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Elementary South Student is Artist of the Week Finalist

Allison S., a fifth-grade student in Mrs. Worden’s class at Elementary South, was chosen as a finalist for Artsonia’s “Artist of the Week” for the fourth through sixth grade group. The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday, May 18, will be officially selected as “Artist of the Week.” Please use the link below and vote for Allison 12629 in the 4th to 6th category. You can vote once a day all week from multiple devices. Let’s help make Allison “Artist of the Week”!

To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!

The “Artist of the Week” will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia. In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning schools and $50 to the winning artists. 

SOAR winners

SOAR Winners for April

Congratulations to the SOAR winners for April.

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students in Wax Museum

Characters Come to Life at Wax Museum

The Elementary South third-grade classrooms of Ms. Brettner and Ms. Kroot presented a Wax Museum on Monday. At the push of a button, students brought their characters to life. Parents, family members and students walked around the cafeteria to learn about the lives of many people, including four United States presidents, Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and many more.

Students at Heller Nature Center

The Outdoors is the Classroom at Heller Nature Center

During a field trip to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park last week, first grade students at Elementary South learned what animals need to survive in their habitats. Through hands-on, interactive lessons taught by nature guides, they learned that animals need space, food, water and shelter to thrive in the woods. Walking down a scenic trail, students had opportunities to look for examples of animal shelters, food and water. They even found animals hidden under logs. The children had great fun as the outdoors became their classroom. For many years, first-grade teacher Ms. Bleck has secured a grant that makes this annual field trip possible. 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.

Students at birthday bash

Happy Birthday Students

Lots of smiling faces at Elementary South’s April Birthday Bash.

Students Performing

Students Dazzle their Guests at Open House

Students dazzled the audience with their performances at Elementary South’s Open House for kindergarten-second grades on April 23.

Students performing

Students Give Great Performances

Students gave great performances at the Elementary South Open House for third through fifth grades on April 25.

American Heart Association logo

A Thank You from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association, on behalf of the millions of Americans it serves, thanked Elementary South for its donation of $10,354.88. Here is a quote from the association’s letter to the school:

“By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you. Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and your
school’s contribution will significantly impact our fight against these devastating illnesses. We hope that you, your faculty and your students
found this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable. You are touching so many lives – and life is why we exist as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated.”
Students picking up trash

Earth Day Celebration

Many classrooms at Elementary South celebrated Earth Day yesterday with a wide assortment of activities. The second grade classrooms of Ms. Hansen and Ms. Rude enjoyed being outside on a perfect day. They cleaned up the grounds surrounding their school. They picked up lots of trash and were careful not to disturb the homes of local animals and insects.

Students dancing and playing with their families.

Family Dance is a Blast

Students and their families had a blast at the Elementary South Family Dance on April 12.