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Week of October 15, 2018

Updates and reminders for 10/15-10/19

Monday10/15

  • PTA meeting 8:15 amFire drill pm

Wednesday 10/17

  • Kindergarten field trip to the orchard

Thursday  10/18

  • Wear black to black out bullying Math Night 5:30-6:30

Friday 10/19

  • Lock down drill practice

Monday 10/22

  • PBIS parent presentation 9am

Tuesday 10/23

  • Fire drill

Wednesday 10/24

  • Wear orange for Unity day- unite to stop bullying

Thursday 10/25

  • Wear black to black out bullying
  • Halloween costume contest at Skatin Station 6-8pm

Hello Hamilton Families,

We have two great opportunities for you to get involved at Hamilton this week.  Monday we have our monthly PTA meeting at 8:15 am. We love to see new faces and hear your input!  Thursday we have Family Math Night from 5:30-6:30 where you can come learn about how you can support your child’s math work at home.  We will have lite snacks, math games, online math games and information about our math program. I look forward to seeing you there!!

 

    We have a change to the calendar.  The PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention  Supports)parent presentation has been changed to 10/22 at 9am.  I look forward to seeing you at the presentation where you can learn about how we support positive behavior at school and how you can use these tips at home!     

 

On Wednesday our students will see a NED show presentation.  NED stands for N-never give up, E-encourage others, D-do your best.  The theme of the show supports our Bully prevention month as well as our PBIS behavior expectations.   As part of the presentation we will be selling yoyos that are featured in the NED show. Here is a link to information and resources from the NED show http://www.thenedshow.com/parents.html

Please remember the earliest a child can be dropped off at school is 8:40 when teachers and support staff are here.  Students will line up outside until 8:55 when teachers welcome student in. Please do not drop students off before 8:40 as there is not supervision before that time.  

Pictures are due back before retake day and will be sent home with students.  

Our PBIS spotlight behavior is kindness for the month of October, please talk to your child about ways they can show kindness to others.

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 8, 2018

Updates and reminders for 10/8-10/15

Wednesday 10/10

  • Little Caesar's pizza deliver 4-6pm

Thursday 10/11

  • Wear black to black out bullying

Monday 10/15

  • PTA meeting 8:15 am
  • Fire drill

Thursday 10/18

  • Math Night 5:30-6:30

Friday 10/19

  • Lockdown drill practice

Mi weather pic

Hello Hamilton Families,

Well, Michigan is living up to its reputation for crazy weather this week for sure!!

With this crazy weather, students often need to dress in layers and as the day warms up

they take off sweatshirts and hoodies so  PLEASE LABEL( first and last name) your child’s coats, jackets, and hoodies so we can make sure any misplace items get returned to your child.

Thank you to all of you for your support with the following arrival and dismissal procedures.  Your support is making Hamilton safe for everyone!

Wednesday 10/10 from 4-6 pm is Little Caesars Pizza pick up in the gym.  Thank you for supporting our school through these fundraisers. The money raised goes to support field trips, classroom supplies and PTA events.  Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Each month we have a spotlight behavior focus and this month is Kindness.  We are focusing on Kindness as a way to stop bullying. Please talk to your child about ways to show kindness!  Below is a link to a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) parent page for ways to support positive behavior at home.  https://www.pbis.org/family/faqs and  http://www.resa.net/curriculum/schoolwide-positive-behavioral-interventions-supports/

If you would like to learn more about Positive Behavioral Interventions &  Support please join me 10/17 at 9am in the library for a brief presentation on what PBIS is and how you can support it at home.  

Dojo

Class Dojo is a great tool for communication between home and school, if you have not connected with your child’s class through this app, please contact your child’s teacher to get connected.  When communicating with your child’s teacher please keep in mind that evenings and weekends are times that teachers are spending time with their families and may not get right back to you. Also, please avoid sending messages after 9pm or before 7am.  The expectation is that teachers will return Dojo messages by the next school day. Sometimes teachers do communicate during evenings and weekends but other times they are involved with their families and not able to respond until the next school day. If you have not received a response by the end of the following school day please call the office and leave a message as some Dojo messages don’t come through.  Thank you in advance for your understanding!

If you have not been to a bond meeting and would like to attend or would like to read more about it, click the link below to our district page for more info. https://www.wwcsd.net/bond/  We also have a number of informational flyers in the lobby if you would like to stop in.  

If your child missed picture day, the retake day is 10/24.

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Week of October 1, 2018

Updates and reminders for 10/1-10/5

Monday 10/1

  • Book fair classroom shopping begins
  • Kindergarten NWEA testing begins

Thursday 10/4

  • Wear black to black out bullying
  • Book fair open 4-6pm

Friday 10/5

  • Last day for book fair

Hello Hamilton Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already 5 weeks into the school year!!  The students and staff are settled in now and focused on teaching and learning.  I am so impressed every day by the hard work and personal best I see from both students and staff.  A few ways you can support all the hard work that happens during the school day, at home is to review the work that comes home with your child, celebrate the success and make a plan to strengthen the areas of weakness.  Also, read newsletters or Dojo updates to stay connected to what is going on in class.  The third thing you can do is to make sure your child is reading every night.  Students can read independently or you can read to your child.  At home reading practice is critical in student success.  Your child can also go on Compass learning at home to complete web based lessons that are designed for your individual child.  The Compass learning, learning paths are already set for your child to log in and continue their learning at home.  In September your child’s teacher sent home a paper with instructions on how to log into Compass learning, ask your child’s teacher if you need another copy of the note.  

     As the cooler weather creeps its way in please remember that students line up outside until 8:55 and go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  If your child is in need of a coat  please call the office and we will help with that.  It is also a good idea to put a change of clothes in your child’s backpack for accidents, lunch spills and muddy recesses, this can prevent your child from missing import class time while they sit in the office waiting for a change of clothes.  

     October is bully prevention month. Hamilton has a theme this year of Hopeful at Hamilton.  We are hopeful that we will stop bullying.  Students will participate in focused lessons that help students to identify what bullying is and how to be an up-stander.  Please talk to your child about what they are leaning at school and keep the conversation going so we can work together to stop bullying.    Here is a link to some information and way to support at home.

http://www.thenedshow.com/parents.html

Bullying is defined as ( EDC, 2013) a repeated aggressive behavior where one person (or group of people) in a position of power deliberately intimidates, abuses, or coerces an individual with the intention to hurt that person physically or emotionally. Acts of bullying can be physical or verbal. Many young people can be unkind to each other during adolescence as they refine social skills and grow into adults. While these interactions are unpleasant, there is a clear line between conflict and bullying. Incidents of bullying must include all 3 of these characteristics: 

  1. Intentional- the behavior was aggressive and a deliberate attempt to hurt another person
  2. Repeated- these aggressive actions occur repeatedly over time to the same person or group of people
  3. Power imbalance- the person bullying has more physical or social power than the child or children being bullied

Look for more information to come home about bully prevention. 

The PTA will still accept Little Caesars Pizza kit orders on Monday morning.  PTA will also have the book fair open from 4-6pm on Thursday, feel free to stop and shop!

If your child missed picture day, the retake day is 10/24.

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :) 

Week of September 24, 2018

Hello Hamilton Families,

Updates and reminders for 9/24-9/28

  • Tuesday 9/25  Tornado Drill practice
  • Wednesday 9/26 Picture Day
  • Thursday 9/27 PBIS parent Night 6-7pm

It was great seeing so many kids at skate night! Hopefully, we see even more at our next skate night October 25 for the costume contest skate night!  Look for more information to come home in October.

Wednesday is our picture day, you can pay online or send in the order form and payment on picture day.  We have over 460 students and 50 staff to be photographed and therefore we do not allow parents to go with their child for pictures.  Students will be escorted in by our staff and have their picture take. We do our best to make sure hari is neat and faces are clean. Here is the online login info https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ Hamilton Elementary School  Picture Day ID: LM748176Y0

Thursday evening we will have our PBIS Parent night from 6-7pm.  PBIS parent night is for parents to learn about how we help students learn the skills necessary to problem solve, get along with others and do their personal best at school.  I hope you are able to join us to learn how we can work together as a home-school partnership to support our students in making positive behavior choices.

We will also have a representative from Boy Scouts of America there if your son would like to join!

I understand that parking is limited so I thank all of you who are parking down the street and walking to pick up your child, parking in posted areas and being patient while everyone gets out safely.  I ask that you continue to follow the posted signs, do not let students cross the street on their own and never park in the bus area even if you think you will be gone before busses need to leave. Also, please be respectful of the neighbors around the bus stops.  Unfortunately we have received some complaints about the adults at the bus stops leaving cigarette butts and trash at the bus stops. Please be considerate and a role model for our students. There is also NO SMOKING on school grounds inside or outside. Please do not smoke on the playground or parking lot while picking up or dropping off students.  Thank you in advance for your support!

If you have a new phone number or need to add additional people to your child’s emergency contacts please log into the parent portal and click the “My Information Link” and update the necessary information. It is critical that we have more than 1 phone number to call in case of emergency or if your child is sick or injured at school.  

For year-long planning remember to go to our Hamilton website.  The link for the school calendar is below.

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

Let’s MAKE it a great week!    M.M. :)