What's Happening??!!

~ Hawley School Newsletter: March 8, 2020 ~

From the desk of Mr. Moretti.....

Dear Hawley Parents/Guardians, Teachers, and Staff,

March already, WOW!

So much going on with so much left to do. Activities, Presentations and Events, OH MY!

Buckle up, keep your hands and feet in the car at all times, and stay seated as you read on to find out What's Happening at Hawley .......

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~ Be the "i" in Kind Wall ~

Kindness happens all the time at Hawley School. We do it, see it, and ACKNOWLEDGE it. Recently a student helped a classmate clean up a mess without being asked and our custodian found something important that a student accidentally threw away. Be aware, we're watching......

Coronavirus Information

We will all continue to carefully watch the news and worry about the Coronavirus. Many rumors, stories, and connections to confirmed cases will circulate. The Superintendent is and will continue to meet with local and State health officials and provide us information as it becomes available. I, in turn, will continue to do the same.

For now, common sense is the route to take:

The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms can appear in infected persons two to 14 days after exposure.

Coronavirus Prevention Steps from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Here are some links that might be helpful with speaking to your children about hygiene and if they are concerned:

Hand-washing and Hygiene

Anxiety about Coronavirus

The building will continue to get extra scrub downs, especially points of contact (door handles, desks, tables, railings, etc). We will not be discussing this at length with students. If a student is showing signs of being overly concerned or is constantly talking about it, they will go see the psychologist or counselor and you will be notified to follow up at home.

Teachers have begun preparing some work packets to be sent and left at home. Students can do this work in the event school closes for an extended period of time. It will not be new learning with a goal of preventing regression. More information to be sent as needed.

Thank you for your trust and support, and as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

~ STEAM Night ~

Math Science Specialist, Mrs. Hiruo, organized a STEAM Night at Hawley for students in Grades 3 & 4. Families came in for a night of activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Thank you to the staff that volunteered their time to help out and for all those who were able to attend. It was a wonderful night of learning and fun!!

~ Pennies for Patients ~

Hawley School’s Student Council is sponsoring a fundraiser called “Pennies for Patients” from March 2-March 23, 2020. During this time, your child can collect spare change to fill the box that he or she brought home last Friday. Once your child has filled the container, it can be returned to school. The box can be filled and brought to school as many times as necessary over the course of the fundraiser. If you prefer, online donations can be made by using this link: https://events.lls.org/pages/ctwhv/HawleyElementarySchool-2020 .

Last year, Hawley School raised over $6,000, which was a school record! This year, Student Council set a goal of $2,020, which we hope to exceed. If Hawley School reaches its goal, every student will earn an extra recess! The class raising the most money will win a pizza party.

“Pennies for Patients” is a program run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society that helps to raise funds for life-saving cancer research. All of the change collected during this fundraiser goes toward treatments and cures for blood cancers. By donating spare change, students are helping to raise money to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s diseases, and myeloma.

Thank you for helping to support such a worthy cause.

School-wide Tabata

We fought the cold weather one morning by having the entire school do the Tabata at the same time. It is simply a set of fun exercises to get the body going. It was wonderful to see everyone participating as a school community. We hope to do more.

International Dessert Night

Our PTA held its annual International Dessert Night. Families joined us at Hawley for a night of entertainment, crafts and delicious treats from around the world.

Thank you to Beth Murphy and Nadine Topolski for organizing, as well as the staff and parent volunteers. It was a fun evening for all.

PTA Cultural Arts Assembly

Our PTA arranged for a wonderful assembly (Poetry in Motion) chronicling music throughout the years. It was entertaining and informational, and students thoroughly enjoyed it.

Important Reminders / General Info

  • We encourage you to keep students (and family members) home if sick and avoid visiting the building if you are symptomatic.
  • Periodically, the nurse provides clothing for students that have either had bathroom accidents or have fallen in puddles/mud. Our supply is running low. If you would like to help out, please send in new boys and girls underwear, leggings for girls, sweat pants for boys and any sneakers. Your generosity is appreciated.

Dates to Remember

  • Week of 3/16: PTA Book Fair (specifics to be sent home)
  • Thurs-Fri, 3/19-3/20: 2-Hr Early Dismissals for Conferences
  • Sat, 3/21: Hawley Night at the Sound Tigers, 7:00 PM
  • Wed, 3/25: Author Visit, K-1 is 2:00 PM & grades 2-4 is 2:45 PM

Funny Bones (or not) .....

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