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    Hawthorne Elementary School Back to School Information
    Posted on 08/30/2020

                     Hawthorne Elementary School

                      Back to School Information

                              August 28, 2020 


    Dear Hawthorne Families,


    Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited about reconnecting with students and families in our Hawthorne School community. This school year will begin much differently than in years past.

    Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and its effect on the health and safety of our world community, teaching and learning for Seattle School Students will occur through Remote Learning Classrooms. Our staff has been busy working and planning together in preparation for welcoming our students the first day of school Friday September 4th  2020. Kindergarten students will have a delayed start school to allow teachers to hold Family Connection conferences for incoming students and  will attend their first day of class on Tuesday September 8th.

    As you prepare your children for the start of  the new 2020-21 school year, we want to provide you with some important information and upcoming dates to assist you in your planning for the opening of school.


    Welcome New Hawthorne Staff

    I am pleased to welcome the following people who will be joining our staff at Hawthorne this year. We are delighted to have them as a part of our school community.


    • Rachel Pitts– Grade 3rd/4th
    • Meghan Barnes- Grade 5th
    • Dennis Stewart – PE
    • Jennifer Anderson – Counselor Intern
    • Sharon Peterson Family Support Worker
    • Nate Herth – Teacher Specialist Grades 4th and 5th


    Teacher Introduction and Student Class Assignments

    Hawthorne Students and families should receive an initial contact by way of introduction from your assigned classroom teacher between August 27th and August 30th.


    New School Start Times- Bell Schedule

    School start and end times for Hawthorne are 8:30am – 3:00pm. These times are consistent with all elementary schools within our district and are listed on our web site. Classroom lunch times will be scheduled by grade level to occur within the 11:30am – 1:15pm time frame to align with the lunch distribution sites.


    Lunch Site Times/Child Care Site

    Hawthorne has been designated as a school lunch/meal distribution site starting in September. Lunch site times are  scheduled from 11:30am- 1:15pm .

    LAUNCH will be providing childcare at Hawthorne Monday -Friday beginning September 8th. For more information contact or 206.726.7972


    Strong Start Schedule: 8:30am-11:30am- 9/4/2020- 9/11/2020

    From Sept. 4th – Sept.11th all SPS schools will follow a “Strong Start” schedule.  The Strong Start schedule will have 2 hours of synchronous (live)  and asynchronous (independent) instruction for students. The morning schedule will focus on socio-emotional learning lessons,  building relationships and supporting students and families in use of tech software platforms such as Seesaw, and Microsoft Teams. During afternoons teachers will be involved in site based professional development work, planning culturally responsive online instruction and participating in Family Connections Conferences. .


    Tech Devices- 

    All Seattle Public students will be provided  technology devices to engage in remote learning.

    K-2 Students will be provided with SPS iPads and 3-5 students will receive laptops to use over the course of the year. We are hoping that the devices will be arrive at the district on and be delivered to schools for distribution prior to September 14th.  More information regarding  device updates and distribution schedule will be provided next week.


    BYOD – ( Bring Your Own Device)

    Seattle School students and families may use their own devices to engage in remote learning. Students who received Amazon Chromebooks during the spring or over the summer can choose to use their device during the upcoming school year. All BYOD devices must be able to access the SPS website. Additional information can be located on the SPS website.


    Internet Access

    Seattle Public Schools is strongly committed to make sure every family has access to Internet and a working device. The district is partnering with Internet providers to provide students and families with   wireless access to school district websites and learning platforms. There are two services that SPS is currently collaborating with:      

    • Comcast Internet Essentials (for families who will have a fixed address for at least 6 months) which is installed in the home.
    • SPS Cellular Hotspots (for families with no fixed address or moving frequently) which can be picked up at select locations.

    Our school staff is working to identify families who are in need of access to internet service. Hawthorne families needing assistance with Internet Access should contact Eileen Gray by email at or by phone at 206.252.7214


    Information is coming out at a fast and furious pace now that negotiations are finalized and as we get closer to the opening of school. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding.  Please feel to contact us at 206.252.7210  if you have additional questions.


    Sandra Scott


    Hawthorne Elementary


    There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise.” W.E.B.DuBois




    Introduction to Hawthorne PE

    Hello, students and parents/guardians my name is Mr. Stewart, or you can also call me Mr. S if you would like. I’m a St. Therese Elementary/Middle School, O’Dea High School, and Central Washington University graduate. I will be your P.E. teacher for this new school year, and I believe that we’re going to have a great time. For my class I want everybody to have fun, to move their bodies, and to learn skills that can be used in their everyday life. The biggest goal that I have for my class is to change the common perception of P.E. from that of rolling a ball around for 50 minutes to promoting physical fitness as fun, developing teamwork, fairness and cooperation. Thank you and I’m excited to teach and learn from all of you.


    I have 3 rules for my class:

    1. Have fun
    2. Don’t get angry if you can’t do something, just keep moving
    3. Go at your own speed, and stop if you need to.