December 2018 E-NEWS: Exciting Developments at School

Read the December 2018 edition of FOH’s e-newsletter to learn about:

  • Our new after-school enrichment work committee, which is working to launch a pilot program in Spring 2019.

  • Our Hawthorne Pride Auction and opportunities to get involved.

  • Hawthorne’s Family Toolkit Series starting in January.

  • And more …

November 2018 E-NEWS: Goal-Smashing Fall at Hawthorne

Read the November 2018 edition of FOH’s e-newsletter to learn about:

  • Our 2018 Walkathon, which raised more than $17,000.

  • The successful groundbreaking, work party and $100,00 grant for Hawthorne’s STEAM Playspace Community Design Project.

  • The many families who gathered for our Dia de los Muertos celebration.

  • Tips for parent-teacher conferences.

  • And more …

October 2018 E-NEWS: So many ways to get involved at Hawthorne!

Read the October 2018 edition of FOH’s e-newsletter to learn about:

  • How you can help us expand after-school opportunities at Hawthorne.

  • Our 2018 Walkathon — get those pledge forms in!

  • A Playground Groundbreaking Celebration and tree-planting work party.

  • Dia de los Muertos night, including the perennially popular tamale sale.

  • Plans to honor our beloved Ms. Suzee.

September 2018 E-NEWS: Volunteer opportunities, 2018 Walkathon info, school supply fund drive, and more

Meet your Friends of Hawthorne PTA Board!  Back row, from left: Maureen Merrill, Co-Treasurer; Behnosh Najafi, Co-President; Marita Grunfeld, Co-President; Angela Bell-Austin, Vice President. Front row, from left: Jessica Emerson, Co-Treasurer; Cherish Jackson, Secretary.

Meet your Friends of Hawthorne PTA Board! Back row, from left: Maureen Merrill, Co-Treasurer; Behnosh Najafi, Co-President; Marita Grunfeld, Co-President; Angela Bell-Austin, Vice President. Front row, from left: Jessica Emerson, Co-Treasurer; Cherish Jackson, Secretary.

Read the September 2018 edition of FOH’s e-newsletter to learn about:

  • Lots of volunteer opportunities

  • Our 2018 Walkathon, happening October 19

  • A tree-planting work party (on Arbor Day!) for the playground we’re transforming

  • Last call for donations to our school supply fund drive

  • Ways to support Hawthorne while you shop

August 2018 E-NEWS: Big win for Hawthorne playground, classroom supply drive, and more

Read the summer 2018 edition of our e-newsletter to learn about:

  • A Nature Conservancy grant we got for our playground redesign.

  • Construction that's creating safer walking and biking routs to school.

  • How you can support families in need and help us cover the costs of pre-purchasing classroom supplies for all students at Hawthorne.


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