Hawk News

October 13, 2022

Habit #2: Beginning with the End in Mind

During the month of October, we are teaching about Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind. This means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started. Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind. For young children, a good example of that is a jigsaw puzzle. Before doing a puzzle, they look at the cover of the box. They start with the end in mind.

Habit 2 means to have a plan. I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Soaring Hawks

Our students are working hard to earning Soaring Hawks. So far we have earning 83 Soaring Hawks! We have a goal of earning 100 Soaring Hawks. When we earn our goal, classes will choose a way to celebrate. Some ways we have celebrated are PJ parties, game time, and extra recess.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Hanawalt on November 1st and 2nd. Each fifteen minute conference will include a time for us to discuss your studentʼs strengths and challenges, highlight growth that has occurred over the course of the quarter, and make goals for the remainder of the year.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 3-6:30pm

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 3-6:30pm

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

Kindergarten Girl Scouts

We are happy to share that we are offering a Girl Scouts Troop for interested Kindergartners. Our goal is to make the meetings fun! engaging & educational. We plan to meet a couple of times a month as schedules allow.

The Troop (#1304) will include Kindergartners from both Hanawalt and Bergman Academy. We will have our first meeting this month - if you are interested in joining, please contact Katie Gibson Overby at katie@gibsonoverby.com. Thank you!

Hanawalt Community Notes

November 15: Hanawalt Free Skate

Join us at Skateland on Tuesday, November 15 for a Hanawalt Free Skate Night! Free admission for everyone and free skate rental for the first 50 who arrive ($4.75/person after that).

Show Your Principal Appreciation!

October is National Principals Month! Make time to let Mrs. Leibl know how much we appreciate her leadership of our school.

Also, don’t forget that Teacher Appreciation will show our support this year by providing Monday Munchies and food for conference week! If you are interested in donating some munchies for October, please sign up HERE. If you would rather donate money to go towards treats for our staff, please donate HERE. The Hanawalt Community appreciates your support!

Sign Up Now to Volunteer

We have so many fun plans for this year and we need your help! Sign up now for volunteer roles. Be sure to check out our Read-a-thon committee. Planning will be underway soon!

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Upcoming Dates


31: No School


1: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00pm - 6:30pm

2: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00pm - 6:30pm

7: No School

8: No School

23: No School

24: No School

25: No School


9: No School, PD Day

22-31: No School - Winter Break