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January 5th-

 hope everyone has had a chance to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friends over the Holiday Season. The start of school, after a significant break, always provides a good opportunity to re-establish a focus on learning. We are also very thankful for the support that you have given to us and to your child. The partnership between school and home is essential to student achievement and success. Please continue to support your child by reading with them daily, completing homework assignments and talking to your child about the importance of doing their best while at school. Remember that we are less than three weeks away from the end of the 2nd quarter (January 26th) and any time spent doing assignment completion and structured study will pay off in the end for this semester. Please check Powerschool WITH YOUR CHILD and contact your son or daughter’s teacher if you have any questions about their academic progress.

Havel is a great place to be and we are happy to serve you and your child.

Happy New Year!

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Hawk Weekly

January 3rd Update-

Good afternoon Havel families and Happy New Year!


With the freezing temperatures I wanted to take a moment and give you a few friendly reminders-


  1. Board policy states that students will not go outside when the temperature (including the wind chill) is below 10 degrees. 


  1.  Michigan weather is quick to change, so as long as we have snow on the ground your child should be coming to school with boots, a hat, and gloves.  We will try to get the children outside for recess as much as the weather permits, and just because it’s cold in the morning, doesn’t mean by the afternoon we might be able to enjoy some fresh air.   (don’t forget to label all items and consider having a pair of shoes to keep at school instead or bringing back and forth)


  1.  School closings based on temperature or weather are determined at the board office.  If school is going to be closed you will be notified via a robo call.  It will also be posted on our Facebook page, the UCS website, and the local television stations. (Channels 2, 4, & 7)   We are typically not informed in advance of any school closings.


  1. With the extreme temperatures, it is important that your child is dressed for the weather when waiting at the bus stop.  With the snowy roads we can’t predict when a bus may be running late.


Have a wonderful day and stay warm!

Ms. Barel

December 12th-

Check out this edition of the Hawk Weekly

In this edition-

Parking lot reminder

Staff Thanks Idea

Dates to Know

December 5th-

Happy Tuesday Havel Families,

Check out the latest edition of the Hawk Weekly

Inside this edition-

Our December Newsletter 

Give Back Opportunities

Dates to Know

November 29th-

Check out the November Issue of HVL Updates!

Gingerbread Jamboree

Fundraising Updates

And more!

Your Havel Volunteer League

November 27th-

Click on this link for the newest edition of the Hawk Weekly!

In this edition:

Henry Ford II Band Visits Havel

Giving Opportunites for the Holiday Season

Snack Cart- By 3rd Grade

Dates to Know

And more!

November 17th-

Check out this edition of the Hawk Weekly!


Dates to know

Common Sense Media News


Have a wonderful weekend!
Ms. Barel

November 13th-

Check out our news edition for a Fun Run Update:

November 9th Update-

Click on this link for the latest edition of the Hawk Weekly:


Inside this edition-

School Wide Night At the Movies Event- Wonder

Crew Meeing Update- Empathy/Kindness

Staff Professional Development

Dates To Know

& More

November 2nd Update-

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Hawk Weekly

In this issue:

HVL Bake Sale

Halloween Staff Pictures

Monthly Newsletter Link

Dates to Know

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Barel

October 26th Update-

Click Below For Our Weekly Hawk Update:


In this issue:

Halloween Treat Note

K-6 Student Art Pictures

HVL Bake Sale Sign Up

Dates To Know

and more...


Have a wonderful rest of your week and weekend!

Ms. Barel

October 16th Update-

I am trying something new with our weekly updates.  Please click on this link for our news!!


Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Barel

October 5th Update-

Hello Havel Families!


It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the 1st marking period!!  3rd-6th grade families, please take a moment this weekend and check Powerschool with your student.  We will not be sending progress reports home as this online communication tool is meant to keep you and your child up to date weekly on their progress within the classroom.  If you forgot your log in information, please contact the office at 586-797-5200


Next Tuesday, October 10th is Dominoes Pizza Day.  If your child would like to buy Dominos Pizza on this day them MUST preorder on Monday, October 9th.  The cost of the lunch is $2.75 and student will receive a slice of pizza, a veggie cup with ranch and a juice/milk. 


Our fun run fundraiser is wrapping up this coming week and we have raised over $11,000.00!!  Classrooms that meet the goal of $800.00 will earn an extra recess and popsicle party.  Donations will be accepted until next Wednesday, October 11th.  The leaderboard is listed below:


  1. Team Dehaan
  1.  Team Greenhalgh
  1.  Team Horne
  1.  Team Inwood
  1.  Team Bury
  1.  Team Glanert
  1.  Team Finazzo
  1.  Team Tomasak
  1.  Team Kostrzeba
  1.  Team Gabriel
  1.  Team Sutter
  1.  Team Cooke
  1.  Team Leline
  1.  Team Trpkovski
  1.  Team Baydoun
  1.  Team Rossi
  1.  Team V
  1.  Team Campbell
  1.  Team Berry
  1.  Team Boroski
  1.  Team Kramer


We are in need of parent volunteers for our school wide tie-dyeing activity on Friday, October 13th.  We will have two tie-dye sessions from 10:30-11:30 & 2:00-3:00.  If you are able to help please contact the office!  In addition we are in need of gallon size zip lock bags, plastic squirt bottles (like those you would fill with ketchup/mustard), and rubber bands.  If you are able to donate any of the above-mentioned items, please send them in by Tuesday, October 10th.  Thank you in advance for your support!!


From Your HVL:

Our Havel Volunteer League (HVL) has sent home information about their first fundraiser of the year, Little Caesars Pizza Kits! Orders are due Friday, November 3rd and PICKUP IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th after school until 5:30pm in the science room. You can collect orders yourself or send your family and friends to with fundraiser ID 336070. Ship to the group to avoid shipping fees. Thank you!

Skull Island ticket sales are continuing through the month.  If you have any questions please contact your Havel Volunteer League at a7975261.

Please join us this Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 in the science room for our meeting.  Child care will be provided!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Barel


October Dates To Know-

10th- HVL Meeting 7:00 in the Science Room

12th- 6th Grade to Camp Tamarack- Thank you HVL for paying for the busses!!

13th- Tie- Dye Day- Wear Old Clothes to school today!

26th- 1st/2nd Grade Concert @ Stevenson High School 6:00-7:00

26th- 3rd/4th/5th Grade Concert @ Stevenson High School 7:00-8:00

31st- ½ day of school 12:04 dismissal

10:45- Halloween Parade


Halloween Note-

We know that Halloween is a very exciting time that many children look forward to each and every year. By working together, we can make Halloween a safe and happy experience for all of our Havel Hawks. When shopping and planning for the perfect Halloween costume with your child, please avoid the following: masks, weaponry (including toys), blood, gore, overly scary costumes, and any character from a rated "R" movie: (ex. Scary Clowns, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th , Michael Myers from Halloween, the Scream ghost mask, etc) Students whose costumes do not adhere to these guidelines will not be permitted to wear the costume and will have to return home to change into appropriate attire. Thank you in advance for your respect of our preschool through sixth grade student population.



September 29th Update-
TGIF Havel Families and 
Happy October!

This is
such a great time of year with the beautiful Fall colors, cool weather, perhaps a trip to the apple orchard or cider mill, and fun Fall celebrations! For me, the best part about Fall is the fact that our students are fully involved in their learning. I have had the great pleasure of visiting all of our classrooms, and our teachers are creating engaging lessons for our students. Children are using technology to enhance their learning, they are involved in high· level thinking activities, they are working collaboratively with classmates, they are participating in discussions that allow them to demonstrate their learning, and they are creating projects that show a deep knowledge of all subject areas. Our classrooms are very busy, full of learning!


Our Havel staff and HVL were so excited to welcome many new faces to our September meeting! We are looking forward to seeing many parents at our next meeting on October 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Science Room. Free child care will be provided for the evening meeting. We really need your help in order to continue all of the fun and educational programs our volunteer group provides for our students.


Enjoy this wonderful month of October and all of the beauty it brings.


Ms. Barel


Dates to know:


6th- Henry Ford Homecoming Parade

9th- Bus Evacuation Practice

10th- HVL Meeting

12th- 6th Grade to Camp Tamarack

13th- Crew Meeting #2- Team Building Ativities and Tie Dye Day!! (wear old clothes to school today, we will do everything we can to keep our students as clean as possible while using tie dye!)

24th- 6th Grade Music Fitting

26th- 1st-5th Grade Concert @ Stevenson High School

          1st/2nd Grade Concert- 6:00 pm

          3rd-5th Grade concert- 7:00 pm

27th- HVL Halloween Trunk Or Treat Event

31st- Halloween- 12:04 Dismissal

31st- Halloween Parade 10:45 am

September 22nd Update-

Happy Weekend Havel Families,


The third week of school brought fire drill practice and our very first crew meeting!!!!  Crews are mulit-grade groups that will be meeting approximately once a month and will focus on success skills.  The following was the message that was given to each group by their teacher.  Today is our first meeting as a crew. Every student in the school is a member of a crew, which is kind of like a family. And just like a family, there are older and younger members. And like a family we work together, learn from each other,  help each other, and cheer each other on. Our hope is that you will come to our crew meetings each month and feel like you are a valued member of our school family. We will be playing fun games and learning about important skills to help us become better individuals.   Today we are going to start by getting to know each other a little better. You will be getting your name tag that you will wear at each meeting and we will play a little game where you get to tell us something about yourself.”


Our next crew meeting is planned for Friday, October 13th.   Each crew will be doing team building activities for part of their session and for the other part they will be tie dyeing their crew shirt.  If you have not yet sent in a while t-shirt to your child’s teacher please do so ASAP.  We will be in need of parent volunteers for this activity.  Please contact the office if you are available at 10:30 or 2:00 on October 13th.  (586-797-5200)


Lights! Camera! Action! Fun Run: There are TWO ways to collect donations this year:  


  • If you plan on collecting money in person, cash or checks made payable to Havel Volunteer League (HVL) can be totaled and turned in to the school throughout the month of September.
  • We are also able to collect donations online this year.  Please go to: to set up your child’s pledge page and begin collecting donations immediately!  It is fast and easy to share on social media, so get the word out now.  This is a secure site so credit cards can be used for donations as well…how cool is that! Please contact Mrs. Langlois if you have any questions or concerns with using the site:


Dates to know:


25th-29th Scholastic Book Fair is this week during media center.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure of their media center day/time.


26th- Kindergarten and 1st Grade Literacy Night sponsored by our 1st grade teachers. 6:00-7:00, please call the office to RSVP.

27th- Fun Run – Be sure to wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle to school!  (See schedule below)

9:10-9:55            3rd Grade and Gabriel

10:00-10:45        2nd Grade

10:50-11:35        Kindergarten

1:10-1:55            6th Grade and Berry

2:00-2:45            5th Grade and Horne

2:50-3:35            1st Grade


28th- Bagel Day

29th- Picture Day- Say Cheese!!  If you are in need of another picture order form, please contact our office staff!

October 1st- Band o’ Rama @ Stevenson High School 6:00-9:00

September 14th Update-

Happy Friday Havel Families!

We have had a busy 8 ½ days of school here at Havel.  The first day brought us an opportunity to meet our teachers and classmates and to rotate through our behavior expectation stations.  The second day brought us our first assembly where we kicked off our “ Lights, Camera, Action” Fun Run!  (Lights Camera Action Run.docx )   There are TWO ways to collect donations this year.  If you plan on collecting money in person, cash or checks made payable to Havel Volunteer League (HVL) can to totaled and turned in to the school throughout the month of September.

We are also able to collect donations online this year.  Please go to: to set up your child’s pledge page and begin collecting donations immediately!  It is fast and easy to share on social media, so get the word out now.  This is a secure site so credit cards can be used for donations as well…how cool is that! Please contact Mrs. Langlois if you have any questions or concerns with using the site.


This week our 5th and 6th grade classes have begun switching for math, social studies, and science instruction, K-2 have begun the personalized learning and stations as a part of their ELA and Math instruction, and all students have had the opportunity to have Media Center, Gym, Art, & Music instruction. 


If you have not turned in all of our beginning of the year paperwork, you must do so immediately.  Students without a green health form will not be able to participate in gym class and we need all emergency cards so that we can begin the task of updating all parent contacts in our system.


We started a Remind for Havel Elementary this year, please text @havelele to 81010 to sign up for remind messages.  In addition, most classroom teachers have a remind that we are asking you to sign up for.  We know how busy our own family schedules are and want to help you stay connected and involved in your child’s education.  Please contact your child’s teacher to see if they have a remind classroom account for this school year.


We are in need of lunch supervision.  To get more information on this paid position please contact Mrs. Dalka at or 586-797-5200.


Our NEHS students are sponsoring a Singing Birthday Telegram for those parents who want to send some birthday fun to their child on their special day.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. NHS Singing Telegram.pdf  If you have any questions please email Mrs. Kramer at


Our Havel Volunteer League will be doing a Pizza Kit fundraiser beginning October 1st.  Their next meeting will be October 10th.  Look for more information about the Pizza Kits and the Coin War that will be coming out!  - Your HVL Board  (Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and sign up for our remind updates by texting @ @42b39 to 81010)


Finally we had our first fire drill practice and will continue to practice emergency drills such as fire, tornado, and lockdown procedures throughout the year.  I was very proud of how quickly, safely, and quietly our students exited the building!  Way to go Havel Hawks!


Be sure to like us on Facebook and check out our website at



Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms. Barel


September dates to know:

25th-29th- Book Fair during your child’s media center time

27th- Fun Run

29th- Picture Day- Picture forms have been sent home if you need an additional one please email the office at