Dear Houlton Families,
April showers bring May flowers. Based on the amount of rain in the forecast, I'm expecting a colorful blossom-filled May! More indoor recess isn't ideal; we all need some outdoor space and sunshine, time to run and jump and shout out for joy! We appreciate the efforts of our students and staff members to "think outside the box" as we respond to the challenges of rainy weather and limited opportunities for physical activity outdoors.
It takes a village to help our students live the Houlton mission of working together, thinking deeply and caring for others. Thank you for sharing a collaborative and positive spirit during this season of change and growth we call Spring. :) Earth Week has included important reminders for all of us of ways to reduce energy, care for our earth, use something other than plastics, save water, and learn without using paper!
Spring assessment season has begun. The assessments our students complete help us determine how we might adjust our instruction to be sure every child is reaching his or her potential as they anticipate moving to the next grade level in the fall. You might hear your child talk about F&P (an individual reading assessment), a writing prompt and rubric, a Math Open Response, DIBELS (in Kindergarten and First Grade) or PALS (in Kindergarten and First Grade) over the next few weeks. Please don't hesitate to call with questions!
Hoping to see many of you during our Houlton family Carbone's Night Monday, April 28 4-8 PM. The funds raised help lower the cost of our annual fifth graders' trip to the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, Minnesota next fall. You'll also get to see Houlton students' artwork (thanks to Mrs. Youngman and our students) at Carbone's AND Cenex in Burkhardt. Let us know what you think and talk it up to the neighbors!
Next week's fruit and veggie color focus is BLUE, PURPLE and WHITE. Has your family tried eggplant, purple cabbage, or "cauliflower mashed potatoes"? You might discover a new recipe you'll want to send to Houlton before the end of next week for our annual healthy recipe contest. We will share those recipes on our school website and on Houlton's FACEBOOK. ONE of those recipes will be selected to serve our students during lunch in the month of May.
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! We take special care of first time donors and we hope to see you May 29, 3 - 8 PM, at Houlton Elementary!
~Mrs. Ann Mitchell