Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

December 18, 2015

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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:

It is with great honor and privilege that I share with you that we were able to exceed our $10,000 goal for Leader in Me in order for us to receive the $10,000 match donation. We have raised $14,670 which puts us at $24,670!!! The donations have come from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Hawkins Staff Members, Hawkins PTO, and community businesses. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! Please know, that all of this money is being used to support the implementation of Leader in Me not only for this year, but for subsequent years as well. This investment, will pay large dividends for your child not only here at Hawkins, but beyond. If you see a difference already, just wait until we are in this process for 2-3 years, the transformation will be incredible.

I would like to wish all of you a peaceful, joyful, and loving Holiday Season. Enjoy your children, enjoy your families, and enjoy yourselves!


Basia Kiehler


Hey Parents,

Do you ever take time for yourself? This is one of the last things that parents do for themselves because our children are so important to us. However, Steven Covey says that sharpening your saw is just as important as Habit 1, being proactive.

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

Physical:Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting

Social/Emotional:Making social and meaningful connections with others

Mental:Learning, reading, writing, and teaching

Spiritual:Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Feeling good doesn't just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It's all up to you. You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal--a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.

Wishing you a break full of pampering, relaxation, exercise, peace, and rejuvenation!

Basia Kiehler

Mark Your Calendar

12/21 - Winter Recess Begins
1/04/16 - School Resumes
1/14/16 - PTO Meeting 9:00 a.m.
1/18/16 - No School For Students
1/29/16 - Winter Carnival

Brighton Bulldog Boutique

We have recently embarked on a new initiative to generate additional revenue for Brighton Area Schools. We will be opening a resale store whose sole purpose is to generate revenue for the schools, much like other schools around the country are doing.

We are currently accepting donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, sports equipment, and monetary donations. More information is provided on the district's website under the button "Tag Sale". We will be having a tag sale in the Spring to generate revenue as seed money to launch this initiative and we look forward to the community's continued support to promote our schools

Donations can be delivered to the BECC building between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. All donations are tax deductible

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"Hawkins Has Heart"

Hawkins has a new school song titled "Hawkins Has Heart". Listed below are the lyrics so you can practice at home with your child. The melody is to the song "Bingo".

There was a school that was so cool. We use the 7 Habits.

1. We work and try our best.
We are leaders.
We are powerful.
Hawkins has heart.

There was a school that was so cool. We use the 7 Habits.

2. Hawkins never gives up.
We take risks.
We are a family.
Hawkins has heart.

Coda Slowing:

We are family. Hawkins has heart.

News From the Music House

Mrs. Plath is in need of large sheets of cardboard like ones that might come from a box that an appliance was delivered in. She is also looking for king or queen size flat sheets. If you are able able to donate either, just drop them off at the Hawkins office at your earliest convenience.

Mrs. Plath

From our Library...

Dear Families:

We’re excited to announce two new digital resources that can be accessed from school and home on a variety of devices - Capstone Interactive eBooks and Tumble Books Library!

Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists, to model pronunciation and fluency. See what titles our school has to offer by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the red Quick Link button titled “Library eBooks.”

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.`These books can also be accessed by visiting the Library Learning Commons website and clicking on the light blue Quick Link button titled “Tumble Books.”

Happy Reading!

Substitute Lunch Aides

We are always in need of substitute lunch aides! It is a great way for you to get involved with our school and get paid! The hours for a lunch aide are 11-2pm. If you are interested, please let us know in the main office and we will help you get the process started.

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!

PTO News

We are in need of a new or gently used microwave for the lunchroom. One went ka-put a few weeks ago, leaving our lunch ladies with only one to work with. It's causing some pretty long lines during our kids' short lunch period! If you have a gently used microwave you'd be willing to donate to the lunchroom, please let a PTO board member know. Thank you!!

There will be no PTO Meeting in December due to everyone's busy holiday schedules. Our next PTO Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9 a.m. in the learning lab. There will also be no "Dining for Dollars" in December. Our next "Dining for Dollars" opportunity will be on January 12 and 13 at Wacky Willie's Pizza in Brighton.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

GIrls on the Run returns for its second year at Hawkins Elementary after a fun and exciting 2015 season. GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. The program meets after school two times each week (Monday & Thursday) and will start March 7th and run through May 20th.

Registration for the 2016 program opens Monday, December 7th. This season marks GOTR Southeast Michigan council's 15th anniversary, and they are celebrating by offering every family who registers by December 18th $15 off the program registration fee! **Financial assistance is available to families in need. GOTR sites fill up quickly! To avoid your daughter being placed on the waiting list, we recommend you set a reminder and register early if possible.

Interested in serving as a volunteer coach?

Our coaches don't need to be runners, just individuals who are interested in healthy living and serving as role models to a group of amazing girls! The more volunteer coaches we have, the more girls we that we are able to inspire! Find out more here

For more information about GIrls on the Run, visit girlsontherunsemi.org or contact Melissa Bissett at 517-672-1969 or m.bissett@ymail.com.