Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

April 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:

Welcome back to the last 2.5 months of school! This is the time of the year where we begin developing class lists and student assignments for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have important information regarding your child that the school staff may not have, this form provides an opportunity to share that information with school personnel. Please note that requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored. Forms will be available in our office next Friday, April 15 and they must be returned to us by Friday, April 29, 2016.

Fourth grade parents, Maltby is also making placement decisions and we have the Maltby forms in our office. The forms must be returned to us by Friday, May 6, 2016. You can drop the forms off in our office or take them to Maltby.

Third and fourth grade parents! The state of Michigan requires every 3rd and 4th grade student take the standardized assessment called M-Step. This assessment tests students in the areas of reading, writing, math and science (4th grade only). We will begin the testing process at the end of this month, starting with April 27th. Please make every effort to have your child in school on time on the following days:

3rd Grade: April 27 - May 6th

4th Grade: May 10 - May 20th

Students will be assessed first thing in the morning for approximately 1.5 hours per day. Unlike last year, this test is entirely taken online. Please ensure plenty of sleep for your child during this time so he/she can be highly successful taking the exam at school. Let your child's teacher know if you have any questions.

Lastly, as you know we have a student leader who organized the pop tab fundraiser to give back to the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor. You can drop off your pop tabs in the office or have your child give it to his/her teacher. Thank you for your support!

I hope we can catch at least a glimpse of sun this weekend and dare I say no snow? Have a good weekend!

Basia Kiehler

April Student "Voice" Winners Announced and Featured in Leadership Hall!


As previously reported, an ambitious group of Hawkins Fourth Graders are eagerly working week by week to engineer/design and secure community donations for what will be a permanent wall in Leadership Hall to showcase Hawkins students who, through the 7 Habits, take the initiative go above and beyond as leaders in school, at home and/or throughout the community. As we begin our prototype for this special wall, a temporary showcase wall has been set up in Leadership Hall by parent volunteer Meechele Nettle until our student engineered wall is ready to be displayed.

Hawkins has already been calling upon students to nominate themselves if they feel they have demonstrated leadership skills that have made an impact on themselves or others. Many students have filled out and turned in nomination forms. Students will continue to be called upon to nominate themselves on a continuous basis. We are so proud of all the students who have nominated themselves for so many wonderful reasons! We are pleased to report our first ten student "Voice" winners for the month of April who are currently featured in framed leader board photographs in leadership hall. Along with their photograph, each picture contains the student's name with a short description of their leadership experience. They were photographed by 4th grade photographer leader Sophia Sutherland (see pictures below). We look forward to announcing our next 10 "Voice" winners in May!

April "Voice" Winners...

Ada Nelson

CeCe Sutherland

Zoe Vermiglio-Smetanka

Reed blake - Thomas

Aspen Hogge

Sophia Tocco

Charlotte Moon

Ava Czaikowski

John Peterson

Mia Fleming

Mark Your Calendar

4/11 - No School
4/14 - PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m.
4/18 - Dining for Dollars Salsarita's
4/22 - Popcorn Friday
4/29 - Special Interest Day

Maltby Student Information Sheet

Over the next few months Maltby will be developing class lists and student assignments for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have important information regarding your child that the school staff may not have, this form provides an opportunity to share that information with school personnel. Please note that requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored. Forms are available in the Hawkins office and they must be returned to Maltby by May 2, 2016.

PTO News

Parents and Pinz is on Friday, April 15! This is an adult night out that will take place at Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon. The cost is $15 per bowler and includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pop and pizza. There will also be a cash bar, door prizes, a silent auction 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. You can walk in and sign up the night of! Check in is at 6:30 p.m. and bowling is from 7-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the PTO - $4 per ticket will go back to the school!

Our next PTO MEETING is on Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. The agenda will be posted a few days before the meeting. All are welcome! We hope to see you there.

"Spring Peep"-themed SPIRIT STICKS will be on sale at lunch for grades 1-4 on Friday, April 15! Order forms will be sent home with kindergarteners.

DINE FOR DOLLARS at Salsarita's anytime on Wednesday, April 20 and they'll donate a portion of your bill back to our school! Visit in the evening and they'll be playing Bingo with the kids every hour on the hour from 5-8 p.m. There will also be guessing jars set up with some great prizes for the kids!

SPECIAL INTEREST DAY is on April 29! This is an all-day event for the kids. The theme this year is "Time Travel." To find out more about Special Interest Day or to volunteer that day, please contact Sarah Hofmann at (810) 333-1184 or sbhofmann@hotmail.com.

Brighton Area Schools Art Walk

BAS in conjunction with Studio West Gallery will be having their 1st annual Gallery Walk and Student Art Show 2016. Beginning April 1st, and running throughout the whole month of April, our incredible students will be displaying and selling their artwork. The opening night will be Tues., April 5. K-6 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 7-12 from 5:30 to 7pm. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Also, for the whole month of April our fabulous BHS student work will be displayed at the Brighton District Library! Please join us for all of these artistic endeavors.

Art in Bloom
Art Ventures
The Artisan's Bench
Two Brothers Coffee
C W Interiors

Studio West hours of operation are as follows:

Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - Monday: Closed

"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.

From the Bus Garage

We will be practicing our school bus evacuations starting Monday April 18th through Friday April 29th . Buses may run a few minutes late. Thank you for your patience!

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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