Hawthorne Happenings April Edition

From the desk of Mr. Mahal

Dates to remember...

Week of April 20-24 - Virtual School Spirit Week

Hawthorne Virtual Spirit Week

We thought we would have some fun with a spirit week even though we are not in the building! Students and families are doing a wonderful job of participating in daily work and including some spirit week fun for our students will help our personalities come to life again! Here is the schedule:

Monday, April 20 - Superhero Day (in honor of all the essential workers)

Tuesday, April 21 - Crazy Hair Day (in honor of all the salon personnel)

Wednesday, April 22 - Favorite Food Day (in honor of all the restaurant employees)

Thursday, April 23 - Jersey Day (in honor of all our favorite sports teams we're not able to watch)

Friday, April 24 - Tiger Pride Day (because we miss being together at school!)

Share your pictures each day on SeeSaw, Google Classroom, or with teachers to help share our school pride!

Preparing for Distance Learning

Our staff members did an outstanding job of preparing not only for students but also themselves as we started distance learning on March 30. In a very short time, we met about what distance learning can look like, held professional development sessions, and provided staff time to create learning opportunities for each class and student! The collaboration and spirit of the staff was incredible and our students are very fortunate to have our Hawthorne staff leading the way!

Also, thank you to our terrific Hawthorne PTO for providing lunch for our staff on various occasions during this stretch of time!

Hawthorne student attendance/work expectations

We have talked with our staff around the following guidelines for student attendance and school work expectations.

  • We expect each day that students will log on to their teachers SeeSaw or Google Classroom site to check in for daily attendance by 7 pm. This is still a requirement from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
  • If the attendance daily check in does not happen or gets missed, students may also be accounted for by completing any of the daily work provided by the classroom/art/music/gym/intervention/EL or SPED teacher. We are trying not to miss anyone who is working hard at connecting with us in distance learning!
  • We realize that families need flexibility for work completion for a variety of reasons. Please try to have daily work completed by the due date but also know the teacher will accept that work at any point. The learning opportunities are important but families need to find a balance between working adults and supporting student learning.

If you do have any questions for us, please reach out to any of our staff members as we work to have 100% of our students connect daily during distance learning!

Distance Learning Resources

During this uncertain time, we wanted to share with you a few of our resources that you as parents/guardians can use however you see fit.

Our school social worker, Katie Nielsen, and school counselor, Grace Pfeifer, have put together a terrific resource for students and families. It pairs extremely well with our 2nd Step Social/Emotional Learning curriculum that students work with each month along with other helpful topics/resources. You can view the SEL resource here.

They have also linked a FlipGrid parent information area as well - this area is very interactive for those that participate in FlipGrid.