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Honey Bunches of Notes A Monthly Newsletter April, 2010 Upcoming Events: April 5-10: Spring Break April 21: Board Meeting: 6:15pm, nomination forms due & meet the candidates April 23: School 8:00-12:00: Professional Development in afternoon April 30: PTO Spring Festival Before break, the faculty began the watch for updates if you would like to News From process of reviewing our School Improvement/Consolidated Plan. This annual process provides us with participate in that discussion. We are also moving ahead with our ﬁve- the Director guidance as to the academic areas that need to be addressed during the next school year. It also provides us with a year strategic planning. A Request For Proposal has been sent to several consultants and we are beginning to see clear set of objectives to address those bids from those organizations. As this is Greetings, needs and secure targeted Federal Title a community process, I will be working Funds. Our discussions to date have with the PTO to organize two It’s good to see all of the children return focused on math and science, and I informational meetings. The ﬁrst from break, warmed by the sun and full would like to open this discussion for meeting will explore the history of Honey of energy. As we move into our ﬁnal community input. We will be addressing Creek, our mission, and the conditions of stretch of this school year, there is much both math and science at our afternoon our charter. The second meeting will to be done. We are presently scheduling staff meeting on April 23 beginning at address the purpose, the process, and the interviews for the K/1 position. At this 1:15 pm and continuing until outcomes of a strategic plan. time I have several parents who have 2:30 pm. Please join us if you would like requested to be a part of the interview to be a part of this discussion. If you This is an exciting time for our school, team. If you would like to participate, have registered for the after school and I look forward to working through feel free to contact me; however, I would program, free childcare will be provided this process with you. like to keep the team to a manageable size while you are at the meeting. Please (6-8 participants). Interviews will take contact Sue Hofbauer to arrange for care. Al place from 3:30 until 6:00pm, each day. We will be addressing language arts and social studies at a future meeting, so 1 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Deadlines for Scrip orders: Trustees (our governing body) will Phoenix Rising have three positions up for a vote April 16 for pick up the last week Campaign of the month. for three-year terms commencing There is now an option to use a May 17 for pick up the last week in July, 2010. We need parents direct debit form to contribute to of the month. who will represent the community Phoenix Rising. Using the ACH and are interested in: policy, will make contributing to Phoenix Stay tuned for more info on ﬁnance, strategic planning, Rising easier for some people! summer scrip. curriculum, school improvement Please return the completed form/ plans, administrative oversight voided check to Shellee Almquist Sue Kirkup (Ben Birdsall's mom) and building good community or Karen Giltrow. Your relations. The Board meets information will be kept safe. School Board News monthly throughout the year. Thanks! Please read the Board The Honey Creek Board of Qualiﬁcations and consider if you Directors met on Wednesday, or someone you know would Scrip News March 24th, 2010. make a good addition to the Happy Spring all! Honey Creek Board of Trustees. First, a gigantic thank you We continue to move forward in the process of selecting Nomination forms may be to all the staff and families who obtained by contacting Karen have been purchasing scrip and consultation for our Giltrow or Libby Sheldon. We ask using recharge cards at grocery forthcoming Honey Creek that all nomination forms be stores. Because of your support, Strategic Plan. RFP’s have been turned in by 6:15, April 21st. along with eating bagels and sent out to a number of Nomination forms may be emailed drinking lattes, the PTO purchased qualiﬁed ﬁrms and the pre or returned to Libby Sheldon or a fantastic sound system for the interview process has begun. Karen Giltrow in the front ofﬁce, school, which debuted at last Formal interviews will begin in or to her mailbox. Friday's Talent Show! What an mid April. The Honey Creek Board of Our Board is elected by the awesome community we have! Honey Creek Community. Each The Scrip Team invites all Trustees is seeking nominations you Honey Creekers to visit the for Board candidates. The election family is allotted 1 vote per child enrolled in the school. Teachers, scrip table this month. Right now, will occur at the Spring we have some "impulse" buys to Performance on Wednesday, May staff and administrators also have 1 vote each. Ballots for the election entice you: Noodles and Co., 19th, 2010. Three seats will be up will be available at the spring Chipotle Grill, Applebee's and Red for vote this year, detailed performance on May 19th and will Lobster/Olive Garden, as well as information is following. be cast at that time. Those who Itunes and Game Stop cards. would like to vote but are unable Check it out! Libby Sheldon Jarratt, Secretary to attend this event should contact If you have any speciﬁc Libby Sheldon in advance. cards you would like, please put in School Board Elections, If you have questions about an order with us. We don't carry a Important Community either the Board or the election lot of specialty cards, but anything News: process, please contact Libby available from Great Lakes Scrip School Board elections will Sheldon at: can be ordered. Check glscrip.com take place at this year’s spring email@example.com or by for a complete list. New retailers concert on Wednesday, May 19th. phone at 313-580-1395 are always being added. The Honey Creek Board of 2 Honey Creek Community School Board of Trustees Nomination Form (Self-nominations welcome!) Nominee: _________________________________________________________ Employer and Title: _________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ Home phone, cell phone, and email:________________________________________ Parent: yes/no________ If yes, level of student(s) at HCCS next fall:______________ Years involved at HCCS_____ In what capacities have you been involved at Honey Creek? Relevant Community/Employment Experience (attach a resume if relevant): Area(s) of expertise/contributions that you/ the nominee can make to Honey Creek Community School: Why are you nominating this person or why are you interested in serving as a member of the Honey Creek Community School Board? Has the nominee read the HCCS Board Member Qualifications and Position Description? Yes/No________ Is the nominee able to devote time necessary to fulfill his/her responsibilities as a member of the HCCSB? Yes/No_______ References(Please list three): Nominator: _____________________________________________ Date: _________________ 3 H O N E Y B U N C HH E S O F N O T E S Roles and responsibilities of A School HCCS Board of Trustees board member, as stated in Section 1000 of Honey Qualiﬁcations and Position Creek Community School Board Policy Manual: Description The Board of Directors shall establish programs and procedures, which shall best produce the Qualiﬁcations educational achievement needed by Academy Candidates for the Honey Creek Community Board students, and to do so within the ﬁnancial of Trustees should demonstrate a willingness to limitations of the Academy. The Board shall undertake a legal obligation, and to impose certain function as a legislative body in formulating and responsibilities. A candidate shall be able to pledge adopting policy, by selecting an executive ofﬁcer to to obey the general laws of the United States and the implement policy and by evaluating the results. State of Michigan. A candidate must be able to Further the Board shall carry out its functions exhibit a willingness to know the laws applicable to openly, while seeking the involvement of the public, education in Michigan, know the duties required of students, and staff in its decision-making processes. school boards, obey the laws, serve their community In accordance with these principles, the Board, with the highest ﬁdelity, display such intelligence through its operations, shall seek to achieve the and skill as one is capable, be diligent and following goals: conscientious, exercise discretion not arbitrarily, but reasonably and display good faith, honesty and 1. To function in a non-partisan broadly integrity. Further a candidate shall demonstrate an representative manner and to emphasize that interest in children and their education, an every Board member shall represent the entire enthusiasm for the Honey Creek Community School Academy open-mindedly, (HCCS) and conviction in its purpose, a willingness 2. To concentrate the Board’s collective effort on to give time and energy to HCCS, possess skills to it’s policy-making and planning responsibilities, and address speciﬁc governance needs of the school, an to formulate Board policies that best serve the ability to represent the community and interpret educational interest of each student. community needs and views, a willingness to accept 3. To provide the Director with sufﬁcient and and support decisions democratically made by the adequate guidelines for implementing Board Board, and an ability to represent HCCS to the policies. larger community. A candidate must also 4. To maintain effective communication with the successfully pass a criminal history records check school community, the staff, and students, and (including ﬁngerprinting at the cost of the nominee) 5. To conduct Board business openly, soliciting conducted by Washtenaw Intermediate School and encouraging broad-based involvement in the District (WISD), the Authorizing body. Employees Board’s decision-making processes by parent(s)/ of HCCS or WISD, or ofﬁcials of WISD are not guardians(s) staff, and students. eligible to serve. 4 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Position Description: • Vision Providing a vision shared by the community with focus on student achievement. • Standards setting the targets for student growth and achievement. • Assessment determining whether you are achieving your goals and whether your students are learning. • Accountability taking responsibility for the out comes of decisions and actions. • Alignment deciding how the districts human and ﬁnancial resources should be used. • Climate proving a safe environment where students and teachers can thrive. • Collaborative Relationships bringing the community together to solve problems and celebrate successes. • Continuous improvement vigilant in questioning, revising, revisiting, and reﬁning. • Policy a major function of a HCCS Trustee is to develop and adopt policy. Policy should be based on the board's vision HCCS and should cover every aspect of it's operations. • Designating the Director one of the most important roles and relationship of the Board is to recruit, hire and evaluate the superintendent. • Financial Oversight the Board is responsible for approving and adopting the annual budget. The budget adopted reﬂects the Board's effort to align the districts resources with the districts vision and standards. Board members are expected to: • Attend regular meetings of the HCCS School Board, which are approximately 2 hours in duration. The Board typically meets monthly with special board meetings scheduled as needed. Be accessible for personal contact in between Board meetings. • Participate in an annual Board development and planning retreat. • Attend a majority of HCCS community forums, educational and social events including activities with High Point School. • Attend at least 1 Board development workshop annually. • Attend WISD Board meetings when appropriate. • Provide leadership for at least 1 board or school committee. • Participate in the annual board of trustees review process. • Prepare in advance for board meetings; take responsibility for self-education on issues before the board. • Foster positive relationships within the school, campus and larger community on a personal level. • Be mindful of the different roles that Board Members may play: parent, volunteer, Board Member, and not use their position of authority while acting as a parent or volunteer. 5 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Honey Creek Community School ACH Authorization Agreements Direct Payment Withdrawal Authorization Form I hereby authorize the HONEY CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION to initiate debit entries, from my account indicated below, for payment of the amount listed on this agreement. I, also, authorize HONEY CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION or CHELSEA STATE BANK to reverse any debits made to such account in error. This authority is to remain in full force and effect until HONEY CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION has received written notification from me of its termination in such time and in such manner as to afford HONEY CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION and CHELSEA STATE BANK a reasonable opportunity to act on it. Date Name (Print) Financial Institution Name _______________ _________________________ ____________________________ Employee Number/SS# Account Number Financial Institution Number _______________ _________________________ ____________________________ IMPORTANT! CIRCLE TYPE OF ACCOUNT: CHECKING or SAVINGS Please Withdraw $_____________ from my account once a week, on the ____ day of the week or once a month, on the ____ day of the month or every _____ months on the _____ day of the month Signature _________________________________ Amount __________________ CHECK ONE: I am not currently participating in the Direct Payment Withdrawal Program [ ] ADD - Withdraw my payment from the account shown.* I am currently participating in the Direct Payment Withdrawal Program [ ] CHANGE - Change financial institutions and/or account number.* [ ] CANCEL - Stop my participation in the program TAPE YOUR VOIDED CHECK HERE NOTE: Always get the Financial Institution Number from a check; never use the information from a deposit slip. 6 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S is hungry at another time of Kelly Kempter, Karen Karatzas, PTO News day. We would like to remind Linda Knox, Kelly The PTO Wellness parents to provide fruit for the Krawcke, Carrie Mink, Sharon Committee hosted another Farm- weeks that the bowl is not ﬁlled by Paskus, John Stahley, Bill VanLoo, to-School Day on March 24, the PTO by signing a sign up sheet and Lisa Wozniak--and heartfelt featuring "organic spinach" from outside your child's classroom. apologies to anyone inadvertently Tantre Farm, in Chelsea. The As an academic service left out. As always, we had the students were able to sample a project, Robyn-Lynn's K-1 class is help and support of the entire savory Spinach Salad prepared also asking for the addition of faculty and staff of Honey Creek. with an oil vinaigrette and vegetables as an option in the It was truly a night to remember, mandarin oranges. A big bowl of fruit/fresh produce bowl. We and we made about $500 to help fresh spinach leaves was also encourage all families to defray transportation costs for the available for those who preferred a participate by providing what you 8th grade graduation trip! more simple, subtle ﬂavor. The can for this healthy food option. students could also take home a Please help all of our students The PTO's next project is to help coloring sheet, a word search with make healthy food choices by the community prepare for the spinach facts, or a word scramble providing them with nutritional, upcoming strategic plan process with recipes and nutritional facts wholesome options. that will start this Spring, continue about spinach. Many of the over the Summer, and ﬁnish up in students really enjoyed the From the Wellness Committee the Fall. Because Honey Creek is a spinach, coming back for seconds community school, it's critical that and thirds! Thanks to Tantre Farm, Sara Talent-Palooza! everyone in the community understands and participates in Simmerman-Director of Food & Need we say more? Okay, formulating the school's goals for Nutrition Services of the Dexter we will anyway. What an amazing the next ﬁve years. Look for Community Schools (and our night! Thirty-six terriﬁc acts on announcements about the lunch program), and her staff for community forums we'll be providing us with delicious, local, two stages, a scrumptious Taco Bar and sinfully delicious brownies! presenting to inform everyone and healthy food samples for our And all brought to you by the hard about the purpose and process of Farm to School Days this school work of the wonderful middle this important step into Honey year. school talent show and cooking Creek's future. In January, the Wellness life skills classes--under the Committee of the PTO provided guidance of impresario Peter fruit bowls for every class that Knox, technical genius Scott didn't have one. The Mahler, culinary magicians Matt committee agreed that once a Cyrulnik and Tim Donahue, and month these bowls would be ﬁlled general factotum Joan Sitomer. We with fruit from the PTO. The had help from a wonderful crew of intention of the fruit bowl is to PTO volunteers and even an HC promote healthy eating. It is not alum in setting up, running, and intended to replace the daily snack striking the show. Many thanks each student brings from home, to Carol Borgeson, Frank and but to be an extra healthy option Aaron DeSanto, Anne in case a student forgets a snack or Dimitri, Anne Green, Tammy Hall, 7 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Early Elementary Middle Elementary Later Elementary News News News The K-1 children have begun The 2/3 students continue to Happy Spring! their next thematic unit, “How My practice their addition, subtraction Let's hope that this April World Works”. The children's learning and multiplication facts several times brings sunshine and warm spring will focus on physical science content a week. The students also have been temperatures! Here's a quick look at as well as the larger conceptual learning about fractions and even what's going on in 4/5. understandings that have been present created paper sundaes to represent In science, students are in all of the thematic units we have fractions! working on electricity and taught this year. The children will learn Students are reading both magnetism. We've talked about how that the world is a system, they are part non-ﬁction and ﬁction books through electricity traveling through wires of many interconnected systems, when reading for stamina and book clubs. creates heat energy, and we looked at something happens in one part of the They also continue to use the writing a toaster as an example of this in our world it affects the entire world's process to help publish their writing. everyday lives. Recently students system, and improving one part of the Beginning in April, we will work on conducted experiments with magnets world can improve the dynamics of the note taking while researching and magnetic materials, and they whole world. Michigan animals for their research created an electromagnet and talked We are learning about machines report. about the relationship between in “How My World Works” because the The 2/3 classes took a ﬁeld electricity and magnetism. Students world uses machines to get work done. trip to the Eddy Discovery Center to also created simple circuits in class. Computers, vehicles, appliances, and learn more about rocks and minerals. In social studies, students many other types of machines are used Geologist Jean explained the rock have been researching famous everyday. That's how the world works! cycle and the students got to look at explorers. They're doing biological When people invent new machines it the three types of rocks: igneous, research and examining the historical can change things all over the world. sedimentary, and metamorphic. They timelines associated with world wide Additionally, just as the world is made also visited inside the center to exploration and travel. Students up of different parts that function as a explore the interpretive displays and chose three explorers and are system, machines are comprised of view a slide show that explained gathering information from the different parts that operate as a system. what the Waterloo State Recreation Internet. At the beginning of the school Area has to offer and to hear more In ASL, students recently year each table of children in each about the geological make-up of our ﬁnished skits explaining why service classroom had to come to an agreement great state, Michigan. We will begin learning is important. Next up, on what to name their table. The name to wrap up our rock and mineral unit students will begin putting their self- had to be the name of a machine they and will move into the water cycle created service learning ideas into were interested in learning about later and the life cycle of plants and action. Stay tuned for more exciting in the year. The time has now arrived. animals. information coming out of ASL! Each group will consult with an expert Weather reminders: Please We hope everyone has had a or volunteer researcher to learn about remember to layer your child. Many nice start to the spring, and we look their machine after spring break. mornings it is very cold but warms forward to some fun events on the Meanwhile, the children are engaging up through out the day. Please horizon – including the S.T.E.M. in activities that will prepare them for remind your child to dress science fair coming up on April 30th, their machine projects. appropriately for the weather, since and Camp Tamarack in May! Please All of our work will be we go outside every day for morning feel free to contact us at any time with documented and displayed at the and lunch recess. questions, comments, or Curriculum Celebration in May. We Our lockers are beginning to concerns! will also follow-up this thematic unit over ﬂow! Here's where we need with a ﬁeld trip to Green Field Village your help: remind your child to take to learn more about how things work home boots and excess clothing. This and about famous inventors such as will help alleviate congestion within Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. the locker and the hallways. 8 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Middle School News Social Studies Language Arts Science April showers, bring May ﬂowers! In Social Studies we are changing The month of March has been course from now until the end of spent studying Shakespeare and The middle school classes the year. I had anticipated doing a his work “Romeo and Juliet.” wrapped up a short unit on Space unit on post-Civil War US history Thanks to a generous grant from and Energy by holding a scientiﬁc or even North American the Phoenix Rising campaign, we debate about the possibility of life geography or even Zimbabwe, but were able to purchase 70 copies of on Mars. Using their knowledge none of these seemed to ﬁt nicely a graphic novel version of this about planets and additional with the units up until this point. classic text. This version of the research done through reading So I have decided to tackle some text has made the story of Romeo and summarizing articles written civics and economics standards and Juliet more accessible to our through the past decade and a half that haven't ﬁt in with other years students, through its modern about space exploration and themes and do a unit on the translation and illustrations. In discovery on Mars, two teams relationship between businesses, addition to the graphic novel, we worked towards presenting and government and the people. This have been studying various scenes convincing a small student panel ﬁts beautifully with the Guatemala from the plain text, decoding the that either there is evidence for or unit in that we just ﬁnished 1500’s language, and comparing it against life on Mars. analyzing a time when big with modern representations in After the break, students business changed US policy and ﬁlm. will be working towards severely impacted the path of a To ﬁnish off our unit, we understanding the plant/animal democratically-elected are comparing and contrasting similarities and differences in a government in Guatemala. We “Romeo and Juliet” to “West Side unit I've entitled, "That's Life!". will be looking at corporate abuses Story.” In addition, we will view a Classiﬁcation, comparative ﬁrst, business's role in government small production of “Romeo and anatomy and cell functions, and (and vice versa), and how the Juliet and Zombies,” and students working through how heredity people ﬁt into the mix in a will engage in an independent and genetics help life to adjust and democracy, monarchy, republic, project on either “Romeo and survive through changes in etc. These topics, I hope, will force Juliet” or Shakespeare. Ask your environments. students to begin to think about child what they will be doing for these three elements of society, their project! If you have any ideas/suggestions which, in turn, will help them to Stay tuned after spring for theses topics, please feel free to develop/strengthen their political break when we pursue our studies email me. views on issues like health care, on banned literature and reform, Supreme Court decisions, persuasive writing! etc. 9 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Music Technology Physical Education Please join Honey Creek School for In the 2/3 classes, we ﬁnished Hello Honey Creek our Spring Concert on May 19, up our Inventors & Inventions unit Community! I would like to say 2010. You will hear many with a ﬁnal lesson on Leonardo Da thank you to everyone who has Vinci and his amazing inventions. We wonderful groups including: Band donated gym shoes, bathing suits, studied some simple mechanisms like I, Band II, Choir, and K-5 students. towels and goggles to the Honey a paper punch, pliers and wind-up During the month of April will toys, and then designed and built Creek P.E./Swim Program! It is will be preparing for this concert. useful machines of our own using truly appreciated. It is sure to be great time! I hope to Erector. Special thanks to Will I also would like to inform see you there! Hathaway for his donation of the you that I have completed my Erector sets we used! lifeguard training course through In the 4/5 classes, we ﬁnished Art the American Red Cross and in up our exploration of our multimedia addition to my Water Safety K/1's just completed their owl tools, including iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. We started a new Instructor Certiﬁcation I am now a unit with beautiful clay owls. project, which is a collaboration certiﬁed lifeguard! Please say 2/3's are continuing to learn about between the 4/5 classes and a class in thank you to Sue and Amber for artist Henri Matisse. Cape Town, South Africa. You can see taking time out of their busy 4/5's are completing their projects our blog here: schedules to lifeguard so that our on Henri Rousseau and are http://honeycreekschool.org/ kids could stay swimming during moving into paper mache animal collaboration/ this transition. sculptures. We're now starting to work on an AS- L video that the students will be We are working hard in P.E. Middle school has just ﬁnished ﬁlming and compiling. class on our team building skills, their work on Wassily Kandinsky In the general Middle School focusing on activities that use and are moving into a unit on Technology class, we are deep in the teamwork, cooperation, value. midst of our Vehicles of Tomorrow communication and good project. During this project, students sportsmanship. In our middle are designing and building vehicles school swim elective we are that operate on a renewable power source - the sun! As students design recording the student's strokes on and build their solar cars, they are video so that they will have the learning principles of energy transfer, chance to watch themselves mechanisms, the engineering design swimming. This can greatly process, and hands-on tool usage. Jon improve their performance, once and I are actively teaming to teach they can visually see the aspects of this as an integrated science- the stroke that need improvement. technology-engineering project. Finally, the MS Tech Elective (Assistive Technology) is continuing to partner with two High Point classrooms to design and build things that can help our neighbors. We're currently working on designing and building slantboards, which are like easels for the High Point students' wheelchair trays. 10 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S After School Programs SPECIAL CLUBS Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Music Lessons Music Lessons Music Lessons Music Lessons Music Lessons Art (K-2) Full Italian Choi Kwang Do Swim Lessons Open Swim--Everyone (ends 5/24) (ends 4/20) (ends 3/4) (ends 5/27) in after care MUST New Session: swim 3/10-5/26 Tutoring Art (3-8) FULL Theater (4-8) Tutoring Tutoring (ends 5/25) New Session: 4/14-6/2 Bridges & Super Open Tech Tutoring Programming (2-8) Spanish (3/12-5/28) Structures (2-8) FULL (ends 4/15) (ends 6/1) Volleyball (4-8) Spring Into Fashion Basketball (K-3) Run Club (4-8) (ends 3/29) (4/14-5/4) (ends 4/15) (3/19-5/21) Soccer (4-8) Soccer (K-3) Glee Club (4-8) (starts 4/12) (starts 4/13) (ends 5/27) Capoeira (4-8) (4/15 - 6/3) Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board or online. IMPORTANT: You must give 30-day written notice to change/cancel your regular after care schedule. You may email your changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org. HONEY CREEK SUMMER CAMP Registration is open for Honey Creek Summer Camp. Brochures and enrollment forms are available from the camp bulletin board or online. We hope you can join in our summer fun! LEARNING TO SERVE & SERVING TO LEARN WHAT’S YOUR PLEDGE? This year the entire Honey Creek community is making a pledge to make their school, home, town, country, and/or world a better place by changing ONE thing. Please complete a pledge card (available on the table in the A-wing hallway) so we can put all the cards into the community mural in the cafetorium and help each other fulﬁll our promises! EARTH DAY: Our next LEAGUE event is Earth Day, which we celebrate by making our communities more beautiful and by practicing and promoting environmental stewardship from April 7th - 28th. Students design projects and inspire parents, friends and local organizations to join in! LEAGUE points will be awarded based on time spent volunteering on a project (1 hour = 7 points). Ideas include: Organizing a clean-up day for the school and/or the community; Evaluating our current recycling program to ﬁnd new ways to reduce waste and conserve more materials; Working on the school gardens, planting trees and ﬂowers; Reminding others to protect the environment through posters, plays, writing letters, inviting experts to speak, etc. We continue to collect pennies to support a “Kids Against Hunger” service-learning activity later in the school year ($1 = 1 LEAGUE point). One meal only costs $0.20, so your spare change CAN make a difference. For more information, visit: http://www.kidsagainsthunger.org 11 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Additional News EARTH DAY CELEBRATION APRIL 21ST The Wellness Committee will be presenting an awesome Earth Day celebration on April 21st for the whole school. The celebration will include performances by Joe Reilly, Ann Arbor's renowned Environmental Educator, Earth Day projects and deﬁnitely some dirt. We are looking for parent volunteers to help from 8:30am – 11:45am for the whole school celebration and volunteers from 12:15 – 2:45pm to help with the K-1 and 2-3 continued celebration. Contact Simone at email@example.com for more information. EDIBLE GARDEN Things are getting underway for our second edible garden. We have lots of volunteer opportunities to help our garden grow, some of which do not involve being at the garden. If you are interested in being involved please contact Simone at firstname.lastname@example.org . GARDEN WORKING BEE MAY 1st Our garden working bee will be May 1st with a rain date of May 8th from 10am – 12:30pm. This fun ﬁlled morning will consist of wheelbarrowing the compost we have delivered to the garden, rototilling and installing our critter-proof fence! Bring shovels, rakes, gloves, snacks, water and friends! The kids will then plant seeds and starts later in the month, once we are past the frost free date. Let us know if you will join in the fun! Help needed one week over the summer vacation beginning June 13th – August 29th For summer care of the garden we will use our “garden caretaker” system that worked very well last year. Basically, a family signs up to take care of the garden for a week over the summer. The tasks include: Visiting the garden a minimum of 3 times during your week, watering, weeding, communicating with the garden manager about harvesting needs, problems, concerns, harvesting crops if they are ready during your week, taking some delicious produce home to share with your friends and family, and emailing the person in charge of our garden blog, with updates, observations etc, so we can keep the community updated on the gardens progress. If you can send pictures as well, that would be great! Congratulations to another great performance from the Wednesday Theatre Group! We wrote our own lines and created a play based on the Russian story, The Boy Who Vanished. The play was based on a father who had a cursed dream in which his son would disappear if he touched the ground. This terrible thing does happen and the play goes into how the son breaks the curse and gets to re-join his family and friends. We put on a performance for a small group of family and friends. I am so proud of the work these students did getting into their characters! Kristine Meader - Nobleman Noah Grifﬁth - Sir William Jr. Adeline Grifﬁth - The Widow Grace Landon Harsh - The Daughter Elliot Alix Krawcke - The Daughter Remie Abby Knox- The Daughter Tonya Callie Krawcke - The Butler Frederick Maya Koziol - The Maidservant Ashley Ayisha Bhavnani - The Nursemaid Elizabeth Jacob DeSanto - The Narrator and a special thanks to Zach Simon for help with lights and sound! All the Best~ Jeannie Crayne 12 H O N E Y B U N C H E S O F N O T E S Honey Creek Community Schools 1735 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Phone: 734-994-2636 Director Al Waters email@example.com 734-994-2636 ext. 2210 Assistant Director We’re on the Web! Shellee Almquist http://honeycreekschool.org firstname.lastname@example.org 734-994-2636 ext. 2220 Need to submit something to next month’s newsletter? Email submissions to Amber Byers at: email@example.com by the last Friday of the month! 13
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