Hilton Weekly Newsletter
September 7th, 2018
Important Dates to Remember!
9/12 - Wear Red, White and Blue Day
9/13 - Hot Dog Open House - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9/13 - Book Fair at Open House
9/14 - Spirit Day - Wear Your Brighton Colors - Youth Night at BHS Football
9/19 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night
9/21 - Pink Day - Wear Pink to support Cancer Awareness
9/28 - Hound Dog Run (more info coming soon!)
What a terrific start to the school year! All the time and effort in August is worth the price of seeing the smiling faces of your children. This is my fourth year as principal, and each September, I look forward to witnessing the emotional and academic growth that comes from the combined effort of students, parents and the Hilton staff. The commitment to children on the part of all the adults in our school and your home, creates a rich educational experience that I find inspiring. I look forward to working with you and your children throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support, and for sending us such great kids.
Helping your children Succeed - Read, read, read! At least 20 minutes per day!
It's easy to understand why learning to read is important. Furthermore, it is incredibly important for our children. As they grow, they will need to possess strong reading skills to make it through school and into their career. As you work with your child to keep them on track, remember these reasons why reading is important for kids:
1. It expands their vocabulary.
2. It makes them better at it.
3. It helps build independence and self-confidence.
4. It helps them make sense of the world around them.
5. It leads to their future academic success.
6. It enhances their imagination.
7. It entertains them.
8. It improves their grammar.
9. It improves their writing skills.
10. Reading is fun!
The Hilton Literacy Coach, Ms. Alexander, has lots of great ideas to help you improve your child's ability to read. Click the button below to view tips for reading from her webpage.
Building a Culture of Thinking
Over the past two years, the Hilton Elementary staff has dedicated their professional development to the implementation of Visible Thinking strategies in the classroom. These strategies facilitate student engagement, understanding and independence for students early learners. Beginning in Kindergarten students are encouraged to share their thinking through active participation in conversation and discourse. You may hear your children talking about various routines, including Tug-O-War, See Think Wonder or Connect/Extend and Challenge.
For more information on Cultures of Thinking or Thinking Routines, click the bar below.
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Another area of growth being pursued by the Hilton staff is the adoption of the Conscious Discipline program. Conscious Discipline is a social and emotional classroom management program designed to give teachers the discipline skills they need to address the emotional and social issues of children in the twenty-first century.
The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model recognizes three basic brain / body / mind states which produce certain behaviors. Intentional responses by trained adults enable children to access their coping skills. This neurodevelopmental model focuses on internal states first and behavior second. All Hilton teachers and many of the other staff participated in a 7 hour training prior to the start of the school year. We have already started implementing strategies to address the needs of all the children in our school. Click below for additional information.
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Have a great school year!
Hilton Supports Pink Week!
Print and fill out the form (link below) to reserve and order your t-shirts! Forms must be received at Hilton no later than 9/10.
Checks should be made out to "Ivory Vines". All shirts are $15.00.
All proceeds will be donated to St. Joe's Cancer Center.
Hilton PTO News
Our first PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18th at 7pm. It will be located in the STEAM Center along with snacks and childcare. The PTO has a lot of great events planned for this school year. All parents of Hilton students are members of the PTO. Please join us to offer your support, ideas, and most important, to make this an amazing year for our students.
Hound Dog Run
Every student will be participating 2nd annual Hound Dog Run held on September 28th. All students will receive a Hound Dog T shirt and a refreshing snack as the run/walk with their classmates. Parents and siblings are invited to this fun filled event. Each student is encouraged to collect at least $30 during our one-time-only fundraising event. There are a lot of prizes and volunteers opportunities. Please visit the Hilton PTO website for more information.
Looking to advertise your business while helping our school?
Hilton is looking for Sponsors for the 2018/2019 school year. Sponsorship prices range from $25 to $500 with the benefit of promoting your business in a number for different ways. Please visit the Hilton Elementary PTO Facebook page for more information.
Please start and continue collecting Box Tops throughout the year. In the past, money raised through this program and financed the field trip transportation as well as granted up to $100 to each classroom for much needed supplies.
Hilton is now enrolled in the Kroger Rewards Program. Please support the school by linking us to your Kroger Rewards Card. Our number is 68151 or you can just type our school name in the search window at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
*New Online Directory*
We have a new online directory. To join our directory, please visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/join.a5w to input your child’s information and privacy settings. Hilton’s invitation code is “hiltonexplores”. This site will also be used to send PTO updates, accept donations and hold emergency contact information. You can also download the MySchoolAnywhere app to your smartphone to receive updated information on the go.
PTO Facebook Website
This is where the most information is regarding PTO events. Please make you that you are signed up to be informed and to witness the wonderful activities that are planned this year.
Hilton Elementary PTO on Facebook
Any questions about PTO news can be emailed to- firstname.lastname@example.org