Lions Lines

June Edition * Hamilton Elementary School

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Events

1 Last day of student KAMPS 9:00-10:00 AM - No Lunch Visitors Please

2 End of Year Student Awards/Celebration – No Lunch Visitors Please

· (AM) PK & PPCD: 10:00 AM

· Kindergarten: 10:00 AM

· 1st Grade: 9:00 AM

· 2nd Grade: 11:15 AM

· 3rd Grade: 12:10 PM

· 4th Grade: 2:00 PM

· (PM) PK & PPCD: 2:00 PM

· Life Skills: 2:00 PM

3 5th Grade Day & Awards Celebration – No Lunch Visitors Please

· 5th Grade Awards Celebration: 2:15 PM

4 Last Day of School - No Lunch Visitors Please

· Report Cards go home

· No Back Packs

Awards Celebrations: Thank you for submitting an RSVP - remember to wear your visitor tag that was sent home. Please disregard the time that is printed on your visitor tag - the schedule is listed above. Note that school-age children from other campuses are not permitted on campus to attend this event.

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 4). 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 3. 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 4. 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 4.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

SUMMER TUTORING

Are you interested in having your child work on reading, writing, or math skills over the summer? If so, please contact Michelle Erickson, Counselor, for details.

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

Library News

What a fabulous year we have had in the library! Most recently, we held a Spring Book Fair with Southwest Books. The feedback from students, teachers and parents was phenomenal - everyone loved the selection of books (and no 'junk'!). A big thank you to Kara French and her team of volunteers for making sure everything ran smoothly. All profits will be spent entirely on books for the 2015-16 school year.

Summer Reading - Students have access to Hamilton's eBooks for most of the summer. Simply go to the district website, PARENTS & STUDENTS / LIBRARY RESOURCES / CLICK TO VISIT LIBRARY / HAMILTON ELEMENTARY. Students will need to log in with their s# and the password used at school. If your child doesn't know his or her password, contact the teacher. Click on the CATALOG tab, change 'material type' to EBOOK, and hit enter. If you have problems or questions, email jennifer.lucas@cfisd.net - I will be checking email periodically throughout the summer.

Also in the Lions Lines are Recommended Reading Lists for next year, the official Name That Book list for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, and the Harris County Public Library's summer calendar and special event descriptions - enjoy!

Our second year of the BAK-PAK (Books And Kids - Power And Knowledge) has wrapped up and we truly appreciate the hours Emily Sausley and her great Dane, Sadie, spent working with our second graders. They bring a smile to our faces the moment they walk in the building!

Finally, an enormous THANK YOU to the library volunteers that come in every single week to assist with your child's checkout, shelving books and other miscellaneous tasks. Because of these #AWESOME people, we have an #AWESOME library: Amy Fink, Nita Patel, Valerie Arnold, Rob James, Krish Gundu, Rebecca Parker, Roxie Goetz, and Lindy LeCompte (Volunteer Coordinator).


Summer Reading Lists

1st Grade: http://tinyurl.com/1st-Summer-Reading

2nd Grade: http://tinyurl.com/2nd-Summer-Reading

3rd Grade: http://tinyurl.com/3rd-Summer-Reading

4th Grade: http://tinyurl.com/4th-Summer-Reading

Harris County Public Library Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/HPCL-1

Lone Star Summer Reading Program: http://tinyurl.com/HCPL-2

Name That Book List: http://tinyurl.com/Name-That-Book-List

Credit by Exam

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 1 to register. Summer testing for the 2015-2016 school year will take place on June 16, 2015.

Message to 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 (2015-2016 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. This makes the student eligible for the Level-1 Language Arts/Reading block and Social Studies; or

3. The student earns Level III-Advanced on the STAAR Science. This makes the student eligible for Level-1 Science;

and

4. The student has parent permission to enroll in

Level-1 class.


Students who provisionally qualified for any Level-1 class(es) at the end of the 3rd nine weeks, received the Level-1 letter on Wednesday, April 8. If you and your child have made the decision to participate in any Level-1 subject area, you must sign the form and return it to Michelle Erickson before that placement can made.


***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.

Thank you to our May Watch D.O.G.S.

Michael Vannier

Bryan Leopard

Patrick Sagayababu

Eric Johnson

Alejandro Rodriguez

Adam Stout

Steven Sandh

William Lally

Paul Young

Pete Riepe

Nestor Mirabal

Kelly Crosby

Jeff Carlyle

Shane Weissinger

Mike Herold

Bill Sheats

Nagesh Rachakonda

Siva Sai Krishna Rachakonda

Garry Whyte

Laksumana Yeminedi


We would like to thank all of the fathers that participated this year in our inaugural program for the 2014-15 school year. In addition, I would also like to give a special thank you to Jeff and Erin Carlyle for all of their support and assistance with running the program this year. WATCH DOGS was a huge success, and we will be continuing the program for the 2015-16 school year. If you would like to be a part of the program next year, start looking for information in the newsletter about the WATCH DOGS Kick-Off in the early fall of next year!

KAMP - Kids and Multiple Possibilities

Our students have had a blast during KAMPs this week! Thank you so much for your generous contributions to help make them a success. A special thank you to our PTO for providing funding to support the KAMPs.

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