Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

January 15, 2016

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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 have some exciting news to share with you. Over the summer, a group of our exemplary teachers synergized together and applied for multiple grants to support Leader in Me. We were just awarded $1,500 from the Base Foundation! We are honored to have been selected for this grant. I am so proud of our teachers for dedicating so much of their own time for our students. Way to go Hawkins!


I wanted to give a special thanks to our Cub Scout Pack 354 and all of the boys' parents. The pack has graciously offered to sponsor a Detroit Science Assembly called Science Spectacular for all of our students. We will hold the assembly this coming Tuesday. This is a wonderful enrichment opportunity for our students and we are thankful for the very generous donation.


Lastly, I would like to thank all of you for taking it slow during morning drop off. Safety is our number one priority and your help is very much appreciated.


Have a splendid weekend!


Basia Kiehler

7 HABITS RECAP


Hey Parents,


Let’s recap all the 7 habits~

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6: Synergize

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw


What’s next?

Implementing these habits is happening at school right now. Why not implement them at home too? First, discuss the basics within your family. The basics are Values (the things that are most important to you), Views (how you see yourself and your family), and Habits (what you do over and over again). The next step would be building a mission statement for your family. To assist in building a mission statement, please visit the following site:

http://msb.franklincovey.com/missions/login


Announcing the Application Station!

Please have your student visit the Application Station located just outside of the office. There are many different Leader In Me job postings along with applications on the board and available for all students that are interested.


Please stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved…..


The Parent Lighthouse Committee

Mark Your Calendar

1/18 - No School For Students
1/21 & 1/22 - Vision Screening for 1st and 3rd grade
2/16 - Spring Pictures
2/23 - Kindergarten Round-Up 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Second Grade Music Program

Mrs. Plath and our Second Grade Students will be performing a musical story called The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. Date and times for each classroom are listed below. The programs will be held during the day in the music room. Second grade students should wear school clothes and sneakers as they will be moving, singing and playing musical instruments. I am very proud of our students, and I hope that you will be able to come and enjoy their performance.

Monday, January 25th 10:00 a.m. Hurley

Tuesday, January 26th 10:00 a.m. Philka

Wednesday, January 27th 10:00 a.m. Fox

Wednesday, January 27th 10:45 a.m. Outcalt

PTO News


The Winter Carnival event scheduled for Friday, January 29, has been rescheduled to May 13 due to various conflicts and feedback we've received. We will be discussing this decision in detail at our PTO Meeting next week. Stay tuned for more information the coming months!

Livingston County Department of Health Vision Screening

The Livingston County Department of Health will be conducting vision screenings at Hawkins for 1st and 3rd graders on January 21st and January 22nd. If you do not want your child screened, please contact Hawkins at (810) 299-3903.

Brighton Bulldog Boutique

We have recently embarked on a new initiative to generate additional revenue for Brighton Area Schools. We will be opening a resale store whose sole purpose is to generate revenue for the schools, much like other schools around the country are doing.


We are currently accepting donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, sports equipment, and monetary donations. More information is provided on the district's website under the button "Tag Sale". We will be having a tag sale in the Spring to generate revenue as seed money to launch this initiative and we look forward to the community's continued support to promote our schools


Donations can be delivered to the BECC building between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. All donations are tax deductible

From our Library...

Dear Families:


We’re excited to announce two new digital resources that can be accessed from school and home on a variety of devices - Capstone Interactive eBooks and Tumble Books Library!


Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists, to model pronunciation and fluency. See what titles our school has to offer by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the red Quick Link button titled “Library eBooks.”


TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.`These books can also be accessed by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the light blue Quick Link button titled “Tumble Books.”


Happy Reading!

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!

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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.

Brighton Community Education

Trying to find things to do this winter? Brighton Community Ed is offering the following classes and events in February. For more information, go to our website BrightonCommunityEd.com. Feel free to call us with questions or to register 810-299-4130.

Cartooning Workshop

Miller Intergenerational Center, Room C

February 10, 4:30-6pm - only $21/ person - Code # 603

All Grades. We’re back with new cartoons for this all-new winter workshop! Draw great cartoons even if you are a beginner or if you have taken the class before. Learn to draw cartoons through simple instruction and games. Fee includes all materials plus an updated booklet with new cartoon characters to take home. Taught by Neal Levin. To register call 810-299-4140 or go online at BrightonCommunityEd.com

20th Annual Mother/ Son Dance
Scranton Middle School

February 6, 5-7pm - $10/ person (by Feb 1st) - Code # 854

Calling all moms!! Celebrate an early Valentine's Day with your son by taking him to our 20th annual Valentine Dance! Dancing, prize baskets, candy guessing jars, goodies and photos will make this a night to remember for mom & son! Pre-registration deadline is February 1st.

Registration is available by calling 810-299-4130 or online at BrightonCommunityEd.com.

Late & on-site registration is $13 per person.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Snowshoe Spectacular

February 27, 10am-12pm
$18/adult
$9/child under 12

Code # 865

Ages 5+. Join Brighton Community Education and Heavner Canoe for an unforgettable snowshoe hike around the beautiful winter landscapes at Brighton Recreation Area. Listen to Nathaniel (Nat) Spurr, an American Indian and member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe (also with Chippewa (Ojibway) roots), give a detailed talk about American Indian history native to Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. Fee includes snowshoe rental. Pre-registration is required, call 810-299-4130 or register online at BrightonCommunityEd.com.

This event is at Brighton Recreation Area located at 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843. Participants will meet at Bishop Lake Complex where you will begin your adventure. To enter a State Recreation Area you must have or/purchase a Recreation Passport.