Hawthorne Families

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Message from the Principal

Dear Hawthorne Families,

It's been amazing to walk our halls and see your children learning and practicing the Hawthorne Way again. As we begin our journey as an AVID school, getting to know your children as learners, and who they believe they are as learners, will be key to our success. This knowledge and understanding of our scholars, allows teachers to better plan for, motivate and encourage each child.

This year, our school-wide goal includes a focus on increasing student proficiency and achievement in literacy. Math continues to be at the forefront of our teaching as well, however, literacy is our district-wide focus this year. Creating goals and monitoring our progress is essential as we prepare each scholar to be college and community ready.

Please help us by ensuring your child is reading every night! 30 minutes a night can make a huge difference in your child's achievement here at school. Please note, this can mean the child reading independently, reading to you, a sibling or a family member; everyone counts! Make it part of your home routine and enjoy your reading time together!

As always, thank you for taking the time in reading our newsletter to stay informed of Hawthorne happenings.

#read #read #read

Practicing Lock Down Drill

The intent of this is message is to inform Hawthorne families of an upcoming Lock-Down Drill that we will be conducting on Friday, September 24, at 2:30-3:30pm. The safety of your children, our staff, and visitors to our campus is an ongoing priority that we continually assess, evaluate, and refine. Changes in our society over the past several years have made new safety policies and procedures necessary.

Preparing for and practicing Intruder Drills are as necessary as the fire and weather drills we currently practice. When practicing this drill scholars will be sitting in close proximity to other scholars for the duration of the safety drill. Also, during this time no one will be able to leave or enter our building as we practice these drills as if the situation is actually happening. Please plan all student pick-ups before or after this time.

We have worked with our staff and students in preparing for this safety drill. Upon completion of the drill, we will debrief with building administrators and our School Resource Officer. Suggestions and revisions to our plan will be made, enabling our school to best respond to such an event.

Please be assured that safety is a top priority and part of the high level of education we strive to provide at Hawthorne Elementary. Thank you for your support in discussing these matters with your children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.



  • Thursday, September 16th - 5:00-6:00pm MYSO Parent Meeting- please read below.
  • Fall MAP testing will take place the week of September 20th-24th- please make sure your child is here everyday.
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Communication for late arrival/ pick ups & absences

ABSENT: How do you communicate with school that your child will be absent?

First Option:

  • School Messenger on Safe Arrival
  • Please use this App to download on your phone to mark your child absent, late or picking up early. This will directly be connected to your child's attendance here at school.
  • Video tutorial here
  • NOTE: Early pick-ups must be communicated to the office prior to 3:15pm or scholar/s will be dismissed at 3:40pm.

Second Option :

  • Call the school Secretary, Mrs. Alfaro, at 262-970-1605
  • Please leave your child's name and reason for absence.

REMIND APP being used by school and district:

  • Please remember that the REMIND app is a tool to communicate with teachers and staff at Hawthorne.
  • Please NOTE that teachers during the day are teaching and helping your child meet their goals and will be checking this app at least once a day.

MYSO FOR OUR 3rd-5th Grade Scholars


Thursday, September 16th



Please use door #10


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Nina Cruz

Families United PTA President

Hawthorne Elementary School

1111 Maitland Drive

Waukesha, WI 53188