Test of Emergency Message System

Hawthorn will test our emergency message system on the evening of Sunday, October 27. The test message will go to the phone, email and text messages parents selected through the PowerSchool website. If parents do not set preferences, the message will go to the student home phone number provided at registration.

More information about the test message is provided in the “Snow Day” Test Message backpack note.

More information about how parents can set communications preferences is found on the PowerSchool website, under How-to documents to get you started/Documentos para comenzar.

For general information about the emergency notification system, please visit www.hawthorn73.org/notify.

Hawthorn’s 2013 Illinois School Report Cards

Hawthorn’s 2013 Illinois School Report Cards are posted on the School Report Card webpage. The reports provide information about the performance and demographics of our schools, as gathered from the Spring 2013 Illinois Standrads Achievement Test (ISAT) data. The page also includes a link to a State Board of Education FAQ, which helps explain revisions to this year’s reports. Report card data for all Illinois public chools is expected to be released on October 31.

Elementary South to Participate in “The Great Shakeout”

The Great Shakeout is a worldwide earthquake drill and preparedness activity that will take place simultaneously at schools across the country.  During the drill students will practice  how to “DROP, COVER and HOLD ON”.   The goal of the drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the country and around the world.

October 2013 Newsletter

images-2It has been an absolutely beautiful start to the FALL season.  We have had a wonderful start to school as we have worked hard to build our new classroom communities.  We have welcomed over 175 new students to Elementary South this year. Although there are many changes, one thing remains constant… Learning for all, working together to do whatever it takes!  The classrooms and curriculum are in full swing and it is exciting to see learning in full bloom in the building.

We started our new Bernstein Unit with an introduction to our artist Keith Haring.  All of our classes have explored what it feels like to “Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes.” Children are learning to value and respect each individual’s similarities and differences and have been learning about empathy.  This month the whole school will engage in writing activities exploring how people are similar and different and why is it important to have differences or similarities.  Watch for a special visit from the INCREDIBLES this Halloween whose tagline is… “OUR DIFFERENCES ARE WHAT MAKE US INCREDIBLE!”

We are so excited to be taking part in a national movement entitled UNITY DAY on October 9th. The whole Hawthorn Elementary South Family will wear ORANGE and “UNITE” to put an end to bullying.  We will join the National Bullying Prevention Center and be part of the movement to “MAKE IT ORANGE AND MAKE IT END!”  What a wonderful opportunity for families to have a conversation about bullying!  Join with us, talk to your children, wear orange and unite and be a champion against bullying!

On October 25, we have a special assembly coming to Elementary South.  We are excited to have the Power of 1 – Anti-bullying Show.  A BIG THANK YOU to the PTO for the money they provide us allows us to extend our programs and offer great learning experiences such as this one for our students.

On September 20th, we had so much fun at BINGO NIGHT.  Thanks to our family alliance volunteers who planned a wonderful night of fun for our families.  Pizza, Bingo, Prizes – what more could we ask for?

We have had an outpouring of parent support this year!  Thank you to all the parents who attended “Back to School Nights”, PTO room parents, art adventure, etc.  We appreciate your partnership and support at school.  If you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.  Wishing you all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature





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Happy Halloween

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Halloween will be celebrated at school on Oct 31st.

• If you do not celebrate, we have alternate activities planned in the art room which are NOT Halloween related. Let us know if you would like to do this.

• AM Kdg Parade – 10:15   Party following

• PM Kdg, full day Kdg and grades 1-5 parade – 1:15  Party following

• DO NOT SEND ANY CANDY OR GOODY BAGS! —  Room parents will provide appropriate treats!

• Grades 1-5 and full day KDG  —  BRING costumes in a bag to change into after lunch.

• ½ Kdg ONLY  —  wear your costumes to school

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When picking out this year’s costume, please remember that we are a school that promotes peace and kindness.  Any kind of weapons will not be allowed on school grounds during our celebration.  Also, please do not send any candy to school.  Our room parents will take care of safe snacks for the parties.

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Hawthorn Hustle-Pumpkin Chase

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This year we are so excited to again promote FITNESS on Halloween!  While we may be having yummy treats in the afternoon, in the morning each grade level will participate in the 2nd annual PUMPKIN CHASE. “YES”, they will chase a pumpkin around a course.  Walking is an option.


9:00-9:45: 4th and 5th grade run (1.5 miles)

9:45-10:15: Kdg and 1st grade run: (¼ mile)

PM KDG are welcome to come join them!

10:15-11:00: 2nd and 3rd grade run: (1 mile)


Contact the school office to volunteer at the fun run!






Security Alert October 1, 2013

As you may be aware, Mundelein police are investigating an alleged abduction attempt in the Deepwoods Drive neighborhood. While there is no known imminent danger for our students, we urge students, parents and the wider community to be alert and to review several important safety tips. (Please note that because students are bringing up this topic, as appropriate, teachers have acknowledged student concerns by discussing basic safety tips, such as those on the attached backpack note.) Please review the information provided on the October 1 backpack note, which is being distributed to students today.

Important Information Regarding Classroom Parties & Food

Thank you for volunteering your time and efforts on behalf of our Elementary South students. The three PTO-sponsored parties each year generate a lot of fun and excitement for the children because of you!

Due to life-threatening peanut/tree nut allergies in our school, we have the following classroom party policy for all the PTO-sponsored parties. This policy follows Elementary South’s guidelines for managing nut allergies, and is in place across District 73. Please read the guidelines carefully.

-In every classroom, all foods for the three parties must be PEANUT FREE and TREE NUT FREE, and must be store bought with an ingredient label that can be checked. Food products with labels that state,”may contain nuts”, or “processed in a facility that handle nuts” , or any similar warning label are not permitted.

 -NO ITEMS BAKED AT A BAKERY ARE PERMITTED. This includes Dunkin Donuts, cupcakes, brownies, cakes, or cookies from the bakeries at Jewel, Dominick’s, Sam’s Club, etc.  


-NO RESTAURANT/TAKE OUT FOOD IS PERMITTED, such as pizza, happy meals, etc. 

-Fruits and vegetables will be allowed in classrooms where there are no nut allergies. Our school provides cutting boards and cutlery to prepare fruits and vegetables in our cafe prior to the parties.

Any food that is unlabeled,or unsafe, will not be served at the parties. The ONLY food to be served at classroom parties is arranged by the room parents. Children may not bring goody bags or treats for their classmates from home, however non-edible items are permitted. ( stickers, pencil, eraser, etc.)

Despite these restrictions, there are many festive, healthy, and yummy snacks that are safe to serve! Please consult with your classroom teacher to determine an appropriate snack for your child’s classroom, as there may be additional allergies to accommodate. Thank you in advance for keeping all our children safe. Please contact us with any questions.


Dr. Jill Martin                                                                 Francie Mundrane BSN,RN
Principal                                                                        School Nurse
847-990-4800                                                              847-990-4815


September 2013 Newsletter

UnknownThe school year is off to a wonderful start.  It is so great to have the children back in the building.  There is an excitement in the air as 675 students are ready to learn and grow with us.  It was great seeing so many of you at “Back To School Nights” and other opening events.  We had a great kick-off assembly to introduce our BERNSTEIN UNIT on EMPATHY.  This year we will understand and share the feelings of others and explore what it is like to “Take a walk in someone else’s shoes.”  At that assembly, we reviewed our behavior code and bus expectations with all students in the building.  We have received 95% of the codes signed by students and parents showing support of our program.  If you have not returned your code of conduct, please do so as soon as possible.  It is important that we have 100% support of all Hawthorn Elementary South family members supporting respect and responsibility in our school.

Have you seen our NEW ART WALL?  As you enter the building, you will see samples of our very own Hawthorn Elementary South Artists.  You can also sit on our “creation piece” bench made by our student last year showing 700 pieces of abstract art put together.  Can you find your artwork on the bench?

We are also forming a new environmental club.  The “GREEN TEAM” is made up of fourth graders who are passionate about saving our planet.  Watch for the great activities that the green team is planning for our school.  Their first meeting is September 11, 2013 and they can’t wait to start on water bottle recycling, growing tomatoes in our green houses, and making our school more waste free.

If you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at martinj@hawthorn73.org or (847) 990-4800.  Wishing you all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature



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Please remember that students should arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 am.  During that time we will have a morning recess.  Adult supervision begins at 8:15 on the playground.  Students will enter the building at 8:30 and should be in their seats and ready to learn at 8:40.  Thank your for your support with this!



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The Hawthorn Parent Teacher Organization works so hard on behalf of our students.  If you are able to support this organization, we would really appreciate your involvement.  Membership is $10.00 and these funds go directly to the students.  For more information, please contact Amy Goldenberg our school vice president.  And remember… you are the “P” in the PTO.



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With fall weather coming and going, this is just a reminder that we do go outside for recess.  It is also very difficult to regulate the temperature in the building.  Please have your child dress appropriately for the changing temperatures.  Layers are best!



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Sept 9:  Band and Orchestra recruitment for 4th grade students – 7:00pm at MSS

Sept 16 – 17:  Firefighter Tony visits classrooms in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5

Sept 20: Ice Cream Day – Bring $1.00

Sept 20: Bingo Night 6:30-8:30pm

Sept. 27: Aug/Sept Birthday Bash – 8:15am in café

Oct 1: Picture Day – SMILE!



2013-14 Bernstein Unit on Empathy

On August 22, 2013, Dr. Martin and Mrs. Hunter met with every grade level in the building to KICK OFF this year’s Bernstein Unit on Empathy.  We read the book, Stand In My Shoes – Kids Learning About Empathy, talked about the importance of understanding the feelings of others, and of course, about RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY.  We are so excited about this year’s unit where students will explore that empathy is the ability to understand each other’s feelings!  We will learn to value and respect each individual’s similarities and differences and will emphasize the importance of having empathy for others.  Please show your support by signing this year’s behavior code and bus pledge and return it to your child’s teacher.