Hawes Elementary School is a public school in South Ridgewood, serving approximately 400 students from kindergarten to grade 5. The district mostly includes the area west of Route 17, south of Laurel Road, and east of Maple Avenue, with some exceptions. Nearby communities include The Lawns and Salem Ridge.
The motto at Hawes Elementary is Every Day, a New Discovery, and everyone at the school works tirelessly to ensure that students receive an educational experience of the highest quality. While maintaining high academic standards is essential, so too is providing an inviting and supportive environment to all students.
For over 70 years, Hawes Elementary has partnered with Somerville Elementary to produce their famous Dad’s Night—a variety show in which dad’s do everything from write their own scripts to sew their own costumes, and perform for hundreds of kids in town. Funds raised by the event go toward child enrichment purposes and a variety of “wish list” items, including scholarships, playground equipment, audio-visual upgrades and much more. The Hawes Home and School Association also organizes a wide variety of events and fundraisers for students and their families.
Hawes Elementary is also known for its annual duckling parade. In recent years, a female duck, since named “Henrietta”, has created a nest in the school’s courtyard. Once the ducklings hatch, they have no way to reach the Saddle Brook except by walking through the school. Each year, students and teachers alike line the halls and parking lot of the school, watching quietly as Henrietta and her ducklings make their way to their new home. Not only is this something exciting for the students to be a part of, but it also allows them to develop an appreciation for nature and the environment.
Homes near Hawes Elementary School is within one of two neighborhoods—The Lawns and Salem Ridge.
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