Hawes Highlights: Stay Informed!
This Week in Review
Hawes Elementary School is committed to all students succeeding in a rigorous core curriculum. We believe in the importance of a strong home and school connection to ensure that our students acquire the skills needed to be life-long learners. We believe in teamwork, collaboration and mutual respect. We embrace risk-taking, creativity and an openness to new ideas and technologies. We believe that a positive self-esteem and social responsibility are goals for all and that our students, through a love of learning, will be challenged to reach their highest potential! We believe in aiming for the remarkable!
Principal's Message

For many last week felt like the beginning of a new school year - new classroom, new procedures and more. For all who helped, supported our students and teachers through the transition and adjusted to a different routine in the morning or at dismissal, we thank you! It really does take all of us to make these transitions smooth!

On Friday, as I tweeted out a picture of the 11 new Chromebook carts that Mr. Bob and I delivered to classrooms, I did a little happy dance and had a moment (actually several) of reflection. When I first joined the Hawes community 7 years ago, our connectivity issues were less than stellar, wireless was almost non-existent and having functioning, useful technology was a dream we shared. Through the work of many - staff, PTA, our district office - we worked to improve our connectivity and access to the Internet and have evolved in our use of integrating technology in meaningful ways. On Friday, we took an giant leap forward and officially became a school with 1:1 devices for all of our students. With this milestone (happy dance), the possibilities to accelerate learning for our students is real! I can't wait to see how we learn and evolve! Thank you to Measure Q for making one of our dreams a reality!

#1to1devices #MeasureQ #Acceleratelearning #Behawesome
Attendance for Month 4: 98% is our goal!
For December, our school wide attendance rate was 96.92%, short of our goal of 98%. The following classes had the highest attendance rate in the grade level: K - Mrs. Steele; 1 - Mrs. Oakes; 2 - Mrs. Zeutzius; 3 - Mrs. Wisman; 4 - Mrs. De Stefano; and 5 - Mrs. Africano. Congratulations to Mrs. Zeutzius' class for having the highest attendance rate in the school - 98.87%.
Denim and Diamonds: Save the Date!
Mark your calendars NOW for our PTA Spring Fling -

Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6 - 11 pm at the Harborside Pavilion

More details to come! Stay tuned!
After-school Enrichment Programs
Sign up through 6Crickets.com .

Flyers will be going home this week. The 2019 Winter/Spring schedule include classes for Minecraft Coding, Drama, Spanish, Mad Science, Legos, Basketball and Chess.

To learn more and register for classes, visit:

Buy your yearbooks and ads now!
Order your yearbook now! Online sales are available through 5/15/19. 

Yearbook ad space is available! The price is $40 for a 1/4 page ad and $25 for a 1/8 page ad. Use the same link to order. Ads must be purchased by  2/15/2019.
EDI Data Collection
Our district participates in the county-wide EDI (Early Development Index) program. This involves our kindergarten teachers completing information on our kindy students' readiness and preparation for entering kindergarten. Your child is not directly involved nor engaged in this survey; only the teacher's input relating to each child is provided. EDI data allows us to have the best picture of where the needs and successes are located in our county and neighborhoods. With these data, we can work together to make the best changes in services and programs to ensure that every child, family, and community is ready for school. The EDI is helpful not only in telling how children are developing, but also in predicting health, education, and social outcomes. Parents may opt out of their kindergarten child's participation in the EDI by contacting Carolyn Werthheim at our district office or your child's kindergarten teacher. Additional information can be found on the attachments below along with contact information for any questions you may have.

For more information regarding this data collection, please click here .
Rainy Days
If it is raining in the morning at drop off, students report directly to their classrooms.

If it is raining at dismissal, pick up is from the classrooms and the front and back gates will open at the first dismissal time!

If it is raining at lunch, we always need extra hands to help supervise our students as they eat lunch in the classrooms!
Independent Study Contracts
When requesting an independent study contract, please remember:

  1. Require an absence of 5 or more days.
  2. Will not be approved during SBAC testing. 
  3. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of your trip. 
  4. Requests should be made to the office so that the office can prepare the contract, the teacher can prepare the work, and the contract can signed by all parties (teacher, principal, parent, and student) before your trip.
  5. Upon your return, the completed contract, including all work, must be returned to your child’s teacher. 

Kudos! #Teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Special thanks to the many who gave time and energy to get us ready for the start of school:

  • to Brittany Ransom, Van Nguyen, Rachel larsen, Thuy Nguyen, Karen Lund, Trisha Chen, Carlee Puffer, Stacey Wilder, Bernadette Masatsugu, and Laura Smith for helping our teachers unpack in the brown portables.
  • to Stephanie Gabaret and Minerva Villanueva who coordinate the Class Act assemblies and program!
  • to April Helliwell for taking on the enormous task of organizing the Spring Fling!
  • to Nicole Simone for re-organizing the AR room! We love it!

GATE GPO Coding and Robotics Challenge for ALL! Join Now!
HBCSD GATE GPO is hosting a Coding and Robotic Challenge for all students. Last year Hawes students soared in this challenge! Sign up online NOW.  

Name our Hawks Hawk Mascot
The Hawes PTA is sponsoring a NAME our HAWK contest and asking our students to get creative! Flyers with more information were sent home last week OR students can submit their entry using this link:

Entries must be submitted by January 18!
Social Media and Screen Time: A Learning Opportunity for Parents
Parents are invited to a FREE education night to learn about how social media and screen time is affecting our kids' mental health. Learn about what you can do to change the narrative and help your child's well being. Join hosts Dwyer PTSA and HBCSD on January 17, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Huntington Beach High School Auditorium located at 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.  The event is for adults only.  

Click here for more information!
Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., there is NO school on Monday, January 21.
Additional Information and Opportunities
Hawes Happenings for the Week
Week of January 14 - January 18, 2019
Our ST Math goal for the week is: 42%

Monday January 14:
  • Morning Announcements
  • Art Explorer in class lessons - Borns, Oakes, Cirac, Zeutzius

Tuesday January 15:
  • Art Explorer in class lessons - Tucker, Wells, Ortloff, Adams
  • Coffee Talk with principal and PTA president

Wednesday January 16:
  • Art Explorer in class lessons - Volk, Steele, Rocha, Africano, Wisman
  • Choir Dress Rehearsal from 2:50 pm - 4 pm with Miss One

Thursday January 17:
  • Art Explorer in class lessons - Chalabian, Largey, De Stefano, Zankich
  • Hawes Choir performance (activity room) at 3:30 pm
  • Early Dismissal: Grades K-3 at 1:26/gr. 4-5 at 1:35

Friday January 18:
  • Art Explorer in class lessons - Wilfert, Cook/Garton, Munson, Arsenault
  • Wear your spirit wear!

Coming Attractions:

1.21 - Martin Luther King Jr Holiday - no school
1.22 - Vision and hearing screening for K, 2 and 5th grade
1.22 - GATE testing -Oakes, Wilfert, 4-5 grade, 3rd grade
1.23 - School Site Council meeting at 3:00 pm
1.23 - GATE testing - Arsenault, Cook/Garton, 2nd grade
1.24 - GATE testing - Arsenault, Cook/Garton, 2nd grade
1.24 - Student Council Meeting at 7:45
1.24 - FV Skate Party from 4 - 6 pm
1.25 - All school assembly
week of 1.28 - The Great Kindness Challenge
1.28 - In-N-Out Reward Party Van field trip
1.29 - GATE testing - Oakes, Wilfert, 4th - 5th grade
1.29 - Outdoor science school parent information meeting at 6 pm (activity room)
1.30 - PTA Assembly (Happiness is NOW experience) for all students
1.31 - GATE testing - Oakes, Wilfert
2.1 - Class Act Individual class lessons for 5th grade classes
2.5 - 4th grade Walk through California experience
2.6 - 4th grade Walk through California experience
2.6 - Kindergarten Round Registration at 6 pm
2.7 - Kindergarten Round Registration at 9 am
2.8 - Class Act Individual Class Lessons
2.12 - Open Enrollment window for HBCSD opens (through 2.27)
Check out our google school calendar for the entire year on our website at: