Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

February 5, 2016

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About Us

Start Time: 8:47

End Time: 3:50

Tardy Time: 8:50

Fax Number: 810-299-3910

Lunch Schedule

  • Kindergarten 11:15 - 12:00
  • 1st Grade 11:45 - 12:30
  • 2nd Grade 12:15 - 1:00
  • 4th Grade 12:45 - 1:30
  • 3th Grade 1:15 - 2:00

From the Principal

Dear Hawkins Families:

This has been a wonderful week at Hawkins for many reasons, however, one of the most exciting reasons is our application board is officially up and running! Students from all grade levels have been submitting applications for the various leadership roles we have introduced this week. The responses have been overwhelming. Below you will see student's voices in their applications and why they would like to be chosen for each role. This is great evidence that we are on our way to creating leaders one child at a time.

I met with the PTO this week and we all need to take some time to thank them! Currently, they have given back over $20,000 back to our school in order to enrich the learning experience for your child. A few of the many things that they have paid for are assemblies, field trips, classroom funds, subscriptions to various educational magazines for our students, and Leader in Me. Next time you see a PTO member, please thank them for their dedication to all of our students. They have been exceptional!

As a way to continuously improve, we are opening our parent survey in order to gain your feedback. We take your input very seriously and therefore ask you to please complete it. The link is below:


Have a wonderful weekend!

Basia Kiehler

Student Voices

Staff Helper Applicant - 2nd Grader

"I want to do this job because I want to make the school a better place."

Morning Announcement Applicant - 4th Grader

"I want to do this job because I want to overcome my fears of being in front or talking to many people."

Tour Guide Applicant - 2nd Grader

"I want to do this job because I want to help new students get use to our school and stay safe and comfortable."

Greeter Leaders - Kindergartener

"I want to do this job so that people feel welcome."

Heart Project - Kindergartener

"I want to help with the heart because I like to help others and my heart is beg enough to share with other people."

Habit #1 – Be Proactive – You’re in Charge!

To be proactive means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. YOU are in charge of your attitudes, your choices and your responses.

Sometimes things go wrong, and we feel shaken up. As a result, we might EXPLODE on someone or something. This is called being REACTIVE. When you are PROACTIVE, you make a choice about how you react to the things that happen in your life. You act like a water bottle. You might get shaken up or mad, but you stay calm and don’t explode!

Where do you fall on the proactive vs reactive scale?

Act or be Acted Upon Listening to our Language! At home, practice using proactive language, as opposed to reactive language…

Proactive Language vs. Reactive Language

I will choose an appropriate response vs. I have to do that

I’ll do it vs. I’ll try

I can do better than that vs. That is just how I am

I control my own feelings vs. He makes me so mad

Let’s look at our options vs. There is nothing I can do

I choose to vs. I have to

There has to be a way vs. I can’t

I’m not going to let your bad mood rub off on me vs. You ruined my day

I WILL vs. If only

Please stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved…..

The Parent Lighthouse Committee

Mark Your Calendar

2/11 - PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.
2/12 - 2/18 Hearing Screenings
2/16 - Spring Pictures
2/19 - No School - Mid-Winter Break
2/23 - Kindergarten Round-Up 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PTO News

We are running our school-wide collection for Box Tops from February 8 until February 19. This will be our last "official" collection of the school year, as the submission deadline with Box Tops for Education is in March. Please make sure to write your child's teacher's name on the envelope so their classroom receives credit. The class that turns in the most Box Tops will receive a prize!

The PTO will be in the cafeteria selling valentines to students during lunch hours for grades 1-4 on Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11. Kids can send a valentine to their friend, sibling or favorite teacher and the PTO will deliver them to classrooms on Friday, February 12! The cost is 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Please note that there will be no spirit stick sales in February due to the valentines sale. Parent volunteers are needed to help! Contact Sarah Hofmann at (810) 333-1184 or sbhofmann@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer that week.

Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The meeting should last about one hour. All are welcome to attend!

Mark your calendars for Family Science Night and the Ice Cream Social! This great event will take place on Friday, March 4 from 6-8:30 p.m. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will be running several different science tables, and the very popular egg drop will return to the cafeteria. The Ice Cream Social will also be held in the cafeteria. Ice cream is $3 per sundae and will be provided by Jack's Custard. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be taking place during Science Night! Admission is free and all are welcome!

Also mark your calendars for Parents and Pinz on Friday, April 15! This is an adult night out that will take place at Pinz Bowling Center in South Lyon. The cost is $15 per bowler and includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, pop and pizza. Cash bar, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle! Get a twosome or foursome together and bowl against each other! This is a great event for a date night, couples night or a ladies night out. Pre-registration is required. A flyer will be sent home with more information. Check in is at 6:30 p.m. and bowlling is from 7-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the PTO - $4 per ticket will go back to the school!

Livingston County Department of Health Hearing Screenings

The Livingston County Department of Health will be at Hawkins on February 12th and February 16th - 18th conducting hearing screenings for grades Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth. Please call Hawkins (810) 299-3900 if you do not want your child screened, your child has hearing aids but cannot remove/replace themselves, or you have a concern for your child and your child is not in above grades. Technicians will accept parent/teacher requests on the first day of screening. If your child has a programmable shunt (child should not be screened due to magnets in audiometer headphones) or you have questions regarding hearing screenings, please contact the Health Department at (517) 546-9850 and ask for the Hearing & Vision Coordinator.

News From the Nurse

Head Lice Reminder - Make it a habit to check your child's head/hair weekly for signs of head lice. Nits (eggs) are more easily found than live adult lice. The nits are firmly glued to the hair shaft and must be pulled off with fingernails. The color of the nits varies. Old empty nit casings appear white and are usually half inch and further from the scalp. Darker nits close to the scalp are viable. Look behind the ears, at the temples and the nape of the neck. A live louse is the shape and size of a sesame seed. They are light brown, move quickly and are often hard to see. Although direct head-to-head contact is the most common mode of transmission, try putting your child's coat, hat and backpack in the dryer every day for 20 minutes.

Important Information for Parents calling in sick children: The Livingston County Health Department relies on the public schools to accurately report trends in illness in our county. All schools submit a weekly Communicable Disease Report to the health department. We report "numbers" of students with:

• apparent flu: fever, body aches, sore throat, generalized aching in the back or limbs

-• viral gastroenteritis: diarrhea /vomiting without respiratory symptoms

•- strep throat

- asthma

•- head lice

•- pink eye

Please keep your child home if they are running a fever over 100.3 degrees, vomiting or have diarrhea, are non-stop coughing, untreated head lice or have red draining eyes. If you have a child with symptoms that appear to be potentially contagious (i.e. rash/lesions), but a medical professional has deemed it safe for your child to return to school, please send in a doctor's note to the main office to prevent any concern. When leaving a message on the attendance line at school, please give us specific information that will help us to give meaningful information to the health department. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

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Brighton Community Education

Trying to find things to do this winter? Brighton Community Ed is offering the following classes and events in February. For more information, go to our website BrightonCommunityEd.com. Feel free to call us with questions or to register 810-299-4130.

Cartooning Workshop

Miller Intergenerational Center, Room C

February 10, 4:30-6pm - only $21/ person - Code # 603

All Grades. We’re back with new cartoons for this all-new winter workshop! Draw great cartoons even if you are a beginner or if you have taken the class before. Learn to draw cartoons through simple instruction and games. Fee includes all materials plus an updated booklet with new cartoon characters to take home. Taught by Neal Levin. To register call 810-299-4140 or go online at BrightonCommunityEd.com

20th Annual Mother/ Son Dance
Scranton Middle School

February 6, 5-7pm - $10/ person (by Feb 1st) - Code # 854

Calling all moms!! Celebrate an early Valentine's Day with your son by taking him to our 20th annual Valentine Dance! Dancing, prize baskets, candy guessing jars, goodies and photos will make this a night to remember for mom & son! Pre-registration deadline is February 1st.

Registration is available by calling 810-299-4130 or online at BrightonCommunityEd.com.

Late & on-site registration is $13 per person.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Snowshoe Spectacular

February 27, 10am-12pm
$9/child under 12

Code # 865

Ages 5+. Join Brighton Community Education and Heavner Canoe for an unforgettable snowshoe hike around the beautiful winter landscapes at Brighton Recreation Area. Listen to Nathaniel (Nat) Spurr, an American Indian and member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe (also with Chippewa (Ojibway) roots), give a detailed talk about American Indian history native to Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. Fee includes snowshoe rental. Pre-registration is required, call 810-299-4130 or register online at BrightonCommunityEd.com.

This event is at Brighton Recreation Area located at 6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, MI 48843. Participants will meet at Bishop Lake Complex where you will begin your adventure. To enter a State Recreation Area you must have or/purchase a Recreation Passport.

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