Husky Highlights for Families

Back-To-School Edition~ August 2020

Hawthorn Elementary School

School Hours: 9:03-3:53

School Phone: 816-359-4390

Principal: Brooke Renton

Assistant Principal: Courtney Bishop

Counselor: Bianca Mayfield-Miller

Front Office Information

Tina Sarver: Executive Administrative Assistant

Angie Linard: Attendance Administrative Assistant/ Registrar

Barbara Ballou: Administrative Assistant

Phone: 359-4390


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.

Mark Your Calendars!

September 2nd: Materials Pick-Up for Online Learners

September 3rd: Kindergarten Kick-Off

September 3rd: VIRTUAL Parent Orientation

September 8th: First Day of School!!

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

Staffing Changes

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!!

If you've chosen ONLINE LEARNING for your child, you will need to sign up for a time to visit school so that you can pick up items your child will need. All online learners will need to pick up the following:

  • 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

Each teacher will develop an orientation presentation (video, screencast, Google presentation, Powerpoint, etc.) that will be electronically distributed to families. Parent Orientation offers you the opportunity to learn about curriculum content details, schedules, structures of learning within your child's classroom, procedures, and more. Our parent orientation presentations should be sent to families on September 3rd by 5:30pm.

School Supply Lists

Wondering what supplies your child will need for the new school year? Click on the link below to see the district-wide school supply list. Thanks in advance for making sure your child has the necessary items. If your family needs assistance in providing these supplies, please reach out to your child's teacher or Mrs. Gunn Seidler, our school social worker at 359-6140.


Image/ Contact Information Opt-Out Designation

Throughout the school year, the district or school might take pictures/videos and release personal information about students. This could be to a local newspaper, Hawthorn newsletters or on our school website. The district or school might also post pictures on social media (Facebook or Twitter). Additionally, Hawthorn PTA publishes a school directory so parents can contact each other. The school provides contact information for this directory, including but not limited to names, address and telephone numbers. If you DO NOT want your child's image, or your family's contact information released, please contact your child's teacher of the front office to fill out an Image/Contact Information OPT-OUT form.

Daily Arrival Procedures

Supervision of students begins at 8:45 am. Car riders should be dropped off at the front of the building. Please do not drop off students before 8:45 am, as we don't have adult supervision until that time. As students arrive, they should enter the front doors and head to their pod area. If students are eating breakfast they may report to the cafeteria at 8:40 am to pick up a Grab 'n Go Breakfast. Students arriving after 9:05 am, will be counted tardy and need to report to the office to sign in with a parent.
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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.


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Safety Drills

All schools in the Park Hill School District follow specific procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff in the event of an emergency. All schools have emergency plans in place. Each year we conduct 10 fire drills (one each month), one earthquake drill, two tornado drills, and two intruder drills. Our staff has been trained on these drills, and we will discuss emergency procedures for all drills in the classrooms during the first days of school. Please know that each teacher will approach their class discussions with care and consideration of all students.

Classroom Treats

Due to concerns with COVID-19, we will not be able to distribute any outside treats to students this year.

Student Medications

A health room is available if your child becomes ill or injured while at school. Hawthorn's health room is staffed by two registered nurses, who share this position. All non-prescription, over-the-counter medication must be sent in the orginal container with written instructions by the parent or physician. Before any prescription medication can be administered, it must be in a prescription labeled bottle accompanied by a doctor's note, and the Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. Parents must bring all medication to the health room; please do not send it with a student. All necessary forms can be obtained from the office.

Adventure Club

The Park Hill School District offers before and after school child care at Hawthorn. For more information regarding this program, please call Community Education/ Adventure Club at 359-4064.

Husky Attendance

Attendance is one of the most important factors in academic achievement and we would like your help regarding attendance and punctuality. When students arrive late or leave early consistently, they miss important instructional time. Missouri guidelines require 90% of our students to be in attendance 90% of the time. To help meet this goal, Park Hill has established expectations for attendance and letters will be sent to families if the following attendance percentages are not met.

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.

Student Badges

All Park Hill students are issued ID badges. These badges, along with a school-issued lanyard will be required to be worn every day. Student ID badges support our safe and caring environment by providing proper identification and improved processes for several aspects of the school day. Students will use the badges to pay for lunches in the cafeteria, when boarding our school buses, and for our library check-out process. Your child's badge will be provided by the school and one replacement badge will also be provided (in case of a lost badge). After the first free replacement badge, a $5 fee will be charged for each additional badge. Each student will also be provided with a "Hawthorn Husky" lanyard. We ask that no other lanyards be used and no alterations/embellishment be made to the provided lanyard.
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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: 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, 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


Hawthorn PTA is now offering a new online Spirit Store for all your Husky merchandise needs! Click here to shop:

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:

Follow Hawthorn PTA On Social Media

Stay connected with what's happening with Hawthorn Elementary PTA in these channels:


Facebook: Hawthorn Elementary PTA

Instagram: @hawthorn_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

Cafeteria Information

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:



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Did You Know?

We partner with Argo Telephonic Translation Services to help us better communicate with families that speak a language other than English. We can set up an interpreter during parent conferences in addition to using a translator during phone calls. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please let your child's teacher know, or contact Mrs. Renton.

Stay Connected

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:

Hawthorn PTA Facebook Page:

Hawthorn Elementary Website:

Park Hill School District Website:

First Hand E-mail Newsletter

Be one of the first to know what’s going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at to get the most current Park Hill news. Your address will never be shared.

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.

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