#HillHasHeart Edition - January 2020
A Note from the Principal
Happy New Year Hill School Families!
We look forward to welcoming back our students tomorrow, Monday, January 4 and hope that you had a restful and healthy holiday break.
If you have not yet completed our District survey and are interested in switching your online student to Face-to-Face instruction or moving your Face-to-Face student to online instruction when the second semester begins February 1, please take a few minutes to do that now. The link is below. If you have more than one child, please complete a survey for each child you wish to change his/her status.
Please click on this link to begin survey: https://forms.gle/WCtBKRVHrKhwEDE46
Winter has arrived and our students enjoy getting outdoors, especially when it snows! All students are expected to go outside for recess, unless they have a written doctor's excuse. The fresh air, exercise, and social interaction are essential to our children's overall health and well-being. Please send students to school with winter gear, including snow pants, boots, hats, and gloves. If your family needs any support with any of these items please contact our counselor, Mrs. Ganabathi, or myself. I've included our contact information below.
I've included a January 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.
Thank you again for all of the support you have shown your child(ren) and our staff during these most challenging times. Wishing you all a year filled with hope, good health, and happiness.
Mrs. Burke, Proud Principal
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
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 optimism.
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Ganabathi
Counselor Corner with Mrs. Ganabathi
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. In addition to all the academic work done at Thomson, lots of time is spent on SEL as well.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories that address various areas of wellbeing for children. This week's story is Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. This story is about a little girl that discovers that the most important thing she can do is to just be herself. Click the link to watch this 5 minute story telling: https://www.loom.com/share/f4d92cf841974566b4a6e13a7de30b36
Music Notes from Mrs. DuPrey
Welcome back everyone! It is so great to be back!! I hope you all had a restful break, and are ready to be back in the swing of things.
In music, all classes will be focused on small performance assessments to round out the semester. Assessments will include: keeping a steady beat, keeping an ostinato (repeated pattern) throughout a song, correctly using singing voices, and identifying different music theory aspects. Students will be receiving grades on their report card this marking period for music and technology.
Also, we have the pleasure of hosting a student teacher in our music room this semester. Miss Angela Wilson will be joining us from Maranatha Baptist University. I am really excited to work with Miss. Wilson. This will be my 5th time hosting a student teacher, and through every experience I feel like I learn just as much from them as I hope they learn from me.
Mrs. DuPrey :)
Fitness Fun with Mr. Whitman
Hello Hill Families!
Welcome back. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. During the month of January we will start with our bowling unit. Bowling will wrap up towards the end of January, at which point we will have our basketball unit.
For the majority of January I will be out while my son, Theisen, has his next heart surgery. Jordan Arnold will be guest teacher. He is a 2015 graduate of Davison, and just finished his PE student teaching at Goodrich. Please remind your students to be on their best behavior for our guest.
The PE schedule for January is as follows… Students are required to have gym shoes for the entire week when they have PE. Boots are not allowed for safety reasons. Students also are not supposed to wear their snow boats in the regular classroom to help prevent wet and slippery floors. Thank you for your cooperation keeping our school a safe learning environment.
Students will have PE during the following weeks:
January 4-8: Craig, Strine, Buzzell, Halverson, White
January 11-15: Robertson, Fulcher, Schaepkens, Richards, Turkovics
January 19-22: Craig, Strine, Buzzell, Halverson, White
January 25-29: Robertson, Fulcher, Schaepkens, Richards, Turkovics
Our December, though it was short, was a fun one in the Hill Library. Although we only had one week together before we went on break, we used that one week to celebrate Christmas.
In the celebration of Christmas we read the Caldecott Award winning Polar Express! We had a fun time traveling to the North Pole, meeting Santa, and receiving one silver bell off of Santa’s sleigh. The book was thoroughly enjoyed by all! We finished up our Christmas celebration by doing some coloring, wishing each other Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and saying our goodbye’s until we see each other once again in 2021!
As we look forward to January we are going to be working on library manners, learning about winter, and celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. 's birthday.
Just as a quick reminder, if your child brought home a book over Christmas break, please have them bring it back to school on or before their library day. This way we can make sure that they will be able to check out some new books on their first trip to the library in the new year!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!
We included some pictures from our winners of our Fall fundraiser below. Thank you again to Declan and Lochlyn Swenor who forfeited their first and second prizes to pass along to other students. What a wonderful way to pay it forward and exercise kindness. Thank you to all or our Hill students and families for your continued support!
First Place: Callie Asher
Second Place: Addison Jackson
Third Place: William Anderson
Kindergarten (Three way tie): Kason Batoha, Kaden Batoha and Benjamin Hitchcock
First grade: Grant Woods
Second grade: Paige Oliver
Third grade: Dylan Woods
Fourth grade: Sean Banwell
Our next PTO meeting is on Monday, January 11th at 5:30. The meeting is virtual and the link for our meeting is below.
Topic: PTO Meeting
Time: January 11, 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:
- January 4th: School resumes
- January 8th: Popcorn from the principal....free to all students.
- January 11th: 5:30 PTO Meeting (Zoom link above)
- January 18th: No School - MLK Day
- January 29th: 1/2 Student Day for (K-6), End of the Semester