Is It Good to Be Bored Sometimes?

Miss Weinstein’s second grade class engaged in a thoughtful exercise on Thursday as they decided whether they think it’s OK to be bored sometimes.  Students were split into three groups: those who think it’s OK to be bored, those who see good and bad sides of being bored, and those who think that being bored is bad.  The students looked at both sides of the argument, and discussed why they had made their decisions. Then students were given the opportunity to switch to different groups if they changed their minds.  Some students thought that boredom can give your brain a rest, while others wanted to avoid boredom as much as possible.


Kindergarten Students Learn About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Silver’s classroom are learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reading non-fiction books and poems about this influential leader of the civil rights movement. Students are creating many thought-provoking projects requiring them to imagine what it would be like to live at the time of racial injustice. After listening to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, students are reflecting on it and writing about their own “dream” for the world.

2018 Winter Band Concert

Family, friends and guests were treated to an outstanding performance by Elementary South and Aspen Elementary students during their combined band concert held on Wednesday, January 17th.  Congratulations to Mr. Fritz and his students on a job well done.

Practice Makes Perfect

Fourth-grade students played “French Folk Song” as they prepared for the Aspen/Elementary South Orchestra Concert on January 18.

Spelling Bee winners

Spelling Bee Results

Fourth and fifth grade students showed their ability to spell long and complicated words at the January 11 Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the winner Anudeepthi S. and the runner up Ganesh P.

If You Can Help . . .

I want to fill you in on a very sad and unfortunate situation that is currently affecting one of our families. Mason Solomon’s mom, Marina, underwent surgery in December and experienced complications that has left her unresponsive and still in the hospital. Mason’s grandmother and aunt have been taking care of Mason and his older brother, Shane, for the past month so his dad can continue to work. We have been in continuous contact with Mason’s aunt and the situation is still not improving. Please consider joining together to try to help them by sending meals during this very difficult time.  A “Meal Train” has been created to organize meals for the family. If it’s possible for you to provide a meal and bring it to their house, they would greatly appreciate any help we are able to offer them. If it’s easier for you and you would like to donate a gift card to a grocery store or restaurant and send it to school with your child, we would be happy to deliver it. The family shops at Jewel, Aldi and Costco.  They’re favorite restaurants are Portillio’s, McAllister’s, Panera, and Rosati’s Pizza.

Here’s the link for the Meal Train…

They also have started a “Go Fund Me” page to help with their medical expenses.

If you could find it in your heart to help out the family in any way, they could really benefit from our support at this trying time in their lives.

Thank you so much!

December 2017 SOAR Winners

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

Last Name First Name Homeroom
Adams Anastasia 1 Lawless
Ahluwalia Harman 1 Brettner
Alvarado Luis 4 Schorsch
Andersen Emma 5 Trela
Arstan Altai 1 Faith
Bendersky Sofia Schryver
Breske Jherek 4 Alland
Brockway Connor 4 Studer
Castrejon Angel 5 Preuss
Chaudhari Tejal 4 Schorsch
Chigurupati Anay Avila
Corral Gianna 1 Wilton
Daoud Dahlia Kroot
Davis Tripp 4 Oliva
Denneny Amiya 3 Arenson
Devaraja Sai Ujval 5 Brand
Dinets Elizabeth Avila
Dunford Kayleigh 2 Terchin
Eric Alayna 4 Alland
Franco Julio 3 Donoghue
Fuldeore Riya Dingman
Fuldeore Rohan Schryver
Giri Darsh 2 Wagner
Graf Granderson 5 Trela
Haslinger Lukas 2 Rude
Howard Avari 3 Donoghue
Hurtado-Larsen Stefania Schryver
Karthik Koushik 2 Hansen
Kholine Gregory 3 Reilly
Kolbe Kyler 1 Brettner
Lam Kei-Kei 1 Faith
Lawrence Madde 4 Studer
Loiben Zachary 2 Terchin
Mantena Sathvika Silver
McKenny Isaiah 4 Dahm
Metharamitta Nitika 2 Rude
Narasimhan Advaith 1 Wilton
Noorani Sabrina 4 Dahm
Norton Claire 1 Brzezinski
Noyes Addyson 3 Reilly
Ordaz Noelani 1 Lawless
Pangilinan Cate 5 Sordini
Rudenko Anna 4 Alland
Salomov Samir 1 Brzezinski
Schenk Charlie 2 Weinstein
Shah Charvi 2 Hansen
Sheridan Elsie 3 Preston
Srikanth Manisha 3 Arenson
St. Louis Sheridan 2 Wagner
Streb Genevieve 5 Preuss
Valluri Anvay Dingman
Vedika Vellat Silver
Viray Caily 2 Weinstein
Vyas Ishani 4 Oliva
Wakefield Izzy 5 Brand
Xie Jayden Kroot

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2018, I wish you all good health, joy, and a school year filled with academic and social growth!  It is an exciting time here at Elementary South this month.  Friday, we will celebrate READ 2018.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2018 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, STAR team (Students taking additional responsibilities) have planned a WALKING IN A WINTER WONDER HALLWAY Contest.  You or your class can earn snowflakes for showing above the line behavior in our hallways.  This is especially important in the upcoming weeks because winter testing season is upon us. Kindergarten and first grade students will be given the AIMSWEB benchmark assessment in order to monitor their progress.  Many students will participate in ACCESS testing and we are preparing for the MAP assessments, as well.  We will do our very best to prepare students for the testing without putting added stress or pressure on them.  Our philosophy continues to be, if we continue to teach the Hawthorn Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.  Nothing extra needs to be done to prepare for testing.

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.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2017!

All the best,




Winter Is Here!

Please remember that if the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill), we do go outside for recess.  Please make sure your child has appropriate SNOW GEAR if he/she wants to play in the snow and is bundled up for the cold.

Also, with the cold weather, please allow a few extra minutes for drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your patience.

As a Reminder . . . 

If your child received any GREAT NEW ELECTRONICS or toys for the holidays, please keep them safely at home.

Upcoming Events…

Jan 8 – School Resumes – Happy New Year!

Jan 9 – December Soaring Eagle Breakfast in café

Jan 9 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly

Jan 9 – PTO Meeting at District Office @ 7:00pm

Jan 11 – 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Jan 12 – Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

Jan 12– READ 2018 – Pajama Day/READ for 2018 seconds

Jan 15 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 17 – 4th/5th Grade Band Concert at Aspen @7:00pm

Jan 18 – 4th/5th Grade Orchestra Concert at Aspen @ 7:00

Jan 19 – Hawthorn Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Jan 22 – BOE Meeting at District Office at 7:00pm

Jan 25 – Early Release @ 12:10pm

Jan 26 – Birthday Bash-January and July Birthdays in café @ 8:50am

Jan 30 – Midterm Reports go home

December Birthday Bash

Students with birthdays during the month of December celebrated in the cafeteria with Dr. Martin at the Birthday Bash on December 21st.


Roller Skating

Kids Are on a Roll

First-graders at Elementary South are beginning to get comfortable with their roller skates as they enter the second week of their roller skating unit. P.E. teachers say they have made vast improvements over last week.