Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

March 25, 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:

I am not sure if you heard, but nine of our students presented at the Board of Education Meeting this past Monday about how the 7 Habits have impacted them and our school. In addition, our Kindergarten students sang our school song which was written by our students as well. Finally, we had two teachers present to the board about the wonderful things they are implementing in their classrooms from the grants they received from the Board of Education. It was a proud moment for us at Hawkins and it should also be a proud moment for all of you. We have an excellent school with incredibly talented staff, hard working students, and very supportive parents and community therefore, it is important that we share our hard work with our board members. Please see the pictures below to get a glimpse of the night.

I hope that your child(ren) have a relaxing, safe, and fun spring break. I hope that they are able to recharge their batteries so that they can finish out the school year on a high note.

Enjoy your break!

Basia Kiehler

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Mrs. Spencer Presenting to the BOE

Mrs. Spencer shared with the board about how she has used the grant money she was awarded in the media center. She has created an awesome creative space called Makerspace.

From the Students

Habit #3: Put First Things First

My name is Avery and I am in fourth grade. I interviewed Mrs. Newman and my friend Jason about putting first things first.

Interview with Mrs. Newman:

Avery: “How do you put first things first?”

Mrs. Newman: “Well I plan and make lists. I think about what I have to do and what seems to be the most important. Then I do that first.”

Avery: “Why is it important to put first things first?”

Mrs. Newman: “If you don’t, you will be overwhelmed. There is always too much to do.”

Avery: “When is it important to put first things first?”

Mrs. Newman: “Every single day - although sometimes (I admit) I don’t.”

Avery: “What does it mean to you to put first things first?”

Mrs. Newman: “It means I have to think about the things I need to do and I need to prioritize.”

Interview with Jason:

Avery: “How do you put first things first?”

Jason: “I do my homework before I go outside.”

Avery: “Why is it important to put first things first?”

Jason: “Because then you don’t get in trouble.”

Avery: “When is it important to put first things first?”

Jason: “It’s always important.”

Avery: “What does it mean to you to put first things first?”

Jason: “It means that I am being a leader.”

Mark Your Calendar

3/21 - Chorus Concert 6:30 p.m.
3/25 - Spring Recess Begins
4/4 - School Resumes
4/5 - Kindergarten Come to School Day

Brighton Area Schools Art Walk

BAS in conjunction with Studio West Gallery will be having their 1st annual Gallery Walk and Student Art Show 2016. Beginning April 1st, and running throughout the whole month of April, our incredible students will be displaying and selling their artwork. The opening night will be Tues., April 5. K-6 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 7-12 from 5:30 to 7pm. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Also, for the whole month of April our fabulous BHS student work will be displayed at the Brighton District Library! Please join us for all of these artistic endeavors.

Art in Bloom
Art Ventures
The Artisan's Bench
Two Brothers Coffee
C W Interiors

Studio West hours of operation are as follows:

Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - Monday: Closed

Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Campaign

We will be having our annual Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart campaign. Your child will be bringing home an envelope this week for this event for the Fundraising Campaign for the American Heart Association. Your child does not have to fundraise to participate in the event. Last year we raised over $8,000! Our goal this year is to get over $9,000. All the information for the event will be on the envelope. We will be having our event 3/21 – 3/23 and it will take place during their PE class. The money will be due the week before Spring Break. Last year the DUCKS were the craze and this year there are 6 different PUPPIES for the kids to go crazy over!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Hawkins.


Dan D’Arcy

Hawkins P.E.

PTO News

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! Print out the registration form by clicking on the "Parents and Pinz" tab to the left of this page!

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.

From the Bus Garage

We will be practicing our school bus evacuations starting Monday April 18th through Friday April 29th . Buses may run a few minutes late. Thank you for your patience!

Attendance Reminders

Please continue to call the attendance line (810) 299-3904 if your child will be absent or coming in late. Remember to sign them in or sign them out when they are coming in late or leaving early. If you are picking up your child early or there is an end of day change of plans, please send in a note in with your child to give to their teacher. If you have any questions, please give Judy Samanich a call in the main office at (810) 299-3904 or samanij@brightonk12.com.

In addition, as stated in the Brighton Area Schools Elementary Handbook, if a child is absent 15% of the marking period, a letter from the Principal addressing the absence issue may be sent to the parents. If the child continues to be absent from school, a Truancy Officer will contact the home to investigate the situation. For optimal learning, it is important for your child to be in the classroom when school begins. We consider three (3) tardies to be equivalent to one (1) absence. We do not do not count the students tardy if they ride the bus and buses arrive late.

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!

Recycling Program

Hawkins is participating in TerraCycle Brigade Recycling Program. Hawkins will earn points redeemable for upcycled product, charitable gifts, or cash payments. At home, collect the waste listed on the flyer below and deposit in collection bins that have been placed just inside the main doors. For more information, please refer the flyers below.
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