Hilton Weekly Newsletter

Friday, January 18th

A Note from Mr. Eisele

Hello Hilton Families,

I had a teacher tell me that we are in the sweet spot for student learning. Routines are established, students are comfortable in their new setting, and instruction is in high gear. Support at home is just as important as the education your child receives at school. Reading is always a great way to spend time with your child, and just talking is very beneficial as well. Here are some top tips to improve communication when talking with your child:

  • Set aside time for talking and listening to each other. Family meals can be a great time to do this.
  • Talk about everyday things as you go through your day. If you and your child are used to having lots of communication, it can make it easier to talk when big or tricky issues come up.
  • Be open to talking about all kinds of feelings, including anger, joy, frustration, fear and anxiety. This helps your child develop a ‘feelings vocabulary’. Talking about feeling angry is different from getting angry, though. Learning the difference is an important step for a child learning to communicate.
  • Tune in to what your child’s body language is telling you, and try to respond to non-verbal messages too – for example, ‘You’re very quiet this afternoon. Did something happen at school?’.
  • Work together to solve problems. And remember that you might not always be able to resolve an issue straight away, but you can come back to it later.
  • Emphasize the importance of honesty by encouraging and supporting your child to tell the truth – and praising her when she does. And by being honest yourself!
  • Watch your child’s facial expressions and body language. Listening isn’t just about hearing words, but also about trying to understand what’s behind those words.

  • Don’t rush into problem-solving. Your child might just want you to listen, and to feel that her feelings and point of view matter to someone.

  • To let your child know you’re listening, and to make sure you’ve really understood the important messages she’s telling you, repeat back what your child has said and make lots of eye contact.
  • Build on what your child is telling you and show your interest by saying things like ‘Tell me more about ...’, ‘Really!’ and ‘Go on ...’. This sends your child the message that what he has to say is important to you.

Thank you for sending us such great children. They enjoy learning and give their best each and every day.

Have a great weekend!


Jeff Eisele

Hilton Principal

Important Dates to Remember

1/21 - No School

1/23 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

1/25 - Popcorn Friday

1/28 - JK- 6 attend school (Grades 7 - 12 Off)

2/1 - Jump Rope Club Starts (see info below to register)

2/5 - PTO Meeting at 2:30 p.m.

2/11 - 2/15 - Bountiful Harvest Canned Food Drive

2/27 - Family Science Night

2/27 & 2/28 - Book Fair

3/1 - Lunch with a Loved One and Book Fair during all lunch recess times

Girl's on The Run Needs another Coach!

In order for the program to run, we need another Coach!

You don't have to run, just supervise. Practices are T/Th from 4-5:30. This is a great program to build strong young women in our community. Contact Vicki Terpac at vicki.terpak@gmail.com or call 734-306-3601.

Your daughter will receive a discount of 50% off of her registration fee if you sign up to coach.

PTO News

PTO Meetings

The next PTO meeting will be held on February 5 at 2:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the office conference room. Please join us to offer your support and ideas.

Lost and Found

The Hilton’s Lost and Found bin was over-flowing. Items have separated and laid out in the hallway going to the playground. Students will have the opportunity to claim any missing items. Photos of these items have been place on the PTO Facebook page. If your missing something, please talk with your children so that they can be on the look-out for the item. Any unclaimed item will be donated on 1/31. Please stop in and see if anything belongs to you. Thank you!

Popcorn Friday (January 25)

The next Popcorn Friday will be on January 25. For $0.25 (or a Toe Token) your child(ren) can purchase popcorn popped by Hilton’s parents during lunchtime. To volunteer, just visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w.

Box Tops (January 31)

Please continue to collect box tops. The next deadline submission will be January 31. The prize is a coupon for free bowling at Brighton Bowl. We will no longer be sending home Box Top Sheets. You can send them to school in a plastic bag with your child’s name and teachers name on it. In the past, money raised through this program financed field trip transportation as well as granted up to $100 to each classroom for much needed supplies.

Jump Rope Club (Starting Friday February 1)

It is that time of year again to keep our students active during these cold winter months. Starting every friday from February 1 to May 10 (8:00am - 8:47am), student(s) can be dropped off early to “burn off” some energy prior to the start of the school day. An electronic flyer will be sent out through Facebook. Registration will only be through MySchoolAnyWhere. There is a requested donation of $5 per family. We are also looking for volunteers to help turn ropes and supervise. To register and/or volunteer, please visit the MSA site at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

*NEW* Show the Love - Bountiful Harvest Food Can Drive- (February 11-15)

During Valentine’s Day week, we thought this would be a wonderful time to “Show the Love” to others in our community. We would like our students to collect non perishable food items and/or money that will be donated to our local Food Pantry, Bountiful Harvest. There will be a little friendly competition between the grades to see who can “Show the Most Love”. A flyer will be coming home soon in the Friday Folders with more information.

Family Science Night (February 27) *New Option*

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, February 27, from 5-7pm, Hilton will host a Family Science Night which will take place of the traditional Science Fair. Our students will have a choice to either enter a judged competition or submit a family project just for educational fun! The family project is a new option for our students and families to learn together. The projects can be a demonstration project or a fun “take-away”. The choice is yours! There will also be local companies conducting demonstrations also. This is a free family learning event. All registrations must be completed by February 1. Also, poster boards will be on sale February 1. Parents can drop off projects on Tuesday, February 26, from 6 to 8 pm. Look for more information coming home soon is the Friday folder regarding registration and project information. We are also looking for many volunteers for this event. To offer your time and talent, please visit https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

Book Fair (February 27 and 28)

Hilton will be hosting a Book Fair for 4pm to 7pm on February 27th and 28th. The books that will be on sale will be selected specially for our Hilton family. We do not have hours during the school day for students to shop alone. Come, enjoy and support our school library!

Annual Lunch with a Loved Once (March 1)

On Friday, March 1 we will host Lunch with a Loved One. Students may invite any special adult to join them for lunch and then visit the Book Fair during recess time. This event is popular with grandparents, as well as, moms and dads. Younger siblings are welcome.

Lunch Times: JK/K 11:15-12:00, 1st 11:45-12:30, 2nd 12:15-1:00, 4th 12:45-1:30, 3rd 1:15-2:00

Hilton Hound Dog Apparel

The following websites are local businesses which now sell Hilton Hound Dog items. Please check them out.

Ivory Vines


Finland & Fawn Boutique


Artsonia Online Art Gallery

Everyone should have received an email to approve access to Artsonia. The artwork created by our students will be now uploaded to this new online art gallery. You will be able to view your child(ren)’s art online, share with others, create a fan club and order keepsakes. These could make the perfect Holiday gift. Volunteers are still in the process of uploading artwork to this new system. So please keep checking back. If you have not received an email for approval or have any questions, please contact your PTO at HiltonPTO@gmail.com

Hilton Recycling Program

Hilton receives money for recycled paper! There is a green dumpster outside the school located next to Hilton Road. Every Friday, Ms. Michael’s class collects recycled paper throughout the school and places it in the dumpster. You can donate too! But only paper please (no cardboard or phone books). It is an easy way for our school to earn money while teaching students how to protect the environment!

Kroger Shoppers

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

Amazon Smile

How fun would it be to shop, while at the same time, earning money for our school? Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com) is through Amazon.com, in which they donate money for most items purchased through their website. The fun part is that the website keeps a running total on your account to see how much money you donate to the school just by shopping with them. Check out this 30 second video to see how you can add a shortcut to your (mobile) home screen to ensure all your Amazon purchases benefit Hilton Elementary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWgglu7ZCDE.

Coca Cola/Powerade Give

Attention all Coca Cola and Powerade drinkers! Another way to earn money for Hilton Elementary is through the Coca Cola Give Program. By collecting Coca Cola caps and codes, Hilton can earn money to purchase supplies for physical education, sports, technology and/or arts. Most Coca-Cola beverages that have a product code under its cap, or printed on its paper packaging, are eligible to be used for donation. Here is a link to the reference list of participating brands https://us.coca-cola.com/participating-brands. Please collect these clean items in a plastic bag and send to school with your child. There is a drawer in the office for collections.

We have already earned $70! Every little bit helps!

Background Check

If you are planning to volunteer at school at all this year, BAS requires a background check. Here is the link to get that done:


Hilton Elementary PTO Mission Statement

We as parents wish to support the entire teaching staff and administration to make sure each and every child at Hilton Elementary School has a variety of learning opportunities and experiences.

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MSU's Introduce a Girl to Engineering - a FREE event 2/16/19

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Who: 4th -8th graders (Students must attend with a chaperone, 1 chaperone to 3 student maximum)

: Attendees will get the opportunity to rotate through 5 different hands-on Engineering activities.

: Check-in 12:15-12:45pm; Program: 1:00-4:00pm

: Activities will take place in the MSU Engineering and Anthony Hall buildings

Cost: FREE

Registration is required. Chaperones remain with their 4th-8th graders for the entire duration of the event.
Registration deadline is January 31, 2019 or until maximum capacity is reached.

Register at:

Questions can be directed to wie-outreach@egr.msu.edu SUBJ: Introduce a Girl to Engineering or (517) 432-1273