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!



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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May 13, 2014 – 6:30-7:30pm



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!




February 2014 Newsletter

clipartHappy Groundhog’s Day to all! Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow so we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Hopefully, we won’t have to miss any more school because of it!  Due to missed school, as of today, our last day will be June 9, 2014.

On February 10th, we will be celebrating 100 fabulous days of school!  The school year is flying by and we are very busy learning!

February is filled with fun and excitement at HES!  We look forward to honoring Honest Abe Lincoln’s birthday and Valentine’s Day.  Please remember that we will be celebrating with parties and cards but the whole district will not be allowing candy attached to cards.  Pencils and other non-edible treats are a-ok!  Room parents will be the only ones allowed to bring food for the parties.  We look forward to a day full of LOVE and KINDNESS on 2/14.

On Monday, 2/17, there is no school for President’s Day and then on Friday, 2/21, we start the ever-famous CLIMBING UNIT in P.E.  Come volunteer to spot our children as they climb, ascend, and hang!

On Thursday, 2/27, and Friday, 2/28, we will be holding parent teacher conferences.  Don’t forget to schedule a time with your child’s teacher to learn all about your child’s academic growth. There is no school on Friday due to conferences.

And that’s not all – the book fair begins on 2/21 with a FABULOUS FAMILY FUN NIGHT!  Join us for the awesome MAD SCIENCE show! On Feb 28th, we will have a GRAND EVENT where grandparents can bring their grandchildren to the book fair and spoil them with the gift of books!  See more information from our PTO.

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.

Stay warm.  Wishing you all the best,

Jill Martin Signature




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2/14: Valentine Day Parties AM Kdg 10:15am, PM Kdg, full day and grades 1-5 1:30-2:30pm

2/14: Hawthorn Spirit Day – Wear RED in honor of Valentine’s Day

2/17: NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

2/21: ICE CREAM DAY – bring $1.00

2/21 – 2/28: Book Fair

2/21: Family Fun Night and Book Fair – 6:30-8:00

2/21 – 3/7: Climbing Unit in PE

2/26: Principal Pride/Soaring Eagle Luncheon

2/27: Birthday Bash – February Birthdays

2/27-2/28: Parent Teacher Conferences

2/28: NO SCHOOL for students – Parent Teacher Conferences

3/3: NO SCHOOL for students – Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday


January 2014 Newsletter

images-2Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  As we move into 2014, 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.  On Friday, we will celebrate READ 2014.  Everyone is invited to snuggle up in his or her pajamas and drop everything and read for 2014 seconds.  Thank you to the PTO who will be providing cookies for our event!

As we move into the new year, we continue our Bernstein Unit on Empathy and the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Every grade level will be talking and writing about acceptance and showing respect for other people’s differences.  Right before break, we watched the movie THE INCREDIBLES and discussed the theme – our differences are what make us incredible.

In the coming weeks, our 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 ISAT testing in grades 3-5.  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 Comprehensive Curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, the students will be prepared and will make academic growth.

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 2014!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature




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Jan 10 – READ 2014 – Pajama Day/READ for 2014 seconds

Jan 10 – Geography Bee Finals in café

Jan 11 – District Strategic Planning Committee

Jan 16 – 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Jan 17 – Returning student form/sibling letters DUE!

Jan 20 – No School – Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Jan 24 – Ice Cream Friday – Bring $1.00

Jan 30 – Pride Luncheon

Jan 30 – Incoming Kindergarten Information Night

Jan 31 – Birthday Bash

Jan 31 – Chinese New Year Parade

Jan 27 – Spirit Day – Wear your favorite football jersey

Feb 3 – Incoming Kindergarten Tours 8:00 am & 6:30 pm


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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.


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Many parents are asking… how do we choose the right school for our incoming Kindergarten students?  On January 30th, we will be having a Kindergarten Information Night.  Join the principals from each school at the Middle South Cafeteria at 7:00pm for more information.


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December 2013 Newsletter

SnowmanI hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  As we move into the holiday season, it reminds us all how fortunate we are to have such a caring community.  I want to thank you all for attending parent-teacher conferences, as well as three hundred and forty-one visitors to the building during our National Education Week visitation.  We appreciate all you do to support children at home, and we thank you for joining our partnership in “Learning for all, working together – whatever it takes!”

This year our Bernstein Unit is focused on EMPATHY and taking a walk in someone else’s shoes.  On Dec 20th, the whole school will watch Disney’s THE INCREDIBLES.  Did you know that the tagline for this movie is “Our differences are what make us INCREDIBLE”?  We will have classroom discussions on RESPECTING others’ differences and all will be writing about this important topic.  The movie is rated PG so if you do not want your child to watch the movie, please contact your child’s teacher.  An alternate activity will be planned for those who do not wish to have their child participate.  We are excited to celebrate our DIFFERENCES on Super Hero Day at Elementary South. Don’t forget your cape!

In keeping with our “Walking in another person’s SHOE” theme – SAGES (Student Activity Group of Elementary South) and GREEN TEAM are sponsoring a SHOE DRIVE.  Please bring your OLD GYM SHOES only to recycle so we can donate them.  We will be collecting old gym shoes from now to December 20, 2013.  We are excited to research how they make new playground surfaces from our old shoes.  All donated shoes should be brought to the front office.

November also brought out our Art Adventure volunteers and we had a wonderfully successful Book Fair. As always, we are working hard to improve our reading, writing and math skills!

Now that December has arrived, please remember that if it is above 10 degrees including wind chill, we will be going outside.  Please have your child dress for the fresh, crisp air.

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 holiday season!

Jill Martin Signature





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Dec 7 – PTO Winter Boutique and Drum Circle – Middle South – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dec 9 – Roller Skating Unit begins in PE for full day KDG and grades 1-5

Dec 13 – Ice Cream Friday (bring $1.00)

Dec 19 – Principal Luncheon

Dec 20 – Super Hero Day – Dress like your favorite superhero and Elementary South will watch Disney’s THE INCREDIBLES – If you do not want your child to participate in this, please contact your child’s teacher. (The movie is Rated PG)

Dec 20 – December and June Birthday Bash

Dec 21- Jan 5 Winter Break – school resumes Jan 6.  Happy New Year!


November 2013 Newsletter

images-2These beautiful fall days remind us all that we have so much to be THANKFUL for.  We live in a wonderful community that supports our children and their education!  There are exciting activities going on in the classrooms, and everyone is working hard to challenge students to reach their potential and improve student achievement.

Halloween was a great event at South!  Thank you to all the room parents who volunteered for our Pumpkin Chase Race and who brought treats, plates, napkins and juice boxes, and ran games at our Halloween parties.  Everyone had a spooktacular time!

Looking into November, we have the end of the first trimester, report cards, and conferences. We look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child’s progress.  At conferences, be sure to visit the book fair in the main hallway. A portion of the proceeds from the sale allows us to buy new books for our library.

In November, we will continue our Bernstein Unit on EMPATHY! If you are interested in seeing your child in the classroom, please come visit us on Parent Education Week – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMEBER 20, 2013.  See the schedule in the box below.

We had our first Pride Luncheon to celebrate the recipients of this award for excellent academics, super behavior, empathy, and the arts.  Congratulations to our winners and good luck to everyone who is working towards a goal in November!

Please remember that we only celebrate Birthdays at our school wide BIRTHDAY BASH!  You will get a letter when it is your child’s birthday month inviting you to hokey pokey with the Principals.

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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American Education Week   Parent Visitation – Nov 20, 2013

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Kindergarten: Thankful Writing

Lagos AM and Rude AM – 10:15-10:45

Rude PM and Dingman – 2:15 – 2:45

First Grade: Math Marathon @ 12:20-1:20

Second Grade: Geography Games @ 2:00 – 2:40

Third Grade: Continents and Oceans @ 9:50-10:50

Fourth Grade: Math Madness @ 9:50-10:45

Fifth Grade: Reading 1:00-1:40

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Can you believe the first trimester is coming to an end? Report cards will be distributed on Monday, December 3, 2012.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held:

Nov. 21: PM only for Kdg

Nov 25: PM only K-8

Nov. 26: AM only K-8

If you still need a conference time, please contact your child’s teacher.



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The best way for us to stay well is prevention!  At school, we follow set guidelines for hand sanitization.

Remember to have your child wash his/her hands frequently and please keep your child home if he/she is sick.

Let’s keep our children HEALTHY!


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 or (847) 990-4800.  Wishing you all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin Signature





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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!

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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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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!






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 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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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!



August 2013 Newsletter

 “Take a walk in someone else’s shoes!”

Empathy Master WorkWelcome to the 2013-2014 school year!  The entire Hawthorn Elementary South Staff is so excited to have the children back in the building.  We are buzzing with excitement for the new school year to begin!  I look forward to seeing so many of you at the “Back to School Bash”, “New to South Parent Night”, and “Get Acquainted Day”.  By attending events such as these, it shows us how important school is to your family.  Thank you for partnering with us in educating your child.  Our family alliance does such a great job planning the bash.  If you are interested in helping to plan our family events for the year, please contact the school office and we will put you in touch with our alliance members.

I would also like to thank the Hawthorn PTO for over $8,000.00 that was given to the building to support learning for the children.  This money will be allocated to provide opportunities for teachers to extend curriculum with field trips, assemblies, resources and materials, and any other equipment to help meet student needs. The PTO is also donating $36,000.00 to support technology in the district.  We are so excited about our new iPads and projection systems in the classrooms.  It is awesome!  We appreciate your continued support!  If you are able to, please join the PTO and support our students.  After all, you are the “P” in the PTO.

This year at South our Bernstein Unit will focus on EMPATHY.  We will be studying the work of the famous graffiti artist, Keith Haring, and will work to internalize that empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.  This unit will remind us to value and respect each individual’s similarities and differences and will emphasize the importance of having empathy for others.  I am confident that our students will have a great year full of learning and social emotional growth.  We are all looking forward to the best school year ever!

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 all a wonderful fall!

All the best,

Jill Martin and Christy Hunter


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Bridget Botha – Reading Specialist

Geri Silver – 4th Grade Teacher

Alma Tamayo – Bilingual Teacher

Chelsea Weller – Learning Center

Erin Witt – Special Education Coordinator


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8/13 – New to South and Kdg Information Night  7:00pm

8/16 – Kdg practice bus run  8:00am

8/19 – Back to School Bash 6:30 – 8:00pm

8/20 – Get Acquainted Day

       AM/Full Day Kdg – 1:00-1:30pm   PM Kdg – 2:00-2:30pm
       Grades 1-5 – 1:00-2:30pm

8/21 – First Day of School     8:40 -2:55pm

8/21 – Tears and Cheers for Kdg Parents   AM/Full Day – 8:40-9:40am     PM Kdg  – 12:10-1:10 pm

8/27 – K-2 Back to School Night 7:00 pm

8/29 – 3-5 Back to School Night 7:00 pm