Hiller Elementary - A Leader in Me School

April 21, 2017

Dear Hiller Families,

I am thrilled to share with you that we recently received the news that we are an official Leader in Me Lighthouse School! We are the 15th Leader in Me Lighthouse School in the state of Michigan, and the 289th in the entire world. We had a Lighthouse Review on March 28th. Our Lighthouse Reviewers used a rubric to evaluate whether our school met the criteria to become a Lighthouse School. We were very excited to hear that we achieved this goal in our third year as a Leader in Me School! We are planning an all school celebration soon to recognize our students and staff for their amazing achievement of this LIM Lighthouse status. Thank you for your continued positive support for our school, and for taking the time to support your child’s academic growth at home on a daily basis. We have several wonderful things to look forward to during the month of May. Please read below for some important information regarding our school:

The Leader In Me

During the month of May we will be focusing on Habit 7 which is “Sharpening the Saw”. We will be talking with the students about thinking about and implementing the following statements to support living by this habit:

  • I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body).
  • I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just in school (brain).
  • I spend time with my family and friends (heart).
  • I take time to find meaningful ways to help people (soul).
  • I balance all four parts of myself.

During the month of June we will be reviewing all 7 Habits that we have learned this school year!

Please encourage your child to use the 7 Habits at home and use the statements above to remind them about applying the 7 Habits outside of school as well as inside of school.

Field Day

We are planning to have Field Day on Tuesday, May 30th. Information will be sent out soon from our HERO Parent Group about volunteering for this event. I encourage you to come and volunteer to help with a station so that our students can have a fun and exciting Field Day! J

5th Grade Celebration

Fifth grade families, please mark your calendars for the last day of school, June 16th, at 9 AM for our 5th Grade Celebration. Our kindergarten through fourth grade students will be clapping for our 5th graders in the hallway on their way to the celebration. We hope to see you there to honor your child’s hard work before they move on to middle school.

Kindergarten Celebration

Kindergarten families, please mark your calendars for June 14th at 2:30 PM for the end of the year Kindergarten Celebration. We hope to see you at the celebration to honor your child’s first year of school at Hiller.

School Hour Reminders

Please remember that our doors open at 8:15 AM for students to enter our school. We love our students and care about their safety, so please do not drop your child off at our front entrance prior to this time. We do have some special events before school such as 5th grade band that occur prior to this time. The students who are involved in these special groups will be allowed to come in when their event or job begins. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe.


We always welcome volunteers in our school. Please contact your child’s teacher to find out ways that you can volunteer at our school. Don’t forget if you are planning to volunteer in any way (i.e. attending field trips, helping with classroom parties, etc.) please fill out a background check prior to volunteering. Thank you!

Parking Lot/Traffic Safety Reminders

Please remember to drive cautiously through our school parking lot! Please do not park in the circle drop off area near our Kindergarten doors. There are many parking spaces available in the back. Please do not leave your car parked in front of the Kindergarten doors or along the side fence area. This creates an unsafe situation for our children. Also, please make sure not to double park on Delton. Double parking and dropping off our students in the street and between cars is also an unsafe situation. Additionally, please respect our amazing neighbors and do not block their driveways during our dismissal time. Remember that the buses drop off our students in the front of the school. Please avoid parking in the circle drive in front of Hiller so that the buses can safely pick up our students. We all need to work together to help keep our students safe during our drop-off and pick-up times. Thank you!

We are looking forward to an incredible month of May!  Please review the attached calendar for the month of May highlighting important school events. Don’t forget to follow our school on Twitter by following @hillerwildcats. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns that you may have about your child at (248) 589-0406.

Educationally yours,

Jen Cumiskey, Principal


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