Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

October 16, 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:

There is a lot of excitement here at Hawkins regarding the Michigan vs. Michigan State Game. The PTO did an excellent job with the pop can/bottle drive tying it into the big game. Students were very excited about which box was going to win. Based on my observations of how many pop cans were put into each box, I think Michigan takes the prize. Thank you for your generous donations of the pop cans and go Blue!

We will have our annual Halloween Parade in 2 weeks, October 30th. There is an information packet coming home today with your child. Please make sure to read it carefully as there are many guidelines for that day.

Please save the date! We will be having our first ever Leadership Night on Tuesday, November 17th from 6-7:30pm. This evening will be hosted by our students and it will be our students' first attempt at teaching all of you the 7 Habits. Our 3rd grade class was asked to create invitations for our parents and those are coming home to you today with more information. There is a video below, made by two of our 3rd graders and a parent, inviting you to the night as well. We hope you can make it!

Leader in Me Update:

This week we continued learning about Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then to Be Understand. This habit is all about how to listen first and then talk. This is a hard habit to internalize not only for children, but for adults as well. However, we are all learning this habit and trying to be the best role models for our students. Below you will find all of the ways that your child internalizing Habit 5 at home and at school.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Basia Kiehler

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Hawkins Parent Night For Leader in Me

Mark Your Calendar

Hawkins Movie Night

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 6pm

8900 Lee Road

Brighton, MI

Hawkins Yearbook Order Forms

Don't miss out! Order forms for the Hawkins 2015-2016 yearbooks are due back on Monday, October 19th.

News from the Music House

Attention 4th Grade Parents: Applications for the Hawkins Stars & Stripes Chorus are due on October 22, 2015. Our first rehearsal is Thursday, October 29th.

Mrs. Plath is looking for a tall artificial Christmas tree for the 4th Grade music/play on December 7th. If you have one that she could borrow, please contact Hawkins at (810) 299-3903 or email Mrs. Plath at plathd@brightonk12.com

It's Mileage Club Time!!!

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 on lunch recess on Tuesday, October 6th and will run for 4 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursday's through October 29th. 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), Stephanie Bullis (248-697-6643 or Sbullis@ymail.com)

Thank you!!

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.

Viral Gastroenteritis (sometimes called "stomach flu") - If your child has viral gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) please give them time to recover before sending them back to school. They need a full 24 hours of being able to retain fluids and rehydrate before return to school.

If your child is home sick with a fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

PTO News

POPCORN FRIDAYS ARE BACK! Our faithful popcorn parents will be in the cafeteria on Friday, October 2, selling popcorn during lunch hours to grades 1 through 4. The cost is 25 cents or a toe token. Popcorn Fridays will continue twice per month throughout the school year. Watch for more information!

for Family Movie Night on Friday, October 23 from 6-8:30 p.m.! More information to come in the next few weeks!

Everyday Math Online Resources

Everyday Math Online Resources

Students in grades K-6 will be receiving a Log-In Card to access online resources for Everyday Math. This card will include username and password. **Please note that Everyday Math has upgraded the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade online format, so students will be accessing a different website than grades 3-6. (See below)

Families may also use the website links on each school’s Grade Level Links or Library Resources. Once logged in, families are able to access many resources including Student Reference Book, Family Letters for each unit, Games, Fact Practice, Activities, and even Home Links.

Please note: Grades K-2 log in website addresses are specific to each elementary building.

Grades K-2

Hawkins: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/d9x3

Hornung: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/m8e9

Spencer: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/q0a0

Hilton: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/c3n0

Grades 3 - 6

Website: www.everydaymathonline.com

Lost and Found

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


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.

Morning Drop Off

We really value all of our parents for ensuring that their child arrives to school on time. Thank you! Our morning drop off times have changed a bit from last year. Drop off will begin at 8:30am and continue until 8:47. Students will be dismissed from their buses at 8:40 (at the first bell) to enter the building. Our goal is to have every student in their seat and ready for instruction at 8:47, which is the official start of the school day. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to school after 8:50.

Eating Lunch with Your Child

We encourage and welcome parents and family members to eat lunch with their child at our school. This is a great opportunity for you to begin meeting your child's friends and connect with your child. We feel that recess is an opportunity to build social skills independently when interacting with other children. Therefore, our policy is for parents to say goodbye to their child in the cafeteria and let the students explore and play on the playground independently.

News From the Bus Garage

Bus numbers 26 and 48 are not accepting any guest riders. In addition, we will be practicing our school bus evacuations starting Monday, October 12th through Friday, October 30th. Buses may run a few minutes late.

Kensington Valley Hockey Association - Try Hockey For Free Day!!

On Saturday, November 7th, USA Hockey and 500 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by KraftHeinz! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations will have limited equipment available for use. Find the closest Try Hockey event to you in the map below by searching your zip code. Try Hockey events are indicated with a red pin on the map. Click the pin most convenient to you to register your child.

For any questions, please contact us at (719) 538­-1124 or email comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.

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