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November 2017


Director's Note

Upcoming Events



PTO Meeting, 2:15pm

Wellness Committee Meeting, 8:15am

Thanksgiving Break, No School

Board Meeting, 5:30pm

PTO Meeting,

Craft Sale-gym

Winter Performance,

25-Jan 5
Winter Break

Greetings all,


Its that time of year when we need begin planning for winter weather. We do not follow Ann Arbor Public Schools, and our decision to close will be based on predictions and actual conditions on the ground. Generally, Honey Creek will not close for cold weather; however, if the cold is accompanied by blowing and drifting snow causing unsafe driving conditions we will close. Once the decision is made, we will send out an email, post on our website, notify local television and radio stations, and if you have registered, send a text through REMIND. If you would like to receive text notifications of school closings, please use the link below and follow the instructions on the page. If you have subscribed to text notifications in prior years, you do not have to sign up again.


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Finding a balance between maintaining a safe environment and providing community access is always a challenge. To keep the school secure and safe we need the support and cooperation of our families. Here are a few of our expectations:

  • Do not exceed the posted speed limits on the driveway.

  • Pull up to the curb when picking up or dropping off students. Do not double-park.

  • The C-Wing drive is only to be used for bus service and deliveries. Do not pick up or drop off students in that area.

  • Enter the building through the main entry. The doors by the cafeteria and A-Wing are for staff entry and exit only. (I will unlock the doors near the cafeteria for after school and evening events).

  • Never block a door open.


Your cooperation in keeping the building secure and safe for all of the building users is greatly appreciated.


Our third through eighth grade students will begin taking the TerraNova assessment in November. Results of the assessment will be available in early December.


Finally, I’d like to thank all of you who participated in the “Tools for Schools” challenge. Your participation allowed us to pull ahead in the final days, and we accepted a check for $1000.00 from Old National Bank on October 25th.


Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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Classroom News

  Early Elementary: 
We will soon begin our second theme unit, How My School Works. The verse of our theme song that corresponds to this next unit is as follows and can be sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

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  Middle Elementary: 
The second and third graders went on a field trip to learn more about the Ann Arbor Community. We visited Mayor Chris Taylor’s office to learn more about the role of the Mayor’s office in our community. Then we walked to the Ann Arbor Public Library to learn about the history of Ann Arbor and how it is changed over time. From the library we walked over to the county courthouse to learn how the judicial system works in our community with Judge Patrick Conlin.  Our day was wrapped up by a visit to West Park where we ate our lunch and played.

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  Later Elementary 
Happy Fall!  We would like to thank all of the parents who took time to meet with us for Parent/Teacher/Student conferences.  As we have been getting to know your kids throughout the first months of the school year, it was really nice to be able to meet with you to set the tone of expectations and goals for the year.

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  Middle School

Social Studies

Ahhhh, it’s so good to be teaching about Cambodia again. My favorite unit. Having touched upon Chinese and Indian influences on the region, we are now digging deep into the Angkor period. 


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"That's Life!" 
We are well into our unit on Ecosystems as students are researching and developing description of organisms that live in the biome of their choosing. 

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Language Arts
Last week, we wrapped our informational essay writing and turned our attention to fiction.  Students worked hard to create characters, conflicts, and plot structure, and on November 1st, we dove into the National Novel Writing Month. 


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I am excited to say there are a lot of changes in math class this year!  For quite a few years now I have been supplementing our 10 year old textbook, to be sure we cover everything that is expected of us in each of the four math classes.  I came across a Eureka Math last year, sampled it in one of my classes, and decided it was time for an update in the math department. 

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The Honey Creek Mission 

Honey Creek Community School develops the whole child by integrating a rigorous, project-based curriculum, real-life experiences and expertise, a focus on relationships, and an emphasis on the importance of community in a supportive, multi-age classroom setting. 

Specials Classes 



I am thrilled to have joined the staff as the new art teacher. I received a Masters of Art from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in Sculpture and Jewelry. I am looking forward to bringing these skills to our students.

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Hi all!

In 2/3 technology we're continuing to improve our basic word processing skills in Google Drive. We're also working on our typing skills using the site Students can use at home by clicking on the "Login with Google" button at the bottom of the page and using their Honey Creek account credentials. 



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Greetings Music Parents!

This past month has been full of new and interesting things for the musicians at Honey Creek!

Concert and Informance:
They are really excited about showing you what they know at our Informance and Concert in December!  The concert is scheduled for December 14th and will take place in the gym as we won’t all fit in the Cafetorium.



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After School Programs

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING “EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS:” January 26th; April 6th & 13th; and May 4th.  If you have not already registered online, please register by emailing  Also, please remember that you MUST give us 48-hour WRITTEN notice to cancel any pre-registered care without being held financially responsible.


REMINDER: NO ON-SITE STUDENT CARE DURING BREAKS OR ON CERTAIN HOLIDAYS.  This includes:  November 23rd & 24th; December 25th-January 5th; February 15th-19th; March 26th-30th; May 28th; and June 14th. 

PTO News

HCCS families -

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this year's Harvest Dinner, both within our school community and our wider community!  Thanks to Chef Chris Chiapelli and his colleagues, particularly those at the Black Pearl and UM Campus Farm, we fed about 200 people, and earned about $1200 in profit to use for initiatives for Wellness Committee this year, including Farm to School activities, Edible Garden, Mindfulness classes for both children and teachers, and more! Also, a big thank you for all the volunteers!  We want to give a special thank you to the Middle School.  In addition to the students who worked so hard on the Haunted Stage, there were also many others who ran activities throughout the Fall Festival.  

Please join us for the next PTO meeting in the PIT at 2:20 on November 10th. Aftercare is free if you are in the meeting. 


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