Volume 2, Issue 3 Doreen Klingbeil, Superintendent Anders Hill, Principal Houghton Elementary School November 2014 HOUGTON-PORTAGE TWONSHIP SCHOOLS 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 schedule. 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 difficult! 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 you! 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 OCTOBER TEAM STUDENTS 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 Congratulations!!! 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 V O L U M E 2, I S S U E 3 Page 2 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. V O L U M E 2, I S S U E 3 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 Page 3 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 area 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. V O L U M E 2, I S S U E 3 Page 4 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 www.hpts.us 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 Elementary! - 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 life. Here is an interesting study: 2 groups of students were given easy problems to solve. The first group quickly solved the problems and they were praised for being smart and intelligent. The second groups quickly solved the problems and were praised for their effort and hard work. Then both groups were given another set of more difficult problems. The first group became discouraged and lost confidence. The second group stuck it out and continued to work hard. Finally, a third set of easy problems was given to both groups. The first group did not 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. A fixed mindset has a static view of intelligence. "I am what I am." "It is what it is." 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!
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