Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

March 8, 2019

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About Us

Start Time: 8:47

End Time: 3:50

Tardy Time: 8:50

Fax Number: 810-299-3910

Lunch Times:

JK/Kindergarten - 11:40-12:00

1st grade - 12:10-12:30

2nd grade -12:40-1:00

4th grade - 1:10-1:30

3rd grade - 1:40-2:00

From the Principal

Dear Hawkins Families!

As you might be aware, Hawkins Elementary and all of our Brighton Area Schools are "Heart Safe Schools" which means we follow strict expectations set by the State of Michigan on what we need to do to help save anyone's life who is having a cardiac arrest. One of the many requirements is to hold a cardiac arrest safety drill which will be held this Thursday in the morning. Our school will be going into something called "shelter in place" which means students and staff are safe in our building, but we do not want anyone in our hallways due to a medical emergency. Teachers will continue teaching and students will continue learning with all of the classroom doors closed. Because we try to simulate this drill to being as real as possible, medical responders will respond and arrive to our school. Our teachers will be talking to our students and preparing them for this drill however, I also wanted to let our families know in case your child comes home with questions.

#marchisreadingmonth is off to an AWESOME start! Did you all see the special guest readers we had in our school this week? So much fun! Next week is flashlight reading in our STEAM center which is always a favorite for our students. Keep filling out your #marchisreadingmonth sheets so our students can find out the mystery words on our WIG (wildly important goal) board in our lunch room.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Basia Kiehler

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Mark Your Calendar

3/13 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

3/15 - Special Interest Day

3/25 - 3/29 - Spring Recess

4/10 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

4/19 - No School for students

4/29 - Teacher Appreciation Week

4/29 - 3rd and 4th Grade M-Step Testing Begins

5/8 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

5/17 - Spring Carnival

5/20 - Survivor Week

5/27 - Memorial Day - No School

6/5 - 4th Grade Farewell Party

6/6 - Field Day

6/11 - Last Day of School (1/2 day)

Literacy News

In lieu of a summer school program, our district received a grant to partner up with "Kids Read Now" to provide all students with an IRIP (Individualized Reading Improvement Plan) an amazing summer reading program for free. Students are eligible to receive up to 9 self-selected books over the summer which they get to read and keep. The goal of this program is to improve reading skills, help prevent summer reading loss and get students excited about reading!

We are extending the "Kids Read Now" opportunity to all JK-3rd grade students currently enrolled at Hawkins. The cost of the program is $60 per child. The benefits you will receive for your $60 are:

  • An invitation to a Summer Reading Kick Off Event, Thursday, May 30th, after school at Hawkins, where you will receive the first 3 books for your child to take home and begin their summer reading. (Students choose books at their reading level, ahead of time, with the help of their teacher).

  • Up to 6 additional books at your child’s independent reading level (Your child will receive 9 books total, as long as they complete the reading).

  • Books mailed to the home, addressed to your child - which is exciting because all children love to receive mail!

  • Each book your child receives will have questions on the inside cover for parents to help check for understanding and stimulate discussions on the books.

  • Ability to communicate by text or email with Kids Read Now to request your new books and to receive reminders.

  • Children who read all 9 books will receive a certificate and a special prize in the fall.

  • If you would like to know more, visit www.kidsreadnow.org.

We are very excited about this summer reading program! If you are interested, please send $60 per child, cash or check (made out to Hawkins) by Wednesday, March 6th. If you have any questions about this program, please our Literacy Coach, Brandy Ward at (wardb@brightonk12.com).

News From The Art Room

Celebrate Youth Arts Month @ the Brighton Library

District Elementary art exhibit on display until the end of the month! Hawkins has over 60 pieces of art on display!

GOT ART? @ the Historic Howell Theater. Livingston County Elementary art exhibit on display from March 12-March 17th. Open 4-8 weekdays and noon-5 on Saturday! Hawkins has 36 works of art on display!

Stay tuned for information re:our gallery walk in downtown Brighton for the month of May

Also, ALL first graders will be participating in Cooper and Binkley's annual portraits of mom again this year for Mother's day! Stay tuned for details!

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Attendance Reminders

Please remember to call your child in each day they are absent. When leaving a message on the attendance line, please be sure to leave the student's name, date of absence, and reason for absence. In addition, if your child has missed more than ten percent of the marking period (8+ days) or has excessive tardies (3 tardies is equivalent to 1 absence) a letter may be issued to parents. Students are marked tardy if their arrival time after 8:50 a.m. Students are marked for half-day attendance if they arrive after 10:30 a.m. or leave prior to 2:00 p.m. Attendance is one of the most important predictors of student success in school, so please make sure your child is here. If you can provide us with a doctor's/orthodontist note, absences will not count against your child. Thank you for your help!

Lost and Found

Hawkins lost and found is overflowing with winter items. Next time you are picking up your child, visiting for lunch, or volunteering in the classroom please stop by the cafeteria and take a look.

Girls on the Run for 3rd and 4th Grade Girls

Hi Hawkins Families!

My name is Morgan Bridgewater, and for those of you who do not know me, I am a new first grade teacher here at Hawkins! Not only is this my second year teaching, but it is also my second year coaching Girls on The Run (GOTR)!

GOTR is a curriculum based program that is about SO much more than running. It envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams! Included in the program is a ten week training for a 5k, along with a curriculum promoting competence, confidence, character, and so much more!

We will be holding practices after school on Mondays and Wednesdays at Hawkins from 4:00-5:30pm starting on March 4th, and running until May 15th. We will end the season with a 5k that everyone is welcome to run/walk/skip on Saturday, May 11th. Registration is officially open, and will end on February 22nd. Scholarships are available (please contact info@girlsontherunsemi.com for more information). To register your child for GOTR, please click here.

Coaching along with me will be Betsy Schmidt (4th grade teacher at Hawkins) and Heather Graves (2nd grade teacher at Hawkins)! If you are a parent interested in volunteer coaching, please reach out to me at bridgewaterm@brightonk12.com.

I am so excited to be a part of Girls on the Run again this year, and cannot wait to empower and run with your girls after school.

-Morgan Bridgewater

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Disney Ticket Raffle

Important Notes:

* Tickets are good through January 28th, 2021

* Tickets cannot be used December 25th-31st.

PTO News

Specail Interest Day is March 15th

We are still looking for a few volunteers to help throughout the day.



Keep up to date on the latest Hawkins happenings. School events, dates, times, paperwork, volunteering, etc. https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsElementaryPTO/

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM Volunteers and donations!

Please consider volunteering or donating to this amazing space. Our kids will be so excited to see it being taken care of by our GREEN TEAM! Check out the following sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B44ACAF2AA1FB6-outdoor

In order to volunteer at the school you must fill out the following form. It is all online and takes two minutes.







We are Jordan & Amy Moss, our son just started Junior Kindergarten we are very excited to be a part of the Hawkins family! We are a husband and wife real estate team and live right here in Brighton. We specialize in marketing and buying/selling homes. With our expert negotiating skills we’ve had a lot of success helping clients sell high and even buy low in this tough market! We love helping homebuyers find the home of their dreams and continue to be there every step of the way, ensuring a smooth process the whole way through. If you have any questions about buying or selling your next home or would like a free market analysis to know what your current home is worth, please give us a call, we’re here to help!


Thank you,

Amy & Jordan

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Mom 2 Mom Sale

Mom2Mom Sale

Saturday March 9th

Shepherd of the Lakes

2101 S. Hacker Rd.

Brighton, MI

Early bird sale 8am-9am (2$ entrance fee)

Regular sale 9am-1pm (1$ entrance fee)


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