News and events
Hamilton Hurricanes - January 2023
February 13, 2023
A message from the principal
The best life's lessons...
As educators, we come with the mindset that we are here to teach students. We teach them to read and write, to problem-solve mathematical equations, as well as learn how to build positive relationships. But, it's the unexpected life's lessons that come our way that are the best learning lessons of all. These are the lessons that we, the educators, learn from our students. As an educator myself, I know the time spent on reflecting upon the instruction we bring to students, the conversations we have with each other, and the questions students ask. So I found myself recently reflecting on a lesson from one of my 2nd grade students years ago that I continue to find value in. I was working so hard to help this student move forward in their reading and we continued to get stuck on one little thing. I focused my time on how to address this one little thing that was a sticking point. I had to take a step back to reconsider how to approach this differently. Well, when I came back to the table to instruct this student, the student read the passage fluently without any trouble.
What I realized was that I was focusing on the obstacle rather than the strategies they already knew to problem-solve. When I took a step back to see the bigger picture, the student's strengths were able to shine through. Sometimes we hold on too tight to the obstacles and lose focus on the bigger picture. So with that... today's life lesson is to let go of the obstacles to focus on the strengths that surround us!
Virtual Art Gallery
Please be sure to check out Hamilton's 2022-2023 Virtual Art Gallery. Student's artwork will be posted here once complete. It will include artwork from the start of the year and continue to grow as the year progresses. Look for your child's classroom tab and scroll down. Can't find your child's classroom tab? The grades start with Kindergarten and progress up to 5th grade as your scroll to the right.
Bus Safety Poster Contest
Students created Bus Safety Posters that line our hallways.
The theme for the posters this year was "Safely rolling to my destination!" We received hundreds of entries!
A winner in each grade received $10.00!
Kindergarten - Elena
1st Grade - Layan
2nd Grade - No entry
3rd Grade - Audrina
4th Grade - Maggie
5th Grade - Kylie
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night was Thursday February 9.
Families enjoyed a FREE activity night of family fun. From Board games and dodgeball to Bingo and building wooden crafts, there was a lot for our students to do!
Parents were able to attend a presentation on Mental Wellness from Nell Aburto, M.Ed. and Jodi Sandquist, LICSW. Topics that were discussed: love at home, family night, morning and night routines, screen time, and phone safety and child directed play, building peace into your home, and calm down spaces.
This event is Co Sponsored by Community Ed and Hamilton Elementary School.
If you are looking for a fun and easy way to be more involved with your students school and community, then I highly encourage coming to a meeting to see what PAC/PTO is all about! PTO will meet in the media center at 6:30pm on the following dates for the 2022/23 school year: 2/16/23, 3/9/23, 4/20/23 and 5/18/23. If you are unsure about meetings but still want to be involved, I encourage you to become a volunteer within the school.
I have opportunities available daily which include:
ACCESS testing monitors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAA2DA1FBCF8-testing
Teacher Projects: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAA2DA1FBCF8-hamilton1
To be a volunteer, please complete the two online forms: Volunteer Application and Criminal History Release Form. I am available via email (email@example.com) or phone (763-506-2730). I am in the building Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm and I would love to help you get involved!
Try this at home
Congratulations to our November and December Citizenship Award Honorees! These students are recognized for exemplifying the core character values of Respect, Responsibility, Making Good Choices, Being Kind and Valuing the Importance of Learning!
Kindergarten -Margaux, Azariya, Ryan, Clayton
1st Grade - Wonder, Emma, Asiyah, Aiden, Raymond
2nd Grade - Iziah, Kaylee
3rd Grade - Amanda, Larae, Cuong
4th Grade - Lucas, Everett, Timothy
5th Grade - Ayaat, Kaladin, Chyna
The month of February we have fun activities!
Thank you for supporting Community Education. Classes starting in February are:
Outer Space Fun Do you like outer space? Join us for a fizzing Jupiter experiment, making a galaxy jar and some galaxy play dough.
Class meets on Friday February 17 3:30-4:30 pm
School Social Worker
Jodi Sandquist, MSW-LICSW
Licensed School Social Worker
Hamilton Elementary School
"When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
If you have immediate concerns for the physical safety of a friend, a family member, or yourself, call 911.
Dial **CRISIS from your cell phone to be connected with county mobile crisis services.
Anoka County Mobile Crisis: 763-755-3801
Hennepin County Children (up to 18): 612-348-2233
Hennepin County Adults (18+): 612-596-1223
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)
Crisis Text Line: “MN” to 741741
Attendance is important
When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, travel, or for any other reason, the result for the student is the same----learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school.
Missed days add up quickly!
- Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.
- Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your student to keep up with other students especially in math and reading.
- Make appointments with your medical provider or dentist outside of the school day. If that is not possible, make them in the late afternoon so your student misses as little school as possible.
- Always provide medical documentation of all appointments to the school personnel.
- If your student has a chronic disease, make sure that the school nurse is aware of the disease and provide medical updates so that they can assist your student if he or she becomes ill.
Promoting health and wellness in school, early influenza season
Minnesota is starting to see an uptick in flu cases, according to new data from the state department of health. Now is the perfect opportunity to remind your students about healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Use these conversation tips at home to stay healthy this school year:
Wash hands frequently: Scrub hands and fingers with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover coughs and sneezes: Use an elbow or a tissue.
Avoid touching your face: Germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.
Practice healthy eating habits: Food is your body’s fuel. Choosing well-balanced meals boosts energy and health. Avoid sharing food/drinks/utensils with others.
Get plenty of rest: Sleep is important and restores your mind and body.
When to stay home
Ensuring schools are safe and healthy for all students is the first priority for Anoka-Hennepin. If your child does get sick, keep them home from school so they don’t share their illness with others. Reference school district guidelines to help with this decision:
If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student must stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medication.
If a student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student must stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
If a student has had any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.
If a student is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness.
For more resources and information contact your school health services office or visit ahschools.us/healthservices.
Preparing for the 2023-24 school year
Families have many choices today for their student’s education. Students enrolled in Anoka-Hennepin Schools are assigned to attend school based on their home address, and students transitioning to middle or high school have already received a placement letter via postal mail. A reminder email will be sent next week.
If a family is planning to send a child to kindergarten next school year, or if a family is interested in exploring alternate school options for the 2023-24 school year, now is the time to learn more. Information sessions and open houses for specialty/magnet schools are scheduled now through February, and elementary schools will offer kindergarten registration events beginning in March through April, varying at each school.
If your family decides that they are interested in attending a school other than the school they are assigned to for the 2023-24 school year, complete either an in-district transfer or open enrollment form by Jan. 15, 2023 for priority consideration.
If your family plans to stay at the school they are assigned to based on your home address, no additional action is needed.
Visit ahschools.us/enroll to complete the process, find FAQs and additional enrollment resources.
What’s the difference between an in-district transfer and open enrollment?
An in-district transfer is when you live in the school district boundaries and would like to enroll in another school or program within the school district.
Open enrollment is available for families living outside of the Anoka-Hennepin School District attendance boundaries, but want to enroll in an Anoka-Hennepin School.
School choice available through Anoka-Hennepin
If a student wants to consider other school choices, Anoka-Hennepin offers additional options, including specialty and magnet schools.
Twelve specialty and magnet schools across the district are available to all students at no additional cost. These schools are designed to provide choice and in-demand educational options in the arts; science, technology, math, engineering and biomedical sciences (STEM/STEAM); and International Baccalaureate (IB). Students who live within Anoka-Hennepin boundaries are eligible to apply to any of the specialty or magnet schools. Visit ahschools.us/specialtymagnet to learn more.
If you have more questions about enrollment, visit ahschools.us/enroll, call Anoka-Hennepin Schools Application and Connection Services department at 763-506-1030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Engage 360 Podcast Episode 29: Stay Above the Line - promoting sportsmanship and positive fan behavior
Sportsmanship is everybody’s business, and Anoka-Hennepin Schools and the Northwest Suburban Conference (NWSC) are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all at athletics and activities events.
Earlier this year, around 100 students from all five district high schools and NWSC member schools participated in a sportsmanship seminar titled “Stay Above the Line,” an initiative to promote positive spectator behavior and expectations.
In the latest Parent Engage 360 Podcast episode, host Liz Burgard is joined by two high school seniors to learn more about the “Stay Above the Line” initiative. Coon Rapids High School senior Eleanor Defoe and Blaine High School senior Kendall Stadden both represent their schools as Bleacher Captains.
Bleacher Captains will be visible at all NWSC-sponsored activities to help promote a positive environment and respectful behavior and cheers for all players, fans, opponents and game personnel.
In this episode, both Defoe and Stadden share insights into what it is like at a high school sporting event both from the spectator and student-athlete perspectives.
The Parent Engage 360 Podcast aims to provide parents and guardians with knowledge from experts in chemical health, mental health, internet safety and more, as well as the tools needed to support their children. Anoka-Hennepin hopes that providing timely and helpful information through the Parent Engage 360 podcast series will strengthen the bond between school and home with resources parents and guardians can use and share with others.