is either watching to make sure students are being safe and polite or she is participating in activities with students herself.

Kids love Scribble Day because there are not strict rules or directions to follow (ex: step-by-step). You can let your creativity flow! Over the past few years, I have had scribble time about 3 times. The best part: kids can choose what to do, it's without limits, it's open ended.

P.A.W.S. Parents At Work in our School

Check out our P.A.W.S. Smore page!

P.A.W.S. Updates/Reminders

Thank you all for an incredible December! Many more fun times are in store this next portion of the year.

Our upcoming events:

  • January 9th Synergy Project with Ms. Ryti RSVP: P.A.W.S Sign Up Genius--bring your power drill, please!
  • January 15th Royal Family Sale ends!
  • January 16th P.A.W.S. Meeting @ 6pm/ Media Center (teacher presenter: Ms. Forbes).
  • January 16th (Tri 2) Royal Family Raffle winner announced! This spot is prime parking for the rest of the year!
  • January 21 Thee Office Pub HP Night

Thank you and have a great month!

Each month we will feature information regarding student learning in the Habits from a parent or staff on the Family Learning Action Team. This month is written by: Maggie Guaresimo, Leader in Me Parent Liaison.

This month we are digging deeper into Habit 3: Put First Things First.

Habit # 3 deals with prioritizing and organizing your time so that you can get the important things done.

Put First Things First asks us to identify our “Big Rocks,” or the most important things that need our attention. You may have seen a “Big Rock” demonstration where actual big rocks are your largest priorities – a big project at work, spending one on one time with your kids, exercising more, etc. The smaller rocks are the less important things – folding the laundry, cleaning out your inbox, etc. And the small pebbles are the time suckers – checking your Facebook account, playing Candy Crush (although fun!), watching that YouTube video just one more time. If you fill up your day with all the pebbles and the small rocks first, you won’t have any time for the “Big Rocks.”

Sounds pretty simple right? Identify your biggest priorities, and then you’ll get more accomplished and leave yourself loads of time to watch that video of the squirrel that can water ski. But just identifying your “Big Rocks” does not automatically make you take care of the important stuff first. The next step is actually scheduling time for the “Big Rocks.” Covey recommends that you take a few minutes at the beginning of every week and physically plan out each week. Start by scheduling time for the high priority “Big Rocks” to make sure that they are being given the attention that they need. Then schedule in the little rocks and sprinkle in the pebbles where you have time.

Suggested titles for young children that reinforce Habit 3:

  • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone (or any version)

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

  • Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

Expect your child to use words and phrases like prioritize, most important, responsibility, put first things first, and planning in his/her conversations this month. You can encourage your child by using some of this language at home.

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary is a K-5 elementary school in Romeo Community Schools home to 475 Bulldogs! Ham-Par, for short, is Michigan's 120th Leader in Me school and the first school in Romeo to adopt the LIM processes as a part of best practice from the Franklin Covey Foundation.

Vision Statement: We choose to empower students by teaching life-long habits so that they are prepared to succeed today, tomorrow, and always.

Mission Statement: Hamilton-Parsons... Learners, Leaders, Bulldogs Forever!

Mrs. Andrea Hasse, Ed.S., principal

Mrs. Lisa Seeley, secretary