Hawk News

August 31, 2023

Drop Off Zone

If you need to drop off a lunch, waterbottle, instrument, etc., we have created a drop off zone. Please just attached a note with your child's information and we will make sure it gets to the classroom.

Safety Drills

At Hanawalt, we will have many drills throughout the year. The purpose of any type of school drill is to prepare all students and adults with the knowledge they need to quickly make their way to safety in the event of an emergency situation. These drills play an important role in training school staff to know in advance their responsibilities so they can take the lead in an emergency.

Note from Nurse Becky

Thank you for the warm Hanawalt welcome! I've enjoyed getting to meet and talk with you and looking forward to a great school year!

Here are 7 things that we can do to help make this school year amazing!

1)Extra Change of Clothes: Please always keep a change of clothes in your students' locker/backpack because you never know when they may need it and it's a nicer experience for your student when they have their own clothes to change into.

2)Health Office Clothes: If your student borrows clothes from the Health Office, please wash and return them. We are in need of new or gently used and freshly washed:

  1. Girls leggings (for kindergarten - 5th grade)
  2. Girls athletic shorts (for kindergarten - 5th grade)
  3. Boys sweatpants/joggers (for kindergarten - 5th grade)
  4. Boys athletic shorts (for kindergarten - 5th grade)

3)Food Allergens: There are many students with severe food allergies at Hanawalt. Please check with your student's teacher before sending any food to the classroom.

4)Medical Conditions: If your student has a medical condition/concern and you have not informed me yet, please call, email or send me a Snap message to let me know.

5)Medical Paperwork: Many letters have been sent home in white envelopes and phone calls have been made requesting medical paperwork. If you have received a call, email, letter or Snap from me requesting medical documents, please have them completed and returned as soon as possible.

6)Absent from school: If your student has symptoms of illness, they need to stay home until 24 hours symptom free. If your student will not be at school for any reason, please call the school before 8am to let us know they will not be in attendance. Our number is 515-242-8411.

7)How to help communication with the school nurse and other DMPS staff:

Snap! Connect is such a great tool to have and all DMPS school's/parents can use it. It's a quick way to reach parents/guardians and staff. It can even translate to different languages. I use it all of the time to communicate with parents about things that happen in the Health Office. You can send me a Snap by typing in Becky Lause and my name will pop up.

If you are not using Snap, please take a few minutes to register and login to your Snap account.

Here are some helpful resources for you to get started:

How do I login to my account?

How do I register for my Snap! Connect account?

The registration codes are for one-time use. If you have already used your one-time code and activated your account, you will not need an additional code.

If you have further questions about Snap, you can contact Snap directly with this email:


Thanks for your help in making this school year as safe and healthy as possible. I appreciate your support.

In Health,

Nurse Becky

Girls on the Run

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4th Annual OneRun

The 4th annual District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at Water Works Park on September 23rd, 2023, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event will be a 2-mile fun run/walk with an option to cheer on the sidelines as a supporter! Registration is free for everyone; participation is what will count.

Event fees will be paid by corporate and individual sponsors. Once participation totals are tallied, the money raised will be sent directly to the schools. Each participant may designate one school. The more participants and donations, the more money to Hanawalt!

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCtxSy8YoxinAdNlqnLdcC3IdOK75P0WJ8FE7SpPU40zfP3Q/viewform

Hanawalt Community Notes

Welcome to the Hanawalt Community

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year Hanawalt Community! We would love to invite anyone interested to get involved this year with the various events and programs that will be taking place. You do not have to have previous experience or expertise; everyone was a first-time volunteer at one point! If you have special skills to offer, an interest in a certain area, or are willing to do whatever is needed to help our Hanawalt students; let us know, we would love your help! There are so many different ways to get involved, from helping plan events and programs that happen throughout the year, helping with after school clubs, volunteering to help with the drop off “Car Rider” lane in the mornings, teacher appreciation, being part of the Hanawalt Community Executive Committee, and so much more!

A new school year can be a lot to take in all at once. We have created a “Ways to Get Involved” form that is attached to help with a short description of all the ways you can help make our students’ time at Hanawalt as welcoming and successful as possible. All of these events and programs depend on community support, it wouldn’t be possible without you!

We also encourage everyone to attend the Hanawalt Community meetings. This is a great way to learn more and provide feedback about committees, events, budgets, and future planning as well as connect with other families and community members!

If you would like to get involved with the Hanawalt Community overall planning process, we would love for you to join the Executive Committee. This group meets monthly to plan events for the year, work with school leadership and committee leads, plans the year budget, Hanawalt Community communications, the Spirit Store, and so much more! We are currently looking for a treasurer, 2 co-vice-presidents, and additional at-large members. More information on each role can be found in the “Ways to Get Involved” document, and current Executive members would always be happy to connect directly to answer any questions!

Important Hanawalt Community Dates to Remember This Fall:

· Tuesday, September 5th: Hanawalt “Soaring Hawks” After School Clubs Start!

· Monday, September 11th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Hanawalt Community Meeting (All are welcome!)

· Friday, September 29th, 5:30 – 7:30: Block Party @ Hanawalt!

· Monday, November 13th, 5:30 – 7:00pm: Hanawalt Community Meeting (All are welcome!)

· Tuesday, November 14th, 5:00 – 8:00 Hanawalt Skate Night @ Skateland!

· December – Date TBD – Teacher Appreciation

You will also receive communications about things happening at the school each Thursday in the newsletter from Principal Liebl and through the Snap!Connect app. We also encourage you to utilize our website: www.hanawaltcommunity.org and our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanawaltpta.

Thank you all so much for the support you provide to this community. If you ever have questions or feedback, please always know you are welcome to reach out! It’s going to be a wonderful year!

Your 23-24 Hanawalt Community Executive Committee,

Jodie Lee and Stephanie Moris (Co-Presidents)

Joshua Espinoza (Treasurer)

Brandy Goldenberg (Secretary)

Getting Involved with the Hanawalt Community

Welcome to the Hanawalt Community - where you’re already a member! Everyone can play a part and we would love for you to get involved. Many of our volunteers jump in and learn as we go. There’s no need to be an expert in education or any of our events and programs. If you have special skills to offer, an interest in a certain area, or are willing to do whatever is needed to help our Hanawalt students; let us know!





Information on upcoming opportunities will be included in the Hawk News!

Throughout the year, we often need extra hands for our events and programs, including:

● Event staffing during Block Party, AWITA, Parents’ Night Out and other events

● Donations for Teacher Appreciation, Helping Hands, etc.

● Assisting with projects like landscaping, yearbook photos and book fair set-up


Visit our Sign-up Genius page to add your name to a committee (See QR Code below): If you don’t see what you’re looking for or all spots are full, please email HanawaltElementaryPTA@gmail.com.

Block Party 2023 Committee:

Block Party brings our community together! Committee members help plan and run the event - securing food vendors and entertainment, coordinating volunteers, promotion and overall organizing. The date is 9/29/23. Chair: McKenzie Glazebrook

Car Riders:

Assist students in getting out of their cars and into the school safely for your selected morning of the week. (7:15-7:50 am; alternates available to substitute as needed). Chair: Molly Stagner

Read-A-Thon/School Project Committee:

This fundraiser has traditionally helped with Media Center improvements and is planned for fall 2022. We need your help brainstorming ideas for this year, promoting the activities, and helping our students raise pledges. Chair: LeAnn Thongvanh Co-chair: Open

A Day in the Arts Committee:

This event promotes artistic experiences with workshops taking place over the course of a week. Meetings (virtual) are November-April. Roles include supply purchasing, brainstorming/recruiting artists for workshops, volunteer coordinating, program/newsletter creation, and hospitality/media. Chair: Laura Camerona

Scholastic Book Fair Committee:

Use your time and talents to make our Book Fairs fun and successful. Proceeds go to Hanawalt and students. Committee members will help staff the fair after school hours, do set-up and help with promotion for four book fairs throughout the year. Chair: Kylie Rupe

Grade-Level Playdates:

Grade-level play dates allow students and parents to meet, connect, and build community. It’s a more individual commitment with one or two people leading the planning for each date and just one or two full committee meetings to discuss ideas for how to keep improving this experience.This new committee is trying to establish a regular calendar of playdates. Contact: Kelly Sparks

Parents' Night Out Committee:

Help plan a night for our Hanawalt Community in Spring 2024 to connect and raise funds for field trips, school supplies and community events. We need help planning, promoting and securing silent auction items. Regular committee meetings will take place starting in late 2023/early 2024 through the event. Co-chairs: Erin Baker & Olivia Howe-Espinosa

Party in the Park Committee:

Party in the Park has been a huge success led by our amazing Hanawalt staff. For spring 2024, we're adding in parents and caregivers to support those efforts. Plan on committee meetings and help with staffing for this May event designed to showcase our entire community. Chair: Emily Shields

Teacher Appreciation Committee:

Assist in planning monthly activities to support our teachers and staff throughout the year. Chair: Amanda Carroll


Help with our annual yearbook project for the 2023-2024 school year. Support needed for taking/gathering photos during various activities throughout the fall and winter and with the ordering process. Chair: McKenzie Glazebrook

Hanawalt Golf Tournament 2024 Committee:

Help find sponsors and recruit teams for our Hanawalt Golf Tournament. Sign up here to help plan our third annual tournament in summer of 2024. Planning will begin in early 2024. Chair: Josh Espinosa

Ideas welcome!

Do you have an idea for a community-building event, fundraiser or program that you would like to bring to life? Sign up or email hanawaltelementarypta@gmail.com and let's see if we can make it happen!

Join the Hanawalt Community Executive Committee!

Interested in helping? All of these activities and events only happen with parent volunteers, we are always happy to have more people part of this team! Please reach out if you are interested in any of the positions below or joining as an at-large member!

‘23-24 At-Large Members

The Hanawalt Community Executive Committee typically meets monthly throughout the year. Times can be flexible, but have often been Monday evenings for 2 hours, to review committee/event needs as they come up, manage and oversee the annual budget, support and help with communications for programming as needed. We would love to have you be part of the committee!

'23-24 Treasurer

If you like Quickbooks and signing checks, we have a job for you! Work with our current treasurer, Josh Espinosa, to learn the ropes this year. This position also serves as a member of the executive committee.

‘23-24 Vice Presidents (2)

We are looking for 2 additional people to join the team as Co Vice-Presidents! In addition to serving as an at-large member, the Vice-Presidents will be taking over the President roles at the end of their term. Presidents are 100% available to help during the transition.

Hanawalt Block Party

Save the Date! Our annual back to school Hanawalt Block party is set for Friday, 9/29 from 5:30-7:30!! The block party is a FREE family friendly event that offers a free light pizza dinner with halal, GF and dairy free options, inflatables, balloon twisters, carnival games, prizes and tons of FUN! We are looking for volunteers to help run the event the day of! Can’t help? We also need donations. Please sign up here below, thank you for supporting our community!


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Yearbook Pictures

Yearbook pictures needed! Help us build our pictures throughout the year!

We would love your first day of school pictures to add to our 2023-2024 yearbook! Please email pictures to us at hanawaltyearbook@gmail.com and include “first day of school” in the subject line.

Second Annual Hanawalt Golf Fundraiser

Thank you to the players, volunteers, and sponsors who made the Second Annual Hanawalt Golf Fundraiser a success! More than 110 golfers played the Waveland Golf Course last Friday in support of the Hanawalt Community. More than $10,000 was raised to fund enrichment experiences, A Day In The Arts, community events, field trips, Soaring Hawks after-school clubs, and more. Congratulations to Hanawalt dad Mickey Shields and his team of childhood buddies for earning the win!

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Upcoming Dates


4: No school

5 – 21: Fall Reading and Math Screener

13: Picture Day

22: No School

23: One Run @ 8:00

25: No School, Yom Kipper

29: Block Party 5:30 – 7:30 pm