November 2017

October 31, 2017 

Dear Hiller Families,

Welcome to the month of November! The month of October was filled with some incredible events at Hiller! Our Family Picnic earlier in the month was a wonderful success! Thank you to our parents and teachers who helped to plan this great event. Also, thank you for all of your positive support for this special event at our school. Our visit from the Detroit Institute of Arts was an incredible opportunity for our students to explore the beauty of art. The students loved visiting the exhibit that was brought to our school!  Our Kindergarten Literacy Day was a huge success! We appreciated all of the Kindergarten families that came to support your child and learn about how to support your Kindergartener in the area of literacy. Our 3rd grade students had a special visit from our Madison Heights Fire Department and learned about fire safety. Additionally, our 4th and 5th grade girls participated in an assembly with some female leaders in our community, including a former Lamphere graduate, and learned about how to have confidence and plan for their future goals. Also, our school was visited by our Central Office team who provided our students with Halloween pencils on the 25th.  Our Socktober fundraiser was an incredible success. Thanks to your generosity, we collected 800 pairs of socks to donate to people in need! As you can tell, October was a busy month at Hiller filled with fantastic events!

This Friday, November 3rd, thanks to our former music teacher, Judy Lewis, and our Superintendent, Dale Steen, we will have a theatre group from Eastern Michigan University perform a play for us called The Tomato Plant Girl. This performance has many wonderful messages for our students such as learning how to stand up to bullying, care for others, and embrace differences in others in a positive way. We are thrilled to have this opportunity at our school this week!  Below I have outlined some important information regarding the month of November that I hope you will find helpful. I have also included a November calendar for you to review regarding important dates to remember.

Leadership Night/Board Meeting

This year we will be hosting the Board of Education at Hiller on November 14th. This will be our school Leadership Night where we will be celebrating our Leader in Me Lighthouse journey and highlighting the components of how we became a Lighthouse School. Our 5th grade students will be leading our Leadership Night presentation this year. We hope to see you at 7 PM at Hiller on November 14th to support our students for this special event! J 

Report Cards/Conferences

This is just a reminder that our first card marking report cards will be made available to you online on November 7th after 9 AM. Also, we will have our conferences on November 8th from 6-8 PM, November 9thfrom 12:45-3:30 PM, and November 9th from 6-8 PM. Please be sure to get in touch with your child’s teacher about scheduling a conference. We would love 100% participation in our fall conferences!

The Leader In Me

During the month of November we will focus on teaching our students a deep level of understanding of what it means to “Begin with the End in Mind”. We will be talking with the students about thinking about and implementing the following statements to support living by this habit:

  • I plan ahead and set goals.
  • I do things that have meaning and make a difference.
  • I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision.
  • I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Please encourage your child to use Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, at home and use the statements above to remind them about applying their 7 Habits outside of school as well as inside of school.

This week we will be having a special PAWS (Positively Awesome Wildcat Students) time where our students will be going to different classrooms for about a half hour, after our monthly All School Assembly, to learn about the 7 Habits and Leadership Paradigms with a small group of K-5 students. Last year we began our PAWS Time groups and the students loved it so much that they asked for us to do it again this year. We are excited for this opportunity to have our K-5 students together in small groups, so that they can gain a deeper level of understanding of the 7 Habits and Leadership Paradigms!

Attendance/School Hours/Before School Wait Procedures

As the temperature is getting colder outside please remember to dress your child appropriately for the winter weather that is soon going to be happening. J They should come to school with boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, and winter jackets. The students do go outside for recess unless the temperature is below 20 degrees outside or 10 degrees or less with the wind chill factor.

It is important that your child arrives to school on time so that they don’t miss out on any important educational information. The first bell will ring at 8:30 a.m., and school will begin at 8:35 a.m. On half days of school, dismissal time for all students will be at 11:40 a.m. Also, it is important that your child attends school regularly. If your child has to miss school please let our front office know why your child is absent from school. Thank you for your cooperation with this! J

Your child’s safety is important to us and in order to ensure that they are safe while they wait for school to begin, we will continue having them line up inside near their classroom door for school to begin. Please remember that we have designated doors where your child will enter school in the morning. The doors will open at 8:15 a.m. Kindergarten students and students who ride the bus should enter through the front doors of our school that lead to the front office, grades 3-5 students should enter through the entrance off of LaSalle (the double doors located by our outdoor school sign), and grades 1-2 students should enter through the entrance off of Delton.

Parking Lot/Traffic Safety

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 November! If you should have any questions regarding the information above or concerning your child’s education, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (248) 589-0406. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @hillerwildcats!

Educationally yours,

Jen Cumiskey, Principal