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students roller skating

It’s a Balancing Act

The roller skating unit has begun at Elementary South. After putting on their skates and safety equipment, first graders slowly began to test and build their skating skills. Whenever they fell, they got right up and tried again. In a few days, they will be sailing around the gym.

Students drawing

Nutcrackers, Sweet!

Second-grade students in Ms. Dimond’s class at Elementary South drew some awesome nutcrackers on Monday.

Students Adding Costs

How Much Does a Thanksgiving Dinner Cost?

Ms. Dahm at Elementary South used Thanksgiving as a way to develop her students’ math skills. The fourth-grade students reviewed grocery advertisements to select what they would be including in their Thanksgiving dinners. They had fun putting together lists of food items and adding up the costs based on the number of guests attending their dinners.


Stack of Books

“All For Books” Program Winners

Elementary South raised $2,091.86 during its “All For Books” collection this past week! The money will go directly to our teachers to purchase books for their classrooms. Scholastic also matches the funds raised by each participating school with a donation of books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children through various not-for-profit organizations.

The overall winning classroom is Mrs. Bleck’s class. They raised $182.34! The class will receive a party and each student will receive a free book at the winter fair.
The winning classrooms for each grade are:
  • Kindergarten – Ms. Dingman
  • 1st – Mrs. Bleck
  • 2nd – Mrs. Dimond
  • 3rd – Mrs. Arenson
  • 4th – Mrs. Studer
  • 5th – Ms. Worden
Children make blankets

Students Make Blankets to Comfort Others

Blankets can be a source of comfort and security for children in crisis. First-grade students at Elementary South made colorful blankets to comfort critically ill or traumatized children as part of the Project Linus-Kids Helping Kids Program. A representative from Project Linus visited the school on Tuesday, showed sample blankets, and provided tips on creating the squares for the blankets. Then the students went back to their classrooms and drew hearts, happy faces and other comforting pictures on squares that will be made into blankets. The blankets will be donated to local organizations such as Alexian Brothers, A Safe Place, and Zacharias Center.


October soaring eagle winners

October Soaring Eagles!

Congratulations to our October SOARING EAGLES!  They SOAR above the line and make us proud.

First_Name Last_Name Homeroom
Lukas H. Miss Reilly
Shresta A. Miss Reilly
Leslie D. Mrs. Worden
Jazmin A. Mrs. Worden
Rohan F. Mrs. Wilton
Maleah H. Mrs. Wilton
Sofia B. Mrs. Faith
Sathvik R. Mrs. Faith
Devna N. Mrs. Rude
Jake D. Mrs. Oliva
Amiya D. Mrs. Oliva
Anika V. Mrs. Rude
Carolynn B. Mrs. Preston
Debarghya D. Mrs. Preston
Aaradhya R. Mrs. Shannon
Nick M. Mrs. Shannon
Kevin F. Mrs. Wagner
Aria S. Mrs. Wagner
Lucas C. Mrs. Schorsch
Noah D. Mrs. Schorsch
Samantha S. Miss Brzezinski
Riya F. Miss Brzezinski
Leland H. Miss Brzezinski
Luis A. Ms. Trela
Tessa D. Ms. Trela
Kayleem Y. Ms. Preuss
Matthew S. Ms. Preuss
Thanmayi G. Ms. Dingman
Aditya N. Ms. Dingman
Keira K. Ms. Apgar
Anthony S. Ms. Apgar
Charlie M. Miss Alland
Emily M. Miss Alland
Brian A. Mrs. Dahm
Ryan M. Mrs. Dahm
Keira B. Mrs. Lawless
Parker O. Mrs. Lawless
Danny D. Mrs. Brettner
Caily V. Mrs. Brettner
Andres S. Mrs. Studer
Ira S. Mrs. Studer
Saathvik S. Ms. Bleck
Paul K. Ms. Bleck
Olivia C. Mrs. Silver
Kate A. Mrs. Silver
Finley B. Mrs. Dimond
Frankie H. Mrs. Dimond
Mika D. Mrs. Henders
Zoey N. Mrs. Henders
Jayden J. Ms. Kroot
Mia S. Ms. Kroot
Ahaan J. Mrs. Rayl
Brielle D. Mrs. Arenson
Ben F. Mrs. Arenson
Nolan B. Mrs. Wietzema
Eva Z. Mrs. Wietzema

Building Bridges

Can you build a bridge or create a maze? These third graders at Elementary South can!

Group Picture with Principal MArtin

Principals Read

What an awesome night at the Aspen Library.   279 people joined Dr. Martin for Principals Read.  We all loved the Peter Reynolds books, the snacks, and spending time with our Elementary South friends.

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Elementary South Offers Digital Game Design Club

In partnership with the Vernon Hills High School Computer Science Club, we are excited to offer a Digital Game Design Club for fifth grade students.

Who: Any fifth grade student (No experience necessary)

What: Create, design and program your own video games

When: Friday Mornings from October 19 – November 16 ~ 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Where: Hawthorn Elementary South Library

Cost: FREE!  (Bring your own headphones)

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