Principals' Corner

Dear Hiawatha Community School Families,

Welcome Back! Principal Pang and I would like to extend our greetings to all of our wonderful returning and new families. We are off to an amazing start! We do apologize for a few of the busses being late these first few days of school. Transportation is working hard to fix the problems and we thank you for your patience.

It was wonderful to see everyone who attended this year’s Open House. It was so nice to reconnect with you and to meet our new families. Your child will soon be bringing home the Hiawatha Community School Handbook/Calendar. There is important information for you about our school and also has many of our important dates for the school year.

Both Hiawatha and Howe will be hosting after school learning activities (ALC) again this year. We will have our kindergarten “Lego Club” and GEMS/GISE for grades 1 and 2. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Howe School will have classes on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s. We will be sending home more information as we finalize the start times.

Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up quickly. On October 16th conferences will be held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. and again on October 17th from 8:00-4:00. There will be no school for students on October 17th. If you did not sign up for a conference during open house, information will be coming home with your child soon. We strongly encourage all families to sign up for a time to connect with their child’s teacher.

Every year we get numerous questions about homework at Hiawatha and Howe. We will be implementing the following across our grade levels:

Kindergarten- Book Bags that will go home every Monday and will be returned on Friday. The team also sent home a letter with a list of learning ideas that families can do at home together.

1st Grade- A reading log will go home. Students should read 20 minutes every night. The team has also put together a list of learning activities that families can do at home together.

2nd Grade- Students should read 20 minutes every night. The team has also put together a list of learning ideas that families can do together at home.

3rd grade- Assignments will vary based on individual student need and current units of instruction. We also encourage 20 minutes of reading each night to help children with comprehension and fluency. 

4th grade- Math homework 2 times a week, and an expectation that all students read at least 20 minutes each night. All the homework is due the following day.

5th grade- Math homework will be assigned Monday-Thursday and will be a spiral review of math concepts. On an ongoing basis students should read at least 20 minutes per day outside of school time.

Homework is not busy work. It is intended to be an extension of work done in the classroom and also to develop a love of reading. If you have any questions about homework, please talk with your child’s teacher or administration.

Families, we are asking everyone to fill out a Student Lunch Form. This can be done by either filling out a paper form, or by going online and following the “Student Café” link on the Hiawatha webpage in the right hand column.  Sheridan Story weekend support food will be going out soon. Please fill those out and return them to school. Once we have them, we will be sure to get items in your student’s locker for the weekend.  We ask all volunteers to fill out our “Volunteer Form”. Forms are available either on our webpage or in the main office.

We are looking forward to another wonderful year here at Hiawatha and Howe! Thanks for all of your support and collaboration.



Principals Oldenburg and Pang