A big thank you from Family Support Specialist Acquinetta Williams

Below is a letter from Acquinetta Williams, the Family Support Specialist at Hawthorne Elementary, thanking Friends of Hawthorne as well as School Staff and other community members for their support. At a recent FOH PTA meting, it was mentioned that about 10% of students at Hawthorne experience some form of homelessness.

Over the years FOH has served several families at Hawthorne Elementary. As the Family Support Worker, I am thankful for the relationship we have and the partnership we have built in supporting our school community. Students and families have benefited from generous contributions that changed their lives considerably. Funds for homeless families have been used for deposits so families can move into temporary/permanent housing, to pay monthly rent when parents have lost their jobs, to secure payment on utility bills, to purchase blankets, heaters and bedding, and to provide food and clothing to keep them warm during the winter months.

Most recently, FOH assisted in securing shelter for two of our homeless families, which turned out to be the best gift ever. I must tell you how thankful I am to be a part of such a fabulous group of people. In addition, donations were provided from Hawthorne’s awesome staff and members of their families. As a collective group we secured motel accommodations for two weeks. When I went to the motel to deliver hot meals and gifts, it warmed my heart to see the smiles on the kids’ faces. All the kids were nestled up in one room; they had warmth, a TV, a refrigerator, and a microwave that I had requested from the motel. Additionally, the kids received tablets, Kindles, toys, and clothes from several very generous donors. The families were overwhelmed with appreciation, and it provided me with such a sense of fulfillment and relief that I could then go and enjoy my own family. 

Your contributions make a difference. Every family needs a home and every child needs a place to feel safe and secure. Children who have a sense of “belonging” are free to learn, explore, and dream without fear.

On behalf of Hawthorne staff, students and families…..Thank you Thank you Thank you! 

Yours truly,

Acquinetta Williams
Hawthorne Elementary
Family Support Worker

FOH fills funding gap for kindergarten reading software

iRead software

Because of school district budget cuts, Hawthorne started the 2017-18 school year more than $1,000 shy of the funds needed for adaptive software that helps young learners become better readers.

Friends of Hawthorne PTA helped fill that gap. Now every kindergartner at Hawthorne access to iRead software, a tool for that helps all kiddos improve their reading skills — especially those whose first language is not English.

You can help us meet more emerging classroom needs like this by giving to Friends of Hawthorne PTA. 

Save the Date! Hawthorne Auction - March 10th 2018

2018 Hawthorne Auction

Get ready to RISE UP on March 10th, 2018 - 5:30pm at Mt. Baker Community Club

This event brings together Hawthorne families and community supporters to help raise more than half of the PTA’s budget and contributions to the school.

Bring your appetite, and get ready for an unforgettable night raising funds for our wonderful students and school.

The money raised will help support:

  • Field trips and arts enrichment for every class. 
  • Teacher grants and a security system to keep our kids safe. 
  • Books for the library and for kids to take home.
  • Technology. Community-building events. Support for families in crisis.

So Save the Date and get ready to RISE UP!

Find more info and updates on the Auction page

Hawthorne is starting a Lego Robotics Club!

We are starting 2 Lego Robotics Clubs for Hawthorne Students!

One will meet on Mondays right after school at Hawthorne, likely 2:45pm-4:00pm.  The other will meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-11:30am at the SE Family Services building in Columbia City.  Each club will meet weekly, and build programmable lego robots.  We expect kids to work in groups of 3-4, and each group will have a parent coach.  If your child can join us, please register with Dave Schumacher: daveschu00@gmail.com, 206-856-9569.  He'll need their name, age and guardian contact information.  Also, we can use more parent volunteers!  Please let Dave know if you can volunteer to be a parent coach.  You would need to be present for club meetings, and run through the project once before the each club meeting.  Children of parents who are volunteering will get priority, and then we will take the first 20 kids who register for each club.  After that we'll form a waitlist.  We are planning to officially kick off in January, but we may have some casual sessions in December.  These kits look like a lot of fun!

Please reach out to Dave Schumacher with any questions.

Find more info on the Hawthorne Lego Robotics Page.

Hawthorne Elementary has been selected to participate in Seattle Theatre Groups production of Aladdin

This is a new program open to 3rd-5th grade students. The Disney production Aladdin will be produced with the help of Seattle Theatre Group. Music, set and costume design volunteers are needed. Rehearsals begin November 2nd, 2:40-4:10 PM, and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Contact Ellie Kok for more info and to volunteer: epkok@seattleschools.org

More info can be found at Seattle Theatre Group Disney Musicals In Schools page.

Hawthorne Elementary Earns National Award for School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Seattle, WA – Hawthorne Elementary earned a 2017 Partnership School Award from the
National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. Hawthorne
was recognized for making excellent progress in strengthening and sustaining a
comprehensive program of school, family, and community partnerships.

Hawthorne, a member of NNPS, provided detailed descriptions of specific strategies that
help to engage more and different families in ways that support school improvement goals
for student success. NNPS looks for evidence of good program development including
teamwork, leadership, goal-linked plans for action, implementation, evaluation, and network

“Hawthorne is applying research-based approaches to strengthen its welcoming climate and
to engage parents and community partners in ways that improve student attendance,
behavior, achievement, health, high school graduation rates, and other student outcomes,”
said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, Director of NNPS.

Hawthorne will continue to strengthen its program of school, family, and community
partnerships in the new school year to help all students succeed at high levels. Read about
NNPS at www.partnershipschools.org.

Class Supplies!

Hello Hawthorne community,

Thank you for your patience as we work to provide the most accurate and helpful information regarding school supply purchases for the upcoming school year.  We recently sent out a communication describing the unforeseen financial challenges we faced in our efforts to purchase supplies for all students and asked that you aid us by providing select supplies for your students.  After this message was sent out to our community, an anonymous donor offered to provide the remaining funds needed to purchase ALL of the supplies for our school!  Needless to say, we were stunned by this generous gift.

In light of this new development, we are moving forward with our original pledge of purchasing all needed school supplies for every Hawthorne student, and have pulled the supply lists from our website.  If you have already started buying supplies for your student, please bring them to school anyway – they can and will be used!

Finally, please note that even with the generosity of the anonymous donation, the total cost of supplies still exceeds our projected financial estimates.  We ask that you consider making a small donation to further defray these costs. Every dollar you give will help us provide other, much-needed services to our school.  If you are able, we are asking for a donation of $25 per student; you may donate by visiting our website and clicking the yellow “donate” button or by completing a donation form (sent home the first day of school) and returning it to the school office. 

On behalf of the Friends of Hawthorne community, thank you for your support in making our school the very best it can be.

Brit Porter
Fellow parent and FOH Co-President

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Update on Pedestrian Improvements, SDOT is looking for comments

SDOT has been working on the designs for the pedestrian safety improvements around Hawthorne and they like to hear from you. They have been able to design the projects to maximize the amount of work done within the existing budget.

To find out about the project and the latest updates check their webpage:
Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections

SDOT Project Contact:
NSF Outreach Lead: Natalie Graves
Project phone: (206) 733-9361
Email: NSFHawthorneElementary@seattle.gov

  Early Design Concept

Early Design Concept

Hawthorne Recognized as a 2016 School of Distinction

From the press Release:

Sustained improvement over a five-year period in English language arts (ELA), math, and graduation rate is the reason for 94 schools across Washington State being recognized with the 2016 School of Distinction award today. These schools represent 51 elementary, 20 middle/junior high, 23 high schools, and 6 alternative schools already included in these numbers. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD), have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels. Elementary and middle schools are recognized for sustained improvement in ELA and math achievement. High schools are recognized for sustained improvement in graduation rate over the past five years.

These 94 schools span all regions of the state, from large urban to small rural communities and represent all nine Educational Service Districts (ESD's). Some of the student populations in these schools are as high as 98.5% poverty, and 67% English language learners, as well as high numbers of challenged learners in special education. As Greg Lobdell, CEE CEO and Director of Research states, "Even though the diversity and context of the communities served by each of these schools across our state are vastly different, the hard work represented by this award is the same and the students are the real winners." 

More Details here:

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

Dear Hawthorne Family,
Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year! We are so happy that you’re joining us. We look forward to sharing a great year with you at one of Seattle’s most dynamic elementary schools.

We are Friends of Hawthorne (FOH) PTA, a volunteer group of parents, teachers, caregivers, and community members. Our mission is to support Hawthorne so it can provide the best education possible to all its students. We raise money for student activities and supplies. We work to increase parent involvement in our children’s education. We advocate for Hawthorne students by uniting our voices to make ourselves heard within the Seattle School District. We support our excellent teachers and administrators.

We invite you to join us. Fill out the attached application form (or fill it out online) and hand it into a PTA member or the school office. Please come to our meetings, find a way to volunteer, and share your voice – what to YOU want to see at our school?

Get involved. There are a million ways to get involved. Here are seven:

Working together, we are stronger. Here’s to a fantastic year!

Best Regards,
Your Friends of Hawthorne Board of Directors
Co- Presidents - Rachael Caravalho & Suzy Largé, president@friendsofhawthorne.org
Vice-President - Brit Porter vicepresident@friendsofhawthorne.org
Treasurer - Josie Clark, treasurer@friendsofhawthorne.org
Secretary – Cathy Laetz, secretary@friendsofhawthorne.org

2016-2017 Calendar in English2016-2017 Calendar in Spanish
Membership Form in English, Membership Form in Spanish

Free Parent/Adult Programs at Atlantic Street Family Resource Center

Free Parenting Classes

Grandparent/Kinship Support Group: 

Grandparents & Kinship Caregivers in Action
Support group, every 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6p-8p
Limited Childcare available & light dinner provided

Incredible Years:

Wednesdays, September 21st-December 7th, 5:45-8pm
Parents will have the opportunity to learn techniques that support children's social and emotional growth.
Light dinner and childcare will be provided.

Parents as Educational Partners:

Tuesdays, September 27th-October 25th, 5:30-7pm
Parents will learn techniques to support reading skills, encourage children's learning, and foster good habits. 
Light dinner and childcare will be provided.

Ages & Stages:

Light dinner and childcare will be provided. 
First Swing
· Session I: Fridays, September 30th-October 21st, 11am
Birth to 3yrs
· Session I: Mondays, September 26th-October 24th, 2pm

For More Information Contact:

Tiara Atkins, Program Assistant
Atlantic Street Family Resource Center
Serving Southeast Seattle
E-mail: tiaraa@atlanticstreet.org
Family Center: 206-723-1301
Website: www.atlanticstreet.org

Hawthorne Elementary Receives 2016 NNPS Award

Hawthorne Elementary School earned a 2016 National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) Award.

Established at Johns Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.

Here's more on Hawthorn's 2015 award.

2016 Annual Hawthorne Day of Service

Special Thanks to the Students, Families, Staff and Community members of Hawthorne Elementary for inspiring each other to do Great works for our school. Our "Hawthorne Day of Service 2016" with the help of Emerald City Rotary was a Great Success this year!

Thank you to all who helped to plan, inspire, and to those who were present to do
the hard yet, rewarding work for our DAY OF SERVICE 2016!

Please visit our newly re-painted FUTSOL court on the playground, the school garden with it's re-constructed planting beds. And, note the fresh paint on the railing as you walk down the playground steps when you get a chance. Also, the entrance area to our school has been BEAUTIFIED!

Parenting workshop on child saftey at PTA Meeting

Friends of Hawthorne PTA Special Topic:

Savvy Parents Safe Kids
a parenting workshop on child safety
11/18/2015, 6:00–7:30 PM
Hawthorne Cafeteria (potluck)

This workshop on child safety will cover topics such as:

  •  The Fab 5 Questions YOU need to be asking before Play dates
  •  Cell phones for kids?
  •  Talkative kids (blessing or a curse?)
  •  Safety conversation starters.
  •  Teaching your child about body safety
  •  Out and about neighborhood safety
  •  Safety tools: What works? What doesn’t?
  •  Red Flags parents need to watch out for
  •  The “Super 10” every kid should know 

  We all want to keep our kids safe… join us and learn how to use our easy tips and tools that make safety fun not scary.

No graphic conversations. No scare tactics. Want to learn more?  Contact Kim Estes at kim@savvyparentssafekids.com or visit us at savvyparentssafekids.com

Geraldine's hosts Faces of Hawthorne student art exhibit

For the third year in a row, Geraldine's Counter is hosting a monthlong Hawthorne Elementary student art exhibit.

The Faces of Hawthorne exhibit runs May 4 to 31 and features a mosaic of self-portraits by kindergartners and first graders, plus other works of art celebrating our school's rich cultural diversity, our students' creativity and our community's commitment to ensuring that the arts are a vital part of our children's education.

The self-portrait mosaic and other student masterpieces raised more than $1,200 at our Faces of Hawthorne Auction, enough so that all kindergartners and first-graders will get to take their self-portraits home after the Geraldine's exhibit.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation during the Geraldine's exhibit to help us continue to provide the high-quality art instruction and materials that our children deserve.

You can make your gift at Geraldine's or on our website (just follow the instructions for making a one-time donation).

Thank you for your support!

Special thanks to Volunteer Artist-in-Residence Claudette Glubka and Hawthorne parent Rachael Caravalho for coordinating this third-annual exhibit; for Hawthorne Art Teacher Elaine Simons for contributing several pieces of student art; to Allen Glubka for framing the artwork; to Hawthorne parents Mike Caravalho and Graham Ayers for hanging it all up and Karen Rosenberg for copyediting the exhibit materials; to Jonita Bernstein of Blueline Design for donating her graphic design services; and to Geraldine's Counter for hosting once again.

Ready, set … artist in residence!


Arts enrichment at Hawthorne Elementary School has kicked up a notch, thanks to an artist-in-residence program that started with kindergartners and will roll up to the upper grades in 2015.

Karen Harp-Reed, a veteran Powerful Schools teacher with more than 30 years experience in the classroom, worked closely with our three kindergarten teachers to develop her lessons focused on positional words, gross motor skills and respecting personal boundaries — all foundational skills in the performing arts.

“Spatial awareness is a huge thing in theater, music and dance — math, too!” Karen says. “As children move their bodies around and play with kinesthetic words like above, below and in between, they start grasping the fundamentals of addition and subtraction in three dimensions.”

Karen’s residency with kindergartners included eight 40-minute classes, culminating in performances that each class gave to their kindergarten peers. In 2015, Powerful Schools artists in residence will work with first-, second- and fifth-graders. Macha Monkey Productions — a nonprofit theater group that’s taught playwriting and performing arts at Hawthorne for years — will work with third- and and fourth-graders.

Most teachers have asked their artists in residence to zero in on the performing arts, complementing the visual arts focus of Hawthorne Art Teacher Eileen Simons. A visual artist will work with second-graders, supporting a STEAM (Science Engineering Technology Arts and Math) project in which students will engineer a toy or game, design packaging and advertising to promote it.

Great thanks to the many generous donors who raised the paddle at Friends of Hawthorne PTA’s 2014 Auction to fund our 2014-15 artists in residence. And kudos galore to kindergarten parent and Friends of Hawthorne PTA volunteer Marita Grunfeld for working tirelessly to get this program going.

Hawthorne celebrates library's grand reopening


Hawthorne’s newly remodeled library reopened with lots of oohs, ahhs, smiles and distinguished company.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland celebrated with Hawthorne staff, teachers students, and representatives from Target and The Heart of America Foundation, which awarded the school a grant for the renovation last spring.

Hawthorne families came to check out the new bookcases, new tables and chairs, new artwork for the walls, new carpet, new paint, about 2,200 new books, 25 new iPads and a new projection/smart board system. Every student got several new books to take home.

It was more than a celebration of a beautiful new library. It was a proud moment for a school that “has come a long way — it’s made so much progress,” said Seattle School Board Member Betty Patu.

Patu praised the school’s staff and leadership for all the hard work they’ve done in over the last several years — work that’s “really moving our kids forward.”

“We talk about equity in education for all kids, and it’s happening here at Hawthorne.”

Check out several more photos of the library makeover in this blog post by the mayor’s office.