Hawlemont News

September 9, 2022

From the principal

This morning I was thinking about GRIT and all the ways the Hawlemont community demonstrates our values. Teamwork stuck out to me as something our kids, our staff, and our families do so well. The desire and willingness to step in when someone else needs help or when you see that something should be done benefits all of us. In class, we rely on teamwork because we know that each of us has strengths and weaknesses. We need to interact appropriately and collaboratively to be successful. By working together, we achieve so much more. I see this every day at Hawlemont- whether is a student helping another clean up, a staff member extending a hand, or a class successfully crossing the peanut butter pit. We are celebrating all the ways that teamwork at Hawlemont shines!

Please read on to hear more of the wonderfulness that is going on in our small corner of the world.

Remember to mark your calendars for the Open House, 9/15! We have a delicious meal (pre-register please), lots of community resource tables, and knowledgeable and happy staff. We would love to see you there!

Important Dates

  • 9/15 - Open House 4:30-6 Flyers went home to rsvp to the Wicked Awesome BBQ, also Farm Family Training during Open House
  • 10/7 - Picture Day
  • 10/8 - Apple Squeeze at the Little Red School House
  • 10/10 - No School, Indigenous Peoples' Day

September early release dates:

1:50 dismissals: 9/21, 9/28

October early release dates:

1:50 dismissals: 10/5, 10/19, 10/26

Permissions form and Handbook

** We learned there was a problem with the link- It is now working!

The Permissions document is online this year. Please take a moment to fill it out for each student you have here at Hawlemont. Here is the link.

Here is a link to the Handbook as well. Please take a moment to read through this with your student. If you would like a paper copy, please let the office know.

HAY work bee!

Families and Community Members! Please join us tomorrow, September 10th for a HAY Work Bee to help us prepare for the return of our farm animals! We will meet from 9-12 by the barn! Lunch will be provided by the Friends of HAY.

4th Grade News

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! It has been wonderful getting to know your kiddos! We have written hopes and dreams, created rules and routines, and we have been working on community building. This seems like a slow start to school, but all of this hard work paves the way for the academic and social learning we need to do this year.

Please be sure to send a snack with your child each day. Also, we will be going outside almost every day. Please be sure that your child has clothing for New England weather. Having a change of clothing to keep at school would be a good idea.

Our specials schedule is:

Monday- Music


Wednesday- HAY

Thursday- Library

Friday- Physical Education

Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Abby Clark


A Binti-eyed view from 6th Grade

Perhaps you have heard the story of Binti Jua, the female gorilla who helped rescue a young human who had fallen into the gorilla exhibit at the San Diego zoo many years ago. I share this story at the beginning of every 6th grade year and introduce our Binti (puppet) who is our class helper. Binti exhibits all the qualities of GRIT that we practice in the classroom and in our entire learning community. Binti is excited that we are all back in the classroom at table and that the 6th graders are working towards that point in which they are able to take their learning responsibly and have constructive conversations. They are figuring out the benefits of teamwork as they work in groups to determine the theme of our reading book Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. They are showing goodwill as they play basketball, 4-square outside with active but kind interactions. Binti is looking forward to more observations of the progress of 6th grade as we continue to develop as a class.

For Binti - Mr. Bechtel

4H Information

Please see this letter from 4H leader Sheila Litchfield, 4H will be starting soon at Hawlemont!

Music Notes

Musical Notes: Instrumental lessons will be offered this year for students in grades 4-6. Lessons will be given to students free of charge on: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion.

Gerry’s Music will be renting instruments on-line and delivering them to Hawlemont on Wednesdays. Students will also need to purchase the Essential Elements 2000 book for their instrument. That and other supplies can be ordered through Gerry’s. Here are the links to the resources that we built into our website to assist families with choosing an instrument, understanding our rental program, and a walk-through tutorial on renting online:

Or if you prefer in-person: Come to the rental meeting 6:30 pm on Friday, September 16th. If you're planning to attend,

let Mr Rick know what instrument you are interested in renting and they will have what you need at the meeting. Please let

Mr Rick know by Thursday, September 15th. Thanks!

Lessons will begin the week of 9/26. Hawlemont has some musical instruments to lend to our students. Please email me, rpage@mtrsd.org if you are interested in borrowing one, or if you have any questions.

Early Childhood Screenings

Please see this letter from Amy Socquet about early childhood screenings.
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CEEP Newsletter

CEEP newsletter from Alia Woofenden

Contact info:

Shannon Lovett - Administrative Assistant

Amber Tulloch - Principal

Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions.