Five Hawks Elementary
Tim Bell, Principal                                                                     A Place to Soar!
Five Hawks—A Place to Soar!                                                             Volume 4

                                                                                        January 2010
Welcome to the New Year! Each year brings the hope of new prosperity, continued health, and the promise of yet
another great chapter in our story.

January is also a time of renewed spirit and excitement in what we are all about: Children reaching their potential
– finding the key that unlocks a hidden talent or seeing the light that shines in every student’s eyes when they do
something they thought impossible. It is all about discovery and exploration and building. Each student has his/
her very own journey to follow to being the best they can be. It is up to us, as the adults in their world, to pro-
vide the necessary tools to make it happen.

Five Hawks has many opportunities for students to express themselves –the Inventors Fair (we will host the dis-
trict!), I Love to Read Month activities, MAGIC reading incentives, Bravo, Art Adventure, Junior Achievement,
Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and let’s not forget our Choir – just to name a few – all activities meant to
challenge students in ways connected to, but separate from, the classroom and the regular curriculum. We wel-
come, and need, your support in assisting your child as she/he pursues each new challenge presented and wish to
thank you in advance for all of your help. We cannot do it alone!

In the very near future we will have an after school program in place that is designed to help students who may be
struggling in reading, writing, or math. Registration was due in December, but it is not too late! More information
is available by calling the office. More information will be sent home this week.

A very special THANK YOU is also in order for our staff, especially Dawn Ryan and Josenda Lytle, for making our
trip to the Children’s’ Theatre to see Cinderella such a success! To see the faces of the students as they became
involved in the story is worth the trip in itself! It is not about the story of Cinderella, or whatever play is being
presented, it is about the magic of theater and imagination and the joy of watching the printed word come alive on
stage. To see even our most skeptical students leave the theater wanting a little more, or sharing a favorite part,
or discussing how the play was different from the story made this an exciting learning adventure for all ~ stu-
dents and staff alike. I am so thankful that so many of you see the benefit of such an event and allow your chil-
dren to be a part of it ~ without your support it could not happen.

As we begin the next leg of our journey, I wish to extend the warmest of New Year’s greetings to you all, and re-
mind you that the door is always open at Five Hawks!
                                       HAPPY ‘TWENTY-TEN!’
The Five Hawks student council had been very busy in 2009. We would like to thank all
families for their contributions to the Five Hawks Food Drive (1158 donated items), Toys
for Tots, and the Hat and Mitten Tree (365 donated items). Our fundraisers have been
a success with your help and donations.

Student Council members have begun to organize their next fundraiser, “Pennies for Patients”, which
benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser will begin
January 25th and go thru February 5th. Students will donate pennies to help
children their age who have cancer. Throughout the three week fundraiser,
their will be “Dollar Days” where the students will donate a dollar that day to
participate in the activity. We hope to surpass last year’s goal of 2,456.65.

We were busy in 2009 and plan to be hard at it again in 2010! Our next meeting will be on Friday, Janu-
ary 8th at 7:35am in room 501.

 Five Hawks will host the District Elementary Inventor’s Fair on Thursday, January 28th in the Five
 Hawks gym. Students in grades K-5 can participate in the Inventor’s Fair.

 Projects can be set up from 7:00 –8:45 am on Thursday, January 28th. The Inventors’ Fair is open to
 the public from 11:00 am—6:30 pm. Taking down displays will be on Thursday
 evening form 6:30—6:45 pm. Please note that all transportation is to be provided
 by the students. All inventors receive a participation award and up to ten se-
 lected projects from grades 3 –5 will have the opportunity of entering the
 Metro-ECSU Young Inventors’ Fair at the Landmark Center on Saturday, May
 1st, 2010. Other awards that will be given are Students’ Choice, Parents’ Choice,
 Teachers’ Choice and Marketing. Come join the fun!


                           Due to Minnesota election caucuses, there has been a date change on the
                           district calendar for the District Wide Kindergarten Options Meeting which
                           will be held on February 3rd from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Prior Lake High
                           School Auditorium. District Wide Kindergarten Registration will be held on
                           Tuesday, February 23rd at each elementary school and Edgewood School.

Registration information will be sent in the mail around the middle of February to district families
whose children turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2010. Please notify the Edgewood Office if
you do not receive the Kindergarten information in February at 952-226-0900.
                      SKI FIELD TRIP:
                      The Physical Education teachers, Ms. Sunderman and Mr. Tressel have planned a
                      downhill ski experience for our 5th grade students for Wednesday, January
                      13th. The field trip is a downhill ski trip only, snow boarding and use of own skis
                      will not be allowed. This is a very inexpensive and positive experience to expose
                      the students to a lifetime sport.

   Reminder: Boots on the feet for snow, that is great for recess and to and from the bus. But for
   physical education, the students need their tennis shoes. Please check the weekly schedule to help
   remind your child to bring tennis shoes on the days they have physical education. Students are not
   allowed to participate in their boots or stocking feet.
   Ms. Sunderman 226-0150
   Mr. Tressel 226-0170

All 4th and 5th grade students take a preliminary written exam in their class-
rooms and the top students advance to the Geography Bee. The Bee will be held
on Tuesday, January 12th from 1:30-2:45pm.

Congratulations to the participants in this years Geography Bee. Keith Berrier,
Cole Boelter, Hannah Brookins, Chris Curry, Mady Dejoy, Amber Germscheid,
Chris Johnson, Jack Kennedy, Luis Lopez, Dylan Machalek, Ryan McDonald, Zach
Schons, Sage Tremaine, Kennon Wales, and Dustin Wolf.

                 NEWS FROM THE OLC:
                 The Junior Naturalists and the local birds are requesting bird seed donations. Our
                 feeders are for sunflower, safflower or thistle seed. Thank you for helping us bring
                 nature closer to the school for better observation.

                  Congratulations to Heather Moffitt, Special Ed. Teacher, and her husband, Adam on
                  the birth of their daughter, Chloe Isabelle, born on November 14th.

                  Also, Congratulations to Jill Yarke, 3rd Grade Teacher, and her husband, Cory on the
                  birth of their son, Eli David, born on December 3rd.
                          DRESS FOR THE WEATHER:
                          Be sure your child is dressed warmly enough as the cooler fall weather ap-
                          proaches. Students will continue going outside for Physical Education, Natu-
                          ralist Classes and noon recess. As the cold winter weather arrives, wind chill
                          temperatures will be the determining factor for outside play.

                          Remember to write your child’s name in their outdoor clothing so if lost, their
                          rightful owners can more easily claim items.

Once again our lost and found is overflowing. If your child is missing an article of clothing, please have
him/her check the lost and found. From time to time we bag up these unclaimed items up and send them
to a non-profit organization

Unfortunately, the cold and wintry weather is here. Please be reminded that school
closings for the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools will be announced on the following
stations: WCCO Radio (830) and television channels 4, 5, and 11.

If the announcement states that District #719 schools will start two hours late, then
classes at Five Hawks will start at 10:30 am.

                           In rare instances, we may need to dismiss students early. If the need should
                           arise, please be sure you have a family plan to cover this situation so children
                           are not left unattended. Students will not have the opportunity to make
                           phone calls home. Kid’s Company inclement weather policies are included in
                           their handbook already distributed to families.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. We welcome and
invite anyone to attend these meetings.

Our Five Hawks Family Fun night is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th from
5:00-8:00pm. Plan to attend the evening of fun filled festivities. There will be a DJ
to provide the music for a night of dancing, along with bingo, volleyball, face painting,
and dance-dance revolution. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact one
of the PTC Officers or the Five Hawks office.
                             “Winter Fitness for Kids”
                               Even though winter weather can be a powerful inducement for
                               kids to play X-box, watch TV and just generally hibernate,
                               pediatricians say it is important to make the effort
and get exercise. Researchers believe children burn about half as many calories
in the winter as they do in the summer; while children tend to eat more in the
winter, the larger problem is a decrease in activity. Dips in wintertime activity are
especially worrisome to pediatricians as they treat more overweight patients.
Obesity among children and teenagers has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Even a trip to the
mall can be an opportunity to squeeze in some exercise. Take them up and down the stairs - don't take
elevators or the escalators. Powerwalk with them instead of just meandering along. Fitness experts
stress that it is important for parents to stay positive about exercise and be a good role model — don't
tell your kids to go out in the cold if you're camped out on the couch, experts say. Go out with them.
Physical activity should be a healthy part of your family’s routine throughout the year. And safety
should always be a central part of your children’s recreational fun.

Fun in the Winter Sun
It’s true that many safety concerns are the same regardless of season, says Holly Benjamin, M.D., Uni-
versity of Chicago Student Care Center. For starters, parents still need to remember sunscreen, for
example. “People come back from ski trips and we actually treat a fair number of sunburns,” she says.
The sunlight reflects off snow and ice. Wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 minimum and cover exposed ar-
eas of the body. You should wear protective eyewear and an SPF lip balm.

Safety in Layers
When thinking about outside activity, think about clothing, too. Layering is a good idea; so are moisture-
wicking fabrics and clothing that’s geared to the sport. Keep in mind that regulating body temperature
is more difficult in younger children (just as it is during warm weather), so hypothermia can occur more
easily. “Kids can sweat, too, when they’re warm,” says Dr. Benjamin. And that sweat can chill them
quickly when it gets exposed to the cold air as they remove layers. Watch out for fashion trends that
could land you in the ER. Long scarves and cords can get caught in sled blades, and hoods can block pe-
ripheral vision, she says. “Some people believe that it’s safer to just have a hat, neck warmer, a warm
jacket and gloves,” she says. As long as the exposed skin is covered and the jacket can be zipped, your
child should be ready for winter play.

Stay Alert
Injuries can happen anywhere, anytime. Dr. Benjamin’s advice: Children should wear helmets while sled-
ding, skiing, snowboarding, and playing ice hockey, for example. “If you’re talking about sledding or to-
bogganing, especially with young kids, they’re not always looking for trees or rocks, so you have to scope
out the environment and make sure they have a clear path and that the hill your children are sledding
down doesn’t empty onto a pond that might not be frozen solid,” she says.
Health Services

Volume 4                                                                Page 5
District Policy Regarding Lice:

Our school district will notify parents/guardians upon discovery of infestation and and request permis-
sion to check siblings in district. We will request a note/call regarding treatment when student returns
and recheck student upon return and recheck after 1 week. At the beginning of the year, teachers will
discuss prevention strategies with students. Parents are encouraged to check their children periodi-
cally at home. Health services staff can do “head checks” if requested and as necessary to assist with
difficult cases. Mass screening is rarely done. Our goals are to contain infestation, provide appropriate
health information for treatment and prevention, prevent overexposure to potentially hazardous chemi-
cals, and minimize school absence.

“Current evidence does not support the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of classroom or school-wide
screening for head lice to reduce the number of head lice infestations among school children. “No-nits”
policies that require a student to be free of nits before they can return to school are not recom-
mended. Students diagnosed with live head lice should not be sent home early from school; they can go
home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class the next day. Excluding children from
school because of head lice is not recommended.” (CDC FAQs)

A key point to remember are that only individuals with actual lice or live nits should be treated. Do not
treat other household members preventively.

These websites provide more details about lice treatment and management:
Minnesota Department of Health
Harvard School of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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           it is easy and every dollar you spend helps fund projects and services for our students!
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           have to do is use your Target® Visa® or Target® Card. We will receive a percentage of the
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So if you're going to Target anyway, please consider using your Target® Visa® or Target® Card. A HUGE
THANKS to those who are already doing their part to make a great school even better.

 Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. PLHS
 Adaptation Presentation by the Bell Museum of Natural History
 This energetic and participatory program explores the adaptations that aid animals in their survival.

Parents of current 5th grade students should be advised that a review of middle school advanced-
programming is underway. It is the intent of the study to maintain rigorous advanced offerings at
both middle schools.

A committee was formed last November to review all of the current middle school advanced-program
options prior to determining offerings for the 2010/11 school year. The committee is studying Inter-
national Baccalaureate and Honors courses offered at Twin Oaks and the Pre-AP program at Hidden
Oaks. This study creates an opportunity for both middle schools to work together to vertically align
course offerings while also ensuring a rigorous track for students that prepares them for continued
studies at the high school.

The committee consists of parents, School Board members, middle school and high school teachers
and administrative staff. A list of committee members can be found on the website: http://

The current IB, Pre-AP and Honors courses will continue, at least, through this school year. The com-
mittee’s findings and subsequent recommendation(s) will be presented to the School Board in 2010
along with an implementation plan. Watch for further updates on the district’s website.

After School Classes being offered at Five Hawks this Winter.
For more offering visit
Wild and Wonderful Winter Art with Abrakadoodle        Chess Nuts with Schoolhouse Chess of Minnesota (1st-
(Kindergarten-5th Grade)                               5th Grade)
Mondays, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 (no class Jan. 18 & Feb. 15)   Mondays, Jan. 25-Mar. 15 (no class Feb. 15 & Mar. 8)
3:05-4:05pm                                            3:05-4:05pm 6 sessions $69
6 Sessions $79
                                                       Exploring a Winter Wonderland (Kindergarten-5th
Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science (1st-5th Grade)       Grade)

Tuesdays, Jan. 19-Mar. 2 (no class Jan. 26)            Grades K-2 Tuesdays, Jan 19-Feb 2      3:05-4:05pm

3:05-4:05pm                                            Grades 3-5    Tuesdays, Jan 19-Feb 2   3:05-4:05pm

6 sessions $75                                         3 Sessions $29

ARTASTIC with Young Rembrandts (1st-5th Grade)         Clay Camp (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

Thursdays, Jan. 28-Mar. 4                              Wednesday, Jan. 27

3:05-4:05pm                                            3:05-4:35pm      1 session for $29

6 sessions $69
                                                       FLIP Over Gymnastics (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)
                                                       Thursdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 4 (no class Jan. 28)
                                                       3:05-4:05pm 3 sessions $39
               Five Hawks                Mission Statement:
               Elementary                Five Hawks School and Outdoor Learning Center is a place
               A Place to Soar!          where a welcoming community is built and environmental learn-
                                         ing is fostered. Our mission is to provide opportunities that will
16620 Five Hawks Avenue                  enhance learning in a safe and caring environment by helping
Prior Lake, MN. 55372                    each student reach his/her potential while striving to become
Phone: 952-226-0100                      respectful citizens in a diverse society.
Fax: 952-226-0149
E-mail: tbell@priorlake-

                                                                                WE ARE ON THE WEB
Jan. 11          5th Grade Ski Club

Jan. 11          School Board Meeting at 7:00pm at DSC

Jan. 12          PTC Meeting at 6:30pm.

Jan. 13          5th Grade Phy. Ed. Ski Fieldtrip

Jan. 15          “TWIN Day” Find a friend to dress up like.

Jan. 18          No School K -12, Workshop Day

Jan. 25          Mid Term Trimester 2

Jan. 25          5th Grade Ski Club

Jan. 25          School Board Meeting at 7:00pm at DSC

Jan. 28          Inventor’s Fair at Five Hawks Gym.

Jan. 30          PTC Family Fun Night from 5:00 –


Feb. 10          Early Release Day – School dismissed


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Early Childhood Family Center
                             Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
                   A Program of Community Education Services

                         Edgewood School: 5304 WestWood Dr. SE

                                                    ECFE: 952-226-0950
                              Early Childhood Screening: 952-226-0975
                             Circle of Friends Preschool: 952-226-0956

                                            Family Center
Circle of Friends                          Learning Tracks
   Preschool                                 Thurs., February 4
      952-226-0956                             5:30-7:45 p.m.
                                        Location: Edgewood School
  Our classrooms are
                                            Cost: $5/workshop
 wonderful, lively places
   filled with children                 Get on track with the Family
  full of potential and                   Center Learning Tracks.
      eager to learn!                  Join us for an evening of informative
                                       workshops geared to motivate
Interested in enrolling your child     parents, daycare providers, & early
  in the 2010-2011 school year?        childhood teachers (infant to third
   Call the Family Center Office       grade).
 to have your name added to the        The following topics will be offered:
  preschool registration mailing.      •   Boredom Busters for Kids & Adults
Applications will be mailed out at     •   Raising Kind & Caring Kids
        the end of January.            •   The Beautiful Bond
                                       •   Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
                                       •   Myths of Self-Esteem
                                       •   Why Johnny Can’t Speak
                                       •   No Child Left Inside
                                       •   So Much to Do, So Little Time
                                       For a complete brochure, contact our
                                       office at 952-226-0956 or visit us at:
                              (Click      the
                                       Community Ed. & then Family Center links)
                                       Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be
                                       available. Detailed information will be listed
                                       in the complete Learning Tracks brochure.

           Early Childhood Screening
   This FREE brief check of your child’s development is required before
    entering kindergarten in a Minnesota public school. If your child is
 between the ages of three and four years old and you’d like to schedule an
                  appointment, please contact our office.
     952-226-0975 -or- E-Mail

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