Hawthorne Happenings

October 2021

Read-A-Thon

Hawthorne Elementary has decided to hold a Read-A-Thon this year! Read-A-Thons encourage your reader to be excited about reading and it gives friends and family the opportunity to encourage your child to read even more.


Our Read-A-Thon starts Monday October 11th 2021.


We will send home instructions Monday, October 4 on how to activate your reader's personal page. This is where you will be able to view and record their progress.


We've chosen Read-A-Thon because it will not take much of your time, gives your child a reason to read and helps in the development of stronger reading skills.


We hope EVERYONE participates!

Homecoming Spirit Week

Join us in celebrating our KSD Homecoming by participating in Spirit Week!
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Spirit Week Donations

In addition to dressing up for Spirit Week, Hawthorne students are invited to donate items for the Kearney Family Foundation! This foundation provides, food, clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to families in the Kearney/Holt area during the holiday season. Please consider sending the following items to school, to help out this wonderful organization:

Monday, October 4th-Toothpaste

Tuesday, October 5th-Toothbrushes

Wednesday, October 6th-Deodorant

Thursday, October 7th-Shampoo/Conditioner

Friday, October 8th-Soap (3-bars or larger)

All the items collected will go directly to the Kearney Family Foundation to assist with their efforts in helping our Kearney/Holt families!

If you need help this holiday season, please go to http://www.kearneyfamilyfoundation.org/request-help and sign up. If you would like to adopt a family and shop for needed items, please go to http://www.kearneyfamilyfoundation.org/how-to-help2 and fill out your information. Someone from the Kearney Family Foundation will contact you. Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences

It's time for Parent Teacher Conferences! Hawthorne conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 27 from 4-8pm and Thursday, October 28 from 9am-8pm. This year's conferences will take place in person. However, if you are unable to attend in person and would prefer to attend through a Zoom meeting, please communicate that request to your child's teacher. We are happy to make that accommodation!


The link to sign up will be emailed to parents on Monday, October 4.

Fall Parties

Fall parties will be held on Wednesday, October 27. This is an early out day due to Parent Teacher Conferences in the evening. Due to health and safety protocols, we will not be able to host parent volunteers. PTO will, however, be supporting each classroom by providing snacks and activities for students to enjoy, and they need your help! Please use this Amazon wish list to purchase approved items for your student's class party. Amazon will deliver items directly to the school! Supplies need to be shipped to Hawthorne no later than Friday, October 15. PTO will help to fulfill any items that have not already been purchased and delivered. Please note, these are the ONLY approved items for the Fall Party this year. We thank you so much for helping and for keeping your donation items limited to the provided list.


Hawthorne's mailing address is 1815 S Jefferson St, Kearney, Mo 64060.


If you would like to donate money for the party, please use the PTO PayPal account and just note the donation as “Fall Party Supplies”.


Thank you for helping to make the Fall parties a fun and memorable event for our kids!

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.

Important Dates

October 8 - Homecoming
  • 1/2 Day - School dismisses at 11:40am
October 11-22 - Read-A-Thon

October 12 - DQ Night 5:00-8:00

October 20 - La Fuente Night

October 22 - End of 1st Quarter

  • Early Out - School dismisses at 1:25pm

October 27 - Fall Parties

October 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Early Out - School dismisses at 1:25pm
October 28 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • No School
October 29 - NO SCHOOL

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.

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.

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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.