Attached below is an informative HCS document on the new State of Michigan 3rd Grade Reading Law and a number of other helpful links, resources, and suggestions. As always, please contact Principal Howerton with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
I've attached a copy of our attendance protocol letter that I sent out with our back to school letters in August. The entire Hartland district is making a greater focused and committed effort to work with our parents and community to combat chronic student absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student missing 15 days per year (excused or unexcused) or 10% of school days (approximately 18 days). When I speak about absenteeism, I also include in that excessive tardies (arriving late/leaving early). Please read the attachment which outlines the steps our district is taking to help curb chronic absenteeism. Please contact Principal Howerton with any questions or concerns.
Starting in January, our Lakes Family Ski Night at Mt. Brighton is back on each Friday! Thanks to LES Parent Mr. Bill Snyder, we have so great discounted rates for Lakes families on ski and snowboarding rates and rentals at Mt. Brighton. The only change this year is that any check must be made out to Vail Resorts, NOT Lakes Elementary. See the attached order form below!
Student-run Credit Union is Open every Thursday at Lakes!
We're so excited about the success of our student-run LOC Federal Credit Union at Lakes that is open every Thursday from 10-10:30 am in our Health Room. I’ve attached a letter from Ms. Stephanie Cole from LOC who is running this wonderful program, along with an application for your child to open an account, and a Q & A sheet. Parents can also open an account!
Social emotional learning is an area that each school in Hartland works on
developing with our students. Social emotional learning involves helping teach
students how to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive
goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive
relationships, and make responsible decisions. These are what we consider
important life skills. One goal of the entire Hartland district this year is to
implement a common language for all staff and students to use throughout the
district. In the past, Lakes has used the 7 Habits language as a way to help build a
school culture that promotes social emotional growth. Starting this year, every
school in the district is using the same common language based on the
E.A.G.L.E.S. concept. Students and staff will be working throughout the year on
learning the new common language that I’ve outlined below. Lakes will continue
to meet with our family groups, provide leadership opportunities for our
students, and begin to embed this new common language throughout the
classroom and school in an effort to have each of our students gain these valuable
E=Empathy—The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
A=Achievement—A thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.
G=Grit—Perseverance and passion for a long term goal.
L=Link—A relationship between two things or situations, especially where one
thing affects the other.
E=Empower—Make someone stronger and more confident, especially in
controlling their life and claiming their rights.
S=Serve—To be worthy of reliance or trust. To help persons and be favorable,
opportune, or convenient.