About Us

Welcome new and returning Hawes Hawks!!

We are looking forward to partnering with you to support our amazing school for another great year of learning and fun! The PTSA is committed to the well-being and success of all children at Hawes, and we are excited to continue building and growing our Hawes community together. 

Together with your financial donations, volunteer support, and the incredible support of our amazing Hawes' staff, this year the PTSA will be able to provide:

  • Field trip entry and transportation for all students in all grades
  • Quarterly Art projects for all students in all grades
  • Classroom supply stipends for all teachers ($600 per teacher)
  • Interactive assemblies for all students in all grades 
  • Annual school improvement gift 
    • e.g. Marquee, playground upgrade, etc. 
  • School enrichment activities and resources (see below)

Our second graders go to the San Diego Zoo as a field trip each year!

Art from one of last year's art projects. 

We also plan some pretty fun events throughout the year like our movie night (3/7/25) and our annual gala Spring Fling (save the date for 04/05/25). 

We're also working to build community with fun events like the monthly Hawes Moms Night Out, and stay tuned for a Parents Night out that is in the works!

We invite you to join us and get involved in whatever ways work best for you and your family. To stay up to date on PTSA news, activities, and events, please make sure you're subscribed to our email list and signed up to receive PTSA texts via Remind

We would love for you to attend our general association PTSA meetings, so make sure to take a look at our calendar save the dates for upcoming meetings and events for the year. We have snacks! and prizes! 

If you're interested in signing up to volunteer or to learn more about board and/or committee service, please fill our our 24-25 interest form (coming soon)! Each year we sadly must say goodbye to many beloved families, students, and volunteers heading on to middle school, and we are always in need of new volunteers and leaders who are willing to help out!

If you're interested in learning more about our board and/or committee chair opportunities, or if you have any questions about the PTSA, please email us at Hawesptsa@gmail.com. We would love to grab coffee and tell you more! 

24-25 PTSA Executive Board

President: Meredith Nguyen
Executive Vice President: Jake Loughridge
Treasurer: Emily Selma
Recording Secretary: Nicole Busse
Financial Secretary: Cherise Minadeo
Auditor: Vanessa Egan
Co-VP of Ways & Means: Sarah Kreig & Kristin Becking
VP of Programs: Andi Morris
VP of Membership: Sarah Belitz
VP of Volunteer Services: Courtney Kelley
VP of Communications: Kristen Hardin
Historian: Megan Hauge
Parliamentarian: Katie Thompson

24-25 PTSA Chairs (see details on these programs & events below)
100 Mile Club: Kelly Soematoro
50th Anniversary tiles: Julie Irby & Brooke Fairman
After School Programs: Duyen Nguyen
AR/Library: Emily Selna
Book Fair: Vanessa Egan
Charleston Wrap: Kristen Hardin
Earth Week: Andi Morris
Movie Night (3/7): Jennifer Minevich
Garden: Kira Babb
Hospitality: Alaleh Khosrowpour Vandernaald
Love Signs & Welcome Back: Katie Thompson
Red Ribbon Week: Andi Morris & Ashley Magpayo
Reflections: Christine Grossman & Allie Needham
Secret Holiday Shopper: Alaleh Khosrowpour Vandernaald, Kimmy Greer, Christine Grossman, & Michelle Haller
Spirit Wear: Emily Selma 
Sports Day: Angelica Materie
Staff Appreciation: Brooke Fairman
Talent Show: Kristen Hardin
Technology: Paul Kane

Year Book: Kimmy Greer & Michelle Haller

Interested in chairing or joining the board in the future? Email hawesptsa@gmail.com.

Click on the down arrow on the right to learn more!

24-25 PTSA Programs, Activities, & Events (select to expand)

100 Mile Running Club (year round)

The PTSA organizes this fun program every year, where 1st-5th grade students run in the morning before school out on the blacktop by the playground with the goal of trying to run 100 miles over the course of the year. The program usually runs a few days a week before school (typically between 8-8:20am) from October to May. Specific sign-up requests will go out sometime after school starts.

Running club depends on weekly, committed volunteers who will sign up for a day a week. Interested in volunteering? Email Kelly Soemantoro at Ksoemantoro@gmail.com.

Hawes Library (year round)

We are excited that the old Accelerated Reader (AR) library and the Hawes Library are merging this year to create one Hawesome library! Accelerated Reader (AR) is a supplemental incentive-based reading program offered to all students to improve reading comprehension.  Each 1st-5th grade student has an AR goal each trimester and must read AR books and complete AR tests to earn AR points to reach their goal. At Hawes, we need PTSA Volunteers to support maintaining the library. Interested in volunteering? Email Emily Selna at Eselna@gmail.com.

Book Fair (10/16-10/20)

The PTSA hosts the school book fair twice a year!

24-25 fall dates: 10/14-10/18

Stay tuned for your PTSA emails if you're interested involunteering.

Earth Week (4/21-4/25)

The PTSA celebrates Mother Earth and our environment each year with a series of fun activities each day during Earth week.

Volunteers are needed! Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you hear about volunteer requests in the spring.

Hawktoberfest! (10/17)

We're excited to bring back Hawktoberfest this fall on October 17th!

We still need volunteers to join the Hawktoberfest committee to help us coordinate different elements. If you're interested, please email hawesptsa@gmail.com!

PTSA Assemblies

The PTSA provides fun, interactive assemblies for all students each year. Examples include Happiness Now and Imagination Machine.

Red Ribbon Week (10/28-10/31)

Schools and communities throughout the nation participate in Red Ribbon Week to increase education and awareness about the dangers of drug-use and substance abuse. At Hawes' we have activities for students throughout the week.

School Garden (year round)

The PTSA provides supplies, plants, and support to maintain the Hawes' garden.

The garden is a great way for students to learn about the benefits of gardening, not only for the environment, but also for mental health.

We need regular garden volunteers! To sign up, email Chair Kira Babb at kirababb@gmail.com.

Secret Shopper (12/4-12/8)

This annual event is a student and volunteer favorite! Students have the opportunity to purchase a total of 10 holiday gifts for friends and family members. All gifts are then wrapped and labeled. 24-25 Dates: 12/9-12/12

Sports Day (06/10/25)

Right before school ends, the PTSA organizes a day of fun sports activities out on the blacktop for all Hawes' students.

We need many, many volunteers to make this fun day work, and there are typically opportunities from 8am-noon. Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you hear about volunteer requests in the spring.

Spring Movie Night (3/7/25)

Save the date for our 3rd annual movie night, which will be held on March 7th, 2025! We're moving the movie night to the spring this year.

Staff Appreciation Week (4/28-5/2)

Each year we honor and thank our amazing Hawes Elementary staff with a week of celebration!

Volunteers needed! Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you hear about volunteer requests in the spring.

Yearbook

The PTSA puts together the yearbook each year, which is a huge undertaking, and we can use your help to share photos of school events activities.

To share photos or ask questions about the yearbook, reach out to chairs Kimmy Greer and Michelle Haller at hawesyearbook@gmail.com.