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Curriculum at a peek

Kindergarten- October is such a busy month! We will be working on sequencing the events of a story with the help from a few favorite books, Room on the Broom and The Little Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat. In math, our class will continue working on identify and writing numbers as well as work on greater than and less than. Many of our class close reads are nonfiction this month and we will be learning all about apples, bats, and pumpkins.

1st Grade- We've been hard at work in first grade! In math, we are learning about creating partners up to ten. These partners are use to create equations and find totals (3+5=8). In reading, we are focusing on retelling, inferring and vocabulary during our close reads of favorite picture books! During writing, the students have been working hard to write one solid sentence with proper capitalization, finger spacing, punctuation and neat handwriting!

2nd Grade- Our amazing Second Graders began studying life cycles. We had the privilege of experiencing the Life Cycle of a butterfly Hands on. The second graders got to watch 12 caterpillars munch away on milkweed, grow larger and larger and then turn into a chrysalis, after several days we were able to watch the chrysalis begin to wiggle and wiggle and out emerged a Beautiful Monarch Butterfly. We look forward to watching more caterpillars and butterflies in the Spring also.

3rd Grade- The third grade students are hard at work. We are utilizing Visible Thinking Routines across the curriculum to enhance student learning. We are busy working on strategies to multiply and divide numbers. In science, we will wrap up our study of force and motion and begin a fun investigation into electricity and magnetism. The students continue to read a variety of genres, while practicing the craft of writing a nonfiction narrative. In social studies we will begin studying Michigan's landforms and first people. Each third grade student strives to be a Havel S.T.A.R.

4th Grade- In science we are exploring and investigation energy and its different types. Math has us learning about place value up to one million and the importance of lining up numbers correctly. We made real life connections as to why this was important to know, such as when we buy a house, building anything and need measurements, or just shop at Mrs. Tepper's favorite store, Target. During social studies we are reviewing the 5 themes of geography and making text to self connections. When we read for information we are identifying "Key Words" that encompass the main idea to help us understand and make connections.

5th Grade- Fifth grade Science classes are going over Earth's Place in the Universe while incorporating reading strategies, making thinking visible routines, and keeping a Growth Mindset. Our social studies classes are learning about the Constitution with lessons on the Three Branches of Government and The Bill of Rights. 5th grade is focusing on our Growth Mindset in math class using the power of "yet". Students are learning how to add and subtract fractions/mixed numbers with unlike denominators.

6th Grade- In science we are exploring the concept of how does human development affect how water moves through our community? We are also using headlines to identify the main idea of an article and list supporting details/text evidence along with it. In advanced math were are beginning to explore integers and negative numbers. The advanced students will be using number lines to help learn how to add and subtract positive and negative numbers.

Media Center- In Media Center we are using visible thinking maps to help with our author studies of Jonathan Rand as we prepare for his upcoming visit.

EL- We are currently working on visualizing and locating the key details in a text during our guided reading groups. We are also focusing on our high frequency words and vocabulary words to better understand the text.

ISM- In kindergarten we are working on our five senses and the human body. First grade is learning about animals. Second grade is learning about the states of matter. Third grade is learning about fractions through games. Fourth and fifth grade is working on multiplication facts through games. Sixth grade is learning about place value through games.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Last year’s free and reduced applications will expire on Monday, October 15, 2018. As required by federal guidelines, students without a 2018-2019 approved Free and Reduced Meal Application on file will pay full price for all breakfast and lunch meals beginning October 16th. Families are strongly encouraged to go to lunchapp.com for quick results or complete a paper application as soon as possible to continue receiving benefits.

October Lunch Menus

UCS is no longer printing lunch menus for our students. They have an app that I encourage you to download with the nutrition information along with breakfast and lunch menus listed by building. Please see the information below for more information!

Dates to know:


9th- HVL Meeting

10th- Tornado Drill Practice

11th- Snack Cart

12th- Jonathan Rand Assembly

18th- Snack Cart

19th- Bagel Day, MSU/U of M Spirit Day, Chocolate Money Due, & 5th Grade DIA Trip

25th- Snack Cart

26th- HVL Monster Mash

31st- 1/2 Day 12:04 Dismissal


1- Snack Cart

2nd- bagel Day, End of 1st Marking Period & 4th Grade To Greenfield Village

4th- Daylight Savings Time- Fall Behind

6th- NO SCHOOL- Election Day

8th- Snack Cart

11th- Veterans Day

13th- Picture Retake Day

15th- 1/2 day of School (12:04 dismissal), snack cart, Chuckie Cheese Restaurant Night

16th- HVL Turkey Bingo, Bagel Day

21st-23rd- No School- HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Halloween Costume Guidelines

All of us at Havel work diligently to teach children how to solve problems in a non-violent way. We do not want to see children dressed as perpetrators or victims of violence. This includes props and accessories related to blood, gore, and weapons. Parent, please monitor your child’s costume choices: Students wearing this type of costume will not be permitted to participate in the days events. (Please keep in mind we don’t want our youngest students frightened by gory or scary costumes. Those should absolutely be avoided.)

Our parade will be at 11:00 am on the outside playpad (weather permitting).

Halloween Treats

All of our classrooms are peanut and tree nut safe. As is our building practice, no CANDY CONTAINING these ingredients will be allowed. I have attached a safe snack list for your reference. Please contact your child's teacher for specific items/food that may be needed for the party. HOMEMADE GOODS are not allowed in the classrooms. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment for all our students.

Help Needed

We are in need of a parent to lead our Science Olympiad team. If you would like to know more about these opportunities to help, please email Mrs. Tepper at kristina.tepper@uticak12.org
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