Husky Highlights for Families
Back-To-School Edition~ August 2020
Front Office Information
Angie Linard: Attendance Administrative Assistant/ Registrar
Barbara Ballou: Administrative Assistant
If you need to make transportation changes please contact the office prior to 3:00. This will help ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of a possible miscommunication.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
We are taking every precaution we can to try to keep our students and our staff safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We appreciate all you are doing to help us in our efforts to protect our Park Hill community.
This plan is likely to change as more information becomes available and as we continue to follow the latest guidance of public health officials. We will notify you when we update our plans.
Last update: August 24th
New Faces at Hawthorn
You will notice a few new faces around the Hawthorn hallways this year. We are excited to welcome the following staff members to our school family:
Assistant Principal: Courtney Bishop
Social Workers: Cheryl Gunn Seidler & Alex Letheby
Speech/Language Pathologist: Lexi McQuinn
Speech/ Language Pathologist: Stephanie Walter
Lunchroom/Playground Supervision: Samantha Collins
Special Education Teaching Assistants: Shawn Behrends
In-Person Classroom Teachers:Kindergarten Teachers: Kristen Melancon, Amy Meinke, Hannah Richardson
1st Grade Teachers: Jill Hild, Lindsey Smith, Katelynn Gore
2nd Grade Teachers: Lisa Nicholson & Kim Donner (Toyne)
3rd Grade Teachers: Jodi Coen, Chris Wilson, Kylie Hoffman
4th Grade Teachers: Michelle Alexander, Sarah Harrison, Christy Pittman
5th Grade Teachers: Lisa Roepe, Amanda Allen, Nicki VanBuskirk
Online Classroom Teachers:
K/1 Split Class: Lindsey Pickett
1st/ 2nd Grade Split Class: Katie Wells and Maddy Jenswold
2nd/ 3rd Grade Split Class: Jessica Thomas
4th Grade: Melissa Miller
5th Grade: Amy Ritter
1ST-5TH GRADE ONLINE LEARNING FAMILIES~ Devices & Materials Pick-Up Is Sept. 2nd!!
- District-issued device
- school supplies (if you ordered them through the PTA)
- school materials provided to all Park Hill students
Please click on the link below to select a time that you can come to school on September 2nd to collect these items. If your family has more than one student learning online this semester, you can sign up for ONE time slot between 3pm and 4pm. Masks are required when entering the building.
We will be distributing materials from the gym, so if you can, please park along the curb on the north side of the building (near the gym entrance). We will have that door open to you for easy access.
(Kindergarten Online Learners do NOT need to sign up here. You will sign up on the links provided in the KINDERGARTEN KICK-OFF section.)
Kindergarten Kick-Off~ Sign Up Today!!
On September 3rd, we are inviting small groups of KINDERGARTEN families into our building by appointment only to meet your child’s kindergarten teacher and tour the building.
Time slots will be available from 12:00-6:30 for 30 minute increments for your incoming husky (and two family members or guardians) to come in, drop off supplies, collect their iPad, meet the teacher and have a tour of the building. Below you will find a signup genius for your child’s teacher to reserve your appointment time. In addition, you will find a link to a survey to provide important information to your student’s teacher PRIOR to the event. Thank you for your support in helping us to get to know your child!Mrs. Meinke's Classroom Links:
Mrs. Melancon's Classroom Links:
Ms. Richardson's Classroom Links:
Mrs. Pickett's Online Classroom Links:
VIRTUAL Back-To-School Night/Parent Orientation Information
School Supply Lists
Image/ Contact Information Opt-Out Designation
Daily Arrival Procedures
Daily Dismissal Procedures
Your child's teacher will reach out to confirm your child's daily dismissal plan. Please communicate any changes to this plan, as they arise, throughout the school year to ensure that your child gets home safely each day.
BUS RIDERS: Bus riders are dismissed through the north doors (by the gym) each afternoon. Classroom teachers walk students to the buses and help them find the appropriate bus. During the first few days, this process can take a bit longer than normal as staff members double check that all students are on the correct bus. Then, the bus can get further delayed as the drivers take time to make sure students safely get off at the right stop.
Lana Dudzinski, Park Hill's Transportation Coordinator, will be sending a notification to parents via School Messenger on Monday, August 31st notifying them that bus information (bus #, bus stop location, pick-up and drop-off times) will available through your Parent Portal beginning on Tuesday, September 1st. Watch for that communication if your child will be a bus rider this year.
ADVENTURE CLUB: Students who participate in the after-school care program, Adventure Club, will be dismissed directly to their assigned classroom each day. Adventure Club staff checks in each student and cross-checks with our front office to ensure that all students who are enrolled in Adventure Club are accounted for at dismissal.
CAR RIDERS: We will provide each student with TWO 2020-21 Car Rider signs. Having this 2020-21 Hawthorn Car Rider sign on display in your vehicle allows parents or family members to remain in the car in the car rider lane during evening dismissal instead of entering the building with your photo ID and signing out the student. We will have TWO car rider lanes this year to accommodate an expected increase in the number of car riders. Please see the detailed car rider plan below.
While the car rider line can be slow the first few days, once students and families learn the routine, it will speed up considerably. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding that our main focus in on all students getting into cars safely. Parents can help by staying in your vehicle and allowing staff members to assist students into cars and teaching your child how to buckle their own seat belt.
WALKERS: Walkers will be dismissed through the K/1 Pod doors and can meet their families near the baseball field south of the playground. Students who don't have a parent/guardian meeting them at school, will be accompanied to the corner of Chariton and 81st Street by a staff member who will make sure they cross safely.
Level 1: Attendance rate of 90%
Level 2: Attendance rate between 85% and 90%
Level 3: Attendance rate is below 80%
Mrs. Gunn Seidler, our School Social Worker, will be working with students and families to make sure we meet the 90/90 goal at Hawthorn. Please help us by making being at school a priority for your family.
If your child does have to absent, please call the school office (359-4390) to report the student's absence. If the school does not receive a call when a student is absent, we will attempt to contact you to check on the student.
PTA Membership Drive~ JOIN NOW!
As all Hawthorn Families are welcomed back to school, whether online or in person, you are invited to become a member of the PTA by registering here: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/hawthorn-elementary-pta-membership-2020 Members have a vote in Hawthorn PTA matters and can volunteer and engage as much or as little as you like.
In preparing for the school year ahead, your Hawthorn PTA has been working on safe, socially-distant family activities (see list in calendar below); helping to fulfill our teacher’s wish lists for their classrooms; creating an online Spirit Store; and welcoming students and teachers back with school yard signs.
We’re also working on new ideas for virtual learning adventures to replace the traditional community-gathering school events or field trips of previous years. We’re interested in your ideas, too, and hope you will join us at one of the upcoming PTA meetings (see list in calendar below) on Zoom or share your feedback at email@example.com, on Facebook at Hawthorn Elementary PTA or Instagram @hawthorn_pta.
Additionally, your PTA membership pays for resources for the school, the Care Fund for families in need, District, State and National PTA dues, and more.
Whatever school might look like for you in the year ahead, we are glad you are part of the Hawthorn Family. Stronger Together.
Hawthorn PTA Board
PTA SPIRIT SHOP PROMOTIONS
Hawthorn PTA is now offering a new online Spirit Store for all your Husky merchandise needs! Click here to shop: https://www.hawthornschoolspiritwear.com/
September 4-21, don’t miss the only opportunity this school year to receive no minimum free shipping on your Hawthorn Husky Spirit Wear purchases!
The Hawthorn PTA has a limited quantity of previous years' spirit wear items available for *FLASH* sale. Please check out this link for availability and pricing: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/hawthorn-spirit-wear-flash-sale
Follow Hawthorn PTA On Social Media
Stay connected with what's happening with Hawthorn Elementary PTA in these channels:
Facebook: Hawthorn Elementary PTA
PTA Calendar of Events
September 8-10-- PTA Family Days at PopCulture, Noon-7 p.m.
September 21-- PTA Family Night at Culver’s
September 28-- PTA Meeting
October 7-- PTA Family Night at Papa John's
October 26-- PTA Meeting
October 27-- PTA Family Day at Jason's Deli, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
November 6-15-- PTA Family Activity with AR Workshop (Choose your project)
November 17-18-- PTA Family Activity with AR Workshop (Project Pick-Up)
Nov. 19-- PTA Family Activity with AR Workshop (Live Project Tutorial, Recording Available)
November 30-- PTA Meeting
December 7-- PTA Family Day at Papa Murphy’s
January 25-- PTA Meeting
February 22-- PTA Meeting
April 26-- PTA Meeting
Students may bring their lunch from home or purchase a school lunch from the cafeteria. Menus will be sent home on a monthly basis.
Lunch prices for the 2020-21 school year are as follows:
Student Breakfast – $ 1.50
Student Lunch – $ 2.40 (includes a drink)
Adult Lunch – $3.50
You can add money to your child's lunch account electronically by following the link provided:
NUTRITION SERVICES COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES
Did You Know?
Communication is very important to your child’s success at school and we want to keep you informed of what is going on at Hawthorn. Please remember communication is a two-way process and you are encouraged to get in touch with your child’s teacher or Mrs. Renton and Mrs. Bishop as needed. We will use electronic communication frequently, so if you do not have access to a computer at home, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher to let them know, so they can send you information in your child’s backpack. We don’t want you to miss important information.
Below are a few ways to stay informed about Hawthorn and the Park Hill School District.
Hawthorn Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HawthornElementary
Hawthorn PTA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HawthornPTA/
Hawthorn Elementary Website: https://hawthorn.parkhill.k12.mo.us/
Park Hill School District Website: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/
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Nominate a Staff Member for the Park Hill STAR Award
Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.