Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

December 11, 2015

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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:


We have been coding all week! Yes, you hear it right. Our students have been learning how to write code in order to create a variety of computer animated figures. It has been awesome to watch. We are so proud to be a part of the Hour of Code. We encourage you to try it at home with your child. It is pretty impressive of what they can do! Here is the link:


https://hourofcode.com/us


Our Brighton Ford Window Painting was a huge success! We had SO many students and parents come to leave a little piece of themselves on the windows of Brighton Ford. Our theme this year was: How Do We Create Peace? Hawkins Has Heart. Let There Be Peace and Let Us Lead the Way. Please watch the video below for a recap of the night (make sure to turn up your volume). It was magical!


I invite ALL of you, your neighbors, cousins, friends, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to come vote for Hawkins on Tuesday, December 15 from 5-7pm at Brighton Ford. The night is designed just for elementary schools in Brighton and it will be a family fun event with pizza, hot chocolate, cookies, pictures with Santa, bounce house, face painting, etc. It really is a fun night for the whole family. If you want to skip all of that hoopla, still stop by to vote for us. The voting station is right near the doors so all it will take you is 1 minute to walk in, vote, and walk right out. Please vote for us! We want to win the $3,000 for our students!


I would like to update you on the extremely generous donations that have been coming in from you to support the implementation of Leader in Me. We have had an enormous outpouring of support from our families. I will let you know early next week where we stand as far as raising the $10,000 so that we can receive a $10,000 match from one of our anonymous donors. I am overwhelmed by your support and also very humbled. I couldn't do this job without all of you. On behalf of all of our staff and students, thank you!!!!


I hope all of you have an enjoyable weekend!


Basia Kiehler

Hawkins Window Painting 1

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

Hey Parents,


Do you know that it is possible for both you and your child to understand each other in any situation?


According to Stephen Covey, "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." Habit 5, Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood, teaches us to listen carefully and take into consideration what someone is saying before we decide how we will respond. If we make just this small adjustment we will better understand the person, our response will be more in line with their thinking and in turn this will set up a better framework for them to listen and understand us!


Please enjoy the attached video featuring Stephen Covey as he explains the tradition of an "Indian Talking Stick" and relates it to how we can be better listeners. Feel free to share this video with your family and practice Habit 5 along with all of us here at Hawkins!


Wishing you a weekend full of listening ears and understanding hearts!


The Parent Lighthouse Committee


http://youtu.be/HUxi-Zc45tA

Mark Your Calendar

12/15 - Brighton Ford Window Painting Voting
12/15 - Little Caesars Pizza Night
12/21 - Winter Recess Begins
1/04/16 - School Resumes
1/04/16 - PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m.
1/29/16 - Winter Carnival

"Hawkins Has Heart"

Hawkins has a new school song titled "Hawkins Has Heart". Listed below are the lyrics so you can practice at home with your child. The melody is to the song "Bingo".

There was a school that was so cool. We use the 7 Habits.

1. We work and try our best.
We are leaders.
We are powerful.
Hawkins has heart.

There was a school that was so cool. We use the 7 Habits.

2. Hawkins never gives up.
We take risks.
We are a family.
Hawkins has heart.

Coda Slowing:

We are family. Hawkins has heart.

News From the Music House

Mrs. Plath is in need of large sheets of cardboard like ones that might come from a box that an appliance was delivered in. She is also looking for king or queen size flat sheets. If you are able able to donate either, just drop them off at the Hawkins office at your earliest convenience.

Thanks!!
Mrs. Plath

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!

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Brighton High School Musical Theatre Presents White Christmas the Musical

Brighton Musical Theater proudly presents, White Christmas the Musical. December 4-6th and December 10-13th at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts. This holiday classic is sure to warm your heart and fill you with the holiday spirit. Tickets and information available on our website brightonmusical.com.
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Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Hawkins is having our annual Toys for Tots campaign now through December 17th. This is a wonderful way to help other families who do not have the means to provide a new toy for their child. There is collection box in front of the office where you can drop off new, factory wrapped, un-gift wrapped toys. A great way to participate is to let your son or daughter shop for a toy that is for a child around the same age. In years past, Hawkins has been so generous as to fill the box twice!! Let's go for three times this year.

Substitute Lunch Aides

We are always in need of substitute lunch aides! It is a great way for you to get involved with our school and get paid! The hours for a lunch aide are 11-2pm. If you are interested, please let us know in the main office and we will help you get the process started.

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!

PTO News

We are in need of a new or gently used microwave for the lunchroom. One went ka-put a few weeks ago, leaving our lunch ladies with only one to work with. It's causing some pretty long lines during our kids' short lunch period! If you have a gently used microwave you'd be willing to donate to the lunchroom, please let a PTO board member know. Thank you!!


Voting for the Brighton Ford Window Painting event will take place on Tuesday, December 15 from 5-7 p.m. PLEASE show your support for Hawkins by VOTING for our school! You MUST be present at Brighton Ford to cast your vote. Voting takes place from 5-7 p.m. only. This is a free event for all BAS elementary school families and Brighton Ford provides bounce houses, pizza, pictures with Santa, balloon artists, and more - all FREE of charge! You can attend the event at any point between 5 and 7 p.m. You do not have to stay - the ballot box is located at the front of the dealership. Please note that it does get very busy in there. For many years, Hawkins finished LAST in this contest. Last year, Mrs. Kiehler's first year here - we finished 2nd - only TWO votes shy of first place! Let's take 1st place this year and win $3,000 for our school!


There will be no PTO Meeting in December due to everyone's busy holiday schedules. Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. in the learning lab. There will also be no "Dining for Dollars" in December. Our next "Dining for Dollars" opportunity will be on January 12 and 13 at Wacky Willie's Pizza in Brighton.

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.

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