Hawkins Happenings

February 3, 2023

Hawkins Elementary

Drop Off 8:55

Start Time: 9:07

First Bell: 9:01

Second Bell: 9:07

End Time 3:57

Breakfast begins at 8:50

Lunch Times (Recess Follows)

JK/K 11:15-11:35

1st 11:45 - 12:05

2nd 12:15 - 12:35

3rd 12:45 - 1:05

4th 1:15 - 1:35


2/14 - Valentine's Day

2/20 - NO SCHOOL

3/2 - PTO Meeting 9:15 am

3/13 - NO SCHOOL

3/14 - STEM Night 5 - 7:30

3/27 - 3/31 SPRING BREAK

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Michigan's Official Groundhog Prediction

Michigan's official groundhog, Woody made her annual Groundhog prediction on Thursday morning. The Howell Nature Center groundhog emerged to not seeing her shadow signaling an early spring! Woody's accuracy rate is 67% compared with Punxsutawney Phil's who's rate is 38%. This year mars Woody's 25th annual prediction at the Howell Nature Center. Bring on Spring!

From the Principal

Happy Cold Friday Hawkins,

It has definitely been a challenging week with the weather, and I will address that at the end of my notes. I wanted to start by thanking our PTO and all of our families for all they do. I attended the PTO meeting this week, and continue to be impressed with all that they do for our staff and students. I wanted to give you a heads up that on February 13th, staff will be participating in our annual cardiac emergency drill. On that day, we will do a shelter in place and staff on our MERT response team will run through a scenario of doing CPR and using the AED. No student will be involved, or witness any of this. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me.

We moved our Kindergarten roundup from February 14th to February 15th from 6:30-8 to allow our families to enjoy Valentine's Day, please spread the word if you know of any new families.

Now to the weather. Temperatures this cold cause a few issues, the main one being that salt does not work. Salt is expensive, so to just throw salt down for appearance does not make sense. We monitor the temperature closely and when salt is effective we will put it down. The suggestion was made to have a salt bucket put out by the 3rd and 4th grade drop off, I will work on that. We will follow the district policy (stated below) on going out for recess, and use AccuWeather for our temperatures.

Daily outdoor recesses are a valuable factor in promoting healthy classroom conditions. Children are expected to participate in recess activities. They should wear adequate clothing. Coats, boots, hats and gloves are mandatory during winter months and boots may be necessary when playground areas are muddy.

Our policy is that all students go outside for recess. It is assumed that the students who are too sick to be in school would benefit by staying home. On days when the weather is extremely cold or rainy, recess breaks are shortened or held indoors. If the temperature and/or wind chill is 0°(F) or below, the children will stay inside. A doctor’s note is necessary if a child is to stay in for recess for a specified period of time after an illness.

I also wanted to address what students are wearing. Our rule is that if the students leave the blacktop or playground area, they need to have on snow pants. We also require that they wear the coats that they brought to school. We often have questions with students who have on short sleeve shirts or shorts. When this occurs, I will call the parent to find out their wishes, but please understand that if I feel it is a case of safety, (shorts in single digit temps) I may have to override a parents wishes. In the morning I am using 10 as a baseline for having the students line up outside. Remember, if you see the green flag out it means the student can come in and wait at their lockers. There may be mornings where I only bring in kindergarten, but usually it will be all or nothing.

One last reminder…if your child is coming in late, please do not drop your child off to walk up to the front doors by themselves. We ask that you park and walk your child up to the front doors and ring the bell located on the brick wall. Officer Roy will get your child signed in and headed to class. We appreciate your help!

Stay warm Hawkins and have a great weekend.

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*Kindergarten Round Up Date Change*

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2023 - 2024 Enrollment Window

Brighton Area Schools enrollment window for junior kindergarten and kindergarten is currently open. If you have an incoming kindergartener, please visit www.brightonk12.com/enrollment. If you are applying for school of choice, please be sure to click on the school of choice link, School of Choice, for information regarding the application process and school of choice widow. PLEASE NOTE...NEW STUDENT SCHOOL OF CHOICE IS LIMITED FOR JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FROM 4/3/23 THROUGH 5/5/23 @ 3:00 PM.
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Food Drive

Dear Hawkins Families,

We will be having a food drive to refill our pantry for our G.I.F.F.T. Program. We will be collecting items beginning Tuesday, February 21st and ending Friday, February 24th. Below you will find some examples of items we are looking for. Items that are within 2 months of expiration date will not be counted. We will also be looking for volunteers to help pick up and count items from the classrooms as well as put some premade boxes together. If interested in volunteering we will be holding a meeting on Friday, February 17th at 3:10 pm in the Hawkins Cafeteria.

Prizes (items counted by grade not individual classrooms )

  • 1st place - Movie, Popcorn and Pajama Friday (March 24th)

  • 2nd place - 20 Minutes Free Choice and a New game for each classroom (March 24th)

  • 3rd Place - 20 minute Free choice (March 24th)

canned meat


single serve lunches (Chef Boyardee, mac’n’cheese cups, soup cups etc.)

canned fruits

single serve fruit cups

bread /muffin mixes

beans (dry and canned)


peanut butter


shelf stable milk

soy butter

dry pastas and sauces

side dishes (rice, dry mashed potatoes, stuffing, ect.)

household items (ie. toilet paper, shampoo, soap, paper towels etc.)

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Build a Habit of Good Attendance Early!

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance! Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you can help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school. Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school...and themselves. We understand that there are circumstances requiring students to miss school due to illnesses or for appointments. When this is the case, please provide us with medical notes from the doctor.

Reporting an Absence

If your child is going to be absent, please call the Hawkins attendance Line (810-299-3900 then press 2). Please state your child's name, teacher, date of absence and reason for the absence (type of illness, doctor appointment, vacation etc). If your child has been diagnosed with a specific ailment (COVID19, strep throat, pink eye, influenza, chicken pox) please state that in the voicemail message. If your child has not been diagnosed with a specific ailment but is having specific symptoms please let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing. Hawkins appreciates your help!

Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner!

I am so excited to continue working with your students this year to help facilitate and promote growth and learning! I am providing classroom lessons, small group activities, and individual support this school year.

As a reminder, your school counselor is here to support children in all areas of mental wellness that impacts their success in the classroom. We work with individuals as needs arise. If your child is struggling at school, we will work together with the classroom teacher to determine whether or not school-based services would be beneficial. We may also be able to offer resources or contacts if your family believes that outside support will best meet your child's or families needs.

The Elementary Counselor Team also has the BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have, and I will do my best to support your child.

Mrs. Fox

Elementary School Counselor: Hilton/Hawkins


Parent Referral Form/Permission Slip

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For the 22/23 school year, we are recommending ALL students, grades JK-4, have an extra set of clothes to keep in their backpack or locker in case of emergency (i.e. bathroom accidents, playground mishaps, lunchroom spills, ripped or torn clothes etc.) Hawkins office does not have enough extra clothes to loan out to students. An extra set of clothes in your child's backpack/locker saves us from having to call home when an accident does happen here at school. We appreciate your help!!!


All parent volunteers must undergo a background check in order to work with Brighton Area Schools students. ONLINE Volunteer Form

Brighton Area Schools reserves the right to "approve" or "deny" any volunteer service upon review of the background check returned. The determination will be based upon individual fitness to have responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of children. Providing false information is grounds for immediate volunteer denial.

BAS Wellness & Mental Health Website

As a district we are increasing our efforts to support the Mental Health and Wellness of our students, families and the community. We are increasing our efforts on Relationships, Student Wellness, and Increasing a Mindset for Learning and Growth. These Tips/Resources are one of the many ways we are increasing our efforts. Additional resources and information can be found on the BAS Wellness & Mental Health website.

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Parent Connect Tutorials

Cody Rudolph principal at Hilton Elementary, created four video tutorials on using Parent Connect. To access these videos, click on the links below.

Email/Phone Number and Address Changes

If you need to change a contact phone number or email address you can do so through Parent. Connect at https://www.brightonk12.com/Page/144

If you do not know your Parent Connect login information, please follow the instructions on the Brighton Area Schools website.

PLEASE NOTE: Address changes CANNOT be completed through Parent Connect. Address changes must be completed by filling out a change of address form along with 3 copies of proof of residency. Details are listed on the change of address form which is available by clicking on the link below. Since in person drop off is not an option at this time, forms can be scanned and emailed to samanij@brightonk12.com