January Newsletter

Welcome to 2022!!

Hello Little Chief families!!

I sincerely hope you were all able to enjoy the holidays and the winter break. Teachers have been in and out of Hawthorne and Torrence all throughout break preparing for our students to return to classrooms. As we return, we will be re-establishing routines and procedures with students in classrooms and across the schools. Additionally, our students will be taking the FAST and MAP tests in January to show how much they have grown in math and reading. We're ready to make a strong push into 2022 and we're excited to see our Little Chiefs again! Check out what's happening in January below.

Thank you and remember it is always a great day to be a Little Chief!

Mr. Marsden


Arrival Times

Recently, we have had a few students who have arrived early and have had to wait outside the building unsupervised. Obviously, this creates a safety concern especially as temperatures begin to drop as we head into the winter months.

This is a friendly reminder of our arrival times at Hawthorne and Torrence.

Hawthorne Breakfast starts @ 7:40

Hawthorne Morning Recess starts @ 7:45

Students enter classrooms @ 8:00

Tardy bell @ 8:05

Torrence AM Recess starts @ 7:45

Students enter classrooms @ 8:00, Tardy after 8:05

Torrence PM Recess starts @ 11:45

Students enter classrooms @ 12:00, Tardy after 12:05

Additionally, ALL parents MUST sign into the office when visiting the school. If you need to drop off school supplies or need to speak with a teacher you must sign into the office first. Your assistance in these issues would be greatly appreciated.

Walk Up vs. Drive Up Safety Precaution

Another friendly reminder for parents who choose to walk their students to the sidewalk in the morning or choose not to wait in the car line for dismissal, please to not walk up to the drive up area. In the mornings, please use the crosswalk located by the walk up area instead or walking through the drive up traffic. In the afternoons, if you would prefer to walk up to pick up your child we ask that you call the school at (319)524-3503 and change your child's dismissal procedure.

Walking through the drive up traffic creates additional safety concerns. We do not want to see any students or parents harmed while navigating through the drive-up traffic. Additionally, at dismissal especially, we want ensure that all of our students are accounted for and are transferred into their parents care safely. When parents walk up to the drive up area to pick up their children it is likely to create confusion when we try to locate those students.


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PTO Meeting - 1/11

The Little Chiefs PTO meeting is on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30pm. The PTO meeting will be hosted virtually via Zoom and in person in the Hawthorne gym. The Zoom link will be posted on the Little Chiefs PTO facebook page. This meeting is open to any Hawthorne or Torrence parents and staff who are interested in attending. We hope to see you there!

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day - 1/17

KCSD School Board Meeting - 1/18

January Birthday Lunch & Bookstore - 1/28

Our PTO will be delivering cupcakes for all of our students with January birthdays on Friday, January 28th. The cupcakes will be handed out at lunch. PTO will also have books for purchase.

Virtual Awards Assembly - 1/28

On January 28th, we will be hosting a virtual student assembly. The assembly will be streamed to classrooms so we can still celebrate our Little Chiefs while keeping staff and students safe. Students will be recognize for being bucket fillers and for displaying our character word of the month. The assembly will be posted on our Facebook pages after they are finished.

January Lunch Menu

For an enlarged view, please click the following link: January Lunch Menu
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Keokuk Public Library Calendar

Here is what's happening at the Keokuk Public Library. All the events are still virtual and more information can be found on their website keokuklibrary.org or on keokukevents.org.
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Box Tops For Education

Have you heard?! Box Tops For Education is going digital! No more clipping, no more sending your student to school with a baggie full of box tops. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see the label, use the new Box Tops For Education app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for our school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school's earnings online. You can download the app today!!

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Casey's Cash for Classrooms

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. This opens up Hawthorne Elementary to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students.

The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school. Help Hawthorne Elementary make the most of this program and learn more at Caseys.com/schools.


Mike Marsden

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"It's always a great day to be at Hawthorne & Torrence!"