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May, 2016 * Hamilton Elementary School

2016-17 Homeroom Placement

The end of the year is a busy time with so many fun activities for the kiddos. In addition to wrapping up this school year, we are also beginning to plan for next year.


Each year, the teachers, APs, Counselor and I work hard to place each child in a classroom in which they will find great success. Many factors are considered when making this placement.


As a parent, you know your child the best. If you have information about your child that you feel would be beneficial in making a class placement for next year, please email or send a letter to your child's Assistant Principal or to our Counselor with the information. Helpful information includes: personality, special needs, history, or any other information that you feel would help us make the best teacher fit for your child.


Please know that we do not take teacher requests for class placement.

*Lorie Gregurek (Lorie.gregurek@cfisd.net): PreK, Kindergarten, First, and Fifth Grades
*Kerry Iselt (Kerry.iselt@cfisd.net): First, Third and Fourth Grades
*Michelle Erickson (michelle.erickson@cfisd.net): Counselor

Playground Fun Run - Pledges Due!

Thank you so much for pledging your support to raise money for our new playground equipment. Your support is truly AMAZING! It's now time to finish collecting all pledges. At this time, we have $15,000+ in outstanding pledges. in order to be able to purchase the playground equipment for summer installation and ready for our Lions to use when school starts in August, we need all pledges turned in by Wednesday. Pledges can be turned in to your child's homeroom teacher or to the front office.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

May Movement Calendar


MAY


2 Red Chess Club 8 AM

2016-17 Kindergarten Round-Up at 9:30 AM

Houston Texans Torro Program for 3, 4, 5 at 2:00 PM

Choir Spring Concert 6:30 PM


5 5th Grade Biz Town Field Trip


6 2nd Gr. Garden Day

5th Grade Parent Involvement Science Activity 2:50 PM


9 3rd, 4th & 5th - Math STAAR Test

*No Visitors*


10 3rd, 4th & 5th - Reading STAAR Test

*No Visitors*


11 5th - Science STAAR Test

*No Visitors*


13 VIPS Appreciation Breakfast at 9:00 AM in Cafeteria (Rescheduled from April)

PTO Mtg. 9:30 AM

Kdg thru 3rd Gr. Library books due


16 4th & 5th Gr. Library books due

Chess Club Celebration 8:00 AM


20 Kdg. Dining w/ Dads Parent Involvement Activity 12:45-1:15 PM

3rd Grade Parent Involvement Activity at 2 PM


23 Field Days: Kdg at 9 AM, 3rd Gr. at 12:30 PM

*No Lunch Visitors*


24 Field Days: 1st Gr at 9 AM, 4th Gr. at 12:30 PM

*No Lunch Visitors*

Music Memory Competition at Berry Center


25 Field Days: 2nd Gr. at 9 AM, 5th Gr. at 12:30 PM

*No Lunch Visitors*


26 Field Days: (AM) PK, PPCD 9:30 AM, (PM) PPCD 1:30 PM

4th Grade Parent Involvement Picnic & Poetry Activity 1:15 PM


27 5th Grade Day Celebration

Farewell to 5th Gr. Social at 2:30 PM

*No Lunch Visitors*


30 Memorial Day Holiday


31 End of Year Parties

* No Lunch Visitors*


JUNE

1 *No Lunch Visitors*

2 Last Day of School - *No Lunch Visitors*

No Lunch Visitors dates

Due to schedule changes we ask for no lunch visitors on the following days. Please note that if a lunch is dropped off, there is no guarantee that your child will receive it in time for lunch. Please plan ahead and make sure your child brings their lunch to school or plans to purchase from the cafeteria.



  • Monday, May 9 - STAAR Testing for 3, 4, 5 Grades
  • Tueday, May 10 - STAAR Testing for 3, 4, 5 Grades
  • Wednesday, May 11 - STAAR Testing for 3, 4, 5 Grades
  • Monday, May 23 - Field Days
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Field Days
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Field Days
  • Friday, May 27 - 5th Grade Day Celebration
  • Tuesday, May 31 - End of Year Parties
  • Wednesday, June 1
  • Thursday, June 2

Hearing & Vision Screening Training May 2 & 3

Interested in helping with the Hearing and Vision screening in the fall? We need your help!!! Training will be held next week at Keith Elementary. This training certification lasts for 5 years.

Training will be held on the following dates:

Hearing screener Monday, May 2 9:00 am - 12:00 am

Vision screener Tuesday, May 3 9:00 am - 12:00 am

Please contact Laura Matthews if interested in attending this training.

Field Days are Coming!

Field Days are will be here soon! Students are encouraged to wear sunscreen and to bring a water bottle (sunglasses and hats are also allowed). Field Day t-shirts are available to purchase for $10. Order forms and money are due by Tuesday, May 3rd. Field Day T-Shirt Order Form: http://tinyurl.com/2016FieldDayShirts


If you any questions or if you interested in volunteering, please contact:



Parents are invited to attend. No need to enter the building - go directly to the playground.


Please note CFISD district policy: School-age children will not be allowed to check out and attend sibling events held on campus. In addition, school age children from other campuses are not permitted on campus to attend this event.


Monday, May 23

9:00 AM-11:30 AM Kindergarten

12:30 PM-3:00 PM 3rd Grade


Tuesday, May 24

9:00 AM-11:30 AM 1st Grade

12:30 PM-3:00 PM 4th Grade


Wednesday, May 25

9:00 AM-11:30 PM 2nd Grade

12:30 PM-3:00 PM 5th Grade


Thursday, May 26

9:30 AM-11 AM Morning PPCD & PK

1:30 PM-3:00 PM Afternoon PPCD


*Please no lunch visitors on these days due to limited parking for Field Days*

Teacher and Staff Appreciation May 2nd - May 6th

We are celebrating our teachers and staff the week of May 2nd through May 6th! Thank you to our AMAZING PTO for helping to provide lunch and treats throughout the week.
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VIPS Appreciation Breakfast/PTO Mtg.

We look forward to seeing all of our volunteers at our rescheduled VIPS Appreciation Breakfast and May PTO meeting. This is a great way to honor our volunteers and celebrate an amazing year at Hamilton. Please join us!


VIPS Breakfast
Friday, May 13th at 9am
Hamilton Elementary Cafeteria


After the breakfast, we will conduct our final PTO meeting of the year. Your comments and suggestions for 2016-17 are welcomed. Have an idea? The time to speak up is now! We can't wait to hear from you.

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2016-17 School Supplies

School supply packages will be available to order online from EPI. Pre-ordered supplies are delivered to students homeroom class when school begins.


You can order at epipacks.com. Use school id HAM024 (note the 0 is a zero). This site will close on June 26.

PE News

We have been busy Lions in PE this semester! We completed Soccer, Volleyball and Juggling units. While K & 1st played cooperative games, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders participated in FitnessGram testing. We would like to congratulate all of our Hamilton Lions for working so hard and trying their best on all of the fitness testing! The following students are being recognized for the fastest Mile Run Times: Isabella Gomez, Jack See, Kaden Trahan, Brooks McGill, Sofia Luper, Ashley Johnson, Alyssa Pipes, Daniel Bitner, Mason Mitchell, Ella Smoker, Jack Hassan, Owen Carter, Peyton Unruh, Bethany Selz, Spencer Lehrmann, Magen Brotemarkle, and Carson Edwards.


On Saturday, March 26th, Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Pennywell took two 4th grade students to compete in The First Tee Golf Tournament in Humble, TX. Krish Dhanuka and Sofia Vazquez did a fantastic job representing Hamilton Elementary. Krish and Sofia were placed on a team with 12 other 4th grade students from the greater Houston area; their team placed 2nd for the tournament!!! Krish won 2nd place overall for the boys division. Way to go, Lions!!

Watch D.O.G.S. - Dads of Great Students

Thank you to our April and May Watch Dog Dads!

Lorenzo Benton

Fred Shepherd

Eric Biersdorfer

Adam Wright

Chris Byerly

Steve Lindsay

Bart Black

Clint Vick

Chris Newman

Juan Deiros

Dan Zink

Justin Mock

James Blocker

Billy Fielder

Stephen Amodio

David Beard

Phil Niemeyer

Matt Wittliff

Mike Nott

Mauricio Hinojosa

Chris Post

District Choral Festival

HES students participated in the District Choral Festival help April 14th at the Berry Center. Thank you to Mrs. Parker for helping to prepare our students for this beautiful concert! Students participating were: Parker Cole, Grace Davis, Sophia Guzman, Jordan Hammar, Claire Ihfe, Eowyn Krumpholz, Kenna Webb, Bethany Zink
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***PBIS and Kind Minds***

May Kind Minds Challenge

This month our Kind Minds focus will be on using kind words to inspire others. In the book, Because Bryan Hugged His Mother by David Rice, this story shows how even young Brian can start a chain reaction that brings a bit of joy to people he does not even know. It all starts out one morning when Brian wakes up and gives his mother a hug. A hug from Brian touches many people (and even animals), often in a humorous way. As a school, we will be creating positive quote posters to hang around the fences of our school.

***News from the Library***

All library books are due May 16th. Please help your child turn in his/her books on time. If the book is lost, it must be paid for with cash or check made out to Hamilton Elementary School. Students will not be able to check out books next school year (including at Hamilton Middle School) until the account is cleared.


FREE eBOOKS

Your child has access to THOUSANDS eBooks from the Hamilton Library all summer long as well as National Geographic Kids magazines and books! From the CFISD website, select Parents & Students, Library Resources, Click Here to Find Your Campus Library, Hamilton Elementary. From the library homepage, there are links to all sorts of databases and recommended reading lists. Passwords for the databases will be sent home on a bookmark and available in the front office since we cannot digitally publish them.


If you click on the Catalog tab across the top, change the Material Type to Electronic Book, and click Enter, 477 eBooks (with almost 100 more coming in the next month) will be available. Students will need to know their s# (6 digit student ID number) and password set at school to be able to access these books.

Questions? Contact our librarian at jennifer.lucas@cfisd.net!

#thankorama

In honor of the 25th and final Piggie and Elephant book, The Thank You Book by Mo Willems, 2nd graders participated in #thankorama for the month of May.
Thankorama morning 2nd grade

Summer Technology Camps

CFISD will be hosting a variety of technology camps this summer at Woodard Elementary School. The flyer is attached, and space is limited. Use this link to register your child: http://www.cfisd.net/en/instructional-technology/tech-camp/


The Tinkering with Tech Toys will be taught by our librarian, Jennifer Lucas, and students will use the Osmos, Spheros, and MaKey MaKeys. We hope to see you there!

Technology Festival

Congratulations to the following students who represented Hamilton Elementary at Tech-N-Spired, the district technology festival held at the Berry Center on April 7th:

Luke LeCompte

Colson Mamasis

Blake Yeagley

Karthik Sarvepalli

Trina Goetz

Ginny Mynatt

Juan Ignacio Durante

Aditri Baditela

Maggie Ni

Riya Pandya

Kassidy Powell

Luke Curtis

Christian Luna

Anna Solis

Ria Nair

John Kelly

Luke Jackson

Shayne Howard

Lola Bustamante

Connor Brady

Lauren Flader

Alison Richard

Suren Shirani

Erwin Kingston

Matthew Blocker

Lia Harshbarger

***Birthday Book Club***

***Counselor's Corner***

Credit-By-Exam Summer Testing

Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.


To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.


Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.


If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor, Michelle Erickson, by June May 31st to register. Summer testing for your child to skip a grade for the 2016-2017 school year will take place on June 14, 2015.

If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact Michelle Erickson, the school counselor, at either michelle.erickson@cfisd.net or 281-320-7055. There are only two more opportunities (June and September) for your child to skip a grade for this next school year, 2016-17. The opportunities for testing in December 2016 and February 2017 are for your child to skip the grade for the following school year.

End of Year Information

Last Day of School:

The last day of school will be June 2nd for all CFISD schools.


From the Clinic:

If your child has any medication in the clinic, please have an adult pick it up on or before the last day of school (June 2). Students are not allowed to transport medication in their backpacks. Any medication that is not picked up must be discarded, it cannot be held over for the next school year.


Moving this Summer?

If you know you will be moving over the summer, please contact our Registrar:

stephanie.burke@cfisd.net or by calling 281-320-7051


Lunch Account

Your child’s lunch account balance will carry over to the same account for next year. The student will use the same number if they stay at Hamilton. If your child goes to another school in our district, their lunch account balance will be transferred. If you have any questions, contact the cafeteria manager at 281-320-7058.


Last Day of School

Backpacks: No backpacks will be allowed on the last day of school. Backpacks and all materials will be sent home with your child by June 1. Students should only carry home report cards on the last day of school.

Report Cards: Report cards will be sent home with students on June 2. Students who are absent the last day of school will be able to pick up their report card and end of year papers from the front desk.


Lost & Found

All unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be donated to a charity at end of day on June 2.

Message for 5th Grade Parents

Information about Level-1 classes for 6th grade:

Level-1 classes are designed to challenge students beyond grade-level academic courses and prepare them for success in future advanced coursework. They are more rigorous and have an more in-depth content focus than on-level classes. Level-1 classes often move at a faster pace, include different types of assignments, including additional outside reading, and may require more independent study skills.


Students are eligible for Level-1 classes in 6th grade (2016-2017 school year) if during their 5th grade year:


1. The student earns a yearly average of 85+ in the on-level class in the same subject level;

or

2. The student earns Level III-Advanced on the STAAR Reading test, STAAR Math, and/or STAAR SCIENCE tests. This enables the student to be eligible for the Level-1 Language Arts/Reading block and Social Studies, Math, and Science, respectively, if he/she did not already qualify for Level-1 by the end-of-year averages; (if your child qualifies through their STAAR scores, I will be sending a letter home soon indicating this)

and

4. The student has parent permission to enroll in Level-1 class(es).


Please note that it is the final end-of-year average that qualifies your child for any individual Level-1 subject. If your child provisionally qualified in the 3rd nine weeks for a subject(s) area, and that subject drops below the 85 average, your child will no longer qualify for Level-1 in that subject area. On the other hand, if your child’s final average for a specific subject meets the requirement for Level-1, but it did not meet it at the 3rd nine week period, you will be receiving a Level-1 letter for that particular course that your child now qualifies for. You will need to sign that new letter and return it to Michelle Erickson in order for that final placement to be input for your child’s next year’s schedule.

Box Tops for Education

Our last Box Top collection will be on May 20.


**The homeroom from each grade level that collects the MOST BOX TOPS will receive a prize**


Prizes include: extra recess, cookie parties, and ice cream parties!

There are even prizes for the homeroom teacher!


Our Goals

-To raise $7,000 in free money for our kids!
-100% participation – even if it’s just one coupon!

We can do this!


Collection Rules

Clip your box tops from participating products.

*When clipping include the entire Box Top$ for Education® Logo, containing the words
“Official Coupon”, the monetary value and expiration date for each box top.*


Please make sure that the box top has not expired!

Each Box Top$ for Education® is worth 10 cents toward our school.

Send them to school with your child, on the box top collection sheet or in a ziplock bag.

***All Day, Every Day***

Thank you for working with students to be at school All Day, Every Day. We know that it is a challenge! During the first nine-weeks of school, 173 students did not miss even one minute of instruction! Congratulations to the students listed below for being at school All Day, Every Day! These students will receive a coupon for a treat from the cafeteria.

***School Information***

Parent & Student Handbook

It is important to know the policies and procudures for HES. Please read the Parent & Student Handbook carefully as well as use it for a reference when you have a question. We are always happy to answer your questions and provide clarifying information.


http://tinyurl.com/1516HEShandbook

***CFISD Information***

CFISD District Information

Inclement weather make-up day information:

http://cfisd-superintendent.blogspot.com/2016/04/june-2-inclement-weather-day.html


Check out information for CFISD by clicking on the links below.


2016-2017 Calendar: http://www.cfisd.net/en/calendar/

School Messenger: Text Message Sign Up

The directions for adding text messages to your School Messenger account are in the link below. Next year, instead of using Remind 101, HES will be sending text messages via School Messenger. Please stay connected by adding the text message feature to your School Messenger account.


Directions for School Messenger: http://www.cfisd.net/files/6514/1080/3632/SchoolMessenger_Contact_Manager_-_Parent_Handout_CFISD.pdf

Stay Connected

Stay connected with HES by "liking" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonLions


Follow HES on Twitter @Hamilton_Lions


Follow our HES on Instagram by searching for Hamilton_Lions


Don't forget to keep up to date with PTO events, news, and reminders by "liking" their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonElementaryPTO