Silver Hill Elementary School

  • Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to all of our Silver Hill families!

    Our staff did a nice job incorporating Martin Luther King, Jr and his ideals into lessons over the past few weeks.  I saw many classrooms reading and writing about MLK throughout this past week especially. Being home today allowed me an opportunity to reflect on more ways to better spread Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of unity and acceptance for all.  I believe our assembly with Basketball Jones was a nice start as well to build stronger character for our school community. Just thought I would also share some wonderful books on social justice that you could share with your children at home as well.  Some of these were already read in school but can provide a great way to reinforce various skills at home including but not limited to reading, listening, writing, and character building.

    1. The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore and Amy Wummer

    2. I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Kadir Nelson

    3. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier

    4. Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Bettye Stroud, and John Holyfield

    5. Martin Luther King: The Peaceful Warrior by Ed Clayton and Donald Bermudez

    6. What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull and Tim Tomkinson

    In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. , 

    “The time is always right to do what is right.”

                                                            and

    “Intelligence plus character – That is the goal of true education.”

    Hopefully together we can all make a change for the better to build a stronger and kinder world for all, one step at a time!

    Mary Ellen Lucas
    Principal
    Silver Hill Elementary School
    675 Washington Street
    Haverhill, MA
    978-374-3448

    01/19/2020

    Hello Silver Hill Families,

    I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful long weekend.  Last Thursday Silver Hill was very fortunate to have an amazing assembly presented by Basketball “Corey” Jones.  He provided a show with basketball tricks, motivation for students to draw and write their own stories, and many inspiring messages to motivate students to be the best they can be!  Here are just a few of the responses from several students who wrote thank you notes to express their appreciation for the assembly.

    “Thank you for bringing Corey Jones into our school and putting on that awesome show! My favorite part was EVERYTHING! I am going to try and have more patience like Corey said!  That will make me more awesome.” (Elsa G – grade 4)

    “Thank you for bringing in Basketball Jones. He was very fun and taught us a lesson about being kind and patient.  He rewarded us for trying and giving our best effort. He was very good at tricks and he has tons of energy!” (Aaron P. – grade 4)

    Cory Jones also wrote and illustrated a comic book, “HOW TO SHOOT A BASKETBALL” which is available for sale for $5. If anyone is interested please send your payment in to the classroom teacher and students should receive a signed copy within a week of Jan 24th.  Thank you to the PTO for helping to make this assembly possible!

    Important Reminders:

    1. Parent Drop-off starts at 8:30 and we will continue to use the right hand sidewalk as you pull into the parking lot.  We ask that everyone please remember to be careful when pulling away from the sidewalk since the buses will be coming in on the left side and we want to avoid any accidents.

    2. Parent Pick-up starts at 3:15.  If you need to dismiss your child earlier, please be sure to sign them out in the office.

    3. All visitors, please remember to sign in at the front office before going into any classrooms.

    4. Please contact Mr. Denmead with any questions or concerns regarding band practice at bruce.denmead@haverhill-ps.org.

    Week at a Glance:

    1. Monday January 20th, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL

    2. Tuesday Jan 21: Band Practice for  Clarinet, Sax, and Flute 8-8:45.

    3. Tuesday Jan 21: ACCESS testing continues for EL students (Tues – Fri)

    4. Tuesday Jan 21: Ski Club (bus leaves the school at 2:15)

    5. Wednesday Jan 22: Band Practice for Brass and Percussion 8:15-8:50.

    6. Wednesday Jan 22: Visit from the Mayor to grade 1 at 9:30am.

    7. Wednesday Jan 24: Basketball Practice 3:45-5:00pm

    8. Friday Jan 24: FULL Band Practice 8-8:30

    9. Friday Jan 24: Basketball Practice 3:45-5:00pm

    10. Friday Jan 24: last day to order copies of Cory Basketball Jones comic book.

    The Weeks Ahead:

    1. ACCESS testing for all EL students will run from Jan. 14th through Jan. 24th.

    2. Monday Jan 27: Term 2 Progress Reports distributed

    3. Wednesday Jan 29: Title I Family Math Night 6-7:30PM for grades 3-5 in school cafeteria

    4. Tuesday Feb 4th = Chorus starts up again for grades 3-5 from 8:15-8:55

    5. February Vacation week: Feb 17th – 21st: NO SCHOOL

    6. MCAS testing for all students will be administered in April for ELA and May for math and science.  Full schedule to come as we get closer to actual testing dates.

    Upcoming PTO events:

    1.  Friday Jan 31st: SKATELAND Night 6-8PM

    2. Friday Feb 7th:  LAUNCH Trampoline Event 4:30-9PM in Methuen, MA

    3. Tuesday Feb 25th: Spaghetti Dinner 6-8PM in school cafe

    Community News:

    1. HPS Kindergarten Information Sessions at Haverhill High School Library. You can schedule a registration appointment when you attend one of the sessions below. For further information, please contact the registration center 978-420-1951.

      1. Tuesday Feb 4, 2020 6:00-7:30PM

      2. Wednesday Feb 12, 2020 6-7:30PM

    2. Saturday Feb 8th – 3rd Annual “Are You Smarter Than A Kiwanian?” Trivia Night – to benefit Pentucket Kiwanis Club Charities – at The Elks Club 24 Summer Street Haverhill, MAat 7PM (doors open at 6pm)

    Have a great day and remember to be kind, it truly makes you feel good!

    Mrs. Lucas

    Principal – Silver Hill Elementary

    01/12/2020

    Hello Silver Hill Families,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with some unusually warm weather for January!  We had a great first week back to school last week with many Harmony lessons going on to promote social and academic success for all of our students!

    Important Reminders:

    1. Parent Drop-off starts at 8:30 and we will continue to use the right hand sidewalk as you pull into the parking lot.  We ask that everyone please remember to be careful when pulling away from the sidewalk since the buses will be coming in on the left side and we want to avoid any accidents.

    2. Parent Pick-up starts at 3:15.  If you need to dismiss your child earlier, please be sure to sign them out in the office.

    3. Parent volunteers are an integral part of the success of students at Silver Hill and your help is truly appreciated.  Please remember to sign in at the front office before going into the classrooms you service each day.

    4. Please contact Mr. Denmead with any questions or concerns regarding band practice at bruce.denmead@haverhill-ps.org.

    Week at a Glance:

    1. Monday Jan 13: PTO meeting 6Pm in the school library

    2. Tuesday Jan 14: Band Practice for  Clarinet, Sax, and Flute 8-8:45.

    3. Tuesday Jan 14: ACCESS testing begins for EL students

    4. Wednesday Jan 15: Early dismissal for students at 11:30AM. Staff Prof. Development

    5. Wednesday Jan 15: Band Practice for Brass and Percussion 8:15-8:50.

    6. Thursday Jan 16: School Assembly: Basketball Jones

    7. Friday Jan 17: FULL Band Practice 8-8:30

    8. Friday Jan 17: Basketball Practice 3:45-5:00pm

    The Weeks Ahead:

    1. Monday January 20th, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

    2. ACCESS testing for all EL students will run from January 14th through January 24th.  Full schedule will be sent out this week.

    3. Wednesday Jan 29: Title I Family Math Night 6-7:30PM in school cafeteria

    4. MCAS testing for all students will be administered in April for ELA and May for math and science.  Full schedule to come as we get closer to actual testing dates.

    Upcoming PTO events:

    1) Friday Jan 31st: PTO sponsored SKATELAND Night 6-8PM.  This will be a great night to enjoy with students, staff and families.  Please join in the fun and help support our school.

    Have a great day and remember to be kind, it truly makes you feel good!

    Mrs. Lucas

    Principal – Silver Hill Elementary

    01/05/2020

    Happy New Year Silver Hill Families,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful winter vacation and is ready to get back into the swing of school. We have many exciting things to do and learn as we return to our school routines!

    We are excited to introduce two new staff members. Mrs. Poulin is our new Grade 5 teacher, and Mrs Brouilette, our new Educational Support Paraprofessional supporting our Special Education students in various grades.

    Winter months bring cold weather and the possibility of indoor recess. We will now bring the younger students, grades K-2 back to their classrooms for indoor recess with a staff member while the older grades, 3-5, stay in the cafe.  It is our hope to put together some bins of games and coloring for the students as well as our recent jump rope challenges. If anyone has any old board games that do not take too long to play or extra coloring books and crayons they would be willing to donate, I know both staff and students would appreciate having more to do.  Please do not feel obligated to send anything in, just looking for some you may no longer use.

    Important Reminders:

    1. Parent Drop-off starts at 8:30 and we will continue to use the right hand sidewalk as you pull into the parking lot.  We ask that everyone please remember to be careful when pulling away from the sidewalk since the buses will be coming in on the left side and we want to avoid any accidents.

    2. Parent Pick-up starts at 3:15. As we all know, the parking lot is only so big and we share with Consentino buses which makes pick-up difficult.  As a reminder, if you need to park your car and pick up your children, please do not park in the bus lane in front of Consentino before 3:05, at which time their buses should be gone.  Also please do not park in front of Silver Hill in the bus loop before the yellow sign. We are continuing to work on finding a better solution for pick-up procedures. We appreciate everyone working together in the best interest of the students.

    3. If you need to dismiss your child before 3:15, we need to ask that you please sign out your child in the main office. We need to have this information in the event something happens, so we can account for the whereabouts of all students during regular school hours of 9:00am – 3:15pm.  We appreciate your help with this.

    4. Parent volunteers are an integral part of the success of students at Silver Hill and your help is truly appreciated.  Please remember to sign in at the front office before going into the classrooms you service each day.

    5. Band Practice schedule  for the week is listed below.  Please contact Mr. Denmead with any questions or concerns at bruce.denmead@haverhill-ps.org.

    Week at a Glance:

    1. Monday Jan 6 = return to school; staff meeting after school, and Site Council Meeting at 6PM

    2. Tuesday Jan 7 = Band Practice for  Clarinet, Sax, and Flute 8-8:45

    3. Wednesday Jan 8 = Band Practice for Brass and Percussion 8:15-8:50

    4. Friday Jan 10 = FULL Band Practice 8-8:30

    5. Friday Jan 10, 2020 – Candid Photo and Club Photo Day (9am-1pm) for School Yearbook (The following clubs will have their pictures taken and should wear club associated attire.  If there is no attire, wear KIND is COOL Tshirt if you have one or a SILVER HILL JAGUAR T-Shirt. The following club pictures will be taken: Chorus, Band, Chess, Student Council, Cross Country, and Basketball)

    The Weeks Ahead:

    1. Wednesday Jan 15th, 2020 – half day students only; staff has professional development

    2. Monday January 20th, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

    3. ACCESS testing for all EL students will run from January 14th through January 24th.  Full schedule will be sent out this week.

    4. MCAS testing for all students will be administered in April for ELA and May for math and science.  Full schedule to come as we get closer to actual testing dates.

    Upcoming PTO events:

    1) Monday January 13th PTO meeting 6PM – school library

           Thank you for all you do to help your children succeed.  We are all looking forward to a great rest of the school year!
    Have a great day and remember to be kind, it truly makes you feel good!

    Mrs. Lucas

    Principal – Silver Hill Elementary

    12/29/19

    Good Morning Silver Hill Families,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful first week of winter break and is able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. One more week of vacation ahead of us! Take time to relax and enjoy each other’s company!

    Just thought I would share some ideas of ways to continually engage your children in learning both socially and academically while away from school.

    Going along with our Sanford Harmony program for social emotional learning you could have everyone in the family share something they are grateful for each night at dinner or before going to bed.  Create or build something together to build teamwork skills. Watch a movie together like “INSIDE OUT”, “FROZEN”, “FINDING NEMO”, “ARRIVAL” or “WONDER”.

    For reading, enjoy a good book together. Take turns reading to each other.  Ask your child how the story or a particular scene would be different if told from a different character’s point of view. Draw a picture of their favorite scene. Write a book recommendation to share with their class when they return to school.

    For math, there are so many games that promote math and reasoning skills. Some of these are Yahtzee, Trouble, Mancala, Sorry, Life, Chutes and Ladders, and Apples to Apples. You could also cook/ bake with your children to help with fractions and measurement. Enjoy and have some fun together!

    Finally, enjoy some physical activities together.  Even just a nice walk on a cool day can get the energy level up for all!

    Important Reminders:

     NO SCHOOL Dec 30, 2019 through January 3, 2020!

    Week at a Glance:

    NO SCHOOL all week

    The Weeks Ahead:

    1. Monday Jan 6, 2020 = return to school; staff meeting after school, and Site Council Meeting at 6PM

    2. Wednesday Jan 15th, 2020 – half day students only; staff has professional development

    3. Monday January 20th, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school

    4. ACCESS testing for all EL students will run from January 14th through January 24th.  Full schedule will be sent out next week.

    5. MCAS testing for all students will be administered in April for ELA and May for math and science.  Full schedule to come as we get closer to actual testing dates.

    Upcoming PTO events:

    1) Monday January 13th PTO meeting 6PM – school library

    Community News:           Happy Holidays to all!

    1. Hanukkah continues through Monday Dec. 30, 2019..

    2. Kwanza continues through Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020.

    3. 2020 NEW YEAR, Jan. 1, 2020!

    Have a great day and remember to be kind, it truly makes you feel good! See you in 2020!

     

    Mrs. Lucas

    Principal – Silver Hill Elementary

    12/15/19

    Good Morning Silver Hill Families,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is ready for a great week ahead!

    Our Sanford Harmony program for social emotional learning is going strong!  This past week, I was lucky enough to be invited to share in another “Buddy Up” activity in Ms. Alves third grade classroom.  Students were writing and sharing stories using the spelling words for the week. Their stories were fantastic and their ability to work together and cheer each other on during the sharing time was a pleasure to take part in.

    A special thank you to Mrs. Zylkuski and all the parent volunteers that helped to make our BOOK FAIR a HUGE success!

    Thank you also to all staff and parents that took part in the Parent Teacher Conferences this past week.  Building and sustaining a strong partnership will surely benefit all of our students!

    Another thank you to the PTO and staff and parent volunteers

    Important Reminders:

    1. Silver Hill Sponsored TOY DRIVE – donations due no later than Wednesday Dec. 18th

    2. ATTENDANCE MATTERS: Please remember the importance of coming to school every day.  Good attendance improves academic and social growth for all students!

    3. Canned and Non-Perishable Food Drive 12/6/19  – 12/20/19

    To Benefit The Emmaus House This Holiday Season – The class that collects the largest number of most needed items will win a pizza party!  Donate to a good cause and be the winning class.

      1. Kindergarten – Canned Corn (not creamed) and Canned Carrots

      2. Grade 1 – Condiments and Spices

      3. Grade 2 – Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta

      4. Grade 3 – Canned Tuna and Canned Chicken

      5. Grade 4 – Ramen and Mac & Cheese
        Grade 5 – Peanut Butter and Jelly

    1. COLD weather has arrived, please be sure the students have warm coats, hats, and gloves.   If you need assistance with some warm clothing, please just let us know and we will do our best to help out.

    2. Notices of “School Closing” and “Two-Hour Delayed Openings” due to inclement weather are announced on radio and television by 6:00 A.M.  Radio Stations, WBZ AM 1030, WRKO AM 680.  TV Stations 4 , 5, 7 and 10 and the Emergency Snow Line at (978) 469-9078

    Week at a Glance:

    Wednesday 12/18 – 5:00-8:00pm Title I & PTO event – POLAR EXPRESS for Grades K-2

    Wednesday 12/18 – SH Basketball with Mr Sadek, Mr Murphy, Mr Greg, and Ms Leddy (3:45-5:00pm)

    Wednesday 12/18 – SH Staff Ugly Sweater day, students are invited to wear an ugly and/or holiday sweater if they would like to join in.

    Thursday 12/19 – Band CONCERT at Consentino at 6:00pm:  Students report at 5:15

    Friday 12/20 –  canned food drive ends

    Friday 12/20 –  ROARS Assembly Dec. 20th: Gr 4&5 9:15 and GR K-3 10:15 Parents of award recipients will be notified by their teachers and are invited to attend.  Assembly will take place in the gym.

    Friday 12/20 – SH Basketball with Mr Sadek, Mr Murphy, Mr Greg, and Ms Leddy (3:45-5:00pm)

    Silver Hill Band Rehearsal Information:

    Tuesday 12/17        – Flute, Clarinets and Saxophone Lesson   8:00am

    Wednesday 12/18 – Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion sectional lesson  8:15am

    Thursday 12/19      – Full band Rehearsal   8:00am

    The Weeks Ahead:

    1. Winter Break Dec 23rd through Jan 3rd – NO SCHOOL

    2. Monday Jan 6, 2020 = return to school

    Upcoming PTO events:

    1) Monday January 13th PTO meeting 6PM – school library

    Have a great day and remember to be kind, it truly makes you feel good!

    Mrs. Lucas
    Principal – Silver Hill Elementary

     

     

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