August 3, 2023
Please mark your calendars:
August 21st: Meet the Teacher 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (If you have a kindergarten student, please do not bring supplies until 8/28)
August 23rd: First Day of School (Parents and families may walk students to their classrooms)
September 13th: Picture Day
September 23rd: OneRun
September 29th: Block Party 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Meet the Teacher
Monday, Aug. 21st, 4:30-6pm
225 56th Street
Des Moines, IA
Monday, August 28th, kindergarten parents will have access to walk kindergarteners to their classrooms and "officially" meet their teacher and bring supplies.
Jennifer Williams, Associate Principal
I am thrilled to join the Hanawalt team! I have been serving the students and families of DMPS for over 30 years. My career started in special education as an elementary teacher, coach, and curriculum coordinator. During this time, I worked closely with the math department and later served as a district math coach. I entered administration as a School Improvement Leader at East High School and served in the principalship for the past 10 years at Stowe Elementary an International Baccalaureate School. Through all of these experiences I have grown as an individual who strives to lead with love, family (our students, our school, and our own), and learning at the core.
On a more personal level you'll find I love live music, bike rides, and good food! I live in a multigenerational home (there are 8 of us) on the southwest side of Des Moines with my partner, Rod, my parents and my daughter's family. I am sure to share lots of stories about my two grandchildren, Ruthie (5) and Frankie (2). My oldest daughter is an art teacher at Moore and lives in the Beaverdale neighborhood. We are a close family and love our Des Moines community.
My first day was July 24th and am excited to learn more about all the good things happening at Hanawalt. I look forward to meeting each of you in the year to come!
Bayley Anshutz, ELL
My name is Bayley Anshutz (Rustad). I am thrilled to join the Hanawalt staff as an ELL teacher next year. I attended Hanawalt as a student from kindergarten to 5th grade, so it is a dream come true to be back as a staff member! I have been teaching for 9 years at Samuelson Elementary.
I live near Roosevelt with my husband, Frank, our 3-year-old son, Elliott and our greyhound, Mookie.
I look forward to meeting all of you soon!
New Bathrooms and Playground Work
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!
Hanawalt Community Notes
The Hanawalt Community invites our families to join us for grade-level playdates before the school year begins! Have fun and meet or reconnect with other students and parents.
Please have an adult in attendance with your student. Siblings welcome!
Contact email@example.com with questions. In the case of rain, playdates will be canceled.
Kindergarten- Sunday, 8/20 2:00-3:00 pm at Hanawalt playground
First Grade - Monday, 8/7 from 5:30-6:30 at Greenwood Park Playground/Sprayground
In front of Jay Spence Shelter, next to Bergman Academy.
Second Grade - Sunday, 8/20 from 3:00-4:00pm at Hanwalt playground
Third Grade - Tuesday, 8/8 from 5:30-6:30 at Greenwood Park Playground/SpraygroundIn front of Jay Spence Shelter, next to Bergman Academy.
Fourth Grade - Saturday, 8/12 from 10:00-11:00am at American Legion Park playground/sprayground
301 Vine St, West Des Moines, IA
Fifth Grade - Saturday, 8/12 from 11:00am-12:00pm at American Legion Park playground/sprayground
301 Vine St, West Des Moines, IA
Did You Know?
21: Meet the Teacher 4:30 – 6:00 pm
23: First Day of School
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