Principal: Julie Garcia
This week our Kindergarten Friends celebrated the 101st day of school in true dalmatian style! They had fun wearing puppy ears and finding lots of ways to count to 101!
If you can believe it, February 13th is the last day of the trimester! It is crazy to think we are starting the final third of the school year! Middle School parents, please keep a close eye on grades using Parent Portal so there are no big surprises! Report cards will go home on Friday, February 28th.
Take note, with the exception of preschool, Homyak does have school on February 14th. This has caused some confusion because the elementary schools in the district do not have school. There are different requirements in terms of hours in school for middle school and high school. Because we do have middle school students, we adhere to the middle school schedule.
Speaking of February 14th, elementary classrooms will be having afternoon Valentine parties. Holidays and parties provide us with an opportunity to celebrate our community, I believe these social events contribute to our culture.
Please keep in mind, before school supervision begins at 7:15 am, please do not drop students off prior to this time. Based on teacher contract time, it is not possible to begin supervision any earlier. If students are dropped off prior to 7:15 am, there will not be supervision and they will not have access to the building.
January marked the midway point in the school year. We used this opportunity to complete a variety of assessments which provide information regarding student achievement and growth. This data guides our instruction and allows us to problem solve and make needed adjustments.
The high school registration process for our 8th graders is underway. Students who are planning to attend Ft. Lupton High School met with counselors to begin the process of registering. FLHS will be hosting a parent night on February 6th at 6:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Ft. Lupton High School. All families are welcome to attend. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help you as you begin the transition process to high school.
I hope your month is filled with lots of love and XOs!
Grade Level Goods - Pre-K: Ellie Walters and Stacie Austin
Unit Theme: Our Neighborhood
Reading: This month, we will focus on concepts of book handling, vocabulary, comprehension, letter sounds, print awareness, high frequency words, and emergent reading.
Math: We will practice counting beyond 10, review patterns, and introduce basic ideas of addition and subtraction.
Science: We will learn about soil, trees, insects, and sounds in our neighborhood.
Social Studies: We will learn about buildings, cleaning up, and community jobs in our neighborhood. Writing: We will learn about concepts of emergent writing and will continue to practice first and last names. Social-Emotional Development: Students will learn about how people are alike and different, how to play fair, showing respect, and how to solve social problems,
Kindergarten: Jamie Devine and Meaghan Page Kindergarteners
are having fun, working hard, and learning lots! In math, we are starting chapter 6 with measurement, graphing, and exploring 2- and 3- dimensional shapes. In literacy, we have been learning about digraphs and fairytales. In social studies, to tie in with fairy tales, we are studying kings and queens. Lastly, we will be celebrating our 101st day of kindergarten on Thursday, January 30th!! We’ll have a doggone good time participating in different 101 Dalmatian themed activities to commemorate how far we have come this year ;)
First Grade: Lindsey Cleland and Carrie McMahan
First grade has been working on identifying tens and ones in two-digit numbers using Base-10 blocks. We have also been comparing single- and double- digit numbers using the greater than, less than, and equal symbols. We have been reading winter-themed books like Three Snow Bears and talking about story elements like sequencing and character details. We have also been looking for long vowel words with the silent e at the end, and have begun looking for vowel team words. We have learned about Martin Luther King, Jr, and written about how to be important and influential people as we get older. This month we have been learning about the Maya and the Aztec.
Second Grade: Alexis Fehringer and Danielle Kumaus
In second grade, we will be entering a magical unit on fairy tales during the month of February. Students will analyze a variety of classic fairy tales as well as fractured fairy tales (the classics with a modern twist). Our students will even get the opportunity to write their very own magical, fairy tale adventure or write a literary analysis comparing and contrasting two different fairy tales from different cultures. We will also begin to look at the circle of life, examining the life cycles of both plants and animals.
Third Grade: Bobbi Baeza and Samantha Ciolino
Third grade has been hard at work learning about fractions. The rooms were transformed into pizzerias and the students made paper pizzas to learn about equivalent fractions. They even ate pizza at the end to celebrate their learning. Third grade has also been learning about Vikings and how they were not the nicest of people. They will be learning how to play KUBB, otherwise known as Viking Chess, an outdoor lawn game.
Fourth Grade: Shelley Brenner and Teresa Ryley
Fourth grade has been exploring physical and chemical weathering with fun hands-on investigations. In writing, students have been busy working on their writing quilts in preparation for the Fourth Grade Family Culture Night on February 5. Additionally, students learned about Feudalism to gear up for their next core novel, Robin Hood. Finally, students have been working with adding and subtracting fractions, mixed numbers, and decimal numbers.
Fifth Grade: James Guay and Melisa Hansen
Greetings from Mr. Guay’s class! As we settle in after winter break, we are nearing the end of our fifth math unit on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. We have just finished our novel study of the The Westing Game , by Ellen Raskin. Everyone enjoyed this classic mystery which we will be comparing to Sherlock Holmes’s short story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” next in writing. We are busy reviewing our social studies unit on the Age of Exploration in preparation for the test this week. We will begin a science unit on the structures and processes of plants next. Thank you for your continued support!
MS Team: Sara Jakobsen, Lindsey Parks, Jason Pflaum Ben Whetsell
The middle school students are in full swing with their studies as we have passed the mid-year point of the school year.
The 6th graders are currently exploring perimeter and area in math. In English and Language Arts they are reading Bud Not Buddy and exploring research skills. Science has them moving on from the forces that shape Earth’s surface to looking at Earth’s waters. In Social Studies, students are finishing up a unit on ancient Greece and preparing to move to ancient Rome.
The 7th graders, in math, are focusing on linear functions, In English and Language Arts they are exploring the past through the Narrative of Frederick Douglas , focusing on the institution of slavery and abolition. In Science students have just finished up a unit on atoms and bonding and are moving to chemical reactions. The Russian Revolution is the focal point in Social Studies as students are beginning to bridge the gap between the two world wars.
The 8th graders are currently focusing on quadratic functions in math. English and Language Arts is exposing students to analyzing speeches, particularly those pertaining to civil rights amongst different groups. Students just finished a unit on work and energy in Science and are now progressing towards exploring potential and kinetic energy. In Social Studies, students are moving on from exploring the United States Constitution to analyzing the events of the Cold War.
Physical Education Happenings: Nicole Stead
Hello Homyak parents! While Mrs. Stead is out on maternity leave I am taking over in her absence. I just finished my degree at Metropolitan State this past December with my k-12 physical education license. The first couple weeks I have been here at Homyak I have loved working with all of the students and different grade levels here. The Elementary students have been working on their throwing and rolling skills. The middle school students have been improving upon their basketball skills and just starting gameplay. The students love coming to PE and have been very respectful in Mrs. Stead’s absence. I look forward to the next couple months on improving not only their physical ability, but their sportsmanship and teamwork.
In Fitness & Health
Learning Center Updates: Candace Uvalle
In the Learning Center, students are working on memorization of math facts, multiple-step word problems and other math calculation skills. In reading, each small group continues to practice decoding strategies that will help them unlock higher levels of text. All efforts in the Learning Center are meant to create greater confidence and a self-motivation for learning!
Reading Intervention: Shelly Rajewich
Greetings Homyak parents! This month I'd like to focus on the relationship between reading and writing; as well as offer some suggestions for writing activities that you can do at home. Through writing experiences, children expand their vocabulary, creativity, and learn how language works when communicating with others. Encouraging writing activities at home is a great way to reinforce the reading lessons your child is learning at school. Here are 4 simple & fun ideas:
1. Have your child help you write the grocery list or chore list.
2. Help your child write a friendly letter to a friend or relative. Sending postcards from trips is & also a lot of fun!
3. Homemade birthday cards are a great way for kids to practice writing & encourages creativity!
4. Encourage your child to keep a daily journal. Journaling teaches kids that writing is fun, & gives them the opportunity to express their thoughts & feelings.
Music Happenings: Kara Spitler Job
KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE This month we will be retelling familiar and favorite stories through instrumentation and movement. We will also begin learning the basics of playing Orff instruments. Students will begin to sing and play a simple melody with an accompaniment.
UPPER ELEMENTARY Fourth and fifth grade classes are excited to begin recorders this month! As we learn the recorder we will be working on reading treble clef notes on the staff along with basic rhythms. We are continuing to work on vocal/singing skills with solfege and building a repertoire of songs from different genres.
BAND We are continuing to work on note reading and more complicated rhythms. The band is now playing songs with multiple parts and sounding great! We are learning basic music theory and applying it in our playing.
MUSICAL There will be an opportunity for middle school students to take music theater as an elective for third trimester. We will be doing The Wizard of OZ and there are many opportunities including singing, acting, dancing, set/props, and backstage help(production). The performance will be in May towards the end of the school year.
Art: Krystina Sanders
In the next coming months K-5th will be doing a monster/critters unit learning about a pair of artists who create fun Kuda-Lah critters. Basically fun monsters with unique traits and personalities. Every grade level will create a critter ranging in materials like fabric, paint, oil pastels and paper weaving. I can't wait to show these around the entire school. Also, Middle school electives are coming to a close and they will be switching classes in 4 short weeks. Check out the amazing clay chia pets my mixed media class created on our facebook page.
Last my yearbook club has been hard at work creating our amazing yearbooks. Orders are due April 1st so please order soon. You can order online at ybpay.lifetouch.com YEARBOOK ID CODE: 14043320. Extra order forms can be found in the office or with me Mrs. Sanders. Checks can be made out to lifetouch. Prices may go up after April 1st so get it now at our low price of only $16.
School Psych: Dr. Lauren Hangee
As we move into the second half of the school year, it is important to continue to remember the impact of attendance and missed instruction. While we understand that family commitments, emergencies, and sick days are all part of raising kids, making sure that our students are at school and are receiving quality instruction is critical for their success as learners.
CODE SRO: Officer Gregg Lotspeich
Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful Holiday Season and that the New Year finds you healthy and happy. In this issue of Homyak Happenings, I would like to address a couple of issues that have come up and are worth addressing.
Lost and Found Parents, have you noticed that there has been a decline in the amount of laundry that you have to do from the previous week? Have you noticed that there is more closet space in your house? Particularly the coat closet? Have you noticed that you have slowly gained more storage space in your kitchen over the last 5 months and that your supply of Tupperware and Gladware is dwindling? Have your kiddos been complaining how cold it is during recess? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, the answer might lie in the schools lost and found bins, located across the hall from the Lunchroom. That’s because they are full of unclaimed coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, shoes, lunchboxes, sunglasses, pencils, pens and heaven knows what else. These bins have been steadily filling ever since the first day of school and every day, staff members and I walk the areas around the school, after recess and lunch period and gather up coats, etc. that have been taken off and dropped on the ground or left on the tables and benches. Please have your kiddos stop by the bins and claim any property that belongs to them or you can come in and peruse this area yourself.
Traffic In and Around the School We have noticed a change in the demeanor and driving behavior of parents when dropping off and picking up the children. There have been a couple of very close calls where kids were almost struck by cars because the driver either didn’t see the child or the driver was distracted and speeding.
Remember: The speed limit within the confines of the school parking lot is 15 MPH and sometimes, even that speed is too fast for driving conditions, whether it be traffic or weather related. As a reminder, there is now a stop sign posted on the east side of the drive at the crosswalk location. This means that if there is no crossing guard to help the pedestrian traffic across, you must stop and yield the right of way. If there is a crossing guard in the intersection with a handheld stop sign, the crossing guard has priority over a stationary sign. Failure to yield to a crossing guard with a stop sign carries the same penalty as running a stationary stop sign.
As a reminder, the circle drive in front of the school is a one-way drive that circles to the left from the “hug and go lane”. The driveway on the east side that has the big orange cones and traffic signs that say, “no entry, exit only” mean just that. Please do not try to cut corners and jump the line thinking you can pull into the parking lot, using that driveway to pull in and find a parking space. The Hug-N-Go lane is specifically for that purpose. Please do not park your vehicle and leave it to come inside the school. Use the parking lot to park if you need to come inside and remember to turn off your vehicle and lock it. Do not leave it running with the keys in the ignition.
Did you know that there are 5 violations that the police are allowed to write tickets for on private property? They are: Reckless driving, Careless driving, unsafe backing, DUI and DWAI.
Another extremely dangerous behavior that we have noticed an increase in, are violations of the seat belt laws, not only for adults but especially the children. Having children unrestrained in the vehicle is not only dangerous but it is illegal and will result in an expensive summons being issued. Remember that the speed limit during the times that the flashing lights are on, indicating a school zone, is 20 MPH, not 35 MPH or higher. Click it or Ticket!
Please help us keep the children safe. In the future, you can expect to see a more aggressive strategy in dealing with violators that we stop. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’m sure that there is something much more worthwhile that you should be spending money on, instead of giving it to the City!!
NJHS Historian: Eddie Ryley NJHS/NEHS will be starting a clothing drive during the last two weeks of January. Items such as coats, boots, shirts and dresses will be donated to the Ft. Lupton Clothing and Food Bank. More information will be presented to classes as well as sent home soon.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Fall fundraiser, it was a huge success for our school! We would also like to take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience the delayed orders caused. We will take that into consideration for future fundraisers. It is our understanding that all orders have been received. If this is not the case could you please email the PTSA at email@example.com
We do have a few events coming up that we will need parent volunteers for, if you would like to help out please send us an email, thank you! Our next meeting will be February 20th at 2:45pm in the cafeteria.
Mark Your Calendars
February 4th: No School Pre-School Students
February 4th: Chick-fil-A Night for Homyak from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
February 5th: 4th Grade Family Culture Night from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
February 17th: No School/Presidents Day
February 20th: PTSA from 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
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