Husky Highlights for Families
Back-To-School Edition~ August 1, 2023
Once you have your child's class placement, you will be able to sign up for Back to School Night. The class placement email will go out to families after 3:30pm on Monday, August 14th.
We are using Signup Genius in order to stagger arrival in hopes of easing parking problems as well as making it possible for your child's teacher to have a greater opportunity to greet and visit with fewer families at one time.
Once you receive your child's class placement (on Aug. 14th), use the link below to let us know when you would like to come to Back to School Night.
A Message From Mrs. Renton
If you are new to our school community, I'd like to introduce myself. I am starting my seventh year as the principal at Hawthorn and my thirty-second year as an educator in the Park Hill school district. Before coming to Hawthorn I spent 17 years as a teacher at Union Chapel and 8 years as an assistant principal at both Line Creek and Southeast. The Hawthorn community is special and I am so happy that I am here.
I will send a weekly email and newsletter to all Hawthorn families in an effort to keep you up-to-date on building-wide events and news. Your child's classroom teacher will also send a weekly communication that is specific to that classroom/grade level. This first newsletter includes a lot of information that is necessary for a new family. You may want to keep this handy so that you can refer to it throughout the year when you have questions about birthday treats, medications at school, arrival/dismissal routines, etc.
Our staff is already hard at work preparing for another amazing year at Hawthorn. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Brooke Renton, Hawthorn Principal
Front Office Information
Angie Linard: Attendance Administrative Assistant/ Registrar
If you need to make transportation changes please contact the office prior to 3:15. This will help ensure that dismissal goes smoothly and minimize the chance of a possible miscommunication.
Mrs. Rebecca Hurt
Mrs. Kristen Melancon
Mrs. Amy Merit
1st Grade Teachers
Ms. Kendra MathiasonMrs. Lindsey Pickett
Mrs. Lindsey Smith
Mrs. Katie Wells & Mrs. Carly Weimer
2nd Grade Teachers
Mrs. Jodi Coen
Mrs. Katelynn Gore
Ms. Hannah Richardson
Mrs. Amy Ritter
3rd Grade Teachers
Mrs. Kylie (Hoffman) Shahid
Mrs. Jessica Thomas
Mr. Chris Wilson
4th Grade Teachers
Mrs. Melissa Miller
Ms. Victoria Newlove
Mrs. Christy Pittman
Mrs. Nicki Van Buskirk
5th Grade Teachers
Ms. Amanda Allen
Mrs. Lisa Roepe
Ms. Ashley Timmerman
Social Work News
Welcome back, students and parents! I am so excited for the 2023-24 school year. This is my second year as the School Social Worker for both Hawthorn and Graden and I want to encourage parents to reach out for any assistance you or your student might need during the school year.
Below you will find the link for the Confidential Resource Checklist. It has both a variety of resources I can help with and a place for feedback about emotional support your student might need. I have also included my contact information so please feel free to contact me any time during the year.
Residency Verification and Enrollment
Click HERE for more details or call the Hawthorn Office if you need assistance.
Your child won't be placed in a classroom until this process is complete. Thank you for completing this at your earliest convenience.
2023-24 PTA Meetings
Hawthorn PTA Executive Board:
Joe Echols- President
Erinn Ventura- Secretary
Shea Kloeppel- Membership
Ana Painter- Treasurer
Robin Henley- Family Engagement
Joanne Christopher-- Fundraising
PTA Membership Drive~ Join During Back To School Night
Joining our organization is an easy way to support your child's school experience. Paying the membership fee helps fund field trips, classroom parties, fun events throughout the year and much more!!
If you want to join PTA now, simply scan the QR Code provided or link below and you'll be all set!!
Thank you for supporting our students and staff.
Kids Dance Clinic
School Supply Lists
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST:
English: K-5 Combined School Supply List 2023-2024 (PDF)
Spanish: Lista de útiles escolares para 2023-2024 (PDF)
Arabic: 2024-2023 ي قائمة لوازم المدرسة للعام الدرا (PDF)
Amharic: ለ2023-2024 የትምህርት ቤት አቅርቦት ዝርዝር (PDF)
Somali: Liiska Sahayda Dugsiga ee 2023-2024 (PDF)
Chuukese: Maaketiwen Pisekin Sukun ren 2023-2024 (PDF)
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Daily Arrival Procedures--New School Start Time!
Daily Dismissal Procedures
Your child's teacher will reach out to confirm your child's daily dismissal plan. Please communicate any changes to this plan, as they arise, throughout the school year to ensure that your child gets home safely each day.
BUS RIDERS: Bus riders are dismissed through the north doors (by the gym) each afternoon. Classroom teachers walk students to the buses and help them find the appropriate bus. During the first few days, this process can take a bit longer than normal as staff members double check that all students are on the correct bus. Then, the bus can get further delayed as the drivers take time to make sure students safely get off at the right stop.
If your child is a bus rider you will be able to access bus information in your parent portal on the morning of Monday, August 14th.
ADVENTURE CLUB: Students who participate in the after-school care program, Adventure Club, will be dismissed directly to their assigned classroom each day. Adventure Club staff checks in each student and cross-checks with our front office to ensure that all students who are enrolled in Adventure Club are accounted for at dismissal.
CAR RIDERS: We will provide each student with TWO 2023-24 Car Rider signs. Having this Hawthorn Car Rider sign on display in your vehicle allows parents or family members to remain in the car in the car rider lane during evening dismissal instead of entering the building with your photo ID and signing out the student. We will have TWO car rider lanes this year to accommodate the large number of car riders we have. Please see the detailed car rider plan below.
While the car rider line will be slow the first few days, once students and families learn the routine, it will speed up considerably. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding that our main focus is on all students getting into cars safely. Parents can help by staying in your vehicle and allowing staff members to assist students into cars and teaching your child how to buckle their own seat belt.
WALKERS: Walkers will be dismissed through the K/1 Pod doors and can meet their families near the baseball field south of the playground. Students who don't have a parent/guardian meeting them at school, will be accompanied to the corner of Chariton and 81st Street by a staff member who will make sure they cross safely.
CAR RIDER DISMISSAL PROCESS
Early Release Days
Early release days will be on Wednesdays for the 2023-24 school year. Dismissal on early release days begins at 2:10pm. These afternoons are for staff to participate in professional development.
Parent Volunteer Screening Information
We are looking forward to having parent volunteers support our classrooms this year. If you would like to volunteer in your child's classroom or on field trips, you will need to complete the volunteer screening process below.
Volunteer Screening Information:
- Any volunteer who will be alone with students must have a full screening, which includes a criminal background check, a check of the child abuse and neglect registry, and a check of the sexual offender registry. Volunteers must complete the paperwork (attached below) and return to the Park Hill Communications department or to the Hawthorn office.
- Visitors who will never be alone with students will not need a full background screening, but they will use our sign-in process, which checks the sexual offender registry.
- All volunteers must read and agree to the rules in our policy and procedure, and each volunteer will sign in and reaffirm the rules each time they arrive at a school to volunteer.
- The district will receive updates if a volunteer’s screening status changes. Someone’s volunteer status can change at any time.
- The district must pay a fee of $42.75 for each background check, as required by the state. If you would like to donate to help defray this expense, please enclose a check made out to the Park Hill School District for this amount with your screening form. This donation is not required.
The screening process can take up to two weeks or longer, depending on the time of year. Please be aware of this when submitting your application in anticipation of volunteering for specific events.
Birthdays At School
Students may bring a birthday treat or favor to school to share with their classmates, as long as they come from our list of treats that contain none of the eight (8) major allergens - milk, wheat, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish.
Thank you for understanding that all classroom treats must come from this list because we do not have the staff capacity to check for allergens that could threaten the health of some students.
· Crazy straws
· Blow Pops
· Juice boxes
· Dum Dum lollipops
· Jelly Belly
· Ring Pops
· Sour Patch Kids
· Swedish Fish
· Life Saver Gummies
Health Room Contact Information:
(When emailing information regarding your child's health, it is a good idea to include both the classroom teacher AND Nurse Heather.)
Level 1: Attendance rate of 90%
Level 2: Attendance rate between 85% and 90%
Level 3: Attendance rate is below 80%
Mrs. Dawson, our School Social Worker, will be working with students and families to make sure we meet the 90/90 goal at Hawthorn. Please help us by making being at school a priority for your family.
If your child does have to absent, please call the school office (359-4390) to report the student's absence. If the school does not receive a call when a student is absent, we will attempt to contact you to check on the student.
Cafeteria Information-- Current Meal Prices
These are the prices for the 2023-24 school year:
- Elementary breakfast: $1.50
- Secondary breakfast: $1.75
- Secondary premium breakfast: $1.90
- Elementary lunch: $2.70
- Secondary lunch: $3.10
- Secondary premium lunch: $3.50
- Adult lunch: $4.00
· Ala carte milk: $.70
To add money to your child’s meal account, please visit our nutrition services webpage.
Families who think they might qualify for free and reduced meals should apply for these benefits.
If your child is eligible for free and reduced meal benefits and you apply, you can also receive additional benefits like fee waivers, activity scholarships, free screenings, school supplies and more.
Eligible families will need to reapply to receive the meal benefits for the 2023-24 school year. We encourage families to apply online through the SchoolCafe platform.
You can find more information about Nutrition Services in the document attached below.
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KidGuard Insurance Enrollment
Parents can purchase additional insurance protection for accidents that may occur during school classes and while students are away from school, at home, during weekends and vacation periods, including the summer months. For information regarding this optional coverage, visit www.kidguardinsurance.com for additional benefit and on-line enrollment information.
Communication is very important to your child’s success at school and we want to keep you informed of what is going on at Hawthorn. Please remember communication is a two-way process and you are encouraged to get in touch with your child’s teacher or Mrs. Renton and Mrs. Taylor as needed. We will use electronic communication frequently, so if you do not have access to a computer at home, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher to let them know, so they can send you information in your child’s backpack. We don’t want you to miss important information.
Below are a few ways to stay informed about Hawthorn and the Park Hill School District.
Hawthorn Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HawthornElementary
Hawthorn PTA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HawthornPTA/
Hawthorn Elementary Website: https://hawthorn.parkhill.k12.mo.us/
Park Hill School District Website: https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/
First Hand E-mail Newsletter
Be one of the first to know what’s going on in Park Hill. Sign up for the First Hand e-mail newsletter at www.parkhill.k12.mo.us to get the most current Park Hill news. Your address will never be shared.
Nominate a Staff Member for the Park Hill STAR Award
Our employees are the reason we are so successful here in the Park Hill School District, and we would like to recognize them for all they do for our students.
That is why we present the Park Hill Star award once a month to a pre-K or elementary teacher, a secondary teacher and a support employee. Anyone can nominate an employee for this award by using the form below. It asks you to share how your nominee demonstrates our district values of continuous improvement, high expectations, integrity, visionary leadership and student focus. You can also share how your nominee supports the goals in our district’s strategic plan.