Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

January 8, 2016

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About Us

Start Time: 8:47

End Time: 3:50

Tardy Time: 8:50

Fax Number: 810-299-3910

Lunch Schedule

  • Kindergarten 11:15 - 12:00
  • 1st Grade 11:45 - 12:30
  • 2nd Grade 12:15 - 1:00
  • 4th Grade 12:45 - 1:30
  • 3th Grade 1:15 - 2:00

From the Principal

Dear Hawkins Families:

Happy New Year! It was a joy this week to see your children back at school. I know that I personally missed them all very much and seeing their smiling (but tired) faces on Monday was the highlight of my week.

I can't believe that we are already preparing for the 2016-17 school year. Kindergarten Round-Up for Hawkins Elementary is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30-8pm. This is for all of our families who have children who will be Junior Kindergarteners or Kindergarteners in the Fall of 2016. More information to come at the end of this month.

Have a great weekend!

Basia Kiehler


Hey Parents,

What if you and your child chose to work together on the challenges that you face?

Habit 6: Synergize, to put it simply, means "two heads are better than one." According to Stephen Covey, "It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." Therefore, when we work together in coming up with solutions we can expect a greater outcome!

Please enjoy the attached video clip from the classic Disney movie Finding Nemo which clearly and swimmingly demonstrates the power of synergy. Feel free to share this video with your family and practice Habit 6 along with all of us here at Hawkins!


Wishing you a weekend full of splashing synergy!

The Parent Lighthouse Committee

Mark Your Calendar

1/14/16 - PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m.
1/18/16 - No School For Students
1/21 & 1/22 - Vision Screening for 1st and 3rd grade

Second Grade Music Program

Mrs. Plath and our Second Grade Students will be performing a musical story called The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. Date and times for each classroom are listed below. The programs will be held during the day in the music room. Second grade students should wear school clothes and sneakers as they will be moving, singing and playing musical instruments. I am very proud of our students, and I hope that you will be able to come and enjoy their performance.

Monday, January 25th 10:00 a.m. Hurley

Tuesday, January 26th 10:00 a.m. Philka

Wednesday, January 27th 10:00 a.m. Fox

Wednesday, January 27th 10:45 a.m. Outcalt

PTO News

Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. in the learning lab. The agenda can be found on our website, Facebook page and on the bulletin outside the front office. The meeting will last about one hour and all are welcome!

Hawkins Skate Night at Rollerama, which was scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The event will be rescheduled. The new date will be posted once we have it.

Sports and Hobby-themed SPIRIT STICKS will be on sale in the cafeteria on Friday, January 15 during lunch for grades 1-4. The cost is $1 each. Order forms will be sent home with kindergarteners. We have a large variety for sale this month and all of the pictures would not fit on the order form, but you can view all of the sticks for sale by visiting our website (http://www.brightonk12.com/webpages/hawkinspto/) and clicking on "Spirit Sticks" on the left of the page. If there is a specific stick you'd like that isn't shown on the order form, please note it on your order form.

Our next "Dining for Dollars" opportunity will be on January 12 and 13 at Wacky Willie's Pizza in Brighton. Order pizza from Wacky Willie's on either of these dates and they'll donate a portion of sales back to our school!

The Winter Carnival event scheduled for Friday, January 29, has been rescheduled to May 13 due to various conflicts and feedback we've received. We will be discussing this decision in detail at our PTO Meeting next week. Stay tuned for more information the coming months!

Livingston County Department of Health Vision Screening

The Livingston County Department of Health will be conducting vision screenings at Hawkins for 1st and 3rd graders on January 21st and January 22nd. If you do not want your child screened, please contact Hawkins at (810) 299-3903.

Brighton Bulldog Boutique

We have recently embarked on a new initiative to generate additional revenue for Brighton Area Schools. We will be opening a resale store whose sole purpose is to generate revenue for the schools, much like other schools around the country are doing.

We are currently accepting donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, sports equipment, and monetary donations. More information is provided on the district's website under the button "Tag Sale". We will be having a tag sale in the Spring to generate revenue as seed money to launch this initiative and we look forward to the community's continued support to promote our schools

Donations can be delivered to the BECC building between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. All donations are tax deductible

From our Library...

Dear Families:

We’re excited to announce two new digital resources that can be accessed from school and home on a variety of devices - Capstone Interactive eBooks and Tumble Books Library!

Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists, to model pronunciation and fluency. See what titles our school has to offer by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the red Quick Link button titled “Library eBooks.”

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.`These books can also be accessed by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the light blue Quick Link button titled “Tumble Books.”

Happy Reading!

News From the Nurse

Head Lice Reminder - Make it a habit to check your child's head/hair weekly for signs of head lice. Nits (eggs) are more easily found than live adult lice. The nits are firmly glued to the hair shaft and must be pulled off with fingernails. The color of the nits varies. Old empty nit casings appear white and are usually half inch and further from the scalp. Darker nits close to the scalp are viable. Look behind the ears, at the temples and the nape of the neck. A live louse is the shape and size of a sesame seed. They are light brown, move quickly and are often hard to see. Although direct head-to-head contact is the most common mode of transmission, try putting your child's coat, hat and backpack in the dryer every day for 20 minutes.

Important Information for Parents calling in sick children: The Livingston County Health Department relies on the public schools to accurately report trends in illness in our county. All schools submit a weekly Communicable Disease Report to the health department. We report "numbers" of students with:

• apparent flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, generalized aching in the back or limbs

-• viral gastroenteritis: diarrhea /vomiting without respiratory symptoms

•- strep throat

- asthma

•- head lice

•- pink eye

Please keep your child home if they are running a fever over 100.3 degrees, vomiting or have diarrhea, are non-stop coughing, untreated head lice or have red draining eyes. If you have a child with symptoms that appear to be potentially contagious (i.e. rash/lesions), but a medical professional has deemed it safe for your child to return to school, please send in a doctor's note to the main office to prevent any concern. When leaving a message on the attendance line at school, please give us specific information that will help us to give meaningful information to the health department. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

GIrls on the Run returns for its second year at Hawkins Elementary after a fun and exciting 2015 season. GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. The program meets after school two times each week (Monday & Thursday) and will start March 7th and run through May 20th.

Registration for the 2016 program opens Monday, December 7th. This season marks GOTR Southeast Michigan council's 15th anniversary, and they are celebrating by offering every family who registers by December 18th $15 off the program registration fee! **Financial assistance is available to families in need. GOTR sites fill up quickly! To avoid your daughter being placed on the waiting list, we recommend you set a reminder and register early if possible.

Interested in serving as a volunteer coach?

Our coaches don't need to be runners, just individuals who are interested in healthy living and serving as role models to a group of amazing girls! The more volunteer coaches we have, the more girls we that we are able to inspire! Find out more here

For more information about GIrls on the Run, visit girlsontherunsemi.org or contact Melissa Bissett at 517-672-1969 or m.bissett@ymail.com.