Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

March 18, 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:

Can you believe that we only have 4 more days until Spring Break? Where has the school year gone? We had a wonderful week here at Hawkins with many field trips, visits from other schools, and more field trips! Our 2nd graders went to see a play at the Howell Community Theater today and had a fantastic time. Our kindergarten students went to Kensington to learn about how to make maple syrup. Furthermore, all of the band teachers in the district came over to teach our 4th graders about different instruments and how to get involved with our incredible band program.

This is also a time of year when every school in the state posts their Annual Education Report. This report reports many different aspects of our school such as academic testing. Here is the link to our report which is also posted on our website under the link Annual Report Annual Report. We also have copies of this report in the office.

Enjoy your weekend!

Basia Kiehler

From the Students

Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind

Hello, Hawkins Elementary, I am Aaliana. I am interviewing Ms.Philka (see picture below) and I hope that you enjoy these questions that I’m asking her. Also, you can answer these questions on your own when you are done reading. Okay, let’s get started.

Aaliana: “How do you begin with the end in mind?”

Ms. Philka: “In everything.”

Aaliana: “How in your everything?”

Ms.Philka: “I like to know what I’m doing before I do it.”

Aaliana: “Have you met your goal when you begin with the end in mind?”

Ms.Philka: “I have and sometimes it takes longer than I expect it to take.”

Aaliana: “Will you manage to begin with the end in mind forever?”

Ms.Philka: “Yes I will.”

Aaliana: “Thank you for finding time to answer these questions.”

I also interviewed my friend Charlotte. I hope that you enjoy the questions that I will be asking her.

Aaliana: “How do you begin with the end in mind?”

Charlotte: “In my writing.”

Aaliana: “How in your writing?”

Charlotte: “I think of what time I want to be finished, and how much I want to get done.”

Aaliana: “Have you ever met your goal when you begin with the end in mind?”

Charlotte: “Many times.”

Aaliana: “Will you manage to begin with the end in mind forever?”

Charlotte: “I will try my best”

Aaliana: “Thank you for finding time to answer these questions.”

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Mark Your Calendar

3/21 - Chorus Concert 6:30 p.m.
3/25 - Spring Recess Begins
4/4 - School Resumes
4/5 - Kindergarten Come to School Day

Hawkins Stars & Stripes Chorus

The Hawkins Stars & Stripes Chorus will present their spring concert on Monday, March 21st at 6:30 pm. in the cafeteria. We have been working all year for this night!

Students should report to the music room at 6:20 p.m. while parents should find a seat in the cafeteria. You will not want to miss hearing these fine, young musicians.

Chorus students should wear their uniform including sneakers. Please no boots, sandals or dress up shoes as we will be standing on risers.

Please come and celebrate these fine Fourth Grade Leaders in song.

See you at the concert!
Diane Plath

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Campaign

We will be having our annual Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart campaign. Your child will be bringing home an envelope this week for this event for the Fundraising Campaign for the American Heart Association. Your child does not have to fundraise to participate in the event. Last year we raised over $8,000! Our goal this year is to get over $9,000. All the information for the event will be on the envelope. We will be having our event 3/21 – 3/23 and it will take place during their PE class. The money will be due the week before Spring Break. Last year the DUCKS were the craze and this year there are 6 different PUPPIES for the kids to go crazy over!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Hawkins.


Dan D’Arcy

Hawkins P.E.

Scholastic Book Fair Thank You

Hawkins Elementary would like to send a big Thank You to all the families that visited the Scholastic Book Fair. It was a huge success. We would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped make the book fair possible.

Internet Safety Night put on by BHS

Monday, March 21st, 7pm

7878 Brighton Road

Brighton, MI

Brighton High School and PTO are sponsoring an Internet Safety Night with an expert in this area. Internet Safety including safeguarding kid's phones, current apps and safety tips, cyberbullying and consequences and the law, and sexting and the law are all parts of this presentation. Detective Jeremy Stempien, a past school resource officer and current task force officer who specialize in this area, will be presenting from 7 to about 8:30 with time for questions. Please join our community in this important conversation.

Got Art 2016

The Livingston Arts Council is proud to present Got Art 2016 at the Howell Opera House. Started in 1999, Got Art has grown to include all of Livingston County school students K-12. The Opera House is proud to be able to house the students' work each year. Congratulations to this year's artists!

Grades K-5 Art Display begins March 14 - March 19

Doors open Monday Friday 4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.

PTO News

Little Caesars PIZZA KIT ORDERS are due this Monday, March 21! Please consider stocking your freezer for the spring with some yummy pizzas while helping to support our school at the same time! :-) $5 from every pizza kit goes back to the PTO to help pay for assemblies, field trips, and more!

Calling all 4th Grade parents! We will be holding a planning meeting for the 4th Grade Farewell Party on Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. in the learning lab. ALL 4th Grade parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Bring your ideas!

Mark your calendars for Parents and Pinz on Friday, April 15! This is an adult night out that will take place at Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon. The cost is $15 per bowler and includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pop and pizza. Cash bar, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle! Get a twosome or foursome together and bowl against each other! This is a great event for a date night, couples night or a ladies night out. Pre-registration is required. A flyer will be sent home with more information. Check in is at 6:30 p.m. and bowlling is from 7-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the PTO - $4 per ticket will go back to the school! Print out the registration form by clicking on the "Parents and Pinz" tab to the left of this page!

Did you know you can earn money for Hawkins by dining at Red Robin? Attach "Hawkins Elementary" to your Red Robin loyalty card and they'll donate 1% back to our school! Log on to www.redrobin.com/betterschools to find out more.

Attendance Reminders

Please continue to call the attendance line (810) 299-3904 if your child will be absent or coming in late. Remember to sign them in or sign them out when they are coming in late or leaving early. If you are picking up your child early or there is an end of day change of plans, please send in a note in with your child to give to their teacher. If you have any questions, please give Judy Samanich a call in the main office at (810) 299-3904 or samanij@brightonk12.com.

In addition, as stated in the Brighton Area Schools Elementary Handbook, if a child is absent 15% of the marking period, a letter from the Principal addressing the absence issue may be sent to the parents. If the child continues to be absent from school, a Truancy Officer will contact the home to investigate the situation. For optimal learning, it is important for your child to be in the classroom when school begins. We consider three (3) tardies to be equivalent to one (1) absence. We do not do not count the students tardy if they ride the bus and buses arrive late.

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!

Recycling Program

Hawkins is participating in TerraCycle Brigade Recycling Program. Hawkins will earn points redeemable for upcycled product, charitable gifts, or cash payments. At home, collect the waste listed on the flyer below and deposit in collection bins that have been placed just inside the main doors. For more information, please refer the flyers below.
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