Remind App Keeps Hawthorn Families Informed of Timely Information

Yesterday (9/18/17) bus ES 11 was involved in a minor traffic accident.  Prior to crossing the railroad tracks, the bus was stopped and had already checked the crossing.  The bus started to proceed and at that moment, the cross-arm started to lower, hitting the side mirror of the bus.  The bus was able to back up, leaving the tracks free and clear for the train to come through.  While no children were injured in any way, if anything like this will occur, the bus will pull over and call the police.  This will cause a delay in delivery of the children.

The reason you are all getting this letter is to inform you that IF something like this ever happens, the way you will be notified is through our TEXT APP, called Remind 101.  This is the fastest way for the school to blast information to you in a timely manner.  I was able to send three messages yesterday, one when we were notified, one during the event letting parents know that everyone was safe, and one once the new bus was back en route.  Please note that the remind app is ONE WAY COMMUNICATION, while you have the ability to respond, our office staff does not necessarily see your communication back to us.

Click here to sign up for the Remind App.  The children’s safety is our number one priority and we want to be able to keep you informed at all times.  Thank you for your continued support.

Two elementary age female students playing bingo

Bingo, Bingo, Bingo!

Thank you to everyone who attended Elementary South’s Family Bingo Night on Friday, September 15th.  We had 465 participants, lots of pizza, prizes and fun!  A big shout out to all of  the Family Alliance members for all of their hard work putting the event together.


Help Countryside Fire Protection District Win a Grant

Attention Facebook Friends and Families.  Countryside Fire Protection District is competing for a $3000 grant.  Your nomination is important to CFPD, so please visit our Facebook Page and vote for CFPD’s Step Up and Stand Out video.  The fire department with the most votes by September 30th will earn the grant, which will be used for future Fire and Life Safety Education.

Vote for Artsonia’s Artist of the Week

Annie Zbylut From Mrs. Arenson’s 3rd grade class has been selected by Artsonia as a finalist for this week’s “Artist of the Week” award for the PreK-3rd age group.  The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday September 16 will be selected as “Artist of the Week.”

To view the finalists and cast your vote, click here.  Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!
Please help by voting for Annie this week so she can be selected as Artsonia’s “Artist of the Week”!

Fall 2017 SOAR Begins

Elementary South students participating in SOAR (Students On A Run) were excited to arrive bright and early at school this morning to stretch and get running!

Unconfirmed Report About a Male Approaching Students

The District has received an unconfirmed report about a male approaching students and offering them a ride.

Letter to Parents (English)

Letter to Parents (Spanish)

Connect With Hawthorn

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Welcome back to school!  We are excited to welcome all of the new and returning Elementary South families, and know we will have a fantastic year ahead!

We hope you will consider getting involved being a Room Parent by signing up via the Sign Up Genius link below, no later than Friday, September 8, 2017.

Every effort is made to ensure that each person that signs up is able to attend at least one party.  However, this sign up is only an offer to help with the parties and does not guarantee a party assignment.

Party assignments will be emailed at the end of September, along with detailed party procedures, a party manual, and a link to an online toolkit.

Click here to sign up

A Room Parent Coordinator will be assigned to each party.  The Room Parent Coordinator initiates contact with other room parents and confirms the party plan with the nurse and teacher. Additionally, up to three volunteers will be assigned to each party to assist the coordinator.  It is the responsibility of all volunteers to play an active role in planning the party in which they attend.


Halloween Party – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Valentine’s Day Party – Wednesday, February 14, 2018

End of Year Celebration – To be determined in the spring


Please note that we are unable to provide babysitting during the parties.  Siblings will NOT be permitted to attend the parties.  Please consider this carefully when making your Room Parent commitment.

Please contact Stacy Streb, Elementary South School – PTO Vice President, with any questions.; (312) 969-5839


Teachers Talk About What Elementary South Means to Them

Here is what Gerri Silver, a kindergarten teacher at Elementary South, has to say about her school.

And here is what Jaclyn Weinstein, a second grade teacher at Elementary South, has to say.


Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter would like to welcome all students and families to the 2017-2018 school year!