Field Day 2018

Field Day this year is Friday, June 1! Do you want to volunteer? Volunteers will be assigned a station to run for field day. Classes will come to your station two at a time and you will instruct them about what to do at your station. Volunteers can choose to help for AM, PM or all day. Please contact Mrs. McFarlin or Mrs. Krajewski with any questions at or



children with flower pots

Making Mothers’ Day Gifts

First graders at Elementary South will have sweet gifts for their mothers on Mothers’ Day. Home Depot came by with flowers and supplies, which they have donated for several years in a row. The children particularly had fun drawing creative designs on their pots. Every gift was an original.

Engineering the Perfect Egg Drop

Fifth-grade students engaged in a fun project that encouraged problem solving and creative thinking. Using physics and science, they created devices to keep their eggs from shattering on impact after being dropped 35 feet. There were many successful landings.

May 2018 Newsletter

It was great to see so many of you at OPEN HOUSE last week.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Pam Yeo and Phil Messina for all their hard work preparing the students for our shows.  They sang their hearts out and the teachers and students prepared the classrooms for a wonderful event.  Thank you all for attending.

May brings us many exciting activities at Elementary South.  In May, we are facilitating end of year assessments, Spring MAP/AIMSWEB/ and F+P testing.  These important testing sessions give us data to monitor how much progress has been made in reading and math strands this school year.  

Teacher appreciation week is next week.  We can’t wait to show our teachers how much they are appreciated.  I want you all to know how much I value all that the teachers do for our students each and every day.  What an amazing staff!!

End of the year parties are approaching!  More information will be coming soon!

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at or (847) 990-4800. 

All the best,




Have you registered your child for the 2018-2019 school year?

Registration is due on 5/18 so if you have not completed it, please call Mary Amidei at (847) 990-4800 for information.

We cannot place your child into a classroom without a completed registration!

The Nurse’s Office is in need of any sized stretchy pants and/or sweatpants. Now taking donations! Thanks!

Please remember to drive slowly in our parking lot and put down your cell phone. Please help us keep the children safe!


Upcoming Events…

5/10 – Early Release 12:10 Dismissal

5/11 – Spirit Day – Hawthorn Blue and Gold

5/15 – 5th Grade Field Trip to Art Institute

5/18 – May/June Birthday Bash

5/18 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

5/19 – SOAR Race

5/21 – 5th Grade visits Middle School South

5/22 – Aspen Library – Summer Reading Assemblies

5/22 – Aspen & HES 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00

5/24 – Volunteer Tea – 9:00am

5/25 – No School for Teacher’s Institute

5/28 – No School for Memorial Day

5/29 – 2nd Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/30 – 3rd Grade Wendella Boat Field Trip

5/30 – 1st Grade End of Year Party – 1:30

5/31 – May Soaring Eagle Winners Celebration

5/31 – End of year parties (12:00 4th, 1:00 3rd, 1:15 5th, 1:30 Kdg)

5/31 – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Aspen Library

6/1 – Field Day


Animals Visit Elementary South

It’s not that often that a zoo comes to you. But thanks to Animal Quest, Elementary South first-grade students got to see a wide range of animals today, from a hedgehog to a Savannah monitor. The children were able to pet some of the animals, such as the hedgehog and the chicken, but the tarantula, the snake and the monitor were off limits. The animal show, which was part of Elementary South’s science unit on animal adaptations and habitats, was enjoyed by all.


April 2018 SOAR Winners

Congratulations to all of our April SOAR (SAFE, ON TASK, ACT RESPONSIBLE, RESPECT) winners, who “Soared Above the Line” in academics or behavior this month.

Student Homeroom
Nageswara Sriram K Avila
Suhani K Avila
Aaliya K Dingman
Saathvik K Dingman
Ivan K Kroot
Andrea K Kroot
Keira K Schryver
Peace K Schryver
Leland K Silver
Cristan K Silver
Ansh K Silver
Aarna K Silver
Shrinaina 1 Brettner
Maya 1 Brettner
Mauricio 1 Brzezinski
Rimsha 1 Brzezinski
Matvij 1 Faith
Sofiya 1 Faith
Joshua 1 Lawless
Michelle 1 Lawless
Caden 1 Wilton
Dominic 1 Wilton
Kaitlyn 2 Rude
Elijah 2 Terchin
Joshua 2 Terchin
Carson 2 Wagner
Shaurya 2 Wagner
Michael 2 Weinstein
Stuti  2 Weinstein
Nicholas 2 Worden
Caelyn 2 Worden
Sajid 3 Arenson
Sofia 3 Arenson
Ishanvi 3 Arenson
Sienna 3 Preston
Bote 3 Preston
Noah 3 Rayl
Mohammad 3 Rayl
Grace 3 Reilly
Allison 4 Alland
John 4 Alland
Colton 4 Dahm
Eva 4 Dahm
Kassandra 4 Oliva
Jason 4 Oliva
Ishu 4 Schorsch
Victor 4 Studer
Kayla 4 Studer
Ujval 5 Brand
Tessa 5 Brand
Christine 5 Carlson
Lilly 5 Carlson
Dylan 5 Preuss
Yana 5 Preuss
Nicole 5 Sordini
Catherine 5 Trela
Ryan 5 Trela

The Star Team Featured at School Board Meeting

Please enjoy this video of The Star Team, Students Taking on Additional Responsibilities, which was featured at last week’s school board meeting.



Elementary South 2018 Open House and Music Performance

Thank you to all of the families who attended our Open Houses and Musical Performances last week.  The students were so excited to show off all of their accomplishments from this year!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Attention Elementary South parents!  The PTO needs your help to support Staff Appreciation Week!  The deadline has been extended and we are still accepting donations.  Please consider donating so we can put on a nice celebration for our wonderful staff. Click on the link below to donate directly to the PTO store.

The week of May 7th has been designated as Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week for our schools.  As the year winds down, the Hawthorn PTO would like to thank the teachers and staff for the hard work they put forth for our children each and every day.

WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT! Here is how you can show your support.

  1. We gladly accept monetary donations so we can make the celebration at Elementary South memorable for all.  You can make a donation online at the PTO store .
  2. You can also make a cash donation (or by check made out to Hawthorn PTO) by downloading and filing out this form and sending it school with your child. Your generous donations will be used to provide several treats throughout the week and a well-deserved luncheon.
  3. You can donate food items by signing up here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Stacy Streb at   Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Field Trip

Students Visit Heller Nature Center

Through an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip grant, all Elementary South first-grade students took a field trip to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park on April 25. Several guides took groups on tours through the woods on a wood chip trail. By using clues to solve riddles, the students learned about the four basic components that make up a habitat: water, shelter, food and space and how they work together as a system. They carefully rolled over logs to peer at animal homes. They played a game that helped them understand the forest food chain. They asked lots of questions and it was clear they had a great time with the woods as their classroom. For many years, first-grade teacher Ms. Bleck has obtained this grant for an annual field trip. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation are sponsors of the grant program.