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December 2015 * Hamilton Elementary School


December Family Movement Calendar:


7 Red Chess Club 8:00 AM

- 5th Gr. Art Club 4:10 PM

8 Choir Practice 4:00 PM

- Fit Girls Meet 4:10 PM

10 Choir Practice 4:00 PM

- Fit Girls Meet 4:10 PM

11 Spirit Day - wear a Hamilton shirt and show your school spirit

2nd Gr. Garden Day

Name That Book Practice

Last Day for Yearbook Orders:

14 Blue Chess Club 8:00 AM

- 5th Gr. Art Club 4:10 PM

- Choir Winter Concert 6:30 PM

15 Fit Girls Meet 4:10 PM

17 Polar Express Pajama Day

18 Holiday Parties (See Schedule Below)

- No Lunch Visitors, please.

Holiday Party RSVP:

Dec. 21-Jan. 4 Winter Break/No School

HES Annual Food Drive

Hamilton Elementary will be holding a food drive the week of December 7-11, 2015. The food collected will be distributed to families in need in our area. Listed below is the list of items that we are collecting. You may send in any item you wish to donate on any day next week. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

  • Canned foods, vegetables, soup, fruit
  • Toiletries, personal items (such as toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant)
  • Granola bars, breakfast bars, juice boxes, fruit cups
  • Peanut butter, canned tuna/chicken, etc.

Holiday Party Schedule

AM PK/PPCD 9:15-9:45 AM

1st Grade 1:15-1:45 PM

2nd Grade 12:15-12:45 PM

3rd Grade 11:15-11:45 AM

4th Grade 10:15-10:45 AM

5th Grade 9:15-9:45 AM

Kindergarten 2:15-2:45 PM

LS & PM PPCD 2:15-2:45 PM

Holiday Party RSVP:

Yearbook Sales Deadline - December 11

Get them while they're hot! Order your keepsake yearbook by December 11. All yearbook orders will be online at

The hardcover books are only $35 each and can be customized for an additional charge.

If you have any pictures of school events or after school activities, please send them to Please include the name and date of the event as well as, names of students/people if you know it.

We know that being in attendance All Day, Every Day is a challenge and understand that illness and emergencies happen. We would like to recognize the following students for being in school All Day, Every Day for the first nine weeks.

***All Day, Every Day***

Thank you for working with students to be at school All Day, Every Day. We know that it is a challenge! During the first nine-weeks of school, 173 students did not miss even one minute of instruction! Congratulations to the students listed below for being at school All Day, Every Day! These students will receive a coupon for a treat from the cafeteria.

Attendance by Six-Weeks

The HES attendance goal for 2015-2016 is 98.5%.

Overall HES attendance by six-weeks:

1st six-weeks: 97.9%

2nd six-weeks: 97.0%

Second Six-Weeks Attendance by Grade Level:

PPCD: 95.4%

Pre-K: 94.96%

KG: 96.18%

1st: 96.35%

2nd: 97.32%

3rd: 97.61%

4th: 97.33%

5th: 97.50%

First Six-Weeks Attendance by Grade Level:

PPCD: 92.86%

Pre-K: 98.36%

KG: 96.86%

1st: 98.35%

2nd: 98.65%

3rd: 98.18%

4th: 98.38%

5th: 97.43%

PTO December Luncheon

Thursday, Dec. 10th


Black's Market Table - Louetta Rd.

$15 per person

All parents/staff invited

RSVP to by Dec. 8th

***Counselor's Corner***

Families in Need Donations

Thank you so much for your generosity! If you are donating a gift for our sister school project, please return the unwrapped gift to the front office by Monday, December 7th.

There are still a few bigger items that are available. These include, bikes, game consoles, dollhouses, etc. If you would like to contribute one of these items, please stop by the office area and choose an ornament, or you may contact our counselor at

December Word of the Month

KIDS AND PARENTS can watch this together!

It's a BIG IDEA Show!

Be entertained and learn all about COMPASSION

Here is the video link:

Caring enough to do something about someone else's need.

SAY IT: It’s easy to get wrapped up in yourself during the holidays—your own wish list, your own to-do list, your own traditions. So this month, we are focusing on a Big Idea that will remind us all to see the bigger picture.

So this week, set aside a few minutes to help us talk about compassion with your child. See if your child can tell you what the new value is and (even better) the definition. Then, gather the whole family and your favorite bouncy ball. Stand in a large circle and say the new value and definition while holding the bouncy ball (“Compassion—caring enough to do something about someone else’s need”). When you have correctly recited it, bounce the ball to your child to say the value and definition while holding the ball. If he or she doesn’t get it quite right, that’s okay! Just bounce the ball back to the person who started and say it again. Bounce the ball to your child until he or she can say the definition correctly and bounce it to the next person. Play continues like this until everyone in the family is able to say it correctly!

KNOW IT: Dig a little deeper this week with these discussion starters about compassion:
• What are some of the needs you see in the people around you every day? ?
• What can you do to help with some of these needs? ?
• Describe a time when someone gave up something in order to meet one of your needs. ?
• Have you ever given something up or overlooked your own needs to help someone else? ?
• When was the last time you saw someone showing compassion?

SEE IT: Now that you know what we say compassion means, and you know what compassion means to you, read the info below and SEE what other kinds of animals show compassion.
The orca whale is a magnificent creature, weighing as much as 18,000 pounds and growing as long as 32 feet— that’s almost as long as a school bus! Despite their large size and their strength, these whales look out for each other. If one whale is injured, the other orcas will lift it to the surface so it can breathe. And if one whale gets stuck on the beach, the others will even risk their own lives to try and save their friend. Now, you may not be as big as a whale but you can definitely show compassion in ways that are just as BIG!


Okay, you know just about all there is to know about compassion. Now, let’s take what we know and put it into practice. Malaria is a curable disease, yet nearly 3,000 children in Africa die from Malaria every year. It’s easy to forget about people who are suffering from a disease thousands of miles away because we don’t see them. But when we take the time to stop and remember and do something about their needs, we are demonstrating compassion. One way you can help prevent malaria is by purchasing a simple mosquito net. Open up the web search engine on your family computer, smartphone or tablet and go to to learn more about how your family can help prevent Malaria in Africa.

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, at 281-320-7055 or

Fall and Spring Testing

Students may be tested during the week of December 7-11, 2015, during the week of February 15-19, 2016, or for summer testing in June (dates to be determined), to accelerate for the upcoming school year (2016-17). Grade placement changes will be made at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

· Testing will begin with mathematics, followed by reading/language arts and science, if required. 80% mastery on each test is required for advanced placement to occur.

· Campus testing will be administered by campus personnel.

Due dates and testing windows:

Application due date: Dec. 2, 2015 Testing Date or Window: Dec. 7-11, 2015

Application due date: Feb. 10, 2015 Testing Date or Window: Feb. 15-19, 2016

Watch D.O.G.S. - Dads of Great Students

It has been a great start to our 2015-2016 Watch Dog program this year! I trained a total of 45 dads for the first semester of volunteers, and they are all prepped and ready to go!

Thank you to the following dads for being our Watch Dogs in November:

Terry O’Mahoney

Randy Matthews

T Sandh

Hector Ramirez

Tim Meeks

Chad Shipes

Chuck Morris

Tom Flader

Todd Miller

Charles Strange

Vinh Le

Duane Iselt

Matt Bailey

If you are still interested in being a Watch Dog Dad for the spring semester, please click on the link below. In order to participate, you will need to be sure and also sign up for one of the two trainings left in the spring. It is embedded in the link below.

***Kind Minds & PBIS***

Kind Minds December Challenge

This month, students will focusing on honoring HES "behind the scenes" staff member that help our school work, such as the custodians, cafeteria workers and office staff. Students will read the book, If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover and will be challenged by Leo the Lion to think about what Hamilton would be like if we didn’t have custodians to help us with our messes. What if no one answered the phones or took care of the front office? Who would help us with our lunches if the cafeteria workers did not work here anymore. Students will focus on honoring the “behind the scenes” people who help our school work. They will make them feel like a million bucks this month. Students will also be encouraged to high five the "behind the sceners" when they see them in the hallway to let them know that their hard work for our school is appreciated.

***News from the Library***

Earn a FREE ticket to 6 Flags! 6 Flags is all about having fun, and reading is fun, too! Read for 6 hours by January 19, 2016, and your student will receive a FREE ticket to 6 Flags (and earn their teachers a free ticket, too). Use the attached reading log and make sure it's completely filled out. Hours of reading and parent signature must be on the form to be accepted. Students may turn in the reading log between January 5th thru 19th. Students will receive a prize when they turn in the reading log, and the tickets will arrive the last week of school.

Read to Succeed Reading Log:

Name That Book teams for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade have been selected. Remaining practice dates (and volunteers needed) are: December 11 and January 8, 15, and 22nd. The Grade Level Competition is January 26th during large group in the library. Winning grade level teams move on to the School Competition on February 9th at 4:30 in the library. This winning team will represent Hamilton at the District Competition on May 8th at 5:00 at the Berry Center. Get ready to Name That Book!

Congratulations to 5th grader Sophia Hinojosa who won the Junior Library Guild's Doodle Contest! JLG recognized the many outstanding entries from our campus, and had a tough time choosing an overall winner. Sophia received a hardcover book about doodling and a set of 72 colored pencils with case. The library is also receiving 2 copies of the book to be added to the collection in honor of Sophia!

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***Birthday Book Club***

Box Tops 4 Education Collection Winners

Thank you to all who clipped those Box Tops 4 Education labels! Our submission for the Fall earned the school $1,106.60! So continue to clip those Box Tops 4 Educations as they do add up and help to earn money for the school. Our next collection period will end January 15.

The following classes were the top winners for this past collection period and have earned a sneaky recess pass:

  • Ms. Schoech's Kindergarten Class
  • Ms. Carraway's 1st Grade Class
  • Ms. Haas's 2nd Grade Class
  • Ms. Meek's 3rd Grade Class
  • Ms. Arnoldi's 4th Grade Class
  • Ms. Whittington's 5th Grade Class

***School Reminders***

Parent & Student Handbook

It is important to know the policies and procudures for HES. Please read the Parent & Student Handbook carefully as well as use it for a reference when you have a question. We are always happy to answer your questions and provide clarifying information.

From the Attendance Office

MOVING? If you know you will be moving over the holidays, please let the registrar know before the holiday break.

Notes: When sending notes from home including transportation changes, please be sure to list your child's first & last name and homeroom teachers name.

Change in Phone Number: If you have a phone number change, please contact the registrar's office. This is the only way we have to contact you in case of an emergency for your student.

Excused Absences: Parents, please remember to send a signed note or doctor’s note to excuse your child’s absence. Your phone call is a welcomed courtesy, but the note excuses the absence.

***CFISD Information***

CFISD District Information

Check out information for CFISD by clicking on the links below.
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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:

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