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Well here we are.....the count down to Christmas has begun! With all the excitement and holiday fun we still have 3 weeks of school to focus on. Please continue to keep your child following their normal routine, getting enough rest and coming to school daily. When students are here daily they are able to build stamina, increase their knowledge, build relationships and be prepared for the next grade. Monday you can view your child's report card in Parent connect. Please take time to review your child's report card marks before your child's conference so you and your child's teacher can celebrate the successes and create a plan to improve the areas of weakness. Below there is also a letter describing our new literacy program and how that impacts your child.
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and spent quality time with the people most important to you!
Now that the holiday season is upon us we need to keep in mind that the holidays don't bring joy to everyone. Stress of the cost of the holidays, missing loved ones, and just the change in routines can throw people off. When adults are stressed, children get stressed. As you know when children are stressed, behavior problem escalate. Do your best to manage your stress, keep children on their normal routine and seek help when needed. We teach the students calming strategies as well as ways to be proactive when working towards goals or task completion at school. Talk to your child about how they use these strategies at school and how they can use them at home. Working together we can make sure that we all enjoy the holidays with less stress!
Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because the focus is on spending time with our family and friends and remembering all that we have to be thankful for.
Our PBIS spotlight behavior this month has been Gratitude. Students earn extra points when they display the spotlight behavior and this helps them to earn rewards and privileges at school. Help students to slow down, unplug and notice the things in your life that you are grateful for. It is easy to focus on a bad day, or the things that make us frustrated, with gratitude we can shift our thinking and help turn that day around. Gratitude is a learned behavior, take some time and share with your child what you are grateful for and help them to develop their attitude of gratitude.
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
WOO HOOO! We had 107 students with perfect attendance for October! Last year in October we only had 77 students with perfect attendance. Thank you so much for your support in making sure attendance is a priority. Check out our class Dojo for more perfect attendance pictures.
Thank you everyone for coming out to watch our Halloween parade! Our students and staff enjoyed the parade and it was great hearing all the kind manners the students were using after being given the treats. The costumes this year were so creative, it was nice to see nearly every student participate. Thanks also to all who donated and our community partners ( Celebration Lutheran Church, Westland Police Department, Westland Fire Department, Antonelli Insurance Agency, Champions , and Hamilton PTA) for not only donating candy but being there to hand out the candy. I truly appreciate the team work that went into making sure this was a great event for our students!
Here we are at Halloween already, the year is really going fast!
Thanks everyone for coming out to the skate night, it was a great turn out and the costumes were wonderful! Zachary and Harper were our winners! Congratulations.
Tuesday we will have our annual Halloween parade. Families are welcome to come and watch the parade. Walking in the parade is only for students and staff. If it is bad weather we will parade inside and families will be able to sit in the cafeteria and watch as students parade across the stage. If it is outside we will have a few designated areas where you can watch. Please remember that all costumes need to be school appropriate.
What a great week we had last week with visits from the Westland Police and Fire Departments, the NED show and all our our Be A Buddy Not A Bully activities. Talk to your child about some of the activities last week and their commitment to being an up-stander and a buddy! From the NED show they learned some fun Yo-yo tricks and why it is important to N-Never give up, E-Encourage others, D-Do your best. If your child is interested in purchasing the Yo-yo they can still do that this week.
This week we will focus on College and Career Readiness (CCR) Week. Students will learn more about potential jobs and careers after high school. Each day we have different theme and students are encouraged to dress up for each theme. If you have a career or job that you would like come in and talk to your child's class about, reach out to your child's teacher to set up a visit.
We are still asking for more candy donations for our Halloween parade if you are able to donate a bag of candy.
Thank you everyone who participated in our Fall Fundraiser. Your contributions allow the PTA to provide many great things here at Hamilton. The Science Alive presentation that students experienced last week was one of the many wonderful things PTA does for our students.
Thank you also for supporting our Popcorn Day. If your child is going to order popcorn on popcorn day, they must have their money in by 9:15. If your child arrives at school after 9:15 on popcorn day they will not be allowed to order. We need to have a cut off time as our volunteers have to be done by 11:15 so we can use the space for lunch. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Well Fall has finally arrived! Fall is well underway and so is our school year. Students are already showing amazing growth. I am very proud of how hard our teachers are working to teach routines and expectations to make sure the day goes smoothly. When students are taught the expectations and routines it make the day predictable and a great environment for the students to learn. Those great days can start at home with you having a morning routine that gets students up and to school on time. We had over 45 students late on Friday. When students arrive late it alters the morning routine and can have a negative impact on your child and the children who are disrupted by your child entering the room late. Work on your at home routine to make it to school on time so your child has the best start to the day!
October 2- October 6
We are well on our way to making it a great school year! It has been a great year so far with a successful Fall Festival, Book Fair, NWEA testing and students showing STAR behavior. To encourage STAR behavior we use PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports)
Then each month students have the opportunity to earn PBIS awards. Students can receive an award for the most spotlight awards in their class. Each month we have behavior focus (Spotlight Behavior) and students earn spotlight points on the dojo when a teacher observes the student showing the target behavior. The spotlight behavior for the next month is Kindness. When teachers observe students showing kindness they will give them points on the Dojo.