Hawk News

August 25, 2022

First Day of School

Picture Day

Thursday, Sep. 1st, 8am

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

Bring your smile for Picture Day!

Student Material Drop Off Zone

If you need to drop off a lunch, waterbottle, instrument, etc., we have created a drop off zone. Please just attached a note with your child's information and we will make sure it gets to the classroom.

Blue Wednesdays

We wear blue on Wednesdays. We can't wait to see that Hawk Pride!

Change for Kindergarten Kickoff

Just a reminder, Kindergarten Parent Night is Thursday, September 1st @ 5:30pm. One change since the last newsletter is kindergarteners WILL have school Friday, September 2nd.

*All students will be assigned to Kelly Carpenter in Infinite Campus until 9/2.


If a change needs to be made to a dismissal plan for your child(ren), call the office before 2:00 pm. Please do not email teachers or administration with these changes. We cannot guarantee that email will be read before dismissal time.

Parents are asked to assist with dismissal procedures by making certain that children are clear about dismissal plans before they enter school each morning.

Get to Know Kristen Kennedy Anderson

Hello! My name is Kristen Kennedy Anderson. I respond to all things but go by Ms. Kennedy. I am married my sweet husband, Scott, and have two beautiful children: Genevieve (3), Leif (1), and we will welcome our third in February. They truly fill up my cup. I enjoy every moment I can with them. We enjoy spending time at home, taking walks to the park, discovering a new place and laughing. We love summer and the ability to be in the water. We are looking forward to new adventures now that Leif is more mobile.

I am a product of DMPS. I attended Greenwood Elementary, Callanan and Roosevelt High School. I attended University of Northern Iowa for undergrad. After I graduated, I went to Germany for 6 months. I worked at Landstuhl Child Development Center with infants to 5-year-olds. I love every minute of my time overseas.

After all my travels, I knew I wanted to end up in DMPS. I taught 7th grade math and science at Harding for 6 years. Moved into leadership at Goodrell Middle School as their Vice Principal for two years and my last three years were at Merrill Middle School as an Associate Principal. I am truly grateful for all the people I met along the way and experiences and opportunities middle school provided me.

I have truly loved each one of my experiences in middle school and learning how middle school brains operate. An area that I feel strongly about is the development of social emotional awareness in kids. With this, I looked back to how much I loved my time working with primary aged kids. As we know, the pandemic has done a number on our education system. Supporting our youngest minds with learning and figuring out how to navigate school is a challenge I welcome.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your community. I am truly looking forward to meeting everyone!


The 3rd annual District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 24th, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event is 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 the schools!

To register for the Run, click HERE

Hanawalt Community Notes

Happy First Week!

It was great to see everyone for the first day of school! If you don’t haven’t already, please check out our website at hanawaltcommunity.org and follow us on Facebook at HanawaltPTA for the latest on our events and volunteer opportunities. There are no dues for Hanawalt’s Parent Teacher Association so you are already a member! Stay tuned for our first meeting of the year coming up.

Show Your School Pride with a Sign

Visit our website and buy your yard or window sign. Limited supplies available. Pick up at the school.

Sign Up Now to Volunteer

We have so many fun plans for this year and we need your help! Sign up now for volunteer roles. In particular, we need parents to help keep our morning drop-off running smooth. It’s a great way to pitch in for half an hour before work one morning a week.

Save the date! Friday, September 16th from 5:30-7:30pm; Annual Hanawalt Block Party!

Get excited for our 2022 Hanawalt Block Party, a FREE family friendly event that welcomes the entire Hanawalt community! Students, siblings, and family members will enjoy free food and snow cones, carnival games, balloon animals, break dancing, a giant obstacle course and more! This event cannot happen without the help of volunteers, please consider signing up to help during the event. Thank you and we can't wait to see you there!

Upcoming Dates



1: Picture Day

1: Parent Night for Kindergarten Families Only @ 5:30pm

5: No School

16: Block Party 5:30pm - 7:30pm

24: One Run @ Botanical Gardens

29: No School

30: No School


11: Picture Re-takes

31: No School