Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

February 12, 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 Valentine's Day to all of you! Since we started Leader in Me and have intentionally provided opportunities for students to find their voice, many students have been making appointments to meet with me to share how they can contribute to our school. This week I received a letter from a 3rd grader about how he can be a leader in our school. Please read it below. My heart is full when I receive notes or ideas from students about how they can be better and make our school better. This particular student is already making an impact in not only our school, but our world.

As a way to continuously improve, we opened our parent survey last week in order to gain your feedback. We take your input very seriously and therefore ask you to please complete it. This survey is different from the one your received last week from our Board of Education. Please complete it so that we can improve! The survey will close by March 1st.


Our kindergarten round-up is Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30-8:00pm. We are so excited to welcome a new group of parents into our wonderful school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Basia Kiehler

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Leader in Me Opportunities for Parents

Happy February Leader in Me Families!

We have two Leader in Me opportunities we would like to share with you:

(1). Leadership Hall Student Team: In January, the fourth grade students were given the opportunity to apply for a position on Leadership Hall Student Team. Ten student leaders were selected out of an impressive 40 applicants. The goal of the Leadership Hall Student Team is to collaborate with teachers, parents, community businesses, and the principal through emails and some in person meetings to develop a design and negotiate funding for the student section of the Hawkins "Leadership Hall".

The students have met and have identified their first order of business is to develop three design options to be presented to the Leader In Me Environment Committee. Upon feedback from this committee, the students will revise and submit their final design. The second phase of the project will include soliciting funding by working with community businesses and possibly some social media funding sites. The third phase will be construction and the big reveal. The fourth graders have placed their goal to have this project completed prior to their clap-out and leave a leadership legacy. See pictures of student working on this project below:-)

(2). Silver Springs Elementary Leadership Day: Northville's Silver Springs Elementary is hosting a Leadership Day on March 3. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what a Leader in Me school looks like a few years into the program! Hawkins students and parents are invited to learn about the Leader in Me process and how the 7 Habits can become key principles in developing school culture. Please see the link for more information http://silversprings.northvilleschools.org/apps/news/article/536136 .

Keep an eye out for the development of the Leadership Hall. Great things happen when you embrace Leader in Me!

Parent Lighthouse Committee

Mark Your Calendar

2/12 - 2/18 Hearing Screenings
2/16 - Spring Pictures
2/19 - No School - Mid-Winter Break
2/23 - Kindergarten Round-Up 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 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.

PTO News

There's still a little time left to bid on Pistons tickets! The Detroit Pistons have given the PTO 2 4-packs to lower-level seating for games on February 24 and February 28. It's a $450 value per 4-pack! The bidding will close Friday, February 12 at 10 p.m. The winning bidder(s) can drop off cash or check (made out to Hawkins PTO) in the front office next week, and Mrs. Dever will have your tickets! Check out all the details at: www.32auctions.com/hawkinsptoandpistons

Our next Dining for Dollars opportunity is a 3-day event at La Marsa! Dine at La Marsa (dining room or carry-out) anytime on February 16, 17, OR 18 and they'll donate a portion of your bill back to our school! A big congratulations to Lucy in 3rd Grade, who won our student art contest and whose design can be found on the flyers that were sent home. Lucy received a pack of goodies from Spirit Monkey Spirit Sticks!

Mark your calendars for Family Science Night and the Ice Cream Social! This great event will take place on Friday, March 4 from 6-8:30 p.m. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will be running several different science tables, and the very popular egg drop will return to the cafeteria. The Ice Cream Social will also be held in the cafeteria. Ice cream is $3 per sundae and will be provided by Jack's Custard. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be taking place during Science Night! Admission is free and all are welcome!

Calling all 4th Grade parents! We will be holding a planning meeting for the 4th Grade Farewell Party on Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. in the learning lab. ALL 4th Grade parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Bring your ideas!

The PTO is hosting an adult night out at Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon! "Parents and Pinz" will take place on Friday, April 15 from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $15 per bowler and includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pop and pizza. Cash bar, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle! Get a twosome or foursome together and bowl against each other! This is a great event for a date night, couples night or a ladies night out. Pre-registration is required. A flyer will be sent home with more information. This is a fundraiser for the PTO - $4 per ticket will go back to the school!

Campbell Soups is discontinuing their label collection program as of August. Please send in your labels as soon as possible so that they can be submitted before the program ends.

Maltby Parent Orientation

Who: Parents of Incoming Maltby 5th Graders

When: March 3, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: Maltby Gymnasium

Please plan on joining us for our parent orientation where we will be presenting information on scheduling, curriculum, Encore classes, lockers, lunch, busing, and much more! The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm in the gymnasium, and the building will be open for tours afterwards. Please plan on joining us if you can; we are excited to meet our new Maltby parents! Please be advised that parking may be somewhat tight due to the size of our incoming 5th grade class, so we would recommend car-pooling if you can.

*Please note this presentation is for parents and not students--our space limitations will not permit us to have our student population in attendance. Never fear, our incoming Bullpups will have a chance to tour the building and have their questions answered in May! We hope to see you there!

~ Maltby Intermediate School

Livingston County Department of Health Hearing Screenings

The Livingston County Department of Health will be at Hawkins on February 12th and February 16th - 18th conducting hearing screenings for grades Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth. Please call Hawkins (810) 299-3900 if you do not want your child screened, your child has hearing aids but cannot remove/replace themselves, or you have a concern for your child and your child is not in above grades. Technicians will accept parent/teacher requests on the first day of screening. If your child has a programmable shunt (child should not be screened due to magnets in audiometer headphones) or you have questions regarding hearing screenings, please contact the Health Department at (517) 546-9850 and ask for the Hearing & Vision Coordinator.

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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Brighton Community Education

Trying to find things to do this winter? Brighton Community Ed is offering the following classes and events in February. For more information, go to our website BrightonCommunityEd.com. Feel free to call us with questions or to register 810-299-4130.

Snowshoe Spectacular

February 27, 10am-12pm
$9/child under 12

Code # 865

Ages 5+. Join Brighton Community Education and Heavner Canoe for an unforgettable snowshoe hike around the beautiful winter landscapes at Brighton Recreation Area. Listen to Nathaniel (Nat) Spurr, an American Indian and member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe (also with Chippewa (Ojibway) roots), give a detailed talk about American Indian history native to Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. Fee includes snowshoe rental. Pre-registration is required, call 810-299-4130 or register online at BrightonCommunityEd.com.

This event is at Brighton Recreation Area located at 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843. Participants will meet at Bishop Lake Complex where you will begin your adventure. To enter a State Recreation Area you must have or/purchase a Recreation Passport.

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Recycling Program

Hawkins is participating in TerraCycle Brigade Recycling Program. Hawkins will earn points redeemable for upcycled product, charitable gifts, or cash payments. At home, collect the waste listed on the flyer below and deposit in collection bins that have been placed just inside the main doors. For more information, please refer the flyers below.
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