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Updates & Reminders 2/11 to 2/15

Monday, 2/11

  • 1st grade music concert 6 pm
     

Thursday, 2/14

  • Wear red day
     

2/18-2/22

  • Mid-Winter break-No School
     

Hello Hamilton Families,

Thank you so much to those of you who joined us at the girls Princess dance, it was great to see all of you!  A special thank you to the staff and PTA who volunteered to help and the gift bag donations form the PTA.  We are very lucky to have such greats supports for our Hamilton community! Check out our Hamilton PTA Facebook page for the pictures!

   Please make sure your child is at school every day and on time.  We are having a problem with tardiness and early pickups that are interrupting our learning environment.  Please allow your child as well as the other in their class the opportunity to have uninterrupted learning time.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Please check with your child’s classroom teacher about Valentine’s Day celebrations as it is celebrated in the classrooms and plans vary by teacher.  

If you have changes that impact how your child will get picked up, please make the call before 3:30  when calls are made after that time it is very difficult to get messages out in a timely manner.  

Mid-winter break is 2/18-2/22.  If you need childcare during the break the Champions program is available. Go to http://www.discoverchampions.com/for more information.  It only takes about 10 minutes to register online. 

Just an FYI our Texas Roadhouse fundraiser is rescheduled for 3/19, 5-9pm and our boy's dance will be 3/22, 6-8pm 

Thank you to those of you who have taken our parent survey.  If you haven’t taken it yet please take a few minutes to provide some feedback on ways we can continue to make Hamilton a great place to grow and learn!

https://goo.gl/forms/0dChugeWz6QD5Yww2

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 2/4 to 2/8

Monday, 2/4

  • Hamilton Wear day
     

Friday, 2/8

  • Popcorn day 2nd-grade Popcorn volunteers
  • Girls Princess Dance 6-8pm
     

Monday, 2/11

  • 1st-grade music concert, 6pm
     

Thursday, 2/14

  • Wear red day
     

2/18-2/22

  • Mid-Winter Break-No School

 

Hello Hamilton Families,

We survived the polar vortex and sub-zero temps!  Now that we are experiencing warmer temps the melting creates a messy situation.  It is a good idea for students to wear boots to school then change into shoes when they get inside, this way their feet can stay dry.  It’s also a good idea to put a change of clothes in your student's backpack. We still go out for recess and sometimes a student slips and falls in the wet areas, so to avoid calling home for you to bring them a change of clothes, put a spare in their backpack.

This month our PBIS spotlight behavior is “Problem Solving”. We are focusing on being problem solvers in appropriate ways.  Talk to your child about the ways they are learning to solve problems. Here are two links for ideas on how to help your child become a problem solver.  

https://www.verywellfamily.com/teach-kids-problem-solving-skills-1095015

https://casel.org/core-competencies/

From time to time you may hear your child or a teacher speak of SEL(Social Emotional Learning) lessons or skills which is a focus at Hamilton to support our students in achieving their goals both academic and personal.  To learn more about Social Emotional Learning click the link below.

https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-74638_72831_72834-361321--,00.html#one

TAG-Talented And Gifted program.  If you are interested in having your child evaluated for the TAG program please click the link below and submit the documents to the office.  

https://www.wwcsd.net/parents-students/talented-and-gifted-program/

The book fair is extended through the end of this week.  Please put your child’s money in a marked envelope or bag so we know exactly what the money was sent in for.  You can also write a check made out to Hamilton PTA. If you would like to shop with your child the book fair will be open on Thursday from 4-6pm.

Friday is our girl's princess dance.  Girls are welcome to bring a special someone over the age of 16 to the dance.  This dance is for girls only, no boys under the age of 16, please. We have a DJ and there will be a photo booth for 3$ per photo, as well as hot dogs, chips, pop, water, popcorn for $1 each. It is a great night and I look forward to seeing all of our princesses!

Thank you to those of you who have taken our parent survey.  If you haven’t taken it yet please take a few minutes to provide some feedback on ways we can continue to make Hamilton a great place to grow and learn!

https://goo.gl/forms/0dChugeWz6QD5Yww2

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 1/28 to 2/1

Monday, 1/28-2/1

  • Book fair
     

Tuesday, 1/29

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser night and bake sale
  • Hamilton Wear day
     

Thursday, 1/31

  • Book Fair Family hours 4-6pm
     

Monday, 2/4

  • Sports wear day
     

Friday, 2/8

  • Girls Princess Dance
     

Monday, 2/11

  • 1st grade music concert 6 pm
     

Thursday, 2/14

  • Wear red day
  • 2nd grade Popcorn volunteers
     

Thanks, everyone who came out to skate night and thank you to PTA for providing the gift basket raffle! Follow our Hamilton Elementary PTA Facebook page to keep up to date and see the pictures of all the great things going on at Hamilton!

With the snow and frigid temps coming to check the district web page wwcsd.net and WDIV for school closing information.  I will also post on class Dojo but sometimes posts get delayed when many people are logged in.

Also with the winter weather busses run off schedule, sometimes early and sometimes late so please make sure to be at the bus stop 10 minutes before your child’s scheduled time for pick up and drop off, this will help to avoid missed busses.  

Remember that we are not available to open doors until 8:45 so please no early drop drop-officially with this cold weather.  

Please make sure students are dressed appropriately for cold winter weather and have different shoes to wear in school than what they wear outside.  This helps keep the carpet where kids sit clean and dry.

Tuesday is our bake sale and fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Ford road.  I look forward to seeing you there! If you are donating baked goods please drop them off at school on Tuesday by 12 noon if they cannot be sent in with your student.  If you can have them individually wrapped that would be wonderful!

If a situation arises and you have a concern related to your child, please contact the teacher first.  Your child’s teacher is the expert on your child’s day at school. If you have a concern please start by contacting your child’s teacher to set up a meeting to discuss your concern.  If after talking with the teacher you feel that I can provide some additional support feel free to reach out to me following your meeting with the teacher. You can message your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  We have a full list of staff emails on our district web page. http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/elementary-schools/hamilton/our-staff/

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 1/21 to 1/25

Monday, 1/21

  • No School in observance of Martin Luther King jr day
     

Wednesday, 1/23

  • College wear day!
     

Friday, 1/25

  • Skate night 6-8 pm
     

Monday 1/28 - Friday 2/1

  • Book fair
     

Tuesday, 1/29

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser night and bake sale
  • Hamilton Wear day
     

Thursday, 1/31

  • Book Fair Family hours 4-6pm
     

Hello Hamilton Families!,

It was great to see so many of you at Muffins with Madames!  I hope you enjoyed the special time with your child and had a chance to see the great work going on at Hamilton! I look forward to seeing all the special guys at “Donuts with Dudes” in April!

Yikes it’s COLD!  With the cold temps in mind please make sure students are dressed according to the temperature.  Make sure to label your child’s winter clothing so we know who to return it to if it is misplaced.  Students should be wearing winter coat, hat, gloves/mittens and boots to keep warm on their way to and from school. Please have shoes for students to change into once they are in class so they are not clunking around in books and having their feet get too hot.  We have some extra hats and gloves if your child is in need. Let your child’s teacher know and we will get them to your child. Also, keep in mind that the staff is not in the building to let students in before 8:45 am. Please do not drop your child off too early as there is no supervision before that time and it is too cold to wait outside at this time.  

Safety first!! Please read the current Michigan law requiring children to be properly secured in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4ft 9 in tall.  I know kids want to sit in the front seat but it’s our job as caregivers to make sure our kids are safe, and in that case, buckled in the back seat is the safest place for a child to sit.  Even though the ride to school is a short one, it is still best to have your child buckled in the back seat

Child Passenger Safety Law

https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22774---,00.html

Michigan's Child Passenger Safety Law requires:

Children younger than age 4 to ride in a car seat in the rear seat if the vehicle has a rear seat. If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat. A child in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off.

Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9-inches tall. Children must ride in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.

Tuesday students will participate in an internet safety assembly put on by the Michigan Attorney General’s office.  Your child will bring home some information and resources about how you can be sure your child is safe on line. Be sure to ask your student about what they learned at the assembly!

For additional resources and the school calendar click the link below.

http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/elementary-schools/hamilton/

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 1/14 to 1/18

Monday, 1/14

  • Hamilton Wear day
  • PTA meeting in the library 8:15am
     

Thursday, 1/17

  • Muffins with Madames in the cafeteria at 8:15am
     

Friday, 1/18

  • ½ day, dismissal @12:10
  • Popcorn day 2 bags for $1
     

Monday, 1/21

  • No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day
     

Friday, 1/25

  • Skate night 6-8 pm
     

1/28-2/1

  • Book fair
     

Tuesday, 1/29

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser night and bake sale
     

Hello Hamilton Families!

We made it through the first week back after the break!  Whew! I know it was a long week getting readjusted to the school schedule after being off for 2 weeks but the kids did pretty well.  Thank you for your support in getting students to school on time for the whole day and well rested. Students who arrive late, leave early or come to school tired due to late bedtime, struggle to keep up with their classmates. Please help your child have the best opportunity for success by making sure they have a consistent bedtime that allows for 8-10 hours of sleep and they are at school by 8:55 (students arriving after 9 am are considered tardy) and stay until the end of the day at 3:50.  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Monday we have a PTA meeting at 8:15 am in the Media center.  We would love to see you there and have your input!

 

Thursday is Muffins with Madames!!  Students are invited to bring a special lady to enjoy muffins and cider then walk around the building to see all the great work our Hamilton Students are doing.  If you have not turned in your RSVP please make sure it is in by Monday.

Now that we are just about halfway through the year teachers could use a freshen up of their supplies.  Below is a list of supplies that we could make good use of:) If you are able to send in one or two of these items it would be much appreciated!

  • Earbuds ( Earbuds sent in will be for your child only, 2-4 grade really need these.  5 Below
  • and Dollar tree earbuds work great!)
  • Crayons
  • Expo brand markers
  • Crayola markers
  • Tissue
  • Paper towel
  • Bandaids
  • Reusable ice packs (for bumps and bruises)
Updates & Reminders 1/7 to 12/21

Monday 1/14

  • PTA meeting in the library 8:15am

Thursday 1/17

  • Muffins with Madames in the cafeteria at 8:15am

Wednesday 1/18

  • ½ day, dismissal @12:10

Monday 1/21

  • No School in observance of Martin Luther King jr day

Friday 1/25

  • Skate night 6-8 pm

Monday 1/28-2/1

  • Book fair

Tuesday1/29

  • Texas Roadhouse fundraiser night and bake sale

Hello Hamilton Families,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful break, enjoyed the holidays and time off with your families! We are excited to see all of our students and even welcome a few new ones!  With the new year and just starting back after a long restful break it is time to focus on our year long goals. As a school we are focusing on improved behavior choices that allow us control our actions, build relationships and ultimately to focus on school work for strong academic growth.  We are also focusing on improving our reading comprehension and written responses. Please continue to review work that comes home, and ask your child questions about the work they are doing in class. Feel free to ask the teacher if you would like more information about your child is working in class, also check the Dojo for regular postings about class events and activities.  You can support your child from home by reading to or with them each night as well as giving them the opportunity to work on Compass learning at home. If you need your child’s login for Compass learning please contact the teacher as they have the information for you. Thank you for being part of the home-school team!

Please remember that for the safety of all students and adults, ALL parents must enter the building come to the office, please do not go to the classroom.  Once you come to the office the secretary will call the teacher to make sure they are ready for you. If your child forgot something we are happy to call the student down to the office or we can deliver it to your child.

Now that we are just about half way through the year teachers could use a freshen up of their supplies.  Below is a list of supplies that we could make good use of:) If you are able to send in one or two of these items it would be much appreciated!

  • Earbuds ( Earbuds sent in will be for your child only, 2-4 grade really need these.  5 Below and Dollar tree earbuds work great!)
  • Crayons
  • Expo brand markers
  • Crayola markers
  • Tissue
  • Paper towel
  • Bandaids
  • Reusable ice packs (for bumps and bruises)

Later this week 1-4th grade students will begin taking the winter NWEA assessments so please make sure your child is at school each day for the entire day to avoid test make ups.  

Our spotlight behavior for January is “Always do your best!”.  Please talk to your child about ways they can show they did their best and how to persevere even when they face challenges.  Here are a few links to parent resources to help support this behavior at home!

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/news/resilience-and-perserverance/perseverance-and-grit-can-be-taught

https://www.theedadvocate.org/7-ways-develop-grit-kids/

https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-parents-can-teach-kids-grit-4126106

For additional resources and the school calendar click the link below.

http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/elementary-schools/hamilton/

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 12/17 to 12/21

 

Tuesday 12/18

  • 2nd-grade music concert 6pm
  • 3rd-grade music concert 7 pm
     

12/19-12/21

  • Mobil dentist will be here
     

12/22- 1/6/19

  • Winter Break!       
      

Hello Hamilton Families,

Thank you to everyone who helped out with Santa Shop!!  We could not have done it without all the amazing volunteers!  Thank you very much for your gift of time!

As we approach the winter break, keep in mind that changes in schedule are difficult for students to adjust to, even when schedule changes are for fun activities.  Please keep that in mind and help your child stay on as normal of a schedule as possible with keeping a regular bedtime and being at school every day.  If we keep the same basic structure of their day consistent this helps children to adjust to some of the changes holiday activities bring.

On Tuesday both 2nd and 3rd grade will perform their holiday music concert.  Please make sure to have your child to school at 5:45 for 2nd grade and 6:45 for 3rd grade.  We also ask to have the students dressed in their holiday clothes. I am really looking forward to seeing our Hamilton Stars shine!

Please remember that students are expected to attend school on their birthday.  Several students have missed school just because it’s their birthday. Being at school on your birthday means hearing Happy Birthday wishes all day long and spending their special day with friends and staff who care about them.  Please save family celebrations and activities for after school. Students are welcome to bring a non-food treat to school to share with the class. Check with your child’s teacher ahead of time to confirm the number of students in class.  

Our last day of school before break is Friday 12/21 and then school resumes 1/7/19!  I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope all of you enjoy all the holiday has to offer and spend time surrounded by family and good friends.

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 11/5 to 11/9

Wednesday 11/14

  • Picture retake day
  • Fire drill
     

Friday 11/16

  • Popcorn day
     

Monday 11/19

  • PTA meeting 8:15 am  
     

Tuesday 11/20

  • Lockdown drill practice
     

Wednesday 11/21

  • ½ day-dismissal 12:10
  • College wear day
     

Thursday 11/22

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING
     

Friday 11/23

  • No School
     

Hello Hamilton Families,

GREAT NEWS!! Thank you to all the support from the community the WW bond passed!!  I will continue to share updates with you as they become available!

If you would like to order spirit wear, the PTA has extended the deadline to Monday at 10 am.  Here is the link to the web store  https://hamiltonstars.itemorder.com/sale 

Also from the PTA, please make sure your Natures Way fundraiser form and money are turned in.  Thank you for participating!!

We need your help!!  Attendance is critical for success in school.  Please make sure your child is at school on time every day to give them the best possible educational experience, being present at school is the basis for success!!  “Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, notes they discovered that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by eighth grade.” (Greatschools.org, 2018).  Students who miss more than 10% of the school year are at a significant risk for not reading at grade level by 3rd grade and if it continues they will be at significant risk to be 2 years or more, behind by 8th grade.  Please check out this 3-minute video on absenteeism.

You can help your child to be a school every day and on time by:

  • Getting clothes and backpacks ready the night before
  • Having a regular bedtime that allows for 8-10 hours of sleep
  • Turn all screens(phone, tv, tablet, computer, game system) off at minimum a half hour before bed
  • Send students to school unless they have a fever, vomiting or a contagious illness. 

Our PBIS spotlight behavior this month is responsibility and attendance is a great way to teach that! Please be a partner in your child’s success by supporting their good attendance!

Wednesday is picture retake day.  You can order online at myLifetouch.com  with the school code 1Y671847ML

For additional resources and the school calendar click the link below. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :) 

Week of November 5, 2018

Updates and reminders for 11/5-11/9

Monday 11/05

  • Progress notes sent home

Tuesday 11/6 - Election day PLEASE VOTE!!

  • No School

Thursday 11/8

  • Hamilton Wear day

Friday 11/9

  • Nature’s Vision fundraiser forms due

Wednesday 11/14

  • Picture retake day
  •  Fire drill

Friday 11/16

  • Popcorn day

Monday 11/19

  • PTA meeting 8:15 am                            

Hello Hamilton Families,

Wow!! It is hard to believe that it is already November!   The students have already grown so much and have been working hard to grow and learn.  As one of our school-wide focuses this year we are focusing on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and the 5 core competencies.  The 5 core competencies are Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship skills, and Responsible Decision Making.  Each month we look a Dojo data and analyze the areas of strength and weakness for our students, then we design our lessons and interactions to strengthen those areas in the following month. For November we have identified Responsibility as an area of need and have made that our Spotlight behavior this month.  Last Thursday the whole school met for our monthly PBIS assembly and listened to the 4th-grade teachers read a book and led a discussion about ways to take responsibility.  Some ways to take responsibility that were shared at the assembly were to take responsibility for your own actions, making sure, to be honest and do what is needed to correct the situation. Taking responsibility for your behavior and making the right choice even when others around you are not, take responsibility for your things and make sure they are put away when not in use.  Children can learn responsibility at home by having chores to do on a weekly basis, cleaning their room and making their bed each day, remembering to empty their backpack and put the necessary things back in that are needed for the next day. Talk to your child about how they showed responsibility at school this week and how they can be responsible. You will also see when looking at your child’s Dojo how many spotlight behavior points they earn this month as responsibility is our Spotlight behavior.  For more information on how you can support SEL at home as well as support your child as they learn to be responsible you can follow these links:

https://casel.org/in-the-home/       and

https://www.care.com/c/stories/5219/9-tips-for-teaching-kids-responsibility/

Please remember that school starts at 9 am, we let students in at 8:55.  Please make sure your child is at school by 8:55 so they can participate in the daily routines and have the best possible start to their day.  When a student arrives even 5 minutes late it has a negative impact on their day as they have to rush to get through the morning procedures and breakfast.  Please model responsibility for your children and help them to get to school on time each day. At the end of the day dismissal is at 3:50, please make sure you are at school by 3:50.  When you are late we do not have staff at the school to care for students and more importantly, your child becomes nervous and worried when they are left waiting at the school. If you are in need of after-school care please stop in and Check out the Champions before and after-school program.  The Champions program is a low-cost care program and they even accept DHS payments. If you would like more information about the Champions program click the link to their website. http://www.discoverchampions.com/

For additional resources and the school calendar click the link below.

http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/elementary-schools/hamilton/

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Week of October 29, 2018

Updates and reminders for 10/29-11/2

Monday 10/29

  • 4th grade Music concert 6pm

Wednesday 10/31

  • ½ day, dismissal @12:10
  • Halloween Parade 9:45 am

Monday 11/5

  • Progress notes go home

Tuesday 11/6

NO SCHOOL -election day

Hello Hamilton Families,

It was great to see so many families join us for Skate Night on Thursday, the costumes were great and the kids had so much fun.  Thank you to PTA for the wonderful prizes! We have more Halloween activities this week, starting with our 4th-grade music concert on Monday at 6 pm.  Be sure to have your 4th grader there by 5:45 pm because we will start promptly at 6 pm. We have our Halloween parade at 9:45 am on Wednesday and families are welcome to come watch the parade.  I ask that Families line up on the grass so students can walk by on the sidewalk. Please remember that it will be chilly so make sure your child will be warm in their costume or can wear their coat with it. We have a no weapons rule with costumes as well. If your child brings a toy weapon to school with their costume it will be brought to the office and an adult will have to pick it up. Children are welcome to wear masks as long as they can see well.  I look forward to seeing you at the parade!

 
  

Progress notes go home on Monday 11/5.  Please read them with your child and celebrate the successes and make a plan to strengthen the areas of weakness.  Each class has resources that can be used at home to help your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need additional resources at home.  Parent teacher conferences are held December 4th & 6th. If you didn’t sign up during open house you will have an opportunity to sign up for a conference later in November.  

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child please reach out to the teacher first, it is always best to start with the teacher as they are the expert on your child.  If you send a Dojo message and you don’t hear from the teacher by the end of the next school day, please call the office as sometimes Dojo messages do not send through.  Teachers do their best to return messages within 24 hours.

Below are some tips from kidshealth.org      

Trick-or-Treating Basics

Kids under age 12 should:

  • always go trick-or-treating with an adult

  • know how to call 911 in case they get lost

  • know their home phone number or your cellphone number if you don't have a landline

Older kids who go out on their own should:

  • know their planned route and when they'll be coming home

  • carry a cellphone

  • go in a group and stay together

  • only go to houses with porch lights on

  • stay away from candles and other flames

  • know to never go into strangers' homes or cars

For all kids:

  • According Safe Kids Worldwide, the risk of kids being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So make sure all kids:

    • walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never through alleys or across lawns)

    • walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads

    • cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop

  • Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.

  • Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you know

For additional resources and the school calendar click the link below.

http://www.wwcsd.net/schools/elementary-schools/hamilton/

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)
Mrs. Kelley Michels
Principal~ Hamilton Elementary
734- 419-2650

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