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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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Week of October 22, 2018

Updates and reminders for 10/22-10/26

Monday 10/22

  • PBIS parent presentation 9am

Tuesday 10/23

  • Fire drill

Wednesday 10/24

  • Wear orange for Unity day- unite to stop bullying
  • 1st grade field trip -rain or shine

Thursday 10/25

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

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,

Well, the cooler fall air has settled in!  Please make sure your child is wearing their coat to school each day as we go out for recess daily.   Please also label your child’s clothing so if it is misplaced we can return it to the owner.

Please join me for the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention  Supports)parent presentation Monday 10/22 at 9am. 9 amook 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!


NED show yoyos will be on sale until they sell out or Friday at the latest.  If you are sending your child with money please put it in an envelope or bag labeled with their name and what the money is for.  Below is the link to some parent resources from the NED show along with some yo you tips! http://www.thenedshow.com/parents.html


 Thursday is our PTA sponsored halloween contest skate night at Skatin Station.  Prizes will be awarded to costume contest winners!! In preparation for the skate night PTA will be selling glow sticks, necklaces and accessories for $1 this week during lunch.  If you are sending your child with money please put it in a bag or envelope and label it.

As many of you know we have recently completed a round of NWEA assessments and that data gives us great information about what lessons we engage  our students in here at school. A great way for you to support that learning at home is to set aside time for your child to go online to Compass learning.  Compass learning is an educational program that is linked directly to your child’s NWEA performance. Each student has a specifically designed learning path based on their needs.  This is a great resource to use to support your child’s personal academic growth goals. Below is the link to the web site that you can use with the password that your child's teacher sent home in September.  If you need that username and password again, reach out to your child’s teacher and she will provide you with the username and password to access Compass Learning. ( Make sure to change the school to WWCSD)


https://www.thelearningodyssey.com/

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.  

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 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. :)