Hawk News

December 1, 2022

Habit #4: Think Win-Win

During the month of December, we will be learning about Habit #4: Think Win-Win.Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not me or you—it is both of us. It is a belief that there are enough good things for everyone; it is an abundant way of thinking. Think Win-Win is being happy for others when good things happen to them. As a parent, not everything is negotiable, but if you go into discussions with your child with a win-win mindset, you’ll find a lot less resistance.

Everyone Can Win

  • I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.
  • I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts.
  • When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.

Note from Nurse Sandy

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You have no doubt heard news reports about the “Tripledemic” of illnesses in our community (RSV, Influenza, and COVID), and of full hospital emergency departments and pediatric units. We are now seeing a rise in the number of students who are ill within our Hanawalt Community.

General Illness Guidance:

Please keep your student home when they are sick. If they are running a fever over 100.4, vomiting, diarrhea, cold and cough symptoms that will make it difficult for them to learn they should stay home until they are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours. You have all been doing a great job of letting the school know when your student will be absent and it is greatly appreciated.

Illness Prevention:

Remind your students to wash their hands often. Cough/sneeze into a tissue or their elbow. Don’t share personal items. Eat well and get plenty of rest. Drink extra water.

Thanks for helping to keep our school healthy and a great place to learn.

Nurse Sandy

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Friday, Dec. 9th, 7:45am-2:45pm

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Des Moines, IA

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Hanawalt Community Notes

Hanawalt Community Meeting on Tuesday

Join the Hanawalt Community at the school on Tuesday, December 6th at 5:30. We’ll give updates on what’s coming up for Hanawalt Community activities and hear from Meredith Mages, our English Language Learners (ELL) teacher, and Nick Echols, Hanawalt’s new Community Schools Coordinator. Program will start around 5:45, but please come and go as you are able.

As a reminder, there is no fee to join Hanawalt Community. You are already a member and we would love to see you there!


Help ALL Hanawalt Hawks have cold weather gear this winter!

Bring your new or gently used cold weather gear to the Hanawalt Book Fair (Dec 7-8). Boots and snow pants are needed the most!

Note: Donations will be used by Hanawalt students. Please make sure all donations are in great shape, clean, and playground ready.

Join us for the Holiday Book Fair!

Wednesday, December 7th 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 8th 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Library at Hanawalt

Students will be able to shop during the school day on December 7th and 8th. Cash, credit card and eWallet will be accepted.

Create an ewallet by following link below:


Thank You From the Hanawalt Girl Scouts!

Our school food drive collected over 480 lbs of food and our virtual food drive collected $1,389, surpassing our goal of $1,250! Thank you for participation with this service project and to those of you who donated or helped spread the word!

DMPS Needs a New Superintendent: Weigh In

The Des Moines School Board is beginning the process to search for a Superintendent for Iowa’s capitol city school district. Throughout the search process, this web page will provide news, information and updates about the process, including opportunities for the community to be engaged in this important work. Learn more, complete the survey or sign up for an event.

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Upcoming Dates


9: No School, PD Day

22-31: No School - Winter Break

2-3: Winter Break continues; No school
16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No school
17: No school, PD Day

18: No school, PD Day