Hawthorne Happenings - March

From the desk of Mr. Mahal

Dates to remember...

March 9 - High School Band visit for 5th graders

March 10 - 5th grade visits ALHS for Orchestra

March 14-18 - No School due to Spring Break

March 21 - PTO Meeting at 5:30 (In-person and virtual option) Click HERE for virtual link.

March 23 - High School Orchestra visit

March 30 - Dental Clinic

March 31 - Dental Clinic

Spring Conference Success!

We had 92% of our families take part in conferences recently which is a terrific indicator of how invested you all are in your students education! We can't thank you enough for visiting with us either in-person or virtually. If you were unable to make it work during conferences, please let your child's classroom teacher know that you'd like to meet so we can make that happen.


Thank you again for partnering with us to make our Hawthorne experience even better!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year nominees

As you already know, Hawthorne has some excellent educators and a few of them were recognized by students, parents, or peers in being nominated for Albert Lea Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to our Hawthorne staff that were nominated - quite the honor!


Back Row from L-R - Mr. Groth (PE), Mrs. Schewe (4), Larry Rassler (5), Staci Wangen (3)

Front Row from L-R - Mrs. Schuhmacher (IC), Hannah Peterson (1), Pam Jacobsen (2), Kristy Nelson (K)

Not pictured - Mrs. Lange (4), Katie Nielsen (SSW)

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Spring Break Opportunities!

For our students in grades 1-7, Community Education is providing FREE opportunities for students to take advantage of! Please contact them if you are interested in having your student be involved if there is an offering of interest.

Time for a story!

Want to spend time with your child, build his/her reading skills, and help him/her learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud. Here are suggestions.


Read regularly

Try to read to your child every day. You might aim for 10-15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day. Bring along a book and read to him/her during a sibling's sports practice. Or curl up together with a book when you get home from work.


Take turns choosing books

Your child may want to hear old favorites again and again. Use your turn for new titles and variety, such as nonfiction or poetry.


Let them participate

As your child to turn the pages while you read. Also, they can finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words he/she knows. Go slowly so he/she has time to understand the story and look at the illustrations. They'll enjoy read-aloud time more if they play an active role.


Be playful

You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a horse). Or substitute your youngster's name for the main character's name, and use family members' names for other characters.


Note: You don't have to be an expert reader - your child will love it when you read aloud because it's you!!!