Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

May 6, 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:

As you know, this week was Teacher Appreciation Week. I hope you all had a chance to personally thank your child's teacher for all of their hard work and tireless hours before, during, and after school in order to help your child learn and be successful. Our teachers really do go the extra mile in order to make your child feel special and successful at Hawkins and outside of school. I feel very lucky to be leading such a dedicated team of educators.

This past week, I had the opportunity (with other educators and parents) to hear a group of our 4th graders present their learning from the last 5 months around our Leadership Hall Design. The students worked with two of our parents and were responsible for designing, budgeting, and creating a funding source for our Leadership Hall (music hallway). I am so proud of these students for sharing their learning with us and asking for our help. I attached a fundraising sheet (below) for you to learn about what they would like to do and how you can help us. This endeavor has been a student-led creation with the support of our parents. Please consider helping this group of students. It will very much empower them.

The other important piece of work that has been done is our Student Learning Team has developed Reading and Writing Workshop Lessons for all grade levels that include lessons around the 7 Habits. They are now looking for help in locating the books for each teacher. Please see the flier below and see if you have any of these books at home that you are willing to donate. Thank you so much!

M-Step Testing for our 3rd graders concluded this week and it has gone extremely smooth. Next week, we will begin testing our 4th graders starting on Tuesday. Please make every effort to have your child attend school next week. Thank you for making sure your child is in school on time and well rested. This ensures a more positive experience for our students.

Last but not least, our Spring Carnival is next Friday, May 13th! Our PTO and parents have worked really hard on making this a fun night for all of our families. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Happy Mother's Day and have a beautiful weekend!

Basia Kiehler

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From our Students...

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

“Listen first then you can understand the person talking to you. Seek first to understand then to be understood is the 5th habit. You can use this habit by listening to someone first, then you can understand what they are saying, and last you can respond back to the person. I can use this habit at home when I’m in an argument and I don’t listen to what their feelings are so I can not understand why the person is mad. I think that this habit will help you to understand other people.”

~Audrianna, Grade 3

Mark Your Calendar

5/13 - Hats on Day
5/13 - Spring Carnival 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
5/20 - Popcorn Friday
5/30 - No School - Memorial Day
6/7 - 4th Grade Visits Maltby
6/10 - 4th Grade Farewell
6/14 - Field Day
6/15 - Last Day of School - 1/2 day

Kindergarten Music Program

Our Kindergarten students have been working very hard in music this year. The children and would like to invite all kindergarten parents to our Hawkins Kindergarten Music Program. This is a very important time for your child. You will not want to miss a moment! If you are unable to attend, please send grandparents, a caregiver, or a friend to take your place for this special day.

Kindergarten students should wear school clothes with sneakers as they will be moving, singing, and playing instruments. PLEASE NO BOOTS, SANDALS, OR SUNDAY DRESS SHOES. When you arrive, please come to the new music room.

Monday, May 16th

1:00 p.m. Mrs. Sinz

Tuesday, May 17th
1:00 p.m. Mrs. Wheeler
2:30 p.m. Mrs. Tamblyn

Wednesday, May 18th
1:00 p.m. Mrs. Schober
2:30 p.m. Mrs. Grabowski

Spring Mileage Club

Welcome back! It’s Mileage Club time again. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Mileage Club is a school-wide motivational program that encourages students to walk/run for fun. It will be starting at lunch recess on Tuesday May 10th for 4 weeks, every Tuesday and Thursday until June 2nd. The children will walk ¼ mile laps during lunch recess and parent volunteers will punch cards, hand out toe tokens and generally encourage the children to keep going. This is a wonderful way for students to stay motivated to stay physically fit.

Note: After careful consideration with the Kindergarten teachers, we are not planning to offer mileage club at the Kindergarten lunch recess for the fall session, but will revisit this decision in the spring.

When a child completes 1 mile (4 laps), he/she receives a “toe token” (colorful, plastic little feet.) We give the first token with a 6” chain to collect tokens on. Your child should use this chain for both fall and spring mileage clubs, so please remind your children not to lose it. Upon completion of the first card (20 laps) they receive a glow-in-the-dark token. When they complete their second card (a total of 10 miles), they earn a special plastic medal. If they complete a third card (15 miles), they are awarded a large toe token. Those very motivated students who complete a fourth card (20 miles) receive a water bottle. And those extremely motivated students who complete a fifth card (25 miles) receive a pizza lunch.

If you would like to volunteer to assist (this is about as easy and fun as volunteering gets!!!), you can email Meghan Elliott at meghanelliott@live.com or call 810-241-5691. Younger siblings are most definitely welcome to accompany you. On your day to volunteer, simply sign in at the office and join us on the playground outside the second grade doors.

Please encourage your first through fourth grader to participate in this fun and beneficial activity. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Elliott (810-241-5691 or meghanelliott@live.com ).

Thank you!!

PTO News

Our Spring Family Carnival is coming up on Friday, May 13 from 6-9 p.m.! We'll have games, inflatables, a cake walk, a spirit stick garage sale, silent auction, basket raffle, food and much more! The cost is $5 for students. Parents and kids under 4 are free. You will receive a wristband, which will give you unlimited access to the games and inflatables. At the end of the night, you can turn in your wristband for a goodie bag. There will be pizza and water available for purchase in the cafeteria. Maui Wowi Smoothies will also be available for purchase. Pre-order forms for wristbands and the basket raffle will be sent home this week.

This night also takes the help of many volunteers. Please see the link below and consider signing up to run a game. It is very easy, a lot of fun, and you do not have to work the entire night! We are asking for one-hour shifts. Older siblings can also sign up to run games.


Our final PTO Meeting of the school year will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. We'll be recapping our goals and achievements from this year as well as discussing our goals and improvements for next year and talking about Field Day and the last day of school! The agenda will be posted soon. All are welcome to attend!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Field Day on Tuesday, June 14! More information to come!

The 4th Grade Farewell Party will take place on Friday, June 10. We'll be swimming at the Brighton High School pool in the morning and coming back to Hawkins for lunch, dancing, a kickball tournament and other fun activities as the class prepares to bid farewell to Hawkins. All 4th Grade parents are welcome to attend this day. A flyer with more information will be sent home soon.

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Brighton Athletic Summer Camps

Brighton Athletics will once again be offering a broad array of summer camps for kids of all ages. Bulldog camp information and registrations materials are available in schools, athletic department and electronically at: http://www.godogs.org/

Lost and Found

Hawkins Lost and Found is overflowing with winter items and will be cleared out to make room for spring items. Come on in and claim what's yours!

"Portraits of Mom" at Cooper & Binkley

Announcing the 21st Annual "Portraits of Mom" by the First Grade Classes of Hawkins Elementary School. Portraits will be on display at Cooper & Binkley from April 23rd - May 14th. There will also be a Gallery Gala on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Attendance Reminders

Please continue to call the attendance line (810) 299-3904 if your child will be absent or coming in late. Remember to sign them in or sign them out when they are coming in late or leaving early. If you are picking up your child early or there is an end of day change of plans, please send in a note in with your child to give to their teacher. If you have any questions, please give Judy Samanich a call in the main office at (810) 299-3904 or samanij@brightonk12.com.

In addition, as stated in the Brighton Area Schools Elementary Handbook, if a child is absent 15% of the marking period, a letter from the Principal addressing the absence issue may be sent to the parents. If the child continues to be absent from school, a Truancy Officer will contact the home to investigate the situation. For optimal learning, it is important for your child to be in the classroom when school begins. We consider three (3) tardies to be equivalent to one (1) absence. We do not do not count the students tardy if they ride the bus and buses arrive late.

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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