Dear Houlton Families,
We're wondering if the lunar eclipse, the late spring winter storm, or the three-day weekend or something unknown might all be contributing to heightened emotions and less thoughtful reactions here at Houlton. Thank you for taking time to listen to your child share their day, asking questions to support them in being sensitive to others, and encouraging them to live our Houlton mission of working together, thinking deeply and caring for others. In this season of random and unpredictable weather, we also appreciate you keeping the boots, hats and mittens ready to go on a daily basis!
Next week's fruit and veggie color focus is RED. What's the most unusual red fruit or vegetable your family can think of? If you're a Kindergartener of First Grade family, consider bringing it for others to sample after our concert next Thursday! Have you chosen and sent us your family's favorite healthy recipe? We will share those recipes on our school website and on Houlton's FACEBOOK and selecting at least ONE of those recipes to serve our students during lunch in the month of May.
Next week is also EARTH WEEK! Monday is YELLOW-out day and we're focusing on saving electricity and energy. Tuesday is GREEN-out day and we get Garden Club both Tuesday and Thursday during Earth Week. Wednesday is BLUE-out day and we're saving water. Thursday is BLACK-out day and we're trying to NOT use plastic all day. Friday is WHITE-out day and we're going paperless! :)
Kindergarten Orientation was as delightful as ever this past Tuesday. We welcomed 13 new families and 26 children to next year's Kindergarten! Yes, that number includes two sets of twins! Our fourth grade students were marvelous tour guides for these families.
Please mark your calendars for Houlton's FIFTH annual Blood Drive, coordinated by our National Elementary Honor Society, Health & Wellness Crew, and Student Council student leaders. Our goal is fifty pints and YOU could be one of them! Share the news with family and friends over the long weekend! May 29, 3 - 8 PM, Houlton Elementary.
I'm watching families arrive at Houlton for LaCrosse, braving the winter mix. We Wisconsin folks are hearty people...and looking forward to warmer temperatures over the weekend!
~Mrs. Ann Mitchell