Hawk News

August 17, 2023

First Day of School

Morning drop off is in front of the building:

Drop off starts at 7:25 am. Please be mindful of others as you drop off in the morning. You may walk your child to their classroom on the first day of school. After the first day of school, please drop them off in the front of the school. Learning starts at 7:45 am.


Students pack up to leave for the day at the 2:40 bell. Options for dismissal are bus, Metro, car rider, or walker/parent pick up.

Car riders will be dismissed to the gym. From there they will be called as parents come through the car rider line. The car rider line runs down 56th on to Robertson and through the school parking lot.

Walkers/Parent Pick Up - student are dismissed to the front walk way. There is supervision there until all students have been picked up


If a change needs to made to a dismissal plan for your child(ren), call the office before 2:00 pm. Please do not email teachers or administration with these changes. We cannot guarantee that email will be read before dismissal time.

Parents are asked to assist with dismissal procedures by making certain that children are clear about dismissal plans before they enter school each morning

Please Mark Your Calendars

Please mark your calendars:

August 21st: Meet the Teacher 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (If you have a kindergarten student, please do not bring supplies until 8/28)

August 23rd: First Day of School (Parents and families may walk students to their classrooms)

September 13th: Picture Day

September 23rd: OneRun

September 29th: Block Party 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Meet the Teacher

Monday, Aug. 21st, 4:30-6pm

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

This is like an open house. Please meet your teacher and bring your supplies.

Kindergarten Students

During Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 21st, kindergarten families will meet all three kindergarter teachers. All students will be rostered to Kelly Carpenter, but students will experience all three classrooms. Friday, August 25th, families will be notified of their child's teacher.

Monday, August 28th, kindergarten parents will have access to walk kindergarteners to their classrooms and "officially" meet their teacher and bring supplies.

4th Annual OneRun

The 4th annual District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at Water Works Park on September 23rd, 2023, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event will be a 2-mile fun run/walk with an option to cheer on the sidelines as a supporter! Registration is free for everyone; participation is what will count.

Event fees will be paid by corporate and individual sponsors. Once participation totals are tallied, the money raised will be sent directly to the schools. Each participant may designate one school. The more participants and donations, the more money to Hanawalt!

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCtxSy8YoxinAdNlqnLdcC3IdOK75P0WJ8FE7SpPU40zfP3Q/viewform

Hanawalt Community Notes

Help make this year another great one for Hanawalt!

Please sign up to get involved in one of the Hanawalt Community (PTA) event committees, like clubs, book fair, yearbook, car riders and more. Learn more and sign up here! You don't need to be an expert to get involved and it's a great way to meet others in the Hanawalt Community.

Volunteers will be an important part of the new Soaring Hawks After School Enrichment Clubs Program that is free of cost to all Hanawalt students. A few volunteers are needed to support students with the transition from school dismissal to club locations from about 2:35-2:55 p.m.. Please reach out to hinton.niki@gmail.com if you are able to help in this capacity.

Soaring Hawks After School Clubs

We’re excited to share the addition of the Soaring Hawks After School Program at Hanawalt for the 2023-24 school year! Connecting students through these fun after-school clubs will further build community and provide meaningful extensions to the school day.

The first session is September 5 – October 27, followed by additional sessions each quarter.

Program details:

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The Hanawalt Community invites our families to join us for grade-level playdates before the school year begins! Have fun and meet or reconnect with other students and parents.

Please have an adult in attendance with your student. Siblings welcome!

Contact hanawaltelementarypta@gmail.com with questions. In the case of rain, playdates will be canceled.

Kindergarten- Sunday, 8/20 2:00-3:00 pm at Hanawalt playground

Second Grade - Sunday, 8/20 from 3:00-4:00pm at Hanwalt playground

Upcoming Dates


21: Meet the Teacher 4:30 – 6:00 pm

23: First Day of School


4: No school

5 – 21: Fall Reading and Math Screener

13: Picture Day

22: No School

23: One Run @ 8:00

25: No School, Yom Kipper

29: Block Party 5:30 – 7:30 pm