Hawk News

November 17, 2022

Cold Weather

Cold weather is here! Wearing the appropriate winter outerwear is important. Our goal is to have students go outside for recess whenever possible. (Please note if it is icy on the playground, we will not go outside.)

  • Students should come to school with a winter jacket, gloves, scarves, hat, etc.

  • Please discuss with your child the need to wear jackets at recess. Winter outerwear should not be removed when it is cold.

  • Please label all the winter gear. We have lots of black snow pants, so a label would really help!

Girls on the Run

Hanawalt had their first Girls on the Run team this year. The program is for girls 3rd - 5th grades. Girls on the Run has three core values to inspire girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths while building a sense of connection in a team setting. We had 24 girls participate this year. A big thank you to the girls and Coach Jill Tyler and Coach Kelli Petersen.

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Skate Party

Wow, Skate Night was so much fun! It was impressive to see all the various moves of skating from beginners to inline skating. We were able to synergize and sharpen the saw together. Plus our Hawks that fell down trying something new, got up and tried again! A special thank you to Patrick Rupe for organizing and finding donations for Skate Night!
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Another Big Thank You

For November Teacher Appreciation, Kim Dunn Helm from Domestic Bones (Hanawalt parent) delivered a large snack for the staff. It was absolutely delicious! Thank you to Kim and the PTA.

Domestic Bones-a local small business specializing in savory hand pies and aprons.

Owner-Kimberly Dunn Helm


No School November 23rd, 24th and 25th

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 7:45am to Friday, Nov. 25th, 2:45pm

225 56th Street

Des Moines, IA

No School

Hanawalt Community Notes

Hanawalt Spirit Store Extended to November 20th

You have more time to order Hanawalt shirts, sweatshirts, blanket, beanies and activity bags (perfect for snow gear!). Check it out and place your order by November 20th: https://www.premiumwebstores.net/hanawalt.htm

DMPS Needs a New Superintendent: Weigh In!

The Des Moines School Board is beginning the process to search for a Superintendent for Iowa’s capitol city school district. Throughout the search process, this web page will provide news, information and updates about the process, including opportunities for the community to be engaged in this important work. Learn more, complete the survey or sign up for an event.

We Are Grateful for You!

There are so many great people in the Hanawalt Community who make our school a special place to be! This week we wanted to shout out two in particular: THANK YOU to parent Patrick Rupe for planning another successful skate night for our students this year and helping to find the funding to make it free! THANK YOU to parent Kimberly Dunn Helm, who owns Domestic Bones, a local small business specializing in savory hand pies and aprons for donating lunch for our teachers and staff this week!

Food Drive! Hosted by Hanawalt Girl Scout Troop 943

Help Hanawalt bring much needed items to the Food Bank of Iowa by donating non perishable items at pickup and drop off on Monday, November 21st. and Tuesday the 22nd! Girl Scouts will be at the pick up and drop off line helping accept donations at the car windows and the front door. You can also find drop boxes in the office as well as the cafeteria.

Suggested Items: Pasta sauce, Soups, canned beans, canned Tuna, Canned fruit, packaged meals, Rice, Peanut butter, cereal, other breakfast items, deodorant, soap or toothpaste.

Monetary donations can also be made online at: https://bit.ly/HanawaltFoodDrive

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Upcoming Dates


23: No School

24: No School

25: No School


9: No School, PD Day

22-31: No School - Winter Break

2-3: Winter Break continues; No school
16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No school
17: No school, PD Day

18: No school, PD Day