Hawlemont News

October 14, 2022

From the principal

Today I listened to 4th graders discuss the imagery, structure, and their impressions of "Street Music" by Arnold Adoff. A pair grappled with the author's choice in stanzas and s t r e t c h i n g words out and another brought up examples of onomatopoeia. Overall, the class agreed that they could HEAR the different noises of the street even if we haven't all visited a city before.

This poem made me think about what surrounds us and the sounds and feelings we might experience walking out of our door. Please enjoy Mary Oliver's "When I am Among the Trees".


When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.


I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.


Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.


And they call again, “It's simple,” they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

Important Dates


10/17 - Policy Subcommittee Meeting 6PM - meet.google.com/uxq-ktte-isa

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10/18 - LEC meeting 4:30-5:30 in library and https://meet.google.com/vtp-zmmr-nmf

10/21 - PTO at the picnic tables and playground 3:30

10/26 - Corn Maze Field Trip

10/27 - Braided Bread/Cookie fundraiser products sent home


October early release dates:


1:50 dismissals: 10/19, 10/26


November early release dates:


11/1 - No school, teacher professional development

11/3 and 11/4 - 12:30 Dismissal - Conference days

11/11 - No school, Veterans Day

11/16 - 1:50 dismissal

11/23 - 12:30, day before Thanksgiving

11/24 and 11/25 - No school, Thanksgiving break

4th Grade News

Fourth grade engineers worked on a STEM challenge where we attempted to solve the problem that buildings fall apart during an earthquake. We studied what engineers have done in the past to solve this problem. Then we applied that knowledge when constructing our own two story buildings. Today we put our buildings on our earthquake table and made observations. Fourth grade students concluded that the buildings that withstood earthquakes the best had: solid foundations, cross braces and triangular braces to support walls and floors, more compact designs (less open space), and doubled materials for extra support.

Fall conferences are almost here!

Fall conferences are almost here! They will be held on Thursday Nov. 3 and Friday Nov. 4, both 12:30 dismissal days, starting at 1PM.

Please email or call Ms. Lovett at 339-8316 or slovett@mtrsd.org to set up a conference with your students teacher!

Hawlemont Students are READING Students!!

Mark Your Calendars and Save the Dates!!!

We have so many fun reading activities coming up in the next few months at Hawlemont!


  • Book A Month: To begin in November and run until June! Forms for this have already gone home, but if you need another, please contact Mrs. Gajda at mgajda@mtrsd.org ANYONE can sponsor a student ($20.00/student).

  • Read A Thon: Begins Thursday November 3rd and runs through Friday Nov. 18th. More details to come!! ***All proceeds from our Read a Thon and Book Fair will go toward buying new books for our school library!!

  • Read A Thon Kick Off Event: During parent-teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday Nov. 3 and 4th, your child may go to the library and read to an adult to “kick-off” their reading minutes!

  • Read A Thon Celebration: Come celebrate the END of our Read A Thon on Wednesday November 23 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. with hot cocoa, cider donuts AND READING PRIZES FOR ALL!!!

  • Scholastic Book Fair: Will be held in the gym during parent teacher conferences: Thursday November 3rd from 1:00-7:00p.m. and Friday November 4th from 1:00-3:30. Please stop by to purchase a new book for your child!!! What better way to get our Read A Thon underway!!!!


We need volunteers: please sign up here if you are able/interested in helping with any of these activities!!! We would love your help!!!


Title I Letter

October 2022

Dear Hawlemont Families,


As a Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont Regional School System Title I teacher, I am writing to inform you about the benefits offered to your child through the Title I program, part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2011. Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont Regional School System’s Title I program offers all elementary students fair and equitable opportunities for a high quality, standards-based education.


How does our Title I program work? Here are the facts:

  • Based on area demographics and early intervention research, we are offering a hands-on preschool program that works to strengthen school-ready skills for students and builds strong relationships with families earlier.

  • Title I services are in the area of early childhood education .

  • Title I is designed as a regular education program for students who are not receiving special education services.

  • Families are a vital part of Title I programs. We encourage your input and appreciate your feedback. Please share your hopes and dreams for your child with their Title I classroom teacher.

  • Each Title I school will offer at least one, evening, family event each year. We hope you will participate with your child.

  • In schools with Title I programs, families and educators agree to share responsibility for a student’s academic growth. This shared responsibility, including strategies for supporting students, is outlined in a written compact. This compact will be distributed to all families and educators.

  • Your ideas and suggestions are welcome throughout the year. At the end of the school year, we will ask all families for their feedback through a school-wide parent survey.


I hope you’ve learned something new about Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont’s Title I program. If you have questions, please ask via my email, obaron@mtrsd.org or contact our district Title I Director, Amber Tulloch, at 413-339-8316.

Best wishes for a successful, happy school year for your child!


Sincerely,

Olivia Baron

Hawlemont Title I PK Teacher


Some 5th graders enjoying the meat turkeys we are raising this year

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Red Gate Farm happenings!

Here is a flyer for a Halloween Party at RGF, and information about their summer program for next year!

4H Information

While Weaving and Animal Science Clubs are now full. there are still a few openings for students in grades 3 through 6 to join 4H Outdoor Adventure, Baking, and Knitting Clubs and for 1st and 2nd graders, Hand Sewing Club. Enrollment forms can be picked up at and returned to the school office. Contact Sheila Litchfield at 337-4957 with questions.


Pumpkin Smash is Saturday November 5th at Hagers Farm Market. This festival is a fundraising event for Franklin County 4H. Hawlemont 4H will be doing face painting! Bring your slightly squishy Halloween pumpkins to enter them in the pumpkin drop and a chance to win the 50/50 prize for the longest splat! Food, Hager's fried dough, vendors, huge raffle and more! Hope to see you there.

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Bus Drivers needed!

The District is always looking for bus drivers for sports and field trips! See this position posting!


Please check out all job listing for both districts on this webpage!

Covid 19 and Flu vaccine information

Here is a clickable link for the local vaccine clinics.

October 19 at Hawlemont

October 26 at BSE

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Contact info:

Shannon Lovett - Administrative Assistant

Amber Tulloch - Principal

Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions.