Hough ton E lem enta ry Sch ool Novem ber 20 14

Volume 2, Issue 3
Doreen Klingbeil, Superintendent
Anders Hill, Principal
Houghton Elementary School
November 2014
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Houghton Elementary
School will hold our
Parent/Teacher Conferences for all our students
on Thursday, November 6ht
and on Friday, November
7th. Please make every effort to attend this conference. If you do not have an
appointment, please call
your child’s teacher to
Parent involvement is a key
to your child’s education.
If for some reason you
must reschedule this meeting, please call your child’s
classroom teacher soon as
possible. Scheduling is very
If you would like to meet
with any of our specials
teachers, their schedule and
location is as follows: Mr.
Lawson will be here in the
gym, Mrs. Hronkin will be in
the art room, Mrs. Wiitanen
will be in the library, Ms.
Rutz will be in the computer
room and the Mrs. Fontaine
and Mrs. Campbell will have
a sign up sheet if parents
would like to talk to them.
We look forward to seeing
Coats, Hats and Mittens!
Please make sure that your child is
dressed for the weather each day.
Children who are appropriately
dressed in warm coats, hats, and
mittens have a much better time at
recess. We will also send students
inside from recess to get coats on.
If you have coats, snow pants or
mittens that are in good shape, we
will use and distribute them to students. We will have a collection
box in the lobby outside the office.
If there is snow on the ground,
please send children to school with
boots and snow pants.
Please let the school know if your
child has a need for winter clothes
and we will do our best to help.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
 October 31 —First Marking Period Ends, Halloween Parade 2:00 pm
 October 31– November 7–- PTO Book Fair
 November 2—Turn Back Clocks 1 Hour, Daylight Savings Time Begins
 November 6— Parent Teacher Conferences 4 pm –7 pm
 November 7—Parent Teacher Conferences 9 am—1 pm, No School
 November 26—Professional Development Day No School
 November 27 & 28— Thanksgiving Break
Every month we are recognizing a student in each
class that exemplifies our schools TEAM goals:
Take Responsibility
Earn Respect
Act Positively
Make it Safe
These students will enjoy cookies and milk with the
principal and receive a certificate. Our Octoberhonorees are:
Young 5’s: Owen Johnson
K: Thomas Niedzwicki, Serah Oommen, Tyler Lubinski, Braiden Rubin & Max Aldrich
1st : Lewis Vendilinski, Cat Vendilinski, Delaney
Salmi, & Annalise Halonen
2nd: Hayden Guilbault, Isaiah Lawson, Yamato
Tajiri, Emilyn Fay & Eddie Zhou
3rd: Ian Evans, Evaneesha Sjoholm, Shea Arney
& Marissa Hird
4th: Thomas Knewtson, Ella Zerbst, Cora
Mueller & Tim Garland
5th: Lucia Archimede,
Sonia Jin, Darien Kopp,
Olivia Merriman, &
James Campbell
PTO Corner
Upcoming PTO Events:
Book Fair - 10/30 through 11/7 - Contact [email protected] to volunteer to staff the fair or provide refreshments for the Teacher Tea.
Family Pizza Night at Pizza Works in Houghton - Tues, Nov 4th, 3-10
PM. Mention Houghton Elementary PTO and 20% of your bill goes
back to our PTO (dine in or take out). 482-2100
Deer Widow’s Craft Show - Sat, Nov 15th, 10AM - 3PM at the Elementary School. All vendor rental
fees, door prize ticket sales and 10% of some sales will go to back to our PTO.
Giving Trees are still up in the lobby - pick a leaf and deliver a needed item to a classroom. Teachers and
staff appreciate all the donations they have received so far!
Recent proposals funded by PTO:
$4000 for playground equipment to make our playground more accessible to children of all abilities
$550 for non-fiction books for the entire first grade
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Preparing for Winter Weather— Cancelations and Delays
When inclement weather causes the
closing of school, the following procedures will be followed:
School Closing: Announcements will
be made via the Parent Listserv, the
school website, text (Remind 101), the
television station (Channel 6) and local
radio stations by 7:00 a.m. that school
will not be in session.
Late Starts: When weather conditions
warrant, the start of school may be delayed. Such an announcement will be
made as soon as possible. Buses will
run two hours late.
Early Dismissal: Our office will be notified of early dismissals due to bad
weather as early as possible. Dismissal
time from classes and bus schedules to
transport children will be determined by
the Superintendent. Parents, please review your plan with your student and
please contact the office ASAP if your
initial plans have changed.
Flu Season and Houghton Elementary Students
We would like to emphasize
an important piece of information to all our parents—
children should stay home if
they are sick (fever, cough
etc.) Students should then
stay home until the fever
goes down and stays down
for 24 hours without medirooms etc.). If you have
cation. We will continue to further questions please
talk to our students about
contact the school.
proper habits
(coughing into
Students should then stay
their elbow,
home until the fever goes
washing hands,
down and stays down for 24
sanitizing classhours without medication.
PTO Book Fair
We are excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair will be
arriving at our school soon!
The PTO needs your help to make this book fair a success. The
spring carnival and the book fair are the major fundraisers for our
school. Our families are able
to avoid the need to fundraise
door to door by actively participating in these events. The
money raised by these events
help to pay for many activities including: butterfly kits
for science, Fort Wilkins
trips, books for the library
and equipment.
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Hours of Operation:
10/31 7:50 am – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Halloween Parade
11/3 7:50 am – 5:30 pm
11/4 7:50 am – 5:30 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Title I Parent Meeting
11/5 7:50 am – 5:30 pm
11/6 7:50 am – 7:00 pm, Conferences
11/7 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Conferences
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Parent– Teacher Conference Tips
Navigating Conferences:
Tips for Parents
Parent-Teacher Conferences are just around the corner.
Here are four quick tips about how to successfully navigate this important meeting with your child’s teacher.
Please come! We understand you are busy, but we
encourage you to make time in your schedule to
attend conferences. First of all, your child will
see how much you value education. Your child
will also benefit simply knowing you have open
communication lines with the school.
Be prepared. Be ready to discuss how your child can
reach his/her full potential. The scheduled time
goes quickly, so it is helpful to make notes prior
to the conference concerning topics you wish to
discuss, such as:
Your child’s progress in a particular subject
Information about your child and life at home
Questions about school policy or programs
Ask important questions. Engage in a candid conversation with your child’s teacher. Your questions may include:
What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
How does my child get along with classmates?
Is my child working up to ability? Where
could he/she improve?
What can we do at home to support what you
are doing in the classroom?
Initiate the action plan. The conference time might
be used to develop an action plan to better support
your child’s academics or behavior. Start immediately on the action plan you and the teacher put
together. Discuss the plan with your child at home
and regularly track progress toward the intended
goal(s). Stay in touch with your child’s teacher
about your child’s growth via email, phone, or other scheduled meetings.
We value the role of families within the Houghton Elementary TEAM. When parents and teachers work together,
we can ensure children will have a successful school year.
Submitted by Mollie Trewartha, 5th Grade Teacher
Adapted from Parent Partnership Resources, www.nea.org
Lost & Found
Parents, please stop by our lost and
found by the fish tank during parentteacher conferences. We are overflowing with sweatshirts, jackets and
hats. We are planning on taking the
clothes left at Holiday break to a
charitable organization.
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Houghton Elementary School
203 W. Jacker Avenue
Houghton MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-0456 Ext. 3000
Fax: 906-487-5941
Principal—Anders Hill
[email protected]
Twitter: @AndersHill2
Micah Stipech
Thank You!!!
I would also like to take this opportunity to
let all parents, students and staff know how
thankful I am to work with all of you in
providing a great education start for all students. I feel very lucky to
be working at Houghton
- Mr. Hill
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
What it the secret to raising smart kids? The secret is....don't tell them how smart they are. Our society values talent and natural ability. Yet research shows that praise focused on effort - not on intelligence or ability - is the key to promoting success in school and in
Here is an interesting study:
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groups were given another set of more difficult problems. The first group became discouraged and lost confidence. The second
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perform well. The second group improved their performance markedly. Similar studies date back decades.
What's going on here?
People seem to develop 2 possible views of their abilities. A fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
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A growth mindset has a dynamic view of intelligence. "Let's get smarter." "I love a challenge."
Students with a growth mindset are more likely take on challenges and bounce back from failures. Students with a growth mindset,
adapt more and give up less. Help your kids by focusing on something within their control - their effort!