Dear Houlton Families,
It takes a village and what a group of villagers we have at Houlton! A few precious moments from Houlton's Registration Day yesterday:
* Dad's are taking the lead with their daughters! Found out one Dad stopped at JCPenney to purchase an entire outfit (including the shoes and accessories) for his daughter's school pictures. You should have seen the chic look he put together! Another Dad had the duty of doing his daughter's hair before pictures. He was a natural! And yet another stayed to the very end to assist with clean up of all of our tables. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the role models you are for your children!!
* A returning student (7 years old) as they drive in our Houlton parking lot..."Memories!" she swoons to her Mom. As they enter the school she takes a big whiff to recapture the essence of this happy place. :)
* Family exuberantly shares, "Did you see the YouTube video where they blow up the watermelon? We DID that!!" (Details were provided, but I have yet to try it out with my grandchildren.)
Houlton gardens are looking marvelous thanks to the generous gift of time and energy from several families: Hause Family (July 21), Zifko Family (July 28, August 4 and August 11), Smith Family (August 18) and DeLaForest Family (August 25). Our District Facilities & Grounds folks have been at Houlton for some projects this summer and have been quite impressed by our grounds!
Our Master Gardener, Sandy Madsen, called this morning with an idea she learned from her daughter. We are once again fighting squash bugs at Houlton, making it difficult for our pumpkins and squash to survive. If you and your family could pluck a toad or two from your yard, bring it to Houlton and place it in our squash and pumpkins, we have learned those toads keep the squash bugs under control! We'd like to try it out. Stop by with your TOADS!
As the St. Croix River Crossing project progresses, we are staying connected with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation so we can help share plans and changes impacted by the road construction. The Town of St. Joseph and Houlton Elementary are becoming strong partners as we anticipate a comprehensive plan for our Town, Houlton, and Burkhardt. We will continue to provide updates at school events. Please share questions and thoughts with our Town Board! You can reach Dan Gavin, our Town Chair at: email@example.com.
Thanks to our HPA (Houlton Parent Association) we will be installing new Hawk Talk studio equipment for a more reliable and higher quality daily student newscast! Additionally, our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will have access to Chromebooks for research and sharing learning! You can learn more about our amazing HPA by going to houltonhpa.weebly.com. Thank you, Ellen Montgomery, for launching this website to keep our families informed and involved with Houlton's learning community!
~Mrs. Ann Mitchell