March Newsletter


Student Growth

Our Little Chiefs are making huge gains throughout the 2020-2021 school year. COVID definitely took a bit of the wind out of our sails, but our staff and students have been working hard to make up for lost time and close the learning gaps. We've recently finished our winter testing and our students have made tremendous gains since the fall. As of mid-February, 18% more of our students are proficient in reading than in the fall. That's roughly 100 students who are now proficient that were not to start the school year!!! We are thrilled with the growth we're seeing and look forward to maintained our rate of growth through the end of the year.

New Schedule

Just a friendly reminder that we are running out new 5-day schedule. Please remember Mondays are shortened school days. Students may now enter the building at 7:50. New dismissal times:

  • Monday - 8:00-12:30
  • Tuesday-Friday - 8:00-3:00

As always, we will stagger our student dismissal times to allow each grade level to exit the building at separate times.

  • Monday - K @ 12:20, 1st @ 12:25, 2nd & 3rd @ 12:30
  • Tuesday-Friday - K @ 2:50, 1st @ 2:55, 2nd & 3rd @ 3:00

There are NO CHANGES to the Pre-K schedule. There is still NO SCHOOL for PRE-K on Mondays.

Don't forget your masks!

Please remember to send your children to school with face coverings!! We are routinely reminding students to bring their masks to school. We do provide masks for students that forget them, however these masks are in short supply and many a provided through donation. Please assist us in keeping staff and students safe!

Canned Food Drive

Character trait of the month: Caring

One way we chose to show that we care for others was to host a canned food drive! Our goal was to collect 1,500 canned goods.

Not only did we meet the goal, we blew it out of the water!! Our Little Chiefs collected 2,129 canned goods!!

As a reward, the teachers from the classrooms that collected the most cans got to pie Mr. Marsden and myself in the face!

What's happening in March?

Character Word of the Month: Perseverance

Read Across America Day - 3/2

Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, will be Tuesday, March 2nd. On this day, we encourage students to read with fun activities and guest readers. Staff often share some of their favorite books with our Little Chiefs. This year, some staff will be pre-recording themselves reading their favorite children's books to share with students in their classrooms.

Spring Picture Day - 3/3

Have you Little Chiefs dressed to impress on Wednesday, March 3rd. Lifetouch will be here to complete our spring pictures.

100th day of school - 3/4

Believe it or not, Thursday, March 4th is our 100th day of school!

Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3/8

We will be conducting Parent/Teacher conferences on Monday, March 8th. Conferences will be held from 8:00am-6:00pm. Your teachers will be contacting you to set up individual conference times, either in-person or virtually, to meet and discuss your students.

PTO Meeting - 3/9

The Little Chiefs PTO meeting is on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30pm. The PTO meeting will be hosted virtually via Zoom and in person in the Hawthorne gym. The Zoom link will be posted on the Little Chiefs PTO facebook page. This meeting is open to any Hawthorne or Torrence parents and staff who are interested in attending. We hope to see you there!

Torrence Pre-K Lee County Dental Screening - 3/23

Virtual Student Assembly - 3/24

On March 24th, we will be hosting a virtual student assembly. The assembly will be streamed to classrooms so we can still celebrate our Little Chiefs while keeping staff and students safe. Students will be recognize for being bucket fillers and for displaying our character word of the month: Perseverance. The assembly will be posted on our Facebook pages after they are finished.

March Birthday Lunch - 3/24

Our PTO will be delivering cupcakes for all of our students with March birthdays on Wednesday, March 24th. The cupcakes will be handed out at lunch.

Kindergarten Round Up - 3/25 & 3/26

Hawthorne will be holding it's annual Kindergarten Round-Up on March 25th & March 26th. All student who will be entering Kindergarten for the upcoming school year should plan to attend. Please call our office at 319-524-3503 to make your appointment. THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL FOR ALL CURRENT KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ON MARCH 25TH AND 26TH.

Spring Break - 3/27-4/4

Enjoy your spring break! Take time with you family and relax. Students will return to school on Monday, April 5th to close out the school year.

Breakfast Menu

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March Lunch Menu

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Keokuk Public Library Calendar

Here is what's happening at the Keokuk Public Library. All the events are still virtual and more information can be found on their website keokuklibrary.org or on keokukevents.org.
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Box Tops For Education

Have you heard?! Box Tops For Education is going digital! No more clipping, no more sending your student to school with a baggie full of box tops. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see the label, use the new Box Tops For Education app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for our school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school's earnings online. You can download the app today!!

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Casey's Cash for Classrooms

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. This opens up Hawthorne Elementary to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students.

The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school. Help Hawthorne Elementary make the most of this program and learn more at Caseys.com/schools.


Mike Marsden

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"It's always a great day to be at Hawthorne!"