Hawkins Elementary Newsletter

September 25, 2015

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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!

Isn't our PTO outstanding? I feel very fortunate to be leading a school with an extremely supportive and hard working PTO. The picnic would not have been possible without their dedication to every child so that they can have a much richer learning experience. I would like to thank Jen Szymanski, Amber Cheeseman, Sarah Hofmann, Amy Switalski, and Jennifer Warren for organizing and running our Annual Family Picnic. I would also like to thank Christine Ehman for organizing our Monster Book Fair. It appeared to be a huge success with students and families. I know that many other parent volunteers were involved in making our night a success and I would like to thank all of you too. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of YOU for coming. This event would not be possible without you there. Thank you!!!

Over the next few weeks, we will be conducting many emergency drills in order to be as prepared as possible should an emergency arise. If you are driving by, you may see many students with teachers on our lawn around the school as we are conducting these drills. This is just another way of how we are being proactive in keeping our students and staff safe.

Please remember to vote for Hawkins so we can win the $5,000 for Leader in Me! All you have to do is click on the link below and vote for Hawkins Elementary by typing in your email address. You can do this every day. If we have the highest number of votes, we win the money. Last week we were in the lead by only 11 votes. The deadline is September 30th. Please take 20 seconds to help us. We really need your help!


Leader in Me Update:

This week we continued learning about Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. This habit is all about setting goals and having a plan. It is about being a good citizen and contributing to the school community in positive ways. Ask your child this weekend about Habit 2 and what goals he/she plans to accomplish over the next week of school. Below you will find all of the ways that your child can "Begin with the End in Mind" at home or at school.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Basia Kiehler

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Mark Your Calendar

Visual Motor Instruction Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 7pm

4680 Bauer Road

Brighton, MI

There will be an informational VMI parent meeting at Hornung Elementary School.

Picture Day

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 9am

8900 Lee Road

Brighton, MI

Important Updates

Picture Day Is Coming!!!

Picture day at Hawkins Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th. Order forms are coming home today in your child's Friday folder. Order forms are due back on picture day, October 8th, with exact payment (cash, check or money order). Portraits can also be ordered online at mylifetouch.com (see link below) with a credit card. Any questions, call Hawkins at (810) 299-3900 or contact Lifetouch at (800) 927-5221.

It's Mileage Club Time!!!

Welcome back! It’s Mileage Club time again. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Mileage Club is a school-wide motivational program that encourages students to walk/run for fun. It will be starting on lunch recess on Tuesday, October 6th and will run for 4 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursday's through October 29th. The children will walk ¼ mile laps during lunch recess and parent volunteers will punch cards, hand out toe tokens and generally encourage the children to keep going. This is a wonderful way for students to stay motivated to stay physically fit.

Note: After careful consideration with the Kindergarten teachers, we are not planning to offer mileage club at the Kindergarten lunch recess for the fall session, but will revisit this decision in the spring.

When a child completes 1 mile (4 laps), he/she receives a “toe token” (colorful, plastic little feet.) We give the first token with a 6” chain to collect tokens on. Your child should use this chain for both fall and spring mileage clubs, so please remind your children not to lose it. Upon completion of the first card (20 laps) they receive a glow-in-the-dark token. When they complete their second card (a total of 10 miles), they earn a special plastic medal. If they complete a third card (15 miles), they are awarded a large toe token. Those very motivated students who complete a fourth card (20 miles) receive a water bottle. And those extremely motivated students who complete a fifth card (25 miles) receive a pizza lunch.

If you would like to volunteer to assist (this is about as easy and fun as volunteering gets!!!), you can email Meghan Elliott at meghanelliott@live.com or call 810-241-5691. Younger siblings are most definitely welcome to accompany you. On your day to volunteer, simply sign in at the office and join us on the playground outside the second grade doors.

Please encourage your first through fourth grader to participate in this fun and beneficial activity. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Elliott (810-241-5691 or meghanelliott@live.com), Stephanie Bullis (248-697-6643 or Sbullis@ymail.com)

Thank you!!

News from the Nurse

If your child needs to take medication during the school day, you will need to submit a Medication Authorization From which can be obtained from Hawkins office. The form must be signed by a physician and returned to Hawkins.

News From the Music House

For your child's safety all students need to wear sneakers to music and P.E. Please no sandals or boots.

PTO News

POPCORN FRIDAYS ARE BACK! Our faithful popcorn parents will be in the cafeteria on Friday, October 2, selling popcorn during lunch hours to grades 1 through 4. The cost is 25 cents or a toe token. Popcorn Fridays will continue twice per month throughout the school year. Watch for more information!

HALLOWEEN SPIRIT STICKS will also be on sale in the cafeteria on October 2 during lunch hours for grades 1 through 4! This is a continuation of the new Spirit Stick program we have started this year. These fun, limited edition collectible sticks will be available for $1 each. If your child wishes to purchase one, please have them bring their money to school that day. They will choose and make their purchase at lunch, but the sticks will be delivered to their classroom later that day to avoid them being lost on the playground during recess. PLEASE NOTE that kindergarten may also participate, but order forms will be sent home in their backpacks rather than being sold during their lunch hour.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the families who attended our Annual Family Picnic and who participated in our Fun Run Fundraiser this week! We served over 700 hot dogs and raised over $6,000 for our school! The students earned the following school-wide goals:

*Wear your Favorite Sports Team to School Day

*Wear all one color Day

*Wear your pajamas to school day

*AND they will get to see Mrs. Kiehler ride a tricycle around the school!!

Dates for all of these very special events will be posted soon. The Top Fundraising Class, who will receive our Fun Run Trophy to display in their classroom for the school year, will also be announced soon.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Family Movie Night on Friday, October 23 from 6-8:30 p.m.! More information to come in the next few weeks!

Child Find

Each school building in the Brighton School District has a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which is a vehicle for staff members to review student performance, concerns, and collaboratively develop interventions. If you have concerns about your child’s development and are interested in more information on special services, contact Basia Kiehler at Hawkins.

The McKinney Vento Act

The Brighton Area Schools is part of a consortium to serve students in temporary living situations that provides financial support for educational needs, referral for housing, clothing and other needs, general support and technical assistance. To ensure compliance with federal law, all school staff must help identify student living in the following situations: emergency shelters/transitional housing, motels/hotels, car, parks or public spaces, shared housing due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, or temporary foster care placement (less than 6 months) or living temporarily with non-parent or guardian.

The district’s homeless liaison is Starr Acromite and each building has trained staff members to assist in the endeavor. Our consortium contact at the Livingston Educational Service Agency is Candice Uyttendaele.

Please contact your building principal or Starr Acromite at 810-299-4040 for information/assistance.

Everyday Math Online Resources

Everyday Math Online Resources

Students in grades K-6 will be receiving a Log-In Card to access online resources for Everyday Math. This card will include username and password. **Please note that Everyday Math has upgraded the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade online format, so students will be accessing a different website than grades 3-6. (See below)

Families may also use the website links on each school’s Grade Level Links or Library Resources. Once logged in, families are able to access many resources including Student Reference Book, Family Letters for each unit, Games, Fact Practice, Activities, and even Home Links.

Please note: Grades K-2 log in website addresses are specific to each elementary building.

Grades K-2

Hawkins: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/d9x3

Hornung: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/m8e9

Spencer: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/q0a0

Hilton: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/c3n0

Grades 3 - 6

Website: www.everydaymathonline.com


Attendance in school is one of the greatest contributors to success. Students who demonstrate good attendance show marked improvement from year to year. Tardiness and early pick-up have an impact on a child as well as the classroom. When a child arrives late or leaves early, it requires the teacher to stop and welcome a student, or assist a child, taking away from instruction and the focus of the students in the class. Children and families have events (appointments, sports, family matters) that are unavoidable. This is understood and we will not question a parent's decision. However, to protect the dignity of the classroom, parents are asked to keep in mind the impact on the classroom when making arrangements.

Pick Up Numbers

In order to ensure safety for all of our children, every family at Hawkins should have received a pick up number. Please secure the small number to your child's backpack. If you are picking up your child, please remember your number with you. At the end of the day at 3:45, we will be asking you to show us your number as you are entering the building to pick up your child. This is an essential process to ensure safety for your child.

Morning Drop Off

We really value all of our parents for ensuring that their child arrives to school on time. Thank you! Our morning drop off times have changed a bit from last year. Drop off will begin at 8:30am and continue until 8:47. Students will be dismissed from their buses at 8:40 (at the first bell) to enter the building. Our goal is to have every student in their seat and ready for instruction at 8:47, which is the official start of the school day. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to school after 8:50.

Eating Lunch with Your Child

We encourage and welcome parents and family members to eat lunch with their child at our school. This is a great opportunity for you to begin meeting your child's friends and connect with your child. We feel that recess is an opportunity to build social skills independently when interacting with other children. Therefore, our policy is for parents to say goodbye to their child in the cafeteria and let the students explore and play on the playground independently.

News From the Bus Garage

Bus numbers 26 and 48 are not accepting any guest riders.

Kensington Valley Hockey Association - Try Hockey For Free Day!!

On Saturday, November 7th, USA Hockey and 500 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by KraftHeinz! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations will have limited equipment available for use. Find the closest Try Hockey event to you in the map below by searching your zip code. Try Hockey events are indicated with a red pin on the map. Click the pin most convenient to you to register your child.

For any questions, please contact us at (719) 538­-1124 or email comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.

Michigan State Women's Basketball

The MVP Ball Club Program stands for Mentoring in Values and Purpose as Spartans. Our goal is to help kids throughout Mid-Michigan develop both on and off the court by encouraging them to be healthy, never give up, dream big, and to be the best that they can be. The MVP Program has made lifelong impressions on kids for many years and we hope to continue that tradition for the upcoming season. For only $30, one child and one adult can enjoy free admission to all Women’s Basketball home games, reserved seating at the games, an MVP Club t-shirt, free basketball clinics throughout the season, and special events and contests during the games!

Megan Grimes

MVP Ball Club Director

Michigan State University

Phone: 517-353-8613

Email: msuwbbhoops@ath.msu.edu