Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

November 13, 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:

Did it really just snow outside? The students were so excited to see the first snowflakes of the season...it has been the talk of Hawkins all day. Speaking of snowflakes, it is that time of year for our students to paint the windows of Brighton Ford. If you are not familiar with this fun community event, I will provide you some details. Every year, Brighton Ford invites all 4 Brighton elementary schools to paint their windows for the Holiday Season. Then a week later, there is a huge family event at Brighton Ford which includes professional pictures with Santa, face painting, bounce house, magic tricks, pizza, and more! This night is also super important, as this is the night families vote for their school of choice to win $3,000!!!! As you may remember, last year we lost 1st place by only 2 votes! Yes, only 2 votes. Therefore it is time to mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 9th, as we are inviting any student who would like to come and help paint the windows at Brighton Ford. Brighton Ford will provide all of the paint supplies, aprons, hot chocolate, and cookies. All we need is some great artists! The event runs from 4:30-7pm. The voting day is on Tuesday, December 15th from 5-7pm. We need all of your families, neighbors, aunts, cousins, friends, uncles, grandmas and grandpas to come and vote for Hawkins on that day. If you don't want to stay, you don't have to, but please stop by to vote! We must win this year. Must! Last year we used the $1000 we won to secure an author to come in and speak with our students during March is Reading Month. We plan on using the money the same way and using the rest of it towards Leader in Me because I am confident we will win 1st place this year!

We are so excited to have our first ever Parent Leadership Night next week on Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm at Hawkins Elementary. We have over 100 students, grades JK-4, who are hosting the event and they are stepping up to the plate of being leaders of Hawkins Elementary. Also, we have had over 270 parents respond that they are coming next Tuesday. Wow! What a turn out! I would like to clarify a couple of things that many parents have been asking regarding the night. If your child is participating in the Leadership Night (a permission slip was sent home so you would know if your child is participating), you are more than welcome to bring your child as they have to be here. However, if your child has not been selected yet for this leadership night (notice I said yet, because our goal is to eventually have all students participate), please arrange childcare. I hope that clarifies some confusion.

Stay warm and have a great weekend!

Basia Kiehler


Do you and your children know there is no better time than now to start making plans for each of your 80th birthday parties?

Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, teaches us that when we start making plans by imagining the end result that we hope to achieve, we are then better able to make decisions that move us in the right direction. If we look to our 80th birthday party and imagine what aspects of our life we hope to reflect upon at the party, we can gain perspective on what we need to do to get what we want out of our life.

Please enjoy the attached short video hosted by Dr. Stephen R Covey offering insight into our second Habit. Feel free to share it with your children and to use it as a tool to discuss and practice Habit 2 along with the rest of us here at Hawkins!

Wishing you a fulfilling 80th Birthday!

The Parent Leadership Lighthouse Team


Mark Your Calendar

11/25, 26, 27 No School - Thanksgiving Recess
11/30 - No School for Students (Records Day)
12/07 - Fourth Grade Music Program

Leader In Me Parent Night

Tuesday, Nov. 17th 2015 at 6-7:30pm

8900 Lee Road

Brighton, MI

Lifetouch Picture Re-Takes

Thursday, Nov. 19th 2015 at 9am

8900 Lee Road

Brighton, MI

4th Grade Music Program

During their upcoming music program, our 4th Graders will tell the story of Rainbow Crow, a Lenape Native American folktale. Our students have worked very hard and will present their program to you on Monday, December 7th. The times are listed below. Every child has an important part that fits together into our entire program. This will take place in the cafeteria.

Monday, December 7th 2015

  • 6:10 p.m. Mrs. Tobias (students arrive at 6:00 p.m.)
  • 6:45 p.m. Mrs. Newman (students arrive at 6:35 p.m.)
  • 7:15 p.m. Mrs. Cote (students arrive at 7:10 p.m.)

Each and every child has an important part in our program. These parts were created for him/her. if there are any conflicts that cannot be resolved or if your child cannot attend, please contact me at Hawkins (810-299-3900) If I do not hear from you, I will assume that your child will attend.

Parents report to the cafeteria while 4th Graders report to the music room. For dramatic purposes, please have your child wear black shirts and black pants/skirts. If there is a logo on the shirt, please turn it inside out. Clothing does not have to be new and may be borrowed. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call.

Mrs. Plath

Gleaners Food Drive

Hawkins Elementary School will be collecting nonperishable donations of food or paper goods from November 4th - November 20th. Sponsored by the Salvation Army and Gleaners Food Bank, this Holiday Harvest Project will provide families with food for both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

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

Dine at OLGA'S KITCHEN on Wednesday, November 18 and they'll donate a portion of your bill back to our school! Watch your child's backpack for a flyer. You must present the flyer at the restaurant in order for our school to get credit.

Did you know you can earn money for Hawkins by dining at Red Robin? Attach "Hawkins Elementary" to your Red Robin loyalty card and they'll donate 1% back to our school! Log on to www.redrobin.com/betterschools to find out more.

The fall session of MILEAGE CLUB has ended. A BIG thank you to Meghan Elliott and Stephanie Bullis for chairing this program, and an equally big thank you to all the parents who volunteered! The spring session will begin in May.

SPIRIT STICK REPLACEMENT COSTS - The PTO has provided every student with a spirit ring and grade-level spirit stick to kick off this new program. Should your child misplace their spirit ring or grade-level spirit stick, replacements are available at a cost of $3 for the spirit ring and $1 for the spirit stick. Please let a PTO board member know if this happens, and we'd be happy to provide them with a replacement.

Lost and Found

Hawkins lost and found is starting to grow! Please come in and claim any items you may be missing.


Attendance in school is one of the greatest contributors to success. Students who demonstrate good attendance show marked improvement from year to year. Tardiness and early pick-up have an impact on a child as well as the classroom. When a child arrives late or leaves early, it requires the teacher to stop and welcome a student, or assist a child, taking away from instruction and the focus of the students in the class. Children and families have events (appointments, sports, family matters) that are unavoidable. This is understood and we will not question a parent's decision. However, to protect the dignity of the classroom, parents are asked to keep in mind the impact on the classroom when making arrangements.

Pick Up Numbers

In order to ensure safety for all of our children, every family at Hawkins should have received a pick up number. Please secure the small number to your child's backpack. If you are picking up your child, please remember your number with you. At the end of the day at 3:45, we will be asking you to show us your number as you are entering the building to pick up your child. This is an essential process to ensure safety for your child.
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