Hawthorne Happenings

May 2022

Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Staff Appreciation Week! Our PTO has lots of fun things planned to make everyone feel loved! Be sure to let the teachers and staff at Hawthorne know how much you appreciate them!

MAP Testing

Our third, fourth and fifth grade students start MAP testing this month! Thank you to everyone who donated snacks for our students to enjoy after testing. If you have a student in a testing grade that you know will be absent in the next three weeks, please contact your child's teacher as soon as possible. Thank you!

Book Fair

We want to thank you for your support of our Spring Book Fair! We had a great turn out and were able to supply our teachers and students with free books thanks to your generosity!

Summer Reading Programs

There are many reading incentive programs available to Kearney School District Students:


For incoming kindergarten through fifth grade students:

Kearney School Districtś Elementary Summer Reading Program


For incoming third through fifth Grade students for next school year (Students can start the reading program now.)

Book Karate


For incoming sixth graders:

Kearney School Districtś Secondary Summer Reading Program

Students should make a copy of the board and insert selfies reading the book and then share it with the Middle School Librarian, Mrs. Pelham. It may be a specific type of book or a place to read, like outside. Each square has to be a different book. The promo will run from the last day of school until the Tuesday after Labor Day.

If students get BINGO they will get to go on a field trip next fall, assuming we have those capabilities at the time. Blackout is eligible for more prizes.

Any student that doesn´t have a way to take pictures can email the Middle School Librarian, Mrs. Pelham at pelhama@ksdr1.net

For Incoming sixth graders for next school year (Students can begin the program now):
1. Read 4 or more books from at least one of the current nominee lists (MT, Truman, and/or Dogwood) and get to come to a pizza voting party.
2. Read 8 or more books from any combo of the current nominee lists and earn a trip to Springfield.


For All Students:

Mid-Continentś Summer Reading Program


The same reading can be listed in more than one program. Happy Reading! Hope you have a great summer!


Mrs. Baragary

Field Day

Field Day this year is on Monday, May 23rd. This is an event that the kids look forward to all year long, but it doesn’t run smoothly without the help of many volunteers. If you would like to sign up to help on Field Day, please click on this link. You can sign up for the morning and/or afternoon time slot. This year we are also asking for your help in setting up for Field Day on Sunday, May 22nd.


Just a reminder, all parent volunteers must complete a background check with Family Care Safety Registry. Once finished, you can call the registry and request a letter confirming that the background check is complete. Please provide the front office with a copy of this letter. If you have any questions, please call the Hawthorne front office.


Thank you for your support!


Hawthorne PTO Board

PTO Meeting

Join us in the Hawthorne library for our last PTO meeting of the school year! We'll meet on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Last Day of School

Here are some important things to remember for the last day of school!

  • Friday, May 27
  • Dismiss at 11:40am
  • Hawthorne students and staff will participate in a talent show and picture slideshow
  • Fifth grade will have their final clap out. Fifth grade parents are welcome to attend. Look for more information from your fifth grade teachers.

Hawthorne Lunch Guests

We are excited to announce that beginning on Monday, March 7, Hawthorne will once again be opening our doors to lunch guests. This is in accordance with our newly revised Return to School Plan.


If you plan on eating lunch with your student, we ask that you contact the office by emailing htoffice@ksdr1.net or calling 816-628-4114 at least 24 hours in advance. This allows us to adequately prepare for proper seating and lunch orders. If you wish to order a school lunch, please look at the menu and let the office staff know which choice you would prefer so our kitchen staff can plan accordingly. Adult lunches are $3.50 and must be paid by cash or check when you arrive. Please sign in on the electronic visitor tablet in the office and we will give you a meal ticket and a visitor badge. Hawthorne menus can be found at: https://ksdr1.nutrislice.com/menu/hawthorne-elementary.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Hawthorne office. We are happy to welcome visitors back in the cafeteria and look forward to seeing you soon!

Parent Volunteers

All parent volunteers must complete a background check with Family Care Safety Registry. Once finished, you can call the registry and request a letter confirming that the background check is complete. Please provide the front office with a copy of this letter. If you have any questions, please call the Hawthorne front office.

Fifth Grade Career Presentations

Summer School Enrollment

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Kindergarten Enrollment

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March Bulldogs of the Week

Important Dates

May 2-20 - MAP Testing Window

May 10 - PTO Meeting

May 12 - GATE Showcase at KE

May 18 - La Fuente Night

May 20 - All Library Materials are Due

May 23 - Field Day

May 24 - Fifth Grade Showcase

May 27 - Last Day of School

Follow Us On Social Media!

Facebook: @ht.ksd

Twitter: @Hawthorne_Dogs

Instagram: hawthorne_elementary

Teacher Favorites

Do you want to surprise your child's teacher with their favorite treat or drink? Take a look at our teachers' favorites here!

Front Office Info

  • If you are changing your child's default mode of transportation home, you must send a note to school or call the office no later than 2:00pm. We will not send students home a way other than the default mode of transportation without one of those two pieces of communication.
  • If you are coming by the building to drop off or pick something up or to pick up a student, please call the office when you are on your way so we can have what you need ready for you when you arrive.

Photo ID Required

When picking your student up from the office, please be prepared to show photo identification. Only adults who are listed in Power School will be allowed to pick students up. Please call the office if you have any questions.

New Office Email

Need to email the school office? Please use the email address HToffice@ksdr1.net.

Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST)


Hawthorne teachers and staff have been learning over the past year how to best support our students who may struggle at times with behaviors by utilizing the BIST model. The purpose of the BIST model is to partner with students when they are struggling and help them be accountable for their actions to make changes in their life.


BIST is designed to teach and protect students through GRACE and ACCOUNTABILITY so that students can demonstrate three important life skills listed below and make good choices.


Grace is unconditional acceptance of students, but not negative behavior.


Accountability is allowing students to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.


Life Skills

I can make good choices even if I am mad or have an overwhelming feeling.

I can be okay even if others are not okay.

I can do something even if it's hard or I don't want to.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All KSD Students!

For the 2021-2022 school year, we will once again have free breakfast and lunch for students within Kearney School District boundaries.


K-5 students attending school in person may receive free breakfast and lunch at school. Students who choose to eat breakfast at school will need to check in with their teacher, drop their belongings off in the classroom and then go to the Commons to get breakfast.


Free meals include breakfast and lunch but do not include a la carte items, extra milk or

second lunches.