September 2015 Newsletter


Hamtramck Parent & School Connection

September 2015 Volume 5 Issue 2

A page from the Principal’s Desk…

School Yearly Forms

Welcome Back HCA Families, As the principal at HCA, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back to school. We are off to a great start! We are all excited to have the students back in the classrooms filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Parents, it is very important that children are present and on time every day. Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 am. Please find the attached article in regards to good attendance habits. I would like to invite parents to have coffee with me next Thursday, September 17, 2015. This will give me an opportunity to meet you all and for you to share any thoughts or concerns that you may have for the school year. It is truly a privilege to serve as the principal of a school where the teachers, staff and students work together and strive to build a positive atmosphere that supports academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 313-368-7312. Mr. Griffie HCA Principal

School Calendar Events

September 14

MAP Testing Begins

September 17

Coffee with the Principal Griffie

September 18

NUT Day $1

September 24

No School – Professional Development

Virtue of the Month


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and make a trail.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Parents in the days to come please be on a look out for forms that will need to be completed and turned back in to your student’s teacher. These forms are very important because it will allow us to update our school records. If you have access to a computer then you can go to our school website

and log in to complete the forms .

Parent Volunteers

It takes a village to raise a child. Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education benefits the are many areas where your help would be appreciated. Some examples are making copies, creating folders, and working with flashcards with the students.

The NHA goal for every school: by the year 2020, 90% of students who have attended our schools for 3 or more years will achieve college readiness thresholds.

Map Testing Confident. Prepared. Relaxed. Well Rested

Here are some ways to your students handle the upcoming test: 1) Explain that the tests will show how much they have learned. Encourage them to do their best, but don’t put so much emphasis on them that they feel stressed. 2) Limit activities the night before tests. You may want to avoid having guest for dinner or skip a siblings after school activities if it means that they will be out late. Be sure your child gets in bed on time and sets an alarm for the next morning. 3) On test day, give him an energy-boosting breakfast. Try to include booth protein (eggs, yogurt, and milk) and carbohydrates (fruit, oatmeal, toast). 5) Encourage your child to read all directions slowly and carefully. The best approach on standardized test is to read the question and all the answers. Then go back and select the best one. If your child reaches the end of a section with time left, they should go back a check their answers. 6) Finishing a standardized test is an accomplishment. Taking this type of test requires a lot of mental energy. So celebrate! ♥

National Heritage Academies Hamtramck Academy 11420 Conant Hamtramck, MI 48212 Phone: 313-368-7312 Fax: 313-447-2869 Website:

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Children who eat a healthy breakfast tend to show improved academic performance, longer attention span, better attendance and decreased hyperactivity in school. Breakfast will be served Monday - Friday from 7:30a.m - 7:55a.m and free lunch for the 2015-2016 school year.

‘USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer’

Uniforms and Dress Code

improving the learning climate and safety of our school.

Box Tops Collection for the month of September has begun…

Please turn the box tops in to your student’s teachers. Let’s get clipping!

Early Dismissal

It is school policy that picking students up after 2:30 and before regular dismissal time is If there is an emergency and your child needs to be picked up early give the school a call ahead of time to let us know.