Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

November 20, 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 had a fantastic turnout at our first ever Parent Leadership Night! We had over 300 parents attend and around 100 students who participated as leaders. Our hope is that you were able to get a small glimpse into what Leader in Me is doing for our children. Great things are happening at Hawkins and we were so happy to share them with you this past Tuesday. Thank you for your support!

The Hour of Code:

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Hawkins is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community. See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.

Our lost and found is growing! Please come in and see if any of the items are your child's. We will be donating all the lost and found items to Livingston Educational Service Agency that are not picked up by December 4th. Due to the short week next week, we will not have a newsletter next week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!

Basia Kiehler


Hey Parents,

Do you know that you and your children actually have the time to accomplish all that matters to you?

At times life can feel rather busy and it may seem impossible to get to the end of a to do list. Habit 3, Put First Things First, teaches us that if we focus our attention on doing what truly matters to us first, then we can find time for all the rest of the things we would like to do.

Please enjoy the attached short video that clearly demonstrates what happens if one chooses to let little meaningless distractions take up their time versus what happens if you put first things first. The results are eye opening! Feel free to share this enlightening video with your family and to use it as a tool to practice Habit 3 along with all of us here at Hawkins!

Wishing you a weekend full of all that matters most!

The Parent Lighthouse Committee


Mark Your Calendar

11/25, 26, 27 No School - Thanksgiving Recess
11/30 - No School for Students (Records Day)
12/07 - Fourth Grade Music Program

"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.

4th Grade Music Program

During their upcoming music program, our 4th Graders will tell the story of Rainbow Crow, a Lenape Native American folktale. Our students have worked very hard and will present their program to you on Monday, December 7th. The times are listed below. Every child has an important part that fits together into our entire program. This will take place in the cafeteria.

Monday, December 7th 2015

  • 6:10 p.m. Mrs. Tobias (students arrive at 6:00 p.m.)
  • 6:45 p.m. Mrs. Newman (students arrive at 6:35 p.m.)
  • 7:15 p.m. Mrs. Cote (students arrive at 7:10 p.m.)

Each and every child has an important part in our program. These parts were created for him/her. if there are any conflicts that cannot be resolved or if your child cannot attend, please contact me at Hawkins (810-299-3900) If I do not hear from you, I will assume that your child will attend.

Parents report to the cafeteria while 4th Graders report to the music room. For dramatic purposes, please have your child wear black shirts and black pants/skirts. If there is a logo on the shirt, please turn it inside out. Clothing does not have to be new and may be borrowed. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.

Mrs. Plath

White Christmas the Musical

Brighton Musical Theater proudly presents, White Christmas the Musical. December 4-6th and 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.

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

Did you know you can earn money for Hawkins by dining at Red Robin? Attach "Hawkins Elementary" to your Red Robin loyalty card and they'll donate 1% back to our school! Log on to www.redrobin.com/betterschools to find out more.

SPIRIT STICK REPLACEMENT COSTS - The PTO has provided every student with a spirit ring and grade-level spirit stick to kick off this new program. Should your child misplace their spirit ring or grade-level spirit stick, replacements are available at a cost of $3 for the spirit ring and $1 for the spirit stick. Please let a PTO board member know if this happens, and we'd be happy to provide them with a replacement.

Lost and Found

Hawkins lost and found is starting to grow! Please come in and claim any items you may be missing.

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.


Attendance in school is one of the greatest contributors to success. Students who demonstrate good attendance show marked improvement from year to year. Tardiness and early pick-up have an impact on a child as well as the classroom. When a child arrives late or leaves early, it requires the teacher to stop and welcome a student, or assist a child, taking away from instruction and the focus of the students in the class. Children and families have events (appointments, sports, family matters) that are unavoidable. This is understood and we will not question a parent's decision. However, to protect the dignity of the classroom, parents are asked to keep in mind the impact on the classroom when making arrangements.

Pick Up Numbers

In order to ensure safety for all of our children, every family at Hawkins should have received a pick up number. Please secure the small number to your child's backpack. If you are picking up your child, please remember your number with you. At the end of the day at 3:45, we will be asking you to show us your number as you are entering the building to pick up your child. This is an essential process to ensure safety for your child.
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