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Welcome to Hiawatha!

August 2, 2018 

Dear families,


On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I hope that you and your families have enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. I would like to welcome you to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! I am excited to begin another school year with you as we commit to the learning and well-being of your children. Together, teachers, students, and parents/guardians make a strong Hiawatha family.


Hiawatha enrolls about 230 children each year from Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade. We have an active PTO and lots of family events throughout the year. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to the growth and well being of your child. We believe in a caring and nurturing environment for all students and their families.        


I am honored to be the principal of Hiawatha. It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, students, faculty and staff care for one another and strive to build positive relationships that support the academic, social and emotional growth of children. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 802-857-7736 or by email at:


With kindest regards,
Katherine Grykien



Important Information

First Day of School Wednesday, August 29th, 7:45

For the first day of school, August 29, 2018, all children will assemble on the playground to meet teachers. At 7:45 AM, a tone will sound, and we will proceed into our building and respective classrooms.  This is an exciting day, and all of our families are welcome to come into those classrooms and relish this special occasion with your child.


At 8:00 I would like to invite all parents outside on the front lawn for a meet and greet. I will provide coffee, tea and some baked goods. This will be a chance for us to connect and mingle.


Arrival and Dismissal

Our school is opened and staffed beginning at 7:30 AM. The doors will be locked until 7:30.  We will be outside until 7:45 on the playground unless it is raining, storming or below zero degrees.

The school day begins at 7:45 AM. Each class begins the day with Community Building at 7:55. It is an integral part of the day as it is a time to build relationships, develop social and emotional skills, create and maintain a meaningful classroom community, and begin our day together. Any students that arrive after 7:55 AM with be considered tardy. They need to check in with Mrs. Michelle in the main office to get a “I’ve been buzzed in” slip before going to class.


Kindergarten students are dismissed by the flagpole at 2:40 PM with their teachers.


All other students are dismissed at 2:45 PM. First graders are dismissed by the flagpole and second and third graders are dismissed by the main entrance.


Every Tuesday there will be an early dismissal.  Kindergarten students are dismissed at 1:40 and first through third graders are dismissed at 1:45. This is a district initiative to provide collaborative work and learning time for faculty and staff.



Our district will offer bus transportation for the upcoming school year. More transportation information will be distributed this summer.


Drop Off/Pick Up, Parking, Traffic, and Keeping our Children Safe!

With the addition of bus transportation this year, it is extremely important that we follow these rules. I will be greeting families outside in the morning and helping with traffic and keeping our children safe.  Here are several expectations that we should abide to in keeping our children safe.

  • Only park in handicap parking spots if you have a legal permit on display in your vehicle.
  • Always follow the directions of crossing guards and stop at crosswalks.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended when in the drop off/pick up lane. This creates a major safety issue and cars can not exit when stuck behind an unattended vehicle.
  • Always park in the lots when planning on coming into the building.
  • Always drop children off at designated spots. Do not drop off in the middle of the road - this is extremely dangerous!


Visiting Hiawatha

Our school has a security system. At 7:55 AM all doors are locked. The only way to enter is through the main entrance. There is a small camera and button to push to let our administrative assistant, Michelle Murphy-Ertle, know you are outside. Parents and visitors sign in at the main office, and wear a visitor’s badge if they will be staying inside the building throughout the day. At 2:40 PM the doors are unlocked for dismissal.


A Respectful Learning Place

Of all our responsibilities at Hiawatha, our commitment to maintaining a respectful learning place for all children is the most important. Each day we work with all of our students to ensure that interactions are respectful. Throughout the 2018-2019 school year we will continue to work with small student groups, classrooms, and our school as a whole to teach and practice respectful behaviors. We will continue to use our school-wide expectations: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Your Best.


School Communication

You will receive a biweekly newsletter from me via email to keep you up to date on all of our Hiawatha happenings and celebrations. You can also find up to date information on our website. If you would like a paper copy of our newsletter, please let Mrs. Michelle know, and we will be sure to accommodate you. We will also have copies outside the office for your convenience.  


Our Hiawatha PTO

Our PTO is committed to providing enriching activities for our Hiawatha students. These activities are supported by our parents and staff. Our PTO needs you! The PTO meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30. Childcare is provided. We hope to see you at our first PTO meeting Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 in the music room! Please contact our PTO co-presidents Kate Martin ( or Laura Ugland ( if you would like to participate or need more information.



All volunteers must register with our district through our online registration platform annually. The application process includes a criminal record check. If you plan on volunteering for the upcoming school year, please take steps to complete this form. The form can be found online


Four Winds

Once again, we are pleased to be able to offer our children exploration of their natural world through our parent volunteer program called Four Winds.  Sponsored by the naturalists from the Four Winds Nature Institute, this integrated environmental program increases environmental stewardship. This natural hands-on science program is organized by parents Rebecca Black and Liz Miller. They will be looking for at least two parent volunteers from each classroom. Teachers support parents as they implement this science program. Please contact Rebecca ( or Liz ( directly if you would like to become a Four Winds volunteer for your child’s classroom or have any questions.


Healthy Breakfast/Lunch Options

A daily vegetable (or salad) bar and breakfast yogurt bar are two offerings from a menu of healthy options children will enjoy. With the intent to provide nutritional selections aligned with dietary recommendations listed on, children will be provided with many healthy options such as a yogurt bar with fresh berries and granola. Whole grain cereal is available and in the winter, hot oatmeal. Bagels are still available as well as high fiber-protein breakfast cookies. The vegetable bar at lunch provides an array of vegetables; there are also fruit selections as well as the published entrée that can be viewed on our website.

Prices are: 
Breakfast: students $2.00 and adults: $2.50
Lunch: students $3.25 and adults $4.00. 
Milk and/or juice costs 75¢. 

Please complete the application for free/reduced meals that is available online or by using the paper copy that will come home the 1st day of school. You are always welcome to join your child for lunch (No reservations required).



Our faculty bases lessons and units on national learning standards in math and literacy known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for science instruction. Each year our third grade students are administered the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessment. Here are three web resources that provide information on the CCSS, SBAC, and NGSS.


Pre-Kindergarten Open House Tuesday, August 28

Please join us for our Pre-Kindergarten Open House and school tour on August 28. We will offer two sessions. Children who will attend Pre-K on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings will meet from 10:00-11:00. Children who will attend the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday classes will meet from 1:00-2:00. Come meet our teachers, hear about our program and tour the school. 



Hiawatha K-3 Open House Tuesday, September 18

Our K-3 Open House will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6:15 to 7:30 PM. All of our families & friends are invited to attend this annual event. Join us in the cafeteria  at 6:15 for a welcome from Mrs. Grykien. Classroom visits will follow.



Contact Info:
Principal - Katherine Grykien 857-7736
Administrative Assistant - Michelle Murphy-Ertle 878-1384  / Attendance Line - 857-7007
School Nurse - Reyna Maher 857-7000 x 7740 
Guidance  - Scott Evans 857-7000 x 7758
Kitchen Staff - 857-7000 x 7729
Website -



Mark Your Calendar!

  • Wednesday, August 29 - First day of school
  • Tuesday, September 18 - Open House (6:15-7:30)
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Picture day