August 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2014-2015 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 our new “Kindy Playdate”, 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 $77,000.00 that was given to the buildings 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 $34,650.00 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.

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This year at Hawthorn all five Elementary Schools are teaming up on our Bernstein Unit that will focus on MAKING CONNECTIONS AND BRINGING HAWTHORN TOGETHER!  The Golden Gate Bridge will be the masterwork that will kick off the unit to help us understand that bridges are connectors and making connections makes us stronger.  This unit will remind us that a bridge is a structure that carries us OVER our obstacles and together we can overcome anything. 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

Please welcome our new staff members!

Jackie Weinstein – 2nd Grade Teacher

Katie Fiore – ESL/Bilingual Teacher

Haemi Lee –  Orchestra/Strings Teacher

Tori Alland – 4th Grade Teacher

Emily Halbert – Social Worker


Our new food service vendor for the 2014-2015 school year will be Organic Life.  They pride themselves on preparing great food with great ingredients that are great for students.  The Meals Plus system will remain in place, and any balances will carry over to this school year.  Get lunch menus at www.

Upcoming Events


  • 8/19– New to South and Kdg Information Night  7:00pm
  • 8/21 – Kindy Playdate 6:00-7:00
  • 8/22 – Kdg practice bus run  8:00am
  • 8/25 – Back to School Bash 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • 8/26 – Get Acquainted Day       *AM/Full Day   1:00-1:30pm       * PM Kdg    2:00-2:30pm        Grades 1-5  1:00-2:30pm
  • 8/27 – First Day of School     8:40 -2:55pm
  • 8/27 – Tears and Cheers for Kdg Parents       *AM/Full Day    8:40-9:40am       * PM Kdg     12:10-1:10 pm
  • 9/2 – K-2 Back to School Night 7:00 pm
  • 9/4 – 3-5 Back to School Night 7:00 pm