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    Hawthorne Weekly Newsletter
    Posted on 01/14/2021
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    Week of 2/10/2021:

    Mid Winter Break -This is a reminder that there will be no school February 15 – 19 for Presidents Day and mid-winter break. The office at Hawthorne will be closed during this time period as well. We will return to operations on February 22nd.

    There will be no meal service from Nutrition Services on Monday, Feb. 15.  Regularly scheduled meal times will resume on Tuesday Feb. 16 at all Meal Distribution sites, except for the Bus Routes, Bryant Elementary, Olympic View Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, TOPS K-8, Aki Kurose Middle School, Northgate Elementary, and Roxhill Elementary, which will be closed Feb. 15-19. Families are welcome to pick up meals from one of the open Meal Distribution sites that will be open (Meal Sites:


    Welcome Nick Adams as new Family Support Worker for Hawthorne!

    We are happy and excited to welcome staff member Nick Adams as the Hawthorne FSW for the remainder of the 2020 -21 school year. He assumes the position held by Paula Murray who came out of retirement to support Hawthorne students and families when our position became vacant last fall. We thank Paula for her work and commitment to our families and collaborating with Nick to ensure a smooth transition to Hawthorne.

    Nick is no stranger to the Family Support position. He served as an FSW for several years before leaving the district. He returns to us after several years away where he worked at the YMCA, as an Area Director (Seattle Parks and Rec), Vice President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County and as the Chief of Staff for Friends of Youth.  He brings over 12 years of experience and has supported many students, families and communities while working as a FSW at 8 different schools.

    Please reach out and welcome Nick to our Hawthorne School Community! His contact information is naadams or you can call the main office at 206.252.7210.

    AAMA launching Listen and Learn Forum February 2021

    The office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) is launching our Listen and Learn forum in February 2021 to continue to listen to Black families as we reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens.

    AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systemic racism. We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive. Your voice will help build the office's intentional, long-term plan.

    Listen and Learn Forum Questions

    Some of the questions discussed at the forums include:

    1. What does a safe and nurturing learning environment look like for Black boys and teens? And are these reflected in your experience with your child’s school?
    2. Which of your child’s teachers have been your favorite? And why? What skills and knowledge do all educators need to support the learning and development of Black boys and teens?
    3. What does it look like when your child is excited to learn and share their brilliance? What must be present for this to happen at school?
    4. What rituals, routines, and practices would you like to see in the SPS school environment that honors students’ cultural strengths and celebrates their Blackness and identity?
    5. Does your child feel safe at school? What policies or rules would help your child feel safer?
    6. Are there in- or out-of-school programs that are helping your child thrive? In what ways do you see these programs or spaces having a positive impact?
    7. What has been the best and most difficult part of remote learning? And what must be in place for you to send your child back to school?
    8. What are the most important things for educators and school systems to know about building a strong relationship with you and your family?

    These forums are focused on the voices of Black families in SPS. AAMA will publish and share the findings with our larger community, including professional development for staff, later this year.

    AAMA Regional Forums

    • Northeast Families, Friday, February 5
    • Northwest Families, Tuesday, February 9
    • Central Families, Friday, February 12, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Southwest Families, Monday, February 22, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Southeast Families, Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • African Home Language Families, Friday, February 26, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.

    Return to In Person Learning- Current information and updates regarding the to Return to In Person Learning can be found here: 2021 In-Person Learning Plan webpage.

    Open Enrollment for School Choice Window Extended

    The deadline to participate in Open Enrollment for School Choice has been extended to February 26.

    Applying for Another School

    If your student wants to apply to attend a school that is not their assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. We encourage families to apply during the Open Enrollment period. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment will receive tiebreakers.

    Applications received after Open Enrollment are prioritized based on the date the application is received. School Choice forms are available online or at the John Stanford Center. More information and the forms are available on the School Choice page.

    The results of Open Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year will be available online in April.

    If your student is currently attending an option school or another school that is not their attendance area school by choice, they can continue at this school until the highest grade offered at that school without having to apply during Open Enrollment again.

    Inclement Weather Information- Planning for winter weather in 2020-21 is different than in past years. As a result of remote learning, we are better positioned to continue school even when it is snowing, and or the roads are icy. Changes to school schedules because of winter weather will be limited and traditional “snow day” closures are unlikely. If winter weather requires the cancellation of in-person learning or the closure of school buildings, all students will learn remotely.

    Planning for Winter Weather Announcement


     Register for the Office of AAMA Listen and Learn Forums

    Week of 1/27/2021:

     Please come and join us for Hawthorne's Open House February 4th, from 6-7pm for K-5th grades.  To attend the Open House, please visit the "news" section to access the link to these events. 

    SCORES has donated soccer equipment for all 3rd and 4th graders! Many fourth graders have already picked theirs up at the last supply pickup. Third grade can come to Hawthorne to pick theirs up at the third grade supply pickup on February 4th between 2 and 4 pm. Any fourth graders that have not already picked theirs up are welcome to come at that time to get theirs. 

    February is Black History Month! 
    Black Lives Matter at School Week 
    February 1-5

    Parent Information Regarding the Return to In Person Learning: 
    Seattle Public Schools will launch a "Return to In-Person Plan" webpage on the district website. The page containing up to date information on the process will be published on Jan. 29. and will be posted on the site by 5 p.m. You can access the page by visiting

    Seattle Council PTSA/SEA: Listening Session with Communities of Color 
    Parents and students of color are invited to a listening and learning session with the Seattle Education Association (SEA). 
    Date and time: Saturday, January 30th 6 to 7:45PM 
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    This is an opportunity for communities of color to engage with labor union leadership and share their thoughts, questions and concerns about the in-person return to schools. Please help our Council spread the word within your communities of color, immigrant communities and those that do not speak English. Interpreters will be available. 
    In service, 
    Manuela Slye 

    Hawthorne Family Quarantine Academy 2021:
    Bringing Mindfulness Home: How to Help Students Create Balance and Reduce Stress.  Students and families welcome. January 21 6-7:30pm. Online via MS Teams. Presented by Space Between.
    Birds and Bees and Kids: Deeper Dive. How to Have the Tech Talk with your Kids – Part 2. Parents/Guardians/Caregivers welcome (Adults Only!) February 25 6-7:30pm. Presented by Amy Lang.
    Family Cooking Night: Have a Fun Night Cooking with the Family! Students and families welcome. March 18 6-7:30pm. Online via MS Teams.  Presented by Seattle Cucina Cooking School.

              To attend any of the above, RSVP Required:

    Hawthorne Office Hours
    Currently our office hours are from 8am until 1pm Monday-Friday.  If you need to contact us, you can call during those hours. Voicemail is checked regularly, so if you call after hours, please leave a message, and we will get back with you.

    If your child is absent from Remote Learning, please call the main office (206) 252-7210, and notify us of the absence, and the reason for the absence, so that we can keep accurate attendance data.

    Week of 1/13/2021:

    Hello and Happy New Year!
    As we begin the New Year, we would like to let our students, and families know that we are very proud of how everyone has been able to adapt to a new style of learning. This school year has been like no other, with the difficulties that the pandemic has put upon us, both in our schooling, and home lives.  We have been able to shift to virtual learning, and have seen a lot of growth in our students. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support that our children have gotten both at home, and in the community. Thank you for all you do to help our children be successful!

    Please come and join us for Hawthorne’s Open House!
    January 20 from 6-7pm for Kindergarten only
    February 4 from 6-7pm for K-5th grades
    To attend the Open House, please visit the "News" section to access the link to these events.

    We would like to welcome Elona White , our new Attendance Secretary, to Hawthorne!
    Joyce Shimizu has retired, and Donna Eaton is now our Administrative Secretary.

    Hawthorne Office Hours
    Currently our office hours are from 8am until 1pm Monday-Friday.
    If you need to contact us, you can call during those hours. Voicemail is checked regularly, so if you call after hours, please leave a message, and we will get back with you.

    If your child is absent from Remote Learning, please call the main office (206) 252-7210, and notify us of the absence, and the reason for the absence, so that we can keep accurate attendance data.
    Thank You!