School Supplies List

Click here to download a copy (in English and Spanish) of the current school supplies list for grades K-8.

2014 – 2015 District 73 Calendar

Click here for a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Reorganization Committee Details School Options

Within a month the Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is expected to make a decision on a school option for it’s district. Parents are encouraged to attend a 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 meeting at Middle School North to hear details about three options the school board will consider. Childcare is provided.

For details on these options, please visit the Hawthorn District 73 website, which provides an overview of the options as well as their benefits and challenges– Neighborhood Schools, 5 Choice Schools, Relocating Schools – and why grade level schools are no longer being considered an option for the district. The website offers parents an opportunity to provide their input into each of the options.

  At Tuesday’s public forum parents will also have the opportunity to offer input into the options before the school board makes its decision.

District Reorganization Committee Meeting Location Changed

The district reorganization committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 @5:30pm has been moved to the District offices.
The Board of Education has directed a Reorganization Committee, consisting of parents, staff and community members, to review several points from its recently adopted Strategic Plan. These actions include studying facilities and resources across the district, ensuring equitable access to high quality programs for all students, and looking at the feasibility of expanding early intervention opportunities such as full day kindergarten.




Public Forum on Reorganization

Hawthorn School District 73 invites the public to attend a public forum on reorganization matters beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at Middle School North. The Reorganization Committee, at the direction of the Board of Education, has been conducting a facilities space study of all of its schools. It is looking at options to address several issues impacting the district. Please watch the web pages for more information.

May 2014 Newsletter

clip artOpen House is here and the children in grades 1, 3, and 5 have been working tirelessly to prepare for their performances.  I hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, April 29 for K, 1, 2, and Thursday, May 1 for grades 3, 4, 5.  Click here to see the Open House Schedules.  A huge THANK YOU to our music teachers: Kathy Rossett and Pam Lutter for all their hard work preparing the students for our shows.  They will sing their hearts out and the teachers and students are preparing the classrooms for an awesome event!

May brings us many exciting activities at Elementary South.  In late April and early May, we are facilitating Spring MAP/AIMSWEB/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 approaching.  We have had an overwhelming response 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 picnics 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,

Jill Martin Signature




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4/29: K-2 Open House – 7:00pm

4/30: Registration for 2014-2015 is DUE!

5/1: 3-5 Open House – 6:30 pm

5/2: Spring Picture Day

5/2: Placement letters are due to Dr. Martin

5/3: PTO Flower Bulb Pick up at Middle South 8:00-3:00

5/7: 4th Grade “Smokehouse” with Firefighter Tony

5/12: Most Improved Awards at the Board of Education meeting – 7:00pm

5/13: 5th Grade Field Trip to Art Institute

5/16: Ice Cream Day – Bring $1.00

5/16: 5th Grade Healthy Lifestyles Program

5/19: Internet Safety Week Begins

5/20: Elementary South/Aspen Orchestra Concert 7:00

5/21: Elementary South/Aspen Band Concert 7:00

5/22: 4th Grade Field Trip to Legoland

5/22: 5th Grade Healthy Lifestyles Graduation

5/23: No school – Teacher Institute Day

5/26: No school – Memorial Day

5/30: May Birthday Bash


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Have you registered your child for the 2014-2015 school year?  Registration is due on 4/30 so if you have not completed it, please call Mary Amidei @ (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!



Board Decisions Regarding Direction to the Reorganization Committee

Following are decisions by the board regarding direction to the Reorganization Committee after reflecting on the proposed strategic plan:

  1. Full day kindergarten at all schools.  The Board would like the Reorganization Committee to explore the opportunity to provide a full day kindergarten program for all students.
  2. Grandfather clause.  The community has provided consensus.  They would like current students to be grandfathered into their current school.  The Board of Education would like the Reorganization Committee to determine how to grandfather students into their current schools.  If not possible, the Board wants a compelling rationale why it would not work.
  3. Dual Language.  The School of Dual Language is a curriculum program school as opposed to a choice.  The board has affirmed that any reorganization recommendations include the School of Dual Language as it currently exists (K-5) and has asked for more information to be gathered from the DL community to determine whether there is community interest in expansion of the program to K-8.
  4. School Choice.  The Board of Education has agreed that the current state of school choice is not supported nor in alignment with the newly proposed strategic plan.  They are open to other choice possibilities in the future.  The Board is directing the Reorganization Committee to not maintain the current choice model in the reorganization plan.

Strategic Plan to be Discussed at Monday’s Board Meeting

Please be informed that at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the School Board will begin discussion on the proposed strategic plan that has been developed by the Strategic Plan Committee. Included in this conversation will be how this proposed plan provides guidance to the Reorganization Committee on many important issues that face the district.

April 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome back!  This is an exciting time because we are beginning to plan for the next school year. We have already received many questions about placement.  Our staff will begin the class building process at the end of April or beginning of May for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is one of our most important tasks to prepare for the upcoming year.  Throughout this process, our goal is to place students in the best possible learning setting for them.  We will try to build classes that are balanced in terms of learning needs and styles, gender, emotional and social development, and academic achievement.

We welcome parent input in this process, as we recognize that parents know their children better than anyone else.  If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, we invite you to write a letter.  Because it is very difficult to grant requests for specific teachers, we ask that your letter focus on your child’s learning style, significant learning experiences for him/her, and/or the type of teaching style to which your child responds best.  Please do not request a specific teacher. 

We ask that all letters be submitted no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.   We will use the information you provide, along with input from teachers, to place your child in a classroom that will best meet his or her needs.

This year, the registration process will continue to be on-line. Starting April 11th, you will receive a letter from INFOSNAP with the login information needed to register your child.  If you do not have computer access, the district office will have computers available for you to register your child. Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register on line by April 30, 2014 so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

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,

Jill Martin Signature




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4/2: PTO Meeting at District Office – 7:00pm

4/7: Board of Education Meeting at District Office – 7:00pm

4/8: SOAR –students on a run 7:30am and 3:00pm

4/11: Family Dance – 6:30-8:30pm

4/11: Registration SNAPCODE letters are mailed

4/15: SOAR –students on a run 7:30am and 3:00pm

4/17: Ice Cream Day – Bring $1.00

4/18: NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

4/22: EARTH DAY – Wear blue and green to celebrate!

4/24: Principal’s Pride/Soaring Eagles Luncheon

4/25: Birthday Bash – All April Birthdays

4/29: K-2 OPEN HOUSE 7:00pm

5/1: 3-5 OPEN HOUSE 6:30pm

5/2: Picture Day – SMILE!


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7:00-7:30 1st – PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 2nd – OPEN HOUSE



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6:30-7:00: 3rd PERFORMANCE

7:00-7:30: 3rd/4th/5th OPEN HOUSE

7:30-8:00: 5th PERFORMANCE


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March 2014 Newsletter

clipartMarch always comes “roaring” into Elementary South like a lion because when March comes in, so do the ISAT tests!  This week the children have been testing and next week will be make-up testing for any child that missed a testing session.  The children and their teachers have worked all year to learn the Common Core Standards and we all feel confident that they have been well prepared for state testing.  Thank you for making sure your child has been well rested, at school on time, and encouraged.  We have done the rest!  We have provided a healthy breakfast each day of testing, new pencils, and have even passed out mints to stimulate brain activity.

Testing is not all that is going on around here!  Thanks to all who came out for FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The mad scientist was awesome, the book sales were incredible, and we were able to earn lots of free books for our school.  It was great fun for all who attended and a special thanks to our family alliance, PTO, and volunteers who made the event such a success!

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.

Have a wonderful Spring Vacation with family and friends!

Jill Martin Signature




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March 7: PTO Boys Night Out – 5th Grade boys & their fathers MSN 6:30-8:30pm

March 8: PTO Mother Daughter Tea – Vernon Hills Park District 1:00pm (Sullivan Center)

March 10: Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm

March 10: Report Cards go home

March 10-14: ISAT make-up testing in grades 3, 4, and 5

March 13: ART SHOW @ Aspen Library 6:00pm

March 14: 5th Grade Field Trip to Naper Settlement

March 14: Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00/Hawthorn BLUE AND GOLD SPIRIT DAY

March 16: PTO Variety Show – MSS 11:00, 1:00, 3:00

March 17: Wear GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day

March 18: 5th Grade Band to North Chicago Band Festival

March 20: Awards Lunch

March 21: Birthday Bash – March Birthdays

March 24-March 30: Spring Break

March 31: School Resumes!