No need to get school supplies!


We hope you and your kids are having a fantastic summer. We want to remind you that there’s no need to go shopping for school supplies! For the third year in a row, Friends of Hawthorne has purchased all supplies for all classrooms in all grades.

We need your help to sustain this effort from year to year.

It costs about $40 per student to provide all the pencils, pens, paper and many other supplies teachers and students need. Please give what you can. Smaller and larger contributions are welcome.

If you choose to give online, you can make your gift by clicking the “Please Give to Our School Supplies Fund Today” link on our school supplies page.


You can also drop off a check made out to Friends of Hawthorne in the office or at the Back to School BBQ on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:30-7 p.m.

Thanks for your support!

2018-19 e-news year in review

Here’s are quick links to our 2018-19 e-newsletters to get you in-the-know about what Friends of Hawthorne PTA has been up to over the last year.

HAPPY SUMMER, Hawthorne! - Make a gift to our school supply fund … join our phenomenal playground redesign team … check out the new plays pace taking shape

JUNE 2019: A year of big success - Year in review … breaking ground on our STEAM playground in July … Multicultural Night … school dance … school supplies for all.

MAY 2019: Big news for the playground - $290,000 raised for phase 1 … outdoor classroom STEAM design spotlight … meet our 2019-20 board … sold-out auction …

MARCH 2019: Goodbye snow, hello spring! - Progress toward our new playground … the takeoff of our our new after-school pilot program … nominees for next year’s PTA leaders … Hawthorne’s 2018 Book Fair … a tribute to our beloved Ms. Cathy.

FEBRUARY 2019: Shaping Hawthorne’s future - Time to nominate next year’s leaders … new after-school enrichment options …

JANUARY 2019: Show pride in Hawthorne - Happy New Year, families … get your auction tickets … Family Toolkit Series … vote on February 12 … updatep on after-school enrichment pilot program … volunteers needed for Literacy, Health & Fitness night

DECEMBER 2018 - Exciting developments at school … auction coming up … piloting new after-school enrichment program … library makerspace … playground progress report … Hawthorne Family Toolkit info … shop Amazon Smile for Hawthorne

NOVEMBER 2018 - Goal-smashing fall at Hawthorne Walkathon raises more than $17,000 … ground breaking and work party for Hawthorne’s STEAM Playspace Community Design Project … Dia de los Muertos … tips for parent teacher conferences

OCTOBER 2018 - So many ways to get involved at Hawthorne … giving your (day)time and talents … Walkathon is gaining STEAM … greening up the playground … Dia de Los Muertos … remembering Miss. Suzee

SEPTEMBER 2018 - Welcome to Hawthorne! … volunteer opportunities … Walkathon happening October 19 … tree-planting work party (on Arbor Day!) … last call for school supply fund drive donations … ways to support Hawthorne while you shop

AUGUST 2018 - Big win for the playground Playground wins Nature Conservancy Grant safer routes to school … classroom supplies for all … translations available throughout this website (click on the Google Translate button in the upper right-hand corner!)

Pedestrian improvements around Hawthorne happening!

At long last SDOT is scheduled to start work on the pedestrian improvements around Hawthorne next week. Below is an email from SDOT with the details. Click here for the Construction Notice.

I’m writing to let you know that construction of the Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections project will begin as soon as Monday, July 2, 2018. Crews will work intermittently at the five locations until the entire project is complete, which will take approximately 8 weeks. Crews will begin by saw cutting at 42nd Ave S and S Snoqualmie St and at 38th Ave S and S Angeline St. You can find more information in the attached construction notice. We will be sending this information out to the email list this afternoon. More details are below. 

We're glad this project is being constructed!

Thank you,

Hawthorn Elementary and S Genesee St Outreach Team

Construction details

During construction crews will:

  • Add crossing beacons at the existing marked crosswalk at S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
  • Construct curb bulbs at the intersections of:
  • S Dakota St and 38th Ave S
  • S Conover Way and 42nd Ave S
  • S Angeline St and 38th Ave S
  • Construct a missing piece of sidewalk leading from S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S up to the park pathway

What to expect during construction

  • Typical construction hours on weekdays, 7 AM – 5 PM
  • Temporary lane, crosswalk, and sidewalk closures
  • Detours for people walking and biking
  • Possible parking and loading restrictions as work is completed near:
    • S Dakota St and 38th Ave S
    • S Conover Way and 42nd Ave S
    • S Snoqualmie St and 42nd Ave S
    • S Genesee St and Cascadia Ave S
  • Permanent parking removal along S Angeline St near 38th Ave S to allow room for the improved pedestrian facilities 
  • Increased dust, noise, vibration, and truck activity 

About this project

We’re making improvements in this area for people walking and biking. In 2016, the Hawthorne Elementary and S Genesee St Safer Community Pedestrian Connections project was one of 12 selected by the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee to be funded through the SDOT's Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program. The NSF program funds projects requested by the community.

Stay Involved

We are committed to keeping you informed during construction. Feel free to visit the project’s website to learn more—details will be posted there as soon as possible. We also encourage you to share this information with anyone who may be interested and invite them to sign up for our email list.

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:, 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:

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

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

Click to Donate

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

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,
Vice-President - Brit Porter
Treasurer - Josie Clark,
Secretary – Cathy Laetz,

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
Family Center: 206-723-1301

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.