Hawk News

August 10, 2023

Please Mark Your Calendars

Please mark your calendars:

August 21st: Meet the Teacher 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (If you have a kindergarten student, please do not bring supplies until 8/28)

August 23rd: First Day of School (Parents and families may walk students to their classrooms)

September 13th: Picture Day

September 23rd: OneRun

September 29th: Block Party 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Where Do I Find the School Supply List?

Where do I find the school supply list? The school supply list is on our website. Here is the link:


Meet the Teacher

Monday, Aug. 21st, 4:30-6pm

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

This is like an open house. Please meet your teacher and bring your supplies.

Kindergarten Students

During Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 21st, kindergarten families will meet all three kindergarter teachers. All students will be rostered to Kelly Carpenter, but students will experience all three classrooms. Friday, August 25th, families will be notified of their child's teacher.

Monday, August 28th, kindergarten parents will have access to walk kindergarteners to their classrooms and "officially" meet their teacher and bring supplies.

New Staff

I have more new staff to introduce. Please read the following bios:

Becky Rause, Nurse

Hello Hanawalt students and families! I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! I have heard amazing things about this school and I’m very excited to be your new school nurse. I promise to do my absolute best to care for the students and all those that enter Hanawalt. I absolutely love being a school nurse and it is something that I'm very passionate about.

I’ve worked alongside many amazing teachers and staff of elementary, middle, and high schools, but being an elementary school nurse is where my heart is. I also enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, animals, art, biking, camping, and traveling. My husband and I recently celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary, and we are enjoying life living in the country with our two daughters and two dogs. Please email, call or Snap message me if you have any school related health care questions or concerns throughout the school year.

Helpful items before this school schoolyear starts:

If your student has a medical condition and/or may take medication while at school, please notify me no later than 08/21/23. You can contact me by email at rebecca.lause@dmschools.org or Snap Message. Please turn in all healthcare paperwork and school medication to me on or before 08/21/2023. If you're attending the Open House, please stop by the Health Office to say hello and also to check if anything needs to be completed for your student before they start school. Thank you in advance for your help in making this school year start off strong. I’m looking forward to a great school year and getting to know you.


Becky Lause

Hanawalt Elementary School Nurse

Caroline Carpenter, 1st Grade

My name is Caroline Carpenter and I’m so excited to join the amazing 1st grade team at Hanawalt! I grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Drake University in 2019. For the past four years I have taught various grades at St. Augustin School, most recently 2nd grade. When I’m not teaching I love spending time with my husband and our dog, traveling, reading, attending yoga classes, and going to movies.

Stephanie Salmon, K-1 Associate

Hello! My name is Stephanie Salmon and I’m excited to be joining your Hanawalt team as a K-1 associate. I have been a kindergarten teacher for the past 30 years in Houston, TX, Johnston, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. My husband Tim is an administrator for the Colfax Mingo School District and we have 2 daughters and a Cavachon named Kricket. Our oldest daughter Liz is a 6th grade teacher in Winterset and is getting married this July. Our youngest daughter Kate is a senior at Iowa. Although I am a UNI grad and a Panther fan, I am a Hawkeye mom and a big supporter of the Hawks! When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to concerts, traveling and decorating. I am looking forward to supporting the K-1 team and Hanawalt students next school year!

New Bathrooms and Playground Work

The bathrooms are almost finished. They are just putting the last few touches and cleaning. The outside is still a work in progress. They will not plant anything until this fall.

4th Annual OneRun

The 4th annual District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at Water Works Park on September 23rd, 2023, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event will be a 2-mile fun run/walk with an option to cheer on the sidelines as a supporter! Registration is free for everyone; participation is what will count.

Event fees will be paid by corporate and individual sponsors. Once participation totals are tallied, the money raised will be sent directly to the schools. Each participant may designate one school. The more participants and donations, the more money to Hanawalt!

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCtxSy8YoxinAdNlqnLdcC3IdOK75P0WJ8FE7SpPU40zfP3Q/viewform

Hanawalt Community Notes

Soaring Hawks Afterschool Clubs

We’re excited to share the addition of the Soaring Hawks Afterschool Program at Hanawalt for the 2023-24 school year! Connecting students through these fun afterschool clubs will further build community and provide meaningful extensions to the school day.

The first session is September 5 – October 27, followed by additional sessions each quarter. Here are some program details:

  • Each club takes place at Hanawalt once each week on school days from 2:45-3:50 p.m.
  • All clubs are free of cost to students/families
  • Students may participate in 1-2 clubs each quarter
  • Clubs are led by staff, parents, volunteers, and DMPS Community Partners
  • Registration for the first session opens August 22 at 9:00 a.m. at https://dmps.revtrak.net/Community-Ed-Classes
  • Options for transportation are available

Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters and Snap! Connect for more information on specific club offerings, registering, and club meeting days!


The Hanawalt Community invites our families to join us for grade-level playdates before the school year begins! Have fun and meet or reconnect with other students and parents.

Please have an adult in attendance with your student. Siblings welcome!

Contact hanawaltelementarypta@gmail.com with questions. In the case of rain, playdates will be canceled.

Kindergarten- Sunday, 8/20 2:00-3:00 pm at Hanawalt playground

Second Grade - Sunday, 8/20 from 3:00-4:00pm at Hanwalt playground

Fourth Grade - Saturday, 8/12 from 10:00-11:00am at American Legion Park playground/sprayground

301 Vine St, West Des Moines, IA

Fifth Grade - Saturday, 8/12 from 11:00am-12:00pm at American Legion Park playground/sprayground

301 Vine St, West Des Moines, IA

Playdates from 1st and 3rd Grade

Upcoming Dates


21: Meet the Teacher 4:30 – 6:00 pm

23: First Day of School


4: No school

5 – 21: Fall Reading and Math Screener

13: Picture Day

22: No School

23: One Run @ 8:00

25: No School, Yom Kipper

29: Block Party 5:30 – 7:30 pm