Husky Highlights for Families

Family Newsletter ~ September 22, 2023

Hawthorn Elementary School

School Hours: 9:10-4:10

School Phone: 816-359-4390

Principal: Brooke Renton

Assistant Principal: Morgan Taylor

Counselor: Bianca Mayfield-Miller

Front Office Information

Veronica Nevils: Executive Administrative Assistant

Angie Linard: Attendance Administrative Assistant/ Registrar

Phone: 359-4390


If you need to make transportation changes please contact the office prior to 3:15. This will help ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of a possible miscommunication.

Mark Your Calendars!

September 26th: Hawthorn Day @ Scott's Kitchen

September 27th: Family Yoga on the Lawn @ 6:30pm

October 3rd: STEAM Night

October 4th: Early Release Day (2:15 dismissal)

This Week at Hawthorn...

Hawthorn's DEIB Council consisting of parents, students, and staff held its first meeting earlier this week. We had a lot of great conversation and the time was spent getting to know one another a bit better. This team will be responsible for determining action steps needed in order to help everyone feel a sense of belonging within our school community.

Adrian Ortner, Park Hill's teacher of the visually impaired, was recently recognized as being a Park Hill STAR. Watch the short video below to see what makes Mrs. Ortner so special!

Braille teacher Adrian Ortner is one of this month's Park Hill Star award recipients! Watch this to find out what makes Adrian a Park Hill Star. If you... | By Park Hill School District | Facebook


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PTA Family Events

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Miles of Smiles- Portable Dental Program

Miles of Smiles (Level Up Kids) will be at HAWTHORN ELEMENTARY

OCTOBER 17th – OCTOBER 27th, 2023!

Miles of Smiles, a program of Level Up Kids, provides free dental care to children in the Northland who do not have access to oral health services. The dental care will be provided to students at HAWTHORN during the school day October 17th – October 27th, 2023! All care is provided by a licensed dentist and assistants and all patients receive a comprehensive exam, cleaning and x-rays.

Please register ASAP if you would like your student to be seen during the school day. We highly encourage online registration, which is quick, easy and convenient! You can register right from your phone!

Please contact Karen Schaff (816-359-6175) if you have any questions or need help registering your student.

Coming Soon...

Hawthorn PTA will be hosting our 2nd Annual Trunk-or-Treat on Thursday, October 19th from 6p - 8p on the school parking lot. Dress up in your Halloween best, trick-or-treat and grab a quick dinner from the Sanchos Streetside truck. To make the event a success, we'd LOVE your help. Check out the sections below for more information on candy/trinket donations, trunk participant sign-up, trick-or-treat participant sign-up.

Trunk Participants

Please sign up <here> if you'd like to host a trunk for the event. All cars must be parked by 5:45p to ensure student safety. Please ensure trunk themes are K-5 student-friendly. Hawthorn PTA's hope is that we will receive enough candy/monetary donations to cover all trunks.

Candy/Trinket/Monetary Donations

If you'd love to help but can't commit to hosting a trunk, please consider a candy or trinket donation to one of our Candy Monsters located in the school entryway near the Media Center. If you'd rather Hawthorn PTA do the shopping, please make a monetary donation via Cheddarup LINK or Venmo.

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Community Events

Trojan Preschool at Park Hill High School

We are enrolling students for our preschool program here at PHHS. We are starting classes October third and still have openings in our 9:45-10:45am session.

PHHS link: (it is located towards the bottom of the main page and has the google form linked to it)

Google form link:

Facebook link:

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Planning Ahead?

Mark your calendars NOW for the following events that are planned for the 2023-24 school year.
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Social Worker News

I want to encourage parents to reach out for any assistance you or your student might need during the school year.

Below you will find the link for the Confidential Resource Checklist. It has both a variety of resources I can help with and a place for feedback about emotional support your student might need. I have also included my contact information so please feel free to contact me any time during the year.

Confidential Resource Checklist

Allison Dawson


Park Hill Perspectives

We are committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) work in Park Hill. Visit our comment portal if you have a comment, a suggestion, a story or a compliment pertaining to DEIB in our community.


Early Release Days

Early release days will be on Wednesdays for the 2023-24 school year. Dismissal on early release days begins at 2:10pm. These afternoons are for staff to participate in professional development.

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Do You Speak A Different Language?

We partner with Argo Telephonic Translation Services to help us better communicate with families that speak a language other than English. We can set up an interpreter during parent conferences in addition to using a translator during phone calls. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please let your child's teacher know, or contact Mrs. Renton.

Nominate a Staff Member for the Park Hill STAR Award

Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.

That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.

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