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Updates & Reminders 3/25 to 3/29

Monday, 3/25

  • 1st grade to visit the Westland Public Library
  • Report cards go home
     

Tuesday, 3/26

  • Read my hat day
  • PTA meeting 4:15
     

Wednesday, 3/27

  • Spring Picture day
  • Fixed up and Fancy wear day
     

Thursday, 3/28

  • Leadership Awards Assembly
    • 9:30 k-2
    • 10:30 3-4
       

Friday, 3/29

  • Fire Drill
  • Cozy up and read PBIS choice day
     

Hello Hamilton Families,

Thank you, everyone, who supported our Texas Roadhouse fundraiser!  It was great seeing so many families!  A big thank you to Mrs.Chris, Mrs .H, Mrs. Sloan, and the PTA for helping to sell at the bake sale.  Our PTA has done an amazing job keeping families informed about PTA events, raising money and supporting all our events and activities at Hamilton.  When you see them make sure to say “Thank you!” for all they do!

Report cards come home Monday, please take the time to read it with your child, celebrate the successes and make a plan to support the areas of weakness.  Teachers will be reaching out to you soon to schedule a conference.  If the teacher does not reach out to you, that means the teacher does not have any additional concerns at this time.  However, you are welcome to request a conference at anytime you have a concern.

As you know a child’s health and nutrition have a major impact on their ability to learn.  Our brains and bodies need healthy food choices and exercise to feel great and do our best work.  Below are some links for parents about health and nutrition, healthy lunch choices and ideas for getting kids to try new things.

https://www.thekitchn.com/thinking-outside-the-lunch-box-10-sandwich-free-kids-lunch-ideas-222906

https://www.nutrition.gov/subject/life-stages/teens/parents-caregivers-and-teachers

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html

As we enter spring and the wet weather please consider packing a change of clothes in your child’s backpack for slips in the mud/water at recess. Please remember that students go outside all year and they will get dirty, avoid sending them in clothes and shoes that you don’t want dirty. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

Updates & Reminders 3/18 to 3/22

Monday, 3/18

  • Book Character dress up day!
  • 3/19 Hamilton Wear
  • Texas Roadhouse bake sale and Fundraiser 4:30
     

Thursday, 3/21

  • College wear day
     

Friday, 3/22

  • Popcorn day
     

Monday, 3/25

  • 1st grade to visit the Westland Public Library
     

Tuesday, 3/26

  • Read my hat day
  • Report Cards go home
     

Wednesday, 3/27

  • Spring Picture day
  • Fixed up and Fancy wear day
     

Thursday, 3/28

  • Leadership Awards Assembly
    • 9:30 k-2
    • 10:30 3-4
       

Friday, 3/29

  • Fire Drill
  • Cozy up and read PBIS choice day


Hello Hamilton Families,

     I hope you enjoyed seeing the sun this weekend as much as I did!!  I hope this is a sign that spring is on its way!!  March is a busy month and we have several events and activities this month, make sure to check our school calendar to keep up on all that is happening at Hamilton.  You can also see pictures of the daily activities and special events on our website, Class Dojo and Hamilton PTA facebook page.  We have many ways to stay connected!

     Monday 3/18 is book character dress up day!!  I am looking forward to seeing some books come to life at Hamilton.  Please remember no weapons with the character outfits.  

     Tuesday is our Texas Roadhouse bake sale and fundraiser.  If you are donating baked goods please have them to Hamilton by 12 noon on Tuesday.  To participate in the fundraiser all you have to do is go out to eat at Texas Roadhouse and show our fundraiser flyer, it’s that easy! Your child will bring home a flyer (or you can show a picture of the flyer on your phone) for you to take with you when you go to dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday 3/19.  A percent of each bill will go towards our Hamilton Fundraiser.  The money raised will go directly back to Hamilton Families at an upcoming “Back to Safety” event.   

       Reading is an essential skill necessary for all subjects and is also an important life skill.  We focus on reading every day at Hamilton and you can support our efforts at home by taking a look at the links below. 

Please take a few minutes to read this brief fact sheet about the Michigan Reading bill parent information-Link  

Here is another link for things you can do at home to support your child’s success in reading. 

Parent tip sheet links:

Here is a link to a website with even more great ideas to help your student grow as a reader!

The Original Works fundraiser is due 3/22  please make sure to sent the money and form back in the sealed envelope so money does not get lost. 

The next PTA meeting is 3/26 at 4:15- We would love to see new faces and have your input!! Thank you for your continued support!

Let’s MAKE it a great week!

M.M. :)

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. :)