Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 1340 E. Square Lake Rd., Troy, Michigan 48085 248-823-3100, Fax 248-823-3113 Dr. Ronald J. O’Hara, Principal http://www.troy.k12.mi.us April 1, 2009 Mark your Calendars! Spring weather is April 1 – Fun Day Pictures Kaiser Studio rd approaching but as we all April 3 – End of 3 Card Marking-No School April 6-10 – Spring Recess know, Michigan weather can April 13 - School Resumes change drastically from day th April 14 – 5 Grade Parent Night at Smith Middle School to day! Please watch the 7:00 p.m. daily weather reports so April 15-17 – Hearing Screening Grades K, 2, 4 that your child dresses appropriately. Students April 17 – Father/Daughter Dance 6:30 p.m. may start to wear summer apparel, such as shorts Troy Union Cafeteria to school beginning May 4th. Students may April 20 - Report Cards sent home with students wear mid-thigh shorts ONLY (they must be th 5 Graders leave for Camp Michindoh April 23 –4th graders to Lansing for the day below the student’s fingertips when their April 24 – Popcorn Sale arms are at their sides). Students may NOT th 5 graders return from camp 12:00 p.m. wear cut-offs, bike, gym or athletic shorts. April 27 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. Voting Flower Fundraiser Orders Due No halter-tops, bare midriffs or tank April 28 – Kindergarten Round-Up 6:30p.m. Cafeteria tops may be worn by either boys or girls. th April 29 – 5 Grade Parent/Student Night at Larson Middle Shirts should extend to the waistline. Thin- 7:00 p.m. strapped tank tops may not be worn. T-shirts April 30 – Earth Dome Assembly th May 1 - 5 Graders visit Smith and Larson Middle Schools with inappropriate sayings or language or May 4 - Locks of Love Assembly 9:30 a.m. references to alcohol or tobacco are also Student Raffle Week Begins unacceptable. May 6 - Fire Safety Progam Grades 1,3,5 May 7 - 5th Grade Band Concert at Larson Sandals are strongly discouraged since Flower Delivery they do not offer sufficient protection for the feet while children are playing at recess. Students who wear inappropriate Preschool for Active Learning (P.A.L.) Young Fives clothing will be asked to change or call their parents to bring them appropriate clothing. Young Fives is designed for those students who are Kindergarten age eligible (5 by Dec.1), and would benefit from another year of preschool experience before entering Kindergarten. Knowing that all children mature and KINDERGARTEN-ROUNDUP develop at different rates, Young Fives will provide We have sent out packets of information to all new appropriate experiences to assist young students with kindergarten parents. The packet contains registration their social, emotional and cognitive development. material, immunization information, and an agenda th • Classes begin September 8 for our Kindergarten Round-Up program on • Class meets Monday thru Friday, 8:45 – 11:45 Tuesday, April 28th . We are asking parents to • Follows the Troy School District calendar (closed on half days) please bring ALL registration materials to the office • Classes are scheduled for Costello and Schroeder PRIOR to Round-Up to avoid standing in the long • Tuition: $2300;payable in installments of lines that tend to form during that evening. $262.50each ($200 non-refundable registration Remember that your child is eligible for kindergarten fee this fall if he or she is five years old on or before December 1, 2009 Troy Union Goes Green! Troy Union students are taking action to help protect their environment. Under the supervision of Miss Burney, Troy Union has earned the title of a Michigan “Green School.” According to the Michigan Green School Initiative, schools that participate in ten energy savings and environmental activities can earn the designation of a Michigan “Green School.” Students and staff are participating in the following activities to help us earn the title of “Green School”: 1. In September, Troy Union began a school-wide recycling program with SOCCRA. We proudly recycle paper, plastic, glass and metal containers. 2. Classrooms across the school regularly reuse newspapers and magazines for other projects. 3. Thanks to the help of Round Table, Troy Union has recently adopted an endangered Grevy’s Zebra from the Detroit Zoo. Make sure to stop by and say “hi” the next time you are at the zoo! 4. Mrs. Williams makes sure to update her ecological materials in the media center so you can learn more about our environment. Come take a look! 5. Troy Union helps save energy by turning off the heat when we are not in school, using motion-censored lights in all rooms and having special faucets to make sure we don’t waste water. 6. School and donated printer cartridges are recycled. We earn points from these and we have purchased three digital cameras to use in our classrooms. 7. We recycle batteries so they don’t end up in our landfills. 8. Old cell phones are collected and then recycled at Troy Union. Don’t forget to send them in to recycle when you get a new cell phone. 9. In April, classes spend time celebrating Earth Day and learning about new ways to help save our planet. Picking up trash around the school and brainstorming new ways to go green are just some of the activities in which students participate. 10. Troy Union students and parents are encouraged to visit our school website at http://tu.troy.k12.mi.us to help save the rainforest. One click helps save 7.4 square feet of land. It’s easy and it’s free! Troy Union students will be voting on a name for our adopted zebra. Stay tuned for our next newsletter to find out what name we have chosen! Help our Children Bloom & Grow with Troy Union PTO! And the nominees are….. President: President ???Could it be you???? (2): V.P. (2) Mike Jones Jaime Sinutko Laura Wilson Treasurer: Treasurer Teresa Kahlaf Secretary: Argenta Lucas Secretary Thank you for your nominations for the 2009-2010 PTO Executive Committee. We are still in need of a President next year. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to help the children of Troy Union “Bloom & Grow”. This position is truly a rewarding experience. While serving on the Executive Board you get the chance to build a lasting relationship with the staff, parents and children of our school community. If you are interested in filling this position or know of someone who would be great at it, please contact Tara Sebagh at 248-879-0343. Voting will take place on th April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the PTO meeting. Please come and cast your vote for your new PTO Board! Congratulations to Jack Mcconnell, 4th grade student in Mrs. Tull’s classroom, on his recent award as "Troy’s Incredible Kid"! He was nominated for this award and then chosen as one of this year’s Incredible Kids. Children are chosen based on Community, Academic, and Athletic Achievements. This award is given by the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Congratulations, Jack! Wow!! The school year is almost over and everyone has done an excellent job collecting box tops. We have earned lots of $$$ for Troy Union Elementary. Please send in all box tops by May 20, 2009. Do NOT save them, turn them in because many of the recent box tops expire on June 1, 2009. REMEMBER, the class with the most box tops collected by May 20, 2009 will win a class pizza party!! To see where your class ranks right now, see the box top display in the main hallway. We have several classes that are in the running for the pizza party, but everyone still has a chance!! So send in your box tops now! Thanks for all your support!!! Martha Nelson (Box Top Chairperson) MICHIGAN MATH LEAGUE CONTEST COMING SOON! 4th & 5th Grades The PACE-sponsored Michigan Math League Contest will soon be here! All 4th and th 5 graders are welcome to participate! The Michigan Math League is a challenging timed test (30 minutes) that requires good math computation as well as mathematical problem- solving skills to complete. This year the contest will be given during the week we return from Spring break; April 13-17. Troy Union’s Annual Locks of Love Hair Drive Monday, May 4, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. Have you been wondering how you can make a difference? Consider donating your hair to Troy Union’s annual hair drive for Locks of Love – an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair because of cancer, alopecia, or other illnesses. In the past, our Troy Union community has generously donated many ponytails to contribute to the making of children’s wigs. If you want to donate your hair, please join us on May 4th. Donations must be a minimum of 10 inches. Neither age, gender, nor color treated matters – Locks of Love will honor your hair. Permission slips are available in the school office. Attention Parents! Many students have been arriving late to school in the morning recently. School start time is 8:50 a.m.; the first bell rings at 8:45 a.m. Parents MUST accompany their students to the office and sign them in if they are late. Children have been coming into school without a parent to sign them in. Please DO NOT drop your child off in front of the building and let them come in alone. If your child has an appointment or you know that your child will be late, please contact the office or leave a message on our absence line. We can make your spring planting a little easier! The fourth graders are selling flowers again and profits will be applied towards their fifth grade camp tuition. All orders must include one check made payable to Troy Union PTO and turned in by Monday, April 27. Flowers will be delivered on Thursday, May 7. Mrs. Leverenz and Mrs. Welc will be coordinating this sale. Look for order forms and more information to come. Thanks for helping our fourth graders out. Dear Students and Parents, Spring Break is a GREAT time for relaxation and reading a good book. Please use this time to visit the Troy Public Library and check-out what they have to offer besides good literature. Research continues to demonstrate the strong connection between free reading and success rates in college and beyond. In today's world, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to help our children succeed. Your tax dollars are wisely spent in your local library. In addition, "Golden Eagle Awards" will be given to students who read over 100 minutes during vacation. Please fill-out the information requested (see below) and ask your child to deposit it in my mailbox after vacation on April 13, 2009. I will distribute the awards as I receive the parent verification form. Happy reading! Dr. Zerbo ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ My child, _________________________, has read at least 100 minutes during April 3, 2009 - April 13, 2009. His/her favorite book this year is _______________________________________________________________, by (author) _______________________. Parent's Signature: _______________________________________ Date: ____________________ Check in for Literacy at the Troy Union Reading Hotel! To celebrate March is Reading Month, Troy Union students took a trip to Troy Union Reading Hotel. Once there the students plopped down on a cozy reading chair or sofa and (you guessed it) read! Take a look at these great shots of our students enjoying a great book. Troy Union Elementary 1340 E Square Lake Rd. Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends, I’m writing to inform you about a fundraising offer recently presented to us by The HoneyBaked Ham Company. With the Easter holiday around the corner, we’re all working on our plans to feed the legions of hungry family that will soon be gathering at our homes. This year, with HoneyBaked’s help, you can feed your guests an incredible meal and support your school at the same time. HoneyBaked has agreed to donate $5 from the sale of every one of their famous flame-glazed, spiral- sliced Half Hams purchased by a supporter of Troy Union Elementary right back to the school. Simply present a copy of this letter when you make your purchase at a local HoneyBaked location from April 6 – April 11, and they’ll take it from there. For a complete list of HoneyBaked locations in the area, visit their site at www.HoneyBakedtotheRescue.com. Extra copies of this letter will be available in the office, or email Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to raise money for the school in a time of great need by simply making a purchase you were already planning. Please be sure to present a copy of this letter with your purchase to ensure we receive the donation. No other discounts or coupons on the ham are applicable when you take advantage of this offer. Sincerely, Tara Sebagh Troy Union Elementary PTO Thank you The office would like to thank everyone at troy Union for all of the generous donations of band- Aids, paper towels, wipes and Kleenex for the clinic. It is greatly appreciated!!! ________________________________________________________________________________________ Pack 1707 would like to congratulate the following Webelos II Scouts Who Have Earned the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting’s Highest Honor: Andrew Looka, Brian Tomaszewski, Kyle Tompkins, Sidharth Madhaven, Andrew D’Amore-Braver, Max Fanroy, Christopher Gard, Nolan Felicidario, Dave Stewart, Gurnirunjun Shergill, Alex MacColl-Atrip, Nick Fleck, and Brendan Cronan The picture was taken at our Blue and Gold Banquet with our special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt. Way to Go Scouts! New Bench in the Courtyard! The 5th grade Webelos Cub Scouts of Pack 1707 recently built a bench for the Troy Union courtyard (near the music room, cafeteria, and gym). Retired Troy Union Head Teacher, Mrs. Shirley Schmidt, generously donated the funds used to purchase the building materials that were used. The pressure treated wood is the new formulation (ACQ) that meets all safety standards. Pack 1707 adopted the courtyard last year and hopes to continue making improvements to the space for the enjoyment of all Troy Union students. Thanks for your love of Troy Union and it’s students Mrs. Schmidt!!!